10 of the world's most expensive stereo amplifiers

How a lot would you pay for an amplifier? £500 / $500? A grand or two, even, in case your system warrants it? Several of the marketplace's budget stereo amplifiers display that you'll get a beautiful performer for no longer much outlay - so you do not have to spend giant to get lots out of your gadget.

But in the event you do want to splash out, you have got come to the right place. These are the most expensive amps ever made, with one type round £2m / $2m - kind of 10,000 times extra expensive than the cheapest amp we'd counsel anyone (the Onkyo A-9010).

Don't fear if your price range does not stretch that a long way, we have now decided on an amp that may be yours for just a couple of hundred thousand. Bargain.

Pivetta Opera Only - $2.2m

Italian fashion designer Andrea Pivetta's ludicrous 120,000-watt (yes you learn that appropriately) amp stands a whopping 2.4m tall and weighs a colossal 1.5 tonnes - that is up to a caravan. Though this is certain to come up with significantly better sound.

When powered on, the 12-sided, aircraft aluminium prism opens up in seven distinct sections to expose all the electronics, as pictured above. Madness.

Pivetta Opera One - $650,000

Yes, Pivetta is at it again. Though this type is a mere 1.8m tall, handiest weighs a tonne and delivers a paltry 14,Four hundred watts of power. (Heh.) Hence the 'knock-down' worth. The Opera One from 1998 was once in truth the first amplifier totally home made via Andrea Pivetta, laying the foundations for the beast above. To that end, it also has a cylindrical stricture that unfurls as soon as powered on.

Ultrasound Otello - $600,000

The Otello packs six transformers with adjustable polarisation, meaning 0 comments. Three engineers spent 5 years working on the amplifier, which was once completely hand-wired and is housed in a cabinet made solely from cast walnut wooden. Even if Ultrasound bought just one, it will have been price it.

Rike Audio Edzard - $490,000

Renowned purveyor of audiophile capacitors, German corporate Rike Audio has also made a handful of high-end merchandise, one of which is the Edzard monoblock amplifier. The modular four-piece, 50-watt Class A amp weighs a complete of 200kg. And as chances are you'll be expecting, the efficiency is suitably heavyweight.

Etheraudio Abbssolute Intuition - $406,000

Now that you have clocked the Abbssolute Intuition above, it shouldn't surprise you that the vacuum tubes it uses, the GM100s, are the greatest ever made for an audio product. This amp weighs a whopping 398kg and packs and is completely home made. Which makes it too important for the proper spelling of 'Absolute'.

Ultrasound Parsec - $400,000

Ultrasound moved on the distortion-free era it introduced on the Otello above in the Parsec. Here, the signal handiest crosses three components - which Ultrasound claims produces extraordinary transparency, speed and harmonic structure. Weighing 70kg, it is a relative lightweight in the global of insanely expensive stereo amplifiers.

Goldmund Telos 5000 - $375,000

Five thousand watts? That's no longer the most effective insane stat about this amp - it stands nearly one metre tall, is powered by means of sixteen separate transformers, has a noise score of 0.0005 consistent with cent and a frequency reaction that runs up to 300,000Hz. Which is greater than any sane individual could ever want. Which is strictly why we love it.

Wavac SH-833 - $350,000

Direct-heated triodes mix with single-ended, class-A tube monoblock energy to make this amp an absolute beast. The Japanese audio emblem threw everything it had into this special tenth anniversary style, redesigning an all-new, highly isolated energy circuit and housing each innovative element right into a 60mm cast aluminium chassis, finished in gold champagne of path.

There's also the cheap model that costs a trifling $70,000, in case you're a bit strapped for money this month.

Audio Note Japan Ongaku - $250,000

Created in 1989 - like Taylor Swift - this uses natural silver for its transformer – one of the most necessary aspects in keeping the sleek and dignity sound of the 211 energy tubes, says Audio Note – in addition to for its conductors and capacitors. But in the event you concentrate to Taylor Swift via it, it's wasted on you.

FM Acoustics 2011 - $245,000

FM Acoustics has some pedigree. Its gadgets are handmade in Switzerland, with an attention to detail - and worth - that rivals Swiss watchmakers.


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