OUR VERDICT - We start off by feeding the amp’s line level input a bit of Bob Marley. It copes well, delivering the free-flowing bassline of Get Up Stand Up with enthusiasm. There’s plenty of power and authority, coupled to a pleasing sense of agility. We like the way this amplifier renders the song’s rhythmic drive: it’s surefooted and precise.
Move up the frequency range and the Roksan continues to impress. Marley’s vocals come through with subtlety and passion. It’s a clean midrange, with a touch of natural warmth, and brimming with clarity. The top end is crisp and has plenty of bite. It’s nicely judged, though, staying on the right side of aggressive even when provoked by coarse recordings like Bruce Springsteen’s Terry’s Song.
We move to Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and the K3 sounds right at home. Here it delivers a large sound stage, one that’s impressively wide and layers it with skill. Instruments are precisely positioned and focussed with care. They stay locked in place regardless of volume level or musical complexity. The Halo copes brilliantly with the music’s demanding dynamic swings and stays firmly in charge when the piece becomes busy.
It never sounds rushed or strained, and it’s this composure that helps the listener relax and just enjoy the music. There’s plenty of refinement here, and a degree of finesse that eludes similarly powerful rivals. Given a piece of music such as Beth’s Theme from Olafur Arnolds, the Roksan K3 excels.
It renders this heart-breaking piece of music with the delicacy it deserves, delivering low-level dynamic shifts with an impressive lightness of touch. Sure, there remains plenty of authority here, how could there not be with all the muscle present, but the K3 proves that it has sophistication to go along with it. - Thoroughly Recommended.
The K3 Integrated Amplifier suits the discerning audiophile of today. There is power and drive in abundance, with a strong prominent bass, along with superb sound staging and detail. Stream music via any Bluetooth enabled device as the aptX coding enables streaming of high-resolution audio files from any compatible source. The K3 Integrated Amplifier also a Moving Magnet phono input and five line level inputs. It offers excellent value for money when it comes to build, design, flexibility and sound quality, the best you can get at this price with quality of build and sound assured.
The sound of all products in the range has been notably improved to raise the bar even higher than Roksan have ever reached before. greater connectivity is achieved through the standard inclusion of aptX Bluetooth wireless compatibility. Combine these efforts with the selective use of high-quality components and a fresh and diverse approach to electronic design mean that the K3 Series delivers the most musically involving, audiophile performance yet.
The new K3 range is much more than a rebadging and rebranding of the existing series. Extensive research and development has been employed both internally and externally to the K3 series to bring something new to the fold in terms of sound, performance and even style. The range boasts a striking new aesthetic design: a fresh, modern and elegant look. Built and designed in their HQ and factory in London, Roksan have utilised the best suppliers and parts available (such as superb quality, German-machined front panels). This results in an exceptionally high-quality finish for the range’s price point.
|Inputs||5 x RCA
|Frequency Response||<3 Hz - >100 kHz (-3 dB)|
|Power Output||140W at 8 Ohms
220W at 4 Ohms
|Dimensions||102 x 432 x 380 MM ( H x W x D )|
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Roksan is back on its A-game with the K3, which is nothing short of a superb amp for the price. For a fun, lively amp that can’t fail to keep you entertained, the Roksan K3 is one to consider. - Roksan K3 Integrated
|Price Match||Peter Tyson|