Integrated Amp search continues

Discussion in 'New Gear - Performance' started by Rosie, May 16, 2017.

  1. Rosie

    Rosie New Member

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    I got some feedback from some of you recently on the Rogue Sphinx which is high on my list with the Brio R. I am also wondering about Nuprime (and I've read tonight that quite a few of you really like it), Wyred 4 Sound mINT, and integrated amps of about this price point. The Wyred 4 Sound folks have a 15% "restock" fee so once you order it it seems to me that it would be quite expensive to return it so that's not likely for me. I have looked at and listened to the Naim integrated amps but other than the 5si, the top of the line from them is just too much for me at this time. Have any of you had personal experience with these units and what would you recommend. Moreover, have you tried mail ordering equipment without hearing it first? Seems chancy. As always, thank you in advance and be well.
     
  2. bjlefebvre

    bjlefebvre AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Well, I might have an answer for you soon on the Rogue Sphinx vs my Yamaha A-S801 - I just bought a Rogue today and it should arrive later this week. Should have time this weekend to do an audio shoot out between the two - will report back.
     
  3. Rosie

    Rosie New Member

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    I will be looking forward to what you hear...or don't. Have fun.
     
  4. runnin'

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    Depending on how adventurous you are, Schiit Audio has a highly regarded preamp, the Freya, for $699. Within a month they will be releasing a sweet looking amp that does 100 wpc at 8 ohms, or 200 at 4 ohms, also $699. If I was looking right now, I'd put them on the short list.
     
  5. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    The Schiit were just class D but w/o the nice PS that make Class D excellent, sorry to say. Heard one at AXPONA and it sounded congested.
     
  6. nj pheonix

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    I'm sorry to hear that. Most of their stuff has been received well.:idea:
     
  7. runnin'

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    No, you're wrong about the class D, you must be mixing your memories up with something else. They have been quite clear that its class a/b. Many have been raving about the amp but I'm not surprised to hear that 100% of listeners don't agree. They never do.
     
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  8. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    Where do they getting rave reviews? Where? I have read the Stereophile and other reviews and they have been mixed, to say the least. Nothing wrong with Schiit at all but what I heard did not impress me at all.

    When I go to these shows, I go in with an open mind. I have heard some amazing things as well as atrocious.
     
  9. runnin'

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    Well, the Vidar amp isn't out yet, so Stereophile hasn't reviewed it, not sure what your meaning is here. And I'm still puzzled how it is that you think the Vidar is class D. Have you figured out how you got your memories crossed up?

    I'm talking about folks who have seen it and heard it at demos, just like you. It seems that you don't care for Schiit, and that's fine, but everyone who knows the DAC and headphone market these days knows that Schiit makes units with unbeatable bang for buck.
     
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  10. ictwoody

    ictwoody I like vintage gear — my preamp is from 2007. Subscriber

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    Yeah. Those dudes are very proud of the fact that they are going to be offering a solid piece for the price WITHOUT going class D.

    Was the Vidar you heard the one(s) hooked up to Salk speakers? Cause those were both pre-production that they said they were still working out the kinks on.

    I'm not a HUGE Schiit fanboy, but I do think it's some of the best value gear out there. I currently have a Saga, Bifrost Uber and Bifrost multibit. The Bifrost MB is the best DAC I have owned. There is better out there I'm sure... for the money... not a lot.

    I'll probably try a Vidar or two when it comes out.

    - Woody
     
  11. runnin'

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    That's funny, I've got the Bifrost Multi too. I'd never tried or thought much about Schiit until recently when I was looking for a cheap DAC, and thought I'd buy the Modi and the Mani phono from them as well. The Modi(Uber) was so good, I started reading up on the Bifrost and decided the upgradability, power supply and larger size was the ticket.

    I should mention, I'd grown disenchanted with ID companies after repeated bad experiences with Emotiva. Then the Oppo 95 wasn't as good as advertised. I really wasn't too sure about another Internet Direct company with an odd name.

    I emailed Schiit asking if I could return the Modi 7 days outside of their return window after I'd already ordered the Bifrost. They responded to my email in EIGHT MINUTES with a yes. They waived the restocking fee. They shipped the Bifrost super fast and this DAC is jaw dropping. It makes crappy Mp3 files sound amazing. I can't believe it was even possible to do this.

    So yeah, I'd give their forthcoming amp a listen if I was in the market for one as well. These guys know their... well, I think you get the idea.
     
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  12. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    Vidar was at AXPONA - went through my notes. Sorry not good to me.
     
  13. Rosie

    Rosie New Member

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    I haven't heard the Shiit amps so it's good to hear about some personal experiences. Thank you one and all.
     
  14. botrytis

    botrytis Trying not to be a Small Speaker Hoarder Subscriber

    You may like the sound, I did not. That is the problem here. Everyone has different ears :D
     
  15. fredgarvin

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    I think if I needed one I might get a Nuforce dda 120 from Amazon for $299. Or shell out for the Newprime ida 8 for $500 or so. Unless I needed more power to drive my speakers properly.
     
  16. bjlefebvre

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    Here's the initial review on my thread in the systems forum.
     

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