Accuphase Laboratory was prior known as Kensonic Laboratory. Founded by Jiro Kasuga in 1972, this Japanese, Yokohama-based high-end audio equipment, started to invent prominent brands in the markets.
When Kasuga did the High-End Supreme 1, Kasuga did not feel happy with the views of Kenwood related to his product. So, he hired engineers from Luxman and Marantz and started Kensonic. Throughout the early years of Kenwood and Kensonic, familiarities showed quite easy: buttons, knobs, tuner dials, and the general direction of the design. However, the early units of Accuphase bored Kensonic on their front plates. Until the mid-1990s, the Accuphase engineers finally made the Kenwood’s last high-end series (L-AI, L-D1, and LVD-Z1).
The first products of Kensonic were the C-200 preamp, P-300 amplifier, and the T-100 tuner. The up-versioned tuner (the T-101) and E-202 integrated amp were added soon after. All of these received positive reviews in 1973 and 1974. Up until now, Kensonic still carries the Accuphase series.
Though this brand is uncommon in the USA, high-end audio enthusiasts know the Accuphase products very well. It has an excellent reputation for quality, with units from its first series still available and in use. Models remain available for many years and sometimes up to a decade.
Power Amplifier (M-6200 or 1,200W monophonic PA, P-7300 800W Stereo PA, P-4500 500W Stereo PA, A-250 Class-A monophonic, A-75 Class-A 60W Stereo PA, A-48 Class-A 45W Stereo PA, and A-36 Class-A 30W Stereo PA)
Pre-Amplifier (C-3850 Stereo Preamplifier, C-2850 Stereo Preamplifier, C-2450 Stereo Control Center, C2150 Stereo Control Center, and C-47 Phono Amplifier)
Integrated Amplifier (E-800 Class-A Precision Integrated Stereo Amplifier, E-650 Class-A Precision Integrated Stereo Amplifier, E-480 180W Integrated Stereo Amplifier, E-380 120W Integrated Stereo Amplifier, and E-270 90W Integrated Stereo Amplifier)
Digital Source (DP-750 MDSD SA-CD Player, DF-65 Digital Frequency Dividing Network, DP-950 Precision SA-CD Transport, DC-950 Precision SA-CD Transport, DP-560 MDS SA-CD Player, DC-37 Digital Processor, DP-430 MDS Compact Disc Player, DG-58 Digital Voicing Equalizer)
Among the integrated amplifiers, the Accuphase E-206 Integrated Amplifier was a real party pooper in the sub-$1,000 categories. It is sonically correct, maintains quality, and is still the Gold Standard that is quite hard to beat.
This integrated amplifier is rated at 100W in 8 ohms and 140W in 4 ohms. This rate was plenty enough for most speakers. Moreover, this E-206 has an impeccable sound. The mids were rich, the bass was clear, tight and well-defined, and the highs were detailed and sweet.
It features Presence Equalizer, where you can make adjustments depending on the soundstage of your room and connected speakers. Typically, using this amplifier can get your full house an airy feeling whenever a record is being played.
To some people, this may sound a sterile and tad cold due to its analyticity. Therefore, this amplifier needs the right matching of equipment that is also Accuphase-made. With the correct matching, it is good for producing several kinds of music with the best at the chamber, classic, jazz, pop/rock, and vocals. Surely, this one is built like a tank you can count on to last.
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