Myryad Z240 Amplifier

This hi-fi type is not as instantly recognisable as Audiolab 8200A or Cyrus 6A say, but still has great design provenance. So despite being relatively unknown in the audiophile firmament that is large, there is an actual pedigree supporting the name.

The Z240 replaces the Z142, an entry level (as far as expire Myryad brand is concerned) integrated amplifier that garnered lots of positive press when it first emerged some years past. Inside, there are a few circuit changes which may have resulted in a higher power output than before, but more clear is the fact that the amplifier is subject to a successful aesthetic makeover outside.

In use it feels a classy package, again not exactly as well screwed together as the Audiolab, but still very pleasing all the same. The fascia styling that was initial was enjoyed by all who set eyes upon it. The '240 is usually fairly well appointed, with the usual wide variety of analogue inputs, preamp outputs, although there is no fancy stuff like USB inputs or bi-wirable speaker terminals - this is an incorporated in the classic mould.

Sound quality

Kicking off with the Vivaldi, and there was nothing more, although not intense compliments for this particular amplifier. It generally did nothing to pique the listeners, conveycd a pleasing quantity of detail and set up a decently open and broad recorded acoustic. The group was thought a little recessed - this was remarked on by several members of the panel.

But it was a pleasant however unremarkable experience.

Moving to the electronica of VCMG, which amplifier never sounded harsh - unlike several others here. It is quite a full-on record with lots of group energy, without upsetting anyone, but the Z240 sashayed through the song. Stereo imaging was presumed a little on the poor side though compared to the budget Yamaha A-S500. "Overall, a bit flat and dull", pronounced one listener...

About the Jim White track, it was obvious it was lacking detail that is group. There was less of a feel of rain in the opening few phrases of the tune, and things appeared a bit vague. Indeed, the mixture was recessed it almost sounded heavy and leaden in our reference system. Its greatest sin was to fail to give any type of mental purchase a feat that more affordable designs like the NAD C356BEE did in spades. There is little sense of the tune having a trajectory, instead it only meandered.

This is done in a totally pleasant manner, but the Myryad is so relaxed that some will find it dull. Factor in certain looseness in the bass, and this is not going to set dance floors alight. A safe sounding amplifier subsequently, which didn't do anything particularly well.

Myryad Z240 Amplifier photo