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  1. Tag Mclaren F3 60i SL Integrated Amplifier The 60i SL integrated amplifier. Rated at 60 watts (typical 72 watts) per channel (8 ohm) and featuring ‘Straight Line Technology’ , the integrated amplifier 60i SL employs sophisticated minimalism to deliver maximum sound quality. Controls focus on the essentials for purity of sound, yet the 60i SL can accept six sources and accommodate three tape loops. The preamplifier output allows the integrated amplifier 60i SL to control a second power amplifier as well as an external device (such as a surround sound processor) to enable home theatre or multi-room use. Manufacturer : Tag Mclaren F3 Model : 60i SL Serial Number : 00109913 Very Good Condition £245.00 Or Nearest Reasonable Offer -- Glowing Reviews Here: http://www.audioreview.com/product/amplification/integrated-amplifiers/tag-mclaren-audio/model-60irv.html http://www.audioreview.com/product/amplification/amplifiers/tagmclaren/60i.html -- Shall send via Royal Mail Signed For, Same or Next Working Day Pick up from Edinburgh
  2. I'm moving on this excellent, beautifully made, integrated amplifier; the AVM A30. This is a proper (two transformers) dual mono integrated amplifier that combines great features and flexibility together with superb sound quality. The A30 was an anniversary model from AVM, a run of 300. This is number 287 of that run. I bought this brand new (i.e. sealed box, not ex display, ex -dem etc) from an authorised dealer about 4 months ago. It is is excellent condition and comes complete with a very nice metal remote control, the manual (in German, but an English version is available online) and original packaging and double box. No power cable. Mine is a smoke and pet free home. The A30 can act as an integrated, a pre or a power amp. Even the DAC could be used on its own. It's even got tone controls! Very flexible indeed; read up on the 'net for full details. Internal picture showing layout here: https://www.hifitest.de/test/bildergalerie/vollverstaerker/avm-a30_13592/9#b Description and spec from AVM: Analog Class A/AB MOS-FET High Current Amplifier with 2 x 125 Watts · Uncompromising double-mono power supplies, each with a separate main transformer per channel · Comprehensive menu functions (sound control, input sensitivity and much more) · HiFi Bluetooth · Headphone Output · Home Cinema Loop · RC 3 full aluminium remote control included Analog Inputs 1 x XLR, 6 x RCA Analog Outputs 1 x Line/Fix Out RCA, 1 x Pre/Var Out RCA, 1 x Sub Out RCA Home Theater / AV Bypass Analog Inputs Digital Inputs 1 x Coax, 1 x Opto, 1 x USB B Digital Outputs 1 x Coax, 1 x Opto Headphone Output 6,35 mm Included Remote Control RC 3 Optional Remote Controls RC 8 Power Amp 2 x 125 W [4Ω] Speaker Outputs 1 Pair Trigger Outputs 2 x 3,5mm Product Line AVM30 Product Dimensions 345 x 430 x 110 mm (L x W x H) Product Weight 13 kg This is a review that sums up this amp nicely: http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazi...o_AVM_A30_Integrated_Amplifier_DAC_Review.htm UK retail price is £2,749 https://www.fanthorpes.co.uk/hi-fi-...ated-amplifiers/avm-a30-integrated-amplifier/ My price is £1,050. You're welcome to arrange your own courier for this. The box is 56x46x23cms and weighs 16Kgs. Collection is fine with me, by arrangement, from my home in Bexhill (cash on collection only, with a prior deposit to secure) I can arrange carriage for you, but this is strictly at the buyer's risk. On that basis it would be £12.06 by UPS with £25 transit cover, or £63.66 with full cover. Rates from Interparcel. As i say, you're welcome to arrange your own courier. I could possibly meet up in SE England (again cash on collection, with a prior deposit to secure) Pictures:
  3. Bit of a rambling one here Wammers so please bear with me. Bit of background - I have an HP Microserver with 32TB of space servering up all my media via Plex over a wired network throughout the flat. While I haven't been keeping up to date on the latest tech in hifi, I'm fairly comfortable learning new stuff, so feel free to go into techy detail if you think it will help. For example I'm happy to run a separate server software for music only if that's going to make things easier - server can handle plenty more stress. Bedroom Requirements I'll be moving my stereo system out of my bedroom and into the spare room - looking for a simple, streamlined replacement solution for the bedroom and my thinking is to either get a fully wireless system or, at most, a wired system with a single box that streams everything to attached speakers. Due to space limitations, the speakers have to be (a) very forgiving of placement and (b) not very big. As it won't be a critical listening system and merely there for enjoyment and convenience, what are my best options? At the moment I'm considering Sonos or Bluesound but I'm not even sure how it would work. Do I need to have a base to connect wirelessly to the speakers or are they controlled on the phone? If they can be controlled by phone but it's preferable to have the base, why is that? And how does the sound of, say, two Sonos Ones compare to having, the Sonos Amp plus two small bookshelf speakers? Remember that the point of this system is fun and unobtrusive and above all, easy to use - so while I want good sound, it doesn't need to compete with a proper hifi. In this case, good enough is good enough (but I also don't want it to sound like a pair of Monster Beats!) Budget isn't set but lets start at £1k and see what answers I get Computer/Hifi Room Requirements The stuff moving from the bedroom - I have a Resolution Audio Opus 21 CD player which I love, so that's staying, and