The Curious Case of the Technics Integrated Digital Amplifier

Found this little tidbit, on Technics releasing a new digital (and I use the term correctly, but arguably) 70W/channel integrated amplifier.

Probably the best source of information is here.

Lots of curious things here.

  • Why so little power in such a large (for Class D) device?
  • There's no mention of the GaN FET's as in the Technics SE-R1.
  • They DO keep the phase/amplitude matching circuit of the SE-R1, but if the review is to be believed, does not make up for the other shortcomings.

Yes, this is a Class D amplifier, but Technics calls it a Digital amplifier, and based on how the signal is manipulated in the digital domain, so do I. There's a separate thread for this discussion, it's by invitation only, so lets focus people! :)

The reviewer describes the sound much like I have found old Onkyo and Emotiva to sound. Perfect and gutless, so I have to wonder if this is a specific DAC or ADC conversion that's going awry here?


So it seems this is a rather narrow piece of kit, I assumed it was full-width, and as far as I can tell, they are using a linear power supply.  Curiouser and curiouser.
Well,  I guess I'm behind the times, the review is from 2015, when was the SE-R1 released?