Leema Pulse IV unites Hi-Fi vinyl and smartphone playback
Leema Acoustics’ new Pulse IV amplifier is billed as the ideal ‘hub’ for contemporary music-listening with its turntable connectivity, Bluetooth playback and seven digital inputs and, incidentally, like the rest of the Leema range, it was designed by a BAFTA-winning sound engineer.
Leema’s ex-BBC lead engineer, Lee Taylor, has reworked the company’s noted Pulse amplifier for the digital age which, according tio the manufacturer, has dramatically improved performance over its predecessor while adding contemporary features, including a ‘super-high-quality’ phono stage for vinyl playback (£595 value), aptX Bluetooth for wireless streaming, plus a 32-bit/384kHz DAC enabling the playback of today’s high-resolution audio.
In addition to its digital connectivity, the Pulse IV caters for the vinyl resurgence with the addition of a high-quality phono stage taken from Leema’s standalone Essentials phono stage which can be bought separately. The Pulse IV offers both Moving Magnet and Moving Coil compatibility for vinyl, so all turntables can be connected, regardless of type.
Now in its fourth generation, the Pulse IV retains all of the original qualities with the addition of contemporary touches including all-new metal casework and an advanced 32-bit/384kHz-DSD capable Sabre DAC with a XMOS USB Type-B input to improve digital sound quality from connected devices. A further six digital inputs: three optical and three electrical S/PDIF, plus aptX Bluetooth, enable an even wider range of digitally connected devices.
The Pulse IV features an 80-watt design which Leema is confident will provide sufficient capacity to drive all speaker types, including those with difficult loads. In addition to its generous output power, the Pulse IV also features a high-quality front-panel-mounted headphone amplifier for late night or personal listening. For added flexibility, the Pulse IV also features two pairs of preamp outputs enabling connection to a range of devices, including power amps and subwoofers, plus a dedicated fixed-level record output adds further versatility for archiving music.
The new Pulse IV forms part of the re-introduced Spectrum range and like all Leema Acoustics’ electronics, the Pulse IV is hand-crafted in the Welshpool factory.
The Pulse IV is available now priced at £2,295 in black/silver
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