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You are very welcome! i do some writing for audio magazines and have two reference $50,000+ sound systems in my laboratories, so i am not easily impressed by consumer electronics. Your I-fusion is the perfect mate to the amazing i-pod sound world and is as enjoyable at its scale to listen to as my big B&W 802D rig or 700$ R1 Grado studio headphones! Great work! Bravo! My wife heard my new friend for 30 seconds and immediately wanted one for valentines day! which i immediately ordered! drblue
Now, here's the deal: If I blindfolded you and had you listen to the amps in my collection right now -- the Almarro EL84 SEP stereo integrated with its punchy pace & rhythm and slightly dark & warm but naturally detailed soundstage; the emotive and musical Fi 2A3 SET monoblocks with their open, relaxed, dynamic and detailed sound; and the Yamamoto 45 SET stereo amplifier with its clean, clear, spacious, ýber-detailed and artfully musical sound -- and if after that, I slipped the T-amp into the mix and asked you to comment on its sound... what do you think you'd say? I guess it'd be close to what Bill said: "Its sonic signature reminds me most of the Yamamoto 45. It is clean-sounding with lots of detail and decent rhythm and pace. Not quite as smooth and musical but very good." When I told Bill and Pete that the T-amp cost a mere $39, they were flabbergasted. After I placed the T-amp into Bill's hands so he could "look" at it, he burst out in a marvelous laughter over its combination of light weight, small size and heavyweight performance.
The biggest praise I can heap upon the T-amp is that when it's playing music, I forget about it as an audio device and get lost in enjoying the music. That's really the ultimate praise that one could bestow upon any piece of equipment. The fact that this piece is only $39 makes things rather mind-boggling.
The Bottom Line
I'd say Srajan nailed the Tripath signature sound when he described the eVo 2i: "Crystalline transparency; a tube-like midrange purity, naturalness of timbre and monster soundstaging without the bloom of valves; wonderful bass; and very extended yet silky treble that's never grating or dull but just right." Srajan was describing a $3200 integrated but the amazing thing is that those same words also pretty much describe the sound of the Sonic Impact T-amp integrated.
The proof is in the listening, however. And there the Sonic Impact T-amp is an absolutely brilliant piece of equipment that revolutionizes sound quality performance at a true budget price. Prior to the T-amp, a great-sounding $39 amplifier was unheard of. That makes the Sonic Impact unparalleled. Heck, even for $390, it would be unparalleled - it's simply a really great little amplifier. The li'l Sonic Impact T-rex just took a big bite out of High-End's pudgy fanny.
How can a low-priced amp possibly sound this good. This is the best kept audio secret of all time. I have mine connected to a SACD player through a ASL passive (tube)pre-amp. I turn the volume control on the SI all the way up and adjust volume with the pre. The sound that comes out of my high-efficency Horn Shoppe Horns is nothing short of amazing. Wide soundstage, incredible imaging and totally no audible noise. I own two and I'm looking for a third to hot-rod. Caution: If you are going to use in a home stereo rig, the speakers should have an efficiency of 90 or better to get the sound levels you'll want. Amazing!
TNT REVIEW FOR TAMP
Among many unusual reviews (here on TNT-Audio) this one will stand out, not because it is somehow "different" from our previous ones, rather because the product is DIFFERENT.
It is so different than the rest that I dare to call it a real revolution. I'm talking of a sub-30$ (no typo!) integrated amplifier that embarasses the competition. Which competition, you may ask! There are no integrated amplifiers below, say, 150$!!! Indeed, the Sonic Impact T-Amp finds its natural competitors in a price range that is 100 times its price. At least. Now relax and read on.
This is NOT an April's Fool, a bad taste joke or a test to see how many of you blindly believe in what we say. No, this is the first part of a series of articles devoted to the most insane piece of equipment I've ever come across during the last 25 years of HiFi addiction. A battery-operated 6 watts per channel IC-based integrated amplifier that is so damn good sounding to cause harassment to many expensive products.
In Hi-Fi News, Ken Kessler one of the UK's best known and most outspoken audio journalists wrote (June 2002 issue, page 122): "Want sound at a barbecue, but don't want to subject your Sonus Fabers to the likelihood of rain Having a rave in your college digs and don't fancy the idea of Nigel downing six pints and recycling them onto your JPWs Need some speakers for Junior Playstation, but the SLAMMs won't fit in his room SoundpaX are perfect for such applications. They come flat packed, the cardboard is wipeable if not exactly washable, they cost squat and yes they sound greatDespite hearing them at the [Bristol] show, I was not prepared for the wide frequency response, the semblance of deep bass, the surprisingly clear midband, the easily-attainable high levels."
Electronics Weekly wrote: "So what do they sound like Great, is the answer. Far clearer than you would think and most unlike a cardboard box. The accompanying specification claims power handling is oud enough to dance to and I do not disagreePerfect party speakers."
PC Advisor said: "The initial models have the fascia of a traditional speaker printed on to them, but the potential for design, shape and acoustic is endless. Extremely portable, affordable and creative, these speakers look set to make a big impact on the hi-fi market."
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