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    Jeff Rowland Continuum Series 2 Integrated Amplifier

    Jeff Rowland Design released the Continuum S2 integrated during 3Q 2013. Continuum S2 operates its output stage in class D. The new product is designed around new Pascal power conversion modules. Power rating is 400W over 8 Ohms, and 800W over 4 Ohms. The preamplifier section is based on the new Rowland Capri S2. Continuum S2 has one expansion slot for either an optional DAC card or an optional Phono card. Here is some initial technical info:

    • CONTINUUM S2: Integrated amplifier
    • OUTPUT POWER: 400W @ 8 ohms / 800W @ 4 ohms
    • FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 5 Hz - 70 kHz, -3 dB @ 8 ohms
    • THD + NOISE: 0.05%, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    • INPUTS: 2 pair balanced (XLR) 2 pair unbalanced (RCA) 1 pair unbalanced bypass (RCA)
    • OUTPUTS: 1 pair balanced (XLR) 1 pair unbalanced (RCA)
    • DAC card: optional
    • Phono card: optional
    • WEIGHT: 35 lb / 15.9 kg
    • DIMENSIONS: 5.3" x 15.5" x 15.0" 135mm x 394mm x 380mm
    • Status: Released Q3 2013
    • Price: $9500.00

    Regiews:

    An unconditional thumbs-up by Roy Gregory on AudioBeat:
    http://www.theaudiobeat.com/equipmen...ntinuum_s2.htm

    I will update with further information as I find out more.
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    All, I have received the list of RMAF suites where we will be able to listen to Rowland amps coming Friday 11th through Sunday 13. In particular...

    The Continuum S2 integrated will be making music in public for the first time in Tower 2001 (the Rowland suite), together with Aeris… If I remember things correctly, they may be using Cardas Clear and Clear Beyond wires, and Raidho speakers.

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    it is in my short list....thanks for the heads-up!
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    Just in time for CES 2014, Roy Gregory has declared a significant thumbs-up on Continuum S2 with a fabulous review posted to the AudioBeat:

    http://www.theaudiobeat.com/equipmen...ntinuum_s2.htm

    Happy New Year!

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    $9500 for a Class D integrated amp. I bet they sell tons of them.

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    Thank you MEP, in answer to your conjecture... Yes, Continuum S2 has been selling briskly since its release.... Given what my ears have let me grock this far of what the device delivers, I am not surprised by its success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mep View Post
    $9500 for a Class D integrated amp. I bet they sell tons of them.
    a 35lb, $9500 int at that (or $271/lb). im a Rowland fan but its hard not to get cynical.
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    if Jeff is now back to Class AB, not sure who is buying his Class D stuff. He is basically tellin you it isnt that good. I owned the Concentra 2 in 2002 which retailed for 6k as I recall with much higher build quality. Unfortunately the 2 was kinda dry- should have bought the used Concentra 1 instead.

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    While visiting Jeff's room at the recent RMAF, he indicated to me that Class D is `it', the best technology he has found to achieve his vision. He also said he still makes Class AB only because some folks insist on it. Build quality looks pretty darn good to me, though from the Audio Beat review, which contains a lot of verbiage, I still cannot conclude whether it has the sound that I'm looking for. Looking forward to some user reviews and hopefully an audition to see if maybe it is truly something special.

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    Hi Keith, Rowland introduced the class A/B M625 and M725 when he withdrew the M3xx ICEpower series to serve the mid-high market between $14K and $29K, which is higher than the $9.5K of Continuum S2. Yes, I concur that class A/B M625 and M725 outperform the older M300 ICEpower-based series, which targeted the same price range.

    Later, in 2013 the company introduced M825 and M925 to serve the market above $30K. After experimenting with a variety of topologies, The amps achieved by far highest performance by incorporating Ncore NC1200 in their output stage.

    I have owned and fully broken-in M7, M312, M625, M725, and now M925. I have adopted each of them for a simple reason... their music making. It has been a progressive journey of fresh musical and sonic delights since M7, through M725... As for M925, these monos deliver music on an entirely different sonic plane.

    Admittedly, if I were to select amps by their P3R (Price Per Pound Ratio), the winner would doubtless be M7.... I paid $4K in 1998 for for two used 140Lbs chassis... That is a spectacular 3PR of only $14.29. Unfortunately, 3PR is not a particularly useful criterion for selecting audio gear... I much prefer to rely on my ears again and again... They eventually caused me to adopt the Class D M925 as a "here to stay" solution.

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