Boulder 3050 Monoblock Amplifiers
Boulder 3050 Monoblock Amplifiers – Price $ 205,000 per pair (including granite bases) .....See More
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Boulder 3050 Monoblock Amplifiers
Questi finali mono da 1.500 watt in pura classe A, totalmente bilanciati, dalla realizzazione tecnica allo stato dell’arte grazie alla componentistica di livello assoluto, dalla finitura al massimo grado e dal risultato sonico in grado di emozionare anche il più smaliziato degli addetti ai lavori sono, probabilmente, tra i migliori sistemi di amplificazione audio al mondo.
La costruzione ad opera di blocchi di alluminio aerospaziale fresato rendono il cabinet un monolito totalmente sordo alle pochissime vibrazioni generate. La bellezza e l’eleganza stilistica sono fuori dal comune, mentre l’assenza di angoli a 90 gradi rende questi due monoblock degli oggetti dal fortissimo fascino.
La realizzazione del progetto ruota intorno ai due poderosi trasformatori toroidali per ogni finale. Alloggiati in un vano in acciaio e adeguatamente insonorizzati, questi trasformatori forniscono energia ad ognuno dei due 3050, ma questa energia ha bisogno di una linea elettrica dedicata. D’altronde, quando si arriva a certi livelli di amplificazione, la semplice linea elettrica delle nostre abitazioni, con 3 KW, viene messa alle corde.
Il sistema di dissipazione dell’energia trasformata in calore (conosciamo bene le caratteristiche dell’amplificazione in classe A) è molto tradizionale (dissipatori) e non prevede ventole interne.
La potenza di queste elettroniche è impressionante, tanto più che viene erogata in classe A; pertanto ritengo che non vi sia in circolazione una coppia di casse acustiche che il Boulder 3050 non possa pilotare, anche diffusori dalla difficilissima impedenza (2 ohm) non spaventano minimamente questi finali.
Oltre 200 Kg per ogni finale necessitano di un supporto adeguato; Boulder ha scelto di far poggiare i suoi amplificatori su basi in granito che infondono anche un tocco di eleganza all’insieme.
Prodotti di questo livello ridefiniscono il concetto di riproduzione musicale. Risulta, pertanto, quasi fuori luogo parlare dei diversi parametri sonici che siamo abituati ad utilizzare nelle consuete recensioni. Qui siamo oltre, siamo nel regno dell’assoluto e della riproduzione musicale allo stato dell’arte. Per questo i Boulder 3050 si meritano, a pieno titolo, un posto all’interno del nostro Hi Fi Dream.
Mi sembra quasi superfluo dire che macchine del genere richiedono componenti di pari lignaggio per non venire mortificate. E credetemi, i diffusori allo stato dell’arte, in grado di riprodurre l’intero range di frequenza e di rispettare la dinamica espressa da questi finali sono pochissimi in commercio.
Boulder 3050 Mono Power Amplifier . “I’ve never heard anything like this. I don’t even know how to put it into words because I don’t think what I’m hearing can be described in a way that would give anyone even an approximation of the experience. I keep coming back to the lamentation that so few people will ever hear or feel this as I am.”
Boulder has been unrivaled in defying expectations and limitations for nearly 30 years. From our earliest days creating studio equipment used in the making of some of the world’s most important recordings, to now, with our groundbreaking use of UPnP technology raising the bar for streaming digital audio. At every step of the way, one fundamental objective has been consistent: the pursuit of absolute perfection in sound quality.
Most companies have a pipe dream, a product they would build if the time were right and the customers were there, if there were no limits, if a new benchmark could be achieved.
Practically nobody builds this kind of product. Many claim to, but careful scrutiny nearly always reveals compromises or cynicism in the results. The challenges involved in creating a true statement piece are monumental, and the few who make the attempt are rarely able to say with honesty that they wouldn’t change a thing.
But not here. At Boulder, a dream has become reality. The reaction from journalists, industry insiders, enthusiasts and casual listeners has been nothing short of shock.
The 3050 Mono Power Amplifiers have arrived.
They had the best starting point—the design experience benchmark from the 2050 Mono Amplifiers. The new task for our engineers was clearly defined: more power, a new look and greater performance. It called for everything we knew as an electronics manufacturer: ideas, passion, research and dedication. Take it all and surpass it. Make it better. Exceed even what we thought was possible.
To increase power output, the output section and the supplies that feed it were reviewed and improved. Distortion was lowered with the development of an entirely new gain stage, the 99H. Mechanical isolation was taken to fanatical levels. Power requires a dedicated 240V circuit. Even the audible thermal signature of electrons passing through conductors was taken into account. All to produce an amplifier with such incredible levels of superiority that it defies categorization. The proof? A continuous 1,500 watts into any load. Current output great enough to drive any loudspeaker ever built. Distortion levels so low (0.0017%) that the coloration of every component in the chain outside of the 3050 will be audible. It is capable of perfectly recreating massive, thunderous crescendos. And yet, despite its awesome power, when asked to do so, the 3050 remains delicate, spacious and refined.
