Saturday, 01 December 2001
GFA-5802 is Adcom’s most powerful amplifier at 300 watts per channel
and, at $1,750, is also their most expensive. This 48-pound giant is
cosmetically similar, with Its black matte finish and horizontal
grooves, to other Adcom amplifiers of late. The distinguishing
aesthetic mark on the GFA-5802, which is shared by other high-end Adcom
products, is the small gold plate centered on the lower front of the
amplifier. This plate has a toggle switch for the power, flanked by
LEDs to indicate thermal overload or high distortion levels.
The amplifier’s finish, while utilitarian, is well done, with no
obvious tool marks. The finish features a baked-on matte black enamel,
which should hold up well. Both sides of the amplifier feature large
heatsinks, which eliminate the need for a cooling fan. The rear panel
features balanced and single-ended inputs, as well as a switch to
choose between the two. There are two sets of five-way ...