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3 weeks ago
Coming soon! . . .A World Premiere:
Ars-Sonum ARMONÍA ... See MoreSee Less
What does “SB” stand for?
Looks a lot like those killer amps Sonic Frontiers made.
4 weeks ago
Our wonderful demo Rogue Cronus Magnum II integrated amplifier is up for sale! It is in excellent condition, with low hours (less than 250), comes with factory packaging, remote, manual, and 3 year Rogue Audio warranty. Retail new, this amplifier was $2,495 (it has been replaced by the new and $500 more expensive Cronus Magnum III).
PLEASE call, message, or e-mail us for our price. ... See MoreSee Less
A look at the inner workings of the new Ars-Sonum Filarmonia SM integrated amp. All new circuit board design, new power transformer design, various circuit revisions, improved internal air flow, better quality parts (note the V-Cap and Mundorf parts) are among the improvements in evidence that result in significant sound improvements. ... See MoreSee Less
I've had the NEW Ars Sonum Filarmonia SM for a several months now and was finally able after a long break-in period (often interrupted by other equipment that I have been working on/servicing/upgrading) and a brief respite in other work to give it a proper listen and direct comparison to the (now discontinued) Filarmonia SK.
While the new Fila SM may look just like the previous version, Riccardo Hernandez at Ars-Sonum has pulled out the stops here in the new Filarmonia SM as it is not just a little bit better than the Filarmonia (Fila for short) SK. Where the Fila SK could bite a little on hard sibilants/transients, the SM just gives you what is there with nothing added with a wonderfully smooth, clear, and nuanced presentation. The Fila SM is now more smooth and clear than before. It has a wider soundstage and the bottom end also has a more tactile feel/texture to it.
Trade-offs??? The Fila SM has a couple less watts power output now (not that I noticed that - it is more dynamic than the Fila SK), the wider sound-stage diminishes the apparent stage depth a smidgen and that is it. Price is more, but considering the number of changes made internally (new circuit board design, improved power supply circuit, and higher quality caps in the signal path from V-Cap and Mundorf) the $300 price increase for the Fila SM ($5,250) is a very good value.
Combined with the (pretty exceptional) EXOGAL Comet Plus DAC ($3,500 retail - which I am now a dealer for), the music coming out of the Black Magic TSMs in the listening room had them delivering a clarity, smoothness, and liquidity I've not heard from them before. Now if I can get Ricardo to offer a power amplifier version of the SM (see my other recent post), folks with good preamps could enjoy this amp as much as folks who want a great sounding, compact tube integrated amp. ... See MoreSee Less