Lot of Bang for The Buck!
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I bought this to replace my vintage Seventies Rotel as I had thought that I had lost both channels. Not; it was the H&K BTA 10, it bellied-up. So I bought the AudioQuest's Black DragonFly. I love this much better than the H&K. I have the DragonFly in my iMAC thus by-passing the sound card, to feed the N22. I do plan to up grade the connecting cables with the AudioQuest EverGreen and my vintage Seventies Optimus bookshelf speakers with MartinLogan 35XT. The N22 has just more than enough power for my uses as I live in a studio apartment. The N22 along with the DragonFly makes my speakers come alive. The soundstage is much improved as one could expect with Seventies speakers. Also, with this combination they make my Grado GH2s jump off my head. The voices are crisp clear. My Gregorian chants are very haunting. I can even hear the brush works in my jazz pieces. Each instrument has its place on the stage were you would expect it to be if you were at a concert. I also stream Acorn TV and CRTV along with my extensive DVD collection; I am able to hear the detail of conversations better (GH2) along with hearing the little things going on in the background. I can not wait until I am done with the planned up-grades! I highly recommend this if you are looking for something better that your computer speakers and want to listen your headphones. Only faults, there is no maker on the dial and that the the blue light needs to be brighter as I have got to bed with the N22 left on.
Pros: Small footprint, cool running, great sound stage along with more than enough power.
Cons: I do wish that Audioengine had put a maker on the volume dial as I had to put black Magic Maker at the twelve o'clock when off. Also a brighter light.