Audio Research’s Reference 160M

No other amp is built like it, looks like it, or sounds like it, says Audio Research. Paul Rigby introduces you to the ultra-high-end Reference 160M power amplifier, available here at £28,998 per pair. After two years in development, the new, high-end Acoustic Research Reference 160M (REF160M) Monoblock Power Amplifier features a refined audio topology that looks the business. Based on valve technology, it is … Continue reading Audio Research’s Reference 160M

Dan D'Agostino’s Relentless

In our series showcasing high-end hi-fi to die for, Paul Rigby takes a closer look at the ingenious design of hif-fi legend Dan D’Agostino’s new monoblock amplifier model, the Relentless, which will cost you a whopping £275,000 per pair! Eye-wateringly expensive and larger than you might think at 22.5×11.5×32.5 inches, while weighing in at a hefty 484lb, this 1,500W monoblock amplifier features a precision input … Continue reading Dan D'Agostino’s Relentless

McIntosh’s MC275 MK VI

In our series showcasing high-end hi-fi to die for, Paul Rigby guides you through the features of an ultra high-spec power amplifier that positively glows with analogue radiance… and will cost you a cool £7,100! The MC275 MK VI is a supremely high-end power amplifier to slaver over and to drink in with the eyes – because there’s a lot going on here, and a … Continue reading McIntosh’s MC275 MK VI

The Buyer's Guide to Amplifiers

Long Live Vinyl’s guide to creating the ideal hi-fi setup continues with a look at amplifiers. They’re the powerhouse of your system, but which one to buy? Paul Rigby offers a few guidelines… Amplifiers are odd beasts, because they’re stuck right in the middle of your hi-fi chain. They’re also the boxes which hold all the bells, whistles, buttons, knobs and flashy bits, so they’re … Continue reading The Buyer's Guide to Amplifiers