The Accuphase E 205 is without a doubt a great amplifier, one of the best I have ever used, clean and crystalline sound, that still manages to be smooth and well controlled, a good balance between medium, treble and bass, excellent!
There is no doubt that this amplifier is a real gem for music lovers, despite being one of Accuphase’s entry level models the quality is there and with huge power resources.
In the phono field it is superb, inputs for phono (mm) and phono (mc), with impedance selector according to the cell used.
The 80wpc rating seems little, as it seems to deliver far more power than that, Accuphase tend to rate the power of their amplifiers conservatively. The E-205 tested in the April 1986 issue of Stereoplay gave: 110 watts per channel on 8Ω (stereo) and 160 watts per channel on 4Ω. I believe!
What impressed me most about this amplifier was the fact that even when I was listening to music at low volume (living in a flat with neighbours, at night…) everything was there, sometimes when the volume is low the bass, treble or midrange is lost and I have to adjust the equalisation, in this one no, the low volume is still strong and everything is perceptible, everything is there.
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Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
Total harmonic distortion: 0.02%
Damping factor: 100
Input sensitivity: 0.09mV (MC), 2.8mV (MM) 90mV (line)
Signal to noise ratio: 68dB (MC), 85dB (MM), 103dB (line)
Output: 90mV (line)
Speaker load impedance: 4Ω to 16Ω
Semiconductors: 66 x transistors 11 x IC, FET 24 x, 71 x diodes, 4×2 D1148 B863 power transistors, 2×22000μF Elna filter caps, Marcon, toroidal power transformer
Dimensions: 445 x 145 x 370mm