Hi-Fi Choice, March 2009
Reviewed by Jason Kennedy.
The AT2000 is a remarkably transparent amp in all important respects – it produces attractively open results and reflects the quality and nature of the incoming signal with a very natural and fluent precision. There’s no sense here of the sound being mechanical or etched; rather, instruments and voices are placed in the context in which they were recorded.
With the AT2000, Astin Trew is offering a genuine alternative to the majority of integrated models in this price range. It’s a design of such subtlety and finesse that it rivals Sugden’s classic A21 amp, but without the thermal and power challenges of that model. The fact that it offers so much flexibility is the icing on a highly musical cake.