Published On: April 25, 2024

M2Tech Unveils Classic Integrated Amplifier: A Traditional Approach to Hi-Fi

Published On: April 25, 2024
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M2Tech Unveils Classic Integrated Amplifier: A Traditional Approach to Hi-Fi

M2Tech introduces the Classic Integrated Amplifier, boasting a sleek brushed aluminum chassis and an integrated phono stage compatible with both MM and MC cartridges.

M2Tech Unveils Classic Integrated Amplifier: A Traditional Approach to Hi-Fi

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Italian high-fidelity specialist M2Tech has recently introduced its latest offering, the Classic Integrated Amplifier, marking a departure from its digital-centric lineup to cater to the tastes of traditional audiophiles. This move comes as a response to the demand for more conventional products within the market.

The Classic Integrated Amplifier represents the inaugural entry in M2Tech's new "Classic" line, designed to meet the discerning needs of audiophiles seeking a blend of elegance, user-friendliness, versatility, and, most importantly, captivating sound performance.

At the heart of the Classic Integrated Amplifier lies its power stage, delivering a rated continuous power output of 60Wrms p.c. into 8 Ohms, with a remarkable capability of reaching up to 242Wrms p.c. short-term power (10ms) into 4 Ohms. This dynamic performance ensures the amplifier can effortlessly handle even the most demanding musical peaks, offering listeners an unconstrained sonic experience without sacrificing clarity or fidelity.

One notable design choice by M2Tech engineers is the absence of electronic protections in the amplifier, relying instead on the oversizing of the power amplifier and a thermal sensor to safeguard against overheating of the output transistors. This deliberate decision underscores the brand's commitment to prioritizing sonic purity and uncompromising performance.

Front view of the M2Tech Classic Integrated Amplifier.

The preamp section of the Classic Integrated Amplifier is far from conventional, boasting a sophisticated circuit constructed using discrete components rather than the typical op-amp or passive attenuator. 

This configuration not only facilitates optimal driving of the internal power stage but also enables compatibility with external power amplifiers for enhanced flexibility. Volume control is achieved through an Alps RK27 potentiometer, while input selection utilizes high-quality relays, ensuring seamless operation.

A standout feature of the Classic Integrated Amplifier is its phono stage, capable of accommodating both MM and MC cartridges, offering versatility to vinyl enthusiasts. The discrete components construction ensures exceptional performance across a wide range of cartridges, further enhancing the amplifier's appeal to audiophiles with diverse preferences.

Rear view of the M2Tech Classic Integrated Amplifier.

In terms of power supply, M2Tech has designed the Classic Integrated Amplifier to closely match the power requirements of the music signal, minimizing unnecessary expenditure on oversized transformers and capacitors. This cost-conscious approach enables the amplifier to deliver superior performance without exceeding the targeted price point.

Modern conveniences are not overlooked, with the Classic equipped with an infrared remote control, trigger inputs and outputs, and a WiFi interface for smartphone control via dedicated apps for Android and iOS devices. 

Despite its vintage-inspired appearance reminiscent of amplifiers from the 80s and 90s, the Classic Integrated Amplifier boasts a solid chassis with a brushed aluminum front panel, exuding timeless elegance.

Technical Specifications:

  • Sensitivity: 230 mVrms (line inputs), 5 mVrms (MM phono input), 0.6 mVrms (MC phono input), 9-15 V (trigger)
  • Input Impedance: 47 kOhm (single-ended), 20 kOhm (balanced)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 105 dBA (60 Wrms output power on 8 Ohms, line), 85 dBA (60 Wrms output power on 8 Ohms, MM phono), 75 dBA (60 Wrms output power on 8 Ohms, MC phono)
  • THD+N: 0.02% (1 kHz, 60 Wrms output power on 8 Ohms)
  • Inputs: 1 phono MM / phono MC / line level (RCA), 3 single-ended line level (RCA), 1 balanced line level (XLR), 1 trigger (3.5mm jack)
  • Outputs: Speakers (posts), Preamplifier (RCA), Trigger (3.5mm jack)
  • Dimensions: 420x313x120mm (WxDxH)
  • Weight: Net 15.0 kg (with ancillaries), Gross 18 kg

With a retail price of €3999 (close to $4300) + VAT MSRP, the M2Tech Classic Integrated Amplifier offers audiophiles a compelling blend of classic aesthetics, intuitive functionality, and immersive sound performance.

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