PathosClassic One Mk IIIThis example of the latest Pathos Classic One MK III Hybrid Integrated Amplifier is only a few months of age and barely used! Beutiful condition, great price! The Pathos Classic One Mk III is a ...1995.00

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This example of the latest Pathos Classic One MK III Hybrid Integrated Amplifier is only a few months of age and barely used! Beutiful condition, great price! The Pathos Classic One Mk III is a sweetheart of an amplifier. The amp successfully blends, in a single chassis a preamplifier and power amplifier, completely separated from each other and provided with their own individual power supplies. The preamp stage is purely tube, balanced, pure Class A, extremely low noise, with high intrinsic linearity and without any feedback. It provides an exquisitely tube sound in terms of transparency, air, harmonics and refinement… in one word, musicality. The output stage is solid state, high bias current, Class A/AB and produces a stout 70 watts per channel, enough to adequately drive most any load. The transistors provide the speed and dynamics, while the tubes add warmth, refinement and dimensionality. The volume control is motorized and remote controlled; the remote itself is of solid wood. Power supplies are over-dimensioned and stabilized. Selected components, pure silver Pathos signal cable wiring, gold plated terminals, high quality materials, and refinement at its highest standard are additional benefits provided with the Classic One Mk III. Together with such sound performance and overall quality, the Classic One Mk III is offered at a price that clearly demonstrates a philosophy of value for money. After having won over the international audiophile community with state-of-the-art reference amplifiers, to conceive a product with a set price point as the main design limit has been a true challenge to Pathos. The Classic One project was initiated to transfer, in a more affordable amplifier, all the know-how and expertise acquired developing reference products. Classic One represents a new standard in its price category: it success fully blends in a single chassis a preamplifier and power amplifier, completely separated from each other and provided with their own individual power supplies. The pre-stage - or, better, the preamplifier - is purely tube, balanced, pure Class A, extremely low noise, with high intrinsic linearity and without any feedback. It provides an exquisitely tube sound in terms of transparency, air, harmonics and refinement… in one word, musicality. The power stage is a solid state power amplifier, high bias current, Class A/AB in order to adequately drive every load. It provides the sound with speed and dynamics, without influencing the tube nature of the sound. The volume control is motorised and remote controlled, the remote itself is of solid wood. Power supplies are over-dimensioned and stabilised. Selected components, pure silver Pathos signal cable wiring, gold plated terminals, high quality materials, and refinement at its highest standard are additional benefits provided with the Classic One. Together with such sound performance and overall quality, the Classic One is offered at a price that clearly demonstrates a philosophy of value for money. This all possible thanks to an aimed design approach coupled with extremely accurate engineering and superior aesthetic form. Innovations about the new Classic One MKIII : 1- High quality op-amp to drive the MosFet power amplifier. It is an ultra low noise, high linearity and very low distortion op-amp. More definition on the sound and clearer. You'll immediately appreciate its superior sound. 2- New volume control with Burr-Brown IC which is more linear and it can accept up to +/-12V audio signal. In this way we avoid the input saturation when the CD player has high voltage output (5V). There is also a new power supply. 3- We added a particular electronic stage to protect the power amplifiers against short-circuit on the speaker connectors. This particular network is an high impedence stage that feels the current and save the output stage when a short circuit happens. 4- We use a new high quality speaker connectors that are completely protected with a transparent plastic, in order to avoid short circuit. 5- New stainless steel cover for the power transformer 6- New power transformer which can work up to 130Vac , so it is less sensitive to the different voltages in the US territory. We use chromium plated knobs and wood of front panel is paduk (red). Reviews: ”"Overall the Pathos ClassicOne mk.III is one of those rare components that achieves a perfect balance of performance, style and value. Thanks to the small tube compliment, you will not have to worry about sourcing tubes, either. The 6922 and it’s variants are very plentiful at reasonable cost, and I don’t imagine the ClassicOne going through tubes in a hurry, so probably a new pair every five years or so should keep you running along just fine. “Whether you are a mega audiophile putting together a second system, or a music lover that doesn’t want to sacrifice aesthetics for performance, this amplifier will keep both sides of your brain very happy." Jeff Dorgay, Tone Publications Review of original Classic One: “Right out of the box I thought: "If it sounds as it looks, this is an irresistible bargain!!!". If you have the possibility to see this amp "in real life" (pictures don't tell the whole truth), don't wait. “The Pathos Classic One has to be seen, first of all. Then listen to it, its sound is analytical & musical, precise & fluid and it is built like anything else in its price range and above. A serious and dangerous competitor for any integrated amp between 1,500 and 2,500 $.” – TNT Audio Follow-up review of later mode: ”If you are a fan of the old Pathos Classic One you will find this amp an irresistible upgrade. Selling the old one and buying the new unit is perhaps one of the most logical (price wise) upgrades you can perform on your system. If you weren't a big fan of this amp you won't find the new one worth the hassle, since its sonic personality (read: tonal balance) has remained virtually unchanged. It does what it did, just better.” - TNT Audio ”Sadly, few Hybrid amps – those that combine valves and transistors – fulfill their promise of valve-style smoothness and midrange fluidity with transistor-like iron grip. Pathos's hybrid amps tend to get closer than most, but even its exceptional line-up had a letdown, the Classic One, which was a bit bright and aggressive in the treble. “Well, it isn't any more. This MkIII version, while retaining the same looks and superb build of the original, has had a comprehensive component upgrade. The result is a smooth yet refined amp with plenty of punch. Yes, that's right, an amplifier with a valve in the circuit can pack a decent dose of muscle – as clearly heard with Massive Attack's Angel, whose crunching bass lines pound out with great determination and speed. “The Classic One is rated at 70 watts per channel, but even with speakers as insensitive as our reference ATC SCM 50s, you'd never guess the output falls below three figures. You can add a full, articulate midrange to MkIII's plus points, too – a talent highlighted by Eric Whitacre's Cloudburst, which sounds as authoritative and solidly defined as we've heard at the price.” - What HiFi Main Specifications: Type: Integrated amplifier with remote in Class A/AB, hybrid circuit with input tube stage, bridgeable Output Power: 2 x 70W @ 8 Ohm, 2 x 130W @ 4 Ohm, 270W in bridged mode (mono) Inputs: 5 line, including one balanced (XLR) Frequency response: 2Hz ÷ 100kHz THD: <0.05% Signal/noise ratio: 90dB Input impedance: 100kOhm ********************************************************************************************************************* SEE ALL OF OUR GREAT VALUES IN NEW, USED AND DEMO GEAR! VISIT US ONLINE AT: HTTP://WWW.GCAUDIO.COM/PRODUCTS/STEALS.HTML ********************************************************************************************************************* Credit cards or PayPal Accepted, please add 3.5%
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