Ars Sonum NEW Filarmonia-SK Integrated Amplifier – $4,495 Hand crafted optimized classic design made with very high quality parts, materials, (hand wound) transformers, and more – all lovingly put together by designer/engineer Ricardo Hernandez in Spain. The Filarmonia uses a special screen grid regulated pentode circuit and a low 6dB of feedback to deliver 30W/ch of glorious sound. The new (as of February 2016) Filarmonia SK is the latest version of this great amplifier (it replaces the Filarmonia SJ and optional V-Cap upgraded SXJ version which introduced a new DC coupled inter-stage configuration). The new Filarmonia SK incorporates two main improvements:
- The very popular (SXJ) V-Cap upgrade is now standard in all Filarmonia SK amplifiers. This upgrade provides improvements in clarity, liquidity and musicality and gives the Filarmonia a bit of the outstanding sound character that is found in the (much more expensive and powerful) Gran Filarmonia integrated amp.
- The RCA input/output jacks and how they mount to the chassis has been improved and upgraded. A higher quality chassis mount RCA jack is now used and the rear of the polished stainless steel chassis of the Filarmonia SK amplifier has been re-designed to work with them.
With the inclusion of the (expensive ) V-Cap Teflon coupling capacitors as a standard item (this was a $400 extra cost option on the Filarmonia SJ) and the improvements to the chassis and RCA jacks, the price of the amplifier is now $4,495. Effectively only a $100 price increase over the previous (V-Cap included) Filarmonia SXJ version.
As before the Filarmonia SK comes with thoroughly tested and matched JJ E34L output tubes, and carefully selected front end tubes for fantastic performance right out of the box without any tweaking or tube-rolling necessary. For the ultimate turn-key experience, the Filarmonia SK can be purchased with a optional Cardas Clear or Clear Beyond Power cord at a substantial savings. See the Ars-Sonum USA Product Summary & Price Guide linked to below for details. .