State of the art, modern class A amplifier, employing HexFet output transistors from ON
Semiconductors (formerly Fairchild).
As a true A class amp, it runs very hot. Each channel is dissipating 90W of power, while delivering up to 25W of output power, at 6 Ohm load (speakers). Whole unit draws over 200W of power, even when idle. Employs two, 92mm, temperature controlled Noctua fans, that run quietly, below 19 dB to cool the amp.
Aluminum chassis with big heatsinks weights over 3 pounds. PSU, as with all our amps, is housed separately, and consists of two, 230W each, high quality SMPS units sourced from Hewlett Packard.
The most sophisticated amp so far.
Current dumping concept has been patented by legendary
Once patent has expired, we did not hesitate to built thoroughly modern amp taking advantage of this concept.
It basically works like having A class amp for lower wattage, say up to 2 Watts, and B class amp for higher levels.
This delivers lowest distortion and optimal thermal performance.
It's cool running, self-adjusting amp, which thanks to two JFET op-amps handling the input and voltage gain stage, delivers lowest distortion we've ever seen in any real-life amp: 0.0004% in wide frequency bandwith, at max power; and highest slew rate: 40V/µs. This unit is powered by BJT transistors in undestructible TO-3 package.
Circlophone topology, with its bias current controlled dynamically in real time by a servo, has been pioneered by an engineer
from Belgium, 10 years ago.
As a concept - it's extremely versatile, and can be made to work with any kind of output tranasistors:
BJTs, HexFets and LatFets.
It's a hot class B amp, and by hot, we mean HOT.
Dissipating approx 20W when idle, delivers stellar performance.
All our amps, except 'Nabu' which employs op-amps, are made solely with dicrete components - for more traditional listeners.
This one is the most complex discrete amp, mostly due to bias servo implementation.
As usual - PSU is housed seprately, and it can be implemented as linear PSU (with 400W toroidal transformer),
or with SMPS - which is of course much smaller and lighter.
This design has never been sold as a commercial product - due to its complexity and cost - it was only built, so far, by a handful of DIY audiophiles.
Rock solid, old school amp, rooted in the early 80s, when HiFi moniker really meant HiFi.
Back in that time, due to lack of high power PNP transistors, only NPN devices had been used.
Never the less, it performs great, and is relatively simple to tune. Unbreakable, solid design that will never fail.
These days it's virtually impossible to find modern amps/receivers still built as Quasi amps - but here we are!
Thoruoghly modernized and built with NMOS HexFet transistors from OnSemi, and with THD still well below 0.1% at full power,
will stand up to any other amp.
The only amp in our catalogue, that implements two pairs of output transistors - for extra power.
And these transistors - legendary, pioneered by Hitachi and designed exclusively for audio
The most expensive transistors out there; bar none.
Rarely used in commercial amps these days due to price, and availabilty.
There is only one company - Exicon in UK - still making them.
Relatively simple, but robust and high quality design. Built for power.
Implementing output stage with two pairs of transistors has pros and cons.
Obviusly it gives more power, and also - in theory - it improves certain specs.
The only problem is that both pairs have to be identical (matching).
In real life it's a challenge to correctly match them.
From our experience it only make sense with LatFets.
That's why all our amps (except this one) employ single pair.
As Bill Gates famously said: 80W of continuous power should be enough for everyone,
but in case more is needed, 160W should really suffice :)
Electronically - the same as Dumuz 80 Quasi - but enclosed in a replica of vintage wooden (American Oak) box
that looks like 'Klipsh Capitol 4' amp from the 50s.
Due to its small size, it comes with SMPS PSU only, and - unlike our other amps - it's one integrated unit (amp + PSU in one enclosure).
ChassisEach amp's circuits are mounted atop of heavy aluminum chassis - usually 3/4 or 1/2 inch thick, and 8x8 or 9x9 inches is size.
Output transistorsIf amplifier is built with TO-3 transistors (metal cans) - they are usually mounted on top of the chassis, between PCBs and heatsinks. TO-3 option is only available for BJT transistors.
PSUAll but one of our designs, consist of two units: proper power amp, and the PSU (power supply).
Other stuffThe PSU unit usually also houses VU meters, slow start module, and speaker protection circuit - to quickly disconnect your expensive speakers, and prevent them from damage, when the amp fails.
Pricing and orderingThese amps are not cheap - pricing starts at $2000.00 (Enki 25 class A amp).