New Synthesis Roma series
In the wake of the new Synthesis Action series comes the no less desirable but more affordable Roma series.
Similar in size to the Actions, the new very handsome Roma 753AC and Roma 510AC integrated amplifiers offer excellent sound but unlike the Actions do not include the built in DAC, which is based upon the now famous Matrix valve DAC. This obviously makes for a very affordable product. £2995.00 and £2695.00 respectively.
The launch was very well received indeed by the trade and public alike when shown at the recent Sound & Vision show in Bristol. Demonstrated in a room with EBTB speakers, the room was frequently packed to the gunnels.
The Roma is available in two flavours, the 753AC and the 510AC. Keen observers will realise that 510 was actually the year of the formation of Rome - which I’m sure you all picked up on straight away! Using a compliment of four KT88/6550 valves, the 510AC doesn’t lack punch. Indeed power output is a very healthy 80Watts, making it very speaker friendly indeed. This also gives plenty of reserve control to stop the bass from becoming intrusive. Full specifications can be seen on the website here.
Although not show in the photos, it comes with a very nice grill (which we realise most people take off the moment they get home) with the Synthesis logo cut into it. Very stylish. There is also a choice of colours, the wood as shown (available in dark wood or light wood), and a high gloss black.
For those who have more efficient speakers, or who don’t require the out and out power associated with KT88 valves, the 753AC, comes fitted with a pair of familiar EL34’s per side. These still offer a more than ample 50Watts, but EL34’s of course have a different sound signature to KT’s. So the sound is perhaps slightly more lively, but still open and airy. Full specifications can be seen on the website here.
Fit and finish for Synthesis products are reaching new levels that put them well ahead of the class and both units come with a remote for input selection and volume control.
As you may expect there is one set up in the dem room, so please come and treat yourself to a listen. You never know how the music will take you.