ACCUSTIC ARTS® AMP II – MK4: our bestseller and world-wide champion in 4th generation
The long-term hit and classic in the ACCUSTIC ARTS® range is without doubt our solid AMP II power amplifier. In 1997, the year when ACCUSTIC ARTS was founded, the AMP II was one of our first products. As for some time now, the AMP II has been recognized as one of the best power amplifiers available in the high-end scene, this has simultaneously become a challenge and an obligation.
This was also confirmed by the German magazine “STEREO”, in which the AMP II has been the reference amplifier for about 10 years
Therefore, the question is asked: “What can one further improve with such a mature, good sounding product which has enjoyed success all around the world?”
In the 4th generation, we have completely revised and modernized the electronic design. The result is a further significant sound improvement with even more power.
AMP II: The world-wide award-winning champion
In recent years the model has been recognized with numerous awards in many international hi-fi magazines and many testers today refer to the device as a “reference”. The claim is therefore fully justified that the AMP II is one of the world’s best output amplifiers in its class.
The German magazine “STEREO” rated the AMP II as a reference output stage and awarded the product the maximum points.
“…an output stage for high quality music, suitable for universal use and compatible to all loudspeakers. […] And clearly an inside tip for music lovers as this is the first time it has been possible to upgrade to the class of the top references for output stages for such a reasonable price.”
Finest electronic components – finest sound
The top priority in the development of the AMP II – MK4 was a perfect signal feed with short distances using the finest components. Some of the components are individually selected as this is the only way to realize the perfect measurement values which form the basis for the breathtakingly beautiful sound of this dynamic amplifier.
The AMP II – MK4 is a so-called “dual-mono power amplifier”, i.e. apart from the common mains cable both channels are completely separated from each other – from the transformer to the output stage board. This ensures the excellent values, for example, for channel separation and signal to noise ratio, etc. The AMP II – MK4 works with Class A operation in most applications. And, despite its enormous power, the AMP II – MK4 reproduces the finest details with extreme precision, in our opinion just as one would expect from a real reference product.
Impressive circuitry concept – excellent measurement values
The driver stage of the AMP II – MK4 works on the principle of the current mirror. This circuit principle enables power to be drawn from an existing current. The AMP II – MK4 is therefore a “power-controlled” output amplifier whereby the large number of MOSFET transistors ensure a very high current capacity without having to stretch the transistors to their performance limit. The AMP II – MK4 is therefore also suitable for impedance critical or low-ohm loudspeaker systems. Ingenious circuitry removes the need for a servo controller for the “offset” and the quiescent current is generated via the IC or current mirror driver. As a result, direct and alternating current errors (DC and music signal errors) are immediately corrected. This means the total offset is exclusively determined by the quality and symmetry of the used ICs.
The comment from the “STEREO” laboratory in the issue mentioned above was as follows:
“High and stable performance level, extremely low distortion, high damping factor, good noise values and band width with extremely high channel separation”.
Highest operational safety
Both output stage channels of the AMP II – MK4 are equipped with a solid 12 kg heavy high-performance heat sink which thanks to its special rib design serves to ensure a constant operating temperature of the MOSFET transistors. Even at full power there is no danger of overheating. An integrated control unit also permanently monitors operating conditions such as DC offset, temperature, clipping and high frequency. If a pre-defined value of one of these points is exceeded, the loudspeakers are immediately switched off to ensure the highest operational safety for the output amplifier and connected loudspeakers.
German engineering ingenuity
The AMP II – MK4 is naturally “Handmade in Germany “. All manufacturing processes for this product, from the development through to final assembly, are made in Germany.
To conclude, we would like to quote “STEREO” once more:
Test result: “The amplifier is a model of stability and precision while at the same time versatile and agile, making the product a textbook example of how to build an amplifier. Homogeneous, universally usable, virtually perfect. And for this high-end product, an unbelievably reasonable price”.
AMP II – MK4 highlights
- Dual-mono reference power amplifier with completely isolated power supply for each amplifier channel
- 20 selected MOS-FET output transistors of finest quality
- 2 magnetically shielded and encapsulated toroidal core transformers of premium quality for highest output reserves
- Optimum smoothing thanks to 160,000 µF power supply capacity; Premium quality capacitors (“Made in Germany”)
- Very high damping factor for perfect speaker control
- ACCUSTIC ARTS® Damping factor linearization (switchable)
- Professional protection circuit against clipping, HF oscillations and too high DC offset
- Integrated switch-on current limitation for highest operational safety
- Constant low operating temperature due to generously dimensioned heat sinks
- Balanced input (XLR) and unbalanced input (RCA) – the inputs are switchable
- All used components and parts are selected and of highest quality
- Very high quality, gold-plated bi-wiring/bi-amping speaker terminal
- Extremely stable, massive and resonance optimized housing, fully made of aluminium; inlay made of massive brass, polished and chromed
- ACCUSTIC ARTS® AMP II – MK4 is “Handmade in Germany”