|Halcro dm38 Stereo Power Amplifier|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Stereo Amplifiers|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Friday, 01 August 2008|
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The dm38 is very difficult to fault sonically. It really doesn’t do anything wrong. It is just slightly on the cool side of neutral. As with the MC50, I was not enamored of the speaker connectors, although the connectors on the dm38 are completely different than those of the MC series. The dm38 only has a single set of posts per channel, making bi-wiring a bigger chore. Also, as described above, the binding posts accept only spade connectors. Lastly, while I found the unusual industrial design to be a welcome change, some will not like it and will be upset to see that it will not fit neatly into the shelves of their a/v units. Personally, if I owned a piece of equipment this stunning, I would not want it stuck in the middle of a shelf unit, but rather front and center where everyone could see it.
I have reviewed and/or auditioned all of the competition, and the Halcro dm38 is one of the single finest stereo amplifiers available at any price. It is extremely fast and detailed, without introducing a sense of analytical harshness. Its revealing nature will necessarily mean that it should be paired with clean, high-quality electronics, as lesser-quality gear will be ruthlessly revealed. If I was pressed to identify any sonic signature, it would be that the dm38, like the MC series, is slightly cool. If it makes any errors on veering towards thinness or lushness, it is the former. As with the MC series, lovers of tubes, especially triode amplifiers, will find the Halcro sterile.
Overall, the dm38 is one of the most detailed and revealing stereo components I have ever heard at any price in any system. It is expensive, but at this level of investment in your system, you get to choose the very best of the very best, so in the end, it comes down to what sonic flavor you prefer most. If that flavor is one characterized by speed, detail and neutrality, the dm38 is unquestionably your choice.