Totaldac Amp-1 to be revealed at Munich HifiDeluxe 2019 – UPDATE

I simply cannot.

I know… and I’m sorry, but it’s quite impossible at the moment.

I’ve received telephone calls and emails about it before even being able to publish this post – people want to know and I feel bad that I can’t say more.

You see, I’d love to tell you all about the new totaldac Amp-1 that Vincent Brient is unveiling in Munich at the HifiDeluxe Show on May 11, but he will not part with even a whisper of specifications, circuit topology or output for this new stereo power amp for me to include with this rather mysterious press release – more of a reveal really.

I’m assuming it’s been voiced around the output and designed first to be driven by his preamplifier-section equipped totaldac d1 series DACs (the d1-direct model I reviewed can be found HERE) so that makes me think the audio world is in for a truly buzz worthy experience in hearing this new design from the French audio-engineering wunderkind Brient.

Alas, this is all I can write. Take in and glean what you can from the images because as far as I know that’s all that will be put out for public consumption until May.

C’est la vie.


I received an email from Brient this morning listing specs for the new amplifier:

  • RCA inputs
  • Mundorf binding posts
  • Measurements: 220mm height + feet, 500mm width, 410mm depth
  • Weight: 50kg
  • Large liner power-supply transformer
  • Output: 2*150W under 8ohm, 2*270W under 4ohm, 2*500W under 2ohm, stable under 1ohm
  • 1.5V sensitivity
  • 47Kohm input impedance
  • No global feedback
  • Fully discrete design
  • Hybrid circuit topology featuring a Triode input and solid state Class AB output (Skewed to Class A moderately to minimize heat concerns) featuring a wide frequency bandwidth and low noise
  • Price: 18,000 Euros incl VAT in Europe, 16,500 Euros excl VAT out of Europe

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kerkula's picture

The price tag didn't surprise me too much. But the 50kg weight definitely caught my eye. It weighs more than one of my Klipsch Cornwalls! I'd really like to hear this amp in action but I would not want to lift it into my equipment cabinet.

Holy smoke,