Reviews of high end equipment are never objective. Actually, the gurus of today’s high end audio scene reject aggressively all projects that contain even a slightest dose of objectivity. I am not going to argue with them, but I am also not going to tell you that Audial model A is an excellent amplifier because I like its sound, because it is neutral and extremely dynamic, or because it is noise free even with potentiometer on its maximum.
What I would like to draw your attention at is the fact that Audial model A is an amplifier that can restore musical reality of acoustic instruments with an abrupt ease. If you own a large number of superbly recorded high resolution albums and a computer audio system with USB DAC capable of really musical D/A conversion, Audial model A is not going to add anything unmusical to the system. On the contrary, Model A’s 25 W (or 50W if you need it) per channel will be an extremely positive surprise right from the first movements of your speaker’s membranes. Serbian amp is completely ready to cope with 86db/1m/1V speakers even as a basic 25W version.
I certainly do hope that there are no audiophiles with at least some musical literacy who think that Telarc’s “Tchaikovsky: 1812 Ouverture and Other Orchestral Works” is an average recording.
Ripped DSD layer on my HDD is probably the best digital recording I’ve ever heard. Actually I do not like 1812 Ouverture at all and I think it’s one of the worse Tchaikovsky’s commercial episodes. But Telarc’s original DSD recording is absolutely stunning and not even the best analogue sources cannot compete with the DSD file on my hard drive.
So, what does Audial model A do to Telarc’s State-of-the-Art recording?
Absolutely nothing and exactly that makes it a State-of-the-Art amplifier. The breathtaking dynamics of superbly recorded, large symphonic orchestra was completely restored in my 3,80 m high listening room, with only 25W per channel. Without a slightest hint of coloration a lavish timbre of all instruments was meticulously revitalized, giving a real sense of concert hall experience. Actually, during the listening session I was confident that I’m using a 50W version of Model A. And that was only the beginning of surprises.
I absolutely adore Caro Mitis recordings of Pratum Integrum Orchestra, a leading orchestra on authentic instruments in Russia. To restore the fragile sense of musical reality, Russian recording technicians use DSD analogue to digital converter, constructed by Ed Meitner’s EMM Labs. If you spend a lot of time in a concert hall, listening to chamber orchestra, your ears are not going to be happy with standard high resolution recordings available for download. But once you hear a Caro Mitis DSD recording of Josef Woelfl’s Symphonies, played by Pratum Integrum Orchestra and powered by Audial Model A amplifier, lifelike sense of real concert hall euphony will shock you from the first bars.
Unpretentious, not really demanding, but lovely Haydn-like symphony in C major (Op.41) is maybe the best example of a high-end chamber orchestra recording. With Model A, the Russian recording masterpiece can be pushed even closer to concert hall reality. Almost instant response to Paukenschlag with omnidirectional echo and a subtle sense of living musicians performing in front of me, persuade me to start the Caro Mitis recording, powered by Audial Model A da capo al fine once again.
Since there is no real work of art without a real signature, mr. Pedja Rogic the constructor of Audial amplifiers, put his on back side of the amplifier in a form of (read carefully!) “copper plated – coper” speaker binding posts. Experienced audiophiles and especially music lovers know that only pure copper enables pure euphony. And as mr. Rogic would conclude in his article about speaker binding posts, only real copper has “more smooth midrange, and overall more proper tone”.
I can only add that a great effort invested in construction of customized speaker binding posts, made of machined, real copper densely electroplated with again – copper, for better corrosion resistance, is more then justified with the sonic results. You can read more about it here (http://www.audialonline.com/online-topics/model-a-one-year-later-binding-posts/)
There are other amplifiers on high end market that can compete with the qualities of Audial amplifier, however, their prices in Euros begin at least with number 3.