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Saturday, 01 June 2002 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Myryad Z140 Integrated Amplifier
Introduction The Z110 CD Player and Z140 Integrated Amplifier are part of the new Z-Series, the latest line from the venerable British electronics company, Myryad. The Z-Series is designed to be an affordable performance product in aesthetically pleasing clothes. Both the Z110 CD Player ($849) and the Z140 Integrated Amplifier ($895) feature attractive silver faceplates that feature a slim profile measuring 17 inches wide by three inches tall. A horizontal accent line bisects the front panels of both units. The front panel of the Z140 is dominated by a black conical volume control knob in the center of the panel. The metal knob features a finger-sized indentation for ease of use. The left side of the panel features the Myryad logo. Along the center line, there a small black standby button and an indicator light that glows red for standby and green when powered up. To the right of the volume control, also along the center line, ...
Saturday, 01 September 2001 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Krell KAV-300iL Integrated Amplifier
Introduction Krell is a well-respected high-end audio company long known for their powerful amplifiers. The Krell name is often associated with incredible bass performance, but their equipment line of old, with heavy, dull gray faceplates, was not pleasing aesthetically. Their new KAV series is a lower-priced, physically beautiful design that is still pure Krell on the inside. The KAV-300iL ($3,250) is the latest integrated amplifier in the more modestly priced KAV line which replaces the popular KAV-300i. Upon receiving the Krell KAV-300iL, I carefully opened the box and removed the unit, which was lovingly wrapped in protective material. I was a bit surprised by the weight of the 300iL, which is a hefty 30 pounds. The 300iL is 17.25 inches wide, 3.5 inches high and 17 inches deep. As I unwrapped the 300iL, I was impressed by its clean and attractive design. I inspected the unit closely and found it to be extremely well made, worthy ...
Friday, 01 June 2001 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Rotel RA-1060 Integrated Amplifier
Introduction Rotel is a company long known for low frills, high quality, budget-priced audio equipment. Their new $699 RA-1060 integrated amplifier continues in this tradition. The RA-1060 is a 60-watt-per-channel stereo integrated amplifier and has all the features one needs. Upon lifting the unit out of the box, I noticed that it was a pretty hefty 17 pounds. This is fairly considerable for a low-powered, solid state integrated amplifier. Once the unit was out of the box, I could see that it was solidly built, with a thick metal front panel (with built-in handles) and a large transformer. According to Rotel, the unit utilizes a custom-designed toroidal power transformer, as well as Aerovox T-Network capacitors, for better than average sound quality. There are no other specifications given, nor is there more information on the transformer itself, but it does appear to be very generously sized for a 60-watt-per-channel amplifier. The RA-1060 does not lack for features. ...
Thursday, 01 March 2001 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Magnum Audio IA 170 Integrated Amplifier
Introduction The IA 170 served as my introduction to Magnum Audio as a high-end audio manufacturer. Magnum Audio is a British electronics company that is building a strong following on the east side of the pond and is expanding its reach within the U.S. The IA 170 is an integrated amp that retails for $750 here in the United States without a phono section, and $850 with phono included. For $750, the listener gets a one-chassis amplifier and preamp with 70 watts per channel into eight ohms and 110 watts per channel into four ohms, six single-ended inputs, one tape loop, a headphone output, mute and mono switches and bi-wireable speaker terminals. One of the unit’s inputs, labeled "monitor," is connected directly to the amplifying circuits for a purer signal path. The front of the IA 170, with the exception of its nameplate (which appears to be easily removable), is an attractive polished steel. While ...
Thursday, 01 August 1996 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Krell KAV-300i Integrated Amplifier
Introduction Designing a cost-is-no-object AV system really isn't that hard. Ripping out walls, floating the floor, professionally hanging all sorts of room treatments and installing all of the best electronics practically guarantees a successful result. The problem is, not all of us have the $500,000-plus it takes to achieve all-out audio/video nirvana. A true challenge lies in developing a very high performance system on a much more modest budget. This brings us to the introduction of the Krell KAV-300i integrated amplifier. Priced at $2500 USD and rated at 150 watts per channel into 8 ohms, this little monster gives an up-and-coming high-end music enthusiast the ability to luxuriate in the high-end goodness known as Krell without having to sell any of the children to Gypsies. The Krell KAV-300i is a sleek design operated either by beautifully machined front panel or by remote control. The KAV-300i is equipped with four inputs, one balanced and three unbalanced. Its ...
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