Pioneer has a lot of hi-fi to flaunt in its showroom at Munich High End Show this weekend, among which is something that’s not very ‘high-end’ at all: its new A-40AE integrated amplifier.
The budget A-40AE delivers 76 watts per channel (into 4 ohms), with Pioneers’ ‘Direct Energy’ output stage designed to run at reduced power consumption for high efficiency.
You can tell that the Pioneer is a well-equipped machine just by looking at the aluminium-alloy front panel.
As well as tone, balance and volume controls, there’s also a 'power amp direct' mode, which can bypass the volume control to allow owners to connect an external pre-amplifier. Then there’s an input selector to switch between the Pioneer’s eight inputs.
A 32-bit/384kHz Wolfson DAC feeds optical and coaxial inputs – both capable of 24-bit/192kHz playback – which are joined by a plethora of analogue connectivity. There are five line-level analogue inputs, as well as a phono input for turntables with moving magnet cartridges. Completing the list are line and headphones outputs.
More unusually, the A-40AE can be used with two pairs of speakers - either concurrently or individually.
The Pioneer A-40AE comes in a choice of black and silver finishes and will be available from August. Watch out, Marantz? Maybe.