Category Archives: amplification

Marantz SA-10/PM-10

Launched on December 1st, 2016, the new Marantz SA-10 SACD player/DAC and PM-10 amplifier are technologically the boldest products the Eindhoven-based company has done in many years. The silver disc spinner replaces the SA-7, and sports a bespoke, newly designed optical disc

Marantz SA-10/PM-10

Launched on December 1st, 2016, the new Marantz SA-10 SACD player/DAC and PM-10 amplifier are technologically the boldest products the Eindhoven-based company has done in many years. The silver disc spinner replaces the SA-7, and sports a bespoke, newly designed optical disc

Canor TP134

This £2,495 Hungarian-made integrated is a serious attempt by a niche manufacturer to produce an affordable, decent sounding valve amplifier. It’s an EL34 pentode-based integrated design that’s said to work in full Class A mode up to about 10 watts, going on to

Canor TP134

This £2,495 Hungarian-made integrated is a serious attempt by a niche manufacturer to produce an affordable, decent sounding valve amplifier. It’s an EL34 pentode-based integrated design that’s said to work in full Class A mode up to about 10 watts, going on to

Sony TA-73

Since the late nineteen sixties, Sony always had an entry-level hi-fi range – one that offered obviously better quality than lesser brands but wasn’t a full-fat Sony product with impressive styling and specification. The TA-73 (and its matching ST-73 tuner

Sony TA-73

Since the late nineteen sixties, Sony always had an entry-level hi-fi range – one that offered obviously better quality than lesser brands but wasn’t a full-fat Sony product with impressive styling and specification. The TA-73 (and its matching ST-73 tuner

Hitachi Lo-D HA-5700

The nineteen seventies saw Japanese companies experimenting with different types of output devices in a bid to bring better sonics and greater power – for example, Sony and Yamaha launched super sounding but unreliable V-FET amplifiers at the beginning of that decade. But

Hitachi Lo-D HA-5700

The nineteen seventies saw Japanese companies experimenting with different types of output devices in a bid to bring better sonics and greater power – for example, Sony and Yamaha launched super sounding but unreliable V-FET amplifiers at the beginning of that decade. But

Naim NAIT 5

The first Naim NAIT embodied the nineteen eighties move towards minimalism – less was more. So there was nowhere to go for the NAITs that followed (the 2 and 3) except bigger. They got progressively higher powered and less minimalist – the 2

Naim NAIT 5

The first Naim NAIT embodied the nineteen eighties move towards minimalism – less was more. So there was nowhere to go for the NAITs that followed (the 2 and 3) except bigger. They got progressively higher powered and less minimalist – the 2

Marantz KI Pearl

The British launch of the Marantz KI Pearls in Autumn 2009 was a suitably auspicious affair at The Ivy in London’s Soho, with Ken Ishiwata making a speech to a room of assembled journalists in which he traced his career trajectory,

Marantz KI Pearl

The British launch of the Marantz KI Pearls in Autumn 2009 was a suitably auspicious affair at The Ivy in London’s Soho, with Ken Ishiwata making a speech to a room of assembled journalists in which he traced his career trajectory,

Arcam P49

  Arcam has always been a purveyor of fine integrated amps as far back as the late seventies, this much we know. Yet the company does have a tradition of doing capable power amplifiers too, stretching right back to the

Arcam P49

  Arcam has always been a purveyor of fine integrated amps as far back as the late seventies, this much we know. Yet the company does have a tradition of doing capable power amplifiers too, stretching right back to the

Audio Research SP-8

  Such were the politics of British hi-fi publishing back in the early eighties, that you had to struggle to read about anything that wasn’t UK-made and transistor-aspirated. It may be hard to believe in today’s relatively catholic hi-fi world, but

Audio Research SP-8

  Such were the politics of British hi-fi publishing back in the early eighties, that you had to struggle to read about anything that wasn’t UK-made and transistor-aspirated. It may be hard to believe in today’s relatively catholic hi-fi world, but

Exposure 3010S2

  Exposure made its name for powerful and punchy sounding high end transistor amplifiers back in the nineteen eighties, under the stewardship of gifted designer John Farlowe. He subsequently sold his company and emigrated to Thailand, whereupon the brand was reborn.

Exposure 3010S2

  Exposure made its name for powerful and punchy sounding high end transistor amplifiers back in the nineteen eighties, under the stewardship of gifted designer John Farlowe. He subsequently sold his company and emigrated to Thailand, whereupon the brand was reborn.

