Learn how to get your aspirational audio repair when High End Munich is cancelled (again)? Absolute Sounds has the reply. Having introduced the world’s best audio gear to the UK’s discerning music lovers for over 40 years, the agency launched a brand new distribution idea referred to as Ten at the end of 2020 – a hand-selected assortment of “extraordinary sonic creations” curated by Ricardo Franassovici, Absolute Sounds’ founder and MD.
The primary maker to affix Ten was DeVore Constancy, creator of specialized high-sensitivity loudspeakers normal in Brooklyn, New York. Now, the second maker is revealed – Robert Koda of Tokyo, Japan.
However Franassovici has chosen only one specific piece from the small and specialised Robert Koda vary to affix the Ten assortment: the Takumi Okay-15 EX stereo preamp. Absolute Sounds considers it “unquestionably one of many world’s best line preamplifiers” and one which “exudes extraordinary engineering of a sort extra generally related to the best timepieces or hyper-performance motorcars.”
Robert Koda was based in 2008 and born from the fervour of Robert Koch, a music lover and audio fanatic who labored for Audio Word Japan (Kondo) for a few years. After the demise of Mr. Hiroyasu Kondo in 2006, Koch determined to work independently and referred to as his new firm Robert Koda, a mixture of his first title and his spouse’s maiden title. (Additionally a nod to a musical time period: the concluding passage of a bit or motion).
On the Takumi Okay-15 EX preamplifier’s coronary heart is Robert Koda’s ITC (Inverted Transconductance Coupling) design, an association of semi-conductors pioneered within the previous Okay-10 preamp and brought to the following degree within the Okay-15 EX. The ITC circuit guarantees a superb interface between supply part and energy amplifier, boasting huge energy achieve with remarkably low distortion while remaining immune from the unfavourable influences of energy provide noise.
Robert Koda guarantees that the circuit is elegant, easy, unflappable and completely efficient over a dynamic vary in extra of 145dB, too – though we really feel responsibility sure to say that that is someplace within the area of a shotgun blast immediately beside your ear, and we don’t advocate listening at anyplace close to these kinds of volumes.
Whereas we’re as regards to quantity management – a vital a part of any preamplifier – the Okay-15 EX sports activities essentially the most extravagantly designed balanced-mode quantity management we have encountered in a while. At its core, says the agency, is an enormous, custom-built eight-channel change incorporating 256 nude, made-for-purpose resistors of the best audio grade. Moreover, solely two resistors are used per channel part at anybody time on this ‘L-pad’ configuration.
All inputs are hand-wired and mechanically switched too, with a view to get rid of the usage of circuit boards, relays and solid-state switches. The RCA sockets are milled from high-purity copper and rhodium-plated to vow optimum sign transmission.
To ship an exterior as beautiful as the inside, a graded aluminium end is utilized to the copper chassis, with gold-plated inserts and a ruby lens including to the class. Hand crafted and packed in a sturdy flight case, the Takumi Okay-15 EX is actually billed as a preamplifier of the very highest order.
Prepared for the injury? It’s accessible within the UK this spring, priced at £60,000. We’ll take two…
Need extra high-end hi-fi merchandise? See 12 of the world’s most expensive loudspeakers
Wish to understand how we take a look at merchandise? Carried out. Now you can watch all the sessions from the What Hi-Fi? Virtual Show
Want a greatest pal on your turntable? See best phono preamps 2021: budget to high-end