Monrio MC 206 – Integrated amplifier

The Monrio MC series of integrated amplifiers is one of our core product ranges, renowned for excellent sound purity and impeccable quality. The model line-up so far consisted of the MC 202, MC200, MC 205, MC207 and MC206. With the MC 206 , we are now introducing a further refined version of the MC 206, featuring latest circuit topology and top-notch materials.

Sound quality has reached an even higher level than before, presenting a superbly matched blend of performance,features and musicality.

The circuitry of the MC 206 remains essentially unchanged, relying now on a single big printed circuit board capable of receiving all the necessary updates in order to keep the amp updated with current market demands. The main board carries the output stage and the power supply whilst the sub-board carries the low-level audio stage.

The power transistors used in the output stage are designed for audio application, with good dependence of fT on current and good HF characteristic. By connecting these devices in a quasi-complementary (all transistors used are of NPN type) configuration, the MC 206 delivers a high-quality power output capabilities rated for 100 watts into 8 ohms. This arrangement of high-current power transistors allowing the amplifier to drive even very low impedance loads.

The MC 206 features 300 VA toroidal power transformers and eight large electrolytic capacitors rated for 10.000 uF each. This assures ample reserves also for reproduction of demanding bass passages. The MC206 offers four line high level inputs, a dedicated unity gain A / V Direct input for use with a processor in a home theater system as a stereo amp for the front channels or surround channels and tape output. USB port allow PC streaming.

With the complete digital circuit installed the MC206 becomes a world class DAC with the connectivity and features to support the latest digital music formats. AK 44320 DAC configured for high current output performs the digital to analog signal conversion for uncompromised reproduction of digital music.

It also features a pre-out that allows direct connection of a sub-woofer or the possibility of using a stereo amp for any additional bi-amp connections. For source selection, every possible effort has been made to isolate the signal from the control circuit. All switching is performed by logic-controlled relays arranged in an optimised layout. The hermetically sealed relays are high-quality types developed specifically for demanding communication applications. The contacts are gold overlay silver palladium, high reliability-bifurcated for minimum contact resistance and outstanding long-term reliability. The remote control which is included, allows input selection and volume control.

OUTPUT POWER: 8 Ohms 100 W/ch.
THD: 0.03% (1kHz, 8 Ohms)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 10-100kHz, +/- 0.01 dB into 8 Ohms
SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO: 84dB – Unweighted
ON-BOARD DAC: 192kHz/24 Bit Stereo DAC
MAINS VOLTAGE: 110/115 – 220/240 VAC
MAINS VOLTAGE: Factory set for destination country only
INPUTS: 4 pair single-ended via RCA connectors
A/V Direct input: 1 pair single-ended via RCA connectors
Digital Input (USB): 1 USB Type “B” Connector
Line Output (Amplified Sub-woofer output): 1 pair single-ended via RCA connectors
Tape Output: 1 pair single-ended via RCA connectors
Speaker Output: 2 loudspeaker 5-way Gold Plated Binding Posts
DIMENSIONS: 438(w) x 92 (h) x 330(d) mm


Review by Fedeltà del Suono 

Review by Hi-Fi Choice