Chiro C-200 Amplifiers

C-200

140 wpc power amp

User Reviews (11)

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alex   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 13, 2015]

This amp absolutely sounds amazing! I am so impressed with this amp. We bought it on ebay for 200.00 we also bought the 5ch amp for 250.00. We bought these on a whim and they were definitely worth it! I have sherbourn amps and these amps were able to sound just as good if not slightly better with clearer highs and just overall a sweet tone. I could not stop listening. I sampled these for a buddy of mine just to make sure that what we bought worked! Here is the setup,
Yamaha RXA 2040 Receiver
Chiroc C-200 2 ch
Chiroc C-500 5 ch
Polk Audio RtiA9s (For front towers)
Polk Audio RtiA3s (For Surround)
Polk Audio CsiA6 (For Center)
Polk Audio RtiA3s (For Rear)

This simple setup sounds so amazing. Had I known about this company sooner I honestly would of not bought the more expensive sherbourn. I am super happy that my buddy is getting a nice setup on a budget that sounds as good as super expensive amps! The amp did not hum, overheat, actually runs very cool, and just flat out is a fantastic amp.

I sampled several kinds of genres and watched lots of movies thru this setup and it was just awesome.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
dcjazzman   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 06, 2004]
Strength:

wide/deep sound stage, strong bass with high definition ("clear" ??) transients, especially leading edge of instruments (piano, horns, guitar, bass, drums, female voicing and deciphering 5-part harmony (temptations, moonglows, etc.) also excellent at looking into classical music. very musical, but...

Weakness:

EXTREMELY unreliable. this was the only product i've ever had that broke (aside from phono cartridges wearing out).

this is an update. my amp's outputs were completely burned out according to the repair shop i took it to a few months ago. it had sat for several months previously, me thinking maybe it would come back to life (lol). why would i think that? because a few weeks after i bought it brand new, the left channel got "lazy" coming on: it often took 20 restarts to get it to play music. it also blew at least 5 or 6 fuses: at first, i thought it was my carelessness, but not now. i've since heard that chiro/kinergetics had "reliability issues" with the amp. i LOVED its sound, but it's dead now, and i'm out the cash. so i am not a happy camper. no recourse from the builder, because they are out of business.

Similar Products Used: sansui, fisher, pioneer, sony receivers; carver m 1.0 t (still going strong after 15 years!), b&k 2220 amps. fisher, AR, vandersteen, von schweikert speakers, hafler, nakamichi, rotel, audio research preamps, sota turntables, denon, sony, tape decks. marantz, denon cd and cdr.
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1
VALUE
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3
dave cole   Audio Enthusiast [May 27, 2003]
Strength:

Detail (upper and lower), strong tight bass, deep soundstage, wide soundstage, excellent imaging (separates human and instrumental voices).

Weakness:

It has blown two fuses due to my carelessness in allowing stray wires touch. It has plastic binding posts. The manufacturer, Kinergistics, is out of business.

I have to give the Chiro 5 by 5 based on power, dynamics, stage depth & width, detail and sweetness. Mine replaced a Carver M 1.0t and made my Vandersteen 2ce's sing. They had always sounded good, but didn't have the bass or stage depth I wanted. The Chiro made their excellent soundstage better. But it was when I brought home Von Schweikert Silver VR4s that I really found out what it could do. I tried the Carver, and found the same minuses: excellent width, soft bass, little or no depth and very little detail. The Chiro simply ate it up. It also eats up my B&K reference 2220. I would certainly buy this amp again, and recommend it to anyone looking for an exellent piece of equipment for under $1,000.

Similar Products Used: 1960s-70s: Sansui, Fisher, Pioneer 1970s-80s-90s: Hafler, Carver
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Ken   Audiophile [Jun 27, 2000]
Strength:

affordable, detailed top-end; rich, powerful bass

Weakness:

slightly fatiguing with brightly balanced speakers

This is an affordable, gusty amplifier for demanding audiophile consumers on a budget. Power combined with delicacy is a proper adjective for this amplifier. I have been living with this Kinergetics sibling amplifier for over two years and I really am satisfied with the sound. It has good depth and a wide soundstage for the price. While its bass is not the most extended that I have heard, it certainly is rhythmic, tight and detailed. It's top-end is airy and not fatiguing on neutral speakers. The midrange is a little forward, but that can be cured with proper speaker placement and room tuning.

I originally paired this amplifier to energy speakers but now I have it paired with Definitive Technology speakers and it can really liven up a room. It's dynamic power is quite impressive and brings the best out of my speakers. This amplifier provides a musically satisfying experience. Well done, Kinergetics.

