Creek Evolution Evo 50A Integrated Amp
This new amplifier forms part of the next generation Evolution 50 range of products. Housed in a slim case with engraved front panel and solid control knobs, it's finished in either black or silver brushed aluminum. An ingenious new push button design has been developed for it, offering excellent tactile feel and backlit optical indication of usable functions for optimum user-friendliness.
"One of the very best sounding amplifiers on sale at or near its price. Sonically superb, impressively specified and decently screwed together, there’s nothing not to like here. As such, it should be right at the top of your audition list. That's progress for you!"
– David Price, HiFi Choice, Editor's Choice Award
At the heart of any good amplifier lies a good power supply; the Evolution 50A uses a 200 Watt toroidal mains transformer with separate windings for high and low current analogue and digital circuitry. This solution produces a good power to weight ratio and low magnetic interference. Creek's policy of paralleling several low impedance capacitors to create an ultra-high specification capacitor to smooth the DC also helps to produce a very powerful and accurate sound from such a relatively small amplifier.
"A highly transparent, modern sounding solid-state amplifier yet one that is marvellously musical and engaging. It just digs right into the mix and serves it all back to you in a wonderfully lucid way. The Creek is undeniably versatile with its range of plug-in modules, and is nice to use too...This has to be the very best value mid-price integrated on the market right now."
– HiFi News
The Evolution 50A is Creek's first product to feature an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display. This white on black display provides higher clarity and resolution than a normal display. Brightness levels can be changed or the display made to turn off when not required, via the menu system. Featuring a pair of Sanken 15Amp power transistors, with built-in thermal compensation for rapid bias tracking performance, the Power Amplifier circuit has very low output impedance and can produce high output current. This combination will provide exceptional speed and control over most loudspeakers.
Creek also developed a completely new analogue Pre-amp circuit, providing high levels of flexibility and control, via unbalanced or balanced inputs. It has multiple input options, switched electronically or via gold contact relays, plus electronic Volume, Balance and Tone controls. For Vinyl fans, a Sequel Phono pre-amp can be plugged-in, substituting Line Input 1 for Phono. In addition, there is another input available, should the user want to fit a Tuner module. The computer control will sense this and respond accordingly.
A stylish new system remote handset has been developed to control all the functions of the Evolution 50 range. The Evolution 50 range also features an optional IR extender to enable the products to be hidden away, but still operable via remote control.