Hi-Fi Plus Editor’s Choice Awards 2020: Exposure XM5 integrated amplifier

For Exposure’s compact XM series of hi-fi components, the awards just keep on coming. The XM5 integrated amp is “a design for all seasons” that’s “ideal for smaller loudspeakers and smaller rooms”.

Launched in 2017, Exposure Electronics’ XM series is designed for music lovers who want great sound quality across multiple media, both digital and analogue, but don’t want the size or cost of their system to get out of control.

Each of the components in the series packs an impressive complement of high-end features and performance into an astonishingly compact and affordable half-width design. The complete series currently sports a phonostage, a preamplifier, mono power amps, a headphone amp, CD player and the XM5 integrated amplifier reviewed here.

Exposure XM5 integrated amp with black finish

“Not every music lover or audio enthusiast wants, or has the space or budget for, a massive hi-fi system with multiple bulky components,” explains designer Tony Brady. “At the same time, quality of sound is again becoming important to an increasing number of people. These two desires shouldn’t be push-pull. Why can’t we expect superb sound from a compact, affordable system?”

What’s more, the XM5 integrated amplifier seeks to put the ‘integrated’ back into integrated amplifiers, incorporating both a phonostage and a DAC – despite its reduced size. “The 60W per channel amp sports a linear power supply with a 200VA toroidal transformer, and features high quality components in the signal path right through to the Toshiba bipolar output transistors,” notes Hi-Fi Plus. “It’s clear the company has spent money where it’s best needed: on the quality of the amplifier circuit.”

Discover more and track down your nearest dealer at www.exposurehifi.com

Read the full review and discover all of the Editor’s Choice Award winners in the April 2020 issue of Hi-Fi Plus.