Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier - Dreamedia AV
Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier - Dreamedia AV
Vendor: Gold Note

Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier

High-Fidelity A/B Amp with Adjustable Damping
$8,199.00
$8,199.00

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Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier

Unleashing the Power of Pure Sound

Imagine an amplifier that not only elevates your home theater experience but transforms it into an auditory journey that rivals a live concert. The Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier is the maestro of this journey, orchestrating every note with precision and power, ensuring that your music and movies resonate with an intensity that is both felt and heard.

The Essence of Italian Craftsmanship

From the heart of Italy, a country renowned for its rich history in art and design, comes the Gold Note PA-1175 MK II. A true testament to Italian craftsmanship, this stereo Class-A/B power amplifier is a masterpiece that blends aesthetic beauty with technical prowess. Its massive steel chassis and thick aluminum panels are not just for show; they promise durability and a vented design that allows for optimal thermal efficiency.

Superior Audio Fidelity

  • Power Output: Delivering 200W per channel at 8 ohms in stereo mode and a staggering 520W per channel in mono, the PA-1175 MK II ensures that it can drive even the most power-hungry speakers with ease.
  • Custom Transformer: At the heart of this beast lies a special toroidal transformer with a unique cut spiral nucleus designed for superior energy efficiency and minimal electrical noise.
  • Optical BIAS: The proprietary Gold Note Optical BIAS control system provides smooth and detailed sound, ensuring that the amplifier operates in pure Class-A for the most natural and musical performance.

Tailor Your Sound

The PA-1175 MK II boasts a user-adjustable damping factor with settings of 250 or 25. This innovative feature allows you to alter the output impedance, giving you significant control over the listening experience. It's akin to switching between a high-power solid-state amp and a more intimate tube amp, all within the same unit.

Design That Speaks Volumes

With dimensions of 430mm W x 135mm H x 370mm D and a weight of 20.5 kg, the PA-1175 MK II's compact and stylish design is sure to complement any home theater setup. Choose from elegant finish options such as black, silver, or gold, and personalize it further with stripe accents in walnut, acrylic, or aluminum.

Unwavering Performance

  • Bridge-Tied-Load (BTL): Easily bridgeable to mono, the PA-1175 MK II offers flexibility and power in a single package.
  • Dedicated Circuits: A secondary transformer takes care of auxiliary functions, ensuring that the audio signal path remains pure and uncolored.
  • Mechanical Silence: The use of viscoelastic isolators with the transformer guarantees that mechanical noise is a thing of the past, allowing nothing but the music to move you.

Sound That Resonates

The fully balanced high-power design of the PA-1175 MK II ensures that the audio performance is nothing short of phenomenal. With a frequency response of 1Hz – 100KHz @ ± 1dB, every note is played back with the fidelity it deserves. The signal to noise ratio of 110dB means that the music stands out against a backdrop of pure silence, and the total harmonic distortion (THD) of less than 0.01% ensures that what you hear is as close to the original recording as possible.

Intuitive Control

  • Adjustable Damping Factor: Switch between a higher power solid-state amp and a lower power tube amp experience with a simple adjustment.
  • Input Sensitivity: Tailor the PA-1175 MK II to the source with 1V/RCA and 4V/XLR inputs.
  • Energy Efficiency: Despite its robust power output, the PA-1175 MK II is conscious of consumption, dropping to less than 1W at idle.

Made for Audiophiles

The Gold Note PA-1175 MK II is not just an amplifier; it's an experience, designed for those who can discern the subtleties of high-fidelity sound. Its robust power structure remains unaffected by the damping factor setting, delivering powerful and drum-tight sound with a sense of directness that can only be described as pure musical ecstasy.

Your Dream Theater Awaits

Dreamedia is ready to help you integrate the Gold Note PA-1175 MK II into your home theater system. Our team of experts will ensure that this amplifier becomes the heart of your audio setup, driving your speakers with unmatched clarity and power.

Investing in Excellence

The Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier is an investment in your passion for sound. Priced at €5,500 per unit or €11,000 per pair in mono configuration, it represents the pinnacle of audio perfection. With the ability to tailor the sound to your liking and a design that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the ear, the PA-1175 MK II is the choice for those who accept nothing but the best.

Ready for the Future

Audio technology continues to evolve, and the Gold Note PA-1175 MK II is built to stand the test of time. With its advanced features, user-adjustable settings, and timeless design, this amplifier is not just a purchase; it's a legacy that will provide you with unparalleled sound quality for years to come.

The Dreamedia Promise

At Dreamedia, we are not just selling you an amplifier; we are offering you a gateway to experiencing sound in its purest form. With the Gold Note PA-1175 MK II, you are not just an audience; you become part of the music. Let us help you bring this transformative experience into your home.

Unleash the full potential of your audio system with the Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier, and hear the difference that Italian excellence makes.

Our Review

Gold Note PA-1175 MK II Power Amplifier Review

Introduction

Gold Note occupies a distinctive niche in the high-end audio market, renowned for creating products that blend Italian design with serious audiophile performance. The PA-1175 MK II arrives as a testament to this philosophy, promising a fusion of aesthetic elegance and acoustic precision. This review delves into the amplifier's capabilities and explores whether it lives up to the lofty expectations set by its brand and price point.

