The Marantz Melody X is an all-rounder and everybody’s friend. The Melody X easily plays hours of music away. It all listens pleasantly away. This is because the sound is just good. We can’t notice anything about it. The chosen speakers, B&W 606, are doing their bit.
10,000 euros… …with five euros back for the bus home. 10,000 euros for an integrated amplifier with streamer and dac… serious money. But the Hegel H590 is worth it. What a beauty. It’s a really nice machine. In our estimation the best integrated all-in-one on the market.
But, uh… two things: why not an app? And if you, as a company, can’t arrange that… why not full ROON support. So not a limp AirPlay solution. Come on Hegel, you can do it! For fuck’s sake, this is a great product. Finish it off with full ROON support.
The Primare I15 Prisma is a modern all-rounder with a high user-friendliness. The sound is balanced, completely according to the philosophy of this Swedish manufacturer. The amplifier, the dac and the streamer are all excellent. The small Primare I15 Prisma can be the digital heart of a beautiful set that takes up little space but plays big. We say: Alpha Approved!
We really did our best to catch the Audiolab 6000a on an error but in vain. This is a very fine integrated amplifier and not only in its price range. For us, the very best components are the ones that inspire you and draw you into the music. Of all the qualities that the Audiolab 6000a possesses, that involvement is the most important. It is therefore the reason why we give this amplifier a well-deserved Alpha Approved award. Congratulations!
The Hegel Röst is a special device. The integrated streamer, dac, pre- and poweramp are a wonderful combination. This device is also IP to control and Control4 compatible. That’s great for those who are moving towards Custom Install. The streamer is UPnP and AirPlay. That’s nice, but we do miss ROON or a decent app from Hegel himself. That has been the case with Hegel from the beginning. We would consider 5 stars if they still integrate that.
The Arcam SA20 refines the display of the SA10 and offers more power to drive floorstanders more easily. Both analog and digital it sounds very good. The easy-to-read screen and user-friendly remote control enhance listening pleasure. The sound is calm, controlled but with sufficient dynamics. The Arcam SA20 fits well with different speakers and never gets sharp. An excellent all-rounder.
You’ve probably figured out for a long time that we’re very charmed by the Rega Brio. It is not perfect but the sound coming out of this modest box is very good. We don’t have a clue how Rega does this and we don’t really care. Probably a choice for a very solid power supply with good components. What we do know is that this is an amplifier that lets the music prevail and lets you enjoy your favorite albums again and again. A very fine budget friendly amplifier.