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Thule Audio SPACE IA250B
2 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
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Description: Combined stereo and surround integrated amplifier. Subwoofer and center channel can be activated as the mono signal in stereo mode. Can automatically be switched betweeen 2 and 5 channels from the PR250B. 2x 250W or 5x 100W in 8 ohms, 2x 400W or 5x 160W in 4 ohms. 4 phono input, 1 phono tape output and 1 XLR input in stereo mode 5.1 phono input in surround mode. 18 pcs 25A power transistors and 2x 500W transformer.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Karl Wikman a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Personally, I hold the old Krell KSA-80 mkII from the late 80`s to be one of the best amplifiers ever built, with its non-compromise class-A operation and balanced (symmetrical) circuitry. The KSA-series of amps all had that state-of-the-art resolution in the highs and mids, combined with fantastic slam in the bass and incredible transient handling. The Thule IA-250B sounds almost like that. Not quite the same smoothness in the highs, but almost there. The resolution is unparallelled at the price, and the amp will never ever sound hard or harsch no matter how hard you push it - just like the old Krells. And again just like the Krells, it seems to hold the speaker drivers in an iron grip, never loosing control, but at the same time retaining that feeling of effortlessness.

I have a set of speakers that are particularly demanding when it comes to amps - the Dynaudio Contour 1.3SE. They have low sensitivity, low impedance and incredibly high resolution, so you can hear instantly whan something is not right in the front-end. I auditioned almost ten amps before finally finding the perfect match with the Thule IA-250B. The result is very neutral, accurate, undistorted even at the very highest levels - with plenty of slam at the same time that the sound is soft and sweet.

I´ve upgraded my amp now to the new Thule IA-350B, which sounds a touch warmer and has even more of that ooompfhh slam in the lower octaves, but in retrospect, I´ll have to say that where value-for-money is concerned, the IA-250B is the one to beat! It easily compares to many amps that cost five times as much - and that is my honest opinion. I hope you´ll be able to find a Thule retailer in North America and Asia, though I doubt it... -It would certainly give over-priced american high-end like Mark-Levinson their run for the money!!!

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $2300.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Per Frederiksen a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2001

Bottom Line:   
All put together a very nice amp at a fair price...If you´re looking for at great sounding, simple 2 channel amp, with 5 channel capabilities, you´re in for a bargain..!!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Danich Dealer




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