Technics SU-R1000 Integrated Amplifier $9,999 Review

March 30, 2023 Comments Off on Technics SU-R1000 Integrated Amplifier $9,999 Review

Where I do wish Technics would have followed NAD is in the use of the step-up AKM AK5578EN ADC chip and ganged together its 8 channels into two sets of 4 (one set for the left and one set for the right) allowing for a 3 dB increase in SNR. That’s where the largest positive gain could be made. Frankly, for the price point of the SU-R1000, two of those chips could have been used in full mono mode allowing for even more SNR headroom.

To be perfectly honest, there is a heavy dose of nostalgia being leveraged by Technics in the design and marketing of the SU-R1000. That no doubt is a large part of its appeal to someone like me. However, it doesn’t change the fact that, from a subjective standpoint, the Technics SU-R1000 was a pleasure to both look at and listen to while it was in my care. There is something to be said for that.


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