Thank you so much Cable Company for the tremendous review and the highest recommendation on our EHF-200 integrated amplifier. Rogers High Fidelity is thrilled to have its product reviewed with the highest performance sound in its market. Read the review below or here.
“We are smitten!
Although sometimes accused of being jaded (who, us?) because of all the great components and systems we hear, and all the shows we attend, on a rare occasion a new component comes along that makes us feel like first time “newbies.”
Meet Rogers High Fidelity, a six year old company building amps and phono stages in New York State.
We will focus this time on just one of their products, their top-line amp called EHF-200. More on the other products later, we promise, but this integrated amp is so good it deserves special attention.
As you can see from the photo, this is a stereo integrated amp using 4x KT150 tubes for 200w peak current and 112w rms in Ultralinear Mode, or switch to Triode operation for 80w rms. With a giant toroidal power supply it is stable on the most difficult loads, yada, yada…
…what about the sound?
Magnificent! In fact we would contend that this is a true cost-no-object statement of the art in amplifier design and performance. Put it up against….anything!
The micro and macro dynamics are first class. Frequency extension is clear, open, and natural from top to bottom. Soundstage is huge, and images rock solid. The build is aerospace quality, in fact these amps come with a lifetime warranty.
Reservations? Other than certain functional limitations inherent in an integrated amp design as opposed to a separate preamp and amp, none.
Both are the same amp and chassis, so both come with:
- an excellent high end power cord,
- smart auto-biasing (tubes can be replaced individually if one tube fails),
- Ultralinear / Triode mode selectable on the fly,
- all point to point wiring, and built to order (2-3 week build time including 100 hours burn in and testing).
But for the EHF-200 the remote control is a $995 option, while this is standard on the EHF-200 Mk2, as are the following additions:
- one of the pairs of RCA inputs can be requested as a direct in to bypass the preamp section in the event you want to use this as a straight amplifier, rather than as an integrated amp,
- a special pair of RCA output jacks is configured specifically for subwoofer use.
Because the amps are built to order a certain amount of customization is also available – let us know if you have special requirements.
Take a look at the manufacturer’s website for more info and some videos on the designer, the company, the parts they use, and their design approach. We have not seen any reviews in the press so far, but these will follow, you can be sure.
For this level of performance, as far as we know, there is nothing to touch it at the price, and there may be nothing to beat it in absolute terms at ANY price. For a given system’s requirements, sure, maybe something from Soulution, Constellation, D’agostino, Lamm, or Kondo will be a better choice for system matching reasons, but these comparison amps are many times the price.
Similar to these top shelf designs, the Rogers EHF-200 is built by a craftsman to his own highest standards. And similarly only time will tell if some or all of these are destined to be considered “classics.”
But for now, be assured:
First Class. Highest recommendation.
We don’t change our sound room references lightly, or very often. This is our new reference.”
20 Mar 2015
Rogers High Fidelity is thrilled to announce its inclusion in the 2015 list of Stereophile recommended components!
Our PA-1A Phono Preamplifier has solidified its position as a CLASS A component. Class A means it is recommended unequivoqally regardless of price:
Roger GIbboni’s first phono preamplifier uses three tubes per channel for MM cartridges, and adds to its MC inputs a pair of internal step-up transformers. (Even more gain can be had, albeit at a slight cost in noise, by substituting for the PA-1A’s 12AU7 tubes a spare pair of 12AX7 tubes, also supplied). Capacitive and resistive loading are user adjustable, and a mute switch is included. Build quality is, as MF wrote, “impressive by and standard,” and tube life is expected to be in the neighborhood of 10,000 hours. MF praised the PA-1A’s “glorious, mesmerizingly rich midrange, and the overall drive and musical flow for which tubed phono preampls are renowned,” while nothing “the les-than-taut-and-punchy bottom end for which they are known.” MF also discovered in the Rogers phono pre some susceptibility to hum with both MM and MC cartridges, necessitating care with cable choice and physical placement. His verdict: “If you listen mostly to acoustic jazz and/or classical music, the Rogers PA-1A, paired with a cartridge that’s fast, open and extended on top, could be your ticket to long-term satisfaction.”
The EHF-100 enjoys its continued spot on the recommended component list:
Made in the US by former NASA engineer Roger Gibboni, the EHF-100 is rated to deliver 65Wpc (JA measured 35Wpc) into 8 ohms; offers four pairs of line-level inputs; and uses two EF86 miniature pentode, two 12AX7 triode, and four KT88 power tubes. Fit and finish were excellent. Though not as nuanced, colorful, or dramatic as AD’s reference Shindo seperates, the EHF 100 distinguished itself as a tight, punchy-sounding amplifier with loads of natural detail, a very good sense of momenutm, and an excellent sense of space. Despite differences in the noise floor between its two channels, the EHF-100 measured well “for a classic design,” said JA.
Please visit our display in Las Vegas at the International CES in room 29-216 in The Venetian Hotel. Our founder and lead designer, Roger Gibboni, will join several other industry experts to present the finest audio products available.
System 1 is our (partially) digital setup with a MacBook feeding high-resolution music through a Northstar DAC to our acclaimed EHF-100 MK2 integrated amplifier. Paired with Eggleston Works Nico Loudspeakers.
System 2 is our fully analog system featuring our PA-1A Phono Preamplifier and flagship EHF-200 MK2 integrated amplifier. We will be spinning the finest vinyl available on a Clearaudio turntable and everything is beautifully matched with the Focal Electra loudspeakers. Quite a setup!
The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Please visit our display at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in room 521. Our founder and lead designer, Roger Gibboni, will join several other industry experts to present the finest audio products available.
The 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) is the largest consumer audio and home entertainment show in the United States. Simply put: “mega stereo systems!” Denver’s own audio wonderland now features over 170 exhibit spaces representing more than 400 hundred companies from North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
We are pleased to announce our attendance at the Stereo Exchange Fall High-End Audio Show September 26th through September 28th 2014. Our founder and lead designer, Roger Gibboni, will join several other industry experts to present the finest audio products available. This show is free to the public and will feature special show pricing on all products. Please click the link below to learn more about this event.
16 Apr 2014
Remember Home Improvement, that 90s TV show with Tim Allen? Every time Tim Taylor—the tool-obsessed family man that Allen played—got a new tool or did something right, he would make guttural, “manly” grunting noises of approval. I’m not sure how to spell those noises, but any quick YouTube search will bring up an episode, and you can hear them for yourself. Another of his favorite catchphrases was “more power!” I bring this up because I’m much the same way when it comes to hi-fi gear: Put me in a room with some great-sounding equipment, and you’ll likely hear low-octave grunts of approval.
Read the full review HERE
Rogers High Fidelity has the honor of gracing this months cover of TONE Audio magazine and is described as “A New American Icon”. Read the full review HERE.
05 Mar 2014
“A noteworthy newcomer from the United States, Rogers High Fidelity debuted its new Rogers PA-1A phono preamplifier ($7,100, started shipping last month) at CES, with classic good looks to match the amazing build quality. This phono preamp sets a new benchmark for vacuum-tube phono preamplifiers in this price range.”
Read full article HERE
“Another room that just blew me away was the Davone/Rogers (not the British Rogers) setup, which was an all-tube/analog system fronted by a VPI Classic 4 with their new 3D-printed tonearm (see analog report for more).”
Read full review HERE (Scroll to middle of page to find Davone/Rogers section)