Aavik I-180 Integrated Amplifier
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AAVIK UMAC™ AMPLIFIER – UNMATCHED AUDIO CONTROL
Aavik utilises the patented UMAC™ amplifier technology. This technology was developed to avoid the design flaws of traditional switching amplifiers. UMAC technology primarily targets two areas of modulated amplifier design. The PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) generation is produced with sine wave modulation rather than the more common triangle modulation. The benefit is that sine waves create far less high frequency noise than triangles, no sharp corners, and thus require far less inductive filtering at the output. The lower inductance in the output gives the amplifiers a much better damping factor and thus a distinctly better control of the speakers. In addition, the advanced dual mixed mode feedback allows damping factors that are characteristic of only the very best linear amplifiers.
VOLUME CONTROL – AFFECTS THE SONIC EXPERIENCE
The Aavik line stage boasts a unique, inverted, virtual GND (Ground) amplifier topology, which provides the highest stability. The feedback gets so powerful that it allows to damp the signal to a gain lower than 1. This preserves the full signal with the lowest Signal to Noise Ratio – no matter if you turn the volume up or down. This will provide your loudspeakers with a clear and distinct information flow to make even the finest details of timbral and textural nuances audible on an extremely quiet sound stage.
PREMIUM TECHNOLOGIES FOR UNCONSTRAINED SIGNAL FLOW
Aavik heavily draw on the experience and extensive R&D of their sister company, Ansuz-Acoustics™. They employed their groundbreaking, effective noise cancelling technologies and fitted all models of their new range of electronics with Tesla coils, dither circuitry and anti aerial resonance coils. These innovative technologies are geared towards paving the way for an absolutely unconstrained signal flow. Aavik has also prepared the top and bottom surfaces on all Aavik series to best accommodate Ansuz Darkz™, which represent the most effective way of preventing mechanical vibrations.
RESONANT MODE POWER SUPPLY – QUIET BUT EXTREMELY POWERFUL
The new Aavik series is designed to ensure massive power resources with ultra-low noise. Unlike the square waves used by conventional switch mode power supplies, the new Aavik series boast a resonant mode design which is principally driven by sine waves. When more power is needed, the operating frequency increases, which, in turn, has the advantage that the power density also increases, thus allowing higher peak power when required by the music.
The noise floor in the raw power supply is extremely low but could be even further lowered by the ultra-low noise regulators supplying the different parts of the circuit. The noise of these regulators is measured in a few microvolts respectively nanovolts, which is significantly lower than the noise level of conventional regulators.
SCANDINAVIAN DESIGN AESTHETIC
The Aavik design language is Scandinavian understatement and expresses simplicity and minimalism featuring only a few buttons for logical operation. The multifunctional main knob allows simple navigation and control of the various functions. A distinguishing design feature of the new Aavik series is a huge red display, which makes it easy to read all details of the selected operational settings.
A CABINET WITH EXCELLENT SONIC QUALITIES
Aavik have designed the enclosure to minimise the use of aluminium and its associated mechanical resonance. Over the years, Aavik have been testing various materials and ultimately designed an innovative natural-based composite material, which reduces the mechanical influence, particularly the hysteresis. The sonic result is distinctly audible and reflects a further prominent cornerstone in Aavik’s quest for the ultimate music experience.
The Range of Aavik Integrated Amplifiers
Aavik have produced 3 levels of performance within the acclaimed I-180, I-280 and I-580. The I-180 represents great value with a high-end performance capability beyond its price level. The I-280 adds significantly more resonance control techologies resulting in an even lower noise floor, resolution and accuracy. The I-580 introduces the unique copper inner chassis, Titanium level resonance control, and the maximum Ansuz Acoustics resonance mitigation technology, taking performance to a statement level.
Aavik 180 Series—Danish High End Components
ReviewsYou call this Entry-Level? – With the integrated amplifier from the entry-level 180 series, Aavik took a radical turn: leaving behind heavy castles of aluminium in favour of natural materials and shapes derived from musical instruments. You might now object on the grounds that this requires a not inconsiderable amount of additional budget. That will indeed remain unchallenged, but the fact that what you get even then goes quite a bit beyond what is usual in this price range ought to be added. It‘s a great amp on its own, but the whole team together poses a challenge even for much more expensive competitors. Read Review There are three series currently available from Aavik: 180, 280 and 580. Aavik claims that they are very similar, but where they differ is the amount of built-in Ansuz noise-canceling technology. I’ve been told that Michael Børresen, who is in charge of design and development at Aavik, has started an “all-out war on noise”. Every one of his products does something to minimize noise whether it’s mechanical or electrical. The difference between the 180 to the 280 series is that the 280 gets more Tesla coils and as a result, there is more of Ansuz noise-canceling technology. The 580 series adds a copper chassis and some other premiums, but the heart of the product remains the same. This makes the 180 series an incredible value…. I highly recommend any of these three Aavik components. My recommendation takes a giant step higher if these components are used together, not only because even a stack of only two of them looks so impressive, but because they seem to form a symbiotic sonic relationship. Read Review Aavik, a brand that is practically unknown in Switzerland, celebrates a great debut. Visually attractive, distinctive and in Danish style dress – in the little black dress so to speak. In addition, a high-quality, out-of-the-box constructed interior: The Aavik high-end components have what it takes to become a high-quality classic! With the ingenious sounding amplifier tested here, Michael Børresen and his Aavik team have succeeded in creating a challenge for established champions, and it makes you want to hear even more Aavik! Mange tak, Michael Børresen. Read Review It is now the second time that Børresen creations turn my hi-fi world upside down…. Already the I180 is a stunner in terms of speaker control and dynamics. Unbelievable how good this small, elegant amp is…. The new Aavik amps offer other very strong selling points beyond their thrilling sonic capabilities. From the imitable housing technology in a living room-friendly format, to almost inexhaustible power reserves with the best energy efficiency, absolute low noise / hum, pleasantly pleasant operation, a perfectly readable display…. Either way, the new Aavik components are a breath of fresh air in the high-end segment. This is what innovative, progressive hi-fi looks like to me. Read Review Positive Feedback, 2021 What is also amazing is that these Aavik components reviewed here are at the bottom of Aavik’s three quality levels; for example, the I-180 is also offered as the I-280 and the I-580. It boggles the mind how good those components higher up in the Aavik product line must sound, and therefore, I can also recommend them. I doubt that the I-180 integrated amplifier, the D-180 digital-to-analog converter, and the S-180 streamer/network player can be bettered by any others that are anywhere their price. Read Review
|Line||Gain (line 1-4: 5-15dB; maximum input 4.5V RMS
Gain (line 5: 1-11dB; maximum input 6.5V RMS
Input impedance 10K Ohm
|Pre-amp Output||1 pair of RCA output
Max output: 7.5Vrms
Distortion, line stage: <0.005% (THD at 1kHz, 1V input)
Output impedance: 50 Ohms
|Volume Control||76 1dB steps|
|Output||2 x 300W 8 Ohm, 2 x 600W 4 Ohm
Distortion (THD+N): <0.006% (1-100W, 1kHz, 8 Ohm
IMD: <0.002% (1-100W, 4 Ohm)
TIM: <0.008% (1-100W, 4 Ohm)
|Aavik Noise Reduction||Active Tesla Coils: 36
Active Square Tesla Coils: 96
Dither circuitry: 5
Anti-Aerial Resonance Coils: 4
|Power consumption||Standby: <0.5W
|Dimensions||102 x 384 x 400mm|
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