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CLONES Audio 25p Power Amplifier Review Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
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CLONES Audio 25p Power Amplifier Review
Set Up and Listening

Set Up & Listening

I used the 25p to drive both my Thiel CS2.4 floorstanders -- rated at 4 Ohms, 87 db efficiency --and my Harbeth Compact 7 ES3 monitors -- rated at 6 ohms, 86 db. At no time did the amp run out of steam, clip, or have any issues. My small listening room was the perfect setting for this little overachiever.

The rest of the partnering gear was Darwin and Stager interconnects, Transparent speaker cable, a Simaudio 380D DAC/streamer, a Sony TC-350 reel deck, and both a Ciaudio and Tisbury passive preamp. Lastly, I used an Acoustic Zen Tsunami II power cord, and set the amp up on Symposium Rollerblocks.

CLONES Audio 25p

The amp took a good two weeks to settle in. At first it was a bit reticent, and on the dry side. This was a newly built unit. After the short break in period, it exhibited a colorful tonal quality, with a very clean, liquid midrange, and rather surprisingly, deep and authoritative bass. I found the black background and quick transients addicting from the get go.

The 25p also dazzled with a wide soundstage and excellent stereo separation. Many amps at this price point tend to congeal and smear micro detail, and provide off color instrumental timbre. Not so here. Funjoe has found a way to provide nuance and musical expressiveness that quite frankly embarrass the competition.

Jack White's sublime new album, Lazaretto is a pastiche of Zeppelin style swagger, garagey R&B, classic rock, and country. White’s fat, analog production was tailor made for the 25p, where the stellar recording sounded huge. Lots of dynamics, musical left turns, and nice acoustic touches. The 25p got all the textures right, and rocked the upbeat numbers.


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