In 2021 Enleum was introduced as a new brand and the AMP-23R was born. However when you look closer, the name might be new, but the driving force behind it was manufacturing audio products with great egards under the name Bakoon International. Enleum’s unique design of the AMP-23R was immediately awarded with a Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021. The amp uses the newly developed Ensence Circuit. A completely new and advanced PCB artwork, with zero-negative feedback wide bandwith design, push-pull class AB integrated amplifier.
Do not be fooled by the 6.35mm connection on this amplifier. The AMP-23R has tremendous capabilities in terms of power handling for the most difficult planar headphones, such as the HiFiMAN Susvara. The hifi Community has again embraced the profound quality of the Enleum AMP-23R and has been already reviewed by various magazines and leading hifi review websites. We have bundled and summarized the latest reviews.
Jason Kennedy from HiFi+ reviewed the AMP-23R end of last year and describes exactly how the current industry looks at power and watts. Jason gets the minimalistic approach from Enleum and applauds the shortening of signal paths and efficiency of the amplification. During the reviewing period he has used several speakers from PMC (its flagship Fenestria and Twenty5 21) and JBL HDI-3800. The complete review is available on-line on the HiFi+ website, truly loved the way he describes the AMP-23R:
“The emphasis however is more on timing, texture and the many qualities of musical composition, this amp proved to be exceptionally good at revealing what makes a piece of music appealing….And that’s a rare and valuable quality in any piece of audio gear, showing the listener just how good the music really is….. A lot of stuff makes the better recordings sound great but fails to reveal the musical beauty of less polished productions, but the Enleum gets to the heart and soul of the matter in a very convincing style.”
Srajan from 6Moons is a true connaisseur when it comes to specialistic audio equipement. He has always been a big fan of Bakoon’s AMP-13R and has also been in close communication with Soo about his new endeavors. More on this can be read in 6Moons Origin Story on Enleum. This review starts where Soo originated at Bakoon with explanations of the AMP-13R and the dedicated headphone amp HPA-21. Then in Srajan’s pace we go supersonic to its introduction of Enleum. Either you love Srajan’s writing or not, but I love the cheeky references that he always makes.
“Though this was really a meet of equals, given the small but consistent advances of this circuit’s very latest implementation, the Enleum AMP-23R now is my new favorite low-power transistor amp for loudspeakers and HifiMan Susvara headphones alike. That this was virtually pre-ordained so boringly predictive doesn’t lessen the achievement. It’s not just a new name with old wine in a restyled bottle then. It’s the same varietal from the same vineyard but a harvest which absorbed just a bit more sun. Team Enleum should take pride in not just having rolled out a repackaged Bakoon. Whilst that rated very high already, they managed to still squeeze more juice from a winning recipe then mature it by another year” – Read the full review on 6Moons website.
The website Hifi Knights already reviewed and awarded Bakoon’s AMP-13R in 2019, so they are well familiar with Soo In Chae and his designs. The elaborate review of Enleum AMP-23R with amazing photography was als published late last year. Reviewer Dawid Grzyb takes his time to explain the designing and technical principle of the amplifier and the evolution from Bakoon to Soo’s new company. A very clear and clean explanation is given for the choices Enleum made in the AMP-23R and its minimalistic approach to it. Next step in the process is of course the subjective listening and since one of Dawid references still is the Bakoon AMP-13R, he takes his time to go back and forth with different sensitive loudspeakers in the setup. Dawid uses Boenicke Audio W11 SE+ and sound|kaos Vox 3afw in his listening tests.
“To summarize, Enleum AMP-23R is as non-casual as the Bakoon was before it. Its industrial styling, petite footprint, flawless metalwork and brilliant overall execution already make that point, but I’m not aware of any other similarly voiced as accomplished hardware that sells for less than thrice its tag. Soo In’s newcomer easily pulls sonics way above that sticker to prove us once more that top shelf performance can wear a fabulously compact sharp suit that’s not even remotely close to the industry’s usual suspects. If 25wpc is plenty for you, Enleum AMP-23R is the integrated/headfi amp to get and silly good effort that runs cooler, sells for noticeably less and is audibly more refined than its predecessor that was the best of the low-power kind. The award below merely highlights that.”
The complete review is available on Hifi Knights website.