Affordable stereo separates owned the last century. We’re seeing plenty of separates these days, but at the super duper high end. Have you had a look at the audio rags lately?!
I’m delighted to say we have some brand new, stunningly good CHEAP stereo separates for you bargain hounds. If you want performance a cut above a modestly priced integrated amp or receiver, we’ve got your gear! Warranty is 3 years P&L.
Emotiva PT-100 Preamp/DAC/Tuner $300
How about a full featured Preamp/DAC/Tuner with phono section for 3 bills?! Yes, $300. You should squint to make sure you’re reading this accurately. I did!
The preamp sets the table for the power amp. The power amp is the steak. The preamp is the seasoning. PT-100 hits the nail on the head with clean, dynamic performance that will please the cheapest of the cheapskates!
Because it’s a preamp, it keeps your options open to move many different directions going forward. As good as the PT-100 is, an even BETTER value is the A-300 power amp below.
Emotiva BasX A-300 Power Amp $400
150×2 (8 ohms), 300×2 (4 ohms)
The new Emo A-300 is absolutely embarrassing! Um, what I mean to say is, it EMBARRASSES all but the biggest of the big boys!
With huge 360Va toroidal transformer and 8 output transistors, A-300 should be selling for closer to $1000 than $500. And yet it’s only $400!
The sound is clean- cuts through lumpy crossover networks. The bass is ROBUST, kickin’!
And it has soul.
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My favorite tune is “I Want You Back”. It starts with stand up bass fiddle, brings in the trumpet, which leads to the voice, and fills with the drums. What a fantastic rendition of a classic rock song! LSD delivers it with magic. And this can be derived by $700 worth of separates driving any number of fine speakers by GoldenEar, Bryston, Magnepan or Elac.
$700 will drive speakers up to about the Bryston A2. Give these new Emos a listen!