NAD 3030

Meet one of New Acoustic Dimension’s lost gems, the integrated amplifier that came before the product for which the company is most famous by far – the NAD 3020. Actually, in hi-fi terms, it’s not the barnstormer that its successor was,

NAD 3030

Meet one of New Acoustic Dimension’s lost gems, the integrated amplifier that came before the product for which the company is most famous by far – the NAD 3020. Actually, in hi-fi terms, it’s not the barnstormer that its successor was,

NAD D 3020

Just as the original NAD 3020 had ‘real world’ features and no gimmicks, so this new D version goes the same way. Any modern budget amplifier has surely got to work in Class D, because this mode of operation has lower power

NAD D 3020

Just as the original NAD 3020 had ‘real world’ features and no gimmicks, so this new D version goes the same way. Any modern budget amplifier has surely got to work in Class D, because this mode of operation has lower power

Creek Destiny

Starting with the classic CAS4040 back in the early nineteen eighties, Creek Audio has an illustrious history of producing affordable but musical sounding transistor amplification. Launched in 2009, the Destiny was the company’s flagship product and took it very much into the

Creek Destiny

Starting with the classic CAS4040 back in the early nineteen eighties, Creek Audio has an illustrious history of producing affordable but musical sounding transistor amplification. Launched in 2009, the Destiny was the company’s flagship product and took it very much into the

Rega Brio R

One instinctively knows when something is right. And so it was when I first discovered the Rega Brio five or so years ago. Costing just £328, Rega described it as a “simple, high performance, integrated amplifier”with the company’s characteristic understatement, and that’s

Rega Brio R

One instinctively knows when something is right. And so it was when I first discovered the Rega Brio five or so years ago. Costing just £328, Rega described it as a “simple, high performance, integrated amplifier”with the company’s characteristic understatement, and that’s

Kenwood L-07C/L-07M

The Trio/Kenwood Stereo Control Amplifier Model L-07C and DC Power Amplifier Model L-07M monoblocs hail from a different age. Launched in 1979 at the very zenith of the audio boom, hi-fi was a hugely popular pursuit across the western world – and seen as

Kenwood L-07C/L-07M

The Trio/Kenwood Stereo Control Amplifier Model L-07C and DC Power Amplifier Model L-07M monoblocs hail from a different age. Launched in 1979 at the very zenith of the audio boom, hi-fi was a hugely popular pursuit across the western world – and seen as

Nytech CPA132/CPS102/CPA401

Nytech was launched by Richard Hay way back in the early nineteen seventies; a man who served his audio apprenticeship with the highly esteemed Arthur Radford and Arthur Bailey at Radford Electronics. His company made respected, mid-market equipment for around

Nytech CPA132/CPS102/CPA401

Nytech was launched by Richard Hay way back in the early nineteen seventies; a man who served his audio apprenticeship with the highly esteemed Arthur Radford and Arthur Bailey at Radford Electronics. His company made respected, mid-market equipment for around

JVC JAS-11G

Any audiophile will venture towards the pages of a hi-fi magazine from time to time – if they’re not avidly reading them every month, that is. Had you picked up a copy of What Hi-Fi in 1977, the chances are

JVC JAS-11G

Any audiophile will venture towards the pages of a hi-fi magazine from time to time – if they’re not avidly reading them every month, that is. Had you picked up a copy of What Hi-Fi in 1977, the chances are

Naim NAP 250

It is a long time since Naim Audio Ltd. first started up in a Wiltshire backstreet in 1973, and from that moment on began to win friends and favour. Its founder was the sadly now deceased Julian Vereker, who once

Naim NAP 250

It is a long time since Naim Audio Ltd. first started up in a Wiltshire backstreet in 1973, and from that moment on began to win friends and favour. Its founder was the sadly now deceased Julian Vereker, who once

Sugden Masterclass IA-4

Launched a decade ago at £3,499, this monster integrated amplifier was a Sugden A21a on steroids. With substantially boosted power and extra facilities, the IA-4 set out to bring that crystalline Class A sound to a wider audience. The most obvious difference

Sugden Masterclass IA-4

Launched a decade ago at £3,499, this monster integrated amplifier was a Sugden A21a on steroids. With substantially boosted power and extra facilities, the IA-4 set out to bring that crystalline Class A sound to a wider audience. The most obvious difference

Pioneer A-400

Pioneer’s A-400 integrated amplifier came out in the spring of 1990, to a rapturous reception in the UK. Part of the dynamic was the fact that Japanese amplifiers had – until then – been regarded with great suspicion in the British

Pioneer A-400

Pioneer’s A-400 integrated amplifier came out in the spring of 1990, to a rapturous reception in the UK. Part of the dynamic was the fact that Japanese amplifiers had – until then – been regarded with great suspicion in the British

A tale of two Sonys

What do hi-fi designers actually do nowadays? Some would say “not a lot”, as technical refinements all too often seem reduced to devising new software applications to run on platforms whose architecture was laid down twenty or so years ago. Electronically, hi-fi has been

A tale of two Sonys

What do hi-fi designers actually do nowadays? Some would say “not a lot”, as technical refinements all too often seem reduced to devising new software applications to run on platforms whose architecture was laid down twenty or so years ago. Electronically, hi-fi has been