What this means in practice is that distortion is very low, although the amps aren’t very efficient. If we had to pick the amplifier with the best DAC, we’d probably go for something like the $1,195 Parasound NewClassic 200 Integrated, which offers absolutely superb conversion. It’s not quite our favorite amplifier, but purely in terms of this, it takes the cake. The most glaring downside to the Audiolab 6000A is that it simply doesn’t do enough to stand out from the crowd. The design is dull, playing second fiddle to the classy Cambridge Audio CXA61.

You’ll notice that, in the listings for our amplifier picks, we’ve included listings for RMS, or continuous wattage. Please, by the way, don’t ask us to explain what RMS means. There is no Bluetooth to speak of, which means that all connections here will need to be fully wired. While that’s not a deal breaker, it’s frustrating that for all the attention paid to sound quality and customisation, Marantz remain firmly stuck in the past when it comes to design or functionality.

Use the adjustable volume control to switch between five amplification levels with a peak gain of 53 decibels. The Starkrimson is quite a simple unit to use, providing access to both the DAC outputs and amplifier inputs; this enables the connection of devices like digital signal processors and preamps between the two. Obviously, for vinyl users, a phono stage/preamp of your choice will be needed to insert for both moving magnets and moving coil cartridges.

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PrimaLuna has not scrimped one bit on the actual assembly quality of their amplifiers. The cleanliness of their point to point wiring is some of the best going.

That reduces cost on batteries and chargers, especially when you start comparing it to having a mishmash of tools from different manufacturers. These cordless combo tool kits combine several tools from the same manufacturer, all of which operate off the same power system.

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From the ones I have around, it worked the best with all Kennerton headphones, with Meze, Audeze and Quad headphones. When I just started listening to it without any kind of burn-in, I was let down by its limited dynamics and I’ve sent immediately some feedback to its makers. Two days later, my smile returned back, as finally the slam in the bass made an appearance in my tunes, another day passed and it finally started to form a denser tonality. At first it sounded stiff and congested when it came to dynamics, but it was crystal clear without touching the overall cleanness of the analog signal. Going through a wide variety of music, especially acoustic music where tens of instruments are playing the background, I was able to focus my attention only on the ones I wanted. I didn’t experience that many headphone amplifiers that sounded very different from brand new versus burned-in for a few days. Going by the rule of thumb, Samsung manuals if your amplifier has a bigger transformer inside and a much higher capacitance, then it should start blooming around 24 hours or even better 48 hours later for the best results.

You can establish thresholds of audibility of the different “inaccuracy’s” of the signal and then compare them to the output of the amplifier. If the amplifier doesnt “add” anything to the sound then I don’t see why it could not be called “transparent”. Its the relative comparison of things and knowing what the reviewer likes that can make one learn about what something sounds like without having to hear it for ones self. It was designed to be audibly transparent with low part count, not very expensive and DIY friendly with no critical tolerance parts. An amp is either transparent or it isn’t and the O2 meets all the requirements for audible transparency. I apologize for my comment’s tone, as I rather not be involved in any arguments or flame wars.

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