May 18, 2009 by Audioholics.com
It’s not hard to see that I’m impressed with the Seymour AV Ice Block 5001 500watt Monoblock Amplifier. It has plenty of power, great aesthetics, and near perfect functionality. Most of all, it provides esoteric components, looks, and construction at near enthusiast prices. That alone should be a huge selling point for those with smaller wallets but refined tastes. Plus, you’ll have an amp that is not only a show piece for the uninitiated but also sports all the “extras” that will impress your esoteric friends. What more could you ask for?
The 5001 IceBlocks came in a large brown box with separate boxes for each of the amps and separate boxes for the cables. Everything was packaged well and seemed to be well protected. Molded foam caps protect the amps from both sides, was easy to store, and worked well. After shipping them back in the same box and having them returned again, I can say without reservation that the packaging is more than adequate. Your UPS driver would have to be some sort of sadist to damage these amps.
I opted for the black version of the Seymour AV amps. They also come is stainless steel. The sides are the same (regardless of your color choice) with a semi-gloss black finish. The rounded cover is the only difference. The black top isn’t exactly black - it is flecked with purple and blue creating an almost glossy night effect. I personally think it looks quite stunning - up close. From far away it looks black. Which is sort of what I wanted so again - happy customer here.
As you’ve noticed from the pictures, the top is rounded on the front corner. The amp is probably a bit smaller than you’d expect about 1/2 the size of a rack space (3.2” by 8.5” by 15.1”). This makes them very easy to place in your cabinet - especially in twos. They are very solid for their size with quite a bit of heft to them. Unlike some of the more esoteric offerings, they are not lead lined and nearly impossible to move, they are just as heavy as the components would indicate.
Speaking of esoteric - the Seymour AV 5001 Monoblocks tread the line between esoteric and budget very closely. One thing you expect in an esoteric amp is good looks. Well, the Seymour AV offerings have that in spades. Both of the finishes are stunning (I’ve seen the stainless at CEDIA) and the fit and finish is nearly impeccable. My only problem with the fit and finish is the Seymour AV logo sticker on the front. While it looks fine at first blush, it really doesn’t look right in comparison with the rest of the unit. Better some sort of backlit cutout or an engraving or something. Anything but a sticker.
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