XM5 Integrated Amplifier


  1. Large 200VA custom-made toroidal power transformer
  2. High quality all aluminium casework and extruded front panel
  3. High quality resistors & capacitors used in the signal path
  4. Cascode circuitry utilised for improved power supply immunity
  5. Toshiba bipolar output transistors for dynamics and performance
  6. 60 watts per channel into 8 Ohms
  7. Moving magnet phono input, fixed level AV input and one line level input
  8. Two coax ( bnc) and two optical inputs and one class 2 USB input with DSD
  9. Separate pre-amp output
  10. Remote control
  11. Three year guarantee
  12. Available in black or titanium


  • Speaker Output Specifications
    • Power Output (1KHz) : 60 Watts per channel into 8 ohms
    • Total Harmonic Distortion : <0.01% at 1KHz, rated power
    • Frequency Response : 20Hz – 20KHz +/- 0.5dB
    • Channel Separation : >60dB @ 1KHz AUX 2 input open (shorted > 80dB) >40dB @ 20KHz AUX 2 input open (shorted > 63dB)

    Pre Amplifier Specifications

    • Pre Amplifier Ouput : Gain +12dB
    • Frequency Response : 20Hz – 20KHz +/- 0.5dB
    • Total Harmonic Distortion : @ 1KHz: & 1V ouput : 0.002%
    • Signal to Noise Ratio ref 1KHz & 1V ouput : >100dB, A weighted
    • Channel Separation @ 20KHz : >62dB input shorted > 41dB input open AUX 2 input

    Input Specifications

    • AV input fixed level : 450mV @ 1KHz > 12K ohms S/N > 100dB
    • AUX/PH input MM : 2.5mV @ 1KHz, 47K ohms S/N 70dB
    • AUX 2 input Line : 350mV @ 1KHz > 14K ohms S/N > 100dB
    • SPDIF inputs BNC Coax & Optical : 32 – 192KHz @ 16-24 bits
    • USB input : Linear PCM 44K1 – 192KHz @ 16-24 bits DSD x64 (DoP) Asynchronous transfer from host

    General Specifications

    • Mains Supply : 110/120V or 220/240V @ 50/60Hz (factory set)
    • Power Consumption : 200W both channels driven, 8 ohms load
    • Dimensions (WxHxD) : 218mm x 89mm x 363mm (inc knob)
    • Net Weight (unpacked) : 5kg
    • Gross Weight (packed) : 6kg


Last year Exposure returned to the half-width scale for its XM range, headed up by the XM5 integrated amp but also containing the XM7 preamp and XM9 monoblock power amps, XM3 phono stage, and XM HP headphone amp. Clearly there’s an appetite for the more petite in the market for separates even at this relatively high price per cubic centimetre. Rega, for example, makes the Brio for £698 with a phono stage but no DAC while Cyrus has its One with phono stage and Bluetooth but again no digital inputs at £699, and NAD, Marantz, and Rotel offer amps with both facilities at both higher and lower price points but in slightly bigger boxes.

The £1,236 XM5 claims to be an amplifier for all seasons thanks to the inclusion of an onboard digital to analogue converter and a phono stage, which in the age of the vinyl revival is probably a good idea. It’s for moving magnet cartridges only and is marked as aux/phono suggesting that with a bit of under lid fiddling this input can be a regular line type, but apparently that is not the case; perhaps the word ‘aux’ is provided for markets that don’t want a phono stage! Otherwise there is a single line input and an AV input. The DAC has optical and coaxial inputs for S/PDIF connections to the TV or a CD player, albeit the coax ones are both on BNC sockets, which is a proper 75 Ohm connection, but not one you’ll find on many affordable sources. I presume that the USB input connects to an XMOS receiver chip as the amp comes with Windows drivers for that protocol; Mac users can just plug and play     READ MORE