Trust me when I say that ifi’s “Retro Stereo 50” is the best all-in-one amplifier (plus speakers) I have heard in the price bracket of around $2000. It’s a system which utilizes valve technology and offers just about everything you need in the 21st century (see the all-encompassing tech specs at the end of this post).
It’s future-proof, compact, looks great, and sounds … absolutely fabulous!
I had the chance to give this amp a good listen together with a whole shop full of experts who sell audio equipment for which a single cable costs more than this entire system. Every single one stood, mouth agape, and agreed: this system, which had just landed at their shop, sounds like it should cost many thousands of dollars more. It’s got real audiophile qualities with astonishing clarity, details and sound stage, including excellent bass and enough power to crank it.
If you are in the market for a small system for your living room or elsewhere, this is really where you should start looking. Chances are that you won’t need to look any further.
If I had to start over again, I would start here.
The ifi “Retro” systems gets the highest recommendation I can think of!
Do check it out.