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Old 2nd June 2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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Default Can this really be Class A & SE?

I was looking at the Monarchy SM70 amp. This is a stereo amp that is claimed to be 40watts, Class A and Single Ended. Those last two features would be two strikes against it being efficient

However what confuses me is that the heat sinks are at most only about 4 by 11 inches (each on a side). There is no fan.

When I look at the good work that is being done here, I see much more massive heat sinking for much less output. Is this manufacturer playing a "numbers game" about the performance and design. I am asking in this forum, since the responses are more knowledgeable and honest.

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Old 2nd June 2008, 04:43 PM   #2
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I see it specced @ 2x 25W RMS in 8 ohms and something like 40W RMS in 4 ohms, so are you certain it really is single-ended ?
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Old 2nd June 2008, 04:58 PM   #3
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Default Re: Can this really be Class A & SE?

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This is a stereo amp that is claimed to be 40watts, Class A and Single Ended.


Who has made this claim? It appears to be neither class A nor single ended and the Monarchy site certainly makes no such claims.
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Old 2nd June 2008, 05:15 PM   #4
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Default A clarification

Let me clarify. I am referring to the SM70 (not the SM70Pro).

You are correct, the output is 25watts/channel at 8 Ohms.
Printed on the amplifier cabinet it clearly reads "Pure Class A"
The Single Ended claim I can no longer find on the website; however, they do list magazine reviews where the reviewers refer to it as "single ended". The Monarchy website has these reviews , but perhaps they are not responsible if the magazine got it wrong.

In either case, even at the claimed 25 watts, the heat sinking seems small. That is what I am confused about.

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Old 2nd June 2008, 05:18 PM   #5
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The very large "Pure Class A" on the front plate would be an indication
But for the single endedness, yeah, I doubt.

Well 25 WRMS in 8 Ohms is 35W peak, so this gives 2A peak and 17V peak, a pure class A amp with 2A idle current and (say) +/- 20V supplies would dissipate 80W per channel... you'd need a 0.5C/W heatsink which is compatible with the dimensions you quote (9 cm * 30 cm). I have a heatsink in my supplier catalog which is 10cmx30cmx4cm and listed as 0.3 C/W.
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Old 2nd June 2008, 08:45 PM   #6
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Hi folks!
The monarchy is single ended in the input stage but it uses a push-pull topology in output stage as you may read in an old (1999 I think) issue of Audio Electronics written by G. Galo
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