The Japanese have a meticulous drive for sonic perfection and the Korean manufacture is some of the finest quality in the world.
The Bakoon AMP-13R is the much-awaited follow up to the Legendary 12R (and 11R), which went out of production about 3 years ago. This unit features a 25-watt integrated amplifier and headphone amplifier, with passive volume control.
6Moons has named the Bakoon Amp-13R...Product of the Year:
"This €6'000 miniature won two awards, one from us, one from regularly syndicating HifiKnights in Poland. At 25/50wpc into 8/4Ohm, it's no power broker. But if it's the most sophisticated solid-state sound you're after, for speakers and headphones alike including inefficiency bastards like HifiMan's Susvara, Bakoon's smallest and first amp with their novel Jet Satri circuit is the best I've heard all year; and the best amp we own. In signature Bakoon style, replacing the fixed output resistor on their patented gain stage with a relay-switched resistor ladder adjusts volume by remote. Two voltage and two current inputs make the AMP-13R into an integrated but by lacking a conventional preamp stage or lossy potentiometer, it's actually a multi-input amplifier with true variable gain. High voltage gain means no issues with even 82dB speakers in our rooms. As the most compact amp whilst combining multiple functions-speaker drive, remote input switching and volume, headfi-the Bakoon stuck to a far lower budget than challengers up to €36'000 which still couldn't dethrone it. That makes this stylish collaborative effort between engineers in California, South Korea and Japan our domestic Numero Uno, thus a natural for this special year's end mention."
Here's what Positive Feedback had to say about the Bakoon 13R:
Bakoon has received its 2nd 6Moons Blue Moon Award for the Amp-13R! - 6Moons described the Bakoon sound, "like listening inside a space capsule." Imagine late-night, low-volume listening sessions with the most inner recesses of the music lit up...that's the Bakoon sound. Now Bakoon's Amp-13R is a Blue Moon Award winner. Be sure to read the amazing 6Moons review, where Srajan calls the Amp-13R "my favorite solid-state amp."
The Bakoon Amp-13R has been awarded with the Hi-Fi Knights Victor Award!
Here's what our first 13R client told us in an email:
"I received the amp today and it is hooked up. And MAN!!!..This is darn impressive out the box. I shudder to think what it will sound like after a period of burn in. What Bakoon has done with this small amp is remarkable. I now have a couple pieces that are search enders including this amp.
Always a pleasure working with you."
The original AMP-11R was the product that helped define and introduce the Bakoon brand to the world of audiophiles. Decades of experience and excellence in audio amplifier design engineered into an award-winning compact amplifier – surpassing reviewers’ and owners’ expectations of what was possible to achieve in performance and true musical joy from such a small footprint.
Simply put, the Bakoon Amp-13R strives for the Japanese ethos of minimalism and to make complex things simpler and still deliver the highest possible performance. With the introduction of the patent-pending JET Bias Circuit, implemented first in the new AMP-13R, the JET SATRI Circuit is born. The JET Bias Circuit is a revolution in audio amplifier design. The bias is now perfectly stabilized in merely milliseconds, and this means that the transistors can reach their “sweet spot” for the best possible performance instantaneously. That’s why it's called “JET”.
As the precise temperature sensor tracks the change in temperature and re-calibrates the bias in real-time, the amplification and sound aren't influenced by any temperature variations. Sounds simple, but it requires the most complex innovative thinking and mastery in engineering – in both the analog, digital and software domain. The JET Bias Circuit was born from a perfect harmony of ADC, DAC and microprocessor (MPU) with highly intelligent software. The JET SATRI Circuit completely eliminates the output stage’s emitter resistors for lower impedance for much faster and direct response.
Physically, the AMP-13R is possibly the slimmest analog audio amplifier ever developed with this level of performance. Nothing is wasted anywhere to make such a complete design that nonetheless achieves the highest possible sound quality and optimal performance. The AMP-13R sums up Bakoon’s mastery in every possible way to build a world class compact audio amplifier. Perfectly Mastered Minimalism. The JET SATRI Amplifier AMP-13R.
