LampizatOr's new amp - solid state!

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Just wanted to share impressions of my new LampizatOr Pacific solid state amp. Yep, you read that right, solid state. The amp is a wonderful addition replacing a pair of mono Melody 845 tube amps. I was lucky enough to receive one of the demos before official release. It is the brainchild of Taras, LampizatOr’s North American technician, and Fred and Berto, the N.A. reps. I was a little worried that replacing the low watt tube amps with a solid state one might lose some warmth that I enjoyed but that has not been the case so far. Before I get into too many specifics, my other system components remain the same: mac mini → ethernet→ NUC→ LampizatOr Atlantic Plus DAC with tube rectifier & superclocks→ Pacific amp→ Triode Wire Labs speaker cables→ Vapor über Aurora speakers with Jupiter caps, Dueland resistors, and Jensen inductors. My room is rather small: 12’ by 13’ in an early 19th century brick rowhome in Philly. My system always sounded good but the Pacific lets the Vapors sing with newfound strength and passion. I heard the Vapors liked a little more power than the Melody’s 22 wpc could offer and it’s true. The Melody amps provided a natural and well-presented soundstage but the Pacific takes you into the studio/concert hall. The whole presence is more 3-D without sounding clinical. The instruments are finely detailed but integrated into a presentation that allows me to listen for hours.

The Pacific amp is rated at 300 wpc, class A/B, heavily class A biased with no global feedback, weighs about 50 pounds with dimensions of 19” x 15.5” x 8”. I listen to mainly rock n’ roll (classic, indie, punk, old school r&b, funk), electronica (Kraftwerk, Four Tet, Moby, etc.), jazz (bop, hard bop, fusion), folk, blues, some classical; the whole gamut.

Here are some impressions what the Pacific brings to several of my favorite songs.

“Misery is the River of the World” - Tom Waits: Waits’ gravely voice is right in front of my face, the chimes, gong, rattles, metal clang take on more weight and presence than ever. The bass drum reverberates. The whole song stays with you and made me as giddy as a 8-year old with all afternoon to play Fortnite.

“Collarbone” - Fujiya & Miyagi: the song starts with the bass and the Pacific bounces this right off you, with the crispness of the strokes of the guitar strings and the breathy vocals.

“White Winter Hymnal” - Fleet Foxes: the reverb from the voices linger more, and when the bass drum kicks in the instruments are right next and in front of me.

“Moonlight Mile” - Stones: really make out the individual strings of the guitar, the cymbals crash harder, Mick’s voice wavers more than I remember. When those strings kick in with Charlie’s drum fills, the emotion conveyed through the Pacific is quite rich and exquisite.

“Four Gardens” - Julia Holter: new classical trained instrumentalist that creates finely crafted pop songs. The layering of her voice can be found at different heights around the speakes, the brass instruments weave in and out, the bass drum gives the stage a deepness, and the clarinet is sharp, as the synthesizer drone has a richness that accents her fragile voice.

“Walking Dark” - Phronesis: wonderful jazz trio from Europe. The piano hangs in space right in front, The drum sticks on the edge of the kit clear and crisp. The bass is deep but not boomy and is right where it should be as the foundation of the song. The Pacific lets you know that jazz can rock out as hard and intense as any metal or punk.

Just like my LampizatOr DACs I have had starting from a Level 4 several years ago, the Pacific amp is powerful enough to create a truly visceral experience; a huge soundstage but without sacrificing any of the natural tones and clarity of the music. If you’re looking for a new amp, I recommend you give it a try.

The specs are below:

LampizatOr Solid State Amplifier
  • Lampizator original ladder/discrete relay-controlled volume control
  • Four pairs of inputs, each allows custom configuration and naming
  • OLED graphical display with large font and automatic dimming
  • Large toroidal power transformers engineered above specs to allow smooth and cold operation and monumental bass
  • Top quality large filter capacitors chosen after years of testing and experiments
  • No total feedback design. Carefully designed local feedback for natural and dynamic sound.
  • Unique mirror amplification topology with extreme level of PSR
  • Unique load-neutral lateral MOSFET output stage
  • Ultra-Precision DC servo
  • Proved after 10 years of testing speaker protection and delayed start circuit
  • Soft clipping and decaying harmonic distortion spectrum
  • Top audiophile quality connectors and terminals

  • Continuous output power 300W (500W version possible)
  • Peak Output Power 600W into 4 Ω
  • Bandwidth 2 Hz – 100 kHz (+/- 3dB)
  • THD at continuous power 20 Hz to 20 kHz: 0.005% at max input
  • Input sensitivity 0.5 Vrms
  • Input impedance 32 kΩ min
  • Signal-to-noise ratio -100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Voltage gain 38 dB max
  • Volume control 64 dB range, 1 dB steps
  • AC Power Requirements 100-120V, 220-240V, 50-60 Hz

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LampiNA

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Jason,

A big thank you for taking the time to pen your thoughts on our first solid state product. You do a really wonderful job of communicating it's virtues--it's a heck of a piece and truly among the very best amps (regardless of topology) I've experienced.

