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Good: Lovely sound, classic look, compact size
Bad: Could be a little louder, can't turn LED's off
Comment: I just saw one of these for Â£230 including speakers in CostCo and had a little play on the demo model. Â£400 is just wrong.
I plugged my iPhone 4 in and immediately was greeted with "Device not fully compatible/may experience signal interference" pop-up. Not an issue, but perhaps something to bear in mind.
The sound from this thing is lovely; very rich, warm and enveloping. The device I was playing with was very warm; it had been on probably since the shop opened.
My one gripe is the little red LED under the iPod dock can't be turned off and looks a little naff, but it's a small price to pay for such a nice little amp.
Desperately want one of these, if they get around to making a Mark II, I'll make sure I can afford one!
Good: Valve Sound, Warmth, Super High Fidelity, 3 Inputs, TOP Quality
Bad: Little pricey, Groung Noise but can be removed
Comment: I am a Hi-Fi hobbist and have dealt with many setups in the past.
I bought this small Ipod amplifier from Greece at just 257 euro (225 pounds).
I think this price is much below the 400 pounds that many people are talking about. So I would recommend doing a little research before buying it.
I have hooked this up a pair of Mission M33 Speakers and use as a source either my iMac Intel or my Plasma TV or my iPod Classic.
The Sound that comes out is incredible!! There is so much warmth, so nice natural mid-range and so detailed hi-range that I am astonished!
The bass in not very deep but very well driven and pleasant.
My previous amplifiers: Technics SA-330 (about 20 years old) and a professional Inter-M R150 were nowhere near this small amplifier.
The Roth amplifier does not sound loud. It is rated at 13 Watts RMS.
This makes it more suitable for relatively small to medium rooms.
Also the speaker sound not have an impedance lower than 8-Ohm rated but there are only very few speakers that are having that low impedance.
I have had a problem with the Grounf noise at the beginning because of the electronics powered-on around the Roth MC4. However, I solved this problem by just not applying the Ground connector to the wall outlet (very easy). In most cases you sould not encounter this problem.
The remote control is very handy and of Top quality. It works very well.
Thw whole amplifier including its power supply is made of TOP Quality and I mean that.
It would sound at its best if you use lossless Audio or lossy at very high bitrates (MP3 over 224 kbps).
Very very highly recommended!! You will never be dissapointed!!
Good: The tubes sound great, but...
Bad: I've yet to figure out the s-video + instruction manual=disaster
Comment: Best sounding iPod dock I've heard. Sounds better than Bose to me, but the tubes are probably making compressed music sound better than compressed music would sound on the Bose. Lossless? I haven't tried that on either yet. - Again, needs better instructions for those who aren't audio/tech-heads, especially re: getting the s-video to work. No luck thus far using s-video cable and Sony HDTV? But you buy it for the sound, and the sound is INCREDIBLE!
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