D’Agostino Integrateds

I am currently running a D’Agostino Progression Integrated after many years of various tube gear and Devialet. Speakers are Rockport Atria. While the resolution and impact are amazing, there is a definite lack of mid-bass warmth. I am wondering if moving up to the MxV Integrated will be the right move, or if I should go in a different direction.


@maxwave With MSB dacs there is really no need for a preamp. This is especially true if you are using their amps. The dacs and amps are designed to work together with matched impedance. I do not have any analog sources so being completely digital is perfect for my use. If you go up to the Reference dac there is actually an analog preamp section as well for use with either xlr or rca inputs. The cascade dac now offers multiple analog inputs too. 

One advantage of their designs is that if you are using a digital input there are no amplifications stages after the dac section. Their dac modules output enough voltage that there is no need for op amps. The signal is only attenuated. 

@maxwave I am referring to the Brama gear in comparison to the D’Agostino. I have experienced the Brama separates not the integrated. I found them lacking bass and also bass control. The rest of the sound was really nice and I love the remote. I do think that it is called appt to all of the owners to release a new version so quickly. This also happened with previous Vinnie gear. It makes it hard to resell and upgrade. Maybe they will do an upgrade program like D’Agostino does. 

p.s. I would take the Brama gear over progression any day of the week. 


I do not know about  D'Agostino ´ s upgrade program. Brama 2nd generation encloser is 10 % smaller than the 1st generation .  You can't upgrade keeping your 1st generation enclosure.

´´ lacking bass and also bass control ´´  On both mode : SS  and Tube ?

@maxwave Unless I am mistaken the output section of these amps are solid state. The tube is only in the pre section. This should not affect bass output. Also there is a difference in power between the amps. The Dag were 400w into 8ohms and 800 into 4ohms. 

Again this is only my experience having owned the Atria II with the Momentum gear. We all hear things differently and have different preferences too. That is what makes this hobby great.