Amplifier

Griffin Twenty Audio Amplifier for Airport Express hands-on

Griffin Twenty Audio Amplifier for Airport Express hands-on

There's a brand new piece of white technology out there this week, it having a lovely silver dial and the very obvious intent shown right on the surface: this device is made to provide you with untethered digital playback from iTunes with little to no effort at all! This piece of technology works with a Class D stereo amplifier complete with TI PurePath and you've got both S/PDIF optical and an included TOSLINK connector to get you hooked up.

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Yamaha outs retro THR5 and THR10 amps

Yamaha outs retro THR5 and THR10 amps

I like products that look really old, but have modern insides. Yamaha has a new amplifier for musicians that look like something out of the 50's to me. The amps come in two versions including the THR5 pictured and the THR10. These are small amps reports Wired looking like the head unit of a stack. I've got so little music talent in me I have no idea what size that would be.

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iAsus Diablo mobile amp breaks cover

iAsus Diablo mobile amp breaks cover

If you are always on the go and wearing headphones that might not offer you the kind of power you want from your music, iAsus has a new amp for mobile use that will increase the power of any headphones. The mobile amp is called the iAsus Diablo Mobile Amp. The little thing may be perfect for folks that ride motorcycles and need more power to hear clearly when riding.

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Epiphany Acoustics EHP-1 headphone amp is packing

Epiphany Acoustics EHP-1 headphone amp is packing

If you're an audiophile, prefer headphones to speakers and gain particular pleasure from visitors complimenting you on your shapely knob, Epiphany Acoustics might have the headphone amp for you. The British-based startup is kicking things off with the walnut-fronted EHP-1, a compact hand-made amp promising minimal noise and distortion along with a distinctive aluminum volume control.

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Fiskar “88” HDD Headphone Amplifier Designed For Sharp Audio

Fiskar “88” HDD Headphone Amplifier Designed For Sharp Audio

Fiskar, the brand best known for shears and garden tools is stepping into the audio equipment market? Most likely not, but that doesn't stop creative experimental designs using the Fiskar aesthetic. Designer Edouard Urcadez created a fittingly sharp looking concept of an HDD headphone amplifier called the 88.

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Dan D’Agostino Momentum Monoblock Amplifier Costs $42,000 Per Pair

Dan D’Agostino Momentum Monoblock Amplifier Costs $42,000 Per Pair

Dan D'Agostino's name is synonymous with high-end audio. For 30 years, his previous company, Krell, made some of the best high-end audio set-ups you could find. And, with those high-end features, they were also known for their high-profile price tags. That hasn't changed with D'Agostino's new company, as they've just unveiled their first product, the Momentum monoblock amplifier, and while it has plenty of features and a compact size, you'll certainly be paying for it.

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NuForce Icon uDAC2 and Icon2 make USB DACs stylish

NuForce Icon uDAC2 and Icon2 make USB DACs stylish

Perhaps its just our desire to anthropomorphise gadgets, but we can't help thinking that NuForce's new Icon uDAC2 USB portable DAC looks a whole lot like a big nosed man looking somewhat surprised.  No matter; the important thing is the bag-friendly size (just 21 x 42 x 68 mm and 87g) and decent specs for a USB-bus powered DAC: 110dB, total harmonic distortion of -95dB and a SN ratio of 98dB.

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Pioneer Elite G-Clef range updates SACD players & stereo amps

Pioneer Elite G-Clef range updates SACD players & stereo amps

Pioneer has outed its latest prosumer A/V equipment, and the company reckons the updated Elite G-Clef range is good enough to be classed with professional systems despite being sold at relatively down-to-earth prices.  The four new models comprise two stereo amplifiers, the SX-A6MK2 and SX-A9MK2, and two CD/SACD players, the PD-D6MK2 and PD-D9MK2.

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Integra debuts 9-channel DTA-70.1 THX-Ultra2 home theater amplifier

Integra debuts 9-channel DTA-70.1 THX-Ultra2 home theater amplifier

Home theater enthusiasts will spend some big bucks on their hardware in an effort to get the best and most immersive sound possible. If you are a home theater fan that has been looking for an amplifier that supports new 9-channel sound Integra's new DTA-70.1 will do the trick.

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Orb PC audio system pairs tiny speakers & audiophile amp

Orb PC audio system pairs tiny speakers & audiophile amp

Home entertainment manufacturer Orb have been producing their hand-crafted, bubble-like speakers since 2002, but the company have just got around to pushing out a system intended for computer use.  Equally at home as a stereo (or 2.1) TV speaker system (or pumping out music from your iPhone), the system pairs two Orb Mod1 or Mod2 speakers with a compact 15W Class T Amplifier by OPI Audio.

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Onkyo PA-MC5500 Class AB 9 x 150-watt amp

Onkyo PA-MC5500 Class AB 9 x 150-watt amp

New from Onkyo at CES 2010 was the PA-MC5500 multi-channel power amplifier, intended to accompany their PR-SC5507 9.2-channel AV network controller preamp processor. The PA-MC5500 has a matching 9-channels of amplification to the company’s flagship pre-pro, each capable of delivering 150W.

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Creek Audio Evolution 5350 breaks cover at CES 2010

Creek Audio Evolution 5350 breaks cover at CES 2010

Amplifiers are available in all sorts of price ranges and for all sorts of uses. Some use their home theater multichannel amp to listen to music and other audio purists prefer a dual channel amp for music listening. Creek Audio has announced a new amp called the Evolution 5350 that will work for both types of users.

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