The Simply Italy was inspired by the iconic Simply Two integrated amplifier from Unison Research, and produced to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. It's been designed to be faithful to the Unison Research tradition, by making it an integrated amplifier design that sounds great and pays attention to important audio engineering principles that reduce performance-affecting interference.
Because of the overwhelming success of the design, the Simply Italy shares many of the design features of the Simply Two. Both are ultra-linear, single-ended Class A designs that produce 12W per channel, and both use EL34 valves in the output stage and ECC82 valves in the pre-amp and driver stages to achieve Unison Research's trademark imaging, clarity and musical precision. But the Simply Italy offers a wide range of new features that were designed and developed more recently.
Thanks to Unison Research's ability to design specialised transformers in house, the Simply Italy is able to have an output stage consisting of one EL34 in a single-ended ultra-linear configuration. This mode of operation for the output transformers allows the pentode EL34s to operate almost as if they were triodes. Furthermore, an additional toggle switch allows for an adjustment of negative feedback in the circuit. This means the sound character of the amplifier can be adjusted to suit specific types of music or listening environments.
Due to the nature of the valve electronics in the Simply Italy, we recommend only pairing it with speakers that have a minimum impedance (not nominal impedance) of 4Ω and are rated higher than 89dB sensitivity to avoid damage to the amplifier and overloading the component electronics. Check also that your speakers are capable of being driven by a 12W output amplifier.
• Based on the iconic Simply Two design
• 6Ω output impedance for easier speaker matching
• Specially designed power supply to suit compact size
• Switchable toggle for changing effects of negative feedback
• Wood panel front plate adds extra damping to metal casework
• RK27 Series motorised potentiometer from ALPS used for the volume pot
5 x Line (RCA)
N / A
1 x Tape (RCA)
N / A
12W per-channel (approx.)
Single Wire / BiWire:
2 x ECC82 (12AU7), 2 x EL34 (6CA7)
Dimensions (W x H x D):
260 x 190 x 350mm