Test: T + A Music Receiver

The music receiver (2690 euro) from the T + A E-series is a real all-rounder with high resolution appeal. He has servers, CD player, Internet radio, D/A converter, preamp and an FM tuner under the hood.

  1. Test: T + A music receiver
  2. Data sheet

The feat had the Hi-Fi world sit up: 2007, when network player still largely in the computer environment bustled, the developer of the Westphalian manufacture T + A enriched the final scene to a music player whose outstanding skills included the data streaming.

The central device from the E-series was launched, Anna married a non plus ultra CD player with a network client. In the current music receiver the E-class are iPod streaming and Internet radio in the foreground. The CD player is only addition.

The initial weaknesses when streaming thoroughly eliminated T + A. Live concerts, divided by track numbers, plays the music receiver now without any interruption (technical term: gapless). And they must be a scope music files Recorded jacks to via its USB or LAN (for a local area network) of 192 kHz , 24-bit .

Whether so much pomp when dealing with the data, the player had to step slightly shorter: the plastic tray is missing the solid rod guide of its predecessor. Ultimately, even the CD part benefits from the high bit arts of the receiver: all data – whether from the network of the player or his five digital inputs – lead in two exquisite 192-kHz/24-bit stereo converter (PCM 1795) of American chip manufacturing Burr-Brown.

With the analog preamp stage nothing let T + A also burning. The preout targeting active speakers; analogue players must sign on three inputs. A Bass Management in addition to woofer free small speakers of the low-frequency ballast below 100 Hertz.

The amps were the Herford in full: powerful switching power amplifiers with high efficiency, who draw their power from a conventional power supply, fuel 4-ohm speakers with up to 170 Watts. The “Power Plants” baptized digital amplifier (stereoplay 2/07) T + A not bought, but let them germinate in our own laboratory. The Westphalia managed with meticulous care, that the similar results of top amplifiers by stereoplay appropriate distortion patterns and the distribution of harmonics. Speaking of readings: Kudos earned the music receiver for its broadband, reaching up to 100 kHz frequency response through the analog, network, USB and digital inputs.

In the listening room, the testers recorded respectful that the music receiver immediately recognized, plants which hard disk contents or iPod music directories on USB, offered what title lists the stereoplay-RIPNAS Server via the network connection, and which Internet radio stations gave the V-tuner.

In the poking around in the collections, the tester corrugated forehead something. Scrolling through the directories, browsing in the playlists was exhausting the modest display. As an alternative, an luxury wireless remote for 780 euros offered T + A. Why not an app which tablets like the iPad useful could jump to navigate? She deserved the music receiver.

Because in the hearing test, he offered the only comparable priced competitors Linn Majik DS I (stereoplay 4/10) stand up. The Scot spread geographically and atmospherically 192-kHz-Downloads , the Westphalian still emphatically works the body of instruments, the wrenching swing bass drums out. Incredibly, what power the amplifiers could reignite if played on electric bass, or organ. But the T + A not just unmercifully get rid Blurred. He kept the musical structures, hit, no matter how marginal detail. In comparison the played Linn Majik DS I structured and “analog”.

But the music receiver can do even more, has more USB inputs and a CD drive on board. Even if it’s not quite as tight and precise sound over both, as if the music examples from the server arrived, it are precisely these features that ennobling the T + A to the absolute Universalists.

Conclusion

Just top! In terms of connections, the CD drive and the extremely powerful amplifiers, receivers from Westphalia unrivalled stood the music. As regards the navigation, would do well but still a little tutoring him.

T + A music receiver

Manufacturer T + A
Price €2690.00
Rating 50.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

 

 

 

 

Technical data and test results

General
Dimensions (W x H x D) 44,0 x 12, 0 x 39.0 cm
Weight 10.0 kg
Features
Genus (REC / GM) Receiver
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive /
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB.
Muting
Tone controls / switched off /
Loudness
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 0 / 0
Memory / storage automatic 60 /.
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting Yes
Connections
Input phono MM / MC /
High level RCA inputs / XLR 3 / 0
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 3 / 0
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 1 /.
Recorder connections (a / from) 1
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer 1
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 204,0 W / 127,0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 165.0 W / 108.0 W
Noise line 92.0 dB(A)
Review
Short conclusion Unrivaled-of-the-art network receiver with efficient digital amplifiers and opulent performance. strong, voluminous sound with much structure and plenty of fine detail
Sound Top-class
Sound points analog
(maximum 70 points)
50
Sound points Netzwerk-In
(maximum 70 points)
0
Sound points USB-In
(maximum 70 points)
0
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
9
Practice
(max. 15 points)
7
Valency
(maximum 10 points)
8
Overall rating (maximum 120 good – very good-74 points
Price-performance ratio outstanding
tested in issue: 2 / 12

 

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