Roksan Oxygene integrated amplifier

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Roksan Ltd. Oxygene

For serious listening, I used my 2009 iMac (running the latest OS X 10.8.4 operating system) playing lossless files through AptX Bluetooth to one of Roksan’s 16 BT channels. First came Vaughan Williams The Wasps, played by Michael Stern and the Kansas Symphony Orchestra (Reference Recordings). This is proving both a remarkable recording in its own right, but also a fine test recording, in terms of the dynamic range of a system and its ability to communicate musical themes accurately. Perhaps it’s the Kansas connection, but the overture here can easily drift into something more like Copland than Vaughan Williams, but here it was kept in check and very English summertime. There was no sense of the bass getting out of control or the treble messing up those beautifully recorded strings and brass sections. This was quickly followed by Madeleine Peyroux Careless Love album (Decca) and the interplay between singer, organ and guitar was slick and sleek. In absolute terms, the Oxygene is on the right side of mellow; far removed from the Class D screech-boom of old, but not the crowned king of transients. That serves to make the Oxygene sound sophisticated in most cases, but just be careful of matching the amp with mellow sounding loudspeakers.

Yes, if you go the traditional audiophile route and build up a system comprising a host of stylistically-random boxes, with visible screws and heatsinks everywhere, you will probably end up with something that sounds better than the Oxygene. Which is akin to saying a old Ford Fiesta with an engine from an even older Renault 5 Turbo is faster than a Porsche Boxster – even if its right, those who are about to buy a Boxster will cry ‘who cares’? And that’s the big feather in the cap of the Roksan Oxygene – it’s hi-fi for a new generation who would never buy into the old ways.  

Technical Specifications

Inputs: 3x Analogue RCA

Bluetooth: 16 channels (15x individual devices, 1x infinite)

Outputs: 2x Loudspeaker terminals, L/R phono for 

active subwoofer

Power bandwidth: 1Hz-43kHz

THD: Better than 0.1%

S/N ratio: 95dB

Input Sensitivity: >1Vrms

Input Impedance: 10kOhms

Power Output: 75W (eight ohms), 150W (four ohms)

Output Impedance” ).02ohms @ f > 1kHz

Current Limit: 16A peak

Dimensions (WxHxD): 31x31x6cm

Weight: 7kg

Finishes: White, Black, Silver 

Price: £3,000 (Silver £3,500)

Manufactured by: Roksan

www.oxygene.roksanaudio.com

Distributed by: Henley Designs

www.henley-designs.co.uk

Tel: +44(0)1235 511166 

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