Amplifier Brinkmann of Integrated Amplifier

The integrated amplifier, Brinkmann (5500 euros) sounded at the first beats music fantastic: warm, bearing and fine. At the other he appeared already gorgeous, and in the following, he pulled the listener in a kind of time machine.

  1. Amplifier Brinkmann of integrated amplifier
  2. Data sheet

“Just the appearances”, answered the question why the two bright light-emitting diodes serve back in his amplifier Helmut Brinkmann. But only a very green HiFi novice could expire the idea, the developers have trimmed through the 5500 euro amp on show.

The old-fashioned HiFiist knows immediately that Brinkmann therefore takes a cover glass, because it comes in a Tin to magnetic Vortexes, which could impact on the circuit. And even better now he looks through the window through a sort of trail of the high end to discover amplifier construction. Yes, exactly the cinch Sockets have to sit firmly bolted and then including nut and thread well soldered on a circuit board, that presses itself with their isolated side at the rear.

That 35 to around 100 micrometers to dense traces of the boards into the hot pins squirming subito the input selector to – not to expect to a rotary switch of the Swiss manufacturer of Elma, where thanks to material and spring, the guarantee is that thoroughly cleans his contacts with each press.

From there it goes to even straight to the engine volume potentiometer, and from there the far left and right mounted power amplifiers. Making clear that the amplifier input side passively works and Brinkmann thinks nothing in the age of bubbling high level sources of active buffer circuits and the like.

For his “rest”electronics – works alone – with high input sensitivity, and with exceptional precision so that no larger sound-deteriorating currents must flow over the grinder and the carbon track of potentiometer. To ensure this, banks put on a circuit (where engineers recognize a double differential amplifier with auxiliary power sources) a little extra Board that can be trimmed by a laser trimming of the braze-on metal film resistors on top form.

Initially, also a strong feedback loop can help, which includes an additional voltage amplifiers and the driver stage. But not the amplifier, which works with a couple dropped by transistors. For the types of Brinkmann picked those come out without the usual ceramic emitter resistors.

The waiver of the reverse correction requires not only the extra clean establishment, but a very pure and not magnetically  cleanliness power supply. Why (magnetically impervious) to admire a toroidal transformer with Mu metal shielding cover there in the amplifier, which forces a centimeter-thick brass lid according to Brinkmann to the tonal balance. And four 15_000 micro Farad capacitors, for which there is no more crowning terminology as the gold fine fine print: EPCOS Sikorel 105.

Whether brought by Brinkmann longitudinal hole screws for fastening the positive really helps them the last cut or not, the integrated amplifier sounded at the first beats music fantastic: warm, bearing and fine. At the other he appeared already gorgeous, and in the following, he moved – mandatory only on very few amps so what – the handset in a kind of time machine into. In the double sense: first, how many did the test while listening to music with the Brinkmann in the fly, take many hours. And secondly, because he can resuscitate the authenticity of adventurous, triggering back showers musical event in the past.

For example, the bass with “Besame Mucho” by stereoplays “Ultimate Tunes”-SACD. Completely resolved, without the slightest Quitness or senseless severity untenrum and above without the slightest Harshness the thick and thinner strings swing then. Only at this clean, they convey not only the structural work, but the finest stirrings of the bassist. Like he is only serving the saxophone solo adds, defiantly a little it rubs, finally – while the blower itself is almost over – even to rebel and to let go of emotions.

Analog, it happens when the swirling sticks, that time with something more times with less Verve continue inside or outside on the snare drum burst or spray on the basin, even more triumphant the time.

And the integrated amplifier glowed the vibraphone plates with enthusiasm, not least strove with Linda Sharrocks of natural voice not some end in itself, but simply to establish the emotional final and show there infinitely great passion.

Passion has put 20 years also Helmut Brinkmann in the completion of the integrated amplifier – this result the work was worth it!

Brinkmann of integrated amplifier

Manufacturer Brinkmann
Price €5500.00
Rating 57.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 44,0 x 8, 5 x 31.0 cm
Weight 14.0 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 No
Input phono MM / MC /
High level RCA inputs / XLR 4 / 0
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 0 / 0
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 0 /.
Recorder connections (a / from) 1
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer 0
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 108.0 W / 67.0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 124.0 W / 75.0 W
Noise line 93.0 dB(A)
Short conclusion Not too powerful amplifier which still towers over most of his contemporaries. Wonderfully natural, extremely pure, the musical truth up middle sound.
Sound Absolute 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-83 points
Price-performance ratio outstanding
tested in issue: 5 / 09


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