Amplifier Croft Integrated R in the Test

A button of less means more comfort when the new Croft integrated R amplifier (2100 euros) – one can now turn loud and quiet with a hand. The hybrid amp is but still completely unsuitable for wimps: for full enjoyment, you must first tame him.

  1. Amplifier Croft integrated R in the test
  2. Data sheet

If you look a Croft amp under the cover and the like organically grown-looking, technically exciting circuits, you will keep it – often, before they heard the first note. It was not only the author of this article. Also photographer Herbert Härle, which had already countless high-end treasures from around the world in front of the lens, like separate precisely hardly frugal, wrapped in black ripple lacquer box.

That Glenn Croft solder its amplifiers by hand, you can see right off the bat at the inner workings of the filigree fine – but not at the price, which can be significantly less than 1000 euros for a pre-or power amplifier. The master mode features and swank fronts and aware inside his decades of experience more affordable devices – each one an English original and a soothing counterpoint to the globalized cynical money logic of the mass market.

It is therefore completely inappropriate to criticize the lack of a remote control on the new Croft integrated R. Finally, the manual rotation is now at least with one hand – earlier models were still attempting to dampen demand even more with a channel separated two button volume control in addition to the level.

Left next to the volume knob, a wonderfully sick locking input selector, the Four high level inputs sits managed. That one of them is “Phono”, reveals the presence of a phono, but only that pragmatists Croft used the front panel for the little brother of the integrated R. For amazing 1250 euro, he actually comes with tubes accessories MM input.

Anyway it’s not right off the bat can be seen, why you almost twice the instead of the normal integrated use of expensive R model should take. The two are not only outwardly identical, but love and care be built also recognizable by an equal amount. Croft celebrated in the old high school of direct wiring: The components contain no PCB on the connector arms and network in three dimensions to elaborate structures.

The R uses a more complex tube input stage from two ECC83 double triode, whose working Hochspannung that also is stabilized by a more tube – a 85A2 from the 50s. The last, from two MOSFET pair BUZ900/905 existing instance of gain is wuchtiger at the R, but offers the same enchanting simplicity: fewer components, no working power amplifier can be built.

As Croft in principle designed his amplifier without the over all feedback, they have a relatively high output resistance and thus a greater sensitivity of to frequency-dependent fluctuating speaker impedance. This was also the reason that the integrated test R and not his little brother: the R has, thanks to his almost twice as large power supply, more reserves and showed less picky in terms of the speaker.

A beginners amp is not also the integrated R. He behaves despite hybrid construction similar to demanding a pure Tube amp – a real challenge so for the AUDIO Tester, searched again specific, tonal harmonic and well priced realistic equipment recommendations.

What the whole stress?

He would ultimately reward hours hauling boxes left the Croft on the AUDIO reference KEF reference 207/2 look through. Although this box neither price nor electrically in the most distant to him, developed the English amplifier enormous expressive power, notes sparkling like drops of mercury in the listening space pearls.

Now it was to find high-efficiency and high-impedance more boxes, as could take of distortion otherwise too quickly out of hand, tilt the tonal balance too much in the light, excessive gifts. The Klipsch RF-62MkII (1100 EUR) filled with immense efficiency at rather low, wavy impedance only one-half of the equation, but already excellently worked: so vivid and alive, breathing musicians with amplifiers of this price class are otherwise rather rare before the speaker base line.

Also the wide range of sound colors, which the English factory amp coaxed the US series-large box, spoke for the unequal pair. However, the otherwise crisp box at the Croft in the upper bass was somewhat lax – whether and how much this bothers the otherwise good harmony, is highly dependent on the room acoustics.

500 euros more expensive, but on the integrated R again substantially balanced, the KEF Q900 later received dozens of attempts even more applause. The powerful, more firmly tuned in the bass level box on the English minimalist developed a surprising vitality; the already excellent illustration skills their Coax mid-high range speakers seemed to extend again significantly especially in the depth axis of the area. Where there were not show effects, which especially distinguished themselves in this chain, but just their absence: you must work out the charms of Croft sound once – then another HiFi sounds usually somewhat bland.

Conclusion

A lively, clean basic and midrange is the most important property that Croft KEF combined should bring a source for that. The purist leaves left digital and completes the chain with a turntable (very nicely fits the MMF 7.1 by Music Hall) and counteract 650 euro phono preamplifier by Croft. When digital already, I’d take a tube player about the lyric CD-100.

Croft integrated R

Manufacturer Croft
Price €2100.00
Rating 100.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General
Dimensions (W x H x D) 40.5 x 7, 5 x
25.0 cm
Weight 7.5 kg
Features
Genus (REC / GM) Integrated amplifier
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB. No
Muting
Tone controls / switched off /
Loudness
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 0 / 0
Memory / storage automatic
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting
Connections
Input phono MM / MC /
High level RCA inputs / XLR 4 / 0
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 0 /.
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 0 /.
Recorder connections (a / from)
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer 0
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 65.0 W / 51.0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 58.0 W / 49.0 W
Noise line 102.0 DB (a)
Review
Plastic, very lively and delicate sound.
Soft bass, of mismatched boxes high THD and thereby to bright sound.
Sound MM
Sound MC
Sound RCA 100
Sound XLR
Facilities sufficient
Operation well
Processing Very good
Sound judgment
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 9 / 11

 

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