Hans said: Constellation Audio’s Inspiration Integrated 1.0 is everything you’d want in a fashion-forward, nearly state-of-the-art integrated amplifier.
The gist: Fantastic sound except for the headphone amp.
Edgar said: The Copland CSA 100 Hybrid Integrated Amplifier is one of those rare pieces of audiophile gear: it delivers the highest level of sound quality, yet works smoothly, easily, without any fuss.
The gist: Solid little amp with tubes and a nice feature set.
Roger said: At $3000, Hegel Music Systems’ H120 provides high qualities of amplification and digital-to-analog conversion, in addition to basic streaming capabilities, in a solidly built and well-executed design.
The gist: When every feature is well thought out and combined with excellent sound design.
Doug said: But the H95 smashes it in the same area that other Hegel amps I’ve heard have smashed it: sound quality.
The gist: Select features add to the appeal.
Roger said: Kinki Studio’s EX-M1+ is a straightforward, all-analog integrated amplifier whose reasonable price and high power rating might make you think it would produce merely adequate sound.
The gist: Huge portion of audiophile sound and build quality for a reasonable price.
Oliver said: Its powerful, punchy, dynamic sound was a treat for the ears, and its fine timing did justice to all genres of music.
The gist: Greek-made tube integrated offers solid value for money.
Barry said: Its capacity to provide end-to-end enjoyment over a diverse range of musical genres is surprising.
The gist: Limitation in the bass is the only real negative.
Oliver said: . . . if your musical diet consists mainly of small-scale music -- a girl or guy with a guitar, acoustic world music, or chamber music -- I’m betting you’ll love how the Z10 reproduces it.
The gist: Very good integrated amplifier in some limited applications.