Review Kinki Studio EX-M1+

Pros

  • Build quality
  • Power and refinement
  • Price

Cons

  • Limited number of inputs
  • Analog inputs only
  • Prijs: € 2895

    Buid quality
    usability
    Sound
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    Kinky Studio EX-M1

    Conclusion

    We believe Kinki Studio is a very clever company. The name is striking, the looks are special and the price is very competitive. Apart from that, the EX-M1+ is a beautifully made amplifier with an excellent reproduction. It is a purist amplifier that makes the rest of your components shine like only the very best can. The Kinki Studio EX-M1 is an absolute must hear and highly recommend!

    For whom

    Contents

    Kinky Studio EX-M1

    The Kinki Studio is not for those who prefer a fuller, rounder sound. They will be better off with the (more expensive) Yamaha A-S3000. Both amplifiers can not be further apart in terms of playback. But they both pull us into the music. Other contenders are the Hegel H390 or the Moon 340i. These are also more expensive but a lot more versatile. Think built-in dac and streamer. Purely as an amplifier we do not immediately see a competitor in this price range and that makes it the Kinki very attractive.

    It seems that more and more beautiful things are coming from China and that they are performing very well. In any case, the Kinki Studio EX-M1+ functions as it should, without the slightest hitch. And although it’s proudly made in China this is really not a Chinese amplifier because it is full of international components, even from the Netherlands. Something to think about.

    We can imagine that the Kinki Studio EX-M1+ might be too light, too fast and too punchy for some, but for us the sound is just right. Even with our rather revealing monitors. The combination of transparency, control and finesse will suit anyone looking for an uncoloured sound with sufficient involvement and ‘musicality’.

     

    9 Comments

    1. Greetings,

      I have a Kinki Ex-M1 and i want to upgrade, i see in this review that is compared with the Hegel H390 which was the unit i was aiming for to upgrade over the Kinki, but i m reading that they are contenders, so my question is regardless of the versatility of the H390 having a DAC & Streamer, how do they stack sound wise ONLY, is it worth to upgrade to the Hegel H390 for the sound over the EX-M1 ?

      Thank you and hoping you guys are doing fine ih this contingency

      Warm Regards
      Miguel

        1. Hello Jaap,

          Thanks for your feedback !

          Some have claimed the Hegel is smoother, do you agree ?

          The only think i would like a little a bit more on my Kinki is to be more meatier and a bitty smoother, my PMC Twenty5 26 could benefit on that i guess, any suggestions ?

          Kinki has evolved both Kinki EX-M1 & EX-M1+:

          —-“The new EX-M1 sounds calmer due to the quieter background. Also has more drive due to the higher power encapsulated transformers and 50% more of the capacitors reservoir. There is also improvement to the amp circuitry, preamp and input selector boards”—-

          Regards

          Miguel

        2. I wouldn’t say Hegel is the smoothest sounding amp I know. The Yamaha 3000-series for example is a lot smoother than the H390. I don’t know how that matches on the PMC, but that one is magical on the Focal Sopra. But I guess you need a bit more control in the bass. In terms of control Hegel is very good. But another brand that is well known for control is MOON. You could check that out. It’s a bit smoother than Hegel ánd has the bass-control you need with PMC.

        1. Hi Jaap Veenstra,

          It is me here again, sorry to bother you with my questions:

          It is that just sold my Kinki M1 and first wanted to ask you how do you compare the sound signature of the Kinki vs the H390 ?
          The NEW Kinki has 400VA per channel vs 300VA of the one i just sold, Kinki claims is “calmer” and with a bit more drive, and dont get me wrong i loved my Kinki but wanted a bit more specially that fuller sound, my PMC Twenty5 26 are super fast and transparent and sometimes i felt the combination needed a bit more of air specially in the High frequencies where it can get a bit incisive sometimes, you told me the H390 is not the smoother one, but to clarify, is it smoother than the Kinki, would help me describing the difference sound wise between the two ?

          In the other hand i am also considering (for better possible SQ ) the Kinki M7 with Denafrips Athena Preamp…but if it is possible i want to keep it simple with the Integrated path

          Thank you very much

          Miguel

        2. Questions are always welcome!

          Hegel has a lot of drive. But it’s not the smoothest or most refined. But it’s fun and dynamic. If you want fast and smooth, go for a Yamaha 3000-series. But that one doesn’t have a dac… Don’t know if you need one?

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