I felt compelled to share my thoughts on this integrated amplifier – it's truly outstanding. The audio is clear, balanced, and rich in bass. Such sound quality from an amplifier in this price range was unexpected. An amplifier of this caliber would likely be priced at $3500, if not higher. And to think, I've only just unboxed it. I can only imagine its performance once it's fully broken in. Kudos to you, my friend!
After 3 Weeks
My setup features the Denafrips Pontus II DAC and the LUMIN U2 Mini streamer paired with the Bowers and Wilkins 804 D4 speakers. These components and the CHoco Sound EMI amplifier are connected to the PS Audio DirectStream P15 Power Plant for enhanced safety and component reliability. For most listening sessions, I keep the volume below 70 dB.
Previously, I used the Pathos InPol Remix MkII Tube Hybrid Integrated Amplifier - 25 Watts Class A, but it didn't drive my speakers effectively. Switching to the CHoco Sound Integrated Amplifier truly invigorated them.
After 8 Weeks
"I acquired this EMEI amplifier in August 2023 to replace my prior $7,000 amplifier. The instrument separation and micro-details are astounding, coupled with my Bowers & Wilkins 804 D4 speakers and Audioquest Robin Hood BiWire COMBO speaker cables - I believe cables make a difference. I'm picking up nuances in the upper midrange that I never noticed when using my Swedish amp. You're correct about the importance of the right speaker pairing. If this amplifier were produced in the US, it could easily command a price of over $4,000. I also find your videos to be highly engaging and informative!”
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