Now here is another integrated amplifier that sparkles my curiosity. Absolare Passion Integrated Amplifier follows the brand recognizable design aesthetics and combines solid state power amplifier with tube preamplifier stage...
It has taken several years of research and development for Absolare to bring to market the Absolare Integrated Amplifier. We have leveraged what we have learned from our research and development of the Absolare Power Amplifier and Absolare Linestage Preamplifier into this unique product.
The Absolare Integrated Amplifier is housed in a single chassis with separate power supply and signal sections internally partitioned by a thick aluminium wall. This design eliminates unwanted magnetic influence of AC noise on the signal path. The laser cut, precision welded 3mm aluminium chassis is enclosed in leather clad high-density fibre panels to minimize mechanical resonances. Supporting the entire structure is a 5mm thick aluminium base plate that also provides a stable foundation for the feet. All signal connectors are gold/silver plated tellurium copper. Binding posts are silver plated copper with polyethylene outer barrels to minimise conductor mass. All tube sockets are pure teflon with gold plated copper contacts.
The Absolare Integrated Amplifier is a hybrid design with a tube preamplifier section and solid-state dual mono power amplifier section. The tube preamplifier section is configured in pure Single Ended Triode architecture. It is a mu-follower design like the Absolare Preamplifier, with a minimum number of components to preserve sonic purity. All internal cabling uses Echole’s proprietary alloys.
The power amplifier section uses separate power transformers and large very low ESR capacitor banks for each channel. 12 active output components provide 200W continuous power per channel into 8ohm loads. They are individually hand tuned for perfect symmetry. A massive CNC carved aluminium heat sink dissipates excess energy providing overheat and overload protection for the output stage. A power-on timer circuit protects the speakers from transient signals that may occur before the tubes are heated to optimal operational temperature levels. Balanced models employ input transformers for balanced operation.
One of the key design goals of the Absolare Integrated Amplifier is that the sonic envelope not be correlated to the sound of solidstate amplification. To achieve this goal, Absolare utilized an advanced implementation of dual-mono, individually powered solid state amplification architecture with tube pre amplification. We believe that the Absolare Integrated Amplifier has the musical and emotional involvement of a tube amplifier with an inaudible sonic signature. Further, the design insures the realism of tonal balance, extraordinary transparency and a three-dimensional soundstage without boundaries and limitations. Shortly, the Absolare Integrated Amplifier will breathe life into your music.