“MEJOR AMPLIFICADOR INTEGRADO ENTRE 1.200 Y 1.700€” (WHAT HI-FI – PREMIOS 2012)
Unleashed by ION Systems in the mid 1980s, Richard Hay’s original amplifier concept stirred emotions in unsuspecting Hi-Fi freaks and music lovers alike. The Obelisk was something unabashedly different.
Two decades on, we have resurrected this legendary shoebox-sized integrated, updating its exterior aesthetics and internal components. More importantly, however, we challenged ourselves with the demanding task of preserving the classic Obelisk’s absorbing delivery and infectious musicality, while offering even greater transparency, leading-edge detail and more gripping dynamics. Mission accomplished – the Obelisk Si has become a must-hear sensation straight out of the gate. As one the world’s most distinguished music & Hi-Fi publications, Diapason (France) stated in their review:
„The Obelisk deftly negotiates dense passages with aplomb, yet is always accompanied by finesse and simplicity, indeed, consider the best tube amps. It is much closer to the “live” magic of a reference-quality 300B than it really has any right to. …The Si’s dynamic range approximates the spontaneity we hear attending a live performance, evoking the very same impression. A genuine revelation at a price, after all, without competition.”