By borrowing the same 1.2mm chassis as the A700 and benefiting from 6mm extruded military-grade HE9 aluminium front panel, the Saxon A500 is a very elegant and highly respected performer. It uses the same PCB as it's bigger brother but with a slightly smaller power supply and as a result a slightly lower output - 70 Watts into 8 ohms. The use of ultra-short signal-paths and the elimination of the need for conventional wiring has resulted in an exceptional price/performance ratio.
The power amp section in this integrated amplifier sets new standards at it's modest price, a level of dynamism and resolution previously unheard of in competing products. The increased resolution of transients, coupled with finely etched detail allows a stunning level of realism and scale.
Producing a healthy 75 Watts into 8 Ohms and over 125 Watts into more difficult 4 Ohm loads, the A500 demonstrates an impressive ability to drive even the most demanding of loudspeakers. As with all Saxon amplifiers, dynamics are a given - what may be surprising is the high-level of subtlety and deftness that also abounds from this muscular amplifier. Vocals in particular are projected with a sense of space and solidity that allows all the musical nuances to be felt and experienced, not just heard, this is a truly musical amplifier.
Standard 4mm gold plated binding posts are provided for the speaker outputs. The amplifier is fully equipped with remote control for input selection, volume and mute functions and has 6 line-level inputs with one pre-out socket for additional power amplifiers such as the Saxon P500 or 700.
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