Review : Jeff Rowland Continuum S2
Posted on 08 July 2015
Jeff Rowland Continuum S2 Integrated Amplifier reviewed in The Absolute Sound by Neil Gader
Read the full review here : http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/rowland-continuum-s2-integrated-amp/
Perhaps the most striking statement the Continuum S2 makes pertains to the overall musicality of Class D amplifiers. Just a few years ago, the argument asserted in these very pages was that Class D wasn’t ready for prime time—the primary gripe being that it lacked extension, air, and transparency on top. True enough then, but that argument has been firmly laid to rest by a component like the Continuum S2. I asked Jeff Rowland what had changed. He replied that Class D is only as good as its implementation and integration within a greater amplification strategy—just as the engine in a Formula 1 car is only as powerful as the chassis, suspension, drive train, and transmission allow it to be. Rowland, a man whose knowledge about electronics is matched by few others in the high end, still feels that much of the Class D debate is like complaining about the first Prius while standing next to the Tesla P85D. You have to just get in and drive it. In the case of the Continuum S2, I couldn’t agree more. It’s elegant, poised, powerful, and a pleasure to experience. High fidelity just doesn’t get much better than this.