Similar Products Used: Rotel, Acurus, Adcom, Carver
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
tc   Audio Enthusiast [Oct 30, 1999]
Strength:

Very natural sounding, almost like a high end amp for $1000.(Got mine for $500 used) THX certified.

When I went to the dealer's, I have never heard of Chiro. I was going to get a Parasound(1500a), Acurus(A200), Rotel(991?) or Adcom(5500). I auditioned the amps at several dealers and they are all good values. I was ready to get the Acurus when I decided to try the C200 which was on consignment-bought it right away. The Acurus was great(very dynamic, a tad bright) but I liked the Chiro more.
I even took the Chiro to my friend's who had a Jeff Rowland Model 2 amp(super high end) to do an A/B comparison. The Rowland was clearly superior, but not by a lot. Even my audiophile friend admitted that without a direct comparison, the Chiro's performance is reminiscent of his Rowland which costs 5 times as much.
This amp is dynamic, detailed, but not harsh or bright at all. The top end/midrange is very natural sounding. The Acurus I almost bought sounded a little harsh by comparison.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Shane   an Audiophile [Jan 22, 1999]

To be honest, I'd never heard of Chiro until the day I bought the amp. I had been considering amps from Rotel, Accurus and Adcom. To my ears, it sounds slightly warm, well detailed and isn't strident like some amps seem to be. With my 4 ohm Maggies it puts out 280 watts per channel. Anyone planning to spend $1000 on a power amp should give this one a listen. In fact, you should listen to it even if you were planning on spending much more. At the risk of overselling the product, I'm going to give the C-200 five stars mainly because of the value it represents.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
dave walker   a Casual Listener [Aug 13, 1999]

hi my name is dave walker and i purchased the chiro 200 amp man what a dog. my grandma had more get up and go at 70. the sound that came out of this amp sounded as if it was squeezed out of meat grinder.the highs were choppy, the mids very chesty, and the bass was well wasnt there. so unless i am a complete fool i would tell those guys at chiro they better lay off the beer and pretzels and come up with a new ideal.

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1
VALUE
RATING
Rick   an Audiophile [Sep 06, 1999]

I recently bought the three channel version of the C-200. I plan on purchasing the C-200 because of the sound that I have gotten out of the C-300. I have replaced all my Counterpoint equip. with Chiro. I have the C-800 preamp that replaced the SA-1000 preamp. I was a little worried at first because of my electrostats. But everything has worked out great. Plus I got some great deals from my dealers.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Johnny   Audiophile [Nov 15, 1999]
Strength:

Very natural sounding in the low treble/upper midrange.

I bought this amp for my inlaws, who were looking for a sub $1000 amp. The C200 lists for $999. I auditioned all the amps I can find at local dealers in that price range from Adcom, Acurus, Rotel, Parasound, Carver, NAD. The Chiro is what I settled for at the end of a four month search. It does not out perform all the other amps in every category, but the overall balance and musicality is better than any of the amps auditioned. For example, the Acurus(A200) is more dynamic, the Rotel(991) is more revealing, etc...
The C200 is a good to excellent performer in all of the following areas: dynamics, revealing, good low level resolution, transparency, timbral accuracy, freedom from harsh, smooth and grain free.
I personnally owned the Threshold T200 which I trully loved but costs considerably more. It is not fair to compare the Chiro to my Threshold(which I did anyway) but the difference in performance is not very big. The C200, while not in the same class as the T200, is not too far behind. I would subjectively say the C200 has 75% of the enjoyment I get from listening to my Threshold. If I have a restricted budget under $1000, I could live for a long time with the C200 before upgrading.
This is an excellent amp for the price, actually an excellent amp period.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Biff   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 19, 1999]
Strength:

Detailed, dynamic and powerful without sounding hard or strident.

The Chiro is an excellent amp. I was using an Acurus A200 until some **@@%## thug broke in and stole it. I loved the sound of my A200. It was a tad harsh, but only very slightly so. I never thought there could be a better sounding amp for under $1000. I auditioned Adcom, Parasound, and Rotel before buying the A200, so I knew what's available.
When I was shopping for my replacement amp, a friend of mine recommended the Chiro amp. He emailed me an old review in Stereophile Guide to Home Theater(Spring 96). There were three amps reviewed in that issue- Acurus A200x3, Rotel 985 and the Chiro C200. The reviewer picked the Chiro as the clear winner - power combined with delicacy. After reading the review, I felt a little insulted because I refused to accept the possibility of the Chiro(an unknown name) sounding better than my A200.
However, after auditioning the Chiro, I agreed with the reviewer completely. It is better sounding and more musical with no harshness. I bought the Chiro to replace my A200 and have been very happy with it since.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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