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Electrocompaniet ECI-1
13 Reviews
rating  4.85 of 5
MSRP  3495.00
Description: 100 Watts Dual Mono Class A Integrated Amplifier


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

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2014

Bottom Line:   
It has every quality it takes to be called a high end amplifier.
Silky smooth and tubey warm midrange, sparkling highs.
In terms of power and control, it simply put many pre and power combis to shame.
One of the best integrated money can buy.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



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

Date Reviewed: May 10, 2014

Bottom Line:   
All I can say about this beautiful amp is: SUPER!!! Just love the sound and power.
Fits perfect with my Tannoy D700 speakers (dual 10"). This one will stay in my system for many years to come.
And it looks awsome. Warm tube like sound..

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam_00 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Simply stunning amplifier !!!!!!! Have listened to many amplifiers over the years from top brands including Krell, Audio Research, Jadis, Conrad Johnson, etc ... but 'for the money' nothing comes close to this exquisite machine. I paid £1000.00 second hand a few years back for this unit (New retail £2,250)

It is a true dual mono 100WPC design that can drive virtually any loadspeaker load including panel speakers with ease, this is achieved with a maximum peak current delivery of over 80 amps !!!! It is supplied by two 650VA toroidals. It is these mains transformers which account for much of the amplifier's 18kg weight and an unfeasibly high peak current yield, enough to cope with 0.5ohm loads !!!!

But this amplifier is not just about power. It is also possesed with great finesse & balance that allows for both macro & micro dynamics in any musical piece to come alive, even at lower volumes. The sound is very well balanced with a very smooth & liquid delivery much like the best valve amp designs but with none of the drawbacks . The bass goes deep & is beautifuly articulate & extended. The midrange is very open, smooth and detailed yet free of grain, or artifacts. The highs are sweet yet detailed and gives vocals (especially female) a real soaring quality & spacial presence. The Soundstage has real depth width & height & simply draws you into whatever piece of music you are listening to.

The best thing about this amplifier though is that it is never fatiguing to listen to. It posseses all the Hi End traits that we look for as audiophiles, but is but in a design that is very analogue in its presentation. It is a rare machine that simply allows you to appreciate the music !!!!!!!! And that is afterall what it's all about :)

Very well built & reliable machine, on a par with Krells .. say no more .... Has been used in my setup without a hitch for over 8 years !!!

P.S - Looks very sexy in the flesh :) .... Very similar in overall design to current range of Electrocompaniet products ...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dominique toulon a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 21, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I love my ECI1 since 8 years now (1992 model);

it works with micromega duo cd3 duo pro and an old pair of HRC DK4; I've tried JM lab electra 906, really awful; leedh flirt, really too much high level; this night i've tried with dynaudio contour 1.4, very nice, a litle bit too much bass (perhaps it's my friend's home); but my friend's amp (moon I3) is really very higher in definition, spatialisation, properness of the bass, dynamics, even high sounds feel smoother, ECI1 is wellknown for this...; i made the comparison all night long;

for the moment i don't have money to change it but i need to change my speakers; i'm very interested by B&W 805S, because they work with lots of amps, so it will be easier to change for me after ; did someone try?

Best regards dominique

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   second hand private



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Thanik S a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I have been using ECI1 for about 2 years now.
My comment is if your listening room is not extremely big like 5*8m. your speaker is not power consumed like totem model one sig (old model) and you are not a big fan of death or heavy metal, ECI1 is the very very good choice of Int'Amp for you.
Be frankly,you will not get the extended trible or powerful and punch bass from ECI1 but what you will percieve is the smooth, liquid and flow through all frequency range.
ECI1 give the mild and round body focus with sweet and mellow high.
ECI1 sounds really sweet,natural, warm, liquid and tube sound rather than solidstate amp.
The midrange of ECI1 is really hard to describe ^_^", I found it is round enought for the female vocal music however it is thin enought to presents the last breath when the voice fades away. I found this when I compared ECI1 with a really expensive Accuphase 530 Int'Amp.
Bass is not a weakness for ECI1, deep and focus but a bit to slow for some kind of music

However, I give this amp full cradit as if I see this int'amp in the secondhand market again I would buy it as a spare one. I really could not think of any int'amp or pre+power with in 3-4 times price could compare to ECI1.

My system are Accuphase DP60 CD player -> Electrocompanient ECI1 Int'Amp -> Vienna Accustic Haydn Signature. Cardas Golden Reference interconnect, speaker cable and AC cable with Wattegate wall receptacle.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   Second Hand Shop in




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