received the Apollon Audio 1et7040sa purifi amp yesterday. I still have the NAD M23 purifi amp. just wanted something with an all black colour scheme. am likely going to regret going with piano black finishing due to potential swirl marks and fingerprints.
took a few weeks from ordering to delivery. email correspondence is sketchy at best (good before ordering, but goes somewhat downhill after payment..). amp came wrapped in clingfilm, with usual foam padding, single-boxed; a nice cloth cover and double boxing would have been better.
The amp itself is quite heavy and feels very solid and thankfully no rattling or loose pieces. opening the box, immediate whiff of fresh spray paint. chassis finish is quite good, not perfect as there are already some very faint swirl marks. not too bothered as the marks don't show when on the rack.
I like that there is adjustable gain as standard on all their amps now. I'm running it on lowest gain and there is more than enough power for Abyss and Sr1b (via the ti1b adaptor box). the binding posts used are very nice too. front logo lights up on turning on and the brightness can be turned off/dimmed via a switch below the chassis.
out of the box it didn't remind me of any other purifi amps I've tried before; it was very very warm sounding with a lot of low end. that seems to have cleared up pretty fast and it is now more reminiscent of the sound I am accustomed to. all in all not that much different from the nad M23 (if any different at all). it does have a nice form factor and looks really sexy on the rack. I will most likely keep it with these components in the pic, and then use the nad M23 together with the Zähl HM1 as pre.