Plinius - Inspire 980
As with other Plinius products, the 980 features simplistic aesthetics, despite a wealth of internal capabilities. The smooth, bead-blasted aluminum faceplate is interrupted only by a volume knob and two buttons to toggle source selection. The 980 comes with a remote, but the $7.99 Plinius Arataki app (available on the iTunes store) makes controlling the unit from your listening chair even easier.
The unit’s dimensions are modest—about 18 inches wide, 14 inches deep and 3 inches tall—though the slender frame is somewhat deceptive when lifting the unit. It weighs in at a surprising 22 pounds, a result of its burly transformer and the breadth of electronics its versatile capabilities require. The unit’s Class A/B amplification section delivers 80 watts per channel into 8 ohms and roughly 100 watts into 4 ohms. While I’m used to a reference amplifier offering much more juice, the 980 has no trouble holding its own. It maintains command of the Sonus faber Olympica III speakers and leaves me not wanting for extra power.
The RJ45 connector allows network connection for playback of digital music over a home network. Network input was chosen as the most suitable way to transfer digital audio due to ease of setup, ability for wireless communication and advantages over S/PDIF and USB.
Asynchronous USB connection provides direct streaming from your personal computer or other media device.
Optical Toslinks allow connection from your AV sources.
BURR BROWN DAC
The DAC and interface receiver are high performance Burr Brown components with a proven record of quality digital sound reproduction.
The chosen DAC allows playback of popular file types up to 24bit/192ks/s.
MULTIPLE FILE CAPABILITY
Gapless playback is supported for FLAC, ALAC, MP3, AIFF and LPCM
By working within these guidelines the unit is capable of interfacing to a number of different home network devices.
A high quality phono stage comes fitted as standard. With fixed gain and loading which allows playback to a number of MM cartridges.
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.
POWER80 watts RMS per channel into 8 ohms.
Both channels driven from 20Hz to 20kHz at less than 0.2% total harmonic distortion
SUPPORTED AUDIO FILE SERVERDLNA Digital Media Servers
SUPPORTED PLAYBACK CONTROLDLNA Digital Media Controllers, DLNA Mobile Digital Media Controllers, UPnP smartphone applications, iPad/iPod applications
DAC CAPABILITY24 bit, 192ks/s
AUDIO CODEC SUPPORTFLAC (up to 24/192), LPCM (up to 24/192), ALAC,AIFF, MP3
FREQUENCY RESPONSE20Hz to 20kHz ±0.2dB
-3dB at 5Hz and -3dB at 300kHz
DISTORTIONTypically <0.05% THD at rated power
0.2% THD and IM worst case prior to clipping
HUM & NOISE90dB below rated output 20Hz to 20kHz unweighted
Class AB Idle 0.14A (32W) Standby
DIMENSIONSHeight: 72mm (3")
Width: 450mm (17.75")
Depth: 350mm (13.75")
Weight: 10kg (22lb)