Accuphase E-560 in Test

The E-560 from the noble House of Accuphase integrated amplifier has elegant restraint. Because he strictly limited by class A. A how accurate his performance. Or staggering.

  1. Accuphase E-560 in test
  2. Data sheet

Accurately, so the foreign words Duden, teaches is called so much as carefully, exactly, or neat. When the brothers Jiro and Nakajii Kasuga in 1972 sought an internationally usable names for their new Nobel company, they came up with “accurate phase” short: Accuphase. Now all reinforced electrical signals the correct phasing is sure worth pursuing – directional definition and precise pulses are without a doubt the audiophile virtues. But by now, Accuphase stands for far more: exquisite sound quality at top price ranges – for Accuphase is never cheap. Excellent processing precious materials with timeless champagne look. Resistance of value of. Reliability. And last but not least a service standard that sets new standards. In this country guarantees by a distribution, its reseller support is second to none. The everything costs money, but it is essentially priceless.

Accurate phase

So, the German distributor of PIA not only delivered the new integrated amplifier S-560. No, PIA man Winfried Andres went with measuring instruments in the listening room and made sure that all members of the surveillance chain were accurate in phase. Those suck with power cord for example with the correct polarity of plug to the mains. Background: The potential of devices mass action against the power Earth is low – electro-technically speaking -, the less currents can influence the sound.

During the “off stage”, the PIA staff uses a network cable disconnected Earth (please not your own practice) and measures the voltage between outer ring a cinch and the earth terminal of the mains socket when the device is switched on, freed from all other cables unplug turns around, measure again and then selects the polarity with the lower voltage.

For the correct communication with third-party products, by the way each entrance of the E-560 as also the output signal of the amplifier in the absolute electrical phase can be switched to – consequence a la Accuphase. As a player, however, the only Player/converter reference Accuphase DP 800/DC 801 (25,200 euros) in question came. The superb combination of digital was able to obtain perfect 230 Volt from the in-house power conditioner HP 1210 (8330 euro). Andres just placed but not enough: to the cm that was accurately monitor speakers KEF Reference 207/2 (18,000 euros), thus the acoustic phase of the sound from left and right box at the listening position. The formidable KEF was chosen also because of its great efficiency (AUDIO code 52).

Moderate performance

Because so classy and weighty E-560 occurs, so modest he indicates his sheer power : 30 watts per channel. Because while much understatement resonates, but is one of the 24 kg car E-550 what his predecessor actually rather weak representatives of its price range, despite enormous energy reserves of power supply. Because he wastes much of this energy to keep its transistors full quiescent current under steam. More than half are for this, the usable performance decreases. However, this heat-intensive, environmentally rather questionable, so-called Class-A circuit ensures that forthcoming takeover distortions in push-pull mode. In the pairwise push-pull, a transistor draws each responsible for the positive and the negative half cycle of the signal. Where this “taking over on the zero line” transistors in the energy-saving mode can provide distortion – the sound is choppy and rough.

Compared to its predecessor, the E-560 not only in the performance of his massive Toroidal transformer sets to, but the diagram has a complete additional level in the Accuphase typical power-reverse coupled end reinforcement . It now provides the fully balanced signal processing in the performance area. Also this trick should make for a completely noise-free signal and – a name, a program – to maximum heights ultimately phase accuracy.

On technical delicacies, lacks is not the new top model so. Because no better innnerhalb of a power amplifier is known – also details such as the excellent Headphone amplifier – the author or the exquisite optional boards for D/A conversion or Phono amplification convince completely. Who about inserting the AD-20, need to worry again until sound claims from the external MC phono amp Linn Linto (1,350 euros).

Stunning in the sound

And even those who prefer the silver discs, might have set for life with the E-560. So he wants to take advantage of an integrated amplifier and produce no bordering on injury level through Watt-hungry speakers. Because what showed in the hearing room with the KEF 207/2, the largest and most expensive “integrated” accuphase one even compared with the much more expensive Before-end combinations the best, what was there ever strengthened. And up in volume ranges, even homeowners probably rarely Ascend.

The sportiv presented Mozart Symphony to the opulent “Alps” massif of Richard Strauss, from delicate solo places in Brahms ‘Alto Rhapsody” to the brutal piano and Orchestra attacks of a Prokofiev Concerto: The great Accuphase left the music with phenomenal sovereignty itself.

So, the thundering percussive passages by Prokofiev’s third Piano Concerto one really stole the breath. Who ever thought there would be crisp rhythms only in the rock – this one drove not less efficient in the belly. The ineffable sadness of the woodwind motif in the slow movement of Mozart’s g minor-Symphony, however, so went to the heart that you prefer took the solo flautist in the arms. The there with fast automatic unleashed finest Volume gradations and thundering Dynamics, that you almost forgot to attend a filthy hearing test.

Although the power-indicating VU Meter – Merry out path unfortunately after a scant one-third of the control path – about the “0” line of demarcation, the E-560 with an ease convinced that you asked whether it wouldn’t substantially stronger “little” brother E-450 (AK 74, 6,000 euros) on the speaker was on disconnected. Liked the more expensive in the sheer power of stick-hard bass drums are back perhaps a little – in the luminosity of all tonesin the illumination of all depths of space, in the pure presence of a sudden howling blues guitar tone he showed just superior to the now truly potent, hardened in countless speakers tests workhorse E-450. From the compared almost already cautious, almost laced acting playing of its excellent predecessor not to mention.

Here no false impression: we call the differences not the infamous “worlds”. And the super-combi DP-800/DC-801 can bring these nuances to light only a source of the strike. But the result is: for lovers most accurate timbres and fine Dynamics is the new number 1 under the integrated amplifiers Accuphase E-560.


Noblesse oblige – and once again inimitably, Accuphase has fulfilled its obligations. The classiest, most expensive amplifier of the noble House is at the top of the AUDIO-Bestenliste. The E-560 is one of the best integrated amplifiers of the world, balanced and effortless as everybody else. The richest equipped, best processed and probably Most stable is it anyway.

Accuphase E-560

Manufacturer Accuphase
Price €8900.00
Rating 130.0 points
Test procedure 1.0




Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 46.5 x 19, 1 x
42.6 cm
Weight 24.0 kg
Genus (REC / GM) Integrated amplifier
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive /
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB. No
Tone controls / switched off /
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 0 / 0
Memory / storage automatic 0 /.
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting
Input phono MM / MC Optional Board / optional Board
High level RCA inputs / XLR 5 / 2
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 104.0 W / 60,0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 110.0 W / 62.0 W
Noise line 104.0 dB(A)
the world r: colors, space and dynamics in fascinating ease represents.
Need efficient speakers for high volumes.
Sound MM
Sound MC
Sound RCA 130
Sound XLR 130
Facilities Very good
Operation Very good
Processing outstanding
Sound judgment Reference class 130
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 4 / 10