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Genesis Reference Amplifier

Genesis Reference Amplifier

Genesis Reference Amplifier


  • Product Name: Reference Amplifier
  • Manufacturer: Genesis Advanced Technologies
  • Review Date: January 06, 2008 23:05
  • MSRP: $3,600 - $19,000
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool

Frequency Response: 10Hz to 50kHz +0db/-3dB
Power Bandwidth: 18Hz to 36kHz
Output Power (1% THD @ 4 ohm): 180 watts or 360 watts
Distortion (20Hz to 35kHz): 0.015%
Input Impedance (balanced): 100k Ohm
Damping (@ 4 ohm): 2,000 min
Gain: 26dB
Peak Output Current: limited to 20 amps after 40ms
Inputs: Balanced XLR only
Outputs: Binding posts (bananas and/or spades)
Dimensions and Weight:

  • Amplification module: 17.5” W x 3.5” H x 13” D, 17.5lb (445mm x 86mm x 330mm, 8kg)
  • Basic Power module: 10” W x 4” H x 12” D, 11lb (256mm x 102mm x 300mm, 5kg)

Option available:

  • Transformer-coupled Single-Ended Inputs
  • Reference Power Module
  • Built-in Power Conditioned outlets from IsoTek™
  • Maximum Dynamic Headroom Reservoir
  • Acoustic Suspension

Executive Overview


Genesis Advanced Technologies showed off their Reference-series Amplifiers finally in production. The solid state Reference Amplifiiers are touted to have a "tube-like" sound and are upgradable. The Genesis Reference Amplifier is custom-configured and built to order. The base price for the 180 watt monoblocks is $3,600 but with all the bells and whistles (including upgraded power supply, acoustic "suspension" system (the rack the amp in the picture is sitting on), and more) it will run you nearly 10 grand. For that price, I think I'd need the suspension system. For more information, please visit www.genesisloudspeakers.com.

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