When the new EVO 300 Floyd Hybrid amp was first hit the market, my dealer called me and said you have to give this new hybrid amp a try. I quickly told him “no thanks”, I had my share of hybrid amps in the past and they always came up short in my listening experience.The dealer allowed me to take the amp home for a 2 week demo, I set up the amp and turned it on and when the amp powered up and came out of stand-by, I was shocked that with only a few minutes of playing this amp, it was going to be great. I let the amp play through my tuner for a few hours and came back, played some vinyl and the sound was unbelievable. Bass tight and soundstage was wide and with pinpoint imaging. The more I play this amp, the more I like it. I can’t think of anything negative to say about this amp. Drives my Krell Resolution 2 speakers with no problems whatsoever. It only took 3 days for me to call my dealer and ask him check or credit card, how do you want to get paid. I still catch myself watching Kevin’s videos and they are so spot on build quality second to none, excellent packing and nice metal remote control.
Thank you very much Bobby Wilson for your kind words and your support. Highly appreciated!
He reports that the system in the room was one of the 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗧𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗥𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗱!
Part of the beauty of component systems is the alchemy involved in how they play together when combined piece by piece. Obviously, it’s a fool’s errand to try to review all the combinations represented at the expo (the permutations are practically endless). But two systems stood out from the pack for me. The first was put together by the team at California’s Upscale Audio. It featured a Dr. Feickert Trio SE turntable (with a Tri-Planar U2 tonearm and Soundsmith Hyperion cartridge) running through a PrimaLuna EVO 100 Phonostage and a PrimaLuna EVO 300 Hybrid Integrated Amp using Cardas interconnects and a AudioQuest Niagara 5000 conditioner anchored by two gorgeous Tannoy Kensington speakers that aesthetically evoked a bygone radio era. Analog manager Kat Ourlian was spinning a record by Morphine that filled the room with controlled reverberations that washed over the listener like waves. I’m not even a Morphine fan, but I could have listened until that platter wore itself out. The system’s in the neighborhood of $50,000, so it’s not a surprise that it sounded amazing, but it’s the kind of sound that makes you aspire to pick these pieces up one by one.
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