I know it will bring you years of satisfaction and I've gotta make a trip out there to hear it in it's new home!

F.
 
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Just wanted to share impressions of my new LampizatOr Pacific solid state amp. Yep, you read that right, solid state. The amp is a wonderful addition replacing a pair of mono Melody 845 tube amps. I was lucky enough to receive one of the demos before official release. It is the brainchild of Taras, LampizatOr’s North American technician, and Fred and Berto, the N.A. reps. I was a little worried that replacing the low watt tube amps with a solid state one might lose some warmth that I enjoyed but that has not been the case so far. Before I get into too many specifics, my other system components remain the same: mac mini → ethernet→ NUC→ LampizatOr Atlantic Plus DAC with tube rectifier & superclocks→ Pacific amp→ Triode Wire Labs speaker cables→ Vapor über Aurora speakers with Jupiter caps, Dueland resistors, and Jensen inductors. My room is rather small: 12’ by 13’ in an early 19th century brick rowhome in Philly. My system always sounded good but the Pacific lets the Vapors sing with newfound strength and passion. I heard the Vapors liked a little more power than the Melody’s 22 wpc could offer and it’s true. The Melody amps provided a natural and well-presented soundstage but the Pacific takes you into the studio/concert hall. The whole presence is more 3-D without sounding clinical. The instruments are finely detailed but integrated into a presentation that allows me to listen for hours.

The Pacific amp is rated at 300 wpc, class A/B, heavily class A biased with no global feedback, weighs about 50 pounds with dimensions of 19” x 15.5” x 8”. I listen to mainly rock n’ roll (classic, indie, punk, old school r&b, funk), electronica (Kraftwerk, Four Tet, Moby, etc.), jazz (bop, hard bop, fusion), folk, blues, some classical; the whole gamut.

Here are some impressions what the Pacific brings to several of my favorite songs.

“Misery is the River of the World” - Tom Waits: Waits’ gravely voice is right in front of my face, the chimes, gong, rattles, metal clang take on more weight and presence than ever. The bass drum reverberates. The whole song stays with you and made me as giddy as a 8-year old with all afternoon to play Fortnite.

“Collarbone” - Fujiya & Miyagi: the song starts with the bass and the Pacific bounces this right off you, with the crispness of the strokes of the guitar strings and the breathy vocals.

“White Winter Hymnal” - Fleet Foxes: the reverb from the voices linger more, and when the bass drum kicks in the instruments are right next and in front of me.

“Moonlight Mile” - Stones: really make out the individual strings of the guitar, the cymbals crash harder, Mick’s voice wavers more than I remember. When those strings kick in with Charlie’s drum fills, the emotion conveyed through the Pacific is quite rich and exquisite.

“Four Gardens” - Julia Holter: new classical trained instrumentalist that creates finely crafted pop songs. The layering of her voice can be found at different heights around the speakes, the brass instruments weave in and out, the bass drum gives the stage a deepness, and the clarinet is sharp, as the synthesizer drone has a richness that accents her fragile voice.

“Walking Dark” - Phronesis: wonderful jazz trio from Europe. The piano hangs in space right in front, The drum sticks on the edge of the kit clear and crisp. The bass is deep but not boomy and is right where it should be as the foundation of the song. The Pacific lets you know that jazz can rock out as hard and intense as any metal or punk.

Just like my LampizatOr DACs I have had starting from a Level 4 several years ago, the Pacific amp is powerful enough to create a truly visceral experience; a huge soundstage but without sacrificing any of the natural tones and clarity of the music. If you’re looking for a new amp, I recommend you give it a try.

The specs are below:

LampizatOr Solid State Amplifier
  • Lampizator original ladder/discrete relay-controlled volume control
  • Four pairs of inputs, each allows custom configuration and naming
  • OLED graphical display with large font and automatic dimming
  • Large toroidal power transformers engineered above specs to allow smooth and cold operation and monumental bass
  • Top quality large filter capacitors chosen after years of testing and experiments
  • No total feedback design. Carefully designed local feedback for natural and dynamic sound.
  • Unique mirror amplification topology with extreme level of PSR
  • Unique load-neutral lateral MOSFET output stage
  • Ultra-Precision DC servo
  • Proved after 10 years of testing speaker protection and delayed start circuit
  • Soft clipping and decaying harmonic distortion spectrum
  • Top audiophile quality connectors and terminals

  • Continuous output power 300W (500W version possible)
  • Peak Output Power 600W into 4 Ω
  • Bandwidth 2 Hz – 100 kHz (+/- 3dB)
  • THD at continuous power 20 Hz to 20 kHz: 0.005% at max input
  • Input sensitivity 0.5 Vrms
  • Input impedance 32 kΩ min
  • Signal-to-noise ratio -100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Voltage gain 38 dB max
  • Volume control 64 dB range, 1 dB steps
  • AC Power Requirements 100-120V, 220-240V, 50-60 Hz

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Hello findog,

Thanks a lot for your report!

