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  • Stereo Amplifier Plinius Inspire 980
  • Stereo Amplifier Plinius Inspire 980

Description stereo amplifier, Plinius Inspire 980

At the moment the model 980 is headed by a new, more affordable line of Inspire (translates to English as "inspire", "hope"). The amplifier operates in class AB, is equipped with DAC Burr-Brown (24 bit/192 kHz) and can connect to a local area network to play files from your computer or server.

The design of the Plinius Inspire 980 is a traditional proprietary features, including the envelope corners of a thick front panel made of aluminum. But there are also some new features: now the sides act as heat sinks and the case itself has a small high. In the centre of the façade there is a LED indicator that signals power, switch to standby mode and mute. Below are two input selector buttons. On the front panel is a row of LEDs that indicate the choice of sign. On the right side of the façade there is a motorized volume control.

Amplifier Plinius Inspire 980 has an output of 80 watts per channel (8 Ohms). The model can be embedded in a local network, using a wireless connection using on-Board Wi-Fi or a wired connection through the LAN interface. The amplifier supports communication protocols DLNA (1.0/1.5), UPnP and can play audio content stored on the libraries computers and servers. Supported formats are FLAC (up to 24bit/192 kHz), LPCM (up to 24bit/192kHz), ALAC, AIFF and MP3. Playback, selecting files and building playlists can be controlled from the iPad with branded apps Arataki. You can control from smartphones and tablets using other applications. The amplifier has a reliable protection against overload, overheating, overvoltage, etc.

The model has a well-developed switching. Inputs the rear of the case: balanced XLR, two RCA, connectors MM-Phono stage, two optical, LAN interface (RJ45) and asynchronous USB (24 bit/192 kHz) for a bunch with a computer that needs to install driver software for Windows. There is a toggle switch to disconnect signal ground from chassis, so in some cases it is possible to suppress the noise generated by the connection of several components. There is a slot with Wi-Fi antenna and WPS button to establish wireless connection ground terminal for the Phono stage and power switch. Four screw terminal for the speakers are placed on both sides of the rear panel in pairs. The amplifier is equipped with a universal remote control.

The sound of the Plinius Inspire 980 is clean detailed treble, smooth mid natural, tight bass and a fairly wide stage.

Features stereo amplifier, Plinius Inspire 980

Class AB, power 80 W per channel (8 Ohms)
Built-in Burr-Brown DAC (24 bit/192 kHz)
Plays files from computers and servers on a local network
MM-Phono stage

Characteristics of the stereo amplifier Plinius Inspire 980

Rated power2 x 80 watts (8 Ohms, THD 0,2%; 20 Hz - 20 kHz)
THDless than 0.05%
Frequency range20 Hz – 20 kHz (± 0,2 dB)
The signal-to-noise90 dB
Gain38 dB
The impedance for the line input10 kOhm
Input impedance for MM-Phono stage47 kOhm
DACBurr-Brown (24 bit/192 kHz)
Protocol support DLNA (1.0/1.5) and UPnPYes
Supported file formatsFLAC (up to 24bit/192 kHz), LPCM (up to 24bit/192kHz), ALAC, AIFF, MP3
Playback without pausesfor FLAC, ALAC, MP3, AIFF, LPCM
Supported methods for playback controlMediaController DLNA Digital Media Contoller, UPnP smartphone applications, iPad apps/iPod
Built-in Wi-Fithere
The Ethernet Port10/100 Mbps
Inputsbalanced XLR, 2 RCA, MM-Phono equalizer, 2 optical (24 bit/96 kHz), an asynchronous USB port (type b) (24 bit/192 kHz), LAN (RJ45)
Othersocket for Wi-Fi-antenna, gold plated grounding terminal
The output on the speaker2 pairs of screw terminals
Remote controluniversal
Power consumption300 W; in the standby mode: 32 watts
Dimensions (WxDxH)450x72x350 mm
Weight10 kg

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