I fell hard for its airy, warm, detailed—yet decidedly easy to listen to—presentation of music. The quality of build and engineering are truly impressive, making me want to try more Plinius gear as soon as it's available. For all other locations including Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Alaska, please request a quote prior to purchase.
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Change shipping region. Add to Cart. Make an Offer This seller is open to offers. This was the end of round one for Plinius and me. I moved onto a pair of Aloia Inductive power amps.
These amps had all the virtues of the Plinius in midrange and the high end. The bass was less impressive on the Aloia but not so much that I missed the Plinius. Imaging of the Aloia was good but not nearly as pinpoint or etched as with the Plinius. December a friend brought me a new Plinius SA to try. This was one of the last model SA's made. I found the same popping at the mute switch and the same ground loop problems existed as they had three years earlier. What I also found is that I missed the Plinius's imaging and slam.
I ordered two of the new model SA, and waited a month and a half before they arrived from New Zealand. Finally two massive 90 lbs. Wasting no time opening the boxes I set the two amps in the middle of the floor, they were beautiful black anodized aluminum. Plinius have not changed the looks from the SA These are very seductive amps. Each amp has the same massive aluminum handles smoothly built into the thick aluminum faceplate. The same cut out in the lower middle of the faceplate has the same two toggle switches and the main power rocker switch as the model had before.
The very elaborate cooling fins on the side are again the same as before along with the rear panel. Two sets of very well built five way binding posts are situated with plenty of room for hooking up even the fattest cables. The SA is now watts at 8 ohms pure class A in stereo and watts at 8 ohms pure class A in bridged mono configuration. After reconfiguring my rack system I set the amps up and plugged these bad boys in to see how they worked.
Set-up An initial set-up of the amps was in a bridged mono block configuration using the XLR inputs. I chose to burn the amps in this way, thinking they might be broken-in faster with the larger wattage. I have no idea wether this is true, but that is how I did it. After a week of playing the system during the day while listening at night, I switched the amps over to RCA inputs for two more weeks of burn-in.
They now were set in stereo mode, bi-amped in a vertical configuration. I had a few minor problems arise, either through operator error or the amp not understanding they had switched it to RCA stereo. It blew an internal rail fuse found inside the amp, under the top panel. Of course this now gave me the excuse to open the top and look around. Four internal fuses are found on the main circuit board, each with a LED light next to it. If the fuse does blow, the LED lights to show the fuse that blew.
I replaced the 10 amp normal blow fuse and turned the system back on. It blew again so I went back and reconnected everything. Unplugged the amps and pre-amp power in case some memory chip was trying to tell the amp of the earlier setting for XLR. While I had access to the main circuit board, I could find a few of the new features.
The first is an eco logic Control. The eco logic control allows for select times of 15, 30, 60 minutes or turns the option off completely, it is set at the factory at 30 minutes. The SA did not have this feature and it drew watts in idle. Another new feature is a LED brightness control. Again this is on the main circuit board and allows the owner to dim or brighten the LEDs on the front panel.
I counted ten Bi-polar output devices bolted directly to the heat sinks. I do not know how many were in the original, but ten lined up is very impressive.
Another major change from the SA is in the power supply. I did not remove the bottom panel to get a first hand look, but there is a good picture at the Plinius web site www. Where the SA had one main transformer, the SA has dual toroidal power transformers aprox.
Just a couple other items worth noting before I move on. The pop I referred to on the mute switch of the SA, it has gone. Whether this is because they changed the circuit or simply abandon the toggle switch of the SA and replaced it with a pulse switch that looks just like the toggle I am not sure, but there are no pops! The ground loop hum was also gone with the SA, again the reasons I do not know but I appreciate having those two concerns dealt within a positive way.
The Sound So how does one describe perfection? I guess I could simply say this is the best amp I have ever heard and leave it at that. Instead I will try to give some idea of what I heard. I guess to start I would say the overall sound is extremely natural. The pace and dynamics are flawless. A friend described the sound as warm, but not artificially so in the mid range. This will provide an extremely high performance option.
Special care must be taken in connecting the input signal and loudspeakers to ensure safe operation and best possible performance. All the advantages of balanced line transmission will be realised with good rejection of noise and some freedom from earth or ground loops hum. Available power in this mode is four times the rated output of the amplifier, approximately watts RMS into 8 ohms.
The Plinius SA provides both options to allow you to choose the most suitable preamplifier for your purposes. Plinius Preamplifiers offer both balanced and unbalanced output options. Because balanced line effectively reduces or eliminates noise pick-up by the system cabling, it has become increasingly more important in high-quality domestic high fidelity systems. The terminal plug and socket are most commonly called RCA and can be found on your Plinius SA for use as the standard input terminals for both left and right inputs.
Two parallel pairs of binding posts for each channel are fitted — these provide ease of use with bi-wiring and multiple cables requiring a large contact area.
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