Perreaux 200I Amplifiers

4.75/5 (8 Reviews) MSRP : $2495.00


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20 Watt Integrated Amplifier


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Perreaux a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 12, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Looked at large amounts of reviews and gear To avoid spending vast amounts of time dithering, especially on a limited budget,discovering from overseas reviews that probably the best amps were made right here in New Zealand. If not arguably the best in quality, value for money, unequalled.I bought this amp before reading any reviews and in comparison to many other brands which I listened to (Plinius, HK, Marantz,Music Fidelity, Lin)this blew me away within 5 minutes. The bass control is excellent, clarity great,and the dynamic speed of the sound is great.A Roll Royce on a Mini budget.It just gets better with time.I'm running it on a much higher volume comfortably now without panicing about blowing up my PSB 6T's which are also excellent value for money.I bought a matching CD player (Perreaux CD1/P) on the basis that if the amp was this good so must the player be. I wasn't disappointed.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $4500.00

Purchased At:   Axcent Audio



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by oopsscott a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2002

Bottom Line:   
One of the best amps I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. The amp is very cold and bright sounding for the first week with no bass. The amp really changes alot over the next month and the bass becomes deep and quick. The best bass I have ever heard. Also, the amp is totally grainless and I can and do listen to it for hours at a time. The amp is built extremely solid and I like the digital volume control, it seems like it would be more reliable after years of use versus a motorized volume control. I have listened to many integrated amps and owned 5 different brands and this is the best by far overall. Highly Recommended!!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $2695.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by edgo a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This is a great integrated amplifier for the money. It has great stage, detail and bass. You will see a significant improvement after a break in period of at least 2-3 weeks. I have used it in conjunction with a a sony SACD C555ES player and Martin LOgan Aeon speakers. The vocals and intrumentals have a near-live performance feeling, absolutely gorgeous, and I venture to say that it sounds better than amplifiers that cost thousands more. I have seriously considered the Plinius 8200 and heard it several times with exactly the same speakers, but I think the Perreaux has more stage and better bass. The details are comparable with both amplifiers.
The 200iP seems to be very well built and it doesn't run very hot, despite of hours of auditioning at significant volumes.
I strongly recommend this integrated amplifier. In order to do better than this, you would probably have to go to separates and spend 3 times as much (at least).

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Price Paid:    $1950.00

Purchased At:   totallywired



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tony a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 18, 2001

Bottom Line:   
200IP Perreaux Integrated Amp review

This is the second New Zealand Made Perreaux Amplifier I have owned this follows a pre/power Plinius and Various Japanese Amps from Yamaha, Sony, JVC and Denon. I have also listened to the Class A Amp from Musical Fidelity and others of similar quality. Until I heard the 200iP(200w), I was using the E160i (160w) from Perreaux, which is their entry-level unit. This was to me an extraordinary amp for the price, and presented my CD’s in a warm, full and articulated way. The only reservation I had was when I connected up the newly acquired Wadia 850 player the sound stage was not as startling as the owners of the Wadia player seem to say it would be. That was until I matched it with the Perreaux 200iP, and hello here it was in all its glory, not only was it bigger, both in width and height, but it was much more defined. What’s more it was faster, more dynamic and much more involving.
Trebles were more defined, the mid- range was not more forward, but it just seemed richer, the lower end had more Punch. Vocals seem to reach down into the base and grab lower notes when needed giving them a timbre that previously never existed.
You don’t realise what you have been missing even with the superb E160i until you hook up an amp that gives your music more “life”. It brings out far more of the potential of the Wadia front end than I knew was there. All this and it has only been playing a few days, if the E160i is anything to go by it will get even better over the next few months. I am not the only one to notice the difference in our house, totally unprompted my partner described the differences after casually listening for just an hour.
This amp is also like a tank with superb build quality, hard to fault in this respect and comes with heaps of exposed heat sinks. The remote is OK but not very intuitive, though I don’t use the remote much, as the Wadia is hooked up direct in to the power amp at present, I plan to try the balanced inputs at some stage to see how they compare with the direct in.
I often think a lot of these reviews are so subjective, and so often when you have committed to a particular product you tend to think you have made the right decision, you will back it to the hilt no matter what. So I often take these reviews with a certain grain of salt. All I can say is this, the Perreaux made a dramatic difference to the music I am so familiar with and brought it to life with so much more emotion, vigour and clarity, as big if not a bigger effect than the addition of the Wadia 850 to the system.
I am still puzzled as to why this amp has not got the rave reviews that the also “Made in NZ “Plinius 200w Integrated Amplifier has managed to get. I think it just probably comes down to lack of exposure and marketing in general, or maybe it is just that I am wrong and my ears are not giving me the true picture at all. Well if that is the case I will quite happily live with my illusion for the next how ever many years and just wonder if this secret will ever be discovered by the hi-fi world.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Totallywired



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul Kelleway a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: December 1, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This is a remarkable product, 4 hrs is not enough time to hear it, it took 2 weeks for mine to properly come on song. I had the Plinius for 1 week on trial and it was superb but I had a question mark over the bass extension, on further investigation I came accross the Perreaux via a dealer in New Zealand, he convinced me to go for this amp over the Plinius (he sold both amps). After many internet exchanges I decide to go for it. When I first listened to it it was nothing special but after a couple of weeks its performance was astonishing! It has a natural, three dimensional presentation that makes you forget your listening to Hi-Fi at all, it just presents music in a live acoustical way. I have Thiel 2.3 speakers and I have never heard them sound like they do with this amp. The Krell & Bryston sound distorted in comparison (e.g. Vocal sibilance or grain, metallic unatural treble) you don't realise this until you hear an un distorted amp.
The amp is built superbly and comes with balanced CD inputs + remote control - its a bargain if bought direct from New Zealand - make sure you listen to a properly run in model.
I dread to think what the bigger Pre/power combo's sound like.....may be one day!

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Purchased At:   Totally Wired




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