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Amplifiers, Preamplifiers and Integrated Amps


We display new Prima Luna, Parasound, Cambridge  & Rega Integrated Amps, all highly recommended by STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND. We have 6 new tube Integrateds from Prima Luna & Dared. Our used amps include McIntosh, Yamaha, Musical Fidelity, Pioneer, Harman-Kardon, Sansui, Onkyo & more. Our used tube integrateds include Dynaco, Fisher, Scott, Eico, Sherwood, Bogen, Knight & more. 


We have a great selection of new preamps & power amps, including 5 Parasound models & 3 Prima Luna models, all on display. Our many used pre & power amps include McIntosh, Crown, Adcom, Dynaco, Levinson, Proceed, Nakamichi, NAD, Kenwood, Onkyo, Phaselinear, Rotel & more. Our used tube amps include Dynaco, McIntosh, Eico, Heath, Leak & more. 


awarded Prima Luna 7 recommendations, the most of any amp company. Only Prima Luna has 3 integrated amps "A" rated by STEREOPHILE. While most McIntosh products cost several times more than most Prima Lunas, no McIntosh are recommended by ABSOLUTE SOUND & only one is recommended by STEREOPHILE.

Prima Luna is the leading manufacturer of affordable, high quality tube amplifiers. Their 35W/ch tube power amp is $1099 & has a 2 year warranty. This amp drives Focal speakers to loud volumes. Gold Sound is Prima Luna's only Colorado  dealer. We have Prima Luna tube integrated amps, preamps & power amps.

We have Prima Luna power amps, preamps & integrated amps on display, so you can here why so many knowledgeable audiophiles prefer tubes.

We have new Parasound, Cambridge & Dared Tube Integrated Amps & Preamps with built-in DACs, including RCA & optical inputs for CD players, plus USB inputs for computer-based sources.  


Audiophiles have long chosen Cambridge integrated amplifiers for their superior sound, flexible features & great value. These amps feature oversized audiophile toroid transformers for better sound & lower noise,  ALPS film volume controls, remotes that can control Cambridge CD players, headphone jack & double banana jacks for A/B speakers. The 651A has a USB computer input. All Cambridge amps have 3 year parts/labor warranty & remote controls. Quantities limited!

651A, 75-100W/ch, list $880, demo $589


"Cambridge really stepped up its game with its suavely restyled & affordable CX series. The dual-mono Class AB, 80W/ch CXA80 is ready for the digital world. With its built-in Wolfson 24 bit/192khz WM8740 DAC, computer audio is as close as the USB input or the front panel jack for portable players. [Includes RCA digital & toslink optical inputs; remote control & headphone jack.] Smooth, relaxed sonic performance & abundant headroom for more demanding speakers." ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/2015, HIGH END BUYERS GUIDE

New PARASOUND HALO INTEGRATED AMP in Stock in black+silver!! Highly  recommended by STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND!

$2495; Remote Control
USB, RCA & Optical  DSD input
PHONO Input: MM/MC [100 or 47k ohms]
Crossover, 20-140hz;
Line inputs: 5 RCA, one XLR;
Bass & Treble controls
Outputs: XLR balanced & RCA 

160W/ch, 8 ohms
270W/ch, 4 ohms
Toroidal power transformer
Dual mono power supply
High bias Class A/AB topology
This amp's features, sound quality & power are far above other integrated amps. The Parasound has more power & features than 8 competitors, including $4700 amps. Only Parasound has a 384k DAC USB input, DSD decoding, an XLR preamp output & dual mono power amps with over 200 Watts/ch, max. RMS. The competing brands include McIntosh, Bryston, Musical Fidelity, NAD, Arcam & Rotel. Parasound's 5 year parts & labor warranty is longer than most of its more expensive competitors. Parasound is available with silver or black front panels & optional rack mounting hardware.

"The Parasound Halo integrated amp uses the latest generation ESS Sabre 32 Reference DAC for decoding PCM up to 384khz / 32 bit & DSD & has a full complement of digital inputs including asynchronous USB 2.0." ABSOLUTE SOUND 4/15

"The Halo integrated's overall sound was spirited, naturally detailed & alluringly three dimensional. This combination of amp & speakers made for pure audio joy. Soundstages were enormous & tangible. The  imaging was glorious. One of the best-ever audiophile systems for under $5000." STEREOPHILE 11/15 


Highly  recommended by STEREOPHILE, 4/14!$1095, Remote Control
USB, RCA & Optical
PHONO Input:
MM/MC [100/47k ohms]
Line inputs: 6 RCA, one XLR bass & treble controls
Outputs: XLR balanced & RCA  black or silver. 

