There is a new Dynamo 34SE MK II out. Anyone heard it yet? 8 wpc at the speaker outs and 6 wpc at the headphone out. Price did increase $200 with the changes:
1. Power Supply - The power transformer has been enlarged by 50%. Much improved insulation and winding techniques result in noiseless operation, and a 40% reduction in generated heat levels. Filtering and energy storage has been increased by a whopping 70%. The sonic improvement is substantial- deeper, more impactful lower frequencies, wider dynamics and the ability to drive a much wider range of speakers without strain. Distortion levels at high SPLs and low frequencies has been reduced by 35%. Furthermore, the large power supply has now been isolated from the sensitive input circuitry resulting in the elimination of electromagnetic interference.
2. Chassis - Not only is the chassis 20% larger in order to accommodate the huge new power transformer, it has been stiffened and braced to reduce unwanted resonances. Sonically this translates to greater purity and transparency. The Dynamo has gone from weighing 22 lbs to 30 lbs.
3. Capacitors- Every single capacitor has been doubled in voltage capacity which provides bullet proof reliability and eliminates potential problems in areas afflicted with high AC line voltage that is prone to surging and/ or fluctuation.
4. Tube Rectifier - The previously used instant on 5U4GB rectifier tube has been replaced with the soft start 5AR4. This provides a safeguard against excessive inrush current upon turn on.
The overall improvement wrought by the MK. II is highly significant. From virtually eliminating noise so that the Dynamo can successfully be used with ultra high sensitivity speakers and increasing its power capabilities so that it can mate with a wider range of lower sensitivity speakers to unshakeable reliability in any environment to stunning performance enhancements that include deeper, punchier bass, greater transparency and purity overall, more expansive soundstage and greater extension and air in the treble all combine to create an amplifier that while is hard to surpass at $5000, is unmatched at its value laden price of only $1499 US. While the original Dynamo 34SE at $1299 US was considered the finest value in all of high end audio, all the huge and costly improvements incorporated in the MK. II with only a $200 increase in price, make the MK. II even more of an audiophile bargain.