The sound of the amplifier itself cannot be described because the 3050 has no sound of its own. Bass, mids, highs, soundstaging, resolution, transparency, liquidity, musicality, realism, separation, pick your cliché: Everything is better. The select few in a position to own the 3050 Mono Amplifiers will enjoy events that may never be surpassed by anything but a live performance.
Even the exterior has reached a new level with a new design, faithful to all of the familiar Boulder hallmarks, but taken in a new direction. Countless ideas were developed, explored and rejected. Hundreds of drawings were rendered. Even something as simple as the pushbutton on the front panel was reworked and refined to a degree that would seem outrageous for any other product. But the results speak for themselves: The appearance of the 3050 is absolutely stunning. It’s cut from a very different cloth. It’s not just the sheer mass of the 3050 that grabs your attention (a behemoth at 445 lbs.), but the stance. The overwhelming scale of the parts is immense, but that’s the point. They perfectly represent the immense performance this amplifier achieves.
To consistently be at the very top, there are many things you must always possess: Unwavering discipline. Drive and dedication. Unwillingness to compromise. Creativity. The ability to reject traditional boundaries. A refusal to say, “That’s good enough.” These virtues are at the very heart of the 3050. Because to you—and to us—these values mean everything.
Boulder 3050 Monoblock Amplifiers
By Jeff Dorg
What do you get for a whopping $205,000 dollars? You get real music, provided you have speakers and ancillaries up to the task. Each of Boulder’s massive 3050 monoblocks weigh 450 pounds and supply 1500 watts of Class-A power per channel, delivering an experience beyond anything I’ve ever heard. The price tag of awesome is rarely a small one.
You also need a dedicated 220/240-volt line for each monoblock amplifier. My wimpy 20-amp dedicated lines are not enough for me to commandeer a pair of these for review, so I go to the mountains of Boulder, Colorado, home of Boulder Amplifiers. Forget the usual audiophile excuses about how a review can’t be written without the product being in your own system, because in this case the Boulder listening room features a pair of Focal Grande Utopia EM speakers, a model I am very familiar with….See more
1,500 watts at 8 Ohms!
Pure Class A operation!
120 output devices!
Dual 240-volt electric lines required!
6,000-watts maximum consumption!
Four toroidal power transformers!
Vanishing levels of distortion!
75-pound carved granite base!
Extensive mechanical resonance damping!
Price $205,000 per pair (including granite bases)
Boulder’s New $195,000 Super Amplifiers
An outstanding 1,500 Class A Watt 450 lbs model 3050 monoblocks!
Plus an interview with Boulder’s Rich Maez
Review By A. Colin Flood
You know you dream of it. You know you want it.
Boulder Amplifiers may have the most appropriate moniker in audio amplifiers. Their latest massive cement power amps are a machined block of aluminum walls. Located in the Colorado town of the same name, near Denver, the 26-year old company recently engineered and manufactured its largest, finest, most powerful and outrageous amplifiers, the 3050 mono amps. The two by one by three foot mega-monsters promise to be the biggest, baddest amps in the neighborhood.
Each amplifier is an asymmetrical mirror image square of the other. There are no 90-degree angles on the amplifier exteriors. All metalwork is monolithic. Metalwork is cut from 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminum and stainless steel with all machining and texturing done in-house….See more
Boulder Amplifiers’ 3050 Mono Amp
Form, Function, and Raw Power
December 13th, 2011 — by AVguide Staff
Boulder, Colo., 09 December, 2011: For nearly 30 years, Boulder Amplifiers has been America’s premier manufacturer of high-performance audio electronics. We are very proud to announce the official release of the 3050 Mono Power Amplifier (MSRP US$195,000). The 3050 is the largest and most powerful amplifier in the history of Boulder’s product range, delivering 50% more power than the 2050 Mono Amplifier, already widely acknowledged as the world’s finest audio amplifier by no small margin.
Massive Power Output. With an abundant reserve of power, the 3050 is the ultimate audio amplifier. It will produce 1,500 watts of continuous power into any load and requires a 240VAC mains feed. Peak output power is a staggering 6,000 watts. 5 encapsulated and potted toroidal transformers, 48 filter capacitors and 120 bipolar output devices ensure that voltage headroom is more than adequate, current delivery is instantaneous, damping is optimized and control of every driver in the loudspeaker is ideal. Distortion is 0.0006%, unheard of for an amplifier of this size….See more
Boulder 3050 mono block
décembre 12, 2011 by Marc PHILIP
For nearly 30 years, Boulder Amplifiers has been America’s premier manufacturer of high-performance audio electronics.
We are very proud to announce the official release of the 3050 Mono Power Amplifier (MSRP US$195,000).
The 3050 is the largest and most powerful amplifier in the history of Boulder’s product range, delivering 50% more power than the 2050 Mono Amplifier, already widely acknowledged as the world’s finest audio amplifier by no small margin.
Nearly 100% of circuitry and assembly of the amplifier was refined or redesigned during engineering of the 3050.
Noteworthy improvements and features include:
• Massive Power Output. With an abundant reserve of power, the 3050 is the ultimate audio amplifier.
It will produce 1,500 watts of continuous power into any load and requires a 240VAC mains feed. Peak output
power is a staggering 6,000 watts....See more