Audio Research DSi200 Integrated
All prices in US dollars.
Audio Research Corporation (ARC) introduces new products
quite often, but its not every day that they launch an entirely new line. But they
used RMAF to do just that. The first product in the new Definition Series is the DSi200
integrated amplifier that's $5995 and is quite unlike any other ARC product we've seen.
Although ARC is best known for their tube products, you'll
only find solid-state devices here. The DSi200 features a proprietary digital output stage
coupled to a traditional analog power supply. ARC made a point of saying that the digital
section was developed entirely in-house, and is not an off-the-shelf design. The
preamplifier stage is completely passive. The result is a 200Wpc power output rating in a
unit that runs extremely cool and is said to offer sound quality that is said to be
"very un-solid-state-like." ARC reps said that they're working on a
stereo power amplifier for the Definition Series that uses the same technology and will
output 500Wpc into 8 ohms.
The DSi200 features two sets of balanced inputs and three
sets of single-ended inputs. What you dont see on the rear panel is the Energy Star
rating that the DSi200 received -- it idles at a mere 38W. Maybe ARC should consider a green
faceplate for the DSi200. [www.audioresearch.com]