by Alan Sircom
Like many good amps, this starts from the midrange out. The mids are intensely satisfying, in the way scrambled eggs on hot buttered toast on a cold winter’s morning is intensely satisfying – naughty, but nice. Midrange sounds here are lithe and entice you to listen longer. No, they won’t turn PJ Harvey into Ella Fitzgerald, but the Mastersound’s midrange combines vocal clarity and articulation with a huge soundstage and a seductive richness that draws you in."
"That’s the magic of the Mastersound Evolution 845. Turn it on, wait half an hour and the sound is so seductive it’s hard to resist its charms, even if what you normally listen to (both in terms of audio technology and the sort of music at which it excels) is very different. If you think valve amps are all about squidgy soft and warm sounding, the Mastersound is the natural way to show just how wrong preconceptions can be."
Best Tube Integrated Amplifier Award, Trophy designating No. 1
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