HERE’S the latest from Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems – the Progression Integrated Amplifier, which is built on a modular platform to cater to both digital and analogue needs.
The Progression Integrated comes as standard with two single-ended and three balanced inputs on the analogue end of things, including a HT pass-through. Need to add a subwoofer? Use the balanced preamp outputs. Vinyl? You can add the optional MC phono module. And, of course, there’s a cutting-edge digital module available, too.
According to the press literature. “the digital enhancement adds connectivity for legacy sources, both source and host USB functionality, and premier streaming functionality.” The module, which is field upgradeable, includes two SPDIF coaxial, two optical, USB-A, USB-B, and RJ-45 inputs.
“Roon music management with TIDAL, Qobuz, and MQA digital technologies are all available features. A fully differential DAC handles PCM signals up to 24-bit/192kHz and DSD signals up to 4xDSD (11.2 MHz).”
Also, “the Bluetooth remote control connectivity, first used in the Progression and Momentum HD Preamplifiers, is included as part of the base package… Bluetooth connectivity eliminates line of sight issues and extends the usable range 5x versus conventional IR remote controls.”
There’s power aplenty on board – the Progression Integrated outputs 200W into eight ohms and 400W into half that load.
“A unique toroidal winding technology, first employed in the Momentum M400 amplifier, delivers greater power output from a similarly-sized conventional transformer, keeping the Progression Integrated surprisingly small for its capability. Internal circuitry filters RF noise from the AC power line and compensates for asymmetric power waveforms and DC on the mains.”
The fascia has two analogue meters, inspired by Swiss watch faces, to show signal level during music playback.
“When volume is adjusted, the meter needles change to 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.”
Shipping of the Progression Integrated will begin in August. While the amp comes in standard finishes of silver or black, you can opt for a custom paint job at extra cost.