the Totem Sttafs are staying too. I'll probably be replacing the Roskan Caspian MkII with something that has better synergy. Now the main question is whether the onboard DAC on the Opus frmo the PC is worth using, or should I be looking at something more recent too, to open up higher res audio? The Opus 21 DAC is 4 Burr Brown PCM1704 @ 32 - 96 kHz / 16 - 24 bit. Would I be better off grabbing something that can do it all (MQA/DSD etc). I have to admit that while I'm comfortable with tech, this is an area I've fallen waaaay behind the eightball on, so happy to be schooled and convinced either way here. I usually tend to err on the side of future-proofing though, so if there's something I should be looking at, I'm all ears (and I usually like the Chord DAC sound if that helps) Again, budget is moderately flexible, let's say £1k for the amp and £500 for the DAC as a starting point. (These will all be second hand so I think we'll have plenty to play with) Other questions For the Computer/Hifi setup I'm also open to a one-box solution with onboard DAC if that's going to work more elegantly. I was eyeing up the Peachtree Nova but thought better of it as it doesn't have the latest Hi Res capabilities, but if there's something else I should consider, feel free to point it out. At the moment I'm considering amps from Sim Audio, Plinius, Ayre and Sugden (whatever falls within the c.£1k range second hand) so would need to compete with that sort of level, but obviously if it has onboard DAC I'd spend more (c.£1.5k) as I'd be saving on the DAC side of things. Experience tells me this is likely to be less of an option than the separates though.
  4. Exemplary amplifier form NuPrime. This was imported from US as it was very difficult to source NuPrime audio components without the official UK distributor presence (to this date) It is roughly 1 years old in perfect condition with original accessories (including Bluetooth dongle) and packing. https://nuprimeaudio.com/product/ida-8/?v=79cba1185463#tab-local_3 £650
  5. REALREVIEW OF THE INTEGRATED AUDIO VALVE 'ASSISTENT 50' AMPLIFIER Tested and Reviewed by George Sallit - April 2017 One of the advantages of reviewing hifi equipment is you get to hear some equipment that is not your normal run of the mill hifi. An example of such a company is Audio Valve. I have seen a few of their valve amplifiers at various shows but have never actually heard one. Audio Valve is a distinctive company making distinctive amplifiers. It is run by Helmut Becker and he has been making high quality valve amplifiers since 1982. The amplifier under review is an Assistent 50 (it really is spelt that way) and is a valve powered, integrated amplifier that outputs 50w per channel. It is the middle model of their range of integrated amplifiers, the Assistent 30, the Assistent 50 and the Assistent 100. I’ll leave you to guess their respective outputs. The first thing I noticed was the unusual aesthetics. The images cannot do them justice. It is impeccably made and has a real Bauhaus type of styling. Or maybe Steampunk is a better description. The front panel of polycarbonate has a clear window into the inside of the amplifier which has a blue logo of the company name that lights up when the amplifier is operating. When you turn the amplifier off but it is still connected to the mains that logo glows red. There is also an illuminated dial around the volume control that also glows blue/red. The lid has a circular window with petal cut-outs that provide ventilation for the valves. Looking through this window you can see that the main circuit board is a thick PCB with high quality components. On the left is the PSU PCB which has a large toroidal transformer. On the right are two large output transformers specifically made for this amplifier. All connection are hand soldered in Germany. Herr Becker prefers double sided PCBs rather than hard wiring as he believes that ensures consistency from amplifier to amplifier. This amplifier uses first class components and has been very well constructed. It has 5 inputs and comes with a solid metal remote control. The preamplifier uses two ECC 83s. However, the power amplifier uses an unusual output valve that I have not come across before. The phase splitters are ECC 82s with the power amplification done by 8 dual tetrodes, the QQE 03/12 operating in Class A. These valves are actually inexpensive and can be substituted by RS 1029 or CV 2798 valves. One of the issues that tends to put people off valves is that some maintenance is needed. Firstly, there is a need to check and adjust the bias to the power valves every so often and of course every few years the valves will need to be replaced. Biasing valves used to be a bit if a chore and some amplifiers required you to go inside the amplifier (when on) and measure the bias being applied to the valves. If it was not correctly set then you had to find an adjuster and adjust it to the correct value. I always felt nervous doing this as there are some high voltages inside these amplifiers and the adjuster was always too close to the hot power valves. Ouch…. However, some companies have changed their amplifiers to make this adjustment easier to do without having to venture inside the amplifier. Audio Valve have gone one step further and use their Auto Bias Regulator. ABR measures the bias applied to each valve and then automatically adjust it to the correct value. This process is shown by red LEDs on the boards. So, when coming out of stand-by mode the amplifier goes through a calibration process that does all this work for you, every time. If the valve has come to the end of its life then the red LED will not extinguish. The red LED