Margules Audio i-240 Class A Tube Integrated Amplifier
The i-240 re-creates realistic and dynamic scenarios thanks to the fusion between the application of cutting-edge technology and the tonal benefits of the tubes:
The formula of Casa Margules' Characteristic Sound.
This one-of-a-kind high-end integrated amplifier was handcrafted with materials and components of the highest quality, observing the strictest production processes and looking after the smallest detail.
Due to its manufacturing philosophy, the I-240 integrated amplifier merges design with functionality, offering versatility, convenience and, most of all, a realistic sound with an appropriate frequency response, low distortion and precise harmonic reproduction.
In the same way, this amplifier will allow you to enjoy a captivating, engaging and natural sound since its conceptualization and development are built on the implementation of our Neuro-Acoustic Alignment technology (ANA®) based on the way the human brain perceives sound, prioritizing harmonic structure over fundamental tone.
The I-240 is a tube integrated amplification and preamplification system (based on the legendary U280 ASB, which is a reference in the audio world) that recreates realistic and dynamic scenarios thanks to the fusion between the application of cutting-edge technology and the tonal benefits of the tubes: the formula of Casa Margules’ characteristic sound.
Class-A Operation & Active Servo Bias
This amplifier incorporates our exclusive Active Servo Bias (patent pending), which guarantees an optimal operation since it does not require any polarization adjustment, always operating at pure Class-A to ensure a detailed sound scenario.
By continuously adjusting the polarization based on the signal, this circuit radically extends the useful life of the output tubes and allows them an ideal operation, which in addition optimizes energy consumption by avoiding overheating.
The output tubes are configured to operate in ultra-linear mode in order to improve the efficiency in amplification.
Shunt Regulated Power Supplies
The power supplies for the small-signal stages are independent and of the SHUNT type.
By not having a control loop circuit, they avoid the induction of harmonics, guaranteeing the integrity of the audio signal.
Another advantage of the SHUNT power supplies lies in the carefully designed circuit to protect them from the common and uncommon defects of the tubes, which makes them practically indestructible.
Zero Negative Feedback
On the other hand, the I-240 avoids the use of negative feedback, a common practice that results in a loss of details and sound richness.
Back Electromotive Force Sensor
In order to improve the damping factor without recurring to negative feedback, Margules Audio has developed the Back Electromotive Force Sensor system or BEFS, which changes the output impedance of the amplifier per the load requirement.
The optimal impedance of the equipment ranges between 4 and 8 Ohms, which is already pre-set. Hence, the BEFS together with the Active Servo Bias allow the amplifier to drive with excellent dynamics and controlled bass the difficult loads in low-efficiency or low-sensitivity speakers.
As to connectivity, the I-240 comes with three different line inputs and an attenuation or high precision volume control, which allow the use of the equipment with several sources.
Neuro-Acoustic Alignment (ANA®)
The ANA® technology (Neuro-Acoustic Alignment) is one of Margules’ technological innovations developed from a fundamental principle: the human brain perceives sound by prioritizing the harmonic structure above fundamental tone; that is, it focuses on how humans perceive sound and not on how we measure it.
This technological advance originates from the engaging sound theory and is based on the way in which our brain decodes the information from the sound waves through the ears: when sounds are closer, they keep us focused due to the relation between perception and sound, the distance at which we perceive them and their intelligibility, whereas distant sounds, even when intelligible, do not catch our attention and are easily ignored.
Our ANA® technology is designed to achieve a realistic sound, with a wide frequency response, low distortion and precise harmonic reproduction, optimizing to the utmost the relationship between the source and the receiver, so that you can enjoy your music in a way you have never experienced before.
Power at 8 Ohms: 25 watts per channel
Frequency Response: -3dB 10Hz – 40KHz
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): 0.15% at 1 Watt 0.7% at Full Power
Bandwidth ( Full Power ): 30 – 30,000 Hz
Supply Voltage: 120 VAC
Stand-by Mode: 145 Watts
Maximum Consumption:350 Watts
4 x EL34 (6L6, KT66, KT77, 6CA7)
4 x 12AU7
Dimensions: 7.48" ( H ) x 15.74" ( W ) x 14.96" ( D )
Margules Audio i-240 User's Manual