Bakoon International, a Korean company famous for their amps that were based on technology pioneered by Bakoon Japan, has re-launched their brand as Enleum.
Bakoon International was most well-known for the AMP-11R and its successor, the AMP-12R, which used current gain technology, as well as high-impedance outputs for driving headphones. The amps gained a reputation for quality around the world, something Bakoon Japan never sought, as they didn’t attempt to sell their products outside of Japan.
With the re-launch, Enleum has launched a successor speaker and headphone integrated amplifier, the AMP-23R. Like the Bakoon amps (and other brands such as Krell and Audio-gd) the AMP-23R has an optional current-mode connection system for connecting components, which they have named the ENLINK.
By transmitting the signal in current mode, rather than voltage mode, it potentially lowers distortion. Using 75-Ohm connectors, and a 75 Ohm cable, the signal quality can be improved further still, without the need of expensive cables, something I’ve witnessed at a demonstration put on by Bakoon Japan some years ago.
However, at present, other than products from Bakoon Japan, there doesn’t yet exist an ecosystem of products which use the Enlink connection system.
The AMP-23R retails for $5000, for which Enleum are currently taking a 10% deposit. Uniquely, the amp is available with special damping feet for an extra $500. Power and other specifications are as yet unavailable.