Kenzie Amp Review by C.L.Skoog
I received my Kenzie amp from Justin two days ago. It arrived, superbly packaged and on-time. I have been spinning vinyl since 1967.
In 1990, I started my CD collection but never quit my analog hobby for vinyl. I have been fortunate enough to be able to demo many tube and solid-state amps over the years. I have demoed McIntosh, Manley Labs and many other hi-end amps costing $10,000 or more.
At this point I own a 2005 Manley Labs Sting Ray that is wired in triode and also a Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum with K-120 tubes, both amps are integrated. So I have some pretty solid performers to compare this new amp to.
The Kenzie amp is one killer, over the top amp; ear candy from heaven. Justin set me up with a remote volume control and I coupled that between my phono-stage pre-amp and the Kenzie amp and used AudioQuest King Cobra cabling. For the price, hi-fi enthusiast looking for over-the-top sound can afford this tube amp without breaking the bank. The Kenzie has plenty of punch with my Cornwalls and the sound stage is great, best I have heard in my lifetime.
When you call, you’ll get to talk directly with Justin to customize your set- up. He’s very knowledgeable and passionate about his work. I feel very fortunate to have been told by Dene about Justin and his ampsandsound web site.
Recommended for anyone looking for an endgame tube amp with some midrange magic and transient mojo.
AudioExpress RMAF 2016 – ampsandsound coverage Ampsandsound from Southern California (www.ampsandsound.com) teamed up with North California Sonic Studios to show their latest, hand-built hollow-state designs, the $3,600 Agartha and the $1,850 Leeloo combination amps. The former pairs a 6SL7 up front with an overspec’d power supply and 300b triode on output. The latter is both headphone and power amp,using a 12AX7 or equivalent for input (see Photo 8). With a pair of EL-84s out to deliver 2.6 W into an 8 Ω speaker, little Leeloo will also drive a 32 Ω headphone with a dead quiet 1 W of hollow-state […]