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Simaudio Celeste PW-5000
5 Reviews
rating  4.6 of 5
MSRP  1749.00
Description: Integrated Amplifier


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

Date Reviewed: April 3, 2008

Bottom Line:   
A terrific piece of gear. I bought this for a second system, based on my positive experience with a Simaudio P3 preamp at home, and I have not been disappointed. Built like a tank, with minimalist design (other than the volume and source, you can only alter the balance (which is all I need).

The sound, with Dali Ikon 6 speakers, is incredible - clear but with a touch of warmth, natural sounding, terrific soundstage, Seems to produce substantially better quality bass than its predecessors (an Outlaw RR2150 and a Music Hall A25.2).

I've been searching for the right integrated for the office, this seems to be it. If you see one on the used market, snap it up.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon



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

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2006

Bottom Line:   
One of the best solid state integrate amp i have... its a I-5 in old case, i either can't tell the differences between the newer I-5 with my ears, am pianist with a pair of kin ears. If you see a PW5000, pick it up! its more rare than I5, and the price you pay worth every buck, $ wise, you not need to pay more for I-5... really.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $800.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Shaun a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This is a pretty sweet amp (considering I was upgrading from a H/K 730 (circa 1970's)). Had done a comparison with a rotel pre/B&K amp at the store, and I agree, the 5000 excelled in detail, transients and soundstage. Now that it's home, I look forward to listening to my collection all over again.

This amp was the predecessor to the now superior i-5. As the previous poster has said, the i-5 has stabilzer feet (whereas I'm using 5 foculpods). Other differences are a transformer with a lower regulation factor (6% vs. the 5000's 10-12%), a better copper board, teflon wiring where needed to lower capacitance, Advance Renaissance feedback system which has a 10 Hz range extension over the 5000, Bipolar outputs vs. MOSFET's, a pre-out to link to a sub, and 10 watts more power at 8 ohms. It's certainly an upgrade for those that can spend that kind of coin.I'mm sure if I were to listen to it side by side there'd be slight differences, but it's all relative to the law of diminishing returns.

I hear things that I've never heard before on my recordings and with an openess and speed that I'm unaccustomed to. Swapping between my Ixos bronze series Gamma Geomoetry interconnects and Ixos Silver series Gamma's, I can now hear huge differences in what these cables can do (the difference was less than stellar on my H/K). Considering I'm running it with a $400 CD player and $700 speakers, it's got me thinking about what I can do to start tweaking my system (e.g, balanced isolation transformer, changing phono cables) and buying some new equipment to see what the next jump will be.

I know I've used it for less than a month, but considering I bought it used from the original dealer I certainly don't have to worry about break in so the amp sounds as godd as it's going to before I start adding other components, etc..

The bug has been planted. Yikes!!!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Creative Audio



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Darren Schmidt a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This amp is a great value. Among the best integrateds I have heard. It also has an input that can be set to bypass the volume control of the amplifier and use your processors volume control. This is necessary for Home Theatre. It replaced a B&K ST1400 amplifier fed by a B&K AVP3090 pre/processor. The PW-5000 kicks the heck out of the B&K stuff. It is so much better in terms of imaging, soundstaging and realism. The only difference between this amp and the Moon I-5 is the volume control (the 5000 is an earlier version of the RBG control), binding posts (expensive WBT posts), and "footers" on the chassis. I can't tell the difference in sound between them. It is rated at 60wpc. 4 overall because it may not drive some inefficient speakers that well.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jean Pacaud a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 12, 1999

Bottom Line:   
I use this amplifier with the following equipement: Cambrige Audio CD4 and TDL 3SE speaker.

The sound of the unit was pretty deceiving during the first few hours of listening, but after the first nigth the sound is very clear and detailled. I listen to different style of music: Classical, Rock and Jazz.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998




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