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Acuhorn RATE. I have the pleasure to present a truly audiophile solution to the modern amplifier design. The world's highest performing, high-power, monolithic class-D stereo amplifier chip by Texas Instruments. Working together with the power supply that is the latest development of the best Vicorpower. Analog input by Lundahl high impedance transformers and Welwyn Nichrome thin film resistors SMD are used for volume control. Eco-friendly, the best efficiency of the amplifier on the market. Here is the amplifier with performance better than ever before.

technical specifications
input voltage mains autoranging 90-264Vac
maximum input power 340W
monolithic class D amplifier type
stepped attenuator volume control
line high impedance input transformer
input sensitivity 2V
output power 2x150W
internal cable OCC copper
terminal rhodium
weight 1,8kg
dimensions W 320 x D 200 x H 28mm

acuhorn R2R + RATE review highfidelity
acuhorn RATE manual

Review and Award RED Fingerprint in High Fidelity
For me the breakthrough was the amplifiers of Japanese company SPEC Shirokazu Yazaki. The same is true, as I think, with the Acuhorn amplifier. With the fact that here we can immediately see that we are dealing with something completely different. It's a sound that would very easily be described as "classic sound of tubes, SET". And it's not even 300B, and the rarer, extremely musical, triodes 45 and 2A3. RATE plays in a relaxed way, building huge space. This is a characteristic of power triodes, which is extremely difficult to repeat in other constructions.

The amplifier also builds a very reliable body of instruments. It does not cut them from the background, but it shows in the solid way. But this is the finite, clearly. Instruments interact brilliantly, primarily through space differentiation and in color. Because color seems to me most important. It shares with RATE the file player and DAC - the whole play is extremely colorful, but the colors of Dutch masters rather than Pop Art.

The point is that high tones are not stingy, and yet there is nothing missing in it. The whole is slightly retracted. So we get beautiful plasticity and high energy. But the absence of a rough attack and an annoying high frequency shows an image of analogue sound. The player is a good example of a "no harm" school.

Music played from the Ancient Audio AIR V-edition transport, via SPDIF input, had more energy, was better defined and more in action, was a clear drama. The DAC in R2R has similar characteristics, that is, it withdraws the apparent sources outside the line connecting the speakers and builds a credible space in our room, does not carry us instruments, and us into that space.

But at the same time, it is extremely resolution and more strongly highlights dynamic changes. Each of these elements is trying to reach the source of music, that is to the emotions, from the reflection on the message, on what we hear. The system does not attack us with information, but it distil them subcutaneously, smuggle in larger packages, so we do not catch on the so-called "detail split parts".

I would say that R2R together with RATE draw more assumptions and a message based on them, thorough analysis of them moving away. so to speak, the event horizon. It's all there is, but we have access to that, in less consciousness than unambiguous devices.


The Acuhorna system plays music in an extraordinary way. Sound is a phonograph record and the SET amplifiers. This is technology, very well controlled low bass and supreme calm. They build a huge soundstage - deep, surrounding listener, with the first plans behind the loudspeaker line. The amplifier sounds soft, but it's incredibly resolution.

This, apart from the SPEC amplifiers, is a device of this type that I would classify with a pure heart into a sophisticated high-end, where you do not have to prove anything. Have I said that it is a similar aesthetics like that presented by Kondo Overture II? So I say. New devices produce music in which the heart is the most important postulates of analog fanatics: firstly music, secondly emotions and thirdly the need to distinguish. Award RED Fingerprint.

Monolithic class-d stereo amplifier chip by texas instruments
the integrated solution can offer a reduction in size
reliability only a few components on the board
the audiophile selection of each component is a listening session

advanced PurePath™ Ultra-HD technology
up to 90% efficient with 60 micro ohm MOSFETs
audio bandwidth 100KHz
total harmonic distortion + noise <0.005%
output noise, A-weighted <60uV
signal to noise ratio >111dB (A weighted)
dynamic range 115dB
protection of both amplifier and speakers

stepped attenuators are the most preferred solution in high end audio
high quality precision 0.1% thin film Nichrome chip resistors
subsonic bass, low bass and bass are the best with this type of resistors
outstanding sound clarity, precise signal and soundstage

Lundahl transformers is a world leading of high performance audio
the amplifier input is isolated high impedance input transformer
specially selected for work with direct output from the R2R dac ladder
extreme audio path high quality and transparent sounding

power supply is the best Vicorpower modules
DC-DC converters provides high power density and low noise
high frequency Mhz switching
advanced power processing in a small size
autoranging 90-264Vac network voltage, for worldwide use

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