warns you that there is a fault and a new valve is needed. Another advantage of this process is that when you replace the power valves you only need to buy one and not a balanced pair of valves that match. The ABR takes care of it for you. Nice and easy. The remote control was a nicely made heavy metal component that deals with all the controls needed with the name Audio Valve carved into the metal. So the overall sequence was turn on the amp using the mains switch on the back of the amp. Get the nice re-assuring red glow of the logo and the volume control. Switch the amplifier on by pressing the on-off on the remote. The illumination glows blue and 8 red LEDs come on. Then press standby and the ABR sequence checks the valves and the red LEDs all go out and all is ready. I found it actually sounded great from the off and improvements were not huge with an additional 30 minutes warm up. Right let’s get the music flowing. I have read that some people have said they are nervous about reviewers’ over enthusiasm. Yes, there are some good products around but are all those effusive words and sentiments actually necessary? So, I said to myself I would be more careful in future and only go overboard with excellent products. And damn me, the first product I review after my resolution was rather good. So, I put on my two sets of test tracks that show off what an amplifier can do and I got lost in the tracks and started to forget I was meant to be reviewing. The first thing I noticed is how spacious the whole soundstage is. It changes with the recording venue or amount of echo added for studio recordings. Some amplifiers seem to have an added 3D effect but this amplifier is far more truthful than that. Play a modern dry recording and it sounds modern and dry. The overall tone of the music is natural with a good depth of tonal colour. That is a characteristic of good valve systems but this amplifier also has great attack and dynamics. The attack and dynamics are good and unusual for a valve system. This shows itself in the bass which is able to show up subtle timing changes and clues in the music. In truth, the depth of bass may not be the best I have heard, but what is there is fast and has good tone. And the voices. Ah yes. They are very clear, natural and made by a real 3D person not a super detailed paper cut out. It was really easy to hear all the words sung, clearly, even when mumbled by Mr Springsteen, whose diction is not the clearest in modern music. I initially thought this was an emphasis. However, on extended listening it was more a gentle spot-lit quality than an emphasis. For a lot of modern music especially that with deep and meaningful lyrics (yes there is some) it was easy to hear not only all the words but the emotion of the singer and any backing singers. Really clear, without false emphasis or frequency response changes. On music with some real bass playing like SMV by Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wootan it was possible to hear not only the different types and styles of bass playing but also the different types of bass strings. Not thump, thump, thump but a real bass guitar played by three maestros. On 11:11 by Rodrigo and Gabriela the huge range of ‘effects’ they can get out of an acoustic guitar is amazing but it does not smother the superb guitar playing and the dynamics they can get from the tunes being played. Youn Sun Nah’s Voyage album comes across superbly. This is a top-quality recording of an excellent Korean singer. Her singing is recorded very closely and intimately. All the details in the instruments are presented as a coherent whole with a very natural quality. But her intimate singing is all but spine tingling… Thanks for the recommendation Bryan. Ideally suited to these amplifiers. Ah but can it rock? On to some remastered The Who and half of led Zep. I have had enough of being NICE……..when the Who were angry (not so) young men. With some real anger from Roger D. and a driving rock track to get things moving along. And for a real contrast to Old Blue Eyes how about some ‘Behind Blue Eyes’? These nice valves gave the expected real sense of danger from the Who. And from the live album by Percy and Plant some really tight playing in Egypt. It drove along even though there was not the real bass menace from ultra deep bass. And finally, a big session of electronic music. The natural overall sound worked really well with the few CDs I played of electronic music. I did not expect that but it makes the point that even though this is electronic music it will show up badly balanced frequency responses. Yes! You need a neutral balance for electronic music and this is not purely the province of classical music. The amplifier was really showing off these artificial 3D soundstages and they are essential to the overall flow with its creation of a real atmosphere. SUMMARY So, in summary. I was impressed with the construction of this integrated amplifier and the quality of the components used. The aesthetics are distinctive but both my better half and her mother were really impressed with the Steampunk look and the glowing blue and red lighting. The overall sound quality was good with a natural mid-range and clarity on voices. Unexpected was the tight bass and dynamics and the very slightly spot-lit quality that made modern music sound clear and non-diffuse as some other valves can do. Yes, there could be a little more bass depth but give me a tight fast bass rather than an amorphous thudding in the background. Some may find the 3D soundstage not as big as other amplifiers but which is right? So, a good integrated valve amplifier from an unexpected source that is well priced at £4,200.
