|Plinius Hautonga Integrated Amplifier Review|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Integrated Amplifiers|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Monday, 24 March 2014|
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I did a casual comparison with my reference McIntosh MA6600 ($6000) integrated amp. Both the Plinius and McIntosh have similar features, and the same power output. The Plinius was a bit more pure and delicate on top. Both exhibited clean and transparent midranges, and bass performance was very close, with the McIntosh seeming to be more fleshed out at the bottom, but the Plinius had more control and articulation. Very, very close indeed, with the nod in finesse going to the Hautonga.
In use, the Hautonga was dead quiet. No mechanical or electronic artifacts ever crept into the music. It was absolute pleasure to interface with the amp daily, and listening sessions were never cut short due to listener fatigue or any other inconvenience. The Plinius design team obviously gets the fact that an amplifier like this is a decent investment, and it should be a pleasure to use, day in day out. And it was.
At the end of the review period, I found myself most impressed by the Hautonga’s transient speed, dynamics, and soundstage width. The amp was lightning quick without ever sounding lightweight, and its super wide soundstaging was what I usually hear from very good mono blocks. It did not hurt that, in silver, the Hautonga was beautiful to look at, and had a smartly laid out back panel, which makes an audiophile’s life easier.
The Plinius Hautonga is a truly excellent integrated amplifier. It is a very good investment at $5750, as it more than likely will be put to use for years of pleasurable listening sessions. It covers all bases feature wise, with a Phono input, and enough line inputs for virtually any set up.
The Hautonga connects the musical dots, which is why it won me over. Look for more Plinius reviews this year, as I am curious to see how some of their other components stack up. The fact that it can drive just about any speaker, is easy to integrate into a system, and looks great, are nice bonuses. An audition is very much recommended.
Plinius Hautonga: $5750
Power output: 200 wpc
Dimensions: 17.75" x 4.75" x 15.75"
Weight: 30 lbs.
Plinius USA (U.S. Distributor)
3439 NE Sandy Boulevard #128
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 662 8210
CD Transport: Marantz SA-14S1 SACD player
Server: Squeezebox Touch
DAC/Server: SIM Neo 308D
Headphone Amp: Pro-Ject Head Box II
Headphones: Grado SR60
Preamp: Channel Islands Audio PLC-1 MkII
Amplifier: Audio Research VS 55 CLONES Audio 25I
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4
Cables: Stager Silver Solids, Darwin Ascension (IC), Transparent MM2 Super (IC), Transparent Plus (Speaker) Acoustic Zen Tsunami II (AC),Transparent (AC).Shunyata Venom (AC) Element Cable Red Storm (Digital AC), DH Labs TosLink, DH Labs AES/EBU, Audioquest, Forest, WireWorld Ultraviolet, DH Labs USB(USB) DH Labs (USB)
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks, Shakti Stone, Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner, Salamander rack
CD Player: Marantz CD5003
Music Server: Squeezebox Touch via Ethernet to
MAC Mini w/ Western Digital & Seagate external drives.
DAC: Musical Fidelity A90, CLONES Audio Sheva DAC, Denon DA-300USB
Integrated Amplifier: McIntosh MA6600
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3, KEF R700
Cables: Darwin Cables Silver IC, Kimber Hero HB, DH Labs White Lightning (IC),QED Transparent MusicWave (Speaker),PS Audio (AC), Mojo Audio (AC), DH Labs TosLink, Audioquest Forest USB, Wireworld Ultraviolet USB
Accessories:Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Sound Anchors Stands, Wiremold, KECES XPS