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The U300 integrated amplifier (24,000) marks the debut of Aavik, sister company of the established Raidho loudspeaker brand. In this case, "U" stands for unity, reflecting both the nature of the product itself, which includes a DAC, phono stage and amplification, as well as the collective nature of the design team behind it. The internal topology is unusual, combining a discrete front-end and high-quality DAC with a 300Wpc ICEpower-derived output stage. Styling is perhaps best described as early school of Terminator, the massive central control surrounded by a multifunction, annular display. Given the care and attention that have gone into the highly configurable front-end circuitry and its sophisticated power supply, we suspect that this is designed as a preamp/stepping-stone product, with internal amplification included just to keep you going until you can afford the separate power amp(s) that will doubtless be along shortly.
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