|Pathos Logos Integrated Amplifier Review|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Integrated Amplifiers|
|Written by Todd Whitesel|
|Wednesday, 03 November 2010|
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As I listened to the Logos more and more, I discovered that it doesn't need a great deal of volume to produce full sound, but there was a definite “step” in volume where the tonal picture went from incomplete to what I was looking for. Thanks to the design, it runs warm but never dangerously so. Even after several hours of continual use, I was able to touch the top panel and even the fins without discomfort or risk of burn. And, as expected, the Logos operates with stone-like silence.
A recent release that's been in steady rotation is the California Guitar Trio's Andromeda. It's the first album composed solely of original material, and I believe it's the Trio's best yet. Every guitar and guitarist has a particular sound, and it's fascinating to hear the combined “sounds” of Bert Lams, Paul Richards and Hideyo Moriya flower together on compositions such as “Portland Rain” and “Improv I.” It's like three master weavers spinning yarns of notes into perfect cloth. Look closer at the pattern and the details emerge, and the Logos presents these often delicate patterns with a lovely sonority and detail that's precise but not sterile. The breath of the music remains. Can I use the term “organic” to describe the sound? I just did.
I've had a blast this autumn spinning used vinyl found at various stores across northern Minnesota. My find of the fall is definitely Watts In A Tank, the lone release recorded in 1981 by Dutch rockers Diesel. For a time, the album opener “Sausalito Summernight” enjoyed airplay thanks to its angular guitar riff and groove that sounds like a lost Steve Miller song. The entire LP, though, is a winner and full of variety: from the beach-y vibe of “Sausalito..” to the crunch of “Alibi” and sunshine smile of “Good Mornin' Day.” The Logos goes great with vinyl, not just for the sound but the soundstage. Instruments are presented with precision and clarity, yet with richness and “air” around them that gives character and coherency to music.
Across dozens of discs, LPs and different cabling the Logos provided a very pleasurable listening experience. I had the good fortune to audition the amp for 3 months – about twice as long as most components I review – and came away ready to recommend this gorgeous machine to nearly anyone. Some solid state enthusiasts may want for more power – and if you have very difficult-to-drive speakers, a very large listening space, or demand the final word in solid state detail, the Logos might not be your huckleberry. But if you're looking for the best of both sonic worlds – tube and transistor, with superb construction - it's hard to imagine getting more amp for the money. Art meets audio with the Logos.