Merril Audio Element 118 a pair
The Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblocks were conceptualized to provide the listener with a truly life-like musical experience, presented with every significant detail intact, in order to convey a truly emotional connection to the music, all without consideration for cost. With those premises in mind, no constraints were placed on practical considerations of power, size, and weight. The most advanced technologies and expertise were used in combination with years of research culminating in the Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblock, the crown jewel of Merrill Audio.
The first and foremost consideration for true to life music reproduction is speed.
To deal with this demanding level of speed requires stable circuitry with accurate reproduction capability during extreme speed occurrences. Since overshoot and ringing are the most significant obstacles of speed, the Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblocks are carefully crafted to maintain this high speed and are engineered to eliminate the anomalies that cause overshoot and ringing.
Using the most advanced and newest Gallium Nitride transistors available, the Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblocks are capable of delivering speeds into the Gigahertz range. Incorporating highly developed techniques, the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) parasitic inductance and capacitance have been reduced to near zero. Since the development of specialized fabrication and manufacturing procedures came with a host of new challenges, implementing the advanced transistors and sophisticated PCBs placed significant time demands on Merrill Audio.
An additional significant design requirement was the capability to faithfully reproduce every musically significant detail available. This is already a unique characteristic of the Christine Reference Preamplifier and the Jens Reference Phono Stage, two stellar Merrill Audio achievements that shine as singularly significant state of the art achievements in amplifier technology.
To accomplish this notable level of performance, innovative circuit techniques were implemented. One is Merrill Audio’s ZXOL design featuring a completely open loop design that has no feedback whatsoever!
Eliminating feedback has two distinct advantages. The speed capability is increased significantly and a remarkable gain in the clarity of musical information is achieved. Since there is no signal loop-back, all the feedback loop distortions as well as the attendant time delays are eliminated.
All these taxing issues have been resolved successfully and the resulting newly developed technology is now part of Merrill Audio’s arsenal of expertise.
Although expensive, challenging, and very time consuming to accomplish, Merrill Audio has achieved a truly transformative result with their Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblocks.
The Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblocks are audibly the cleanest sounding amplifiers you will hear. These amplifiers have been designed to deliver spacious, airy sound, abundant in vivid detail. Articulated, deep, tight, and powerful bass is an additional strong suit of Merrill Audio’s ZXOL design.
The bottom line is that the Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblocks are exceptionally fast, uncommonly clean, and exceedingly musical, and will, with the greatest of ease, transport you to the 5th row at Carnegie Hall.
The Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblocks were engineered with 360 degree integration in mind. This process involved evaluating all factors that contribute to the maximization of sonic performance and then selecting those aspects that will accomplish that goal most effectively, without losing sight of unnecessary cost considerations.
Only the highest quality components were selected regardless of the application.
For the chassis Solid Stainless Steel Outriggers were chosen to provide stable weight distribution and vibration control, while GAIA II Footers by IsoAcoustics provide isolation and absorption from the ground plane.
Along with the platform isolation, the chassis is designed to minimize external sound vibration disturbances using midpoint diffusers and stabilizers. The Chassis is executed in a very tasteful nickel and Rose Gold. It is plated rather than anodized since plating is a softer, more absorbent material.
The Element 118 Power amplifier Monoblocks use the top of the line Speaker Binding Posts from WBT featuring direct copper posts that will conveniently accommodatespades, bananas and bare wire. These components are the latest designs from WBT and been engineered for the best sound.
It has been firmly established that the quality of AC power connections is a very important consideration. With that priority in mind, the highly regarded Furutech Rhodium Plated 20A IEC AC power inlets were selected for the Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblocks since the tightest connection is achieved by the more robust 20 AMP IEC connector. This heavy duty connector will grip a weighty AC power cord more firmly to establish an electrically solid connection, and is available as an industry standard.
Internally the Element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblock PCB boards are manufactured to the highest excellence available and further engineered for sustaining a most stable temperature distribution. Using 8 pounds of pure copper per monoblock, the highly refined heat distribution system maintains a steady temperature environment on the PCB boards, a condition absolutely essential for linear operation.
The element 118 Power Amplifier Monoblocks only use stranded wire that is OFC, silver plated and sleeved in Teflon and was selected for its low parasitics impedance and dielectric characteristics. High Gauge wire is the norm throughout and every audio signal path is hand soldered to provide the purest possible connection.
Power rating:400W/8, 800/4, 1600/2ohms
Speaker Terminals:Dual pairs of posts for bi-wiring
Dual pairs of posts for bi-wiring
WBT – 0710 CuMc
Accepts Bananas, spades or wire.
Input: XLR Balanced input, Cardas XLR
Power AC:20A AC inlet, Furutech Rodhium Plated inlet
Footers:Stainless Steel Outrigger GAiA III from Isoacoustics
Size:350mm (13.7”) W x 220mm (8.7”) H x 495 (20.4”) D without outriggers460mm (18.1”)
W x 275mm (10.8”) H x 495mm (20.4”) D with outriggers
Shipping size:610mm (24”) W x 355mm (14”) H x 610mm (24”) D