GOLD NOTE IS-1000 DELUXE > review in HI-FI+
What’s changed is almost everything.
A quick recap on the IS-1000 Deluxe is in order. The Gold Note IS-1000 Deluxe is essentially what happens if you let Gold Note’s P-1000 preamplifier and PA-1175 power amplifier meet on a hot date. Well, almost. OK, so the IS-1000 Deluxe doesn’t bristle with the same number of RCA and XLR inputs, and sports a built-in DAC and phonostage, while the PA-1175 is four and a half times more powerful than the IS-1000 Deluxe , but the similarity in circuit design makes the integrated model a very close blood relative to the pre and power.
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The IS-1000 Deluxe is one of the many contenders for the ‘why do you need anything more?’ award that defines top-end integrated amplifiers. Amps like the Gold Note invite difficult questions when it comes to box counting; sure, separate pre/power systems offer more power, more dynamic range, sometimes better separation, detail and so on, but do so at a price – financially, physically or operationally. In the case of the Gold Note IS-1000 Deluxe, each baby step forward in app and firmware makes the move to separates less needed.
– Alan Sircom | Jun 10, 2020