We have fond memories of the original Audio Analogue Puccini, particularly in upgraded SE form. It delivered a combination of warmth, fluidity and insight few rivals could match, and did so wrapped in a beautifully elegant case.
Even the remote was special – a small, coffin-shaped metal unit equipped with just the minimum of buttons.
All this loveliness would have set you back around £600/$900 in the late 1990s, but since then, it’s fair to say Audio Analogue’s output has been uneven.
There have been some truly excellent high-end amplifiers – we remember the stunning, if ill-proportioned, £9,000/$13,500 Class A integrated with particular affection – but also some average performers that failed to spark our interest.
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