Roksan Audio Blak integrated amplifier

Integrated amplifiers
Roksan Ltd. Blak Integrated

I tried the phono input using a Rega P3 with an Elys 2 moving magnet. Upon playing a record from a victim of 2016’s war on musicians (Mose Allison, and his LP Run for the Hills  on Pure Pleasure/Epic), Roksan’s Blak revealed the soft and rounded – but jazz hipster sharp – vibe of the recording. It lost none of the snap that Allison brought to classics like ‘Hey Good Looking’: this can sometimes sound softened through on-board phono stages. I also gave the Bluetooth a spin (albeit with an iPad, which doesn’t support aptX), and it sounded tolerable with a replay of Gilles Peterson’s 6Music radio show; at least until I streamed the same thing over USB from another source, which added significantly to the experience. Both versions, however, served to reveal that Blak’s balance is kind enough to let lesser quality sources sound good enough even through revealing speakers.

Roksan’s Blak could perhaps have a better DAC and it would be nice if MC cartridges were accommodated, but in terms of features and sound quality this is a well-rounded amplifier in all senses of the word. How much more Blak could it be? The answer (as revealed in the movie, This Is Spinal Tap) is: none, none more Blak. Recommended!


Type: Solid-state, 2-channel integrated amplifier with built-in DAC, phonostage, and headphone amplifier

Analogue inputs: One MM phono input (via RCA jacks), three single-ended line-level inputs (via RCA jacks), one balanced input (via XLR connectors)

Digital inputs: One USB port, one Bluetooth aptX receiver

Analogue outputs: None

Supported sample rates: 16-bit, 24-bit — 32kHz – 192kHz, DSD64, DSD128

Input impedance:
High-level: 24k Ohm XLR, 40k Ohm RCA
Phono: 47kOhms, 150pF

Output impedance (preamp): N/A

Headphone Loads: Not specified

Power Output: 150Wpc @ 8 Ohms

Bandwidth: < 20Hz to more than 80kHz

Distortion: @ 1W, 8ohm, 5kHz < 0.02% @ 12W, 8ohm, 5kHz < 0.035%

Signal to Noise Ratio: @ 1kHz, 8ohm, 1W > 76dB

Dimensions (H×W×D): 140 × 440 × 400mm

Weight: 14kg

Price: £2,800

Manufacturer:: Roksan Audio

Tel: +44 (0)20 8900 6801


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