First Look: The Divaldi AMP-01
May 29, 2020
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In the HiFi space, abstract, on-the-edge design is largely the purveyor of the upper end of the segment. Think brands like Dan Agostino, Wilson Audio and Living Voice, who bring a blend of incredible audio innovation coupled with design cues that excite the imagination. Move to the mid-range of the segment, however, and there is a generic form factor that pervades. Whether headphone amplifiers, DACs or integrated amps, there tends to be a silverish industrial feel to the design language, an almost one-size-fits all mentality.

 

Which brings us to the Divaldi AMP-01. Splashes of red. That’s the first impression that the Divaldi AMP-01 headphone amplifier gives.

It comes in a blood-red box, open up, and you have the gold/black AMP -01 unit along with the power supply all encased in red. A refreshing change from the dull cardboard and black/grey packaging that pervades, I thought it was a brilliant touch, and a great intro that induced a smile.

Take the unit out, and you realise the effort that the Polish company has put in. The AMP-01 enclosure is crafted out of a single block of aluminium, with a very subtle finesse that belies its $899 price point. This is incredibly compact device, measuring 5.3 x 11.5 x 10.2 cm (H x W x D) and tipping the scales at a mere 650 grams. There is a very minimalistic approach to design here, the only port you see is the 6.3mm headphone jack. At the top of the device, you find a subtle circular volume knob, one that blends in seamlessly as one with the overall design.

Under the AMP-01, the back you will see something you generally don’t see on devices in this price point, the words ‘Hand made’ etched on the device, complete with a unique serial number.

Now if that weren’t distinctive enough, at the back of the device, you realise that the AMP-01 has an MM cartridges capable phonostage built-in. In terms of connectivity, you have line and phone inputs, the power port, an earth link, a power button plus a switch that enables you to toggle between line and phono mode.

In terms of specs, the Divaldi AMP-01 is a pure class A amplifier, boasting a 800 mW (3,5W peak) under 30 ohms load. All components of this first are proudly made and measured in-house, and the AMP-01 has a frequency response of 20 – 20 000 Hz (+/- 0,5 dB), 0,1% THD and a gain of 20 dB. The accompanying power supply is interestingly transformer based (16V / 1A AC), with power consumption being rated at about 15W maximum.

Watch this space for a more detailed review!

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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