Direct: A3 - $1670 - 3 channel & A2 - $1340 - 2 channel
Brand new from Consonance, at my request comes a 2 channel (A2) and a 3 channel (A3) power amplifier, for use in Home Theater systems. The amplifiers are the same amplifiers as used in the power sections of the R150. These are real power houses, and test in excess of 150 watts per channel. Their sonics are streets ahead of any amplifiers found in Home Theatre amplifiers.
Using an A3 to power the centre and front channels, will make a significant improvement in clarity, detail, imaging and spaciousness of your system. There will now be sounds all around you, instead of the usual, "something at the front"," something at the back" sound given by most Theatre systems.
The ideal is an A3 to power the centre and the rears, and an A2 to power the side effects speakers in a 7.1 system, and an amplifier with absolutely stunning sonics, such as the Cyber 100 15th anniversary model to power the front speakers, making the system truly spectacular for both Home Theatre and for music .
A combination of an A2 and an A3 powering a 5.1 system will result in a stunning improvement of the experience of true surround sound in a 5.1 system.
A great way to start the ideal system is to replace the front 3 channels with an A3, and at a later date, when finances have recovered, move the A3 to the centre and rears, and buy something really special to power the front speakers at a later date.
David Wurtz, who was the Australian Editor of "Secrets of Home Theatre and High Fidelity, the World's largest Internet Hi Fi Magazine, tested all the amps made in Australia up to $12,500, but found that all of them were easily out performed by the A2 and A3, so he returned the large, expensive amplifiers and bought the Consonance at 1/6th the price of the next best sounding amp.
The A2 is an excellent power amp when teamed with a suitable pre amp. Easily outperforming other popular amplifiers at 10 times the price.
Rear of A3 shown. (A2 is same, but 2 channel.)
Power output: A3 -120W +120W + 120 at 8 Ohms (Tests at 150W/ch)
Power output: A2 -120W +120W at 8 Ohms
Minimum load: 2ohms speakers can be connected.
Input Sources: 4 selectable inputs switched by gold plated relays
Input Terminals: Gold plated Phono/RCA
Output Terminals: One set of gold plated speaker terminals each channel
Frequency response: Less than +/- 0.1 dB deviation 20Hz-80kHz
Phase response: Less than 2 degrees deviation 20Hz-80kHz
Signal-to-noise ratio: More than 100dB
Crosstalk: Less than -100dB
Distortion: Less than 0.04% @ 20W 80hms
Inter-modulation: Less than 0.01% (19kHz + 20kHz)
Damping factor: More than 800
Remote Control: RC-5 compatible IR system 36kHz modulation
Dimensions: 12cm x 43cm x 32cm (HxWxD), 18kg shipment weight.