This Rogue offering, now in its third iteration, like so many others, seems too good to be true. This 80w per channel tube amp, integrated with MM phono stage, sounds so convincing for so little outlay it has competitors scratching their heads. It will drive almost anything, sounds great, and is extremely reliable.
Thr Ne Plus Ultra design from Inuos,Statement Server Stands out as the most sophisticated ROON Core Music Server extant.It is hard to Imagine just how much better ROON Streaming sounds
thru the Statement than it does using any other Music server, and at about $14,000.00 that is to be expected.What is interesting is how much truer the music is developed using the Statement than with Streamers priced at 2-3 times higher .
I am deadly serious when I say that I have been longing for someone to create a power amp with resolution and grACE THAT SELL FOR UNDER $5000.00 TO MATCH SOME OF THE OUTSTANDING SUB 7K TUBE PREAMPS THAT BACKERT AND ROGUE MAKE . THE QUALITON APX 200 MEETS THIS QUALIFICATION AND THEN SOME FAETURING A SELECTABLE VOLUME CONTROL THE 100 W PER CHANNEL A 200X SIMPLY WIBES THE FLOOR WITH ANY TUBE POWER AMP I HAVE HEARD IN THE SUB 10K RANGE A NO BRAINER FROM THE W0ORLD OF PLAINKI AND GOULASH.TOP RECOMMENDATION
As John Atkinson,Editor in Chief at Stereophile at the time, commented:
The immediate impression was of extraordinary clarity. This wasn't as if the edges of the objects within the soundstage had been enhanced, as can be done to images with PhotoShop, but as if the pixel count of the image had been increased. It didn't manage this by emphasizing treble detail, but to resort to an audio reviewer cliché, the DAC502 cleaned the window into the recorded soundstage to an impressive extent...
(U)ltimately, musical enjoyment is what this product is all about. As I write this conclusion, I am listening to Stanford's hauntingly engaging song "The Blue Bird," performed by the Gabrieli Consort directed by Paul McCreesh (from Silence & Music, 16/44.1k FLAC, Signum Classics/Tidal). The interplay between the unaccompanied voices, the bell-like interjections of the high soprano, the setting of all the singers within a supportive chapel acoustic—the Weiss DAC502 made all these aspects clear, in service of the music. Which is what a great audio component should do."STEREOPHILE, Jul 24, 2020
The Qualiton X 200 defies simple description. It is all at once an integrated amp, a power amplifier, and a pre-amplifier. it even has tone controls which suddenly affect bass and treble when you use them or otherwise completely transparent. All of these features would be simply meaningless if the sound wasn't there to match them. But it is there. It is there in spades. We have never heard a tube power amplifier/integrated amplifier that sounds as transparent dynamic and detailed as the X 200 for anywhere near its price range. It absolutely trounces amps which we have compared it to that sell for 15,000, 20,000 even $30,000. But the Qualiton can be had for a mere $6500 which makes it our go to Tube integrated/Poweramp under $15,000. it even has an MM phono stage.A great one at that. with 100 W per channel There are a few speakers which it cannot drive. Put it on a pair of Harbeth HL5XD and you will hear Nirvana.