Following the rebranding of Sansui UK as Mitchell and Johnson at CES 2015, the new company is launching an integrated amplifier with built in 24bit/192kHz DAC and a matching CD player. Designed in Europe, the SAP-201V is an updated and improved version of the slim-line integrated amplifier previously sold under the Sansui brand name. The amplifier has new internal components and boasts a 40 watts per channel output and features seven inputs: four line level analogue inputs, a 3.5mm front panel socket, a dedicated phono input, and a coaxial or optical digital input for use with the built in DAC.
The high-resolution 24bit/192kHz Wolfson DAC enables digital audio sources, such as computers, portable players or the soon to be launched matching network music player to be connected via coaxial or optical sockets. The circuit utilises a ‘direct access’ design to shorten the signal paths and toroidal transformers and audiophile grade components are used throughout. The SAP-201V also includes a standard quarter inch (6mm) headphone socket on the front panel and line level output via RCA connections on the rear for recording purposes. Supplied in brushed silver or black finishes, with restyled metal volume controls and flush mounted control buttons, the SAP-201V aesthetically matches the CDD-201 CD player, which is compatible with all common CD formats including; CD/CD-/+R/RW and MP3. The CD player can be connected to the amplifier via its analogue or digital outputs.
Paul Mitchell, CEO, of Mitchell and Johnson commented, “With the launch of the SAP-201V and CDD-201 and the real improvements and features we have engineered into the products, we have fulfilled our ambition of making really good quality hi-fi available to all consumers, regardless of budget.” The DAC and phono stage equipped integrated amplifier has a recommended retail price of £299 and the CDD-201 CD player is £249.