And now for something completely different…

For the uninitiated, Konus Audio (the company) is far from new. Founded in 1997 and fronted by the iconoclastic Sead Lejlic, it started out as the European distributor for 47Labs (eclectic, quirky and ultra minimalist electronics) and the Miyabi cartridges. They soon started producing their own Konus Audio Essence single- driver loudspeakers, to match with the 47Labs products and when Haruo Takeda (of Miyabi) retired, they took on the Miyabi-inspired Fuuga cartridges. These days the range of products includes the Sternklang cables from Japan (produced by Koji Teramura, one time member of 47Labs) and Konus Audio’s own range of electronics, the subject of this review.

Take one look at the Konus Audio products and the significance of the past association with 47Labs is obvious. They may not look the same – indeed, there are few products that look even remotely similar to the KA units – but the minimalist ethos and modular boxes are clearly similar. But these are no simple clones and perhaps unsurprisingly, Konus Audio include more than a few tricks of their own.

Housed in identical 180mm/7” square chassis, each KA unit stands 70mm or a little under 3” tall. They are finished in striking, two-tone paintwork, the orange and grey colour-way inspired by the legendary Orange guitar amps. The more conservative amongst you can opt for grey casework on an orange base, the more demonstrative can go orange uppers and a grey baseplate. Build a system and you can mix and match to your heart’s delight. – or you can discuss custom colours if the grey and orange just don’t do it for you…

Talking of systems brings up the question of prices and what products comprise the range – and we immediately encounter two significant differences between the KA products and 47Labs. At the heart of the Konus Audio line you’ll find the Integrale integrated amplifier, Digitale DAC and Vinyle phono-stage. However, unlike the 47Labs products with their ‘bean can’ external power supplies, these are all single box designs. They also offer two (or even three) different performance levels, with the basic 1000 models priced at €2,300 (+tax), the upgraded 2000 models at €3,800 (+tax) and the Vinyle 3000 – the only 3000 model available as yet – tipping the scales at a heady €6,000 (+tax). Units can be factory upgraded for around the difference between the price levels.