Build Quality and Design

The PA-1175 MK II's build quality is immediately apparent. At 25kg, it feels substantial, indicative of the quality components housed within its 42 x 13.5 x 37cm frame. The design is compact yet exudes a premium feel, with finish options in black or silver and stripe accents available in walnut, acrylic, or aluminum, allowing for personalization that complements its environment. The amplifier's design is not just about looks; its layout and construction are geared towards ensuring optimal sound quality and ease of use.

Technical Specifications

Gold Note has outfitted the PA-1175 MK II with impressive technical specs. In stereo mode, it delivers 175 watts per channel into 8 ohms, while mono mode sees a significant jump to 500/600 watts. The unique user-adjustable damping factor is a standout, offering listeners the ability to switch between 25/250, which changes the output impedance from 0.3 to 0.03Ω. This level of control can drastically alter the listening experience, akin to swapping amplifiers. Internally, the amplifier boasts eight transistors per channel and a 630V toroidal mains transformer, designed for mechanical silence and reduced interference.

Features and Functionality

The PA-1175 MK II's fully balanced design and wide bandwidth of 1Hz-100kHz ±1dB are indicative of an amplifier that strives for audio excellence. A high signal-to-noise ratio of -110dB and a swift slew rate of 20V/µs speak to the unit's ability to reproduce sound with clarity and speed. Despite its power, the amplifier is also efficient, with a maximum power consumption of 800W that drops to less than a watt at idle, demonstrating Gold Note's commitment to combining performance with energy consciousness.

Performance

When assessing the PA-1175 MK II's performance, its high power output ensures it can drive a wide range of speakers with ease. The adjustable damping factor allows users to fine-tune the amplifier's interaction with speakers, which can be particularly beneficial for audiophiles seeking to match the amp perfectly with their chosen transducers. This feature can produce a powerful, drum-tight sound that brings a sense of immediacy to the music. Testing across various musical genres reveals the PA-1175 MK II's ability to handle complex passages with aplomb, providing a sound that is both dynamic and nuanced.

Pros and Cons

Among the amplifier's advantages are its high power output, user-adjustable damping factor, and fully balanced design, all packaged within a compact and stylish form factor. The mechanical isolation is another plus, ensuring that vibrations and interference don't detract from the listening experience. However, the damping factor's flexibility, while innovative, may be daunting for some users, requiring experimentation to find the optimal setting. Additionally, the high damping factor setting may not suit all tastes, potentially leading to a more analytical sound, while the lower setting might reduce precision in the bass frequencies.

Use Cases

The PA-1175 MK II is particularly well-suited for audiophiles with a penchant for customization and who own a variety of speakers. Its power and adaptability make it ideal for both intimate listening spaces and larger rooms where its robust power can be fully appreciated. The amplifier's design and finish options enable it to blend seamlessly into a range of interiors, from the modern to the traditional.

Comparison with Competitors

In its price range, the PA-1175 MK II competes with some of the most respected names in the amplifier market. What sets it apart is the user-adjustable damping factor, a feature rarely seen in competitors' offerings. This level of customization allows it to stand out, offering a tailored listening experience that can be fine-tuned to individual preferences and speaker characteristics.

Value Proposition

Considering its price tag, the PA-1175 MK II presents a strong value proposition for those who prioritize sound customization and aesthetic versatility. Its performance is on par with, if not exceeding, other amplifiers within the same price bracket, making it a compelling choice for the discerning audiophile. Its build quality and feature set suggest a product that will remain relevant and high-performing for years to come.

Final Thoughts

The Gold Note PA-1175 MK II is a power amplifier that impresses with its combination of robust performance, customizable sound, and Italian design flair. Its strengths lie in its versatility, power, and the innovative adjustable damping factor, allowing it to cater to a wide array of preferences and speakers. While it may require some investment of time to optimize, the results justify the effort, making it an excellent choice for those who desire a high degree of control over their audio experience. Its place in the high-end audio market is well deserved, appealing to those who seek both visual beauty and sonic excellence in their home theater setup.

Specifications

General

  • Type: Stereo Class-A/B Power Amplifier
  • Design: Solid state with proprietary Gold Note Optical BIAS
  • Construction: Massive steel chassis and thick aluminum panels with vented design
  • Compatibility: Capable of driving demanding power speakers

Technical Specifications

  • Power Output (Stereo Mode): 200W @ 8Ω per channel
  • Power Output (Mono Mode): 520W per channel
  • Power Transformer: Special toroidal model with unique cut spiral nucleus
  • Damping Factor Technology: Proprietary adjustable with settings at 250 or 25
  • Speaker Matching: Damping Factor settings to match any kind of speaker
  • Frequency Response: 1Hz – 100KHz @ ± 1dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.01% @ 20Hz-20kHz
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 110dB
  • Slew Rate: 20V/µs
  • Input Sensitivity: 1V/RCA, 4V/XLR
  • Input Impedance: 47K ohms
  • Power Consumption: 800W max, <1W at idle