Accuphase E 460 in the Test

Amplifiers Accuphase specialists continuously trying to improve their already good devices. It also succeeded in E 460 with the new integrated amplifier?

When Accuphase, the clocks go somehow different. Here work, filing and search u? about 70 people in an area where the air already eh very you? nn is: in the absolute high end. And as the Japanese with a very rare insistence at once fu? r good found solutions and designs hold, even in a relatively new product such as the amplifier S 460 everything seems to be somehow well-known. Even the Digital volume display, which the predecessor E 450 not to have had, graced several other plants of the Japanese: about the Mono blocks M 100 in 1981.

Employment with Accuphase components, this wonderfully rich click when switching of the inputs or the still-unique Solidity – impression when turning the volume knob throws at me always a homely feeling? hl of “coming home” out. Similar to how it keeps with the S-class Mercedes, even Accuphase is always around the time of four years, until a successor is applied. And despite the long development time, the differences are often not great. Interesting here is a look into the Accuphase history, the German P.I.A.®.-sales allows you to: on our site can be in old maps and browse user manuals.

Accuphase E 460: Construction

As expected from the story out not unlike, the differences of the E only little spectacularly fail 460 to its predecessors: the connection options are identical, weight, power supply and output as well. With 201 Watts (8 ohms) and 332 Watts (4 ohms) vote almost up to the Watts with the values of the 450 as also the 408er u? berein. And that the outward similarities are great, of course: that is part of the traditional concept.

One has to look so closer to realize that but a lot has happened. There finally made of metal and no longer from the unwu to the one the remote,? is unruly plastic. But several miniature circuit boards, which with the help of SMD technology, the fru are? made often by criticism of the long signal paths from counters.

Fine tuning was also at AAVA volume control processor controlled, which is now still Low noise thanks to modern components. Most importantly, the developers found their way back? ck to the toasty warm sounding MOSFET Transistor. A real step, because the MOSFETs have a reputation of great Accuphase amps unquestionably mitbegru? located.

Accuphase E 460: Bi-Amping

But in addition to all the progress it makes sense once again to look at already-proven features. For example, when the Precursors output (ex-pre). Here, a second power amplifier can be connected to better exploit the connected loudspeakers in Bi-Amping mode.

stereoplay has made quite a few attempts to do so in recent months and came to the conclusion that the advantages of this operating mode clearly outweigh the additional costs almost in all cases. Because all Accuphase amps (also the built-in integrated amplifier) have an amplification factor of exactly 28 decibels, the problem of volume differences between the controlled branches of the boxes never arises when using another Accuphase power amplifier.

The largely symmetrical structure of E 460 actually use a symmetric cabling suggests. But you should do that. In the listening test, the classical Asymmetric RCA connections between the CD player and amp were worse than the XLR variants not one whit. Rather on the contrary.

The two free slots on the ru? back of E 460, however, necessarily should be understood as an invitation to expand it with the excellent Phono stage AD 20 (985 EUR) or with the almost more interesting D/A converter Board DAC 30 (1,035 euros). The AD 20 we had heard extensively already to the test of the S 450, which is why we us intensively devoted the DAC-30 Board in this test.

To make it short: this module sounds with digital data in all dosage forms wonderfully nice and open. The DAC 8 by T + A for comparison (1,850 euros) had a thrilling duel with the DAC 30, which the Accuphase Board ultimately with small advantages in fine dynamic range fur decide could.

Accuphase E 460: hearing test

But no matter whether with T + A-converter or with in-house Plug-in Board – the ju? longest Accuphase bolide from the outset made clear that he has inherited the power of its predecessor. In the listening room , a hard disk now has a firm place with record to 24/192 kHz gesampleter music. Among other such whimsical STU are? crackers such as Charlie Antolini “Knock Out” immortalized. And although musically from very modest value, I must say, that I the STU? ck time is again heard with great joy. 460 E the percussion hacks (via B & W 802 diamond) pounded namely so cheerful enough, precise and wonderfully punchy in the hearing room that is the illusion of “live” almost pushed on us.

Yet it was by no means only the force that drew me here in the ban, but rather the peace and quiet that this E radiates 460. With its rather warm, however, well tempered and finely balanced reproduction , he snared the listener with music. Voices are the pure enjoyment, because he brings out everything and yet never intrusive. At the end of a very hectic day of editorial, I caught me as I just half an hour of music was – sunk because of E 460 pulled myself.

The beauty of his sound reminiscent of good tubes, its Energy potential is however quite different: as explosive, as impressively detailed E 460 the percussion by Monty Alexanders drifted “Hurricane Come And Gone”, was breathtaking. Had the 450 certain force Meier Allu? ren, so the successor of significantly cultivated, refined, mature is evident now. One succeeded in here quite fine tuning the Accuphase developers, which makes the S 460 to the undoubtedly best Accuphase amplifier, I could hear so far.

The clean electricity

In recent years, the Accuphase managers reinforce the discussion to the current. No wonder: By the increasing number of digital devices, the network is increasingly burdened with HF dirt and the tight supply situation brings more often once voltage fluctuations. Just on best playback trimmed devices are fu? r such changes prone and often play under form. With the HP 1210 and 1220 HP (picture) Accuphase has two neat, if not entirely gu? low power Dresser in the program. The test of E 460 temporarily ran on the HP 1220 – with an exciting result. After closing time, when most PCs in the publishing house were turned off, was the HP 1220 hardly needed. Tagsu? ber-but the differences were striking: then the amplifier without additional power supply played nervous and less space.

 

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