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

Speaking of Led Zeppelin, the 25p stunned in outputting the 96 Khz 2014 remaster downloads of their first three albums. There was newly uncovered ambience and detail; these albums never sounded so vivid and forceful. "Gallows Pole" and "Tangerine", from III, were hair raising. The acoustic guitars were all steel and wood, and Robert Plant’s vocals were beautifully locked in. 

Pink Floyd's 20th Anniversary Division Bell 96 Khz download sounded great too, with scale and an impressive sense of layering. The last track, "High Hopes", a beautiful piece of classic Floyd psychedelia, floated between the speakers like a dream. On this particular track, there was an inviting warmth that the 25p nailed perfectly.

Going full circle to an excellent new recording, Jane Osborne’s fantastic new album, Love And Hate, the 25p brought out the excellent balance in the mix, and extracted the emotional content at the same time. As a matter of fact, this recording may have driven home all the 25p’s best qualities: rhythmic precision, transparency, even handedness, and musical purity.

Ergonomically, the 25p is easy to live with. It runs cool and does not take up much space. It is well made enough that you will be proud to have it in your audio system. A good power cord and some cost effective isolation devices will extract the most from the amp. But I would not go crazy here, in outlay. There are a number of vendors that make good, cost-effective aftermarket power cords. But let me say, as is, out of the box, post break in, the amp is a joy.

CLONES audio 25p


Conclusion


Can a $740 amplifier be perfect? Nope. But the 25p offers pleasures that are seriously beyond anything you could imagine at this price point, and a good distance beyond. It gives up the last bit of sophistication and soundstage depth to far more costlier models. When I say "last bit", I really mean it. As a matter of fact, I am putting my wallet where my mouth is and the CLONES Audio 25p is staying put in my system because, right now, it provides everything I need from a solid-state amplifier, and then some. Exceptional product. Highly recommended.

Specifications



CLONES Audio 25p Power Amplifier: $740

US Distributor: Northto35
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740
TEL:  718-689-4411
Web: www.northto35.com
Email: ian@northto35.com

Specifications:
Output power: 25W+25W (8ohms)
Input impedance: 22k ( unbalanced only )
Signal to Noise Ratio: >95dB (min)
Dimensions: 170(w)x100(h)x170(d)mm
Weight: 4kg
* 5 year warranty


Review System 1


CD Transport: Musical Fidelity M1 CDT
DAC/Server:  Simaudio Neo 308D
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Headphone Amp: Pro-Ject Head Box II
Headphones: Grado SR60
Preamp: Channel Islands Audio PLC-1 MkII, Tisbury Audio Mini Passive
Amplifier: Audio Research VS 55. Bob Carver Black Magic
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4
Cables:  Stager Silver Solids, Darwin The Truth (IC), Transparent  MM2 Super (IC), Transparent Plus (Speaker) Acoustic Zen Tsunami II (AC),Transparent (AC).Shunyata Venom (AC) Element Cable Red Storm (Digital AC), DH Labs TosLink, DH Labs AES/EBU, Audioquest, Forest, WireWorld Ultraviolet, DH Labs USB(USB) DH Labs (USB)
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks and Svelte Shelves, Shakti Stone, Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner, Salamander rack

Review System 2


CD Player: Marantz CD5003
Music Server: Simaudio MiND 180, via Ethernet to
MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate external drives.
DAC: Musical Fidelity A90, CLONES Audio Sheva DAC, Bryston BDA-1
Integrated Amplifier: McIntosh  MA6600, Roksan Kandy A2 B2
Tape Deck: Sony TC-350
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3
Cables: Darwin Cables Silver IC, Kimber Hero HB,  DH Labs White Lightning (IC),QED Transparent MusicWave (Speaker),PS Audio (AC), Mojo Audio (AC), DH Labs TosLink, Audioquest Forest USB, Wireworld Ultraviolet USB
Accessories:Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Sound Anchors Stands, Wiremold, KECES XPS

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