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Review Creek 4040A integrated amplifier – Crikey!

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Pros

  • Very good performance for this price class
  • Very good USB input
  • Complete
  • Musical enjoyment guarateed

Cons

  • Bass quality
  • Control buttons are not sensitive
  • Position volume control on remote

Price: € 1099

Build quality
Usability
Sound
Price

Who is the Creek 4040A for?

Creek 4040A - front

The Creek 4040A belongs on the shortlist of any music lover looking for a fine amplifier and not wanting to spend thousands of euros. Nowhere does it falter, you can listen to music for long periods of time with great pleasure and relaxation, especially since the Creek seems to have so many reserves, creating a stable, room-filling stereo image.

The number of connections is more than enough for the audio enthusiast. An HDMI Arc is the only thing missing to use the Creek as a media hub in the living room.

The audio enthusiast on a tight budget will also certainly appreciate the Creek, especially since you can grow on while keeping the amplifier. The apparent ease of controlling speakers leaves room for the possibility of upgrading speakers.

The same goes for a digital source. The internal DAC is appropriate for the price level, but if a better DAC is connected, the playback is also better. Then we are soon talking about a DAC, or streamer with DAC, or DAC with preamp, that is more expensive to buy than the Creek itself to be significantly better. That leaves room for a nice upgrade path should you want more.

The USB connection is surprisingly good for this price range, allowing you to play high-quality music both with a simple solution via phone, iPad or computer, and that connecting a streamer via USB is no problem.

You can hear the Creek 4040A in this live multitest of speakers.

Amplifier type
Integrated
Amplifier technology
Class D
Bridgemode
No
Amplifier inputs
  • Analog RCA
  • Digital Coaxial
  • Digital Optical
  • Digital USB
Amplifier outputs
  • None
Power
Specification #1
  • Resistance: 8 ohm
  • Value specified: 55 watt
  • Value measured: 51 watt
Specification #2
  • Resistance: 4 ohm
  • Value specified: 110 watt
  • Value measured: 91 watt
Dimensions
  • Width: 21.5 cm
  • Depth: 25.5 cm
  • Height: 6 cm
Weight amplifier
2.2 Kg
Build in dac
Yes
Production country
China
Measurements
Creek 4040A - Max Power - 8 Ohm
Creek 4040A - Max Power - 8 Ohm
Creek 4040A - Max Power - 4 Ohm
Creek 4040A - Max Power - 4 Ohm
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - THD-N
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - THD-N
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - response
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - response
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - response + phase
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - response + phase
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - response - single ended
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - response - single ended
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - residu
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - residu
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - crosstalk - single ended
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - crosstalk - single ended
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - 8 Ohms
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - 8 Ohms
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - 8 Ohms - single ended
Creek 4040A - 1 watt - 8 Ohms - single ended
Creek 4040A - Noise power grid
Creek 4040A - Noise power grid

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