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PS Audio Trio C-100
2 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
MSRP  1595.00
Description: ICE Integrated Amplifier


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by davem0 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2008

Bottom Line:   
An outstanding product and an outstanding value. Truly demonstrates that the state of the art in Amp design has finally taken a leap forward. I have had this Amb for 3 months and it is finally broken in (although out of the box it sounded very good). This amp has a liquidity and 3-dimensionality that shocked me - just had a bias that those were the realms of tube designs only. It also has tremendous speed and drive. Did I say speed? Think BEL or Threshold - this amp controls bass extraordinarily well and yet it keeps it natural and doesn't overdo it. I found the soundstage nearly perfect with just the slightest amount of truncation front to back. Side to side it's unbelievable. Timbre is something this amp does well. Never again will there be confusion between an oboe in low register and an english horn. In fact, the differences between singers, violinists, etc. is all evident - even the same person playing different instruments presents no problem for this amp's discernment. I can tell when bassist Edgar Meyer leans into his bass and when he backs off - this is where the amp really excels. BUT it does it all naturally. No HiFi hyperdetail. A word about gain cells. I think that many amps (or preamps) tend to scale back the soundstage with the volume. Maybe it's the gain cell technology, but this doesn't happen with this amp - things just get quieter. Sources, speakers, and cables are easily compared using this amp. I have had a few very good amps and listened to a great many - this is a giant killer. I should note that I got the Cullen modified version - so I don't know what the stock version sounds like. I have no plan to change out this amp for many years. It can drive most anything, is "fast" and extended, and yet has that magical, musical sound (midrange) that used to be mostly the province of tubes. Now if they would just get a new remote (which looks like it was made by Bose and doesn't even function that well). They should have Jolida make their remotes (now that's a remote).

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $1680.00

Purchased At:   Underwood HiFi

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by i-dj@wi.rr.com a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2008

Bottom Line:   
The PS Audio Trio C-100 is a 100w/ch (200w/ch @ 4 ohms) integrated ICE digital amp. This is a dual mono-design. The C-100 has an interesting method of volume control. It uses ‘Gain Cells’ which (PSA claims) has no volume attenuation or coloration to degrade the signal. Also it can take in very strong signals without distorting. http://www.psaudio.com/articles/gaincell.asp

I may experiment by using it as a power amp with a tube preamp at some point in the future.

It has a surprising amount of juice especially for such a small light-weight amp (8”Wx14”Dx3”H. about 9 lbs). It drives the current hungry Magneplane MMGs easily to loud levels. Layout is simple. On the contoured front panel there’s a volume control, a selector button and 3 blue source lights. On the back there are 3 sets of single-ended (RCA) inputs, 1 set of pre-outs, 1 set of high quality speaker connectors that accept spades or bananas and a power on-off switch. PSA recommends it be kept on 24/7.

After a break-in period of about 150 hours the overall sound strikes me as being very slightly warmer than dead neutral. It’s extremely quiet. With the volume max’ed and no signal from my PC, I hear no hiss, nothing at all. It delivers micro-detail and a tightly defined soundstage. It matches up very well with Magneplane MMGs. I recommend it highly.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $995.00

Purchased At:   Underwood HiFi

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