|Densen B-110 Integrated Amplifier & Darwin Cables Silver Interconnect Review|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Integrated Amplifiers|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Tuesday, 26 November 2013|
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Not far into my first listening session, it was obvious the B-110 was cut from the same mold as the B-200 and B-310. The trademarks of the Densen house sound were there. Super quiet backgrounds, crystal pure treble, midrange transparency, and superbly articulate bass. Densen pieces are among the least mechanical sounding solid state components I have had in my system. Speaking of which, the B-110 drove a pair of Harbeth Compact 7 ES3, tethered by QED Genesis Silver Spiral speaker cable. Sources were a Squeezebox Touch connected a Musical Fidelity V-DAC II DAC, hooked up with Darwin cables (see review below).
This may seem hard to believe, but I did not know the price of the B-110 until midway through the review process. When I was told it was priced at around $2500, the first thing that entered my mind is that they are practically giving this amp away. Even at $4500, I would not have blinked.
I can only say, in my experience, a component that sounds this elegant for $2500 is not just a rarity, but virtually non-existent. Couple that with a two hundred step, hyper engineered volume control, multiple inputs, top shelf parts, stunning looks, a 20-year track record, and there is very little to complain about. Check out the Densen line. In my opinion a beautiful counterpoint to cookie cutter, trend chasing, buzzword friendly products that are a dime a dozen today. The Densen B-110 hits all the marks, and then some.