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Audio Research Ref 3 in excellent condition. Sold with manual, EU power lead (I use an adaptor), remote control handset, manual and box etc. Location is Basingstoke in Hampshire. Audition welcome. Collection or postage available options upon request. Sensible offers welcome. Price £3,340.00 Paypal +4% THIS ITEM IS NOW SOLD
Experts in tube technology, Octave, have launched their very first single-ended amplifier. The V16 Single-Ended has a range of high-end elements as well as an integrated headphone amp. Through a dedicated development process, the V16 Single-Ended combines Octave’s signature features of powerful dynamics, low noise and incredible stability. The component also achieves a 100 kHz bandwidth spec, something previously thought impossible in single-ended amplifiers. Octave’s decision to create a single-ended amplifier with their specially developed technology is that the circuitry is desirable for its natural audio reproduction. The technology offers clarity and sonic benefits, making them perfect for high-efficiency loudspeakers and headphones. The single ended design has a naturally harmonic sonic signature, meaning that there is an extremely lucid midrange with no crossover distortion. Designing the V16 did not come without it’s challenges, as single-ended topology has known limitations. Level reduction in the bass and high frequencies, limited bandwidth issues, high residual noise in loudspeaker output and high temperatures during high-current in Class-A operation all had to be tackled. After careful research and testing, Octave managed to overcome these barriers. The V16 remains linear at 10Hz, the bandwidth has been extended from 10Hz to 100 kHz, hum is reduced by specially placed electronic stabilization circuits and utilises Octave’s Ecomode technology and automatic adjustment in Class-A mode to keep the amplifier from overheating. The component made its public debut at this year’s High End Show in Munich. The integrated amplifier will be available in the UK from Elite Audio and is set to retail at £7,495. Features & Technical Specifications: Inputs: 3 (2 x RCA Line, 1 x XLR Line) Frequency response: 20Hz – 100kHz/-3dB Loudspeaker Output Power: 2 x 8W @ 4 Ohm Headphone Level: 3V/8V Headphone Impedance: 15 – 600 Ohm Dimensions: 22 x 33 x 33 cm / 8.7” x 13” x 13” (W x H x D) Weight: 19.1 kg / 42 lbs Tube fitting: KT 120 (standard) Alternatively: KT 150, KT88, 6550, EL34 Features: Connection for OCTAVE Black Box, Remote Control (for volume), Pre-Out optional Available Finishes: Metallic Black, Ocean Blue and Ice Grey Elite Audio are the official UK distributor for Octave. We offer an excellent 30-day, no risk trial on selected products allowing you to try out audio components at home with your own system. A generous part exchange is also available allowing you to upgrade for less. To find out how much your old hi-fi components are worth, take our part exchange challenge now. Alternatively, you can contact Elite Audio via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 020 3397 1119 for more information.
MRE 220 RRP: £15,995 HP 700 RRP: £10,390 Octave's latest amplifier combination was recently put to the test by Tom Frantzen for Stereo Magazine. The HP 700 Modular Pre-amp and the MRE 220 Monoblocks were tested together, with impressive results. The Octave range has been a favourite of Stereo Magazine for many years according to Frantzen, so the bar was already set pretty high for the HP 700 and MRE 220. Frantzen starts out by squashing the claim that rock and tubes do not go together. In fact, he even goes as far to say that the combination of these two is a must. "AC/DC's 'Back in Black' for instance, leaves the entire room with mouths agape. Stunning!" Trailed with two different sets of loudspeakers (DALI Epicon 6 and Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3), the Octave duo managed to fill the room and produce an engaging soundstage with both. Even with more compact speakers, Frantzen claims that the results will still be as spectacular. "Clearly using the best possible amp technology is the only way to exploit the full potential of any speakers." Every genre was tested from classical and pop, to rock and indie and an incredible sound was achieved every time. "These amps can simply do everything..." Both components received a 100% Sound Quality rating along with a "Very Good" Price/Performance rating. The full review can be read here. Elite Audio is the official UK distributors of Octave hi-fi components. We offer an excellent 30-day, no risk trial on selected products allowing you to try out audio components at home with your own system. A generous part exchange is also available allowing you to upgrade for less. To find out how much your old hi-fi components are worth, take our part exchange challenge now. Alternatively, you can contact Elite Audio via email: email@example.com or telephone: 020 3397 1119 for more information.