Once in a while, you will see/find a Behold Gentle integrated for sale. But you almost never see/find one that is fully optioned with the Gentle Media player. This $38,000 combo is an uber expensive setup. Lots of technology is built into this unit and to a certain extend, was a design that was way beyond its time. But is the $38,000 MSRP justifiable? We will leave that to your discretion.
As a "complete" unit, the setup is simplistic and really gorgeous. The bright LED touchscreen display that is the focal point for all communication between you and the unit is an eye catching design. From there, you could make any kind of selection or settings you want. The unit does demand a fair bit of time to run through all its features but for this listing, we will just stick to the main use most audiophiles will put the Gentle through and that is its CD playback and amplification quality.
The G192 upon plugging in takes a couple of minutes to warm up or get out of standby mode. Once that is done, and you have the Gentle Media Player running, the G192 unit will collate the data on the disc on to its memory and you can make or play your selection through the main unit. It has two pairs of speaker outputs on the rear which you can use for bi-amping or just savor the difference between switching amplification (160W/ 4 ohm) and analogue amplification (80W/ 4 ohm). If you want to stream music in, you can do so through its USB (Media) input. The G192 has one of the cleanest sound we have come across on any integrated amp. There was a distinct neutrality to its tones but with a good pair of speakers, you can exploit the clean details it is capable of producing. With current hungry speakers, the G192 does try to keep pace but it drove the amp warmer than driving a less demanding speaker (so proper ventilation is needed). The Gentle Media Player is a "convenient" but expensive option that is not necessarily in the same league as a standalone $10,000 player.
All in all, this is an extremely well built, over engineered unit. It is sonically superior to most sub-$8,000 integrated amp and offers a lot more features not found in those other integrated amps. If you want an aesthetically pleasing one box setup (almost with the Gentle Media Player) that is just brimming with technology, the G192 combo you see here has no equals. Cosmetically, there are some some scuff marks and a few tiny knicks along the edges. Nothing really bad but its there. We don't have the original box but will securely pack this for safe shipping. Remote and necessary cables included. Unit is universal voltage - 100-240V, so it can be used anywhere in the World!