The P5's features & sound quality are far above anything anywhere near its price. Most preamps many times its price do not include Parasound's DAC, home theater bypass, adjustable subwoofer crossover or 5 year warranty.

GOLD SOUND is  Colorado's exclusive DARED DEALER!

DARED Compact Models
These models are very compact, combine tube & solid state electronics, feature built-in Digital to Analog Converters with a USB computer input, premium construction, & a 2 year warranty. The RD1 has built-in speakers. Speakers are optional on the other models. 

MARS Hybrid Tube Integrated Amp, $498
25W/ch, Class A amp
INPUTS: RCA line level, DAC, 2.4 gig wireless connection to smart phone, iPod & iPhone
OUTPUTS: 3.5mm headphone, RCA preamp, double banana 4 & 8 ohm speaker 
TUBES: [1] 6N3

SIZE: 7.5 wide x 6" deep x 4" high

DR100 Hybrid Tube Integrated Amp, $575
25W/ch, Class A amp, Remote control, 
Built-in FM DAB/RDS tuner w/20 station memories
INPUTS: 3.5mm line level, DAC, 2.4 gig wireless connection to smart phone, iPod & iPhone
OUTPUTS: 3.5mm headphone, double banana 4 & 8 ohm speaker 
TUBES: [2] 6N1, 6E2 cat's eye VU meter
SIZE: 10" wide x 6.5" deep x 5" high

MP-5BT Hybrid Tube Integrated Amp, $498
25W/ch, Class A amp
INPUTS: line level, USB with DAC to computer, 2.4 gig wireless connection to smart phone
OUTPUTS: 3.5mm headphone, RCA preamp, double banana 4 & 8 ohm speaker 
TUBES: [1] 6N3

SIZE: 10" wide x 6" deep x 5.5" high

RD1 Retro-style Tube FM Tabletop Radio, $649
Built-in FM DAB/RDS tuner w/20 station memories
INPUTS: 3.5mm line level input, DAC, 2.4 gig wireless connection to smart phone
OUTPUTS: 3.5mm headphone & preamp 
TUBES: [1] 12AX7, 6N1, 6E3 cat's eye VU meter
SIZE: 12" wide x 7.5" deep x 7.5" high

DARED Mainline Models
These models are larger & feature state-of-the-art quality construction, including toroidal power transformers, gold RCA input & double banana output connections, autoamtic tube biasing,  ceramic tube sockets with gold pins & a 2 year parts & labor warranty.

SATURN Integrated Amp, Single-ended, $2700
25W/ch, VU meter.  Many audiophiles love Single Ended Tube Amps for their superior imaging & natural midrange. Most SET amps are far more expensive than the Saturn with a fraction of its power, usually well under 10 watts. The Saturn is both more affordable & more powerful than other SET amps, giving you a greater dynamic range with less distortion. The extra power enables the Saturn to drive many more speaker models [92db & up efficiency] than other SET amps.
FEATURES: 4 line level inputs; USB Digital Analog Converter, 32 bit, 384 khz., Remote Control
TUBES: [2] KT120 outputs, [2] 12AX7
OUTPUTS: 4 & 8 ohm speakers; headphone & preamp.
SIZE: 14.75" wide x 12" deep x 7.5" high


Micro Mega is made in France & imported by Focal. The MyAmp is a compact combined DAC & integrated amo with 30W/ch 8 ohm & 60W/ch 4 ohm. Micro Mega has a 10 year parts & labor warranty, something unique in its price class. Even Micro Mega's phono stage & headphone amp for  $269 each, have a 10 year warranty. The only other products we've seen with a 10 year warranty are Parasound Halo, which cost about $3000 & up.

MyAmp DAC/Integrated Amp Review

"More than an integrated amplifier, MyAmp is a complete digital hub with wireless streaming, analog & digital source switching & a headphone amplifier. The DAC is the ESS Sabre Hyperstream DAC, the same chip found in many expensive units. Source switching is via FET-buffered relays - impressive in a $599 product. MyAmp exemplifies what high-end audio should be about - solid sonics blended with flexibility & adaptation. It can spend the day in a desk top environment & then just as easily be reassigned for small system duties in a den or cozy family room. The MyAmp is confirmation that serious comes in all sizes, a desktop dynamo to be reckoned with." ABSOLUTE SOUND Neil Gader - 2/2015

We now have on display:
 *Asterisk means that this product has been favorably reviewed by STEREOPHILE, ABSOLUTE SOUND, etc. Reviews are further down on this page.



