AUDIOMAT Arpége Référence

TR11.10.2008

Integrated amplifiers

The Arpége front is covered by a black perspex panel through which the glow of tubes inside can be seen. Other than that it is a minimalistic device: two knobs - Alps potentiometer and input selector and a little cute ON-OFF toggle switch with a tiny blue LED light. That's basically it.

Funkce a forma

80%
Ergonomie
63%
Zvuk
88%
Zpracování

The rear panel features four RCA inputs (no balanced input), two tape-loops, and two pairs of speaker binding posts that differ in nominal impedance (4 or 8 ohms). To facilitate a turntable connection there is a grounding nut.

The most of the Arpege's substantial weight (22kg) comes on the account of three power transformers. Audiomat only makes tube amplfiers - in preamplfier section of the Arpege there are three 12AX7, in power section two Sovtek EL34 per channel. Bias setting is automated.

Audiomat provides small spike supports for the Arpege which is indispensagle - the amplifier has only three spiked feet which is - combined with its weight - quite dangerous for domestic surfaces.

Nízké frekvence

Váha
79
Výbušnost
73
Artikulace
73

From the moment the Arpege is powered up it takes between 40-60 minutes before the amplifier is ready to sing. You do not have to wait of course, but the patience helps the internal components thermally stabilize and sonics improve. I never heard any hum or noise from any Audiomat amplfier - Clarisse brothers know how to properly design a tubed device.

The bass of the Arpége is not infra-deep or hyper-articulated but this is not expected from such an amp. The bass is however very successfully integrated and when asked it can take a firm grip on speakers. The wide frequency range instruments - like a piano or a harp - have nice 3D outline with just right touch of warmth and body.

Čistota rozlišení

Detail
64
Vzduch
66
Transparentnost
68

Though the piano sound is less open and a tad softer than I am used to, it is very emotional and very intimate, in an impressionistic way. The main term that kept jumping at me during my auditioning was musicality and flow.

Tonální věrnost

Témbr
64
Dynamika
69
Časování
68

The Arpége Référence can convey orchestral colours with rich timbres but without traces of coloration. I also appreciated total absence of any edge of grain. The dark black canvas on which the Arepge paints the pictures does the trick - the dynamics are seemingly greater than the modest power reservoir of the amplifier may suggest.

Prostorovost

Trojrozměrnost
80
Šířka scény
80
Hloubka scény
80

The Arpege is not throwing the music at you, rather it invites you to participate at the performance. The images are conjured up within a holographic soundstage that stretches wide and deep. Recently I have reviewed the Audio Research HD 220 hybrid amplifier which sounded quite one-dimensional compared to the soundstaging magic of the Audiomat.

Cena v době recenze:62 000,- Kč

Doporučení prodejci

AudioRanny, Praha, tel. +420 777 003 134

Připojené komponenty

  • Sources: Sony SACD NS9100ES (with analog section modified)
  • Loudspeakers: Vecteur Tierce
  • Interconnects and speaker cables: Wireworld Eclipse, Cardas Crosslink

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