No, it's not a prop from a 1970s Cadbury's Smash commercial - in fact this is the new SIA 2-150 integrated amplifier from loudspeaker specialists ATC.

Selling for £2203, it goes into the shops in May, and is designed to complement the company's range of passive loudspeakers.

As you might expect from the model designation, the new amp delivers 2x150w, operating in Class A two-thirds of the way to full output. There's a fully discrete preamp section, and the power section uses four MOSFETs per channel fed by what's said to be a massive power suplly.

The amp carries a six-year warranty, and has four stereo line-ins, one tape loop, and both line and preamp level outputs. A remote handset is also provided, giving control of volume, muting, source selection, and standby.

The styling incorporates a precision machined 12mm brushed aluminium front panel, and the two main controls use iGUS ultra smooth bearings.

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