The following is a press release issued by T+A elektroakustik.
September 17, 2021 – Germany’s leading High-End specialist, T+A elektroakustik, presents a new, compact High-End series of equipment. The Series 200 picks up the external design features of the HA 200 reference-standard headphone pre-amplifier, and the whole series consists of the MP 200 multi-source player, the DAC 200 D/A converter / pre-amplifier, and the A 200 output stage.
“Our first headphone pre-amplifier – the HA 200 – is an exclusive and uncompromising device whose D/A converter has inherited the genes of our reference DAC, the SDV 3100 HV, so its great success in the marketplace wasn´t a surprise for us. This triumph confirmed our view that the time was right to develop a new series of highly specialised devices based on the HA 200,” as Oliver John – T+A International Sales Director – explains on the occasion of the introduction of the new Series 200.
In reality, the new Series 200 reaches far back into the past, as its external design leans heavily on the legendary M-system dating from the year 1993. However, the Herford designers replaced the characteristic chrome of the 1990’s with timeless aluminium in a matte black or silver finish.
The front panel of the DAC 200 echoes specific details of the HA 200, thereby integrating it into the series. Lothar Wiemann, Director of Development, considered it a logical step to build a range around the HA 200. “From the outset the devices of the Series 200 were intended to be specialist products, allowing a mix-and-match eco-system to develop.”
The new MP 200 assumes the role of the classic multi-source player, while the DAC 200 was conceived as a dedicated digital / analogue converter and pre-amplifier. The A 200 output stage forms the final link in the chain.
The advantage of this group of units lies in their strength as individual High-End reference devices, and as a team when used in combination. “We have designed all the units in such a way that they fulfill superbly their task as separate devices, but become even better when combined within a system,” as Lothar Wiemann explains. In this way the Series 200 devices function both as individual complements to existing systems and together as a combined system.
In technical terms the Herford company is exploiting its Modular High-End Architecture (MHA), which is an in-house development. In the case of the DAC 200 this includes the capability to convert DSD 1024 and PCM 768 files as well as including amplifier sections utilising Class A and HV technology. The result is that the DAC 200 is the perfect choice for customers using active loudspeakers as well as audiophile converter enthusiasts. The MP 200 provides access to services such as Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz and Roon (currently undergoing certification) as well as convenient system control using the T+A MusicNavigator app. For loudspeaker customers the system is completed with the A 200 and its output of 250 Watt per channel, whereas headphone users can either connect the HA 200 reference headphone Amplifier, or use the DAC 200’s 4.4mm Pentaconn output.
All the Series 200 devices can be ordered immediately, and will be delivered to authorised specialist dealers starting in October 2021.