The Vacuum Tube Audio (VTA) M-125 Mono-Tube Power Amplifiers offer performance rivaling products up to five times their price. But to get that performance, one has to give away some features. So how hair-shirt an audiophile are you? For those willing to read the owner’s manual, the Vacuum Tube Audio M-125 mono-tube power amplifiers offer amazing sound for the money – but are you up to the challenges?
The McIntosh MA8900 stereo integrated amplifier follows a long line of classic solid-state integrated amplifiers from McIntosh. It features high power, autoformer speaker-coupling, and the usual generous array of McIntosh controls; all implemented with state-of-the-art technology. The McIntosh MA8900 offers the classic Mac sound, looks, and quality for the twenty-first century.
The Power Sound Audio S3601 Subwoofer sports not one, but two 18-inch drivers on opposite sides of its CNC-milled box. The Digital Signal Processing (DSP) ICE plate amp of the Power Sound Audio S3601 Subwoofer provides a continuous 1700 watts (4300 watts, peak). The 137-pound subwoofer is competition for any residential subwoofer on the market, and is a bargain for the price.
Overall, the Emotiva BasX Home Theater Audio System is a good deal for the price, vastly superior “home-theater-in-a-box” systems and similarly-priced AVRs in sound quality! The system consists of: MC-700 Surround Sound Processor ($599), TA-500 5-Channel Power Amplifier ($499), LCR Loudspeaker ($149/ea.), SAT Loudspeaker ($199/pr.), and S-12 Subwoofer ($399).
For the first time in its history, the Emotiva company is offering a full entry-level surround sound system called the BasX (Basic-X) line. I find this particularly interesting because I’ve previously reviewed (and bought with my own money, and for full price) the Emotiva BasX stereo gear, including the PT-100 preamp...
It’s a preamp. We don’t like ‘em, they’re hard to get right, but you gotta have one. For $299, you won’t find any better than the Emotiva BASX PT-100.
It’s hip to be square (with apologies to Huey Lewis and the News). Tubes are back and if you want to go beyond the current vinyl craze down the retro path, this VTA ST-120 power amplifier is a great way to get there!
The MartinLogan Impression ESL 11A speakers are evolutionary improvements on their classic hybrid electrostatic line. The sound however, is quite something else.
Cary Audio attempts to provide tube-like sound from their newest 300 watts-per-channel solid-state integrated amplifier. In some aspects, I think they’ve succeeded. It sports a Class A preamplifier section with a well-built power amplifier. A premium-quality, and very versatile DAC is also included.
Martin-Logan’s Impression ESL 11A speakers are the newest generation of hybrid electrostatics from that company. In addition to offering wide dispersion, dual woofers, optional room-correction software and the famously-pure and transparent midrange...