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Plinius Audio SA-103 Power Amp

Plinius Audio SA-103 Power Amp

Plinius intends for the SA-103 to be left on at all times, and left in class-A/B mode when idle. If you forget, an internal switch can be set to automatically switch the amp in class-A/B mode after 15, 30, or 60 minutes of no signal, thus saving on heat dissipation and your electric bill. If you’re a control freak, you can turn off this feature entirely, but remember: In class-A mode, the SA-103 sucks almost 500W continuously. I loved being able to leave it on all the time without having to remember to power it down to class-A/B. This let the SA-103 continuously charge its capacitors and to get to its optimal class-A operating temperature—and best sound—much more quickly than from a cold start. Read more…

Joseph Audio Pulsar

Joseph Audio Pulsar

The Joseph Audio Pulsar establishes a new benchmark in MiniMonitor performance.  It truly conveys the scale of a much larger speaker, combined with the speed, precise imaging and resolution that “mini” fans have always prized. Read more…

Plinius Hautonga Integrated Amplifier

Plinius Hautonga Integrated Amplifier

The Hautonga’s bass is truly prodigious. And the way the Hautonga reproduces Stokowski’s inflection of the rhythms will have your toes tapping to a fare thee well. Rock music doesn’t figure much in my listening and headbanging never, but I had a great time with the likes of classic Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, and Simon alone. “Paint it Black” the Plinius dispatched with spine-tingling verve and vigor, and it unraveled the thick textures of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” with welcome clarity yet without sacrificing timing or pulling it apart. Read more…