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Robert Koda Takumi K-70 (£35,000)

Robert Koda Takumi K-70 (£35,000)

The first product from a new Japanese high-end marque, this imposing hybrid power amplifier system employs a 'DC reactor' power supply housed in a separate chassis

Leak Stereo 20 - Vintage

Leak Stereo 20 - Vintage

A product from the dawn of stereo that still offers much today

Leema Pyxis/ Hydra II (£3995/£3495)

Leema Pyxis/ Hydra II (£3995/£3495)

A pairing that conceals considerable flexibility behind the simple lines

Luxman C-600f/M-600A (£5995 each)

Luxman C-600f/M-600A (£5995 each)

A classic Japanese high-end brand returns with a superb pairing.

Musical Fidelity Titan (£20,000)

Musical Fidelity Titan (£20,000)

The Musical Fidelity flagship is a superlative performer behind the headline grabbing numbers

Pass Labs XA60.5 (£9850 pair)

Pass Labs XA60.5 (£9850 pair)

A power amp that offers a truly musical presentation

Radford STA 15 Series 3 - Vintage

Radford STA 15 Series 3 - Vintage

An undisputed classic that blurs the margins between vintage and modern

Micromega PA-20/PW-400 (£3288)

Micromega PA-20/PW-400 (£3288)

Now under new ownership, the Micromega brand boasts a new livery and embraces the most progressive of amplifier technologies as this Class D design illustrates

DPA CA1/MA1 (£2300/£2200 each)

DPA CA1/MA1 (£2300/£2200 each)

One of the most innovative British audio companies of the '80s and early '90s has returned with a flourish and a very familiar-looking pre/power combo...

Audio Research VS115 (£4988)

Audio Research VS115 (£4988)

Classic looks, balanced outputs and more power than the amp it replaces, the VS115 will not disappoint...

Belles VT-01/SA-30 (£8500)

Belles VT-01/SA-30 (£8500)

It's billed as an alternative to quality valve designs, but can this big-ticket pairing of valve-hybrid preamp with solid-state Class A power amplifier deliver on the promise?

Cambridge Audio Azur 840E/840W (£800/£1200)

Cambridge Audio Azur 840E/840W (£800/£1200)

Now in second-generation guise, Cambridge's Class XD and 'Terrapin' amplifier technologies feature in a stunning new pre/power combination

Howes Custom Quad II (£2500)

Howes Custom Quad II (£2500)

Around 90,000 of Quad's model II valve amplifiers were produced between 1953 and 1970. Thanks to John Howes, this classic monoblock continues to live on in full colour!

Anthem Statement D2V/P2/P5 (£8500/£3850/£7600)

Anthem Statement D2V/P2/P5 (£8500/£3850/£7600)

Combining the processing horsepower of several PCs with audiophile pretension is a tall order. Will we be standing to attention?

Audiolab 8000AP/8000X7 (£1000/£1500)

Audiolab 8000AP/8000X7 (£1000/£1500)

A 7.1-channel AV processor and matching 7-channel power amplifier marks the return of a resurgent Audiolab brand

Bryston 4B SST2 (£4000)

Bryston 4B SST2 (£4000)

Revamped since our first review back in May '07 and tested here with matching BP26 preamp, the 4B SST2 boasts even greater transparency and grip

Coda CL/CS  (£1450/£2450)

Coda CL/CS (£1450/£2450)

With a blend of innovative features and high power performance, these novel Codas promise a musical crescendo to remember

Classe SSP-800 (£5334)

Classe SSP-800 (£5334)

This DSP-intensive processor may not yet offer on-board Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, but its HDMI performance is the best yet...

Leema Acoustics Pyxis/Altair IV (£3925 /£8325 each)

Leema Acoustics Pyxis/Altair IV (£3925 /£8325 each)

Home-grown super-amps are thin on the ground, but Leema is confident of taking on the world's best with its mighty Altair IV monoblocks

Trilogy Audio Systems 909/990/968 (£3995/£5495/£3995)

Trilogy Audio Systems 909/990/968 (£3995/£5495/£3995)

With unique styling, microprocessor operation and virtually feedback-free valve-based amplification, each box is a 'trilogy' in its own right

Top 5 Pre/power amplifiers

Cambridge Audio Azur 840E/840W (£800/£1200)

Now in second-generation guise, Cambridge's Class XD and 'Terrapin' amplifier technologies feature in a stunning new pre/power combination

Flying Mole DAD-M310 (£600 each)

Following the trend for high power and low weight, these PWM-based monoblock amplifiers from Japan offer 180W in a mere 4kg package. But what do they sound like?

Belles 28A/150A (£3750/£2750)

With a reference preamp offering two phono stage inputs, and 125W of stereo power amp, can this combo break free of the crowd?

D'Agostino Momentum (£55,000/pr)

Dan D'Agostino returns with a product half amplifier, half sculpture, all genius

Acoustic Imagery Pre Amp/D400M (£3594/£2394 each)

New to the British hi-fi scene, this exquisitely formed pre/power amp combo is highly compact thanks to the use of Class D modules and switched mode power supplies

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