We had to do it: the evolutionary process is not only linked to living beings but it is also related to the realizations of man. The creations of the mind and heart mature, evolve to the point of changing their skin, turning into something different, probably better, certainly something that makes the evolution explicit.
We wanted to do it: Alchemy, Audiozen’s first integrated amplifier, in about five years made our approach to music known in Europe and overseas, it was highly appreciated by the public and the specialized press, and had already been internally updated to improve their driving and control capabilities.
We can do it: the vision of a new approach is the fusion of evolution and experience, where the designer and his team can lead a path free from constraints towards a higher sonic and aesthetic goal.
And in this era in which contact between human beings is almost forbidden, we have poured so much passion into this project that this time we give you the hug: the new Embrace amplifier is not an integrated, because it does not integrate but it embraces a tube preamplifier and a transistor power stage.
It is not just a different way of describing, it is the necessary clarification for a creation that is itself an embrace to music: a hug cannot be fake and, at the same time, a hug has no barriers.
Features and characteristics
Two NOS tubes preamplify the audio signal that passes through fine ClarityCap ESA series polypropylene capacitors to reach a transistor power stage that enriches with its current the natural and enveloping tone of the tubes.
All of this wouldn’t be in perfect harmony if it weren’t powered flawlessly: this hybrid configuration, this embrace of technologies is powered by a separate power stage.
Just physically separated, because it is firmly connected to the main unit via a cable of adequate section equipped with an oversized connector stable up to 30 Amps.
The separate power supply section houses three toroidal transformers: the 50 VA pair is dedicated to the preamplifier section, the massive 300 VA unit is connected to the power stage. The power switch (“hug power”) is located on the front panel: in the stand-by position the Embrace’ preamplifier stage only is switched on, to heat the heart of the tubes before supplying energy to the power stage when the hug power switch will be turned on.
Embrace is a creation where the position and the function of each component has been studied with meticulous precision to obtain electrical characteristics well above the standards.
In the Embrace the volume becomes the control of the hug intensity, the vu-meters are now the hug meters and the hug meters light knob will be used to switch on, attenuate or switch off the backlighting.
If a hug has no barriers, Embrace lets itself be looked at, it has nothing to hide, it wants to reassure the viewer: a transparent perspex cover constantly bares his heart.
8 mm thick Asian doussié solid wood sides, solid machined aluminum knobs, 10 mm thick aluminum front panel, sturdy rear binding posts and first class RCA connectors, remote control for volume management: all of that complete an Audiozen creation conceived without compromise.
The new Audiozen Embrace hugging amplifier reviewed by Terry Ellis – Pursuit Perfect System
Mark Cargill at Elite Audio – UK Audiozen Dealer – unboxes the new Audiozen Embrace
Audiozen Embracehybrid hugging amplifier
Power output @ 8Ω - 4Ω: 100 - 175 W per channel in class AB
Frequency response: 20 - 50000 Hz +/- 3 dB
Input impedance: 100 KΩ
Signal-to-noise ratio: 101 dB
NOS tubes: 2 x ECC82 (or equivalent)
Line inputs: 4 x RCA
Monitor out: 1 x RCA
Remote control: included
Available finishes: silver & black
Main unit dimensions and weight: 348x138x295mm (WxHxD) – 5,4 Kg.
PSU dimensions and weight: 348x98x245mm (WxHxD) – 7 Kg.