Riviera Labs has developed the Levante integrated circuit. The main feature of the novelty is a switch on the front panel, with which you can select the class of the amplifier: A or AB. The description says that the amplifier is designed to cope with absolutely any acoustics. The circuitry is built on the basis of the principles already encountered in the amplifiers of the company: it is hybrid and without feedback. When operating in class A, the amplifier delivers 30 watts per channel into 8 ohms, and in class AB, 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms (and 200 into 4 ohms). Moreover, even in AB mode, the first 6 watts are in class A.
On the front panel, in addition to the amplifier class switch, there is an input selector (there is a separate button for headphone output next to the connector), a volume control and buttons for turning on and switching to night mode. The Levante comes standard with one pair of XLR inputs and four pairs of RCA inputs, and an optional phono stage expansion board can be added to the amplifier. The kit also includes a remote control.The amplifier turned out to be quite massive – with dimensions of 44x49x19.5 cm, it weighs 30 kg. The developers have not yet announced the cost of the model.