|Plinius Hautonga Integrated Amplifier Review|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Integrated Amplifiers|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Monday, 24 March 2014|
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Plinius is a 30-year-old high performance audio company based in New Zealand. They enjoy a stellar reputation, and fiercely loyal fan base, thanks to achievements in industrial design, build, and ergonomics. More importantly, they have long been known for making superb-sounding, reference quality playback gear, including source components and amplification. Plinius has distributors in over forty countries, yet each unit is still hand built in their factory in Christchurch, the second most populous urban area in New Zealand.
Set Up & Listening
The Hautonga was plug and play all the way; much like the Tiki I enjoyed using so much. I used the amp with two different speakers, the KEF R700 and the Harbeth compact 7 ES3. Speaker cables were Transparent "The Wave" and sources were the Musical Fidelity V90 DAC, the CLONES Audio Sheva DAC, as well as the Marantz SA-14S1 SACD Player/DAC. I also used the excellent new Denon DA-300USB DAC, which is currently in for review. I used a Transparent power cord, with no other special tweaks.
The Hautonga and KEF match-up was tremendous partnership from the get go. Together, the R700 and the Plinius produced a big sound, with a tall and wide soundstage. The Plinius controlled the KEF’s woofers with tremendous precision. Orchestral music was panoramic and approached lifelike scale (within the confines of the listening room, of course).