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Monday, 01 February 2016 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Rotel RB-1590 Power Amplifier Review
I’ve been familiar with the legendary Rotel brand since childhood. My father would often take me along when he would frequent hifi shops and I remember their components on display alongside other now classic manufacturers products. Rotel has a long and storied history and they are going as strong as ever today with a full suite of products that cater to every market, including home theater, distributed audio, and purist two channel audiophile components. Rotel is part of the B&W Group, located stateside in North Reading, MA, which owns Classe electronics and the legendary Bowers & Wilkins speaker brand. My first pair of “high end” speakers were indeed B&W monitors. The company is totally committed to each brand, and they have large dealer network and offer high quality customer technical support. It has been a number of years since I ...
Friday, 04 September 2015 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Simaudio 760A Power Amplifier Review
Canadian firm Simaudio is held in the highest regard for its engineering-driven, no compromise approach to designing audio components. Their products are also considered works of art by many, with their futuristic industrial design and superior build quality. Their Neo 380D DAC and MOON 180D streamer remain in-house references. Digital products aside, Simaudio has always been known for producing state of the art amplification. Their top shelf Evolution series offers robust power and stellar casework across preamplifiers, power amplifiers, and integrated amps. Simaudio sent along their Evolution 760A power amplifier for review, which retails for $8000. The 760A is the first in line in the Evolution series, and is packed with some of Simaudio’s best technology.DesignThe chassis design and build quality are superb, with attention to detail in the construction, binding posts, and connectors being off the charts. The amplifier ...
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 ,  Written by Andre Marc
SOtM sHP-100 Headphone Amplifier & DSD DAC Review
SOtM, a Korean audiophile component manufacturer, is slowly but surely making the industry sit up and take notice. They offer a line of impressive and versatile computer audio products that compete with much more expensive solutions. The company is being very well served by their U.S. importer/dealer, Simple Designs LLC. I was so impressed with the SOtM sMS-100 Mini Server & mBPS-d2s Intelligent Battery Supply that I absolutely had to have a look at more SOtM products. The sMS-100 network streamer is among the highest value digital source components I have ever come across. At $449, it is a no brainer recommendation. The SOtM line up smartly caters to those with different needs and budgets. The flagship SOtM streamer, the sMS-1000 is a more sophisticated unit with advanced inputs and outputs, a linear power supply, and balanced analog outputs. The ...
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 ,  Written by Andre Marc
CLONES Audio 25p Power Amplifier Review
Having travelled to Hong Kong several years ago, I was surprised to see a large number of high-end audio shops filled with hifi aficionados. Mainland China has been an audiophile hub for decades now, with hundreds of homegrown brands and of course factories set up by many well-known Western brands. Recently, China has been exporting excellent gear designed and built there, not as hired hands. Brands such as AURALiC and Line Magnetic, just to name a few, have been causing quite a stir.I heard about CLONES Audio, based in Hong Kong, from an industry veteran with very discerning taste. He had a CLONES Audio 25i integrated amplifier he wanted me to hear and, when I did, I was very impressed, and wrote about it for another publication. I subsequently wrote about the CLONES SHEVA DSD DAC and, again, was mighty ...
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 ,  Written by Andre Marc
The Burson Conductor & Timekeeper Review
Burson Audio has been creating a buzz for seventeen years. Their extremely loyal customer base raves about their DACs and headphone amplifiers. The company is based in Melbourne, Australia, half a world away, but they have commendably developed an excellent and far reaching international distribution chain and dealer network. Audiophile buddies have told me on a pretty consistent basis that Burson should be high on my list as a source for review components. When trusted aficionados speak, I tend to listen.In conversations with the folks at Burson, I pieced together their basic design philosophies and general outlook. There is what can be called the Burson Approach. In essence, this means they take a pass on off-the-shelf parts and standard circuit designs, and they strongly believe in the simple audio paths. All of this to make sure the electronics stay out ...
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