Densen unveiled the new B-130 XS integrated amplifier.
Source: Press Release, Last Accessed: 2015/01/03
Densen’s B-130 has received recognition and awards all over the world, the latest being the prestigious Diapason D`Or. Now Densen upgrades the B-130 significantly, and rename it to be the B-130 XS.
The qualities of the B-130 remained intact, but Densen has worked on all parts of the B-130XS. Densen B-130 has always had the option of adding a FabelDAC DA Converter board internally in the amp however, in the B-130XS, this feature has been enhanced, and the B-130XS is prepared for the forthcoming top of the line Densen internal DAC. This DAC will have USB, Toslink and Coax inputs, and a highly advanced DAC and analogue stage. The B-130XS can control this DAC directly, by either the Gizmo remote, or by the push buttons on the front panel of the B-130XS. When the DAC is installed, the front panel display of the B-130XS will inform of which input is selected, including the DACs digital inputs.
The B-130XS comes in Densen’s traditional sleek fascia, featuring only 8 small push buttons on the front. These buttons allow for the control of the standby function, input selection, volume, status and processor loop (and possible the build in surround board).
The preamp stage of the B-130XS has a power supply of 30.000uF and 3 separate regulated outputs. The entire preamp stage is based on the B-275 reference preamp and features a microprocessor controlled relay attenuator, which, according to Densen, offers a very short signal path, the least interference with the signal and virtually no self-induced noise. This attenuator does not compromise on precision since it has 200 steps where each step accounts for 0.5 dB. The power amp stage of the B-130XS is based on the basic design of the B-350 power amp. The B-130XS delivers 2x80W into 8 and 100W into 4 ohm loads. The power supply includes a total of 60.000uF filter capacity for the output stage. A 30.000uF regulated power supply is used for the input stage.
The circuits of the B-130XS have all been designed with no feedback, all resistors are Vishay 1% metal film while WIMA capacitors, and Densen?s own high speed capacitors are used. The PCB is a double sided Teflon board which ensures an effective separation between the ground plane and the signal path.
B-130XS does have a wide range of upgrade and expansion possibilities. It is possible to install phono boards for MM (DP-03 MM Board) and as it offers two sets of preamplifier outpus it is easy to upgrade with further power amps for bi-amping or tri-amping. Ultimately you can even add an electronic crossover (SAXO) as the B-130XS has a socket for this inside, and use the Densen B-130XS as the heart in an advanced active system. The amplifier can, also, be further expanded from being a dedicated high-end stereo amp to be a very simple yet extremely well sounding surround preamp.
Basically you plug in one of the two new surround boards, a 5.1/7.1 line in and a 5.1/7.1 pre-out. There is no processing capability so you will have to add a SACD or DVD-Audio / DVD-Video player with 5.1 analogue output.