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Aavik I-180 Integrated Amplifier

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Aavik I-180

Integrated Amplifier


Powerful, warm and detailed

The Aavik I-180 integrated amplifier is a surprising provider of a huge dynamic soundstage with lots of power ressources securing an excessive ease to make all loudspeakers perform at their best.


Technologies and Components

Your control and powerhouse.
The architecture of the Aavik integrated amplifier boasts sophisticated high-end electronic components set in a state-of-the-art enclosure. Based on ample power supplies, the Aavik integrated amplifier provides unprecedented dynamic speed, tight control and balanced stability, which creates persuasive and crystal-clear soundstage images that reflect even finest sonic details.



2×300 Watt

8 ohm

36 PCS

Active Tesla Coil

0,006 %

Distortion

 

 

Scandinavian design with an international twist

The Aavik design is Scandinavian understatement and expresses simplicity and minimalism featuring only a few buttons for logical operation. The multifunctional main knob allows to navigate and control the various functions. We have boosted the self-confidence with a huge red display, which makes it easy to read all details of the selected operational settings.

 

 

 


A cabinet with excellent sonic qualities

The cabinet design represents a Aavik characteristic. The testing of new circuits and electronic components is often done without the enclosing cabinet. The disturbing sonic influence, which emanates from the material the cabinet is made of – mostly aluminium – results from its mechanical resonance. To eliminate this sonic distortion, the challenge was to minimize the use of aluminium in the cabinet to the absolute minimum that is unavoidable to ensure sufficient cooling. We began testing various materials and designed an innovative natural-based composite material, which reduces the mechanical influence, particularly the hysteresis. The sonic result is distinctly audible and reflects a further prominent cornerstone in Aavik’s quest for the ultimate music experience.


Shaping

Built like an instrument.
Our untiring endeavour to unlock further untapped sonic potentials to advance the quality of the listener’s musical experience, prompted us to look into the design and construction of musical instruments – both in terms of shape, as well as choice of material. A combination of the natural-based composite material, the contours and the ratio of the sizes can impact and define the tone. Too much damping kills the dynamics, whereas metallic resonances generate a bright and peaky sound – Aavik’s engineered enclosure offers the best of both worlds: an authentic sound that is warm, harmonious, and powerful, yet, at the same time, so crisp and refined that it highlights every single detail in the music.


Separates

No compromise.
The decision to build separate units reflects Aavik’s intent of space management without any sonic compromise. Allowing sufficient space for each segment, has also influenced the integration of a high-grade power supply with a huge capacity and paved the way for an effective cooling design.

By separating the individual units and redesigning them in a totally isolated fashion, the Aavik series has gained in dynamic momentum and a more expansive sound.

 

Aavik UMAC™ amplifier

Unmatched audio control.
At Aavik we utilize the patented UMAC™ amplifier technology. This technology was developed to avoid the design flaws of traditional switching amplifiers. UMAC technology primarily targets two areas of modulated amplifier design. Firstly, the PWM* generation is produced with sine wave modulation rather than the more common triangle modulation. The benefit is that sine waves create far less high frequency noise than triangles, no sharp corners, and thus require far less inductive filtering at the output. The lower inductance in the output gives the amplifiers a much better damping factor and thus a distinctly better speaker control. Secondly, the advanced dual mixed mode feedback allows damping factors that are characteristic of only the very best linear amplifiers.

*PWM: Pulse-Width Modulation


Volume control

Affects the sonic experience.
The Aavik line stage boasts a unique, inverted, virtual GND** amplifier topology, which provides the highest stability. The feedback gets so powerful that it allows to damp the signal to a gain lower than 1. This preserves the full signal with the lowest S/N Ratio*** – no matter if you turn the volume up or down. This will provide your loudspeakers with a clear and distinct information flow to make even the finest details of timbral and textural nuances audible on an extremely quiet sound stage.

**GND: Ground
***S/N Ratio: Signal-to-Noise Ratio


Resonant mode power supply

Quiet but extremely powerful.
This Aavik series is designed to ensure massive power resources with ultra-low noise. Unlike the square waves used by conventional switch mode power supplies, this Aavik series boast a resonant mode design which is principally driven by sine waves.

When more power is needed, the operating frequency increases, which, in turn, has the advantage that the power density also increases, thus allowing higher peak power when required by the music.

The noise floor in the raw power supply is extremely low but could be even further lowered by the ultra-low noise regulators supplying the different parts of the circuit. The noise of these regulators is measured in a few microvolts respectively nanovolts, which is significantly lower than the noise level of conventional regulators.

 

The Tesla coil principle

The principle is to have two coils that are wounded in each direction / a coil and a counter coil. In Ansuz words: “a double inverted coil” – the two coils are both carrying voltage – and when the Tesla coil encounters a voltage spike a counter spike is activated in order to eliminate the noise. As Noise spikes are pure voltage and carries virtually no charge, the cancelation is quite good, but not 100%. By adding more P-TC coils in parallel the performance increases. By implementing this the perceived blackness in the music improves significantly.

Ansuz Tesla coils are available in various types as they complement each other in terms of strengths /weaknesses.


Active Tesla coil

Effective noise killer.
The active Tesla coils are power supplied which secures a remarkable lower impedance and thus a better ability to eliminate noise. The active version is about three to four times more efficient than passive Tesla coils.

