Perreaux éloquence 150i integrated amplifier

R65,000.00

Important:
This amp includes:

1. DAC – 24/192 on all inputs
2. Phonostage MM/MC

Review
To quote from Perreaux’s own website “After much study and experimental work had been completed, the company began to realize that the power MOSFET could, if used correctly, go a long way towards achieving the sonic warmth, sweetness and realism of valves combined with the physical practicalities of transistors.” I believe they have achieved this goal with flying colors. Yes, there is a sweetness, warmth, and sonic realism to this integrated amplifier. One that I wish I could enjoy well beyond the review period!

The 150i exudes class, does so many things right, has world class build quality, and more than enough power for any real world listening situation. The channel separation was superb, among the best I have heard. It ran cool, barely producing any heat, and requires relatively little warm up time to sound its best. If I were setting up a system from scratch, the Perreaux would be at the top of my list as the centerpiece. I am now am very interested in hearing other Perreaux products.

Walter Swanborn, of Fidelis AV, summed it up perfectly when he offered ” Finally, a product that offers all the modern conveniences of a user customizable interface and expandability in a beautiful package, that approaches the sonic performances of the best separates, from a company with a 36 year history of making well designed and reliable products.” I would have nothing to add after spending a good amount of hours with the Eloquence 150i.

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Description

Specifications

Dimensions
Width: 426mm (16.8″)
Depth: 344mm (13.5″)
Height: 102mm (4.0″)
Weight: 17kg (37.4lb)

Amplifier
Rated Power Output (per channel): 150W into 8Ω 300W into 4Ω
Maximum Power Output (prior to clipping, per channel): 190W into 8Ω , 310W into 4Ω
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise
Typically: 20Hz to 20kHz: 0.002% @ 1kHz, 150W into 8Ω ,less than 0.040%, 150W into 8Ω
Frequency Response
20Hz to 20kHz: +0.00dB, -0.15dB
5Hz to 60kHz: +0.00dB, -0.50dB
Damping Factor: 800 @ 1kHz, 150W into 8Ω
Signal to Noise Ratio (unweighted): better than 96dB, ref. 150W

Preamplifier
Input Impedance
Unbalanced: 12kΩ
Balanced: 22kΩ
Input Overload
Unbalanced: 8Vrms
Balanced: 8Vrms
Volume Control Range: -95.5dB to +31.5dB
Volume Control Resolution: 0.5dB per step
Input Volume Trim Range: ±40dB
Balance Resolution: 0.5dB
Balance Range: ±40dB

éloquence DAC Module Specifications
Digital Inputs: 2 SPDIF Coax (BNC), 2 SPDIF Optical (Toslink), 1 USB (Type B)
Input Sample Rate:
(Coax, Optical) 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kHz
(USB) 32, 44.1, 48kHz
Input Word Length (maximum): 24-bit (Coax, Optical), 16-bit (USB)
Input Impedance: 75Ω (Coax)

Analogue Section
Digital to Analogue Conversion: 24-bit / 192kHz
Output Voltage: 2.0Vrms @ 0dBFS
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise
Typically 0.002%, 20Hz-20kHz @ 0dBFS
Frequency Response
20Hz to 20kHz: +0.0dB, -0.1dB
5Hz to 94kHz: +0.0dB, -3.0dB
Dynamic Range (unweighted): better than 115dB @ 0dBFS
Signal to Noise Ratio (unweighted): better than 115dB @ 0dBFS
Channel Separation: better than 110dB @ 0dBFS
Stop Band: 105kHz
Stop Band Attenuation: 125dB

éloquence Phono Module Specifications
Input Impedance
Low Gain (MM): 47kΩ
High Gain (MC): 100Ω
Input Capacitance: 22pF
Gain
Low Gain (MM): 40dB
High Gain (MC): 60dB
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise
Typically: 20Hz to 20kHz: 0.002% @ 1kHz, low gain setting, less than 0.010%, low gain setting
RIAA Accuracy: ±0.5dB, 20Hz-20kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio (unweighted): better than 85dB, low gain setting