For a rather small room (4 x 4 m or 13 x 13 feet), dedicated for music-listening I have been looking for an amplifier with the bookshelf speakers 'Minima Amator II' from Sonus Faber. As sources serve a tube CD player from Consonance Audio Opera and a turntable from Transrotor, the tube phonopreamplifier is also from Consonance. I have given up streaming again, because I never really liked it.
In the past years I have made a lot of experiences with different amplifiers (tube and non tube) and loudspeakers, which all had their advantages and disadvantages. The rather simple Kinki Studio EX-M1+ seemed just right for the new configuration: Analog connections only, enough power, balanced, nice design.
I have been using the Kinki EX-M1 for several weeks now and am simply thrilled. The workmanship is at an absolute top level from A-Z. You can feel and see the developments of the last years, every detail seems to have been taken into account. Whether remote control, connections, screws, mechanical noises - everything feels really high-quality. The most important thing is of course the sound. This also delivers exactly what it promises: Powerful yet full of finesse, balanced, silky, with an open sound image. The symbiosis with the small, very fine Minima Amators fits perfectly. A big airy, warm, yet detailed sound for a small room.
I am really happy, looking forward to a lot of good music. The Kinki Studio EX-M1+ is certainly one of the finest hifi discoveries I've made in many years. Congratulations for this masterpiece.
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Credit: Christoph.S @ CH