Leema Acoustics Tucana 2 Integrated Amplifier
The new Tucana 2 offers more power and control than its predecessor, this includes a balanced input for CD and improved styling
'The original Tucana was an infectiously fun amplifier that made up with rhythmic story-telling and gregarious power placement what it sometimes lacked in bass precision and super-fi treble. Tucana II is the young adulthood version of that teenage amp. It's addressed the emphasis points with stricter control on bass drivers, a more revealing and all-encompassing soundstage, and undoubtedly a more insightful top-end. While it can still boogie, its fresh, immediate tone painting makes it eminently suited to classical and jazz too. The microprocessor control doesn't seem to haver tainted this richly analogue-sounding integrated amplifier at all.'
Tucana 2 is a stunning stereo Integrated amplifier which will happily drive today’s audiophile speakers in a stereo system. It is a dual mono design using three heavy-duty toroidal power transformers and has a refined bi-polar output stage. Using six output devices, each channel is capable of swinging over forty five amps of current, ensuring a vice like grip and precise control of the loudspeakers. A flexible set of inputs; a record output, full remote control and a sophisticated volume display complete the picture.
The Leema Tucana was the first Leema amplifier and upon release created a storm in the marketplace, winning several major hi-fi awards and firmly placing Leema Acoustics on the audiophile map. New for 2009, and as a result of new technologies and production practices developed for the staggering Leema Reference Series Altair IV, the Tucana II is an even more accomplished performer than its multi-award winning predecessor. Improved dynamic range, resolution of fine detail, and remarkable clarity help the Tucana II present music with life-like verve into even the most fussy of today's audiophile speakers.
The groundbreaking dual mono design uses three heavy-duty toroidal power transformers, one for each channel and one for the control circuitry. This coupled with a highly refined bi-polar output stage which can deliver over fifty amps to each channel, ensures that music is delivered with a vice-like grip and precise control of the loudspeakers.
In addition to the significant improvement in sound quality, the Tucana II benefits from direct input selection, an MP3 input, a balanced input, a headphone output, a balance control and adjustable input gain, all of which were developed for the Reference Series Pyxis. The Tucana II is a significant upgrade over the original Tucana, both in facilities and in performance.
The Tucana II is also the system controller for the unique and expandable Constellation Series system. It is able to talk to other components using LIPS®. This enables the Tucana II to automatically and intelligently configure other devices into a multi-unit home cinema system of uncompromised audiophile quality.
When a stereo input is selected on the Tucana II, any external products will remain on standby, but when a multi channel input is selected, the Tucana II sends commands, via LIPS®, to connected equipment such as Hydra and Corvus, powering them up and selecting the appropriate multi-channel input as well as controlling their volume so that they exactly mirror the setting of the Tucana II. In this way a totally purist, surround sound system can be assembled, with absolutely no compromise compared to the award-winning audiophile stereo performance.
Output Power: 150W rms 8 Ohms/Ch
Output Power: 290W rms 4 Ohms/Ch
Output Power: 520W rms 2 Ohms/Ch
Noise: < -100 dB
Freqency Response: 5 Hz - 100 kHz (+0/-3 dB)
Number of balanced Inputs (XLR): 1
Number of un-balanced Inputs (RCA): 6
Tape Input: 1
Tape Output: 1
MP3 Inputs: 1
Headphone Outputs: 1
Pre-out Outputs: 1
Channel gain adjust for each individual input
Mute Buton: Yes
Balance Adjust: (left/Right)
Thermal Protection: Yes
LIPS® system: Master or Slave