Is this new Lampizator Pacific solid-state amplifier a power-amp with volume control or an integrated amp?
If it's a former, can the volume pot be bypassed?
If it's a latter, I hope that Lampizator can have a pure power-amp version.

Also, you mentioned that there is a 500W model. Is it a monoblock version?

Last but not least, would you please take and post close-up photos of its front and back?

Many thanks again!
 

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This is indeed a new LampizatOr product.

The volume control can indeed be bypassed which is one of the beauties of it. We do not use pots but an r2r volume control. Monoblocks will follow in the near future.
 

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This is indeed a new LampizatOr product.

The volume control can indeed be bypassed which is one of the beauties of it. We do not use pots but an r2r volume control. Monoblocks will follow in the near future.
Hello Lukasz,
Many thanks for your quick reply!

Are there any pbotos of its back?
Are there xlr balanced inputs?
Can the display be shut down are put in sleep mode during music playback?
Will it be demoed at the Munich Show this month?

Sorry for asking for so many questions.
Many thanks in advance!
 

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Hello Lukasz,
Many thanks for your quick reply!

Are there any pbotos of its back?
Are there xlr balanced inputs?
Can the display be shut down are put in sleep mode during music playback?
Will it be demoed at the Munich Show this month?

Sorry for asking for so many questions.
Many thanks in advance!

That's not Lukasz. It is the US distributor
 

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This is indeed a new LampizatOr product.

The volume control can indeed be bypassed which is one of the beauties of it. We do not use pots but an r2r volume control. Monoblocks will follow in the near future.

Wow! Never thought we'd see an SS product from you; this is very exciting news! I have 2 close friends who have your amps and one who has had multiple DACs from you including the latest (Pacific); the setups always sound wonderful!

Will you be in Munich later this week?
 
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Sorry for the late replies. I've been on the road a bit.

I'm attaching a sneak peak at the internals and the rear panel. Keep in mind the rear panel is not printed yet and will look cleaner in final production, but you can expect the same quality RCAs and speaker connectors.

XLR inputs *may* be coming, we've got some things up our sleeve which should be exciting. Monoblocks are also in our future.

SCAudiophile,

Yes--this was a passion project between Lukasz and his best friend Taras that evolved into something too good not to bring to market. Although we (LampizatOr) will be making an appearance at Munich, Jadis will be handling amplification. That said it will be a stunning room with our new partners from Audionec. We will be making an a formal announcement shortly regarding bringing these fantastic and unique speakers to North America.

Audio.bill,

We are trying to keep the pricing at around 16,000E. It may go up slightly when all is said and done, but it should definitely remain below 20,000E where we perceive a need in the market for a truly special solid state integrated capable of driving demanding loudspeakers.
 

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CKKeung

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Sorry for the late replies. I've been on the road a bit.

I'm attaching a sneak peak at the internals and the rear panel. Keep in mind the rear panel is not printed yet and will look cleaner in final production, but you can expect the same quality RCAs and speaker connectors.

XLR inputs *may* be coming, we've got some things up our sleeve which should be exciting. Monoblocks are also in our future.

SCAudiophile,

Yes--this was a passion project between Lukasz and his best friend Taras that evolved into something too good not to bring to market. Although we (LampizatOr) will be making an appearance at Munich, Jadis will be handling amplification. That said it will be a stunning room with our new partners from Audionec. We will be making an a formal announcement shortly regarding bringing these fantastic and unique speakers to North America.

Audio.bill,

We are trying to keep the pricing at around 16,000E. It may go up slightly when all is said and done, but it should definitely remain below 20,000E where we perceive a need in the market for a truly special solid state integrated capable of driving demanding loudspeakers.
Very attractive!
The pricing is spot on too. Many of us want a high quality ss poweramp at this price level.

I hope that there is a sole-poweramp version without the multiple inputs but with both rca & xlr inputs.
The price may then be a bit lower and the interior more neat and tidy.
Thanks a lot!
:)
 

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It’s incredible where we are now with this brand considering Lampizator has mostly been perceived as a ‘value product’ in high end audio. At 16k euro, it is not, in my view, irrespective of sound quality, assuming it will be top shelf. The Luxman 900u is cheaper and I dare say, Sonics apart ( as we don’t know at the moment) in sheer build quality, the lampi, at least from the images here, doesn’t look anywhere close to the Luxman.
 

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This is indeed a new LampizatOr product.

The volume control can indeed be bypassed which is one of the beauties of it. We do not use pots but an r2r volume control. Monoblocks will follow in the near future.

Is this the same TAIV VC-04 volume control that's found on the Pacific DAC?

And could you tell is a little about how the 04 compares to the 03? Thanks
 

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