Plinius - Hautonga
In the tradition of the best integrateds, the Hautonga features an on board phono stage – handy for those wanting to keep rack clutter to a minimum. It does feature adjustable gain with two settings via on board jumpers, however loading is fixed at 47k ohms. Though I’m not a fan of running most MC cartridges at this setting, there are still some great alternatives.
The cartridges in my arsenal that mate particularly well with the 47k/high gain combination are the Sumiko Blackbird, a moderately high output (2.5mv) that works fine with 47k loading, and the Grado Statement 1 moving iron cartridge. With a .5mv output and 47k loading, this is a perfect, if slightly overpriced match (the Statement 1 is $3,500) for the Hautonga. Keep in mind that Grado does make a series of wood bodied moving iron cartridges, all having a .5mv output, from $500 on up.
The versatile Hautonga is a perfectly equipped and well balanced piece that derives from preceding development in earlier Plinius integrated amplifiers. The aesthetic is the distinctive Plinius rounded front and it is available in silver or black linished anodised finish.
The rear panel has five line level RCA inputs with Phono RCA and a balanced XLR pair additional as standard. There is a Pre Out for those that only want to use the pre-amp stage and the Line Out connection for archiving or other ancillary equipment. Trigger in and out connectors provide for multi-room or home theatre simplicity.
A high quality phono stage comes fitted as standard. With two gain settings and fixed loading it allows for trouble free playback with a number of MM or MC cartridges.
The Line out provides a line level output, carrying the selected source signal. The Line Out allows for the signal to go on to recording equipment, headphone amplifiers or sub-woofer speakers.
REMOTE TRIGGER INPUT AND OUTPUT
Terminals for remote trigger connection allow a processor signal to bypass the preamplifier stage or instigate the power amp to come out of standby.
GROUND LIFT SWITCH
This allows for the signal ground to be isolated from the main chassis earth. This can assist in resolving unwanted ground loops or hum due to duplicate ground paths in some systems.
WBT AND NEUTRIK CONNECTORS
High quality WBT RCA and Neutrik XLR input connectors are fitted along with WBT output speaker terminals to ensure low distortion interface between your cables and the amplifier.
Audience AV supply the Auric OFC wire used in the input stage of the amplifier. The Auric was chosen for its high workability and natural sound.
AudioQuest X2 is used in the output stage of the amplifier as a high quality link to the speaker connectors
POWER200 watts RMS per channel into 8 ohms.
280 watts RMS per channel into 4 ohms.
Both channels driven from 20Hz to 20kHz at less than 0.2% total harmonic distortion
FREQUENCY RESPONSE20Hz to 20kHz ±0.2dB
-3dB at 5Hz and -3dB at 70kHz
DISTORTIONTypically <0.05% THD at rated power
0.2% THD and IM worst case prior to clipping
CURRENT OUTPUT40A short duration peak per channel
HUM & NOISE90dB below rated output 20Hz to 20kHz unweighted
INPUT IMPEDENCE47k ohms all inputs
RATED PRE OUT LEVEL1.5V RMS into 47k ohms or higher
PRE OUT SOURCE IMPEDENCETypically 1.5k ohms
PRE OUT MINIMUM RECOMMENDED LOAD47k ohms
LINE OUT LEVEL190mV at 200 ohms
GAINLine inputs to speaker out: 40dB
Phono Input To Pre-Out: 66dB on high gain, 60dB on low gain
Class AB Idle 0.14A (32W) Standby
DIMENSIONSHeight: 120mm (4 3/4")
Width: 450mm (17 3/4")
Depth: 400mm (15 3/4")
Weight: 14kg (30lb)