In the CIS’s Stereo & Video magazine, the AMR 77 System is awarded the system of the month award – with very nice compliments bestowed upon the AM-77 Pre-Main amplifier and LS-77 Professional Monitors.
When you hear the first note of your favourite tunes with natural purity, it’s a feeling you’ll never forget.
It’s the feeling of the hairs on the back of your neck standing up.
The feeling that your favourite bands are right there with you.
This is the AMR AM-77.
R-amp it up!
An amp’s job is simple – to enhance your enjoyment of music.
However, many don’t, making your audio sound unnatural and bleached. Not anymore.
The AM-77 drives even the most difficult of loudspeakers and addresses poor sound by injecting:
via a fusion of valve and solid-state tech, into every vocal and instrument, allowing you to enjoy ‘live’ music every time.
Awe inspiring sound.
Boasting a spacious soundstage, the AM-77 delivers a truly inspiring sound that’ll have the hairs on the back of your neck standing up every single time you hit play.
And that is no bad thing.
- 180W Solid-State Power Buffer with unique error correction circuit
- Ultra Transparent OptiLevel® Volume Control
- OptiGain® Pure Class A all Valve Preamplifier
- Block Diagram for AMR’s AM-77: Pre-Main Amplifier
OptiGain® is AMR’s unique amplification circuitry design: it is the combination of premium thermionic electron valves in the voltage gain stage with a patent-pending “Class X: Jikoda circuit” comprised of matched bipolar output devices.
AMR’s “Class X: Jikoda circuit” in real-time, simultaneously detects and cancels unwanted artifacts in the audio signal: none pass to effect the playback of music.
The same cannot be said of traditional amplification designs found in mainstream amplifiers (of which the lion’s share employ solid-state amplification) that use designs based upon the feedback circuit which in theory and in practice, is ‘after the event’ as it goes back and adjusts the circuit’s input.
AMR through its exhaustive testing and auditioning, found that with generic feedback designs because errors in the audio signal still pass through, it is fundamentally flawed and largely accountable for the undesirable “solid-state signature” leveled at such sources. This is one of the main reasons why many have deemed the use of solid-state devices as an inferior approach to high-quality amplification when compared to the employment of valves.
As a result, with the AM-77, the resultant synergy of the OptiGain® circuit is the ability to amplify the delicate audio signal to an exemplary high level: whilst still retaining the sought-after finesse characteristically found only in the highest quality, “no feedback”, single-ended valve amplification designs.
OptiGain® inherently outperforms all conventional types of volume controls to ensure that at low as well at high volumes, the dynamic range is virtually unhindered while preserving every bit of minuscule information in the signal. Also, incorporated is “Level Offset Matching” where different level input sources can be preset to the same level for the most enjoyable listening conditions.
OptiOperation® modes offer unrivalled functionality and flexibility. Whatever the requirements of the system, one or more AM-77s are more than capable of delivering what is needed at the optimum level of quality and can be seamlessly integrated into home theatre setups.
OptiProtect® protection circuitry reliably protects amplifier and speakers from conditions that might lead to damage without any sonic impact whatsoever when the protection circuitry is inactive.
OptiCool® offers exceptional cooling performance without the need for traditional resonant heatsinks which resonate as many tuning forks.
OptiPower® supply circuit is completely free of regulators from beginning to end. This is an essential pre-cursor for subsequent thermionic electron valve circuits operating with no negative feedback to attain the maximum sonic performance.
OptiMains® is truly one of a kind in that it will maintain the optimal voltage to internal circuits to ensure the best sonic performance (and longest tube life). This patent-pending circuit will automatically detect, monitor and adjust if necessary, the incoming voltage to ensure the correct voltage is always supplied to the relevant internal sub-sections.
OptiTrans®power supply transformers have been designed as advanced double C-Core types to sonically surpass even the impressive R-Core transformers used in many high-end components and comprehensively outclasses traditional EI and to roidal transformers used in many peer group products.
OptiSeal® is the galvanic sealing of functional sections in the transformer and includes the use of separate transformer windings to ensure that noise from one section does not contaminate adjacent sections in a full dual-mono audio circuit design.