651A USB

DARED SATURN Tube  Integrated Amp, $2725

25W/ch, 4 line level inputs & USB, Remote Control, KT120 output tubes
2 year warranty

DARED DR100 Hybrid Tube Integrated Amp, $575

25W/ch, 4 line level inputs & USB, FM / DAB, Remote Control
2 year warranty


PARASOUND Stereo integrated amp with built-in DAC

PRIMA LUNA, all tube amps 
     Classic Integrated amp
     Dialogue Premium HP Integrated amp 

    Brio R

Stereo Pre + Power Amps
CAMBRIDGE 651P Phono Preamp 


       A23* & A21* stereo power amps
P5* & JC2* Stereo preamps 

     2100 Stereo preamp

PARASOUND Z - Only 9.5" wide!
     Z Amp
Stereo power amp
     Z Speaker selector switch 
Phono preamp*

CAMBRIDGE 551 phono preamp
                      651 phono preamp


PARASOUND Z phono preamp*
                       Z phono USB preamp*
                       JC3 phono preamp 
TUBE Amps & Preamps
     Classic Integrated amp, 35W/ch 
     Three preamp 
     Four power amp, 35W/ch       
, all tube Preamp
 DIALOGUE HP Integrated Amp, 70-95W/ch

How to Improve your Home Theater System

Most home theater receivers have power ratings that melt away like a snow man in the hot sun. HOME THEATER, 12/12, tested a $600  Denon receiver rated at 125W/ch. With all channels running, the tested power is under 53 watts/ch. However, you can easily fix this problem.

If your receiver has preamp outputs, hooking up a good separate power amp makes y
our system come alive. Beyond getting a larger quantity of watts, you'll get far better quality watts. Power amps have more robust power supplies, which enable them to have richer & deeper bass, plus imaging that you can touch & feel.

HOME THEATER compared $5200 Denon & $7000 Lexicon receivers with a $2000 Marantz power amp. The amp "easily won in every department, especially treble transient clarity, transparency & resolution, with an airy, open & extended yet sweet top end; far superior to Denon, which was closed in & opaque. The amp produced complete sonic satisfaction at any volume; combined delicacy, detail, transparency & a velvety overall sheen. Bass more supple, subtle, better textured & less mechanical than the Denon.  I doubt any receiver at any price can match the amp's sonic performance." 

Virtually every receiver is only rated at 8 ohms, yet many speakers are not 8 ohms, including Focal, B&W, Infinity & many more. The Parasound A21 stereo amp, 125W/8 ohm, 200W/4 ohm for $995, improves most receivers. The A21, 250W/8 ohm 400W/4 ohm for $2495 has far more wattage & better quality watts than any receiver. Parasound's new A31, $3295, has the same power as the A21, but has three channels, for the front left, right & center. Parasound also makes several fine five channel power amps.  




Marantz AV8801 Surround Processor, $3,599
Home Theater, May, "Marantz’s new top-of-the-line performed so well, it is our new reference." 

, 8 channel power amp, $2399 "Tested power, one channel, 192W, 8 ohm; 289W, 4 ohm."  BOTH RECOMMENDED, HOME THEATER
"Its network player easily shared music, photo & video files with Windows XP, a really worthwhile feature. Marantz had far superior spatial presentation & microdynamics, plus sounded more powerful, dynamic & definitely more supple & nuanced than $5200 Denon & $7000 Lexicon receivers. Marantz easily won in every way, especially treble transient clarity, transparency & resolution, with an airy, open & extended yet sweet top end; far superior to the closed in & opaque Denon. Marantz produced complete sonic satisfaction at any volume; combined delicacy, detail, transparency & a velvety overall sheen. Bass more supple, subtle, better textured & less mechanical than Denon. Marantz high-frequency air, transparency, delicacy & transient clarity rival high-end stereo amps. I doubt any receiver at any price can match its sonic performance." HOME THEATER

MARANTZ Stereo Integrated

PM5004$449, "Silky midrange; enjoyed the rhythmic pacing; natural & clean transients. Sonic improvement over the PM5003 with even greater dynamic contrasts, more delicacy & an overall sound a touch more rich & involving." STEREOPHILE, exceptional value


 give Parasound eight recommendations, the most of any solid-state amp. While most McIntosh products cost several times more than most Parasound, no McIntosh solid-state amps are recommended by ABSOLUTE SOUND or STEREOPHILE.

