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Creek Audio Equipment
Creek Audio Evolution 100P
Who needs a power amp? Well, you do, if you use a digital or analogue pre-amplifier like the EVOLUTION 50CD or 100CD, with built-in volume control. It is also possible you already own an integrated amplifier like the EVOLUTION 100A and wish to bi-amp your system to power difficult loudspeaker loads.
The new Creek power amplifier forms part of the new generation EVOLUTION 100 range of products. Housed in a slim case with engraved front panel and solid control knobs, it’s finished with either a black or silver brushed aluminium front panel.
The EVOLUTION 100P uses a massive 350 Watt toroidal mains transformer with separate windings for high and low current analogue and control circuitry. This solution produces a good power to weight ratio and low magnetic interference. Creek’s design policy of connecting several small low impedance capacitors in parallel creates an ultra-high specification capacitor to smooth the DC and helps to produce a very powerful and accurate sound from such a relatively small amplifier.
This power amplifier has a similar high-end, bi-polar transistor, Class-G power amplifier circuit, to the highly rated EVOLUTION 100A. It achieves very high open-loop gain and low distortion for a smooth and powerful sound. Featuring Sanken 15 Amp power transistors, with built-in thermal compensation for rapid bias tracking performance, the EVOLUTION 100P Power Amplifier circuit has very low output impedance and is also able to deliver high output current. This combination will provide exceptional speed and control over most loudspeakers.
A simple unity gain pre-amplifier selects between balanced XLR and direct un-balanced RCA inputs, to enable the user to input two different signals and select between either, on the fly, if required. It is fully protected from over-current, over-temperature and DC faults and will trigger the output and input relays to disengage immediately if an error occurs.
When required, the Evolution 100P can also be configured as bridged-mono to achieve even higher power output and will therefore sound more dynamic and in control. Please consult Creek Audio or your dealer for details about the external bridging adapter required to simply convert it from stereo into mono operation.$1,995.00Power AmplifierBuy Now
The first Creek amplifier, the £99 CAS4040, was launched on the UK market in 1982 and created somewhat mixed response.
The first Creek amplifier, the £99 CAS4040, was launched on the UK market in 1982 and created somewhat mixed response. Praise for its sound quality was tempered with disbelief that a fledgling British Hi-Fi company could be successful taking on the established brands and undercutting their prices. However, what was not realised by the reviewer of the first Creek amplifier was that Michael Creek already had a long experience in the audio industry.
It was in 1970 that Mike started working in his father's audio company, Wyndsor Recording Co. Ltd, initially as a stock controller, then buyer, factory manager and finally as a production engineer. Wyndsor made low cost 'reel to reel' tape recorders, record players, cassette recorders and FM/AM radios. Working for Wyndsor provided Mike with a broad understanding of how to run an electronics company from the shop floor upwards.
In 1976 he left Wyndsor to form his own company - M R Creek Ltd - trading as a design consultant to the audio industry. He concentrated mostly on product development, but also bought and sold parts to audio manufacturing companies.
By 1981 Mike started manufacturing products to his own design. He based his first product on the Wyndsor philosophy of high quality at a low price. Designing the product proved less difficult, however, than choosing a name for the company. In the end the choice of Creek Audio Systems proved to be successful.
As prices and production costs had risen considerably since the turn of the century, it had long been Mike's desire to recapture that part of the budget market that his products had served so well. With this in mind he had set up an office in China in late 2004, to investigate the possibilities of manufacturing in that country. With his own staff in place, extensive research was undertaken and an allegiance was formed with one of the country's specialist high quality manufacturers. With extensive Creek input into the designs and Creek's own Q.C. staff on hand to oversee production, the Evolution amplifier and CD player were released in early 2006. An FM/AM tuner soon followed. With this exciting new range Mike had been able to release the products at prices to match the 43 series which had been discontinued in 2003. Evolution has gone on to capture many awards in many of Creek's international markets.
As a direct consequence of the acceptance and extraordinary success of both the Destiny and Evolution ranges, demand for Creek's Classic products started to wane. Production of this series was therefore discontinued in 2007/08. Creek remained true to the 2 channel market, not being tempted to venture into multi channel. As a consequence it was inevitable that Mike would develop a turntable. He had long held the view that vinyl reproduction is important to Hi-Fi reproduction. As his company had produced a popular range of affordable, stand-alone phono stages able to extract high-quality signals from vinyl discs, it was logical that a turntable would follow. Named in memory of his late father's company Wyndsor Recording, Creek's Wyndsor turntable was released in 2007.