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EKCO EV55SE Valve Integrated Amplifier
Engineered to create a level of performance that goes beyond the mere technicalities of accuracy, the EKCO EV55SE Tube Integrated Amplifier offers not just superior realism in sound reproduction but extraordinary high quality in its craftsmanship as well.
Working in Class AB Push-Pull Operation, the EV55SE is fitted with a switch that allows it to change from Triode mode, producing 28W RMS per channel, into Ultralinear mode producing 55W RMS per channel. In Ultralinear mode the output impedance is lowered to offer a damping factor about twice that achieved with a triode, distortion is lowered to approach the ultimate achieved with a triode tube, and the power output is increased to near the maximum available from pentodes.
It is fitted with five (5) Line Inputs (Disc1, Disc2, Aux, Tape, Tuner) and A/B option loudspeaker outputs into 8 Ohms, selected using the included remote control. It features protective grilles finished with high-temp black paint to protect the valve tubes while the sides of the chassis are fitted with matched pairs of handcrafted solid wood panels (deep Louro Preto) in piano gloss finish adding to the classy and elegant feel of the valve amplifier.
In layman's terms is could be described as a warm and musical mid-range with a very sweet top end.
All-in-all it is a very affordable product for the level of quality that this unit provides.
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