Category Archives: Integrated amplifier

Me versus stores

When you walk into an audio store demo room you can see all their speakers lined up. With me it’s completely different. When you walk in you see only one pair of speakers in my demo/living room. Here’s a problem — I find that even people who visit … Continue reading

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Vincent Audio, ASC, GoldenEar

Just a slice of life from my stereo store in my home in St. Louis MO. I’m no Music for Pleasure or Sound Room but I do a nice job for my clients. Buyer report on Vincent integrated amp I … Continue reading

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Reviews, reviewers, snark.

Summary of the Stereophile – July 2015 issue Michael Fremer reviewed “The best tonearm in the World” 5 pages. He loved it. $28,000. (Should I say more? I think that if you can seriously consider a $28,000 tonearm can afford … Continue reading

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An amp for every taste

About the Amplifier Shootout This will be an ongoing event until I run out of amps. I need to warn you that it is not a scientific test – mileage will vary with taste. For instance I have found that … Continue reading

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Quest for perfection (or something like)

“… but the highs are missing a little bit of sparkle.” That is an actual quote from an owner’s evaluation of Tung Sol 6550 tubes posted on Upscale Audio’s website. But not to worry, as the writer continues “However the … Continue reading

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The GoldenEar Technology Triton Ones are here!

Compared to to other GoldenEar dealers I am having a very late start with the Triton Ones. After months of delays they arrived two days before the start of a ten day family vacation. That was good in one way … Continue reading

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First Listen GoldenEar Technology Triton Seven

My demo GoldenEar Technology Triton Sevens arrived two weeks ago, two days before we left for a ten day trip. Since I had been told that the Sevens need 100 to 150 hours break in, their arrival before the trip was a stroke … Continue reading

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The Sound of Vincent Audio amplifiers

The recent buyer of a Vincent Audio SP331MK has continued to email me with updates. His latest is a good explanation of the Vincent sound and I believe it characterizes well the sound of the SP331, SP331MK, and the SV237. … Continue reading

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Miscellany from Wylie

NYTimes article: “The New Audio Geeks — A high-tech audience catches on to the appeal of high fidelity.” The article discusses the slowly growing phenomenon of a few iPod/earbud listeners moving up to actual sound systems. An interview with Roy Hall of music hall audio is part of … Continue reading

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First listen Vincent Audio SV 237

Though only broken in for two days, and at low volume, for me the SV 237 already fulfills the promise of its hybrid design – tube sound and solid state power. Even though my bel canto design ref 500m mono … Continue reading

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