After 5 years of popularity among consumers inside and out of China, Jungson Audio has spent the last 12 months in improving the best selling JA-88D solid state pure Class A integrated amp to its 2009 version. The 09 version comes with built-in phonostage in response to the reviving of vinyl on the listening scene, and has a line output to satisfy home theatre users to drive a subwoofer. Similar looks as most Jungson amps - the JA88D-09 comes with Jungson's ocean blue power meter and usual heavy duty casing. JA88D-09 is listed retail for US$2,300 including shipping within continuous USA and Canada.
Shuguang has just added a new member to its recently released Treasure 'black bottle' series. The new 2A3-Z tubes are in stock at Grant Fidelity now. Retail for US$420.00 per pair. Audiophiles within mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong are the first ones to experience this new tube. Comments are "they provide rich midrange and bottom, expanded touchable soundstage and vivid layers". click on picture for product details.
Positive Feedback Online has just published a review on Shengya A-216 hybrid amplifier. Reviewer Kent Johnson says:
"The Shengya A-216 has considerable strengths. It is extremely well built, absolutely quiet, powerful, offers balanced inputs, has sophisticated controls, and is maintenance free. Economically, it eliminates the need for tube replacement—at least for any of us currently alive, uses less electricity than a tube amp, and costs only $1850. And it sounds incredibly good, too."
"The Shengya A-216 amplifier does come extraordinarily close to offering the best of both worlds—the sonic virtues of an all-tube system with the convenience and strengths of solid state amplification. I could not only live with the A-216, I would enjoy every moment of doing so."
Read the full review here.