Category Archives: amplification

Quad II

One of the longest running British power amplifiers, the Quad II has a legendary reputation and can be considered a definitive and iconic valve design. Launched in 1953, it acquired a matching preamplifier – the QC 22 – in 1959,

Quad II

One of the longest running British power amplifiers, the Quad II has a legendary reputation and can be considered a definitive and iconic valve design. Launched in 1953, it acquired a matching preamplifier – the QC 22 – in 1959,

Roksan K3 Integrated

This £1,250 integrated amplifier was launched in 2016. It has five line inputs, moving magnet phono stage and aptX wireless Bluetooth but interestingly though, no DAC functionality is offered. Indeed, aside from the Bluetooth which is unashamedly a convenience feature, this

Roksan K3 Integrated

This £1,250 integrated amplifier was launched in 2016. It has five line inputs, moving magnet phono stage and aptX wireless Bluetooth but interestingly though, no DAC functionality is offered. Indeed, aside from the Bluetooth which is unashamedly a convenience feature, this

Leak Stereo 60

We all know how great the Leak Stereo 20 is. Introduced in 1958, it was a perfectly packaged ‘do-it-all’ stereo valve power amplifier with enough power to drive most loudspeakers of its day. Using the same basic circuit as Harold Leak’s ‘Point

Leak Stereo 60

We all know how great the Leak Stereo 20 is. Introduced in 1958, it was a perfectly packaged ‘do-it-all’ stereo valve power amplifier with enough power to drive most loudspeakers of its day. Using the same basic circuit as Harold Leak’s ‘Point

Creek Evolution 50A

Traditionally Creek has been king of budget British integrated amplifiers. The CAS4040 for example, is a lovely listen, and in its day one of the best things any budding audiophile could afford. It had a warm but grippy, detailed and musical sound that offered enormous bang

Creek Evolution 50A

Traditionally Creek has been king of budget British integrated amplifiers. The CAS4040 for example, is a lovely listen, and in its day one of the best things any budding audiophile could afford. It had a warm but grippy, detailed and musical sound that offered enormous bang

Icon Audio MB90

Back in the late nineteen nineties, tube amplification was regarded as an extreme niche in hi-fi – something akin to how most petrolheads think about kit cars (i.e. “interesting, but not for me”). So perhaps it’s a sign of the

Icon Audio MB90

Back in the late nineteen nineties, tube amplification was regarded as an extreme niche in hi-fi – something akin to how most petrolheads think about kit cars (i.e. “interesting, but not for me”). So perhaps it’s a sign of the

Stello S200

The ultimate sleeper, here was a great sounding solid-state power amplifier at an affordable price, built like the proverbial brick wash room and finished to the standard of the finest Japanese hi-fi. Trouble is, it was made in South Korea by

Stello S200

The ultimate sleeper, here was a great sounding solid-state power amplifier at an affordable price, built like the proverbial brick wash room and finished to the standard of the finest Japanese hi-fi. Trouble is, it was made in South Korea by

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