Musical Fidelity AMS50
50W per channel dual mono amplifier stands 32.5cm tall, weighs 60kg and sells for £8900

New from Musical Fidelity is the AMS50 stereo power amp, a massive 50W per channel Pure Class A model.

Named after the company's founder and owner, the Antony Michaelson Signature model is a dual mono design, and claims less than 0.005% distortion across the audible frequency band, and only 0.008% right out at 50kHz.

In fact, the company says that "The AMS50 noise ratio is outstanding. Even on a 97dB sensitivity loudspeaker, it is inaudible unless you have your ear pressed to the tweeter. As far as we know, this is not a normal listening position!".

Inside, the amplifier is true dual mono, with the channels kept entirely apart, and is said to have excellent load-driving capability and an outstanding stability margin.

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It has twin sets of speaker outputs, and both conventional RCA phono inputs and XLR connections for use with balanced preamps such as the company's recently-launched Primo. There's also a 12V trigger socket for remote switching

Available in black or silver, the casework features a three-piece front panel machined from solid miltary-specification aluminium. The top and back panels also machined from solid, and the badge made from medical-grade stainless steel.

But why is this 50W per channel amp so big? Simple, says Musical Fidelity: it's actually "the absolute minimum size possible for a pure Class A power amp.

"Its standing current is pure Class A, 50 Watts, 8 Ohms. This generates a fixed amount of heat. To keep the temperature rise of the heatsinks below 40 centigrade, a huge surface area is required for heat dissipation. The AMS50 has a surface area of six square metres. This results in a temperature rise of about 35 centigrade."