Plinius SA-250 Amplifiers

4.71/5 (14 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nils-Jorgen Kjaernet a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2010

Bottom Line:   
This SA 250 MK IV is one of the best amplifiers I ever have heard. I'm very agree with all tests and reviews I have read about this amp. I have a set of Jeff Rowland mod 301 in my own and I'm are very satisfied with them, but this SA 250 have qualities that simply are better in some aspects. The rock solid bass on SA250 is better than I have heard from any other amplifier at near any price. The micro dynamic in the treble is perhaps a small nuance better on JR 301's but the transparency, clarity and the total musical quality on SA 250 MK IV is so good so you'll forget the audio and focus total on the music.

Forgive my bad English !

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004



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

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Very Musical w/ such Bass control!! A must if you can get one for the price I paid for it. At the list of 8,000.00.I'm not sure.I'm talking about the MKIII version.This is surely a krell killer!!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $3800.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Stephen Daedalus a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2000

Bottom Line:   
One of the finest solid state power amps I've ever heard. I own an Aragon 8008BB, and was very happy with it -- still am, actually -- until I heard a relative's recently acquired SA-250. Several long listening sessions later, I'm hooked. I hope to pick one up within the next year, actually, budget permitting.

There seems to be *something* to this New Zealand sound, and the Plinius pulls off the philosopher's stone of audio double-entendres by marrying a lulling, tube-like warmth with an almost rapacious -- and decidedly solid state-esque -- performative bent. Speaking of Viagra (see my comments above), the SA-250 isn't likely to suffer from the embarrassment of performance anxiety, and has more than enough potency to mate successfully with just about any loudspeaker complement. Aural pleasure is its specialty par excellence.

I heard it driving a pair of Vandersteen 3A Signatures, and it did wonders for them. I've never been particularly fond of the Vandersteen sound, but the SA-250 seemed not only to breathe new life and detail into old recordings (heard as new through the 3As), but squash once and for all the nasty rumours that the Vandys lack a bit in low-end "omphh." Brother let me tell you, the "omphh" was there and it was orgasmic. I had to check myself, even.

That said, the SA-250 has its finicky streak. It likes clean, well-conditioned power (I suggest feeding it raw oysters to increase its potency), is very sensitive to RF and to other types of interference, and demands the finest in interconnect and speaker cables. It was ecstatic when coupled with a pair of AudioQuest Ruby (RCA) interconnects, but acted like a 165 lb. antenna for all things RF when mated with a poorly shielded pair of Goert Alpha-Core interconnects.

To rate the SA-250 at anything less than five stars is to do a disservice to a remarkable product. I understand that New Zealanders still fight duels over this kind (perceived) insult, so please do be cautious.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

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Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: November 17, 1999

Bottom Line:   
As an owner of a SA-250,I can only say "give it a try".
Excellent amp,concidering it's value. Having listened to a lot of other ones,called hi-end monsters, the SA-250 is simply one of the leaders in it's class.It's a world-perfomer,first class for sure.
One of the best musical hybrids ever made.
If you name yourself as an audiophile ,just find a way to have a listen to this beautifully made "huge amp".

Associated equipments:
Pre:Passive hand crafted
Analogue:Well Tempered,CLASSIC MKII/ Lyra LYDIANâ
Digital: Theta's DEVICES
Speakers:Von Schweikert VR-4 GenII
Cables: Who cares about 'em ,when you have a "monster"
called PLINIUS SA-250.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Maria C. a an Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 9, 1999

Bottom Line:   
It looks like a tank. However is one of the most musical and powerfull amplifiers thar I've listen. It can drive most speakers, no matter if they are small or big. I've listen to it with Sonus Faber, Dunlavy, Reference 3A and the big KEF's, and it is proved that it is an excellent power amp. with all.Five stars ? Of course.

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