Dan D’Agostino Progression Integrated Amplifier Now Available
Good news if you pre-ordered the impressive-looking Dan D'Agostino Master Audio System Progression Integrated Amplifier as it will soon be with you. Additionally, this also means that the latest addition to the award-winning Progression Series will be in stores to audition.
If you attended the 2019 StereoNET Melbourne Hi-Fi Show, you likely would have seen the early prototype on display for its world premiere:
Naturally, the Progression integrated combines the capabilities of the Progression preamplifier and Progression Stereo Amplifier housed in a chassis complete with the unmistakable D'Agostino aesthetic. Built on a modular platform, the Progression Integrated fulfils every need of today's music listener and audiophile, says the American brand.
The analogue base unit sports two single-ended inputs and three balanced inputs, including a home theatre pass-through. Balanced preamplifier outputs are also included and makes the addition of one or more subwoofers a cinch.
Additionally, as first seen with the Progression and Momentum HD Preamplifiers, Bluetooth remote control is included as part of the base package. The bonus here is that Bluetooth connectivity eliminates the need for a line of sight and also increases the usable range 5x when compared with conventional IR remotes.
D'Agostino Progression Integrated Power
Central to the Progression Integrated is the fundamental Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems (D'DMAS) technologies, including discrete, balanced, direct-coupled circuitry married to a substantial output stage delivering 200W per channel into 8 Ohms and 400W per channel into 4 Ohms. Furthermore, the Integrated features a unique toroidal winding technology, first employed in the Momentum M400 amplifier. D'DMAS states that this delivers greater power output from a conventionally sized transformer, and so enables the Progression Integrated to be a surprisingly compact amplifier for its capability.
The Progression Integrated is a traditional line-stage integrated amplifier suitable for all analogue sources. Obviously, should you want to bring your turntable to the party you will need the optional moving coil phono stage module.
Also, there is an optional digital module which brings a fully differential hi-res DAC as well as coaxial, optical and USB inputs along with ethernet and wireless connectivity for in-house networking and internet streaming. Regarding streaming, Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer and Spotify subscription services are available, and MQA decoding is standard. As well as an iOS app, Roon Music management is also available as an alternative music management program.
Bill McKiegan, President of Dan D'Agostino Master Audio System, told StereoNET:
The Progression Integrated adds another level of performance, feature set and pricing to our product line-up. It provides our customers an opportunity to experience a fully featured offering within the D'Agostino product line at a more attainable price point.
Aesthetically, the striking brace of analogue meters, apparently inspired by Swiss watch faces, are the main attraction upfront. When volume is adjusted, the meter needles become volume setting indicators; after adjustments are made, the meters revert back to signal level operation. The meters also function as balance, phase and mute indicators.
Finished in either anodised silver or black aluminium, the Progression Integrated Amplifier – like all Dan D'Agostino components – is hand-built at the Cave Creek, Arizona facility.
Price and availability
The Progression Integrated Amplifier is available now and sells for AUD $34,995 for the analogue base model. Add $3,995 for the optional phono stage, and $8,995 for the DAC add-on. Of course, the optional modules may also be added at a later date.
For more information, visit D'Agostino Master Audio System.
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