Z AMP, v.3 stereo power amp, $349, 45W/ch, 
     8 ohm; 60W/ch, 4 ohm, 90W/ch, 8 ohm, 20-20k
"I've used a couple of Zamps for years. They've powered my rear surround speakers, my officie & filled in for other amps around the house. The Z amps are totally reliable & sound nice."

"One helluva 45 watt amp, regardless of price tag & chassis size," THE AUDIO CRITIC
"The smoothness & naturalness of the Zamp's midrange was exceptional: clean, sweet, realistic & musical. If you're in the market for an inexpensive amp, run - do not walk- to check out this amp. It's a fabulous value for the money." audioXpress

PARASOUND Classic Amps
2100, $695, Stereo Preamp, "I don't know of another preamp with all these features - Subwoofer output with variable crossover; Phono input, switchable to moving magnet, coil or line; Remote control; Tone controls & Front panel MP3 input. Sound is clean, transparent, airy highs, tight & controlled bass. Distortion is so low we couldn't measured it." 11/07 ENJOY THE MUSIC.COM
"High-end stereo preamp with unique capabilities for integration into home theater systems & custom installs."


A21, power amp, $2495 "Very fine amp at exceptionally fair price. Midrange & bass excellent; sounded fundamentally similar to $20-40,000 amps." ABSOLUTE SOUND
"Excellent amp, 250W/ch/8 ohm, 400W/ch/4 ohm." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

A23, power amp, $995, 125-200W/ch "Reasonably priced amp, musically quite involving." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE

JC1 Power Amp $8988/pr, 400W, 8 ohm; 800W, 4 ohm; 1200W, 2 ohm,  EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, A RATED; "Powerful, refined, smooth, dynamic, transparent; rated at 400W, does 586W." PRODUCT OF THE YEAR; IN SAME CLASS AS $55,000 AMPS. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
"The build & sound quality of my JC1 mono amps, my reference amps, is first rate. If they were made in America or Australia, it would cost a lot more. Thirty grand for a pair of Halcros? I'll take  Parasounds. I heard both & I did." STEREOPHILE
"I [Sam Tellig] own a pair of JC1 amps. They're a steal. I've used the JC1's with 24 different speakers & never ran out of power. In a large room - especially one with cathedral ceilings & open space - you need increased power." STEREOPHILE
"A revelation; impressively coherent; transparent & detailed soundstage." STEREOPHILE
"Effortlessly powerful, silky smooth, crystal clear abundantly detailed." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 


A23 "A winner! Sexy in appearance, easy to use; sound solid & satisfying. [A] showpiece in your living room." GOOD SOUND.COM 

Preamp, $4295, PRODUCT of the YEAR; 

"An extreme rarity; a near-reference-quality product that many of us can actually afford. Neutral & natural, transparent, quick & delicately detailed. Creating this little masterwork (it even comes with a serviceable remote control) at this price is another feather in Parasound's & designer John Curl's cap." ABSOLUTE SOUND

"Like the JC1, the JC2 is up there with the best, but down to earth in price. Competes successfully against preamps, solid-state or tubes, that sell for twice the price or more. It excels at reproduction of space; helps the JC1 amps throw a huge soundstage."
"Excellent reproduction of space; music emerges intact with body, bloom & dynamics, with definition & detail form an utterly silent background. Perhaps the finest solid-state line stage I've heard." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
"Remarkably detailed & shockingly realistic sound. Rock solid build quality; parts quality absolutely first rate. JC1 & 2 sound strikes a keen balance between superlative resolution & sounding beguilingly sweet & natural. I'm totally absorbed by CDs that had bored me. Experience the Parasounds first hand. Bring your favorite music & hear it like never before." HOME ENTERTAINMENT 
 This is the closest I've heard solid state come to a fundamentally neutral sound. It preserves fine harmonic & dynamic detail, air & bloom in the midband; [plus] the frequency extremes, which is unique in a solid state preamp. EXTREME RARITY - A REFERENCE QUALITY PRODUCT THAT MANY of us can ACTUALLY AFFORD." ABSOLUTE SOUND

