There are power amps, and there are power amps, and then there’s the Pivetta Opera One. Standing six feet tall and weighing over half a ton, this monster is designed by Pivetta Andrea, built by the Italian company bearing his given name, and distributed worldwide exclusively by HigherFi.
The Opera One provides 12 channels of 1600 watts each into 8Ω, for a total of 19,200W and it can also drive 4Ω loads with even higher or levels for a class AB. Obviously, that requires a serious power supply which must be connected to a 230/400VAC mono. The amp can be used to drive a surround system with up to 12 speakers with balanced and unbalanced inputs for each channel. Alternatively, it can drive a 2-channel rig in a single-, bi-, tri-, or quad-amped configuration. Pivetta is working on a bridging option to combine channels for more power that could be available in future versions.
Initially priced at $650,000, the Pivetta Opera One is now at sale price of only $490,000 from HigherFi, and can be paid for in installments.