Accuphase keeps its lines of Class A and Class AB amps separated. While – in integrated amplifiers – the Class A is crowned by E-800, in the Class AB it is the E-5000 that sits on the top. The E-5000 was conceived to celebrate Accuphase’s 50th anniversary and did so with grace and power at the same time. As usual, the amplifier is a strictly balanced design based on bipolar devices and two large 40 000 μF filtering capacitors. The amp employs the latest version of the brand’s renowned AAVA volume control – I find intriguing that the engineers in Accuphase attach importance to such things like “audiophile sensation when turning the volume knob”. Fortunately, I can confirm that the knob feels amazing when touched and turned. The E-5000 improves over its predecessor, the E-480, in power, now providing 2x 240W/8 Ω and 2x 320W/4 Ω of continuous power in the specifications. Those familiar with company’s specification know, that real continuous power will be ca 20% than specified. So there is a lot of power and I could hear it during my review.
The external look of the E-5000 is not that much different from other Accuphase’s line-up. The VU meters were redesigned and they are more sensitive too, as well as the trimming of rotary knobs is now gold and looks viciously luxurious. In the standards, the E-5000 provides a headphone preamplifier and many functions, hidden behind the panel under the display. These include A/B speaker set selector, phase invertor, mono, mode switch, display off, MC/MM selector, balance, and subtly working tone corrections. Most functions are available on the ergonomical remote controller.___________________________ #accuphase#high _end8888 #music#hifi#hiend#audio#audiophile#hifisystem#instamusic#analog#vintageaudio#stereo#music#speaker#loudsound#instahifi#instaaudio#highendaudio#amplifier#preamp#bass#jbl#accuphasee5000#madeinjapan