Monday, 01 May 2000
fact of life in the high-end world is that amplifiers are heavy,
obtrusive square chassis with massive heat sinks. However, that is
about to change with the release of Sharp’s SM-SX100 1-bit amplifier.
The stylish silver chassis with colored accents looks more like an
executive shelf component than the 100-watt 2 channel, $15,000
amplifier that delivers clean, unaltered sound, bringing digital
technology to what was once a purely analog product.
The SM-SX100 is rated with an amazing frequency response of 5 – 100
kHz. Okay, we mere humans can’t hear much above 18 kHz (if we’re
lucky), but the extended range ensures a flat response throughout the
audible range and a reproduction range commonly associated with analog
signals. It is capable of driving a speaker with an 18-inch woofer,
yielding devastating subsonic frequencies, while driving the tweeter
and midrange effortlessly. Dynamic range is measured at 105 dB, though
the theoretical dynamic range associated with ...