“Inside and out, there is no doubting the quality of construction of the Puccini Anniversary,” writes reviewer Chris Frankland in the latest issue of Hi-Fi Critic. Launched in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Italian brand Audio Analogue, the Puccini Anniversary is named not after the great composer Giacomo Puccini, but after the product’s designer, Andrea Puccini. But will this zero feedback integrated amplifier be music to Frankland’s ears?
“When you have something to celebrate, it’s worth doing it in style,” writes James Parker in the May issue of Hi-Fi News, referring to Italian amplifier specialist Audio Analogue’s two ‘Anniversary’ models to mark the brand’s two decades in the business.
Having previously been impressed by the Puccini Anniversary, the magazine’s review team now turns its attention to the Maestro Anniversary. At “twice the size and double the power” of the Puccini, will the Maestro be “doubly entertaining?”
Continue reading “Magnificent control”: Hi-Fi News reviews Audio Analogue’s Maestro Anniversary integrated amplifier
Last year Audio Analogue celebrated its twentieth birthday with a new, contemporary edition of the company’s first ever product, the Puccini integrated amplifier. Now, the Italian brand has given another of its much-loved classics the ‘Anniversary’ treatment: the once-flagship Maestro.
Well it’s that time of year again. The air chills, the days shorten and we retreat indoors for a glass of something fortifying and to reflect on the year’s highs and lows. And what better way to do it than with a copy of the Hi-Fi News Yearbook 2016 with its round-up of “the hardware that turned our heads and the music that stirred our souls” over the past 12 months. This year’s bumper 172-page issue features a real “feast of audio dreams”.
Italian hi-fi brand Audio Analogue recently marked its 20 years in business with a new ‘Anniversary’ edition of its very first product, the Puccini amplifier. Having earned a ‘Highly Commended’ badge from Hi-Fi News (in the June 2016 issue), the amp’s celebrations continue with further reviews from Gramophone and What Hi-Fi magazines.
“What is it with the Italians?” asks James Parker in the latest issue (June 2016) of Hi-Fi News.
“Maybe it’s the connection with great music, but Italian-made audio has always had the ability to set itself apart,” he surmises.
The object of Parker’s affections is, in this case, the recently-launched Puccini Anniversary integrated amplifier from Italian hi-fi brand Audio Analogue. As the name suggests, its creation has been timed to mark a milestone: the twentieth anniversary of both the brand and its first product, the original Puccini amp.
Described as a ‘zero feedback integrated amplifier’, the original Puccini has gone through a number of iterations over the years, but Parker recalls its debut. “What really set the Puccini apart form its competition at the time was the sound: it was almost impossible to provoke the little Italian amp into sounding rough or harsh, and as a result it was soon acclaimed….”
So how does the new Anniversary edition measure up?
“What is beyond a doubt is that the Puccini Anniversary keeps your speakers under strict control. It uses its power to ensure they start and stop in a precise manner, and thus enhances their ability to image and focus a soundstage, while at the same time keeping rhythm sections as tight as they are rich.”
Sounds good to us! Read the full review in the June 2016 issue of Hi-Fi News.
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20 years ago Audio Analogue introduced to the world the original Puccini integrated amplifier. It rapidly developed a reputation as one of the finest sounding and superb value amps on the market, delivering high-end performance at a fraction of the cost normally associated with such hi-fi components. It was Audio Analogue’s very first product; the Puccini launched the brand and put the company’s name firmly on the high-end audio map.
To celebrate this anniversary Audio Analogue have created the Puccini Anniversary, a genuine zero feedback design developed by the specialist AirTech R&D department within the Audio Analogue family.