Talk Electronics Cyclone 1.2 Integrated Amplifiers

4.5/5 (2 Reviews) MSRP : $1400.00

Product Description

Our entry-level Cyclone 1.2 uses bi-polar Darlington output devices driven with an all-new front-end circuit derived from the more advanced MOSFET designs used by the superior models in the Talk range. Extensive use of surface-mount technology and micro-processor controlled input-switching eliminates the need for conventional wiring within the amplifier and maximises the signal-to-noise ratio. This allows a much lower level of background noise - volume does not now need to be wicked up for good detail retrieval. Based on a 200VA transformer and producing a healthy 80 Watts into 8 Ohms, over 140 Watts into more difficult 4 Ohm loads, the Cyclone 1.2 demonstrates an impressive ability to drive even the most demanding of loudspeakers. As with all Talk amplifiers, dynamics are a given - what may be surprising is the high-level of subtlety and deftness that also abounds from this muscular amplifier. Vocals in particular are projected with a sense of space and solidity that allows all the musical nuances to be felt and experienced, not just heard. Double sets of speaker outputs are provided via the new EU safety 'BFA' plugs for bi-wire applications. The amplifier is fully equipped with remote control for input selection, volume and mute functions and has 6 line-level inputs with one pair of pre-amplifier output sockets for additional power amplifiers. When partnered with the matching Thunder 1.2 CD Player a truly musical toe-tapping hi-fi system is created - hair-brushes and air guitars to the ready!

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

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2012

Bottom Line:   
This is one very interesting british amplifier which is side by side with popular names like Naim, Exposure, Rega, etc. Talk Electronics is british amplifier, but this amplifier delivers sound more interesting then classic british amplifiers. Soundstage is so deep and wide. Imaging is amazing, almost holographic! Most similar sound is delivered from Audio Analogue Puccini SE. Talk Electronics Cyclone 1.2 sounds very close to this, but with much better dynamic. Bass is big and articulated, vocals sounds amazing and clear, instruments are very separated and real, highs are smooth and sweet. Amplifier is very balanced. All spectre are there (bass, mid, treble), and pairs very well with wide range of speakers. This is one true audiophile product. Sounds incredible for its price. You can't go wrong with this one. Highly recomended!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2009

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by windman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2009

Bottom Line:   
The Talk Cyclone is a very interesting amplifier and features all of the usual features that we have come to expect from a proper British integrated. Toroidal power supply; Darlington outputs; direct circuit switching to minimize internal wiring and subsequent signal loss; and good solid build quality. Indeed it has all of the internal ingredients of a textbook “proper” British integrated as established by the likes of Rega; Cambridge; Arcam, Creek and others; however that is where the similarities end.

Unlike most British amps that strive for a smooth and detailed articulate delivery; the Cyclone almost lives up to it’s name and serves up a storm of sound that bewilders it relatively small sized chassis. The Cyclone can throw out a massive soundstage with some of the most incredible three dimensional imaging I have ever heard from an integrated in this price. You will not believe that an integrated alone can so transform your speakers.

That said; this imaging does come with a price; the depth of the soundstage is such that some of the more intricate detail is simply lost in the delivery. Yet for vocals they are literally in your face in front of you. Your musical preferences will ultimately dictate how well this works in your system. If you enjoy vocals it is hard to find a better presentation or a more musical delivery at this price point. Bass performance is also surprisingly good and it does reasonably well with strings.

The highs with a bright pair of speaker can be overpowering. The Talk Cyclone is definitely a forward and aggressive amplifier and works well with laid back speakers; especially some of the more vintage offerings that typically had larger drivers and more solid cabinets.

It has many inputs and the remote control works very well. Overall the sound is definitely a cut above most of the entry level “mid-fi” you will find and it is certainly not lacking in character. With the right speakers in the right room it can work the kind of magic that you would normally look to spend 2x – 3x the price to achieve. With the wrong speakers and a less forgiving setup I can see some listeners not lasting more than 30 minutes tops.

Either way it is a very interesting integrated and is well worth a listen; if it matches well with your speakers and musical preferences you will be hard pressed to find a better unit for the money.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2008

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