Those were the days
by Dick Tan
TEAC, for those who are perhaps too young to know, is a highly-regarded manufacturer of tape recorders and players used by the professional as well as the consumer sectors.
Today TEAC is a far more diversified organisation and makes all manner of consumer electronic products including amplifiers.
Highly regarded for their excellent value for many designs the latest TEAC integrated amplifier, the A-R650 MK11 is a 120 watts per channel unit that is said to be compatible with any speaker load varying from 4 – 16 ohms.
A fairly large (435 x 142 x 355 mm) and hefty (10kg) amplifier, the A-R650 MK11 features up to 7 inputs, one of which is phono which accepts signals from a moving magnet cartridge of a turntable.
The A-R650 MK11 also has two sets of speaker terminals enabling playback of a separate set of speakers in, say, another room.
Other design features include the use of a differential input discrete pre-amplifier circuit for a more natural yet detail sound, separate bass and treble controls, source direct control which maintains signal purity, bypassing unnecessary amplifier stages, a microphone input and an output for headphone connection.
According to TEAC the A-R650 MK11 is a pure analogue amplifier design and its retro looking aesthetics supports that. There are no digital connections and is set to appeal to music lovers with a penchant for LP records and turntables as well as CD players connected via the analogue inputs. It retails for RM 1,800 and comes with an infrared remote control.
For further details contact:
WKH Distribution Sdn Bhd.