Amps

Do Amplifiers Lose Power Over Time?
Amps

Do Amplifiers Lose Power Over Time?

Amplifiers create sound because electricity runs through the equipment to power the speakers. That energy impacts the materials included in the unit’s design, generating wear and tear that eventually causes the amp to wear out. Some amplifiers need more attention than others to stay in good repair. Vacuum tubes often […]

Axe - Fx III Mark II
Preamplifiers

Axe – Fx III Mark II

Fractal Audio Systems came into existence in 2006 with the Axe – Fx series of preamp and effect processors release. Ever since the electric guitar became a presence in the music industry, guitarists experimented with creating new sounds from the stock options available from the instrument. That process led to […]

Schiit SYS – Review
Home Stereo Systems, Preamplifiers

Schiit SYS – Review

Founded in 2010, Schiit was founded by two experienced audiophiles who work with brands like Sumo and Theta. The pedigree of the company’s leadership includes work on the Angstrom 200 and the Andromeda III, among several other projects. Although the name is funny to say, the results you’ll get with […]

User Reviews Peavey KB100
Amps

User Reviews: Peavey KB100

Although the KB100 is a 100W amp, it operates at 70 watts. It’s on the older side, but aging well since it produces minimal distortion. That’s indicated by the 0.2% THD rating. Once you get into the higher power levels, the THD rating can reach as high as 5%, but […]

British vs American Amps
Amps

British vs. American Amps

When you are on a quest to create your signature sound, the amplifier is one of the most essential ingredients in that recipe. An amp’s performance dictates the overall sound that your instrument produces. If you want to develop a better tone, that often means investing in the best possible […]

Mono Blocks on a Budget: Is It Possible?
Amps

Mono Blocks on a Budget: Is It Possible?

Modern audio systems for vehicles have become quite complex in recent years. What was once a simple analog installation has turned into an extensive industry with multiple options to review. Almost every modern audio system has something in common with all the others out there. A power amp is necessary […]

Element II Amps and DACs
Amps

Element II – Amps + DACs

The Element II comes from the brilliant designers at JDS Labs. This company designs and manufactures some of the best audiophile amps and DACs you can find anywhere in the world. Their goal is relatively simple. Every product is meant to deliver a genuine and authentic sound while offering affordability […]

12 Best Mini Guitar Amps in 2021
Amps

12 Best Mini Guitar Amps in 2022

Several guitar amps came out in the 1920s and 1930s as we learned more about what electronics and technology could provide. Although the Great Depression put a pause on American innovation at the time, a few great products were still released for consideration. The Vivi-Tone amps from 1933 were often […]