Alan Sircom writes in the March 2017 issue of HiFi Plus that “A well set-up SR250 gets on the same page as the big hitters with the even bigger price tags” and in conclusion Alan writes that the SR250 “is a really good amplifier, and not just at the price………..perhaps the best £25,000 amp you can get for £2,500. Recommended!
Normally, we take these reviews with as much salt as you do. Trouble is, we have an SR 250 and, after setting ours up for a dem with some Russell K Red 150s the other day, the thoughts running though our heads very closely echoed Alan’s. It simply should not be this good.
On the face of it, it’s compromised as hell, being something of a ‘crossover’ product with with video handling and Dirac room correction circuitry corrupting things. Yet, despite all of this, it’s something genuinely special with only physical size as a possible issue.
When it was first presented to us by Arcam’s Richard Trotter some months ago, we were fairly dismissive even though it did sound pretty good with fairly modest source components. We won’t be fooled, though, and, well used the reality distortion field that an enthusiastic brand ambassador can bring, thought little of it. After all, it’s an A39 with a bigger power supply and a pile of extra electronics in a larger “AV” style case.
Subsequently, the feature set that we suspected to be all but pointless turned out to be exactly what was needed for a local customer and he remains pleased as punch with his. Other buyers have come out of the shadows too, so we got the judgement wrong. We now feel compelled to explain to the outside world just how irrationally good this is as a simple stereo amplifier. And this includes it being better than its rather more purist and stripped back sibling, the A39.