TEAC adds stereo amp to its Reference 501 mini hi-fi range

TEAC is adding the £850 AX-501 integrated stereo amplifier to its range of separates-based mini hi-fi components.

It's compact so can fit on a desktop, has Class D amplification delivering 2 x 120W (into 4Ohms), includes XLR Balanced input terminals and a large capacity and has fully-balanced circuitry to eliminate unwanted analogue circuit noise.

There's no cooling fan so the unit is silent in operation, and the electronics are housed in 'heavy-duty' casework with solid aluminium front, top and side panels. The illuminated level meters on the front give the amp a retro look.

The TEAC AX-501 is designed to complement other Reference 501 components such as the UD-501 dual-mono DAC (digital-to-analogue converter) and the PD-501HR DSD-cmpatible CD player.

For headphone users, the amp features a new CCLC (Coupling Capacitor-Less Circuit) system that, as the name suggests, dispenses with coupling capacitors to ensure headphones get a stronger, purer signal.

Available in black or silver like the rest of the range, the AX-501 will be available in December for £850.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.