There's obviously something good happening in Wales, as Leema Acoustics has unleashed another excellent amplifier in the form of the Pulse. Living up to the high standard set by its bigger brother the superb Tucana, the Pulse is a tour de force in amplification. With more than enough power to tackle demanding speaker loads and a cool volume display, the Pulse is becoming a dem favourite in the stereo sound lounge. Pop in for a play.
As it happens there is a fantastic review on the Leema Pulse and stream that you can find here:
Hi Fi Choice May 2008
David Price of Hi-Fi World did a comparo beetween this and the substantially more expensive Yamaha S2000 amp that has been fanfared by that company as its new era of stereo components ... Herwith a couple of quotes from that review (July 2008 HiFi World)
"There was a smoother more inviting wash of sound via the Pulse, wheras the S2000 Yamaha deconstructed the track then fired it back at me"
"The Leema consistently turned in a far wider and more capacious recorded acoustic"
Actually Mr Price didnt dislike the Yamaha ... he just found it racous and distorted in comparison to the Leema which is actually a superb amplifier. By the way wheras the Yamaha claimed 120 watts it only measured 98 watts, wheras the Leema claims 80 watts and measures 84 watts.
Some companies just cant seem to bring themselves to a condition of brichure accuacy even when it is their most audio exemplary product that they are representng. On the whole Carlton Audio Visual tends not to deal with the exaguration marketers, they are the brands that tend not to have a handle on sound quality and are forced into brochure willy waving to try and net the swarming masses...
And here is the Leema official spin on the product:
"The Pulse amplifier was conceived to deliver a startling level of performance to a whole new audience. By carefully slimming and honing the design of the award winning Tucana, and by adding exciting new features, Leema have produced a new reference amplifier at less than half the cost of the Tucana.
The Pulse is easily capable of driving today’s audiophile speakers with a vice-like grip and precise control. Input selection includes a LIPS (Leema Intelligent Protocol System) configurable AV input, moving magnet and moving coil phono inputs as well as an MP3 player input. Additional features include full remote control a sophisticated volume display, and a headphone output.
LIPS enables the Pulse to automatically and intelligently configure other devices into a multi-unit home entertainment system of uncompromised audiophile quality. It is designed with families in mind. No longer will only one member of the family be able to fully use the system, resulting in more enjoyment for everyone and more return on your investment."
*Reprinted from Product info