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Benefiting from their tranquil location in the inspirational natural environment of New Zealand, our design team brings you products that faithfully reproduce the emotional touchstones of your favourite music. The holistic integrity of nature's designs inspire PLINIUS to combine wonderful sound, superb finishes and technical excellence to delight all our senses.

Drawing on the cultural depth of the world's newest land, PLINIUS have adopted Te Reo, the richly connotative language of the Maori, to convey the multi-faceted richness of the PLINIUS experience. Hiato, meaning literally, "to gather together," also implies "harmony." The Hiato amplifier elegantlydraws together elements of PLINIUS design principles to achieve a design gestalt of stunning synergy. The power supply, preamp stage and amplifier in this integrated unit are carefully matched to deliver an unadulterated musical experience. The Hiato achieves levels of reproduction unachievable by most separate component systems on the market today.

Exceeding the power output of PLINIUS' previous integrated amplifiers, the Hiato uses design concepts from some of our most prestigious units. The simple user interface of buttons for source selection and the large, tactile volume control knob maintain our design goal of elegant ergonomic simplicity while preserving the PLINIUS listening experience. The Hiato's full function remote control also operates the PLINIUS CD players.

To paraphrase Leonardo Da Vinci, simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and the Hiato continues this approach in PLINIUS design thinking. The original and unique panel designs and stylish wrap-over casing match other products in the PLINIUS range. Lifting handles at the rear allow the unit to be easily manoeuvred onto a rack, despite the sheer mass that is a necessary outcome of this level of engineering. The Hiato respects the environment from which its design inspiration was taken by complying with the latest international standards for the elimination of substances that are hazardous to the environment. PLINIUS remains determined to produce products that minimise environmental impact through giving a lifetime of use.

The Hiato has a comprehensive rear panel layout that includes four line level inputs and a user adjustable phono input. High quality WBT RCA connectors are used on all line level and phono inputs with additional balanced XLR inputs for CD and Line 1. For Home Theatre system integration the Hiato features the HT bypass input, remote IR input and 12V input/output triggers. A small, unobtrusive 3.5mm jack on the front panel allows a casual user to connect portable media without needing to access the rear panel.

The output connections of the Hiato consist of four pairs of output connectors allowing bi-wired speaker applications, line level output for archiving and pre-out for bi-amping.

Available without phono
Available in black or silver

  • Specification
Power: 300 watts RMS per channel into 8 ohms
450 watts RMS per channel into 4 ohms
Both channels driven from 20Hz to 20kHz at less than 0.2% total harmonic distortion

Frequency Response:

20Hz to 20kHz ±0.2dB
-3dB at 70kHz


Typically <0.05% THD at rated power
0.1% THD and IM worst case prior to clipping

Current Output:

50A short duration peak per channel
Fuse protected


Typically 5μs

Hum & Noise:

90dB below rated ouput 20Hz to 20kHz unweighted

Optional Phono Input:

RCA Unbalanced Input

Adjustable Gain:

50dB, 56dB, 60dB, 66dB

Adjustable Load:

47k, 470R, 100R, 47R, 22R

Frequency Response:

20Hz to 20kHz ±0.2dB, within RIAA spec

Signal to noise ratio:

-80dB wrt 5mV input, A weighted


<0.01% THD at all levels below clipping

Power/Current Consumption:

0.6A (138W) Class AB Idle
0.3A (69W) Standby


Height: 170mm (7.5")
Width: 450mm (17.75")
Depth: 455mm (17.75")
Weight: 25kg (56lb)


Available in silver or black