ACCUPHASE RELEASES A TRIO OF NEW MODELS
Japan does have an audio equivalent of McIntosh and the brand is called, Accuphase.
And just like the American heavyweight brand that McIntosh unarguably is, Accuphase’s high-end models are just as formidably sized.
They’re also superbly made internally and externally. Prise open any Accuphase model’s top plate and the internals quality wise are as good as it gets and then some.
Then there’s the Accuphase sound. Historically all Accuphase models feature astonishingly low levels of noise, scads of detail and a smoothness to the overall sound that positively cossets the senses.
The three new models comprising the T-1200 Tuner, DP-750 SACD Player and the A-75 Class A Amplifier will attest to all of the above. Which begs the question, why doesn’t Accuphase have the same market profile as the big Mc?
A question begging a two-part answer.
Japanese high-end brands are so well supported in their home market, as well as Europe and the US that the brand doesn't fuss too much about marketing hype.
Secondly, the local distributor is old school and based in Western Australia, a fair distance from the nation’s most populous Capital cities. At last count, there was no more than a couple of Accuphase retailers for the entire country.
Whatever the reasons for the brand’s lowish profile, audiophiles should be queuing up to hear the new models. They’ve got plenty to offer.
The T-1200 tuner replaces the lovely T-1100. Its features include a double-tuned front end to easily accommodate high signal levels. As for interference, Accuphase says it has a variable bandwidth IF filter to boost interference performance and a multipath reduction circuit to minimise reflections.
Accuphase has also given the T-1200 a Digital FM detector to reduce distortion and noise to very low levels. User features include memory slots for up to 20 stations.
The DP-750 replaces the flawless DP720 SACD player. The DP-750 supports CD-R/-RW, DVD-R/-RW+R/+RW. It has a higher grade SACD/CD drive and carries a high performance ESZ9028PRO DAC chip. Compared to the older model you can expect 18% lower output noise voltage, we're told.
The new A-75 stereo power amplifier builds on all the desirable features of the older A-70. A MOSFET endowed pure Class A amplifier, the A-75 is rated at 60 watts per channel into 8 ohms and 120 watts per channel into 4 ohms.
The build is on a massive scale attesting to this amp’s high-end credentials. Compared to the older A-70 model, the newbie is said to provide 23% lower output noise voltage.
The new Accuphase trio is available now, priced at T1200 Tuner ($9000), DP-750 ($25,000) and A-75 ($25,000).
For more information visit Accuphase.
One of the veterans of the Australian HiFi industry, Peter was formerly the Audio-Video Editor of the Herald Sun for over two decades. One of the most-respected audio journalists in Australia, Peter brings his unparalleled experience and a unique story-telling ability to StereoNET.