Review: Portal Audio Panache Amplifier
Portal Audio Panache Integrated is a wonderful piece. I’ve had it for 2 months now.
I suggest reading the www.portalaudio.com for the introduction. I believe it describes the ins and outs of the Panache pretty accurately.
My experience with the integrated was outstanding. There are few things worth mentioning. Panache produces a different sound when matched up with other sources and cabling. Switching from my original SONY 999ES to the Metronome CD2V was dramatic. Just different flavors, I believe. Although, I did prefer Analysis Plus Oval 9 and Copper-in interconnects than my Audioquest Slates and Onix Blue interconnects. Overall, transparency increased.
While this may more speak of the other components in my system, I believe that’s the amps job, give clean, unadulterated power. It lets you know what you have. It doesn’t lie or cover up any flaws. I regularly listen to a wide variety of music: jazz, alternative, rap, trance, opera, and classical. No weakness in playing any particular genre of music.
Ironically, I cannot comment on the headphone part of the amp. I’m not a big headphone fan, but this integrated purports a heavy duty headphone amp. So, if you regularly listen to headphones, I’d buy the Panache without a second thought. Besides, you have a 60day trial period. Most generous.
While I thought a remote would not be a problem for me, I did miss it. It’s rare that one listens to all tracks at a particular volume. That is perhaps my only gripe with the integrated.
Audioquest Slates wires
Onix Blue interconnects
Analysis Plus Oval 9
Analysis Plus Copper-in
Plinius 8200 mkII