OptiChassis® is based upon the “ratio aureum” design principle along with a pure copper inner chassis. The result is an unrivalled low resonance signature, optimised electrical and thermal properties.
OptiIsolate® supports were drawn from the far more exacting aerospace industry to provide maximum mechanical isolation of the solid aluminium chassis from unwanted vibrations and resonances.
AMR components use premium components chosen after extensive evaluation, lengthy and comprehensive listening tests. These include Ultra High Speed RF, military-grade design printed circuit boards, German-made premium film capacitors, AMR’s own power supply polypropylene film Music Capacitors, low noise rectifiers and FEP Teflon insulated cable with silver-plate copper conductors for chassis wiring.
|Inputs||5 x RCA
1 x XLR Bal. shared with 1 RCA
1 X iPod® shared with 1 RCA
|Volume Control||71dB – 0dB in 1dB steps + Mute|
|Input Sensitivity (IHF 2.83V Out)/Impedance||< 0.05V / >20KOhm|
|Power Output (IHF Dynamic Power)||270 watts per channel at 8 ohm|
|(FTC)||180 watts per channel at 8 ohm|
|Output impedance||0.5 ohm, 20-20,000 Hz|
|Frequency Response (-1dB)||10Hz – 50kHz|
|Signal-to-noise ratio ‘A’ weighted||>100dB|
|Operational Modes||Pre-Main amplifier mode
Power amplifier mode
Unlimited AM-77s may be synchronised
|Thermionic Electron Valves||5687/6900 (NOS) amplification stage|
|Power Transformer||1200VA Custom Double C Core|
|Power Supply Capacitance||108,000uF per Channel|
|Rated voltage||Mains voltage USA/Canada 120 V~, 60 Hz
Mains voltage Europe/U.K./Australia 230 V~, 50 Hz
Mains voltage Japan 100 V~, 50 – 60 Hz
Mains voltage General export model 100/120/230 V~, 50 – 60 Hz
|Dimensions||17.9in W by 6.2in H by 18.3in D
46cm W by 16cm H by 47cm D
|Weight||Amplifier 75lbs / 34kg
Shipped 121lbs / 55kg
Many of the most desirable speakers in the world require high levels of power to work well. AMR developed the AM-77 Reference Class Dual-Mono amplifier based on OptiGain® which is an innovative implementation of Fusion Technology.
AMR’s OptiGain® is a unique circuit design approach and ingenious implementation of the valve voltage amplification circuit coupled with a near zero solid-state amplification stage using the patent-pending Feed-Forward Error Correction circuit. With an extremely low-level of distortion achieved, the AM-77 delivers enough power to comfortably drive modern speakers with the desirable characteristics of a single-ended valve amplifier.
Traditionally, amplifiers use feedback by which a proportion of the output signal is fed-back to the input of the amplifier which is then compared to the input signal. If differences are present, the amplifier will attempt to correct this error after it has already happened. Contrastingly, AMR’s patent-pending Feed-Forward Error Correction circuit uses two identical amplifiers operating as a symmetrical output stage. The Feed-Forward Error Correction circuit extracts only the error of each amplifier and feeds it into the opposite polarity amplifier. As a result, both the original error and its fed-forward replica are available at the exact same amplitude on both terminals of the speaker. As the speaker reacts only to the difference in the signal and none is present, the error has in effect, disappeared. Similar error-correction schemes have been used for many years in military control applications. To our knowledge this is the first consequential application in audio (please refer to OptiGain® in the Advanced Design Features section for further details).
It has been long acknowledged that switched attenuators of various types and designs offer the highest sound quality. However, they are usually limited in range, number of steps and are not easily remote-controlled.
AMR has adopted a similar approach of using switched resistors. However, the switched resistor arrays of the OptiLevel® precision volume control allow the use of far fewer contacts and resistors to achieve a much wider range of control with finer steps.
Sonically, unlike other methods of volume control, dynamics remain, even at low-listening levels.
The AM-77 volume control is in addition, microprocessor-controlled allowing for remote control as a matter of course while still offering a superior sonic performance allied with convenience.