  6. SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD SOLD Yamaha AS2000 Integrated Amplifier Owned this for a while now, this and the matching CD-S2000 (also for sale) are or have been my go to system, running any speaker I’ve thrown at it. My recent house move to a location within school catchment has left me without space, so it’s now at work which isn’t ideal.. I’m looking to offload a lot of my boxes and start something smaller I think. Great high end sounding integrated this with loads of balls and a very transparent signature if any. I absolutely love the pair of them, but they’re sitting idle now and have been for a while. I’m located in Droxford SO32, I will ship (add £30, it’s heavy) or collect, personal drop off can be arranged. Available to demo at any time. Thanks - Carl Strangely I thought I had more pictures than this. I will get more on request however they're fairly well documented online..
  7. Luxman L-550AX - Pure Class A Integrated Amplifier - SOLD Silver with parchment dials. One owner, approximately 6 months old. As new condition, unmarked and looks unused. Read the HiFi World 5 Globe review here. 12 Month Warranty. Elite Audio are part of Audio Emotion, so you can buy with confidence Please call us on 0203 397 1119 for more information.
  8. RRP: £4,200 The Octave Audio V40 SE integrated amplifier, has been Highly Commended by Hi Fi News magazine, gaining a sound quality score of 83%. Elite Audio became Octave Audio's official UK distributor in 2015. Hi-Fi News were then eager to try out their products. "Chunky as it looks, the V40 SE is the baby of Octave’s integrated amp range." Although it may look intimidating, the V40 SE is a user-friendly amplifier that creates a powerful soundstage that doesn't over-exaggerate the details in the music. It remains stable no matter what is played, all the way down to a 2 Ohm load. Although the tubes on this amplifier are not auto-biased, manual biasing allows users to set the amplifier up just how they want it. The integrated amplifier was tested along with Octave Audio's Black Box, a device created by Octave Audio to ensure that all of their amplifiers work with any loudspeaker, as well as adding extra reservoir capacitance to the power supply. "With orchestral music, the V40 SE could deliver a fine sense of scale and power." A range of music from classical to rock was tested, and Hi-Fi News found that the unique details of each genre were picked up by the V40 SE with ease. Atmosphere was created in the room with every track. This amplifier is a "Second Edition" (hence the SE) and has a new 'Ecomode' function to ensure that the amplifier functions in an environmentally friendly way. Hi-Fi News' final verdict claimed that Octave Audio was a brand that must be heard, along with the V40 SE integrated amplifier. Want to try the Octave Audio V40 SE integrated amplifier on your hi-fi setup? We offer a 30-day, no-risk trial on all of our products to allow you to experience the components in your own listening environment. Contact Elite Audio today to find out more: info@eliteaudiouk.com or 020 3397 1119.
  9. The Ultimate Hi-Fi 2016 Yearbook from Hi-Fi News was published last week, ranking the best of the best in the world of high end audio. The magazine looks at products from across the globe, with everything from turntables and DACs, to loudspeakers and amplifiers. Two products sold by Elite Audio Distribution were Highly Commended by the magazine, ranking them with some of the most outstanding audio components in the world. Turntable: Acoustic Signature Primus RRP: £1,195 The first to be highly commended was Acoustic Signature’s Primus Turntable. The judges were impressed with the turntable’s quality, considering that it is Acoustics Signature's entry-level turntable. “Performances came together in a very neatly-rendered whole.” The final verdict saw the magazine claim that the Primus is the perfect introduction to analogue sound and that “as a plug-and-play starter combo, it excels”. Integrated Amplifier/DAC: Gato Audio DIA-400S RRP: £4,590 The predecessor of the Gato Audio DIA-400S, the DIA-400, was already a Blue Moon award-winning integrated amplifier/DAC and now the "S" has been highly commended by Hi-Fi News. “Well thought-out, the DIA-400S really is easy to set up and use.” The judges were impressed with its clean and subtle sound, that wasn’t too clinical as it still managed to maintain the warmth and atmosphere of the tracks they tested it with. "It gave the impression of having eased away any remaining rough edges or congestion there might be in the usual CD player sound, but without any obvious penalty.” The design of the DIA-400S was also praised, with everything from the elegant curve of the device to the dial and display. Both the Primus Turntable by Acoustic Signature and the Gato Audio DIA-400S integrated amplifier/DAC are available from Elite Audio Distribution on our 30-day, no-risk trial. To buy, simply contact Elite Audio Distribution on 020 3397 1119 or info@eliteaudiouk.com.