CES may be a bit of a barren wasteland these days as far as our interests go, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few oases to be found at the show. This week, Onkyo announced the upcoming release of the TEAC AX-505 Stereo Integrated Amplifier ($1,599.99) and AP-505 Stereo Power Amplifier ($1,599.99), which are expected to ship this month and next month, respectively.
More details directly from Onkyo:
Onkyo USA today announced the distribution of two new amplifiers from TEAC: the new AX-505 Stereo Integrated Amplifier (MSRP $1,599.99 USD) and the AP-505 Stereo Power Amplifier (MSRP $1,599.99 USD). The new units will be available in January and February, respectively.
"TEAC has a long-established reputation for creating innovative products designed for producing high fidelity audio and the AP-505 and AX-505 are worthy newcomers," said Don Milks, Director of Marketing & Product Localization for Onkyo USA. "We are excited to debut these two impressive products at CES and provide them the media and retail exposure they deserve."
AX-505 Stereo Integrated Amplifier
Available in January, the AX-505 features a Hypex Ncore class D power amplifier that is specifically tuned for TEAC and has a rated output of 70W+70W (8 ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.8%). The power amplifier section integrates protection circuits to guard against current surge, over-voltage as well as over-heating.
The unit uses a toroidal-core power transformer which improves ability of the power supply to resist fluctuations in output. A stable power supply output means the AX-505 can maintain its rated output power under heavy load conditions. Additionally, the power section integrates Schottky barrier diodes to increase efficiency and reduce the amount of heat generated.
The quality of the AX-505 is revealed in its design details and features. The unit is encased in an aluminum cabinet with machined aluminum knobs and large, gold-plated screw-style speaker terminals, and features a cooling-fan-less design for Hi-Fi listening. The VU meters come with a four-step dimmable, backlight and AD/DA circuits, while the headphone amplifier with CCLC delivers full low-frequency audio and a robust headphone soundstage.
AP-505 Stereo Power Amplifier
Like its above counterpart, the AP-505 boasts many of the same features including the same quality design aesthetic found in the AX-505 to include the addition of three-position patent-registered Pin-Point feet
The stereo amp also features the Hypex Ncore Class-D power Amplifier rated at 70W+70W (8 ohms, 1kHz, THD 0.8%), with a Bridge Tied Load (BTL) output configuration of 200W (8 ohms, monaural) that is part of three distinct output modes (switchable): Stereo mode, BTL mode (bridge mode) and Bi-Amp mode (dual monaural).