T+A celebrates 40th anniversary with new Criterion speakers and mono power amplifier

High-end brand T+A is celebrating its 40th birthday with a new line-up of Criterion CTL loudspeakers and M 40 HV mono power amplifier, both unveiled at the Munich High End Show 2018.

Consisting of three floorstanders, the S 2200 CTL, S 2100 CTL and S 2000 CTL, the newly developed range is designed to be more compact, yet more powerful and capable, than its predecessors.

All three floorstanders feature two bass drivers, a 'wide-range' mid-range driver and a new type of 'super treble' dome tweeter made of treated textile. The speakers also incorporate a new transmission line design and improved driver units, and are claimed to deliver refinement, a 'superlative dispersion pattern' and 'astonishingly spacious sound'.

The main difference between the three models is size: the S 2200 is the top model with the tallest cabinet and largest drivers (22cm), the S 2100 sits in the middle at a metre high, while at 95cm tall, the S 2000 is the smallest and slimmest of the line-up.

Meanwhile, the M 40 HV power amp is designed to meet the 'highest audiophile demands'. Built with high-quality components, all amplifier stages of the M 40 HV are designed to operate in a purely linear fashion to minimise unwanted distortion.

The input stage uses valve amplification and the output stage is duplicated – each of these output amplifiers is capable of delivering up to 1000W, and is connected to a pair of speaker terminals. This way you can either wire the amp in a parallel manner (to maximise the power output) or in a bi-amp configuration (where separate signals are fed to the bass and midrange/high frequencies).

Prices are yet to be confirmed, but this is the High End Show - so expect some rather hefty price tags.


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Kashfia Kabir
Hi-Fi and Audio Editor

Kashfia is the Hi-Fi and Audio Editor of What Hi-Fi? and first joined the brand over 10 years ago. During her time in the consumer tech industry, she has reviewed hundreds of products (including speakers, amplifiers and headphones), been to countless trade shows across the world and fallen in love with hi-fi kit much bigger than her. In her spare time, Kash can be found tending to an ever-growing houseplant collection and hanging out with her cat Jolene.