Creek Audio EVO Integrated Amplifiers

EVO

User Reviews (2)

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nandito   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 22, 2008]
Strength:

well built
Sound quality
Price

Weakness:

Speakers terminals quality
No tone controls
Remote could be better finished

I heve been listening to this amp for about six months now and i am very pleased so far.The amp is very solidly constructed with a well finished aluminium front panel, beeing the knobs ok. I also like its low profile and the display works properly. About the sonics, this is my first "expensive" amp ( i had used only more main stream amps like pioneers, yamahas and sansui ones) and I had always believed that the amplifier quality was of litlle importance for the allarround sound quality of the system. Now I am changing my mind about this. With this one, the diference shows a lot. I am using it paired with a music hall mmf 7 turntable and the sound is amazing. With the rigth records the stage is 3-D, the bass is solid and the high frequencies brigth but never harsh. I am using a pair of inexpensive yamaha towers that dont match the quality of the amplifier and even so, the sound is very rewarding. It is maybe a little bright, but of course, I supose I have to pair it with a better pair of speakers( i cant wait to get a pair of epos next year).
On the weaknesses, well, the speakers terminals could be better, I dont mind there is only one pair of them, ,I intend to use it with a pair of speakers only.
About the absence of tone control knobs, this may sound not very audiophile, but i think i miss them( not every recording is made the same)
The remote is ok but in mine the finish have started to fade arround the volume button .Otherwise is ok
Finally, thanks to Larry Weinstein in hollywood sound,Florida.I highly recommend him.

Similar Products Used: Yamahas, pioneers, sansuis
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
slivers   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 30, 2008]
Strength:

Soundstage, imageing, ease of operation

Weakness:

Only one set of speaker binding posts

Very full and rich sound. Ideal match for my Paradigm Studio 40 v4. Plenty of power for 85 wpc rating. Nice soundstage and imageing. Highly recommended.

Customer Service

Top notch

Similar Products Used: Rotel ra 1062, Paradigm studio 40, NAD c542
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Mark Girvan   AudioPhile [May 14, 2008]
Strength:

Composure
Solid Detail
Great Frequency Response
Quality Watts
Versatility

Weakness:

None that leaves an impression with me

I have now used this fine integrated amp long enough to write a review for others. First, this review is very positive and depending on the person considering purchasing the Creek Evo, I would have no problems recommending this amp at all.

I had decided I wanted to move into a sonically different space from my older NAD separates which were a very nice 2600A Monitor Series Power Amp, the 1300 Monitor Series Pre-amp, and a new c521BEE cd player. I really enjoyed these components, but I wanted a silkier, more refined, slightly warm sound. I was however worried I would be giving up some bass as the NAD was a very powerful amp with the Creek weighing in at only 85 Watts. My fear was unfounded, loads of really nice, articulate and engaging bass. The Evo actually has for my ear much better low range response and sonic depiction than the NAD system.

My overall impression of the Creek Evo is that is a very well balanced machine, composed and very capable. Music is rich and vibrant, not fatiguing. Detail is very good to excellent as is the quality of sound spanning high too low. The mid performance was less than perfect overall when first out of the box for a few demanding male vocal spots when listening to Tears For Fears, Sowing The Seeds Of Love, but now listening months latter, I don't hear this quality at all. I can only assume that there is indeed a break in period and once passed, this was a sonic improvement obtained.

I listen to a solid variety of music with my system and I can assure the reader that from Bach to Tool, downbeat to jazz, I have never not enjoyed listening to this lovely amp. It is very musical, lively and engaging. The sound is always inviting and makes me want to listen even after my wife has gotten up a few times late at night to ask me if I could turn it down!

Is the amp perfect? Of course not. Will somebody who can spend $2000 + find it the best for them, very often not likely. However, if you can't afford to spend beyond the going rate for this unit, I am sure you will find it hard not to have the Creek Evo as one of the best performers you can realistically audition. I have it with a Rega Apollo CD player and together they really do make a fantastic sound.

Similar Products Used: NAD 3040 Integrated
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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