How do can they get +/-70V on the headphone output with only 15VAC trafo? The rest looks okay.
Here is the transformer being used: https://www.amplimo.nl/images/downloads/ds%20standardrange/17013.pdf
A quote from the designer as well - "In our design, we maximized output power as much as possible whilst ensuring that the sound remains refined. The THR-1 voltage power rails operate at ±70V."
Continued - "The advantage of such high voltage rails is very good dynamic range and with the high-power lateral power Mosfets, THR-1 has high load capacity for sufficient current drive into the most demanding headphones yet retains the musicality we cherish."
The back of the amp says "We come fromchina". IDK how much I trust an amp with spelling/space errors on the actual amp...
Their power outpout ratings also imply that 28V is as high as it will go. On top of that the local e-caps look like 15V...
That 6moons review quote linked on their site.... "Like my closing shot, Liu's THR-1 is strong on colours and earthy robustness which here is symbolized by rich wood tones rather than shiny chrome or hard glass"
6 Moons can be hilarious. That sounds like a bad Google translate.
Ya, the 6moons stuff is tough to get through. Ugh. This review is a little more palatable but still not super informative: http://www.headphoneer.com/kinki-studio-thr-1-review/
@Hrodulf I'd be curious to hear a more detailed analysis of the components being used and the possible spec BS they are publishing. I wonder how they arrived at their numbers.
There's a thread here about the Kinki Studio EX-M1 integrated speaker amp. Their U.S. distribution network appears to be constantly changing. I would stay away.
The distribution changed from Mike Powell to Charisma Audio. Not exactly constantly changing. The Charisma guys seem on the level and well reviewed.
I hit up Charisma to see if they would be interested in doing a loaner tour for this amp. Fingers crossed.
Except it was Bluebird or some nonsense before Mike Powell. Not interested in mucking about with these garbage ChiFi companies.
You seem to have a bone to pick with this company. I imagine that it is difficult for Chinese companies to establish a good dealer network outside of their home turf, especially when hifi retailers are struggling to stay afloat and only want big brands they know will sell.
From a dealer perspective, the margins are probably too thin on cheaper gear. Outside of the Kinki dealers changing hands once or twice, the Kinki stuff seems to be very well built and performs well above its price range. I'd say the HP amp is at least worth a listen.
I asked Powell about the Kinki situation. He still recommends their products but doesn’t want to support the Chinese government so he’s sticking to US/ Euro companies.
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