y audiophile persona felt that, with the DX, there was a greater sense of
ease, of you-know-whatability to the imaging, of involvement with the
overall sound. And that's what it's all about, even without taking
into consideration the DX's ease of setup and use. Highly recommended. I
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We are proud to introduce Rogue
Audio to our music loving fans
If you love music that has
the warmth, texture and nuance of a live performance, you really should check
out just how close good tube electronics get to the realism of live music.
As did I, you just might discover your music collection all over again. We
have represented some of the best examples of this art for many years. We
now, at long last, bring to you the quite amazing tube electronics from Rogue
Audio: beautifully crafted, wonderfully musical and VERY reasonably
We've brought in a number of
Stereo 100 ($3,495)
Rogue Audio web site: "Whether
your tastes run to the delicate strains of the violin or the wail of the
electric guitar, the Rogue Stereo 100 power amplifier will thrill you with its
precision, musicality, and impact. And with 100 watts of pure tube power, you
can be sure that your amplifier won’t run out of steam before the musicians do.
The heart of the Stereo 100 consists of four matched KT120 output tubes
operating in push-pull configuration. A massive fully regulated power supply
ensures that low frequency information will not go unheard, and that the power
and attack of transient musical passages will be recreated in full. And with a
simple flip of a switch, audiophiles can choose between "pure triode" and
"ultra-linear" operation to suit their tastes and power requirements. The
transparency and power of the Stereo 100 is testimony to a design that truly
transcends that of the competition."
"Something very special has happened in the universe of audio
components and you can benefit from this important milestone. We are all
familiar with terms such as “good for the money” and “sets a new standard at its
price point” and “plays above its class” and similar ideas that attempt to
compare the sound of a product with its cost. Rogue Audio has introduced the
Stereo 100 power amplifier, at $3,495, that offers better performance than
anyone has offered up to now – possibly at any price.
The Rogue Audio Stereo 100 power amplifier is a GREAT product. I
have heard no other amp under $15,000 that has comparable levels of control,
clarity and consistency of tone. It was a pleasure working with Mark O’Brien and
Rogue Audio on this review, and I look forward to listening to music every day
with this fine amplifier in my system. Of course I purchased the review sample.
It was one of the easiest buying decisions in my seemingly endless quest for
great sound." 10Audio,
From the Rogue Audio web site:
"The RP-5 is our first preamplifier based on the groundbreaking new RP-X
platform. Silky smooth yet extraordinarily high tech, the RP-5 sets a new
benchmark in performance and functionality. Utilizing four 12AU7 tubes in a
mu-follower configuration, the computer optimized circuitry boasts outstanding
sonics as well as industry leading specs.
The RP-5 offers much more than just sonic
excellence with numerous features to further enhance your listening experience.
The onboard MM/MC phono has user adjustable gain settings ranging from 40 to 60
dB. A wide variety of loading options means your favorite cartridge can be
configured to sound its very best. A tube based headphone circuit offers smooth
and detailed sound for your late night personal audio sessions. Other features
include home theater inputs, a processor loop and mono button. The ten button
remote allows you to conveniently access volume, balance, selector, mute, mono
and on/off from your listening position."
"The Rogue RP-5, at $3500, is a tremendous value.
The tubed components field in that price range is rather crowded, but I believe
Rogue has a real class leader here. The sonics are outstanding, and the build
quality is off the charts good. What sets the RP-5 apart is the coupling of
great sound with a treasure trove of features. A phono input, dual variable
outputs, fixed outputs, an excellent headphone amp, a crystal clear LED display,
balance control, a mono switch, and remote control make this a “full service”
preamplifier in my book.
The RP-5 worked beautifully with all the amplifiers I used
with, as detailed above. I found it difficult to find fault with it. Perhaps
only side by side auditioning with Rogue’s top models would reveal any
shortcomings. As a side note, the RP-5 paired with the previously mentioned
Stereo 100 power amp, (which I spent quite a bit of time with previously) would
yield, in my estimation, a superb combo which would provide tube lovers a
lifetime of great sound for $7000 total.
To put some icing on the cake, Rogue products are made in the U.S.A. and backed
by a generous warranty. In fact, Rogue has invested heavily in a new factory
they are in the process of building. Their dedication to improving their
products, quality control, and offering fairly priced gear is highly
commendable. The Rogue RP-5 is a great product, and I would recommend those
looking for a keeper of a full function tube preamplifier to audition it."
Cronus Magnum III
Integrated Amplifier ($2,995)
NOW SHIPPING! The latest version of the
award winning Cronus Magnum is here!
With a wide range of serious
upgrades, this new Cronus Magnum III is truly the best bargain in tube
integrated amps at anywhere near this price. Here's a description from
Mark O'Brien of Rogue Audio:
"We are pleased to
announce that we [have released] the new Cronus Magnum 3 which features a host
of upgrades over the current version.
