Category Archives: amplification

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

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

Audio Icons

This limited edition print project is created by loudspeaker designer, writer and musician Phil Ward, and inspired by classic British hi-fi products of the nineteen seventies and eighties. The first series show six iconic amplifiers and nine iconic loudspeakers, while turntables,

Audio Icons

This limited edition print project is created by loudspeaker designer, writer and musician Phil Ward, and inspired by classic British hi-fi products of the nineteen seventies and eighties. The first series show six iconic amplifiers and nine iconic loudspeakers, while turntables,

TEAC AI-501DA-S

As he describes in his brilliant autobiography Made In Japan, Sony boss Akio Morita went to the United States in the early nineteen sixties in an attempt to persuade Americans that they should be listening to small transistor radios. At first,

TEAC AI-501DA-S

As he describes in his brilliant autobiography Made In Japan, Sony boss Akio Morita went to the United States in the early nineteen sixties in an attempt to persuade Americans that they should be listening to small transistor radios. At first,

Quad Vena

A strange brew, but likeable too. Inside, Quad’s new Vena is a brand new, high quality, Class AB amplifier with a solid 45W RMS per channel (quoted). It sports a Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC, as used in Quad’s Platinum series CD players,

Quad Vena

A strange brew, but likeable too. Inside, Quad’s new Vena is a brand new, high quality, Class AB amplifier with a solid 45W RMS per channel (quoted). It sports a Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC, as used in Quad’s Platinum series CD players,

Quad 303

In the mid nineteen sixties, Quad could do no wrong. Its recently launched ESL-57 electrostatic loudspeaker was ground-breaking, and considered one of the very best designs in the world. Its Quad II valve power amplifiers were of excellent quality too,

Quad 303

In the mid nineteen sixties, Quad could do no wrong. Its recently launched ESL-57 electrostatic loudspeaker was ground-breaking, and considered one of the very best designs in the world. Its Quad II valve power amplifiers were of excellent quality too,

Sansui AU-317

It’s sad that so many great names have fallen by the wayside, from Leak and Garrard in Great Britain to Micro Seiki and Sansui in Japan. The latter was one of the biggest Nipponese brands around in the nineteen seventies, with a

Sansui AU-317

It’s sad that so many great names have fallen by the wayside, from Leak and Garrard in Great Britain to Micro Seiki and Sansui in Japan. The latter was one of the biggest Nipponese brands around in the nineteen seventies, with a

Micromega MyAmp

The Citroën of the hi-fi world – well, sort of – Micromega is a French company that has always done things differently. Sometimes its products are superb, at others not so special, but you’d never call them boring – at least

Micromega MyAmp

The Citroën of the hi-fi world – well, sort of – Micromega is a French company that has always done things differently. Sometimes its products are superb, at others not so special, but you’d never call them boring – at least

Tellurium Q Iridium SOCA

Another of British hi-fi’s great ‘what ifs’, this Tellurium Q power amplifier arrived on the scene in 2012, and promised so much. This newish British company isn’t prone to bouts of hyperbole, rather the excitement came from it being a

Tellurium Q Iridium SOCA

Another of British hi-fi’s great ‘what ifs’, this Tellurium Q power amplifier arrived on the scene in 2012, and promised so much. This newish British company isn’t prone to bouts of hyperbole, rather the excitement came from it being a

NAD 3020

Buying a decent budget amplifier back in the late nineteen seventies wasn’t easy. The market was swamped by brushed aluminium-fronted Japanese designs, plastered with tone controls and power meters for showroom appeal. Little had any real attention paid to sound

NAD 3020

Buying a decent budget amplifier back in the late nineteen seventies wasn’t easy. The market was swamped by brushed aluminium-fronted Japanese designs, plastered with tone controls and power meters for showroom appeal. Little had any real attention paid to sound

Creek OBH-22

It’s easy to make a passive preamplifier, I’ve made several. Buy a 50k ohm potentiometer from RS Components or suchlike, wire it up to four phono sockets, and if you’re feeling adventurous, put it in a box and add a

Creek OBH-22

It’s easy to make a passive preamplifier, I’ve made several. Buy a 50k ohm potentiometer from RS Components or suchlike, wire it up to four phono sockets, and if you’re feeling adventurous, put it in a box and add a

McIntosh MC275 VI

McIntosh is a redoubtable marque with an illustrious history of producing very high quality products. The huge MC275 power amplifier is now in its sixth generation, the first one appearing way back in 1961. Designed by company co-founder Sidney A. Corderman and Gordon

McIntosh MC275 VI

McIntosh is a redoubtable marque with an illustrious history of producing very high quality products. The huge MC275 power amplifier is now in its sixth generation, the first one appearing way back in 1961. Designed by company co-founder Sidney A. Corderman and Gordon

Pioneer SA-9500

Pioneer is one of the more interesting Japanese brands, and – if you aggregate the quality of its products over time – one of the most impressive. Since 1937 when it was founded by Japanese engineer Nozomu Matsumoto, it has

Pioneer SA-9500

Pioneer is one of the more interesting Japanese brands, and – if you aggregate the quality of its products over time – one of the most impressive. Since 1937 when it was founded by Japanese engineer Nozomu Matsumoto, it has

Leben CS300X Limited Edition

Say “made in Japan” and you automatically think of massive corporate consumer electronics companies – the Sonys and Matsushitas of this world. What few realise however is that, precisely because the Japanese domestic hi-fi market is so big, there’s room

Leben CS300X Limited Edition

Say “made in Japan” and you automatically think of massive corporate consumer electronics companies – the Sonys and Matsushitas of this world. What few realise however is that, precisely because the Japanese domestic hi-fi market is so big, there’s room

NuForce Reference 9SE

California-based NuForce launched its first range of Class D amplifiers at Las Vegas CES in 2005, with the initial products being the Reference 8 and 9 monoblocs. There was a choice of Reference 8 single-ended input (RCA) at £635 and Reference

NuForce Reference 9SE

California-based NuForce launched its first range of Class D amplifiers at Las Vegas CES in 2005, with the initial products being the Reference 8 and 9 monoblocs. There was a choice of Reference 8 single-ended input (RCA) at £635 and Reference

ANT Audio Kora 3T LTD

Alex Nikitin is one of hi-fi’s best kept secrets. Not many know his name, but he is widely respected in the industry as the gifted audio engineer behind many of Creek Audio’s products for much of the nineties and noughties. Alex Nikitin

ANT Audio Kora 3T LTD

Alex Nikitin is one of hi-fi’s best kept secrets. Not many know his name, but he is widely respected in the industry as the gifted audio engineer behind many of Creek Audio’s products for much of the nineties and noughties. Alex Nikitin

Naim NAIT

Until the Naim NAIT surfaced in 1983, integrated amplifiers had traditionally been regarded as something you bought before you could afford a ‘real’ preamplifier/power amplifier combination. The breed, it’s fair to say, wasn’t widely respected. The little Naim changed all this, because

Naim NAIT

Until the Naim NAIT surfaced in 1983, integrated amplifiers had traditionally been regarded as something you bought before you could afford a ‘real’ preamplifier/power amplifier combination. The breed, it’s fair to say, wasn’t widely respected. The little Naim changed all this, because