EXPOSURE: Enhanced edition of top integrated amp – the 3010S2-D

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Exposure 3010S2D integrated with CD player - lifestyle - 2

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The 3010S2-D is the fourth incarnation of Exposure’s top integrated amp. For high-end audio at mid-range prices, the Exposure 3010S2 series has long been considered as one of the best options on the market. The British brand, renowned for creating hi-fi components with involving musical reality, places its focus firmly on developing high-performance audio with an affordable price tag.

The earlier 3010S2 integrated amp was a shining example, winning group tests in both Hi-Fi Choice and Hi-Fi News and garnering a wealth of rave reviews around the globe. “Sometimes a product comes along that has you asking why you should spend anything more”, said AudioFi.

Now the new 3010S2-D aims to deliver even more ‘bang’ for its ‘buck’.

Like its predecessor, the new 3010S2-D comes with six line level inputs. However, one of these is now a direct AV input to enable integration within a surround sound system. There is now also the possibility to fit an optional MM or MC phonostage, or a plug-in DAC board. The latter is capable of up to 192/24 bit PCM and DSD 64, and comes with two inputs: USB and BNC, with auto-switching between them. A preamp output allows for tagging-on of a separate power amplifier, in case you want to bi-amp your system. Speaker terminals are doubled to allow bi-wiring.

As is the case throughout the 3010S2 series, much attention has been paid to the circuit design in order to extract the best possible sound quality. Special high-quality capacitors are used in the signal path, and the circuit topology has been mapped with a view to keeping signal and power supply paths short. Cascode circuitry is used for improved power supply immunity.

The preamplifier now sports a brand new circuit board with all discrete components rather than integrated circuits, while the power amp features a fast bipolar transistor output stage for dynamic and vivid performance. A new power supply adds extra stages of regulation for improved performance.

This all slots into an attractive aluminium casing with extruded front panel for improved resonance control and EMF screening. The overall build quality, fit and finish are excellent. Both the front and back panels are graced with clear ergonomics and simplicity in features, with a well laid-out and comprehensive remote control completing the package.

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