The DMA-90 High Resolution Amplifier is the culmination of years of development. Announcements of product breakthroughs are too common to rate a head turn in the audio industry. But when Spectral introduced the DMA-50 power amplifier in the mid-1980's, it was the product, not the announcement, that made serious listeners snap to attention. Here was an amplifier to satisfy the highest standards, from a company known for its uncompromising approach to musical reproduction. Yet it was packaged like a consumer dream. Slim, trim, elegantly finished, lightweight, cool running: this first-ever minaturized, high performance power amplifier was a joy to install and operate, a delight to behold. Furthermore, it was highly affordable.
Skepticism was inevitable. The conventional wisdom had long held that high-end power amplifiers had to be very large, very heavy and very hot. And, of course, very expensive. This was what one put up with for the smoothness, purity and transparancy of the finest sound reproduction.
Fortuntely, dedicated music lovers trust their ears to make a final judgement. And so the DMA-50 quickly established itself as the pinnacle in medium powered amplifiers. The sheer immediacy and exquisite clarity of its sonics were astonishing to experience.
Spectral is pleased to affirm that the DMA-90, successor to the DMA-50 and DMA-80, is not a breakthrough. It is a noteworthy step forward, a solid generational advance with significantly improved linearity, speed and power. It is the compact power amplifier for the 1990's, but still firmly in the tradition of its predecessors. And that sense of continuity is a Spectral hallmark.
This piece is functionally perfect, cosmetic issues are minimal -- very minor scuffs in finish, not scratches into the metal. Comes from single owner in a full Spectral system. Note that it will be coming in a proper Spectral box, foam inset fits around all 4 sides, front side foam was slightly modified to fit.