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Argon SA1 Amplifier Review

Rate this amplifier:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 28 11.3%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 156 62.9%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther

    Votes: 62 25.0%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 2 0.8%

  • Total voters
    248

Labjr

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Argon? Maybe they should stick to welding? :)
 

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Argon have a little reasonably priced streaming box which has gathered some buzz in the YouTube reviewing space. Interesting to see they have other strings to their bow. This little amp, while far from perfect, does not look dreadful for the price though would not be my choice.
I own their Forte A5 active speakers and enjoy them, especially for their price of €400 when on sale. :)
And their new TT4 turntable looks quite interesting as well.

 

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Lack of USB input seems a big miss. On the other hand, for 400 clams it is rather amazing what you can get in hi-fi these days that would satisfy a high percentage of listeners, though not too many on this forum.
 
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This white unit would look really handsome against some of your garden tomatoes
That would be true if I already had some garden tomatoes! Have about 100 plants out there without a single ripe tomato!!! Got a late start this year. Usually we would have some in June....
 

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Based on the price and features, it could cost a little less, but the again, many other other amps are pricier in the last year. Huge point in favour is high WAF factor, by not being just black or silver box, but maybe not all of you have this problem. Based on the results, I might just try it, but lack of proper USB connection for DAC function and some more advanced types of connection like HDMI are important deal breaker. I just hope V2 is in plans soon, active speakers from Fenris line all have better connectivity and include HDMI port also.
 

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@amirm which of the two optical inputs did you use? According to the manual there's a difference: Optical input D1 is "Optimized for TV input", while Optical input D2 is for "Hi-fi":

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@amirm which of the two optical inputs did you use? According to the manual there's a difference: Optical input D1 is "Optimized for TV input", while Optical input D2 is for "Hi-fi":

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I don't recall especially since the front LEDs don't have labels. Does anybody know what the difference is anyway?
 

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I don't recall especially since the front LEDs don't have labels. Does anybody know what the difference is anyway?
Aragon specifies separate power supplies for analogue and digital circuits (6 in total). That might be a dividing line.
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Argon Audio is well known here in Germany.
Same in the Netherlands, maybe depending if they are into hifi a bit from Danish origin, the hifiklubben stores sell it.
I got a DAB+ tuner from the argonaudio site, reasonably priced (€110) and works fine no audible difference (to me) from the one in the Iotavx NP3
 
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