Rogers High Fidelity EHF-100 integrated amplifier Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: Garrard 301, Thorens TD 124 turntables; EMT 997, Ortofon TA-210 tonearms; Ortofon SPU, EMT TSD 15 70th Anniversary & OFD 25 & OFD 65 pickup heads; Denon DL-103, Miyabi Mono cartridges.
Digital Sources: Wavelength Proton, Halide DAC HD USB D/A converters; Apple iMac G5 computer running Apple iTunes v.10.2.2, Decibel v.1.0.2 playback software; Sony SCD-777ES SACD/CD player.
Preamplification: Auditorium 23 Standard (SPU version), Silvercore One-to-Ten, Hommage T2 step-up transformers; Leben RS 30EQ phono preamplifier; Shindo Masseto preamplifier.
Power Amplifiers: Shindo Corton-Charlemagne monoblocks, Shindo Haut-Brion, Fi 421A.
Loudspeakers: Audio Note AN-E/SPe HE, Line Magnetic 755 I, DeVore Fidelity O/96, Klipsch Heresy III, Quad ESL.
Cables: USB: AudioQuest Diamond, Nordost Blue Heaven. Interconnect: Audio Note AN-Vx, AudioQuest Columbia & Yosemite, Shindo Silver. Speaker: Auditorium 23.
Accessories: Box Furniture Company D3S rack (source & amplification components), Keith Monks record-cleaning machine, Peter W. Belt Cream Electret.—Art Dudley

Rogers High Fidelity
52 Kain Road
Warwick, NY 10990
(845) 987-7744

smittyman's picture

Probably is since no one else has commented.  But I have to raise a Spockian eyebrow at a giving a Very High Recommendation to a component whose volume control gets so hot it uncomfortable to touch after only an hour of use.  It shouldn't get that hot after any amount of use.  Surely that has to raise some doubt as to the basic usability of the thing; I mean we are talking about the volume control not a heat sink or the back cover.  This is a $6K amp - my $400 Fatman amp doesn't overheat like that.  Taking it a step further, doesn't it suggest a design flaw if heat is being dissipated through a user control?  If the volume control is that hot, how much heat is the rest of it giving off?

mrplankton2u's picture

Nope. You could get a quieter, higher powered, and arguably better sounding garden variety Onkyo amp for $400 - $500 - less than one tenth the cost of this turd. And in the extremely unlikely chance that your volume control got slightly warm to the touch after several hours of operation, your local Onkyo dealer would gladly exchange it for one that didn't have that problem. 

This amp, and the magazine that's "reviewing" it is a joke. Seriously, a $6,000 amp that has FM-like noise levels, no balanced inputs, and can barely deliver 60 watts without distorting heavily? 

And of course, Stereophile's resident advertising agents/manufacturer spokespersons chime in with the usual BS and blather:

"I was especially impressed by the EHF-100's overall musicality—a word I mean literally, not as a coded term for a particular sort of tonal balance: Not only did the EHF-100 sound good, it did a better-than-average job of playing music. Lines of notes had very good momentum and flow, suffering none of the temporal distortions of lesser gear (of any price)"... -Dudley


At least he didn't say "it had good pace and rhythm"...


"Overall, the EHF-100 measures well for a classic design using a pair of KT88s as output tubes for each channel." - Atkinson

Yeah, it's a horse drawn carriage and while it might not be a 2011 Mercedes V-12, it measures well for a horse drawn carriage. "Very highly recommended"...blah...blah...blah...