New Primare features innovative Design

Primare has launched a new I32 integrated amplifier which boasts a whole host of features.

Excellent sound quality and fine build quality aside, which you can take for granted with pretty much any
Primare device, it comes with a unique optional sound board.

This board gives a number of very handy inputs. Notably 2 x Digital Coaxial inputs, 1 x Toslink optical digital input, 1 x USB input, 1 x SD memory data input with convertor to USB (optional), 1 x LAN input, 1 x Composite or SVideo output for iPod playback, Digital and Analogue audio for iPod/iPhone interface as well as a WiFi/DAB+ interface.

With this optional board in place the whole amplifier becomes more of a media handling centre than just a mere integrated amplifier.
Primare have obviously put a lot of thought into this design.

With its great looks and excellent build aligned to excellent audio qualities and technical finery, this looks to be a truly integrated system in more than just the usual sense.

Synthesis launches moster valve amp

Synthesis is preparing the release of two new monster valve integrated amplifiers. The Metropolis 100i (and the later to be released 175i) are hugely powerful integrated valve amplifiers. The 100i, due immanently, features 8 x KT66 power valves, 2 x 12BH7 driver valves and 2 x ECC83/12AX7 input stage valves.

The outcome of this is a massively powerful 100W with real World driving capabilities. Inputs for a DAC, Tuner, DVD, CD and an XLR offer more than enough for most people, with the addition of a Pre Out, for those who may wish to use it in a Home Cinema loop.

The 100i weighs in at a hefty 50 Kgs. So don’t expect to be lifting it up with one hand free to do the dusting.

The amplifier offers all of the subtleties and depth you would expect from this manufacturer of valve amp extraordinaire. However, what you also get is a vice like control over the lower bass notes that previously you just couldn’t expect from the lower powered range of Tube amps. You also therefore get the chance to use speakers that would not have been available to the lover of Valve sounds because of either speaker inefficiencies or driving problems. With the new Metropolis range this is not really an issue.

So, awesome control and bass reproduction aligned with fluid valve depth, detail and musicality. All boxes ticked we think.