Jeff said: Its sound is neutral overall, but still gives you the luxury of tubes and none of the sonic drawbacks that tube aficionados can sometimes hear in solid-state amplifiers.
The gist: Solid bet in a tube stereo amp from a venerable company.
Edgar said: For music lovers who are chasing the purity, engagement and pleasure of music without artefact the 160S presents a solid proposition.
The gist: Switchable Ultra-Linear and Triode modes offer two sound signatures to choose from.
Jeff said: Well, here I go again: You can buy a Gryphon Essence and then forget about power amps for a very long time.
The gist: The baby Gryphon is a sweet amplifier.
Price: N° 526 AU$35,000, N° 534 AU$35,000
Edgar said: My time with the Mark Levinson N° 526 Preamplifier and N° 534 Power Amplifier was filled with fuss-free musical enjoyment.
The gist: Still a solid bet in high-end componentry.
Price: P5 AU$5999, M8 AU$10,399 each
Edgar said: Over and above their excellent performance, solid build quality and beautiful modern aesthetics the P5 and M8 monos will provide pride of ownership.
The gist: Compelling high-end products from a value-conscious brand.
S. Andrea said: Rogue Audio’s Atlas Magnum II is everything a modern vacuum-tube amplifier should be: solidly built, easy to set up and maintain, reasonably powerful with very little self-noise, and having a sound that shows a bit of tube warmth without smearing over the details in good recordings.
The gist: Super value in a US-made stereo tube amp.
Price: $13,998 per pair
Aron said: It has reminded me that there are still companies out there that consistently try hard to push the boundaries of what they’re capable of while ever increasing the ratio of performance to cost.
The gist: For the price these are massively good monos.