Dan D’Agostino Master audio systems has been on quite a roll ever since launching its top-tier range of Momentum-series amplification components. However, recognising that not all enthusiasts can afford Momentum grade components, D’Agostino took the opportunity at CES to at once expand his Momementum range (via a new Momentum-series phono stage), while at the same time launching not one but two new ranges of (somewhat) cost-reduced amplifiers.
D’Agostino Master Audio Systems’ Progression ($45,000/pair) is the company’s most powerful amplifier to date at 800 watts into 8 ohms and doubling all the way down to 2 ohms, where it produces a hair-raising 3200 watts. D’Agostino has strengthened the driver stage with 84 output transistors and used a 4000V power-supply transformer and 400,000 microfarads of power-supply capacitance.
Dan D’Agostino said the Progression was his best effort to bring many of the Momentum-series strengths to a wider audience. His decision to use aluminum instead of copper for the Progression’s double row of heatsinks helped to hold down production costs. Each heatsink is milled from a single 48 1/2-pound aluminum billet, and the amps will be made by hand in the company’s Arizona factory.
Specifically, D’Agostino showed his new 800 Wpc Progression monoblocks ($45,000 pair) as well as his 300 Wpc Master Power Classic Stereo power amp ($13,000). For those who can’t quite manage the price of the Momentums, the less costly Progression amplifier leverage similar design concepts and aesthetic motifs without trading away significant levels of performance, while the Master Power Classic Stereo addresses an even broader range of potential customers at a substantially lower price point.