Kinki Studio EX-M1+ Integrated Amplifier $2898 Review

December 25, 2020 § Leave a comment

When I listened to the EX-M1+ through its home-theater bypass, using it as a power amp and my Oppo UDP-205 as a preamp-DAC, the Kinki retained its ultraclean, powerful sound, but lost just a touch of the weight that gives music its remarkable “jump.” With only the UDP-205 directly driving the EX-M1+’s power-amp section, the bass beat of Yello’s “Waba Duba” was slightly lighter, depriving this track of a little of its infectious rhythm — but aural images remained clean and precise on an extremely wide soundstage. When I switched back to one of the Kinki’s variable unbalanced inputs and used its preamp stage, the sound was indistinguishable from the variable balanced input I’d previously been using.

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Kinki Studio’s EX-M1+ is a straightforward, all-analog integrated amplifier whose reasonable price and high power rating might make you think it would produce merely adequate sound. But I found it to provide a stunningly big helping of audiophile sound quality for the price.

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