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Power amplifiers
M1.2 Reference
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ML3 Signature
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LL1.1 Signature
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L2 Reference
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LP1 Signature
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LP2.1 (regular/deluxe)
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STEREO (Japan), November' 1996
discussion between Mr. Fukuda and Mr. Fujioka



Fujioka: This one is a relatively large monoblock, but it operates in pure class A mode and generates 100 Watts at 8 (4) Ohms. In addition, it has a "load selector" switch for adjusting speaker load impedance.

Fukuda: It is a hybrid power amplifier. It's got a magnificent response to lower impedances with a switch that allows the amp to run 200 Watts at 2 Ohms and 300 Watts at 1 Ohm. The expression of the sound is exceedingly pure and neutral, as well as spacious and elegant. I think this is a high quality amp which is capable of very precise expression.

Fujioka: To tell you the truth, there are many 100-Watt amplifiers by Japanese lesser manufacturers. However, we can't evaluate this one just in terms of generating power. This amp's speaker driving capability is outstanding. It has a wide enough frequency response and its dynamic range is unbelievable for a 100-Watt amplifier. Actually, all the 100-Watt amplifiers should have such high driving capability as the M1.1, and in that sense, we can call this one a real 100-Watt amp. The amp's capacity to reproduce the lowest frequencies is unlimited, which allows the amplifier to maintain the tonal balance during reproduction of even the lowest possible frequencies. MOS type transistors usually don't allow to reach this far into the lower frequencies. Their range stays rather high and produces a slightly lighter sound. But the M1.1 fully reaches the lowest level and has a capacity to go much further toward the low end. This power amp gives quite a favorable impression. I would say that this piece of equipment is worth its price.

Fukuda: As far as the lower end is concerned, energy density is tight and spacious. The amp's high driving power results in a damping sufficient at the lower range and also makes jazz sound remarkably real. On the other hand, the high end stretches distinctively and clearly, and I was particularly impressed with the amp's high signal-to-noise ratio. I would say this is a good amp.

Fujioka: Let me point out one more thing that fascinates me -- the midrange. Listen carefully to the midrange of piano or voice, and you can hear its outstanding quick response, probably because of its use of vacuum tube as part of the front end. Incoming signals turn into music right away. Such response speed is absolutely marvelous. It can create good midrange.