Hiato means "to gather together" and implies "harmony" in the native Maori language of Te Reo. This, says Plinius, perfectly explains the philosophy behind the creation of the Hiato: the power supply, preamp stage and power amplifiers are designed to integrate flawlessly.
Inputs are provided for four line level sources and there's an optional user-adjustable phono input, with high-quality WBT RCA connectors used throughout, plus additional balanced XLR inputs for Line 1 and CD connections.
The unit can be integrated with a home cinema system via the HT bypass input, remote IR and 12v trigger function.
Portable devices can be connected using the 3.5mm jack on the front panel, and a line level output allows recording. There are also preout connections for biamping.
Power output is a claimed 300w into 8ohms, making it considerably more poweful than Plinius's previous integrated amplifiers.
The solid aluminium casework is available in black or silver. The standard Hiato costs £5900, and the Hiato P (with optional phono stage) is £6700.