JC3 Phono preamp, $2350, JC3 midbass attack is timbrally & texturally ideal; bass tight & punchy; midbass attack timbrally & texturally ideal, performing well beyond its price. Superb musical grip & control. At $2350, the JC3 is a remarkably fine phono that easily held its own against preamps from $10,600 to $26,000. The JC3 represents the best current value in a phono preamp. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
STEREOPHILE EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, in same class as $3900 preamps

PHONO STAGE OF THE YEAR "There's a riveting balance of extremes at play here - a kiss of romance through the mids & an ability to extract & define low-level information in acoustic space. There's a warm breadth of life in every musical image." ABSOLUTE SOUND

GOLDEN EAR AWARD "Curl's earlier efforts, the Halo JC-1 amp & JC-2 preamp, were overwhelmingly well received & phono stages are one of Curl's passions. The JC-3 is a dual-mono design. Each channel is housed in its own extruded aluminum enclosure & further isolated from the power supply with thick, low-carbon-steel partitions. The JC-3 is fitted with top-quality parts throughout. What strikes me about the JC-3 is its balance of profound silence & kick-butt energy, its kiss of romance through the mids & its ability to extract low-level information & define it in acoustic  space. There's a warm breath of life in every musical image." 

Parasound Halo AV Amps
A51, Surround sound power amp, 250W, 8 ohm; 400W, 4 ohm x 5 channels, $4795, "My reference amp is the Parasound A51. I purchased this amp last spring after wanting to own it for more than 10 years & I consider it to be one of the best amps that money can buy." SOUND & VISION, 10/14

"Powerful power amp with impressive sound. Excellent value." HI-FI CHOICE, AWARDS

A31, $3295, 3 channel power amp "The A31 is rated at 250W/ch, 8 ohms or 400W/ch 4 ohms, all 3 channels driven 20Hz-20k. Immediately I was struck by the treble. It revealed more detail across the soundstage & subtleties of texture. The remarkable definition continued into the midrange & bass. The bass was firm & extended & never lacked for power & weight. The clean, luminous sound of the A31 was distinguishable from the opaque treble of the $6000 Bel Canto Ref1000Mk2 monoblocks. The A31 is slightly less powerful than the $10,000 McIntosh MC303 into 8 ohms & somewhat more powerful into 4 ohms. The Mac's treble was recessed in comparison." STEREOPHILE

P7 PREAMP, $2295, "Set-up as a straight-through stereo preamp was a piece of cake. Delight to use & listen to. Outstandingly transparent. A superb analog stereo preamp at a realistic price. Icing on the cake: sophisticated control functions, renamable input displays, superb remote control & valuable ability to manage bass via its stereo inputs. A category killer. Nothing else can do what it does & the few that sound marginally better cost many times more."
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED, exceptional value, in same class as $8,000 preamp 
"Transparent & near silent. When you consider how noisy a receiver can be with the amp & massive power supply next to sensitive audio parts, the P7 makes a lot of sense. Free the music from all that electronic noise & audiophiles can rest assured they're getting the source material, to the best ability their system can muster. Fantastically well built." HOME ENTERTAINMENT



, rated in same class as $5700 preamps "Prima Luna's new top-of-the-line preamp weighs 53 lbs., has point-to-point wiring & dual mono construction, uses 2 rectifier & 4 triode tubes & is housed in an attractive steel chassis painted with 5 coats of hand-rubbed blue gray lacquer. Its clean rear panel has 5 line-level inputs, 2 system [power amp] outputs, one tape monitor output & pass-through jacks. The Dialogue 3 offered timbral clarity, richness & an excellent sense of scale; a shoo-in, a must hear." STEREOPHILE 

DIALOGUE 3 Preamp, "This surprisingly hefty preamp generates tremendous WOW factor - it's difficult to believe that such engaging, gorgeous sound, coupled with a wonderfully expansive soundstage, can be had for such a modest price. One of its most compelling virtues is that it lets music "breathe" & flow effortlessly. If you want to listen for hours without any aural fatigue & be transfixed by the musical performances & the gorgeous timbres of instruments & voices, you've come to the right place."ABSOLUTE SOUND 

DIALOGUE PREMIUM Preamp, $3199 "The Dialogue Premium line preamp strikes me as one of the best things PrimaLuna has ever done. In particular, purity of expression & tonal realism are two of its strongest sonic assets. The Premium version is now able to swim with and compete effectively against high-end's cost-no-object heavyweights. And that is a rarity. If you're looking for a basic line preamp that is sanely priced and offers genuine tube magic, this is it! An enthusiastic two thumbs up recommendation!" ENJOY the MUSIC.COM, PRODUCT of the YEAR


, "The 36W/ch tube Prologue is more authoritative than its rating would lead you to expect & offers a warm, rich presentation. Produces clean, deep, tight bass & grand soundstaging."

