Further refined, taller, more powerful, the A1.5 is in every way an A1… and a half!
What’s more, every A1 ever produced can be upgraded to an A1.5 amplifier.
The A1.5 power amplifier has been developed with modularity in mind. It can be equipped with a single analog input board in case the A1.5 is used as a single channel but a second analog input board can also be fitted from factory for stereo operation. This modularity ensures the following operation modes:
- stereo mode
- single channel (mono) mode
- bi-amplification modes, both passive and active
- bridge mode
Changing the A1.5 operating mode is easy and can be done on-the-fly from the front panel user interface and our tablet app. Only the available options are visible depending of the hardware configuration.
The central power supply is taking most of the internal space of the chassis. The huge 1’700VA transformer is mounted on silent-blocks to avoid at maximum its vibrations to be fed-back into the sensitive part of the circuitry. It is shielded both with a magnetic screen and an electrostatic one. The transformer plate is also secured for transportation.
For optimum thermal performances, the output stage diode bridges are mounted directly onto the amplifiers heatsinks and are of hyper-fast soft-recovery type.
The A1.5 features extremely low-ESR filtering capacitors ensuring tremendeous current capabilities for controlling the most demanding speakers.
All analog stages inside the A1.5 are built only with discrete components, no operational amplifier have been used into these sections. This deliberate choice warranties the shortest audio signal path and allows the use of custom-made building blocks.
No capacitors have been used in the signal path, nor any output relay to ensure maximum transparency.
A gain range of 24dB – with steps of 0.5dB – is embedded into each channel, for a perfect match with the loudspeakers sensitivity and room size. A lower gain is typically preferred for high-sensitivity speakers into a small room while a bigger gain is sometimes needed for large rooms with low-sensitvity loudspeakers.
This gain adjustment can also be useful with multi-amplified loudspeakers to fine-tune the various drivers level.
Output stage feedback
The A1.5 output stage features the renown CH loudspeaker matching circuitry. The ratio between the global and local feedbacks is adjustable on-the-fly from the front panel user interface or through our tablet app. Like the A1, the A1.5 has 6 feedback ratio positions. But finer tuning is available at low global feedback, so global/local feedback ratios of 0/100, 10/90, 20/80, 40/60, 70/30 and 100/0 are available.
A different feedback ratio can be set for each channel in bi-amplification mode allowing an even finer tuning of the connected loudspeaker.
Keeping the output stage bias current constant ensures the amplifier to remain as linear as possible. The bias current is highly sensitive to temperature changes.
ExactBias has been designed to maintain the output stage bias current constant, by monitoring both the amplifier heatsink and output transistors temperatures, irrespectively of the musical program and room temperature.
In terms of performance, the A1.5 class-AB designed with ExactBias technology outperforms a pure class-A design with usual bias compensation.
The voltage and current delivered to the loudspeakers is permanently monitored thanks to a non-intrusive circuitry. A digital signal processor not only works out in real-time the effective output power, but also protects the amplifier in case of a short-circuit across the loudspeaker binding posts.
||Ethernet control board
General control board. Provides USB based firmware update and external ethernet control.
||Monaural analog input buffer board
Three analog inputs – XLR, RCA and BNC – are provided on a single board. A pass-through XLR male connector allows a direct connection to another A1.5 amplifier.
Can be factory ordered for Left or Right channel.
Factory built-in (1x), second board is needed for stereo operation
|Inputs type||Balanced (XLR), one connector per board
Single-Ended (RCA & BNC), one connector per board
|Input impedance||Balanced: 94kΩ
Single-Ended: 47kΩ or 300Ω
|Input stage||JFET input stage
Ultra-low noise, discrete fully differential stage
24dB range adjustable gain in 0.5dB steps
|Amplification stage||Ultra-low noise full discrete class AB design
5 pairs of complementary output transistors
|Output Power||2x 150W / 8Ω, 2x 275W / 4Ω, 2x 450W / 2Ω in stereo and bi-amp modes
1x 275W / 4Ω, 1x 450W / 2Ω, 1x 700W / 1Ω in monaural mode
1x 550W / 8Ω, 1x 800W / 4Ω, 1x 1200W / 2Ω in bridge mode
|Bias||Patent-pending bias circuitry for constant bias operation|
|Feedback||Unique user programmable local/global feedback ratio of the amplification stage|
|Bandwidth||DC to 450kHz (-3dB) at 1W into an 8Ω resistive load|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||Better than 115dB in stereo and bi-amp modes
Better than 118dB in bridge mode
|Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise||Less than 0.1% with 0% global feedback
Less than 0.01% with 100% global feedback
|Binding posts||Two pairs of Argento binding posts for loudspeakers connection|
|Monitoring||Non-intrusive DSP-based protection of the amplifier
Instantaneous voltage & current values are permanently monitored for each channel
Disconnected loudspeaker detected
Over-temperature of the heatsink
Over-temperature of the output transistors
|Transformer||1’700VA single transformer, oversized for low-noise operation|
|Power capacitors||2x 82’000uF/63V capacitors with ultra-low ESR/ESL|
|Regulators||Non-regulated symetrical power supply for the power stages
Eight local regulation stages for input/driver stages
Seven local regulation stages for the logic/display
|Display||480×272 pixels, 24bits color, AMOLED|
|Mains operation||Selectable 100V, 115, 230V AC, 47-63Hz|
|Fuses value||Standby fuse (diameter 5mm): 250mA T (230V AC), 500mA T (100V AC, 115V AC)
Power fuse (diameter 6.3mm): 10A T (230V AC), 20A T (100V AC, 115V AC)
|Power supply consumption||<1W (standby), 1200W max in operation|
|Dimensions (L x D x H)||440mm x 440mm x 186mm (main body)
440mm x 492mm x 198mm (overall including connectors and feet)
|Remote control||Ethernet based system control via the Android CH Control App|