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Onix A-120MKII Integrated Amplifier Review

by April 19, 2005
Onix A-120MKII Integrated Amplifier

Onix A-120MKII Integrated Amplifier

  • Product Name: A-120MKII Integrated Amplifier
  • Manufacturer: Onix
  • Distributor: AV123
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: April 19, 2005 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 695
  • Dual Mono Integrated Amplifier
  • Power output: 120W per channel @ 8 and 180W per channel @ 4
  • Torodial Transformer: 315VA x 2
  • THD at rated power: 0.01%
  • Line input sensitivity: 350mV
  • Frequency response: ±1dB (20Hz-20kHz)
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: 105dB (A-wtd)
  • Function crosstalk (1kHz): -90db
  • Damping factor: greater than 100
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 17" x 4.25" x 12.5"
  • Weight: 34 lbs shipped
  • Power consumption: 350 watts

 

Pros

  • Excellent Build Quality
  • Audiophile Sonic Signature
  • Simple Set-Up and Operation

Cons

  • Sparse Remote Control
  • Power Up Thump
  • Contoured Frequency Response
  • No moving coil phono preamp

 

Onix A-120MKII Introduction

Let's face it. Everyone is into home theater and accessible music these days. Some may be into the home theatrical recreation of the bone crushing action scenes of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T101; others may be into ripping their CD collections into compressed and dynamically range limited M P3 collection for easier portability and convenience. What happened to good old fashion two-channel listening where one would sit in the comforts of their dedicated room for hours on end discovering the nuances and subtleties of the music they cherish? We live in a fast paced society obsessed with instant-gratification that places an emphasis on watching shallow reality TV shows on their $5k plasma displays and using HTIB "cubed" home theater systems as their reference to "quality" audio. It's no wonder the art of two-channel is on the steady, fast path towards extinction. Being an avid music lover myself, with emphasis on fidelity over function, I do my part to be mindful of this and every now and then review the type of product that birthed my realization for my love of music so many years ago. Enter the Onix A-120 M KII Integrated Amplifier. I can think of no other product readily available that better exemplifies this type of indulgence.

About the author:

Gene manages this organization, establishes relations with manufacturers and keeps Audioholics a well oiled machine. His goal is to educate about home theater and develop more standards in the industry to eliminate consumer confusion clouded by industry snake oil.

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