Excerpt: Product: Audio Analogue Maestro Integrated Amplifier Price: 4250 EUR (Italy), 4650 EUR (Germany) Manufacturer: Audio Analogue Author: Mattia Bellinzona Reviewd: February 2004 The Maestro integrated amplifier is a big machine with a thick polished metal front, a huge knob for volume control and a few LED indicators. It captures your attention because of its monstrous volume control knob (9 cm diameter!), its heavy metal looks, its size and… its weight.
Excerpt: Audio Analogue Maestro (below) & Paganini (top) The Maestro is the new top of the line CD player by Audio Analogue and it belongs to the new Maestro series which also includes a big integrated amp you may have seen on our recent Top Audio & Video reportage from Milan. Also, you may have seen the Maestro CD player on our Audio Analogue factory tour this Summer.
Excerpt: Audio Analogue has something of an uneven track record with us. Its more affordable products have been a little hit and miss over the years, with true superstars like the original Puccini SE integrated amplifier (from around a decade or so ago) being in a distinct minority. Yet, in recent times the company has started to attack the high-end market – with considerable success – with its Class A integrated amp and pre/monobloc combination.
Pros: Impressive build and finish, sonic authority and refinement, composed nature
Cons: Terrible remote, confusing menus, limited choice of digital inputs
Conclusion: Audio Analogue har virkelig skudt hele papegøjeburet med denne musikalske dirigent på trods – eller måske i kraft af den utraditionelle opbygning, hvor Bertini har indgået kompromiser, som andre konstruktører med high-end ambitioner aldrig ville turde gøre. MAESTRO’en viser, at naturtro og musikalsk high-end ydelse er på vej ned i de mere overkommelige prisklasser, selv om 20.000 isoleret set er mange penge i en tid, hvor man kan få hæderlige afspillere, der både klarer...