"These beautifully built, affordable & hassle-free 70W/ch mono blocks will alter your preconceptions about tube gear. Transient quickness & ability to drive difficult loads, yet still have that tube magic."

DIALOGUE 7 mono block power amps, "These surprisingly powerful monoblocks are just the right tonic to make you fall in love with your system again. They reproduce music with the natural lushness & sense of space one hears in live music, while maintaining transient quickness without a hint of tube sluggishness. Their soundstaging & truth of timbre are reference quality. The supplied remote lets one switch between the more dynamicallly explosive, incisive & tonally balanced ultra-linear sound or the more beautiful & palpable triode sound. It's like getting two amps in one."


PROLOGUE ONE, $1799 "My astonishment at the level of value couldn't  be more genuine. 42W/ch into 8 ohms; 47W/ch into 4 ohms. Boy oh boy can I recommend this amp. Lustily, heartily & enthusiastically recomended."

"If they ever offer a Nobel prize for bringing affordable audio to the masses, I'd be the first to nominate [Prima Luna's owner] Kevin Deal. The  Prologue One is built like a $3000 amp. The  Prologue One is right up there with the best. put tubes or 40W/ch with KT88s. It has a heavy-gauge, ventilated case with a lustrous 5 coat finish, features point-to-point wiring & 5 pairs of RCA input jacks, a Home Theater bypass & connections for 4 & 8 ohm speakers. Produced a natural, inviting midrange & performed well with a wide variety of speakers; offers outstanding sound quaity at a very reasonable price; respectable measured performance." "A tube-roller's delight, thanks to auto-biasing the Dialogue can hardly be bettered when it comes to user friendliness & operational flexibility." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/14

Class A, rated in same class as $34,000 amps "Prima Luna's  top-of-the-line integrated amp is rated at 32W/ch with its stock EL34 output tubes or 43W/ch with optional KT120s. It uses Prima Luna's Adaptive AutoBias feature for easy swapping of output tubes & has a bad tube indicator, power transformer protection & output transformer protection circuitry. Extremely quiet & sounded bigger than its power rating suggested, with a rich midrange & an excellent sense of timing; a dream come true."

"A tube-roller's delight, thanks to auto-biasing the Dialogue can hardly be bettered when it comes to user friendliness & operational flexibility." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/14

DIALOGUE PREMIUM HP $4,199, 70-85W/ch "Excellent value. Prima Luna has another winner. Built to a high standard, with very useful features -Adaptive AutoBias, Bad Tube indicator, switching between triode & ultralinear modes from the remote control & headphone output - the sound quality closely approaches reference Class A $16,000 preamps & power amps. The similarities [to  $16,000 amps] were more evident than differences. Both had the smoothness & musicality that tube aficionados appreciate, but without the excessive warmth & rolled off treble of some tube gear. Background noise was absent & both amps' power transformers were quiet. The difference was surprisingly small - & smaller than the price difference suggests. It had a smooth musicality & an easy-on-the-ears quality that is quite beguiling. With its all-tube built-in headphone amp, I've never heard my Grado headphones sound so good."  STEREOPHILE 12/14

PROLOGUE PREMIUM, rated in same class as $6,500 amps "The solidly built Prologue Premium is rated at 35W/ch with its stock EL34 output tubes or 40W/ch with KT88s. It has a heavy-gauge, ventilated case with a lustrous 5 coat finish, features point-to-point wiring & 5 pairs of RCA input jacks, a Home Theater bypass & connections for 4 & 8 ohm speakers. Produced a natural, inviting midrange & performed well with a wide variety of speakers; offers outstanding sound quaity at a very reasonable price; respectable measured performance."

