The AT2-2100 integrated 90W/8ohm amplifier is a major step forward for Astin Trew and replaces the AT2000. Using a hybrid transformer / active pre-amplifier design stage, with a patented class A/B MOSFET power amplifier, it offers both extremely low distortion and high level of musicality at its price point. The sound quality is almost valve like, the mids and highs are smooth and open, and the bass has real authority as only a well designed solid state design can achieve; the whole offers a beautifully integrated sound-scape usually only available from higher priced amplifiers.
Inside, there is a large transformer and power supply, feeding boards populated with audiophile quality components, all housed in ventilated casework with a distinctive aluminium front fascia design, available in three standard anodised finishes, silver black and red.
Astin Trew AT2-2100 integrated amplifier review
at www.hifi-advice.com by in Christiaan Hunter, 11th March 2020.
Tonally, the amp is neutral and acoustically convincing. It has an unrestrained and exciting sound …. The pacing is spot-on with a distinct toe-tapping quality. It is an engaging sound that does not draw attention to the amp itself by being too smooth or slow or by being edgy or bright and it is certainly not clinically clean.
… the Astin Trew sounds positive, open and lively and with a well-proportioned, very well-articulated bass….the Astin Trew has another card up its sleeve which is its super-engaging and toe-tapping rhythmic ability.
Conclusion: Neutral and even-handed and only trailing behind the very best (and much more expensive) amps in terms of nuance and refinement, the Astin Trew has an engagingly upbeat, dynamic and expressive delivery with more than enough power and control to drive even very demanding speakers.
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Hi-Fi World, February 2018
‘This amplifier doesn’t major on huge bass, sharp treble or over-emphasised midband – instead it hangs everything together extremely well.’
Awarded five Globes by Hi-Fi World magazine.
A powerful transistor-based amplifier with almost valve like sound which makes for a thoroughly musical experience.
– Smooth, rich sound
– Build quality
– Great bass
– No DAC or Bluetooth