Stereophile magazine recommends Dan D’Agostino Momentum monoblock


Dan DAgostino Momentum monoblockDan D’Agostino Momentum monoblock
Dan D’Agostino’s statement product, the 300W (450W at actual clipping into 8 ohms) Momentum has a compact chassis (12.5″ W by 5″ H by 21″ D) machined from a single aluminum billet. A large, round power meter dominates the front panel, while thick copper side panels act as heatsinks. The low-feedback, fully complementary, balanced design uses 1% metal-film resistors and two dozen 69MHz output transistors in a direct-coupled, discrete, bipolar output circuit with a claimed frequency response of 20Hz–20kHz, ±0.1dB. The Momentums produced a seamless overall sound, with slightly reserved highs, a tube-like midrange, and an authoritative bottom end, said MF. “With the darTZeel NHB-458, it’s one of the two most satisfying power amplifiers I’ve ever heard,” he concluded. “This is an amplifier that is as well engineered as it is beautiful to behold,” said JA. Add $5000 for black finish. (Vol.36 No.2 WWW)

Durob Audio is the exclusive distributor for Dan D’Agostino in the Benelux. For more information please visit our website: www.durob.nl or give us a call!

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Stereophile magazine recommends the Conrad-Johnson Classic 60 SE


Conrad-Johnson Classic 60 SEConrad-Johnson Classic 60 SE
The Classic 60SE uses four Tung-Sol KT120 tubes to deliver 60Wpc into 4 or 8 ohms. Upgrades over the standard Classic 60 include Teflon capacitors in the power supply and main reservoir, Vishay resistors at key points, and Cardas binding posts. With its handsome tube cage in place, the Classic 60SE measures 17.4″ W by 6.6″ H by 13.4″ D and weighs 41 lbs. It combined exceptional dimensionality, pinpoint imaging, and excellent low-level resolution for an overall sound that was “the antithesis of mechanical or contrived,” said ST. (Vol.35 No.4)

Durob Audio is the exclusive distributor for Conrad Johnson in the Benelux. For more information please visit our website: www.durob.nl and give us a Call!

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Stereophile magazine recommends Audio Research Reference 75


Audio Research Reference 75Audio Research Reference 75
A half-power version of ARC‘s Reference 150, the 75Wpc Reference 75 uses four KT120 and two 6H30 tubes. Two front-panel VU meters double as adjustment meters for biasing each of the four KT120s. A relatively simple, straightforward circuit design enables short signal paths; high-quality output transformers offer 4 and 8 ohm taps, with a common ground. BJR noted lightning-fast transient articulation, superb detail resolution, and exceptional bass slam and authority. He bought the review sample. JA noted good measured performance, but advised against using the amp with speakers whose impedance drops significantly below the nominal value of the output-transformer tap.

Durob Audio was the exclusive distributor for Audio Research in the Benelux. Through affiliated stores Durob Audio will give you 20% more value. Call us for more information.

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Stereophile magazine recommends the Audio Research Reference 150


Audio Research Reference 150Audio Research Reference 150
The 150Wpc Reference 150 measures 19″ W by 8.75″ H by 19.5″ D, weighs 75 lbs, offers output taps for 16, 8, and 4 ohm loads, and is available in silver or black. It uses eight matched pairs of KT120 output tubes and four 6H30 driver tubes; the output-stage coupling is a combination of the familiar ultralinear configuration and ARC’s patented “partially cathode-coupled” topology. EL: “With its open soundstage, neutral tonal balance, finely textured musical presentation, wide dynamics, and supremely musical feel, the ARC Reference 150 connected me with my music better than almost every other amplifier I’ve heard.” Compared to the Octave RE 290, the Ref 150 lacked some bass control but sounded significantly bigger, clearer, more colorful, and more natural, said EL. A JA favorite.

Durob Audio was the exclusive distributor for Audio Research in the Benelux. Through affiliated stores Durob Audio will give you 20% more value. Call us for more information. More information about the products of Audio Research you also find at www.audioresearch.com

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Stereophile magazine recommends darTZeel NHB-458 monoblock


darTZeel NHB-458darTZeel NHB-458 monoblock
Made in Geneva, Switzerland, the 450W (530W at actual clipping) NHB-458 measures 18″ H by 11″ W by 20″ D, weighs 154 lbs, and has a deep-gold, brushed front panel and retro-industrial, red-anodized case. Tinted glass side panels allow magnetic fields to escape the chassis and reveal the amp’s enormous cylindrical transformer. The large rear-panel heatsink has a cutout for connections that include RCA and XLR inputs, as well as a Zeel BNC 50 ohm input, for use with darTZeel’s NHB-18NS preamplifier and Playback Designs’ SACD player and DAC. It combined outstanding speed, precise high-frequency transients, and unlimited dynamic range with powerful bass and unsurpassed transparency, said MF. “The darTZeel NHB-458 is easily the finest power amplifier I have ever heard in my listening room,” he concluded. At a price!

Durob Audio is the exclusive distributor for DarTZeel in the Benelux. For more information please visit our website: www.durob.nl

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Playback Designs IPS-3 Integrated Playback System

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  The Playback Designs Integrated Playback System 3, also known as IPS-3, is three remarkable products in one: a proven world-class discrete dual differential Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) that is already found in other award winning Playback Designs products, … Lees verder

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Stereophile magazine recommends darTZeel NHB-18NS


darTZeel NHB-18NS“The “stunningly transparent” darTZeel offered spectacular transient speed, resolution, and decay, while providing an overall coherence that “made recorded music, analog or digital, sound much closer to live,” said MF. Bass lacked some authority, and the sound sometimes had “a slight velvety finish.” With its warm, vivid combination of red chassis and dark gold front and rear panels, the NHB-18NS “looks like it sounds.” Its fully dual-mono design, lack of global negative feedback, and ultrawide bandwidths are meant to eliminate phase shifts at the frequency extremes. JA was “puzzled” by some aspects of the darTZeel’s measured performance, particularly the much poorer performance through the balanced inputs and outputs, but was overall impressed by the level of audio engineering. Compared to the harmonically rich Musical Fidelity AMS Primo, the darTZeel offered a more clinical sound: tighter bass, greater transparency, more precisely defined images, shorter sustain, and a diminished sense of musical flow. Compared to Einstein Audio’s The Tube Mk.II, the NHB-18NS sacrificed bass weight for greater top-end air, transient speed, and bass extension, said MF. The darTZeel matched the resolution and transparency of the mbl 6010 D while managing to sound less mechanical, said MF about his reference preamp as of summer 2008. (He bought one!) US price will depend on the exchange rate from Swiss francs.

Durob Audio is the exclusive distributor for DarTZeel in the Benelux. For more information please visit our website: www.durob.nl

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