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Old 11-09-2012, 01:05 AM
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Default Two more REVIEWS for the ModWright KWI-200 Integrated Amplifier

This first one from Poland (translated by 6moons):

6moons audio reviews: ModWright KWI200

The next one is from Positive Feedback Online - an interesting review in the context of a more budget system:

modwright kwi200

I've heard this integrated amp a few times now, most recently at RMAF, and I'm not surprised that this unit continues to receive well-deserved accolades! Very happy for Dan and the ModWright team!
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I've been doing research on this amp and it sounds like a terrific choice for my living room system. A computer, the ModWright, and my trusty Guarneri Mementos...perhaps a stellar, yet simple system.
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I've been doing research on this amp and it sounds like a terrific choice for my living room system. A computer, the ModWright, and my trusty Guarneri Mementos...perhaps a stellar, yet simple system.
I think that would be a fantastic choice, Kevin!
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I think that would be a fantastic choice, Kevin!
Took the plunge this weekend and ordered the KWI-200. Hopefully will get it in a few weeks. Can't wait! :-)
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Took the plunge this weekend and ordered the KWI-200. Hopefully will get it in a few weeks. Can't wait! :-)
Congrats! Let us know how you like it.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:12 PM
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Congratulations Kevin!

I can not wait to read your opinion. Looks like a great integrated.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:40 PM
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Kevin - I have no doubt you will be very impressed! The KWI-200 is a terrific integrated amp - I look forward to your impressions!
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Kevin - I have no doubt you will be very impressed! The KWI-200 is a terrific integrated amp - I look forward to your impressions!
Me too!
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Old 01-18-2013, 10:20 AM
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I trialled a KWI-200 in my home for a fortnight, and with 3 different sets of speakers. With each of them it was by far the worst amplifier I've ever heard.

My experience was that the bass was loose and completely lacked control, and worse still the music just sounded compressed. It was as though I was playing MP3s. It was shocking for the price.

Apologies if this goes against what is commonly posted here and in reviews, but I feel it's important that people hear all sides. I urge anyone considering this amp to please audition first. I've heard a few reviews elude slightly to the bass issue, but no one has been brave enough to say to what extent.

If this is your budget, do yourself a favour and look at the Plinius Hautonga, Bladelius Tyr, Moon 340i or Esoteric I-05.
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:18 PM
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This is very interesting feedback, and extremely contrary to my experience. There is nothing wrong with having different opinions, but to say "by far the worst amplifier I have ever heard" is a very strong statement. I have heard this integrated multiple times, and I would describe it as being just the opposite - bass in particular was strong and dynamic, and not that far off from the dedicated KWA-150SE amps. I am not going to flat out say you are wrong, but perhaps you had a bad unit or something else was going on that negatively impacted your system synergy.

Kevin should have his unit soon - I am excited for him and I look forward to his report.
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