MARASCHINO REVIEWS

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Review: MARASCHINO Cherry in mono system
« Reply #100 on: 16 Aug 2016, 04:11 pm »
Cherry Maraschino Amplifier Review:

I acquired a 36 volt model (black on a black marble base) for a mono hi-fi system in my living room. The amplifier is solid in construction as well as looks, and most importantly in produced sound.

There is more than enough power with the 36 volt power supply to drive a Klipsch Cornwall III loudspeaker system way beyond reasonable sound levels.  At sensible listening levels the music this amplifier produces is over and above what I can hear with other solid state or tube amplifiers.  Originating on compact discs (from Mozart to Eminem), FM radio, and a Mood Music Server, there is rich, deep bass, crystal clear highs, and a full, well defined mid range.  Some of this, no doubt, has to do with the loudspeaker system.

Guests have looked at my living room hi-fi setup and asked what the Cherry Maraschino Amplifier is.  When I answer they are amazed that such a small and unusual looking piece of equipment can produce the magnificent sound they are hearing.  You can't tell a book by its' cover…

One of the things to like most about the Cherry Maraschino Amplifier is that it is a serious upscale amplifier designed and crafted right here in the United States.

Clemente Hernandez




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Re: MARASCHINO REVIEWS
« Reply #101 on: 2 Nov 2016, 03:43 pm »
OK, here’s my long overdue review of the STM Cherry Amp. (Tommy, thanx for your patience)

Basically, I’m creating a “moderately priced” retirement system for this 54 year old.

Current System

My current system consists of;

Schiit Modi2 Multibit DAC:   http://schiit.com/news/news/introducing-modi-multibit
Chane/Arx A5rx-c Speakers:   https://www.chanemusiccinema.com/a5rx-c
GR Research Rythmik Sub:   http://www.rythmikaudio.com/GRci.html
Speaker Cables (Duelund DCA-16Awg):    http://jeffsplace.me/wordpress/?p=9691
DIY Belden 8402/Switchcraft 3502AAU Interconnects:   http://jeffsplace.me/wordpress/?p=7325
..and a Raspberry Pi 3/HifiBerry Digi+ as transport duty, running Max2play:   https://www.max2play.com/en/

The whole system is run via an IPad running SqueezePad:   http://squeezepad.com/


How’s it Sound!

OK Fred, cut to the chase, how does the final System/STM Sound! 

It's pretty good; I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the final sound.   :D

At the beginning the STM sounded pretty muddy/wooly/muffled and I was not pleased at all. But I have gone through the break-in periods with a LOT of components, so assured myself to just be patient.

I’d say around the 50-100hr mark, things started to sound “right”. The sparkly highs were there, air moving lows as well, Soundstage/3D sound coming in loud and clear.

It certainly was an improvement in refinement from the Aksa Lifeforce 55 Amplifier it replaced  (which was no slouch), but I can’t say the wattage was much more and estimate that with my 90db+ sensitive Speakers I am getting around 70W in total. Frankly this is not a problem, because when cranked, it’s pretty loud.  :rock:

Tommy can you hear me!

All and all I am very happy with the size and design of the STM, but man do I wish it had a Sub Out. If it was available, this would have allowed me to easily integrate my Sub. As such, I include the Schiit Sys as preamp duty in the audio chain.

Conclusion

As a lurker in AudioCircle and Audio buff, I’m seeing more and more “Killer” amplifiers around the 1K range, so this is a very crowded area, and I spent many many months reading all kinds of reviews before finally settling with the STM.

In conclusion I have no regrets in choosing the STM, and think it represents a very good value in getting into the entry point of “true” audiophile sound.

Well done Tommy!



OzarkTom

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« Reply #102 on: 6 Nov 2016, 10:22 pm »
You chose wisely. :D

My buddy Rex is using his with the Decware DNA Horns and cannot imagine any sound better. Rex has been in this hobby over 40 years and has owned almost everything. STM beat his $7500 integrated by quite a bit that he sold here on AC.

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Re: MARASCHINO REVIEWS
« Reply #103 on: 28 Nov 2016, 07:53 pm »
2016 Writer's Choice Award from Positive Feedback Online....
GOLDEN MARASCHINO CHERRY MONOBLOCKS

More info:
http://www.cherryamp.com/golden-cherry-dtm


OzarkTom

Re: MARASCHINO REVIEWS
« Reply #104 on: 29 Nov 2016, 01:04 am »
From Positive Feedback

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Amps are often not considered as a serious source of transparency or outlet for improved fidelity. But anyone knowing of names such as Krell, Threshold, and Mark Levinson may well disagree. The qualities associated with good amplification include wide and deep soundstaging, focused instrumental imaging, quiet backgrounds, explosive dynamics, and when called for … slam! And they are all in abundance here in this high bias frequency Class D monoblock amplifier. From the small pair of packages (4 pieces for stereo left and right) connected by less than a foot of finely braided solid-core cable is unleashed a torrent of current and voltage that easily isolates and controls all aspects of you loudspeaker's drivers; no matter the number or size per channel. It is my assessment that these Golden Cherry are easily able to accommodate up to (nearly) 300 watts of unceasing high current balanced Class D power into a 6 ohm average load with precision, grace, voluptuousness, and see-through transparency; allowing the essence (forgive the pun) of the music to come through apparently unhindered or abated. I listened to over a 1000 different albums in the course of reviewing the below mentioned Ceratec Mk. IV Loudspeakers and of the available choices, both analog and digital for increasing volume to the speakers through amplification including both tube and solid state choices from over 30 years, these Cherry amps were easily able to negotiate what most often appears a done deal in terms of improved interaction with one's music. These Golden Cherry Amps revitalized every pair of speakers I connected them to in any of the many different arrays of systems I auditioned them in, including speakers by Ologe Acoustic, Snell, Ceratec, Symdex, Waterfall Audio, Bose & Cambridge Sound Works.

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Stereo Maraschino -- Stereo Times Most Wanted Component Award !
« Reply #105 on: 22 Dec 2016, 03:25 pm »
Stereo Maraschino won a Stereo Times Most Wanted Component Award !  Review on the way....




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« Reply #106 on: 22 Dec 2016, 04:07 pm »
Congratulations!

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« Reply #107 on: 22 Dec 2016, 10:48 pm »
This snippet from Positive-Feedback describes the Maraschino line well:

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These Golden Cherry Amps revitalized every pair of speakers I connected them to in any of the many different arrays of systems I auditioned them in, including speakers by Ologe Acoustic, Snell, Ceratec, Symdex, Waterfall Audio, Bose & Cambridge Sound Works.

What they can do to a system is not subtle and I can see why he said "revitalized" as a sense of  "uh oh how much of my music simply wasn't making it out of my old amp" hits you over the head.




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MARASCHINO MENTION
« Reply #108 on: 10 Jan 2017, 09:42 pm »
In a very recent 6moons review of the new Mark & Daniel Maximus Ruby MkII:
"....Mate them with other hidden treasures like the Digital Audio Company Maraschino amplifiers that offer far more than their small size and price would suggest. You will be in heaven."

The review, in case you're interested:
http://6moons.com/audioreviews2/m+d2/1.html