The Vitus SIA-030 Integrated Amplifier had its grand unveiling at the Munich High End Show 2019, it has been a while coming, it actually was delayed by a pretty much 12 months so Hans Ole Vitus could hone and fine-tune the amplifier in order to extract the finest possible performance from it – it was certainly worth the wait!
The SIA-030 delivers 30 watts per channel in Class A mode, switch over to Class AB mode and the power output steps up to 200 watts a side.
The SIA uses a huge 2.2kVA mains transformer, designed specifically for the SIA-030. The transformer has been suspended in the huge chassis to minimise unwanted vibration/noise.
The volume control comes is based around the Masterpiece MP-L201 Linestage (£46500) and steps up in 0.5dB steps for the ultimate control
There are 2 optional plug-in modules being released for the SIA-030. The first board is DAC/Streamer module, the performance from this module should be hovering around the level of the stand alone RD-101 DAC/Streamer which is £10800. The second board is a high performance phono stage, it is estimated both of these boards will be around £4500 per board. It is not a case of choosing one or the other, both boards can be fitted together and the board simply slides in from the back and locks into place. You do not need to go into the case to install them. The DAC board should be ready for launch by the end of 2019 and the Phono board should launch Q1 of 2020.
With the streaming board you could literally connect an Ethernet cable, run Roon and connect a pair of speakers and literally have a true one box system. The SIA-030 still has 3 x pairs of XLR fully balanced inputs and 2 x pairs of RCA single ended inputs. There is 1 x pair of RCA Pre-outs.
I spent a fair bit of time listening to the SIA-030 in the Vitus room at Munich and the sound was simply incredible. Tonally is like an SIA-025 but with so much more of everything the 025 does so well. The level of resolution and the distinct lack of noise was a real eye opener.
The performance was so liquid, effortlessly natural and a huge open window letting you see right into the music, with huge levels of scale and weight. Soundstaging this precise and palpable is something many people will never have experienced before.
The SIA-030 is no doubt going to redefine what the industry thought was possible from an integrated amplifier and even multiple boxes of amplification at any price point.
435 Wide x 268 High x 530 Deep mm
30 Watt Class A, 200 Watt Class AB
2 x RCA pair, 3 x XLR pair (fully balanced), USB & RJ45 for firmware upgrades
RCA x 1 Pair
1 x Ethernet, 1 x USB B, 1 x AES, 1 x SDPIF Coax, 1 x Optical
2 x RCA pair
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