Note: Bakoon's proprietary interconnects can be used to connect the Bakoon DAC-21 to this unit in current drive mode, which is very unique, compared to the voltage mode of the vast majority of audio components.
JET SATRI Circuit
With our breakthrough in bias circuit design, we’ve outdone ourselves. The patent-pending JET Bias circuit has brought the SATRI Circuit to a whole new level in terms of electrical performance and sound quality. Our circuit is now reborn and renamed as the JET SATRI Circuit, an ultra fast, wide bandwidth, full discrete design with zero negative feedback. It is also our first circuit that doesn’t even use output emitter resistors, resulting lower output impedance than ever before, with direct, ultra fast response to the loudspeakers.
JET Bias Circuit
JET is actually an abbreviation of “Jet”, “Exact” and “Thermal Tracking”. It’s ultra-fast like a jet plane in terms of circuit response time and speed. The bias current is exactly fixed and it doesn’t drift at any condition. It’s not affected by temperature variations as the temperature sensor tracks and adjusts the bias in milliseconds, or instantly. This patent-pending innovation is enabled by a separate ADC, DAC and microprocessor (MPU) circuit stage with highly sophisticated, yet elegant software.
“Enlightenment” in Design
We believe in simplicity in design and has worked ourselves in decades to achieve class leading design and engineering. The front panel measures merely 27.5mm, most likely the slimmest analogue audio amplifier design ever created, and it is now patent-pending to achieve such a slim profile. The design is also efficient in heat transfer to achieve almost double the output power compared to our previous generation amplifiers. The extreme calculations in mechanical engineering and tightest machining tolerance delivers one elegant design. We first implemented beautiful red Urushi lacquered knob, made by master craftsmen from Fukushima, Japan.
Ultimate Headphone Amplifier
The best possible headphone playback has been our one ambitious requirement to fulfill since the beginning of our company. With the recent releases of our world class headphone amplifiers, we have gathered valuable experience and ideas to make even this a class above what can be expected from our AMP-13R amplifier. The JET SATRI Circuit allow a zero loss amplification factor change, which means one can fully enjoy the EXICON MOSFETs excellent sound quality, direct to the headphone. The AMP-13R also provides the highest output power we have ever designed and will drive any headphone available in the market with a breeze.
Sophisticated Control and Power
The new AMP-13R boasts three separate control microprocessors (MPU) to provide unparalleled efficiency in its design. By separating these MPUs, we have actually reduced the number of parts and signal complexities, yet still provide the same level of highly successful user interfaces of the bigger AMP-51R and AMP-41. Furthermore, given the small footprint and height, we had the highest demands on the actual transformer design, and Avel Lindberg of Connecticut, USA was able to meet our custom specifications. The new power supply circuit is also of a very innovative design as it provides the auto-sense voltage switching capability of our AMP-51R and AMP-41, but this time, with only one power transformer, unlike our past circuits, which required additional power transformer. It all meets our ultimate goal of creating the world’s best compact amplifier.
● Power Output : 25 watts (8 Ω, 1 kHz)
● Gain : 22.5 dB max. (speaker, headphone high) or 7 dB max. (headphone low)
● Gain Control : MPU Controlled 50 Stepped Attenuator
● Frequency Response : 10 Hz ~ 500 kHz
● Input : 1 SATRI-LINK (BNC), 2 Voltage (RCA)
● Input Impedance : 3.68 Ω (SATRI-LINK), 10 kΩ (Voltage)
● User Interface : Encoder with a built in switch, Remote Controller
● Power Consumption : 100 watts max.
● Dimensions : 230 mm (W) x 230 mm (D) x 55 mm (H)
● Weight : 4 kg (net), 5 kg (shipping)
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