One of the most exciting upgrades is the ability to
operate the CM3 in Triode mode. An external switch flips between ultralinear
(100WPC) and triode (60WPC) operation. The CM3 also sports a completely new
phono [section] that can now accommodate low output cartridges. The new phono
has user adjustable loading, selectable gain of 44 dB and 58 dB, low noise
circuitry, and most importantly sounds terrific.
The headphone amplifier is also completely new and is a
direct derivative of our award winning RH-5 headphone amp. The new design is
much more comprehensive and features MOSFET buffers on the outputs. This
headphone amp sounds great and will drive even the most difficult headphones.
The line level circuitry has also been improved and now
features a super low noise floor and better overall sonics.
Finally, the three button metal remote is back and
included with every unit!" - Mark O'Brien
From the Rogue Audio Web site: "The
award winning Cronus Magnum has garnered an enviable reputation in the high end
audio world. Even at its attainable price, it outperforms other integrated amps
costing many times more. The pure tube design provides a smooth, almost liquid
sound that has made this amp a reviewer favorite. With circuitry borrowed from
our most advanced amplifier designs, the Cronus Magnum's 100WPC effortlessly
reproduces even the most demanding musical passages. Featuring a headphone
amplifier and MM phono preamplifier the Cronus Magnum provides a complete
solution to your amplifier needs.
From a technical standpoint the Cronus uses a
triode preamplifier coupled to our excellent Atlas Magnum power amplifier. A
large oversized linear power supply stores tremendous energy for low frequency
response and dynamic headroom. The tube circuitry is cutting edge with short
signal paths exacted in a low noise design. Finally, precision components are
used to provide the transparency and air that are so critical to accurate
"The reputation that Rogue Audio has developed
through the years with the Cronus Magnum series of products has been well
earned. Spending months with the Cronus Magnum 11 made me realize how good Mark
O’Brien designs and builds products. The Cronus Magnum 11 is built in the US
and sold for $2500 making it truly one of the greatest value tube amplifiers in
production today . The Cronus 11 offers world class amplification with a
excellent phono stage and can deliver 100W of tube magic . The amplifier has
sufficient power to drive most any floor standing or monitor speaker easily.
The Magnum 11 offers outstanding musicality and one of the most quiet tube
amplifiers I have experienced. It offers the buyer a musical instrument designed
to provide years of trouble free musicality. Using two different systems the
Cronus Magnum 11 never disappointed or faltered and always delivered exceptional
The amplifier can use KT120, KT88, KT77 and 6550
tubes. The design allows for easy biasing so any non-engineer can easily adjust
the biasing. The hardest thing to do with the Rogue Cronus Magnum 11 is to lift
the amplifier off the ground with its 60 pounds (that’s right folks) of pure
atomic build quality. Built and designed by Mark O’Brien the Cronus Magnum 11
always delivers musicality and more important terrific engineering with
outstanding value. The Cronus Magnum 11 sounded excellent in both of my systems
with different sources and speakers.The sound was so captivating, I purchased
the review sample. High praise indeed for a company dedicated to providing the
best products in the marketplace that anyone who loves music can easily buy and
enjoy. The Cronus Magnum 11 is designed for music lovers and never disappoints
in performance, sound or value. Recommended for anyone needing a world-class
tube amplifier that just plays music." Headphone Guru,
Sphinx V2 Integrated
From the Rogue Audio web site:
"Dynamic, transparent, and profoundly musical, the Rogue Sphinx sets a new
standard in affordable integrated amplifiers. Utilizing sophisticated circuitry
borrowed from our most advanced designs, the Sphinx is able to outperform
separates costing far more than this single box design. And with 100 watts of
hybrid power, this integrated is capable of realistic volume levels that will
rival the clarity and presence of the original performance.
The Sphinx contains a discrete headphone
amplifier and an excellent phono section compatable with high output MM and MC
cartridges. Active and fixed outputs allow for the addition of a subwoofer or
other outboard devices. A high capacity linear power supply provides tremendous
energy storage to recreate the deepest bass passages while various regulated
power supply stages provide ultra smooth sound in the midrange and treble. The
machined aluminum faceplate is available in either black or silver to compliment
the rest of your components and the optional remote further adds the convenience
of remote volume operation."
"Like the mythical, half-beast, half-human
creature for which it’s named, the Sphinx embodies the best of two worlds. The
soul of the music that tubes seem so adept at imparting is married to the
high-efficiency brawn of a resolving class-D amp. The benefits of both are
retained and the weaknesses offset, with a lovely synergy in all that remains.
Mark O’Brien, proprietor of Rogue Audio, told me that one of his customers uses
a Sphinx with speakers costing $50,000/pair. Having used the Sphinx with the
Vivid Audio V1.5 ($7500/pair) and Cabasse Pacific 3 ($16,000/pair), I was in no
great hurry to hook up my reference Hegel Music Systems H300 integrated
amplifier-DAC. Old school or not, the Sphinx was quite the sophisticated
Made in the USA!