AMR’s AM-77 Dual Mono Amplifier can be used with all kinds of dynamic, electrostatic and planar speakers, provided they are efficient enough to provide the desired sound pressure levels in your room and are of a suitable impedance. In normal-sized modern living rooms, we recommend that speakers should have a sensitivity of at least 82dB/2.83v/1m. We also recommend that speaker impedance should not drop significantly below 3 Ohm and on average, be at least 4 Ohm.
Speakers with higher sensitivity and higher impedances can be used without any problems. Indeed, as the room size increases, it is desirable to have more efficient speakers. Please note however, that the AM-77’s very high power output can, when combined with exceptionally efficient speakers, produce sound pressure levels that may impair hearing. AMR assumes no responsibility for such results.
We feel that our customers should not be constrained in their use of our products by omitting functionality that can be provided without a loss in sound quality. We equally do not feel it fair our customers pay extra for such functionality in the form of a paid-for option.
AMR felt that the kind of phono stage we would have been able to integrate inside the amplifier or to provide as an option board would not have been in keeping with the high standards set by AMR products. This is mainly a question of size and space as a true no compromise phono stage would require considerable effort, circuit and power supply resources.
For casual, occasional listening to LPs, simple and inexpensive “phono boxes” are available from a range of specialist manufacturers. For enthusiasts whose music listening is based mainly around listening to LPs, AMR is currently developing the PH-77 standalone phono stage whose implementation is in keeping with AMR’s extraordinarily high standards.
The professional Speakon Speaker connector offers touch proof and airtight silver contacts of superlative contact integrity that provides significantly improved sound quality over conventional binding posts. While sadly uncommon in high fidelity applications, AMR felt that this connector is highly desirable on grounds of sonic integrity, safety and long-term integrity.
The ubiquity of portable digital media should not be ignored. AMR therefore designed the AM-77 to offer a 3.5mm jack for the connection of portable digital media such as an iPod®.
Many portable digital media devices offer charging from a USB connector. The USB connector on the side of the front panel provides this charging voltage to such devices. It has no other function or digital connection facility.
The mechanical structure of a heatsink resembles many tuning forks and usually resonates strongly as such. As these resonances invariably find their way into the signal passing through the amplifier, AMR felt it wise to omit them. Instead, AMR has taken great pains to design their chassis so it can effectively reject the excess heat produced by the circuit through radiation and convection without adding any sonic artifacts.
System of the Month
August 2008 Dagogo USA – AM-77 Review by Chris Redmond
“had I heard the AM-77 before hearing the Audio Note Quest Silvers and later purchasing the Border Patrol, I may well have ended up buying the AMR”
“…providing an owner with a taste of the high-end and a sip of single-ended triode magic…”.
November 2007 – HiFi Choice (UK) reviews AMR’s AM-77 Dual Mono Amplifier
AMR’s AM-77 Dual Mono Amplifier, the AM-77 receives the prestigious “Editor’s Choice” Award.
Jason Kennedy writes about the AM-77:
“It handles speed and dynamics without any edginess or glare, to such an extent that one is left in no doubt about the valve factor.”
“The AM-77 can drive a pair of B&W 802Ds to truly entertaining levels.”
“If there’s acoustic space in the signal the AM-77 will be sure to make the most of it.”
Read the complete review at the www.tech.co.uk Website.
6moons.com previews AMR’s AM-77 Dual Mono Amplifier
“It suggested that the SET ambitions for the integrated amp would be likewise rooted in demonstrability and not mere propaganda.”
“As the innards show, parts density is high, assembly impressive and copper lining generous.”
“…zero listener fatigue, sonic voluptuousness and properly scaling macrodynamics…”
Abbingdon Music Research review of AM-77 & CD-77 at 6moons.com
Srajan Ebaen of 6moons.com previews AMR’s AM-77 Dual Mono Amplifier and CD-77 Compact Disk Processor.
AM-77 – November 2007 HiFi Choice – Editor’s Choice Award
Abbingdon Music Research AM-77: “AMR is a company with capability and vision and this shows in the design and performance of the AM-77 – it’s a thrilling amplifier that brings you the dynamics of valves with the power of transistors in a substantial but well-featured design.”