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“Three times this year I’ve been compelled to linger in hotel room exhibits orchestrated by Burwell & Sons and Rogers High Fidelity. The first time being Axpona where I was drawn in by the classic look of the Burwell horns, but ended up staying way too long for what seemed like an endless supply of great sound no matter the source material. The second time being RMAF where I was drawn to their 65V-1 Class A 25 watt tube integrated that retails for a supremely affordable $4,000 USD. This being my third visit, I found myself ultimately charmed by the 100 watts of pure Class A power derived from the eight EL-34 tubes graced upon the Rogers 34S-1 integrated. Never mind the fact that both integrateds are feature full with iPad App Control (which includes VU meters on the unit and app), auto biasing, and blue LCD displays. These are classic designs, but not without the most intelligent and intuitive designed tech in the industry. Watching my friend David Blumenstein dive into the app for a session as DJ of the room, it’s ease of use became apparent, it’s entirely instinctual.”

“When it comes to phonostages, most can seem rather boring to the uninitiated. That is not the case here. Rogers PA-1A Class A dual mono tube architecture and chassis design strum all the right notes to have me (and show attendees) swooning over it. In particular it’s glossy red finish (also available in black crinkle) drew attention to itself among the room’s other components. Hey, look at me.”

The Sound

“Abundance” and “Dad was right.” were the leading scribbles from my show notes.”

“It’s true what they say, nothing exceeds like excess. Just a month earlier at RMAF, I was shocked at how well the 25 watt Rogers 65V-1 integrated faithfully brought forth all the power one needed to convey energy in the music. Now here I am eating some of my own words, though not all. This 100 watt effort is more than we need, but I’ll be damned if we’re not using the bulk of it. The volumes we achieve here are unreal, and to do it with such composure and stubbornness of character is of genuine reward. When you need to rock out the neighborhood, look no further and accept no substitutes.”

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04 Dec 2017

Rogers CAF Coverage from Stereophile

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“Rogers High Fidelity makes unique eccentric-looking tube amplifiers that always sound vivid and strong; but while you are listening to music you can’t take your eyes off their shapes and color. This year, I could listen without staring at the amps because Rogers was using the beautiful $20,000, 34S-1, class-A, 100Wpc, EL-34-tubed amplifier—but he was exhibiting with Burwell & Sons who were demonstrating the same $87,500/system Mother of Burl loudspeaker array that Ken Micallef and Art Dudley reviewed in October. Burwell’s “Mothers” seduce the eyes and soothe the mind. Every bit in the room was a joy to behold.”


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