The Unison Research Simply Italy integrated amplifier has garnered praise for its captivating aesthetics, featuring hardwood trim, robust metal chassis and stainless steel shielding. The combination of steel and wood serves the dual purpose of shielding and damping vibrations.
Unison Research may have even sparked a design trend, inspiring numerous manufacturers worldwide to follow suit. The amplifier boasts a sleek design, with metal-covered transformers at the rear and front-facing tubes adorned with cages, complemented by tasteful metal and wood accents, adding to its visual appeal.
This single-ended, ultra-linear, class A design amplifier delivers 12 watts of power, with an output impedance of 6 Ohms and an input impedance of 47K Ohms. The amplifier offers a selectable negative feedback of either 5dB or 1.8dB, controlled by a conveniently located switch on the top front of the chassis.
The valve setup comprises two 12AU7s and two EL-34 output tubes, providing a reliable and accessible configuration without resorting to exotic and costly alternatives. Despite its compact size, the amplifier weighs a sturdy 15 kilograms (approximately 30 pounds), emphasizing its robust build quality.
Setting up the amplifier is a breeze, as evidenced by the comprehensive yet straightforward owner's manual. The manual covers essential aspects such as unpacking, amplifier placement, and connecting options. Notably, it includes a section on valve cover removal and valve fitting, which may pique the interest of enthusiasts.
Additionally, the manual highlights the significance of feedback control and tube biasing, providing users with the flexibility to adjust the amplifier's characteristics without compromising sound quality. Unlike other amplifiers that require complex and potentially hazardous bias adjustments, the Simply Italy amplifier offers self-biasing functionality, ensuring a hassle-free and worry-free user experience.
- Type: Stereo Integrated Valve Amplifier
- Output stage: Single-ended, ultra-linear, Class-A
- Output power: Approx. 12 watts per channel
- Output impedance: 6 Ohm
- Input impedance: 47 kOhm / 50 pF
- Negative feedback: 5 dB or 1.8 dB
- Valve complement: 2 x ECC82 (12AU7) 2 x EL34 (6CA7)
- Power consumption: 85 watt
- Fuses: T2A from 100V to 130V T1A from 220V to 240V
- Dimensions (mm.): 26 cm x 35 cm x H. 19cm
- Net weight: 15kg