Onkyo Introduces Entry-level A-9110 Integrated Amplifier
At just $349, the Onkyo A-9110 Integrated Stereo Amp offers a host of proprietary technology that crowns it as the pound-for-pound king of entry-level options.
"The introduction of the A-9110 continues Onkyo's impressive legacy of innovation and function with its 2-channel product offerings," said Don Milks, Director of Marketing & Product Localization for Onkyo USA. "With vinyl and other stereo components enjoying a renaissance, we are pleased to offer such a high-quality, performance-driven amp like the A-9110."
The Onkyo A-9110 replaces the A-9010 in series but offers the same two-channel experience. The new A-9110 delivers 50 watts per channel into 4 ohms and offers a contemporary design to match.
Key to the amp's lively dynamics is its Wide Range Amplification Technology (WRAT), Onkyo's time-proven high-current platform featuring a high-output EI transformer, low-ESR filter capacitors, and discrete power transistors. High-current capability assures instantaneous response to speaker-impedance fluctuations while precisely controlling the drivers for accurate yet musical expression.
The A-9110 benefits from Phase-Matching Bass Boost, a unique audio technology that aligns the phase of low- and mid-band frequencies above 300 Hz for richer bass and clearer vocals. Together with Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry, which requires half the conventional amount of signal attenuation to prevent interference from the amp's noise floor, listeners can enjoy an unparalleled sense of clarity, depth, and vibrancy at low-level playback volumes.
For the purists, the A-9110 features Direct Mode whereby tone-control and Phase Matching Bass Boost circuits are bypassed which helps maintain fidelity by further reducing signal-path lengths. With the increase in accuracy, sound quality and sense of atmosphere move closer to the original recording, whether it's captured on vinyl, CD, or a high-quality digital file.
Design, component choice and layout are critical aspects of the A-9110, which features a blend of custom-fabricated and hand-selected high-quality parts. Tackling the effects of electromechanical resonance, the A-9110 receives a significant upgrade in chassis rigidity with thick 1.6 mm metal construction to dampen vibration and associated noise in concert with large insulators.
Ample connectivity abounds with four RCA line-level inputs, discrete MM phono equalizers, line-level outputs, subwoofer outputs, and top-quality non-magnetic speaker binding posts with clear knobs. Finally, the clean front-panel design features a new, slim display panel showing active input, while RI (Remote Interactive) inputs on the rear panel unify system control with compatible Onkyo CD transports, digital tuners, and network streamers.