Leben CS-300X Integrated Amplifier - sixmoons.com online magazine - USA"
I love integrated amps. Always have. Always will. They simplify by reducing clutter, cables and usually -- but not always -- cost. They avoid excessive nail biting over which preamp and interconnect to use."
"Yeah! If you are expecting the retro-chic Leben to exhibit the lush and warm tube sound of yore, you won't find it here. The CS-300X certainly offers the familiar valve characteristics - a sense of liquidity, smoothness and a palpable presence that some call glow. However, it was also surprisingly clean, airy and transparent. There was additionally a beguiling sense of delicacy and tonal refinement that made it easier to peer deeper into a performance.
The attack, body and decay of notes were completely believable and captivating. Bass performance was tuneful, fluid and without bloat or sluggishness. Acoustic bass was exceptionally well rendered and Ray Brown's throbbing lines on Live at the Loa [Concord 1027-6] were thoroughly involving.The wee 'Life" was relatively quick, agile and possessed of good rhythmic acuity and drive."
|CS-300 wan the 5-stars prize at a comparison test of Greek authentic hifi magazine "IHOS"
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"To cut a long story short, CS 300 is...simply magic. I expect that very few listeners will not be overwhelmed by its absolutely expressive and minutely consistent mid range. What could one possibly comment on its energy rich, harmonically flawless treble, which catalytically contributes to the realistic reproduction of natural instruments, or its truly deep bass, with the typically "valve like" flow and timing?"