Amplifier Creek Evolution 5350

While its predecessor with a tricky circuit sought tubes similarity, the Creek sets evolution 5350 (1350 euro) on a classic concept – with serious consequences of sound.

  1. Amplifier Creek evolution 5350
  2. Data sheet

Well three pounds grown! One such spring finding provides mostly grief, joy comes up when comparing weight between the older 5350 SE quite (5/02, 8 kilos) and the new evolution of 5350 (10.5 kilograms). Creek in the newcomer has put apparently significantly more at the same price from 1350 euro.

For example a bit grainier transformer which can download standalone Elko teams for the left and right channel of amplifier with separate secondary windings and about two switching fast Schottky Diode quartets. Instead of fewer larger power storage used rather Creek 20 small. The flat body, not only for the sake but because reduce resistance and inductance due to the more numerous parallel connections. So the energy transfer even at higher frequencies expires relatively unhindered.

At the PSU, which independently provides also the inputs and the control electronics, parallels with the old 5350 can find so quite. There is also a slot for optional Phonomodule (85 and 95 euros for moving magnet and moving coil cartridge, as SE version 125 euro). But it ends even the list the similarities, because instead of primarily on only one, the components were distributed in the new 5350 on an input and two power amplifiers circuit boards.

On the former, Takamisawa relays get the input select, then glide the signals to an IC buffer stage (Burr Brown OPA 2134) and then to an electronic volume control named PGA 2320 2310 characterized over the all usual type of Texas instruments with better dynamic range.

The new Creek offers more content at the old price

Then it goes even via extra buffer to the pre outs of 5350 – or directly to the final stages, where each a differential amplifier with every imaginable comfort and come after waiting the vibrations (with power sources work easier and extra output transistors). Via an again-Retroactive effect reducing field effect transistor signals via pre driver, driver and finally over a semiconductor power Quartet flocking to the speakers terminals. This Chief developer Michael Creek is now on the all popular “emitter follower”-circuit, where a level next controls with appropriate electrodes.

Techie’s could be wurmen there a little Creek gave up the cooked out arrangement with arranged in series power field-effect transistors (and of which two duos in the push-pull) – Finally, this should lead to particularly pipe-like sound.

Still not really there to what now reaffirmation electronics gripe. To all a very useful facilities offers the evolution of 5350: source selection are not only five normal Hochpegel-Ins, but also an input is available, which leads directly to the power amplifiers. The relay to activate Noble boxes connectors for pairs A and/or B as well as the display that shows the volume position in 80 decibel levels, complete ease.

In an emergency the Creek with the lettering “over heat”, and a break from the resists are what draws attention to a small flaw: the housing air vents above and below the two massive heatsink appear the testers at least felt too small.

In the listening room he liked are indeed not too beat new 5350 – although he can muster around 200 Watts in normal speakers impedance -. However he soon proved an integrated amplifier with extremely musical character. One that not only plump then rolls in the lower registers, but reproduced realistically contoured, earthy and warm, or even singing soft sounds.

So he made it at Ulita Knaus’ “Summer Green Eyes” (“So Lost Like Peace”, minor music), the bass to give exactly the adequately sensitive structure and severity. The voice was ravishingly physically, intimate, the long-sounding piano chords that glowed in most beautiful colors.

So the new Creek was already a Marantz PM 15 S 1 (9/05, 1500 euros) before serious problems. The best representatives of 46 points class (which was also the Creek predecessor) was also jittery and artificial although More agile and more radiant in MIDs and highs. So, the new Creek without any discussion scored 47 points.

It remains but also – he pointed out then its limits the Creek at similar naturalness still powerfully sounding 3010 by exposure (1/05, 49 points, 1590 EUR). But what prevented the testers do not, the evolution of 5350 as new Primus in his class a highlight and the award work unit of the editorial office to forgive.

So, “Emitterfolger” Trek leads also creeks to Rome. The music lover aimed not at party level is really the evolution of 5350 without ifs and buts.

Creek evolution 5350

Manufacturer Creek
Price €1350.00
Rating 47.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 43,0 x 9, 0 x 34.0 cm
Weight 10.5 kg
Genus (REC / GM) Integrated amplifier
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive /
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB.
Tone controls / switched off /
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 0 / 0
Memory / storage automatic 0 /.
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting No
Input phono MM / MC Optional Board / optional Board
High level RCA inputs / XLR 5 / 0
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 0 / 0
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 1 /.
Recorder connections (a / from) 1
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer 0
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 190.0 W / 123.0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 233.0 W / 147,0 W
Noise line 87.0 DB (a)
Short conclusion An ambitious construction with solid aluminium front, enough power, harmonic distortion gradient as well as natural and fine sound: 1350 euros, the new Creek 5350 already represents a dream of integrated amplifier.
Sound Top-class
Sound points analog
(maximum 70 points)
Sound points Netzwerk-In
(maximum 70 points)
Sound points USB-In
(maximum 70 points)
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating (maximum 120 good – very good-72 points
Price-performance ratio outstanding
tested in issue: 5 / 10