 











Active square Tesla coils

Impressive noise reduction.
The active square Tesla coils are embedded in our circuitry boards – one coil on the top and the counter coil on the rear side. The principle is exactly the same as the active Tesla coil and thus a great ability to eliminate noise than the passive Tesla coil.

 

 

 

Analog dither technology

Extended musicality.
This technology is another noise reduction technology. The technology origins from radars where it secured a stronger signal and thus a wider range. Ansuz active Tesla coils are sending pulsated signals in well-defined frequencies. These signals are sent in counter phase and thus eliminating the noise floor whereby the music signal is significantly increased.

 


 

Anti aerial resonance coil technology

Prevents airborne noise.
All cables and cable screens are acting like antennas for airborne RF noise which of course is a huge problem. The passive cable Tesla coil is wounded on the external part of the cable and protects the signal from absorbing the airborne RF noise. This noise is absorbed in the Tesla coil.

As there is a voltage running in the conductor itself, and it is wounded in the counter direction – this is used as the counter coil and the RF noise is then eliminated.



REVIEW & AWARDS

Aavik Acoustics I-180 Integrated Amplifier, D-180 DAC, And S-180 Streamer / Network Player Review - Read More

"What is also amazing is that these Aavik components reviewed here are at the bottom of Aavik's three quality levels; for example, the I-180 is also offered as the I-280 and the I-580. It boggles the mind how good those components higher up in the Aavik product line must sound, and therefore, I can also recommend them. I doubt that the I-180 integrated amplifier, the D-180 digital-to-analog converter, and the S-180 streamer/network player can be bettered by any others that are anywhere their price." - Tom Lyle

 

Review Aavik I-180 amplifier - Read More

"Aavik, a brand that is practically unknown in Switzerland, celebrates a great debut. Visually attractive, distinctive and in Danish style dress - in the little black dress so to speak. In addition, a high-quality, out-of-the-box constructed interior: The Aavik high-end components have what it takes to become a high-quality classic! With the ingenious sounding amplifier tested here, Michael Børresen and his Aavik team have succeeded in creating a challenge for established champions, and it makes you want to hear even more Aavik! Mange tak, Michael Børresen." - Silvan Karrer


You call this Entry-Level? - Read More

"In order to encounter the I-180 in full bloom – as described above – and enable it to present all its qualities, we advise you try it in combination with external cables and then in full Danish regalia, i.e. together with Aavik devices and Ansuz accessories. Rarely in the past have we been able to perceive so clearly the differences that can come to light when a developer is able to implement his vision of music reproduction down to the smallest detail of a setup, as done here by Michael Borresen." -Michael Lang 


OH, YOU SORCERESS! - Read More

"An incredibly good system with an amplifier that can bring any speaker to life. This is not only a question of muscle power, however, as there is enough finesse to satisfy the vast majority. Warmly recommended. " - Roy Ervin Solstad

 

Double test of the integrated amplifiers: Aavik I-180 vs Aavik I-280 - Read More

"Either way, the new Aavik components are a breath of fresh air in the high-end segment. This is what innovative, progressive hi-fi looks like to me. The Børresen approach could - no: should catch on."

 

 

Aavik I-180 Integrated Stereo Amplifier Review - Read More

"An innovative pure high-level amplifier with relatively few features, but plenty of sound. The Aavik easily works with a wide range of impedances, takes loudspeakers firmly in its grip and has enough power reserves even for watt-hungry speakers."

 

Integrated Amplifier Technology Table

  Aavik I-180 Aavik I-280 Aavik I-580 Aavik I-880 / Integrated Amplifier
Active Tesla coil 36 72 108 132
Active square Tesla coils 96 168 240 311
Dither Circuitry 5 8 11 18
Anti aerial resonance … 4 4 4
Aavik Copper Inner Cha…

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Active zirconium Tesla…


20
Active zirconium cable…


4
Switchless Optical Inp…


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SPECIFICATIONS

Connections


Line in:
Line inputs: 5 single ended – RCA
Gain Line 1-4: 5-15dB; max input 4,5V RMS
Gain Line 5: 1-11dB; max input 6,5V RMS
Input impedance: 10Kohm
Pre out:
Pre out: 1 single ended – RCA
Max output: 7,5Vms
Distortion, line stage: <0,005% (THD at 1kHz, 1V input)
Output impedance: 50 ohm
Power out: Speaker terminals: Spade connectors or 4mm banana plugs

Amplifier Section


Volume Control:
76 dB – 1dB steps
Output:
2×300 w, 8 ohm
2 x 600 w, 4 ohm
Distortion (THD):
<0,006% (1-100W, 1 kHz, 8 ohm)
IMD:
<0,002% (1-100W, 4 ohm)
TIM:
<0,008% (1-100W, 4 ohm)

Aavik Noise Reduction


Active Tesla Coils:
36
Active Square Tesla Coils:
96
Dither circuitry:
5
Anti Aerial Resonance Coils:
4

Power consumption


Standby:
<0.5W
Idle:
<50W

Dimensions and Weight


L x W x H:
400 x 384 x 102 mm
15 3/4 x 15 1/8 x 4 1/64 inch
Weight:
8.8 kg
19 lbs