The New Technics Reference Class SU-R1000 Integrated Amplifier

‘Tis the season for the new —one of the sexier items to hit my inbox is the new Technics Reference Class SU-R1000 Integrated Amplifier, a symphony in silver and white and meters! Who doesn’t love a bouncing VU meter?

I’ve always warmed to the look of classic Technics gear and the SU-R1000 Integrated Amplifier is no exception. This new ‘Master Class’ component is chock-full of proprietary Technics technology all aimed at making you warm to your music. The digital amp-driven SU-R1000 boasts four independent power supplies, the company’s newly developed ADCT (Active Distortion Cancelling Technology) which realises further enrichment of sound quality by eliminating distortion generated in the power stage by speaker’s counter electromotive force and power supply voltage drop, LAPC (Load Adaptive Phase Calibration) for realising ideal impulse response, and JENO (Jitter Elimination and Noise-Shaping Optimisation).

Let’s let Technics dig a little deeper into JENO (from the press release):

Jitter is a major cause of distortion in digital systems, and is caused by mis-timing in the master clocks used in digital-to-analogue conversion. To eliminate the degradation of sound caused by jitter, Technics has developed an original jitter reduction circuit, comprising a clock generator in the noise-shaping system to reduce jitter in the low-frequency range and a high-precision sample rate converter for suppressing jitter in the high-frequency range. Thus it reduces jitter in an ideal way over the entire frequency range. This works with original high-precision PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) conversion circuit, optimising the noise-shaping speed, the degree and re-quantisation number, and the PWM gradation, in order to convert high-resolution signals to PWM without causing any damage to the dynamic range. These technologies enable Technics digital amplifier designs to reproduce the natural and delicate nuances of music.

Also new is the DSP-based intelligent Phono EQ with “Crosstalk Canceller” and “Response Optimizer” for accurate phono equalization and a perfect matching of the employed pickup cartridge system for both MM and MC cartridges with balanced and single-ended inputs. On the digital side, there are four S/PDIF inputs (2x Coax, 2x Toslink) and two USB Type-B inputs. Three analog inputs (2x single-ended, 1x balanced) fill out the incoming connectivity options.

Finish choices include silver and black (I prefer the silver) and as I said, I find these looks classically good-looking. Sexy, even.

Pricing for the Technics Reference Class SU-R1000 Integrated Amplifier remains TBD at this point (preliminary pricing puts the cost in the €8000 neighborhood), with units hitting US dealers in January 2021.

See the full press release.