Pathos TT Remote Reference Integrated Amplifier
Handmade in Italy. Nearly everything is done in or within 60 km of the Pathos factory in Vincenza. Metalwork, painting, PCB assembly, and even the cutting and processing of padouk trunks for the beautiful wood finish. And the sound... we think this is one of the best amps we've heard. Period. Also consider that the price hasn't gone up in years--this is one of audio's greatest unsung deals.
This 82 lb amp ships in a beautiful engraved wooden box. But it's not just about pomp and show. Inside, are top-shelf components, pure silver Pathos signal wiring, and a patented circuit that delivers the most immersive sound experience.
Consider the TT's volume control. It is a based on a ladder of precision resistors and a network of Panasonic relays (vacuum-packed with thorium contacts) to control the steps. As Kevin says, "Who does that?" Very, very few manufacturers, at least at this price point.
InPol (Inseguitore Pompa Lineare - Linear Pump Follower) is a Pathos patented system that allows for much greater output in pure Class A. This circuit design uses a single solid-state component in follower configuration, with a high-current gain and unity voltage gain together.
The tube amplifier amplifies the input signal voltage, and InPol supplies the current to drive the loudspeakers without any further amplification. This means you're listening to tubes but because of a low output impedance and the InPol circuit, the amplifier offers effortless tube glory while achieving a higher damping factor than a tube amplifier. Think of the directness of an SET sound without all the fussiness with speakers.
Power output: 35W per channel into 8 ohm
Frequency response: 13 Hz - 78 kHz +/- 0.5 dB
THD: <0.5 % up to maximum power
SNR: 90 dB
Input impedance: 100 kOhm
Power consumption at rest: 240 W