McIntosh Teaches Its 50-Year-Old Tube Amp a Few New Tricks

Audiophiles love tube amps because of the warm, full sound they provide. But the vacuum tubes wear out, and generally requires a specialized, increasingly rare, technician to diagnose which ones are bad. High-end audio manufacturer McIntosh say their redesigned MC275 tube amp remedies part of that problem. » 10/07/11 6:20pm 10/07/11 6:20pm

Hey Audiophile! Five Baller Vintage Amps That Are Dirt Cheap

A five-year-old surround-sound receiver has all the appeal of a five-year-old banana. But a five-year-old (or even 25-year-old) stereo amplifier might sound and perform every bit as good as one built last month. Much stereo equipment is timeless, which is why so many audio enthusiasts are getting back into vintage gear » 8/22/11 10:00pm 8/22/11 10:00pm

What if Scissors-Company Fiskars Made Amplifiers?

This is one beautiful amplifier—it's just a shame it's not real. Designer Edouard Urcadez "borrowed" the Fiskars branding to come up trumps with this "88" amplifier concept. There's no point dwelling on the purported specs of it when it doesn't exist beyond our computer screens, but hot damn I want it in my living… » 3/10/11 10:40am 3/10/11 10:40am