YOU want big, heavy and powerful, here it is – the Boulder 3060 stereo power amplifier, which will shortly be unveiled at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (Jan 8-11).
This is the the largest and most powerful amplifier ever made by the Boulder, Colorado-based company. And, says Boulder, also the most accurate one, sonically.
The 3060 is the second product in the range-topping 3000 Series, the other being the 3050 monobloc. This mighty amp hammers out 900 watts per channel into any load (where’s an Apogee Full Range when you need one?) and weighs a bone-crunching 204kg.
The linear Class A design has audio circuitry derived from the 3050 and uses 120 output devices. Boulder says it can handle massive current swings and drive any loudspeaker to “realistic” performance levels.
Bias current is actively monitored and adjusted for better efficiency and to reduce radiated heat energy … perhaps as green as such a behemoth can get. A continuously active array of protection and status monitoring circuits ensures stability.
The metalwork of this beast is machined at Boulder’s own CNC outfits, and a black granite and stainless steel platform is cut and polished to match the angled surfaces of the amp, to be shipped with each unit.
The price? A mere US$115,000 is the recommended retail. And here’s the cruncher – all units will be made only in 240V versions, no 100V/120V. Boulder says this is to guarantee full-rated power output.
Will this amp be the game-changer that Boulder says it is – let’s wait and see. Meanwhile, until we get the full image from Boulder, let the teaser photos nibble at your audiophile ears.