So - at the risk of being a troll :( Anyone looking at the Kinki Studio EX-M1 integrated amp?

Discussion in 'Solid State Gear' started by mhardy6647, Aug 18, 2018.

  1. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    A fellow on the Polk forums got interested and bought one. His initial impressions are very positive.

    Just wonderin' if any of all y'all were considering/looking at this amp?
    S'posed to be "Swiss style" sound at a fraction of the price (less than $3k in the US)

    EDIT: I have no horse in this race :) Just curious as to whether anyone here was paying any attention to this designer and/or this particular product?

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  2. Ernie

    Ernie Activated

    The somewhat lack of frame of reference, in the picture, has me thinking that this is a small form factor piece. The oversize knobs and uncluttered faceplate add to that.

    A quick read of the manual shows that this is a substantial piece. 17"Wx5"Hx14.5"D and 55 pounds. 215 wpc into 8 ohms.

    They are not playing around.

    First I hear of this, but I'm somewhat intrigued. At least, as much as a confirmed low-wattage tube guy can be intrigued.
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  3. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    Well, I am now! Lovely piece.
  4. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    Where do the tubes go? ;) :)
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  5. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    yeah, yeah...

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  6. David

    David Moderator

    This amp does appear to be the talk of the town...

    What’s special about it? Another champagne taste on a beer budget package from China?
  7. Ernie

    Ernie Activated

    Amp designer, Liu, with one on the bench, testing performance. Not a lightweight integrated, nor is it Class D PS.

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  8. Prime Minister

    Prime Minister Site Owner Staff Member

    Right in the garbage. Along with the ignition points, carbon paper, floppy disks and your old pager. Though I do understand there is the odd collector for this stuff, so you might want to try eBay before they go in the trash. :)
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  9. TubeHiFiNut

    TubeHiFiNut Administrator Staff Member

    Just send all those old outdated tubes and tube amps my way. ;) ;)

    Come to think of it, I'll also need the ignition points for my 1957 Chevy and 1966 Mercury. ;) ;)

    Back on topic: The amp looks nice and has plenty of power.

    Wondering how well it drives low impedance, reactive (big electrostats) loads?
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  10. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    Me, too ;) ('specially the reactive part)

    Here's the Polk forums thread, if anyone's interested & hasn't located it yet. I have been waxing pretty skeptical but that's just me being me :confused:
  11. Don Ivey

    Don Ivey Junior Member

    For anyone interested, there is a pretty lengthy discussion of this amp on Audiogon. It seems to be quite popular.
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  12. HepcatWilly

    HepcatWilly Junior Member

    Based on the scale of the photos (assuming the engineer is greater than 18" tall) the remote must be the size of a loaf of bread.
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  13. JohnVF

    JohnVF Administrator Staff Member

    My wife's into kinki stuff.

    c'mon, you all get to make Schiit jokes for 10 years and think they're funny.
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  14. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    Imagine the Sino-California joint venture...


    They'll petition the Frank Zappa family trust for rights to use Frank's name, likeness, and probably some of his music as part of their marketing campaign.
    Maybe they'll contact Stormy Daniels, too...
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  15. Redboy

    Redboy Knobophobe

    I’ve always thought the world deserves a Bulldog / Shih Tzu hybrid for the name, alone...

    “Hey Nate, what would you call that dog?” you might ask...

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  16. mhardy6647

    mhardy6647 Señor Member

    you can't go wrong with a hybridization of those two names, actually -- as I reflect upon the possibilities.

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