Amplifier T + A PA 1260 R

In the digital remasterten, “Eleanor Rigby” seemed the strings above the T + A PA 1260 R (3200 euro) literally to “breathe”; with its predecessor, they were just sounds.

  1. Amplifier T + A PA 1260 R
  2. Data sheet

His predecessor was hardly a tribute: in the six years of his tenure got the smart PA R a big highlight in the test (5/07) 1230 and was appointed by the readers for the regular choice of appliances of the year several times on one of the front seats.
But six years one are unusual in the HiFi offer long, and so made is T + A-Chief Scientist Lothar Wiemann at the complete renovation of the highly decorated Flachmanns. This is completely confined to the circuit; externally the new is like the old up on the icing on the cake – if you even by different color of led (PA 1230 R: red + green, PA 1260 r blue) apart. Otherwise, the left’s T + A-designer – really successful – style R series dating back to 2003.
Probably also why nothing has changed on the list of equipment: seven high level plus two tape inputs and a preamplifier output sufficient for almost all circumstances. Still extremely useful the typical TASI input, is to actually contact other T + A-devices easier to who but 1260-raise the PA R in conjunction with an AV receiver also to the central part of a surround system freely after from stereoplay promoted “make out of 2 4” system (see issue 1/09. The two channels of the T + A with control of the processor of the connected receiver.
But as I said, that could even the predecessor. And even when you look under the hood you can see little difference…
On closer inspection however. Wiemann devised a shorter PCB layout and was summarily all parts to the test: they meet yet latest T + A-requirements? The transformer for example had a more powerful type, which in 1260 but not much inspires the PA R performance: the TEST factory on the predecessor, 136 the newbie level 134 Watts into 4 Ohms. But usually a more powerful transformer brings the better transient response – just because he comes later in the saturation. Also the operational amplifiers were completely replaced with aim, “faster” types and extra boards. Each of these modules has its own voltage stabilisation and is decoupled from the rest of the circuit. “This step”, emphasised CEO Siegfried Amft visiting the editorial, has brought total lot”.
We can only agree. After recently playing on the Magico v3 (6/08) work references and Sonics Allegra (8/05) it became clear that this T + A sound has made a giant leap forward. The ease with which he dissolved the tweeter braids on Monty of Alexander’s “Caribbean Circle” (Chesky), the force that he gave the piano of master, provoked the gentlemen Dalibor Beric to an appreciative whistle: “Hey, yes really good.”
But even better than his predecessor, highly decorated? To length. The tonality of the two might be more similar to, but everything goes fine resolution, openness, plastic figure, was simply better, more accurate, open the new. Just the “Caribbean circle” seemed to live much more with the 1260; There was to discover more details.
At the digital remastered “Eleanor Rigby” (see stereoplay 10/09) seemed 1260 literally to “breathe the strings over the”; with its predecessor, they were just sounds. Even in the bass range, the 1230 he filled on the first hearing with more substance, the new better – because he at the massive drum in the intro to ‘Hotel California’, endless often classic of the Eagles were the, just more structure, timbre liked ultimately and punch showed. Against this elegant and agile appearance of the PA 1260 R, you must so hard put it, the highly decorated predecessor was almost already rough.
And even when compared to the Unsion tube, the new T + A proposed sonically. Perhaps the Italians showed the beautiful timbres for string instruments or voices (“Eleanor Rigby”). Perhaps the warm sound of the S 6 is faster in the heart of the music listener. And certainly also the generous room figure.
But only as long as the volume remains manageable. And only on efficiency-strong boxes. For those who have “normal” boxes at home and like it too loud, T + as PA 1260 R is currently the best deal in this price class.
+ Strengths: Fantastically light, yet precise sound
– Weaknesses: Remote control costs 500 euro 250, phono
First of all, I was disappointed: it’s a completely new development? But 1:1 looks like its predecessor. But I must admit to have rarely witnessed such progress by renewing of pure components. As it sounds, is this PA topped 1260 even the six years duration of the predecessor R.
T + A PA 1260 R

Manufacturer T + A
Price €3200.00
Rating 55.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 44,0 x 7, 5 x 39.0 cm
Weight 11.0 kg
Genus (REC / GM) Integrated amplifier
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive /
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB.
Tone controls / switched off /
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 0 / 0
Memory / storage automatic 0 /.
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting
Input phono MM / MC /
High level RCA inputs / XLR 7 / 0
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 0 / 0
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 1 /.
Recorder connections (a / from) 2
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer 0
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 136.0 W / 97.0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm T181.0 W / 123.0 W
Noise line 100.0 dB(A)
Short conclusion In the sober and elegant housing of R series slumbers here a highly musical, open alive-sounding HiFi amps. The best thing to have is around 3000 euros.
Sound Top-class
Sound points analog
(maximum 70 points)
Sound points Netzwerk-In
(maximum 70 points)
Sound points USB-In
(maximum 70 points)
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating (maximum 120 very good-82 points
Price-performance ratio outstanding
tested in issue: 10 / 09