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New April Music Stello HP100 MKII

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Just found out about this new amp while searching for something else. Anyone know when it'll be available in the USA and the MSRP? I'm impressed by the specs!

 

Class A, push-pull, & discrete, and if those buzzwords aren't enough:

 

30 Ohms : 1.5 Watts
50 Ohms : 1.1 Watts
150 Ohms : 490 mWatts
300 Ohms : 245 mWatts
600 Ohms : 120 mWatts

 

I never did get a chance to hear the original Stello HP100 (which got a lot of raves in its day), now I'm really interested in the MKII.

 

http://www.aprilmusic.com/eng/main/sub02_03_07.html

 

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Just found some more info on a new Google search.

 

6Moons review, which has some informative internal photos and technical info: http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/aprilmusic11/1.html

 

USA retailer Kosmic.us selling it for $1300: http://www.kosmic.us/stello-hp100.html

Australian retailer Addicted to Audio selling it for $1499 AUD: http://www.addictedtoaudio.com.au/product/april-music-stello-hp100-pre-headphone-amplifier

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I've always been a big Stello series fan and would love to get to try this out someday... It'd be especially useful for someone who needs a preamp too. Had the HP100 before and it was a well performing amp. Was really versatile too due to its filter switch... Helped out brighter headphones a lot in smoothing them pit.

Very interesting how it has a plain jane USB DAC included with it... I suppose it's something akin to what Violectric did optionally with their V200 amps, a nice bonus for basic computer use.
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Wanted to bump this thread to see if there's any news or impressions on this, looks like Moon Audio has them for sale now too and maybe a mention of a da100mk2: http://www.audiostream.com/content/stello-da100-mkii.

 

The old HP100 was a decent amp but I found I preferred the Gilmore Lite.  The 6 moons review is dare I say mostly useless to me but the interior shots were very telling, wonder what the opamps (which were also present in the hp100 circuit) are for?

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