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Review Advance Paris A12 integrated amplifier – Frivolous Frenchman

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Pros

  • Delightful amp
  • Looks cool
  • Lots of connectivity

Cons

  • DAC could be better
  • Flavourful appearance

Price: € 2695

Build quality
Usability
Sound
Price
Advance Paris X-i180

Measurements Advance Paris A12

Contents

We drive the power amplifier analog from the Prism. So we have a 100% analog loop through the Advance A12 in this measurement.

The strength of the Advance Paris is in the amplifier. It is just exceptionally well designed. The noise floor is relatively low at -110dB. We estimate that the tubes push it up slightly. But that’s a guess. We can see from the spectrum that Advance Paris uses relatively high feedback (few harmonics visible). In short: a clean image (0.012% THD+N at 1 watt / 8 Ohms). At 10 watts, the noise floor drops slightly, but the THD+N is the same. At 50 watts, the noise drops some more, but we see that the harmonics rise considerably. The THD+N rises to 0.09%.

Frequency response is quite neat. We estimate that the bandwidth is wider than we can measure with the Prism (which stops around 90 kHz). The bass end drops off slightly from 30 Hz. With most speakers, this is not audible. If we measure harmonics up to 500 kHz on the spectral analyzer we don’t see anything crazy either. So the output is pretty clean.

Looking at the power measurements, we see around 255 watts into 4 ohms before the distortion shoots up. At 1%, that would come to 280 watts approximately. In 8 Ohms, we measure 173 watts at the tipping point and almost 200 watts at 1%.

The residual measurements show a neat result (no harsh / jagged distortion) for an amplifier in this class. We’ve certainly seen worse. By the way, what is striking is that we do not see a difference between high- and low-bias in any of the measurements. We wonder if it’s our sample (we have a very early model) or if it’s just not measurable.

Measurements DAC board

We measured the dac board in various ways. We tried coax, aes and optical and measured through the pre-out, rec-out and speaker out.

There is no big difference in the results, which in itself is positive, were it not for the fact that we believe the amplifier is of a higher level than the dac in this Advance Paris A12. This is especially visible in the harmonics and channel separation.

We find the results of the dac measurements frankly not really impressive. Crosstalk is just high at -69dB through the speaker out. An average dac sits at almost double that: 110 to 120 dB. So there’s something going on there… we asked Advance for feedback and they shared their measurements. They almost match our measurements. So they are correct. The linearity measurement shows it’s fine from -110dB. There is nothing wrong with that.

A dynamic range of 96 dB is not shockingly good, but not bad either (about 16 bits). In this class, however, there are models that measure better than that. THD is average; around -90dB and interface jitter sits at 91ps. That, in turn, is above average in this class.

What troubles us a little is that a dac around €1000 measures significantly better than this in really all areas. Advance has obviously invested in the amplifier. Which therefore performs excellently. Both sound-wise and measurement-wise.

It seems that Advance Paris has opted for lots of connectivity on the digital level, but not necessarily for a high-quality solution. What we suspect is that the power supply for the digital board has been an afterthought (lots of 50 Hz harmonics).

Conclusion

Advance Paris has put down a great-sounding amplifier with the A12. The rich, generous reproduction of this Advance Paris will please many enthusiasts. To get the most out of this amplifier, we recommend a good source with analogue outputs. The built-in dac works fine, but does not really show what this amplifier is capable of. Whoever knows that and takes that into account, can get a beautiful piece of electronics in his / her rack. A piece of electronics with a quirky appearance and a lovely, round sound that will please many enthusiasts.
Amplifier type
Integrated
Amplifier technology
Class AB
Bridgemode
No
Amplifier inputs
  • Analog RCA
  • Analog XLR
  • Analog Phono MC
  • Digital Coaxial
  • Digital Optical
  • Digital USB
  • Digital AES
  • HDMI (ARC)
  • HDMI (Audio)
Amplifier outputs
  • Analog RCA
  • Analog XLR
  • HDMI (ARC)
  • Subwoofer
Power
Specification #1
  • Resistance: 4 ohm
  • Value specified: 285 watt
  • Value measured: 255 watt
Specification #2
  • Resistance: 8 ohm
  • Value specified: 180 watt
  • Value measured: 173 watt
Dimensions
  • Width: 43 cm
  • Depth: 37 cm
  • Height: 17 cm
Weight amplifier
18 Kg
Build in dac
Yes
Production country
China
Sound Samples
Measurements
Imaging - filter - 192 kHz
Imaging - filter - 192 kHz
Imaging - filter
Imaging - filter
Imaging 44kHz
Imaging 44kHz
Advance Paris - Harmonics - 10 kHz - 500 KHz
Advance Paris - Harmonics - 10 kHz - 500 KHz
Frequency Response - 192 kHz
Frequency Response - 192 kHz
Crosstalk via speaker out
Crosstalk via speaker out
Dynamic range - speaker out
Dynamic range - speaker out
Noise - interference - speaker out
Noise - interference - speaker out
Noise - interference
Noise - interference
Interface jitter - jtest
Interface jitter - jtest
Imaging - filter
Imaging - filter
THD vs Freq
THD vs Freq
Imaging - filter - 192 kHz
Imaging - filter - 192 kHz
Dac lineairity
Dac lineairity
Dynamic range
Dynamic range
Frequency Response - 192 kHz
Frequency Response - 192 kHz
Crosstalk XLR out
Crosstalk XLR out
Advance Paris - THD 10 watt
Advance Paris - THD 10 watt
Advance Paris - THD + N vs Freq
Advance Paris - THD + N vs Freq
Advance Paris - Power - 8 Ohm
Advance Paris - Power - 8 Ohm
Advance Paris - Power - 4 Ohm
Advance Paris - Power - 4 Ohm
Residu - 1 watt - 8 Ohm - normal bias
Residu - 1 watt - 8 Ohm - normal bias
Residu - 10 watt - 8 Ohm - high bias
Residu - 10 watt - 8 Ohm - high bias
Residu - 10 watt - 8 Ohm - normal bias
Residu - 10 watt - 8 Ohm - normal bias
Advance Paris - Freq response
Advance Paris - Freq response
Residu - 1 watt - 8 Ohm - high bias
Residu - 1 watt - 8 Ohm - high bias
10 watt over 8 Ohm - noise - High res
10 watt over 8 Ohm - noise - High res
1 watt - 8 Ohm
1 watt - 8 Ohm
50 watt over 8 Ohm - noise - High res
50 watt over 8 Ohm - noise - High res

Winkels met Advance Paris

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Grotestraat 23
5931 CS Tegelen, NL
Parkweg 23
8084CG 't Harde, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Geldropseweg 105
5611 SE Eindhoven, NL
Breestraat 146-148
2311CX Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL