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REDGUM BLACK RGi35ENR Integrated Amplifier Review  Print E-mail
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Written by Andre Marc   
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
Article Index
REDGUM BLACK RGi35ENR Integrated Amplifier Review 
Why Fins on the Bottom
Set Up and Listening
Conclusion


I wanted to compare the 24/192 and DSD downloads of Shelby Lynne’s Just A Little Lovin’ for a while now, and when I did, the results were interesting. The REDGUM allowed me to hear precisely the difference in the two formats. The 24/192 version was “wetter”, with more recorded detail. It was easier to hear the reverb around her vocal, and the specifics of her distance from the microphone. The DSD was smooth, more tape like, sacrificing a bit it detail for a warmer, inviting sound. Having been a Shelby Lynne fan since 2000, I also highly recommend the new deluxe remastering of her “breakthrough” album I Am Shelby Lynne.

Switching gears completely, I pulled up some Dave Brubeck. The wonderful Concord On A Summer Night, 24/88 FLAC, is beautifully recorded and the playing is sublime. I did not expect such delicacy and finesse from the REDGUM. Silly me. Brubeck’s miraculous touch on the piano was intact, and I ended playing this album through multiple times.

Determined to see if the REDGUM amp had its limits in sophistication, I played Tinariwen’s new Live In Paris, 24/48 FLAC. The exotic stew of desert rhythms, modal blues, and syncopated percussion made it impossible to sit still. This album also showcased the amp’s way with bass, as notes stopped and started on a dime. Staying on a world music path, I pulled up several Dhafer Youseff albums. The sheer depth of beauty in his music is hard to describe. His blending of North African soul and modern flourishes are ravishing and the REDGUM presented a clean window into this artist and his vision.

One last listening note I can add is the harder I pushed the amp, the more it gripped the speakers. There was no loss of coherence at room overloading volumes. And at lower volumes, nothing was lost either. There was lots of usable volume range, something I don’t always see with integrated amps. No worries here.

Ergonomically, the RGi35NR was an absolute dream. II had it running for ten weeks, on 24/7, and not only did it not generate heat, it was cool to the touch, even on some warmer Southern California late fall days. This is proof that Ian Robinson’s design choices, although off the beaten path, are spot on. If I had one complaint, it is a rather petty one. I wish the remote was a bit bigger, for those with clumsy hands.

Conclusion


If you are shopping for an amplifier to drive just about any speaker, that offers world class sonics, stylish design, and superb build, the REDGUM Black series is a must audition. To be quite, frank, there is no integrated ump in the price range of the RGi35NR that I can recommend over it.

If you need even more power, there are two other models to choose from. If you are running Magnepan speakers, or similar, and have been dissatisfied with your current amplifier, REDGUM may have your solution.  An audition is highly recommended, without reservation.






Specifications



REDGUM Audio Black RGi35NR: $2500

www.redgumaudio.com

US Importer:

www.colleencardasimports.com

65+65 WRMS into 8Ω      
80+80 WRMS into 4Ω      
95+95 WRMS into 2Ω      
H 15 x W 41 x D 37 cm / H 6 x W 16 x D 14.5 in
16.5 kg / 36.4 lb shipped
7 Year Warranty

Review System 1


Server: Bryston BDP-2
DAC: iFI Micro iDSD w/ iFi Micro USB 3.0
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Server: Bryston BDP-2
Preamp: CIAudio PLC-1 MKII, Rogue RP-5
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55, Simaudio 760A
Speaker:  Bryston Mini T
Cables: Stager Sound, Acoustic Zen, Element Cable, DH Labs, iFi
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks and Svelte Shelves, Shakti Stone, Bryston BIT-15, Salamander rack

Review System 2


Music Server: SOtM sMS-100 w/ Battery XPS
Preamp: MicroZOTL 2.0
DAC: iFi Micro iDSD w/i iFi Micro iUSB 3.0
Power Amplifier: CLONES Audio 25p, Onkyo M5000R
Tape Deck: Sony TC-350
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3, Magnepan MMG
Cables: Stager Sound, Transparent,  DH Labs
Accessories: Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Sound Anchors Stands, Audience aR6

 






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