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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

Measurements and conclusion Creek 4040A

Measurements Creek 4040A

The Creek measures up nicely. We see decent results that belong in this price range. The noise floor is around -110dB with a rising noise floor towards 90 kHz. Creek has it under control, but it could be a little lower at the end we think.

The response and phase suits a class D amplifier. We can clearly see the effect of the filter. The response slopes down a bit towards 20 kHz and the phase turns up there too. We see this with all class D amplifiers.

Power output is approximately what Creek says it is. It’s just depends where you put the measurement point, we now know. Looking at 8 Ohms, we see that the Creek reaches almost 60 Watts at 1% THD. At 4 Ohms it doesn’t. Then we just hit 100 watts, not 110…

Power supply noise

Noise at the grid is pretty well under control. Common mode is around -80dB and differential mode -84. Could it be lower? Of course… but in this price range it’s just neat.

Conclusion

Many hours were spent listening. Not because 'it has to' and a review has to be written, but because the Creek 4040A makes it so easy to listen to music in a relaxed way. Music enjoyment per euro spent is phenomenal. Hook a nice record player to it, a simple computer with a decent USB cable for audio and Audirvāna on the computer and you have no reason to want to upgrade. Above all, the Creek brings a lot of listening pleasure, and that is ultimately what matters.
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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