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Leema Acoustics launches Hydra II Anniversary Edition power amp

The Hydra II is Leema’s second product (after its Tucana II Anniversary Edition) to receive an anniversary upgrade.

To justify its £1000 premium price over the original Hydra II, a number of under-the-hood improvements have been made by Leema co-founder Lee Taylor.

New printed circuit boards have twice the amount of copper – designed to reduce resistance and improve power delivery – and the capacitors and power amplifier transformers have been upgraded.

The wiring from the circuit board to the speaker terminals has been changed to Leema’s Reference 2 cable, too.

But what’s a birthday without a badge? As a finishing touch, the Hydra II Anniversary Edition now wears an anniversary badge on its new front panel.

Priced at £4,795, the Hydra II is available now in black and silver finishes.

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Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her eight years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.