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  • Fezz Audio Silver Luna Prestige Tube Amplifier Test

    The Silver Luna Prestige is living proof that tube circuitry and "warm tube sound" are not synonymous, and the character of a tube amp's sound is determined by the desire (or perhaps extraordinary talent?) of the manufacturer.
  • Pioneer A-300

    Pioneer UK has been badgering its masters to design and build a no-frills integrated amplifier to compete with the likes of Arcam, Mission, etc. Typically, this proves an uphill struggle and the UK ends up with pretty fascias dotted with party lights and unwanted facilities. That is until now. For the...
  • Pioneer A-400

    And now for something very slightly different – the Pioneer A-400. Yep, it looks just like the A-300 and it even uses the same switches, circuit board, star-earthing pattern, three-core mains lead and casework as the A-300. But closer inspection unveils a succession of detailed revisions, subtle...
  • Aiwa XA-006

    ‘British Made’ declares the Union Jack stuck on the fascia of this distinctly un-British looking amplifier. Sure, the new XA-006 is assembled in this country, but it is a Far Eastern design at heart – packed to the hilt with twiddly-bits and all for an amazingly low ?130. The satin-black...
  • Technics SU-V900

    We always like to include at least one monster amp in our tests and on this occasion it was Technics which came up trumps. The SU-V900 is big. Very big. In many respects it’s a comprehensive analogue version of the company’s SU-MA10 ‘digital’ amplifier, featuring high quality...
  • Harman-Kardon HK6500

    First appearances can be deceptive. After all, a glance at Harman’s HK6500 fails to reveal anything particularly special, but listen to the amp and you’ll realise it’s far from humdrum. It’s the mid-ranking model and, ostensibly, little different from either the HK6300 or HK6600...
  • Alchemist Kraken

    As legendary sea monsters go, the Kraken’s bark is far worse than its bite, though you might still sizzle your hand on its steaming-hot heatsinks. For Alchemist’s Kraken turns out to be a fairly ordinary amplifier, albeit one packaged with extraordinary flair. Its contouring and green hammerite...
  • AMC CVT3030

    Rising from the ashes of the now-defunct Hi-Fi Markets operation, the man who helped bring us the original NAD 3020 amplifier now presents the ?530 AMC CVT3030 — a solid-state/valve hybrid. But who is AMC? The amp itself was designed by an ex-NAD employee. Nevertheless, the CVT3030 appears to offer all...
  • Audio Innovations Series 700

    Archaic valve amplifiers have long been partnered with modern digital gear to good effect. This works particularly well as, on the whole, glowing bottles are better able to deal with the RF interference generated by CD players than their transistorised counterparts. So what, in this day and age, could...
  • Woodside ISA230

    Woodside Electronics started out manufacturing the legendary Radford valve amplifier designs from the Sixties. Its latest creation, the ?900 ISA230 reviewed here, represents a break with tradition, and looks destined to meet Audio Innovations head-on by offering a line-only, bottle-filled integrated...
  • Onix OA22L

    When reviewed the Onix OA21, forebear to the ?300 OA22L looked at here, proved curiously CD-phobic, but had the saving grace of a fabulous MM disc input. It might seem something of a pity, therefore, to remove this disc stage in order to create a modern line-only amplifier. Of course the OA22L is not...
  • Rotel RA-935BX

    The evolution of any fine amplifier usually involves a little backtracking from time to time. After all, very few manufacturers hit the bulls-eye on every occasion. To this end, the new line-only RA-935BX is an acknowledgement on the part of Rotel that its previous BX-Series was not the raving success...
  • Adcom GCA-510

    As interest in A/V systems seems to grow by the month, it makes sense for a loudspeaker specialist to gain a toe-hold in the electronics market. For Celestion that toe-hold is Adcom, an established manufacturer responsible for the highest-selling range of amp separates in America. Its current range includes...
  • Sherwood AI-2210

    Richer Sounds has a reputation for cultivating knock-down hi-fi bargains of one sort or another. And how else would you describe an ?80 amplifier equipped with five line and MM phono inputs plus bass, treble and balance controls? Quite frankly, the fact that the AI-2210 comes in a neat cardboard box...
  • JVC AX-R562

    The last couple of seasons saw JVC flirting with one or two no-frills amplifiers, gimmick-free boxes designed to make life a little less comfortable for the likes of Pioneer, Denon and Rotel. Yet its new range of six amplifiers marks a return to greater flexibility, especially as a select trio, including...
  • Teac A-X1000

    Unlike its range of CD players, which are updated every season, Teac’s cast of matching amplifiers has now been available for over two years. The A-X range is based upon a series of common themes, seemingly worthwhile precepts like short-path signal switching, individual calibration of the output bias...
  • Wharfedale 2050A

    Having stuttered off the starting line, Whaifedale’s own brand of electronics is now feeding itself into specialist dealers across the country. The 2050A amplifier, for example, has already been recalled for a major overhaul and re-fit. No change to the friction-locked volume control, independent rec-out...
  • Sansui AU-X417R

    It’s rare to find plenty of features, oodles of power and a good sound at anything other than an inaccessible price. Yet Sansui has nailed this brief with its AU-X417R. There’s even a matching remote handset to duplicate the on-board volume and input selection facilities. This amp will cope with both...
  • NAD 304

    NAD: a name that has become synonymous with unadventurous, high-value hi-fi. The 304 amp does nothing to detract from this reputation. In fact, it looks identical to the fabulous NAD 302 give or take an extra line input and A/B speaker terminals. There’s an extra LED too, provided by way of indication...
  • Kenwood KA-4050R

    The remotely-controlled KA-4050R closely mirrors the older KA-4040R, and so its stylised appearance is as predictable as its internal design. Once again a digital encoder lurks behind its sculptured facia, scanning the rotary input selector for your choice of either MM/MC disc, CD, tuner, aux or two...
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