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Bottlehead Mainline

Mainline Magic from Bottlehead

A review on: Bottlehead Mainline
JamieMcC

Pros: Superbly capable, grown up refined sound, resolving, musical, oodles of finesse and a delicacy of finer musical nuances, customizable finish.

Cons: Its DIY build it yourself or have someone else build it for you but honestly its not that hard. large foot print for desk top.

  I have felt compelled to attempt my first review after recently building Bottleheads premium diy headphone amplifier offering the Bottlehead Mainline. I have built a few of their kits now and the Mainlines abilities have really stood out from other amps I have built or owned in the past.  The design is about a year old but the linage and some of the...
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Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear Quick Review by mark2410
Graham Slee Solo Ultra Linear Quick Review by mark2410
Topping VX-1: Excellent Desktop Setup Under 100$
Topping VX-1: Excellent Desktop Setup Under 100$
Amazing tube amplifier for the price!
Amazing tube amplifier for the price!

Bravo Audio Tube Amplifier - V3

Pros: Excellent price, solid build quality, sound quality is clean and pure, 3 band passive EQ

Cons: Minor interference (EMI/RFI) due to no shielded case, but easy to avoid/fix

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NuForce Icon HDP (High-end Headphone Amp, USB DAC, Preamp)

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