REGA Integrated Amps Include MM Phono Preamp & Remote Control

BRIO R, $895, Rega's most affordable integrated amp. "There's a lot to be said for an amplifier that doesn't sound conspicuously solid state or tube but suggests the strengths of both. The Brio-R impressed with a forthright balance of weight, tonal density & authority. Particularly well-suited for smaller floor standers  & compact speakers." ABSOLUTE SOUND 3/14, EDITOR'S CHOICE

OSIRIS, $9995, Rega's best integrated amp, 162W/ch. "Deliver's almost mind-bending levels of dynamic agility, subtlety & clout. An eerily effective & 3-dimensional sounstager." ABSOLUTE SOUND 3/14, EDITOR'S CHOICE

 - MADE IN ENGLAND, 5 year parts & labor warranty
, with Bluetooth input, $1900. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 4/15 in same class as $7000 amps. "Notable for offering a phono stage, a Bluetooth input, 3 line level inputs, preamp-out jacks, [remote control with LCD screen] & AV bypass, it delivers 140W/ ch/8 ohm & 200W/ch/4 ohm. The phono was the best I've heard in a moderately priced amp - it played LPs in living color."

"The headphone [amp] was more dynamic,detailed & fun than I've heard from any other integrated amp. Its phono stage was the best l've heard in a moderately priced integrated. The Roksan sounded more relaxed & natural. Highly Recommended!" STEREOPHILE 11/14
"When most other amps, [NAD, Linn, Naim, etc.], are without phono stages, the Roksan Kandy K2's inclusion of the same may be that product's greatest technical distinction. The K2 distinguished itself as a clear, big-sounding, rhythmically accomplished amp. The K2 [is] one of the most listenable entry-level components. The phono section deserves special mention, for its freedom from hum & noise; &  [its] slight & pleasant roundness. The K2 is an amp one can grow into for quite some time before wanting more; a neat balancing act, carried off with rare success. The Roksan is built like Schik Brithouse, offers very good value for the money & I enjoyed every minute spent listening to it. Highly recommended." STEREOPHILE on line


Pho8, list $450; your cost $399; moving magnet & moving coil; black or silver finish. "Well finished & appointed; sturdy construction, high quality parts, hefty 3 pound external power supply. A level of build quality unusual in this price range. Quiet; sound is liquid, soundstage vivid & dimensional; you'll need a much bigger wallet to beat it." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 

SA31, list $750, now $699, "A well-made entry-level vacuum-tube preamp with tone controls & a loudness contour switch. The preamp's sound is characterized by a rich, seductive midrange & hearty & solidly weighted bass. Terrific bang for the buck." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 

SA31mk, list $1850, now $1599, "Staging & focus are strengths. Its nice to find ones like these that deliver so much pleasure for such a relatively modest price." ABSOLUTE SOUND; EDITOR'S CHOICE 

, list $1600, now $1395. 150W/ch/8 ohm; 250W/ch/4 ohm; POWER AMP of the YEAR,  "One of the best-sounding sub-$2k   amps. A hybrid tube / solid-state amp combines the richness & subtlety of fine tube designs - especially through the midrange - with the sheer low frequency grunt, control & agility of a good solid-state amp. In the treble it sounds slightly softer but also more delicate than solid-state amps in its price range."  ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 

"One of the sweetest deals in high end audio today. Midrange subtlety & richness in spades; a delightful holographic 3D presentation that reveals the finely contoured edges of notes."  ABSOLUTE SOUND 

SP331mk, list $2750, now $2499. 150W/ch/8 ohm; 300W/ch/4 ohm, "Impressively spacious; convincingly lifelike & well-defined soundstage; fine feeling of lilt & pace, staging & focus are strengths. Its nice to find ones like these that deliver so much pleasure for such a relatively modest price." ABSOLUTE SOUND; EDITOR'S CHOICE 


Aventage CX-A5000,
$3,000 (S&V, 1/2014): "The first Yamaha Aventage dedicated preamp/ processor delivered fabulous sound, tank-like build quality & more features than you can shake a stick at for a quite reasonable price."

WARRANTIES, all parts & labor

CROWN, 3 years
DARED, 2 years 
MARANTZ, 3 years   
PARASOUND Z, 2 years
PARASOUND Classic, 3 years
PARASOUND Halo, 5 years
PARASOUND Halo JC, 10 years
PRIMA LUNA, 2 years
REGA, 3 years
ROKSAN, 5 years 
VINCENT, 2 years
YAMAHA, 2 years


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