The Evolution 5350 integrated amplifier has been designed to fill the
gap left by the Classic range, between the entry level Evolution 2 and
the top of the range Destiny. It has borrowed technology from both the
Evolution 2 and Classic 5350SE and is styled to match the EVOLUTION 2 CD Player and EVOLUTION Tuner.
Creek Audio has developed a completely new high current bi-polar
power amplifier to enable it to drive low impedance loudspeakers with
modern dynamic music from high resolution sources. This has required a
radical approach to enable it to be fitted into a slim-line case.
Each power amp is now built as a module, using a high proportion of
Surface-Mount components, on a double sided PCB, bolted to a massive 18
fin heatsink. This means both channels are identical and can be fitted
and removed easily for servicing if required. The power amp topology
includes a cascoded differential voltage amplifier and MOS-FET current drive stage feeding a double Darlington
output stage with four high-current bi-polar transistors to produce a
very powerful amplifier capable of driving the most demanding of loads,
with high resolution and accuracy. DC stability is maintained by a
servo amplifier that rejects DC and allows the amplifier to be coupled
directly without capacitors.
In a further development of the Evolution 5350 integrated amplifier's pre-amplifier
section, 5 inputs are selectable by high current gold plated relays and
switchable access to the power amp allows the Evolution 5350 to be
driven directly by the front channels of a 5.1 AV receiver. The standard
Creek plug-in Phono pre-amp is also featured. A high-grade PGA2320
digitally controlled analogue volume control circuit together with
OPA604 Op-Amps are used to provide a pre-amp with higher overload margin and lower distortion.
To enable 2 x 200 Watts into 4 Ohms to be produced from a small case,
Creek has developed a massive power supply using a high grade 350 Watt
toroidal mains transformer that powers left and right power amp channels
separately, plus pre-amp and digital circuits.
To keep the power amps operating safely, they are monitored by discrete
transistor circuitry to protect against over-current demand, short
circuits, over-temperature and DC offsets. Relays mute the input and
separate the loudspeaker outputs in case of faults.
The Evolution 5350 is operated from the front panel by rotary digital
controls for input selection and volume control plus push buttons for
Tape and Speaker selection, Mute and Power On/Off. The EVOLUTION 5350 is
now supplied with the Creek SRC3 System Remote Control handset, which
can operate any Creek amp, CD Player, or Tuner.
Gold plated input and output sockets have been chosen to provide a
good connection and appearance for a product at its price point.
Loudspeakers are connected by up to 2 sets of high current gold plated
binding posts, with plastic touch-proof covers. The amplifier also has a
headphone socket; something which is becoming an increasingly rare
feature in modern amplifiers.
A large vacuum fluorescent display (VFD)
on the front panel indicates the state of the amplifier. Input
selection, volume position and loudspeaker connection is displayed
through a blue filter. The brightness level can be altered from the
remote control handset.
Mains is supplied via a fused, 3 pin IEC chassis plug, mains voltage
selector and 2 pole high current switch on the front panel. A high
quality power cord is supplied with suitable mains plug for the country