T+A A Extraordinary A200 Power Amplifier is an amazing bargain for its performance.
At True Audiophile.
Class D re-defined. Normally we despise Class D. Cheap chip driven, massive power. No soul. We never thought we would like a Class D. The A200 made us eat our words -- Mini Review by True Audiophile
From our reviewer (on loan from the audio magazines):
The first qualities I noticed about the A200 sound was the high level of detail delivered with a smooth silkiness.
The foundation of bass notes and lower midrange is exceptionally solid with plenty of grip and control giving music an effortless quality. This amp has refinement and lets one listen deep into a very dimensional soundstage.
I would characterize the sound as just slightly warmer than neutral with rich tonal colors and tons of dynamic nuances.
This is one of my favorite solid-state amps in one of the more attractively designed and compact chassis I have seen recently. An ingenious and unexpected technical feature is the adjustable damping factor.
A toggle switch allows the user to toggle between low or high damping factor. In some instances this can really enhance the amplifier / speaker synergy and performance.
We can order anything in the T+A line. Just send us an email.
Available for DEMO if you live in or near the Portland area.
The Absolute Sound says:
"Each individual component is an unqualified success with top-flight sound and undeniable musicality. Meanwhile, the fully loaded stack can go toe to toe with the best modular integrateds at a fraction of their cost. If you’re in the market for a component or a component stack that delivers superb sonics, musicality, value, achingly good looks, and the advantages of separates, along with a small footprint, the Series 200 will remind you that good, even great things really do come in small packages". Read full Review Here
Hi-Fi News Verdict
While avoiding any lame jokes about 'German engineering', I'm bound to say there's a wonderful sense of synergy – and not just in build and style – between these two T+A components. The A 200 is a mature-sounding power amp with excellent driving ability, and a perfect partner for the DAC 200's refined, insightful and light-footed approach... Read full Review Here
In designing the A 200 output stage it was T+A goal to combine maximum amplifier power with audiophile sound characteristics. On the one hand this means 250 Watts of continuous power per channel, and on the other hand this substantial power does not result in a reduction in terms of subtle detail, resolution and fine dynamics. Its heatsinks are both a technical necessity and a design statement: they show off every Watt of power in impressive style as well as ensuring efficient heat dispersion – even under maximum load. The A 200 output stage was developed with the aim of functioning either as a potent complement to an existing system, or as the high-performance end of a perfectly matched chain of specialised audiophile devices in combination with the Series 200.
The A 200 Class D output stages incorporate PURIFI Eigentakt™ technology. This platform, developed by the Danish technology company, is currently the world’s leading fundamental design for Class D output stages, as it eradicates the disadvantages of the previous generation of digital amplifiers. Until now digital amplifier designs were limited by their high dependence on the impedance of the loudspeakers connected to the system, by distortion in the output signal, by phase noise and increased distortion at high power levels. In contrast, the outstanding feature of this new circuit design is its outstanding measured data, making it the obvious choice for audiophile applications
- Extremely low distortion factor and intermodulation distortion at all power levels
- Extraordinarily low noise
- High damping factor
- Clean clipping
- Low losses, high efficiency
- Totally linear frequency response up to 60 kHz
- Completely loudspeaker-load independent characteristics (see measured curves into 4 Ohms and without loudspeaker-load)
In spite of their advantage in terms of efficiency, conventional switching mains sections have an inherent drawback: they generate interference in the form of induced interference, which has a consistently adverse effect on sound quality. T+A's response to this is to employ our T+A High-Frequency sine-wave mains sections: their pure sine-wave output and higher frequency – more than twice as high as conventional mains sections – effectively eradicate this interference. The final trace of induced interference is eliminated by the intelligent recharging of the T+A reservoir capacitors fitted to the units. Over many years of development T+A engineers succeeded in developing capacitors which recharge 100,000 times per second – 2,000 times faster than conventional capacitors. This is necessary in order to ensure that they respond to extremely brief signal spikes, and are always able to deliver the correct quantity of electrical energy. Our sine-wave mains sections are “hard” units, i.e. they do not collapse even under the most severe load; they provide the output stages with absolutely constant voltage.
T+A's HV circuit technology is unique in the world, and is employed in the voltage amplifier stage. The high operating voltage resulting from the overall circuit design ensures extremely linear reproduction of the audio signals, and provides totally natural imaging and dynamics from every recording – without compromise, and without limitation. The technology also eliminates harsh feedback, to which audio sound is very sensitive.
125 Watts @ 8 Ohms
Balanced (XLR) 1,6 Veff / 20 kOhms
25 Watts while power on and idling with no signal
4 x 12.6 x 13.4 inch