Element 116 Power Amplifier Monoblocks
DETAILED, MUSICAL, POWERFUL.
Element 116 Power amplifier Monoblocks take advantage of the Element 118 Power Amplifier design and were specifically scaled to meet a price point. Capitalizing on the extrodinary research and development done for the Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblocks, the Element 116 carries nearly the same sonic signature – Emotionally connecting you with you music that is life like. The Element 116 Power Ampliifer Monoblocks has the similar ultra low noise resolution that you can actually hear the difference in the music.
The first consideration for life like music is speed. The Element 116 Power Amplifier Monoblcoks uses most of the same technology from the Element 118. This makes the Elemenr 116 only the 2nd fastest amplifier from Merrill Audio. A distinction that is set at a very high bar. Developing speed requires accurate reproduction and stable circuits at times of extreme speed. Overshot and ring are the largest problems of speed. Rather then slow the speed down, the Element 116 Power Amplifier Monoblocks keeps this high speed and is engineered to remove the issued that cause the overshoot and ring. Although expensive, difficult and very time consuming to do, Merrill Audio Element 116 Power Amplifier Monoblocks have achived this result. Using the most advanced and newest transistors, Gallium Nitride, the Element 116 Power Amplifier Monoblocks transistors are able to deliver speeds into the Gigahertz range. Using special techniques, the PCB parasitic inductance and capacitance has been reduced to near zero. Having this advanced Transistors and PCB caused Merrill Audio to spend a lot of time to resolve the fabrication and manufacturing difficulties which come with such specialized techniques. These have been resolved and the new units are now part of the Merrill Audio Expertise.
The Result is that the Element 116 Power Amplifier Monoblock are very fast, clean and musical.
Another big requirement was the ability to provide all the details of the music. This is a unique characteristic of the Christine Reference Preamplifier and the Jens Reference Phono Stage that is yet to be matched in the industry. To do this a special circuit techniques were used. One of which is Merrill Audio’s ZXOL design which has an open loop design. That is no feedback. Without feedback, 2 advantages are found. The speed increases without the feedback and the amount of information is also increased. Since there is no loop back all the feedback loop distortion is gone. The time delays with feedback loops are also gone.
The results is that The Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblcoks are the audiable cleanest sounding amplifiers you will hear. The spaciacous, airy sound with rich detail. Deep tight bass is achieved with this ZXOL design.
Final results is the undisputed most musical, life like, powerful Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblocks that will take you away to the 5th Row.
The Element 116 Power Amplifier Mononblocks had to be engineering with 360 degree integration in mind. This included every feature that was necessary to keep and enhance the sound without adding unnecessary cost.
Only the best components were used.
Starting with the chassis.
GAIA III Isoacoustics Footers were used to provide isolation and absorption from the be ground.
Along with the platform isolation, the chassis is design to minimize external sound vibrations with mid point diffusers and stabilizers. The Chassis is plated rather than anodized for a softer more absorbent material. The material is done is a very tasteful nickel and Rose Gold.
The Element 116 Power amplifier Monoblocks uses the top of the line Speaker binding posts from WBT with direct copper posts that offer the convenience of spades, bananas and bare wire. These are the latest from WBT and in itself has been engineered for the best sound.
Power connections do make a difference. The tightest standard connections is the 20 AMP IEC connector. This will hold a heavy cord, make a tight connection and is available as a standard. Furutech Rhodium Plated 20A IEC AC inlets are used on the Element 116 Power Amplifier Monoblocks.
Internally the Element 116 Power Amplifier Monoblock PCB boards are manufactured to the highest standard and then engineered for the most stable temperature distribution. Using 8 pounds of pure copper per monoblock, the heat distribution system keeps a steady temperature on the boards for linear operation.
The Element 116 Power Amplifier Monoblocks only use wire that is OFC, stranded, silver plated and sleeved in Teflon for the low parasitics impedance with a low dielectric. High Gauge wire is used throughout and all Audio paths are hand soldered for the best connections.
|Power rating:||300watts into 8ohms|
|600 watts into 4 ohms|
|1200 watts into 2 ohms|
|Speaker Terminals:||Dual pairs of posts for bi-wiring|
|WBT – 0702.12 Platinum Plated|
|Accepts Bananas, spades or wire.|
|Input:||XLR Balanced input, Cardas XLR|
|Power AC:||20A AC inlet, Furutech Rodhium Plated inlet|
|Remote:||12V trigger, 3.5m, 20mA|
|Footers:||GAiA III from Isoacoustics|
|Size:||430mm (16.9”) W x 110mm (4.3”) H x 418mm (16.5”) D|
|Shipping size:||559mm (22”) W x 254mm (10”) H x 559mm (22”) D|
Reviews of Element 116 coming soon.