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This artisan version of Absoluta’s Partenope integrated amplifier (€11,480), normally shown in gloss black or a solid-wood finish, enjoyed a custom finish typical of what the Italians are prepared to do to make audio equipment aesthetically pleasing. The Partenope's power output is 73Wpc at 8 ohms -- no rounding up or down here -- and it includes a moving-magnet phono stage and sculptural remote control.

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