In Barn for Review: ModWright KWH 225i Hybrid Integrated Amplifier

I’ve long admired the work of Dan Wright, President of ModWright Industries, but always from afar away from the Barn at hifi shows, most recently at Capital Audiofest 2021. The time was long overdue to get up close and personal with some ModWright.

The ModWright KWH 225i Hybrid Integrated Amplifier offers four line level inputs (3x RCA, 1x XLR), a Home Theater Bypass input, and Pre Out, with two pair of 5-way binding posts to drive a pair of speakers. ModWright also offers an optional single input (RCA) MM & High Output MC Phono Stage (Loading: 50-100-500-1K-47K-100pf.).

Peaking out from their recessed well under the unit’s topside are a pair of supplied JJ 6922 miniature nine-pin medium-gain dual triodes, but the 225i will accommodate any 6922 variant (6DJ8/7308, etc.). The tube input stage is married to a 225 Watt (into 8 Ohms/400 Watts into 4) Class A/B output stage, with the first 25 Watts operating in Class A, which is based on the solid state output stage found in the company’s Reference KWA 150SE amp. There is exactly zero Global Negative Feedback employed in the 225i.

I am a fan of blue, any blue hue, so the royal blue or what I like to call Yves Klein Blue heat sinks and tube well are a welcome diversion from the otherwise silver and substantial brushed aluminum chassis.

The 225i’s front panel offers two nicely-sized knobs for input selection and volume control, while two buttons for power and Home Theater Bypass sit under a pair of blue lit displays that indicate the active input and volume level when in use.

I look forward to lighting the KWH 225i up.


ModWright KWH 225i Hybrid Integrated
Price: $9750, Phono Upgrade: +$350
Company Website: ModWright Instruments

Specifications

Inputs

(3) pairs of RCA inputs
(1) pair of XLR inputs
(1) pair of Home Theater Bypass Input
(1) pair RCA Preamp-ouputs
(2) pairs 5-way binding posts

Gain: 30dB
Frequency Response: 20Hz-100Khz (+/-0dB)
Input Impedance: 20K
Input Sensitivity: 2V rms
Max input level: 6 Vrms (18V pk-pk)
Front panel controls: Input select, power, volume and HTBP
Tubes: (2) 6922/6dj8/7308
Class A/B Operation
First 25W in Class A
Zero Global Negative Feedback
Dims: 17W x 17D x 6.5H
Product Weight: 64 lbs
Shipped Weight: 70 lbs
Remote Functions: Power, volume, mute, input select, dim/turn off displays