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Plinius SA-50
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sunyogi a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 18, 2010

Bottom Line:   
these pieces are very hard to find in germany. i got mine from ebay 4-5 years ago (mkII for 800 euro) and would never sell it again. i was using a pair of kora 100 sb mono triode (ca. 7000euro) before. all my friends loved those monos for their look and punch. but plinius goes deeper with better definition of the bass without loosing the sweetness of mids and highs. and i never have to change tubes again ... in a system with plinius cd-player, chord pre3200, harbeth monitor40 with cardas speaker and madrigal cinch & xlr cables all changes are revealed. (highly recommended: use xlr cables only from cd to pre to amp!) the only problem is, that i lost my hobby now, because it doesn't make sense to look out for upgrades anymore ... i was using linn amps (chakra, i sold it immediatly. are they sponsoring all the stereo mags?), rotels (standard, good to compare), kora, mcintosh amps and intergrated amps (wannabe sound with classi look), bk-components (not bad for their price), creek (just good), musical fidelity elektra and A3 (good drive, no magic) ... all stuff from plinius is excellent!!!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile



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

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This is the MK III version of the SA-50. It is a very powerful amplifier which excels by putting out tremendous dynamics, but with the ability to serve up fragile music with all the nuances the recording can offer. Very smooth with no brightness whatsoever! This amp puts out 50 watts class A or A/B into 8 ohms and continues to double its power output down to 1 ohm. It can drive most speakers except for the "freaks of nature" or what I call the "poorly designed" with their 81 db sensitivity and 2 ohm load! A well designed speaker should have "real-world" specs! It is built like a tank and is very heavy for its size (75 lbs.) The best sounding amplifiers in the world are low powered ones since it is much easier to match a lesser quantity of superb-quality output devices (4 to 8) than amps requiring 12, 16, 24, etc, output devices!

BTW: The SA-100 MK III is another great amp which is very similar in topology to the SA-50 MK III but with 100 watts output in class A and A/B.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $1650.00

Purchased At:   First Owner



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

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I am using:
PLINIUS SA 50 power amplifier,
PLINIUS M7 preamplifier (ready to be upgraded),
DENON DCD1015G Cd player,
B&W DM603 S2 loudspeakers,
KIMBER silver interconnects
MONSTER XPHP3 speaker cable (ready to be upgraded,
LOVAN system support.
(I have a medium sized listening room)

Although I have two weak links in my system (the pre-amp and the speaker cable), I am quite pleased with it's performance. I run a hifi store in PLINIUS' home town (Palmerston North, New Zealand) and I have had the good fortune of being able to listen to world class products without having to buy any of them! So when it came to putting a system together for my main listening room at home, PLINIUS was what I decided to invest in.
I have also had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at the PLINIUS factory (with Peter) earlier this year and was pleased to be able to see first hand the stirling effort and craftsmanship which make PLINIUS products stand out from the rest.
I think PLINIUS products are well worth considering and I am sure any hifi enthusiast will recognise the benefits PLINIUS products can offer simply by listening.
As I say to all of my clients, " it is what sounds good to you, not what sounds good to me or the magazines. By all means consider other opinions, but make sure it sounds good to you. Listen with your own ears!!"

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $2000.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mark evans a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2000

Bottom Line:   

looking for a power amp in the us$2-4k range, tried musical
fidelity xa-200 monoblocks, mission monos - not delivering
the goods and too high $$$ (due to import charges and
exchange rates). krell/mark levinson too costly in nz.

enter plinius - local nz manufacturer (and no i'm not a
kiwi) - stunning sa-50 power amp for a great price (approx
us$2k).

too good to be true - dem model was a mk2 version and
suffered a little mains hum, the follow up mk3 version
uses twin transformers to fix this.

takes a while to get warmed up (or should i say get hot),
but then capable of a really lucid and powerful delivery
(esp when partnered with plinius pre-amp). great
soudstaging, convincing atmosphere presented.

dynamic, vivid and full presentation.

solid build. needs good ventilation.

strongly recommended.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999



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

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2000

Bottom Line:   
The Plinius SA-50, delivers a strong and powerfull musical way of reproduce music. For anyone thinking that the specified 50 Watt are insufficient for a high-end performance, my advice is go listen. If used with medium sensibility speakers it does wonders. I've been use mine with Sonus Faber Electa Amator II, and Magneplanar speakers and the amplifier always show a splendid control over them.
As all Plinius products it is very musical and controled, with a tigh and extended bass, transparent in and sweet in the mids and higs. An excellent product at a fair price.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999




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