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Perreaux Eloquence 150i Integrated Amplifier Review  Print E-mail
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Written by Andre Marc   
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
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Perreaux Eloquence 150i Integrated Amplifier Review 
Listening Tests
Conclusion


Quibbles:

It would surprise me greatly if any audiophile found issue with the Eloquence 150i’s build quality, sound, functionality, or flexibility. I did not.  I should mention two minor annoyances though. I was not thrilled with the small plastic remote control. I found myself holding it upside down on many occasions. For a $5000 plus component, a more substantial remote would be more appropriate. Secondly, the ground plug above the IEC connector will limit the type of after market AC power cords you can experiment with. I was only able to fit my Shunyata Venom, but not my Transparent or Acoustic Zen cables with Wattgate round body connectors. However, I got great results with the Venom, but I did not like being limited by size.  

Conclusion:

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.  



Importer: Fidelis AV LLC / www.fidelisav.com

Reviewers Associated Equipment System 1:
  • CD Player: Naim CD5x  and CD5 XS with Flatcap 2X
  • Preamp: Audio Research SP16
  • Amplifier: Audio Research VS55, Perreaux Eloquence 150i.
  • Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3
  • Cables: Kimber/QED/Acoustic Zen (AC)/Transparent (AC), RS Cables, Element Cables, 
  • DH Labs, DecWare.
  • Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks, Shakti Stone, Sound Anchors stands.

Reviewers Associated Equipment 2:

  • CD Player: Marantz 5003
  • Music Server: Squeezebox 3
  • DAC:CIA VDA-2 with XPS
  • Preamp: Belles Soloist
  • Amplifier: Revox A722
  • Speaker: Spendor S5e, Spendor S5R
  • Cables: Kimber/QED/Transparant/Shunyata(AC)/PS Audio(AC), Pangea Audio
  • Accessories: Atacama Stands





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