Extremely happy with my choice to purchase the EX-M1+ integrated amplifier. I was previously running an Emotiva XPA Gen3 to power my Polk LSIM 707 tower speakers. The Emotiva provided plenty of power, 275 watts per channel into 8 ohms but lacked openness, musicality I new the Polks could deliver.
Once I hooked up the EX-M1+ and turned it on and played some music via Kinki EX-M1 +, music streamer and DAC, my speakers disappeared. These are big towers 100 lbs each and I was never able to make them disappear in my room. The image it portrayed was dead center and 3 ft behind speakers. The sound was smooth open and the sheer umph that the polks now had was amazing.
One of the main reasons for purchasing the the Kinki EX-M1+ was that I needed an amp that could control the large woofers on the Polks. The Kinki did not disappoint. The quality of the build on the EX-M1 + is impressive. It's built like a tank. I had auditioned some integrated amps in the $4,000 to $7,000 thousand US dollars from Yamaha, Sim Audio Moon, McIntosh and Hegel. I would put the Kinki up there with any integrated amplifier up to $7,000 or more.
My audio equipment:
Kinki Studio EX-M1+ (integrated amplifier)
Polk Audio LSIM 707's (speakers)
Bluesound node (music streamer)
Loxjie D50 (DAC)
Cambridge audio Azur 540D (CD, DVD player)
Credit: Eddie@ US
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