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Ayre will be presenting prototypes of the new 8 series at the High End show, which will start thursday in Munich. I presume a new dac/streamer/headphone-amp will be part of the 8 series, as a successor of the QB-9DSD. I also would expect to see a new integrated amp as a successor of the AX-7e. But I'm just guessing. I'm curious what will trickle down from the 5 series, and what new techniques Ayre will be implementing. Who knows more?
I subscribe to PS Audio’s mailing list and I got this in my inbox yesterday. What do you think about this integrated? ” For Immediate Release Contact: Bill Leebens, Director of Marketing (941) 807-7880 PS Audio Launches Sprout100! Next-generation Sprout doubles the power, adds features Boulder, CO: 5/6/2018--- PS Audio is proud to announce the availability of Sprout100,the next generation of the popular, award-winning Sprout integrated amplifier. Sprout100 preserves the styling and compact form-factor that endeared the original Sprout to critics and thousands of owners worldwide over the last four years, while improving the performance and functionality of every element of the original. Sprout's signature features remain: a built-in DAC, Bluetooth, phono preamp, headphone amp, power amp. Revised topologies improve the noise levels and dynamic capabilities of the phono pre and the headphone amp; the Sabre 9016 replaces the previous Wolfson DAC and improves linearity; and the latest, state-of-the-art ICEpower modules provide stunning sound quality and dynamic impact. In addition, Sprout100 features: An upgraded amp capable of 50 wpc into 8Ω and 100 wpc into 4Ω A fully asynchronous DAC that can handle 384/24 PCM or double rate DSD A dedicated subwoofer output An optional bass boost A remote control Analog RCA inputs and outputs TOSLINK optical input Continuing the PS Audio and Sprout tradition of high performance combined with extreme value, US MSRP is set at $599. Units will begin shipping in May; sales will be direct from the PS Audio factory as well as through Amazon and selected dealers. Review units are presently available. About PS Audio: Founded in 1973, PS Audio has a worldwide following and a reputation for designing and manufacturing innovative, high-value, leading-edge audio products. Our design and core manufacturing facilities are in Boulder, Colorado, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. While our engineering staff is second to none, PS is not constrained by NIH Syndrome: recent products have included design input from industry gurus Ted Smith and Bascom H. King. We invite you to sample CEO Paul McGowan's Daily Posts and Copper, the Magazine of Music, Audio, and the Good Stuff, published every two weeks. www.psaudio.com Paul’s Daily Posts PS Audio Community Copper Magazine ”
I'm selling my Plinius 8200 Mk II integrated amplifier. Serial # 1049 Very powerful and always musical. Detailed and lean towards warmth. Wonderful on voices, pianos and double basses (my faves). - Output: 175 w/channel into 8 ohms ...up to 300 w into 4 ohms - Phono section has user selectable gain-setting jumpers for moving magnet or moving coil cartridges - Remote control for Volume up/down and Mute - it's like cast aluminum metal and built like a tank Updated, biased and gone over on 5/11 by Vince Galbo, the original importer and current factory-authorized shop. New they sold for $3,000+ Will ship in original double-boxed foam-cushioned cartons with original manual/instructions. Asking $1500, buyer pays shipping. Luis some reviews: ABSOLUTE SOUNDS - 2002 Golden Ear Award Award Reviews - PLINIUS AUDIO - plinius, plinius audio hifi, plinus, plinius 9200, plinius amplifiers, plinius amplifier, plinius 8150, plimius, pliniusaudio, plinius m14, www.pliniusaudio.com, www.pliniusaudio.nzld.com, plinius 8100, plinius amps, plinius AUDIOGON Best Solid State Integrated Amp AudiogoN Forums: Plinius 8200 MkII -- best integrated ss amp? AudioEnz AudioEnz - Plinius 8200 mk2 (In this review, I love the following description of the Plinius} Within lies the toroidal transformer-that-ate-Manhattan, the main contributor to the weight, and a pre-amp derived from the exoticM16 unit that partners Plinius's class A super-amps. This second edition of the 8200 delivers over 175 remote-controlled watts per channel, with maybe the first couple in class A. Switch the unit on, and the blue power indicator flashes slowly to let you know the amp is muted while it settles down for action. Once stabilised, the LED remains on and you're ready to roll.... This amp tolerates no waywardness on the part of your speakers: they will obey. Will plug in a photo once I've figured out how to do so... cosmetically it is in VG/Exc condition