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Puresound A30

 

The Puresound A30 is the result of collaboration between Days of Guangzhou Ltd (a transformer manufacturer with 20 years experience) and Guy Sergeant, a UK based audio engineer formerly of Audio Innovations, JPW and Heybrook.


Unusually at this price point the A30 is a pure class A design with two valve rectifiers (5Z3P/5U4G equivalents) and a choke smoothed power supply. It uses Electro Harmonix 6550 output valves in an ultra-linear push pull design producing 30 watt per channel (the output stage can also be switched to triode operation if preferred), with 6N8P (a 6SN7 equivalent) and 6N9P (a 6SL7 equivalent) for input and phase splitting duties.


It features auto bias so there’s no need to make any adjustments when changing output valves and uses high quality parts including an Alps volume control and SCR coupling capacitors. This amplifier also comes with a removable valve cage.


We feel this amplifiers sound redefines what’s possible at this price point and we’re convinced it will become the benchmark that others will be judged by.


Pure Sound A30 integrated amplifier: £1479.95


 


Rega Elicit-R

Just in is the latest version of the Elicit amplifier, called the Elicit-R it combines the discrete FET pre amp stage of the previous version with a power amp design that has a lot in common with the excellent Brio-R amplifier.

The Elicit-R has a tape loop and a total of five other inputs, one of which can either be used for a line level source or its internal MM stage via a push button switch mounted on the rear. There’s also an output for a headphone amplifier and a pre amp output. A direct input is also included for use with AV processors (or any other device that acts as a pre amp).  

The Elicit-R produces 105 watts per channel into 8 ohms and runs relatively warm even without a signal playing. As you can see in the picture above, a fairly substantial toriodal transformer forms the centre of the design, the ‘dual mono’ power amplifier stages are mounted onto the heatsinks on either side, with the line and phono stages in the top right hand corner.

It wouldn’t be a Rega product without a cryptic message on the circuit board, this time telling us that “Ernie’s Troughline Stereo Tuner is a-working in a system again” (for anyone not familiar with it, the Troughline is a classic and highly regarded Leak valve tuner dating from the 1950-60’s.

The Solaris remote is included, and despite it having a huge number of buttons it is rather nice to use, with the important ones seemingly falling to hand readily.


At the time of writing the amplifier has only been here for a few hours, so I’d expect it to change over the next few days as it settles in, but from the outset I think it’s fair to say that the Elicit-R has addressed my main reservation of the previous model, which was rather too lacking in dynamics and timing for my tastes. The new model has good speed for a transistor design and tracks dynamic contrasts effectively. The presentation is cultured and smooth, with superb image width evident, even straight out of the box.


I’ll come back and edit the above text once it’s had time to settle in and I’ve had a chance to try it with a wider range of different ancillaries, so please check back for updates.


Rega Elicit-R amplifier: £1,598.00



Croft Integrated R

This is the top of the range Croft Integrated amplifier. As you would expect of Croft products at this level the power supply is complex and highly regulated which gives a forceful and potent presentation. Naturally this is built in the standard croft casework and due to the size of the power supply there is no space for an onboard phono stage, so this model is is live level only.


A version with a single volume control in place of the dual mono controls are also available, please click here for pictures


Croft Integrated R line level integrated amplifier: £1,870.00



Audion Sterling EL34 SE integrated

   

The Audion Sterling EL34 uses a single EL34 per channel in single ended topology, producing 12 watts per channel. Like all good single ended amplifiers these have remarkable speed and openness, and an ability to drive speakers that belies their low rated power output. This amplifier features 6 line level inputs

Two versions are available, the mk1 which has uses a PCB and the Anniversary (pictured above and below) which is hard wired and features superior components, output transformers and polished top plate.


Both models are exceptional at their respective price points, with speed, dynamics and musicality in spades. You really do need to hear what they can do to your system!


Audion Sterling EL34 mk1 integrated: £1,740.

Audion Sterling EL34 mk1 integrated with remote control volume: £2,200.

Audion Sterling EL34 Anniversary integrated: £2,230.

Audion Sterling EL34 Anniversary integrated with remote control volume: £2,690.


Exposure 3010S2D


I have very fond memories of the original John Farlowe designed Exposure products, they had an earthy, punchy, rhythmical performance, yet also managed subtlety and tonal colouring to a surprising degree. The Exposure brand may have evolved considerably since those days, but the 3010S2D is an excellent modern interpretation of those original design strengths.


There’s a rightness to the sound which, in my experience, is very rare outside of the world of valve amplification. This makes for an eminently listenable sound, one that's full of drive and flow, and dynamics and vibrancy. With 110 watts per channel and plenty of current it will drive some of the more difficult speakers on the market without sounding stressed.


Internal cards can be added for a phono stage or a DAC (but not both at the same time), please see the pricing options below.


Remote Control: Included

Dimensions: Height 11.5cm, Width:  44cm, Depth: 30cm.

Finishes: Black or Titanium brushed fascia.


-Exposure 3010S2D integrated amplifier: £1,790.00

Options:

-Plug in MM Phono Stage Board: £260.00

-Plug in MM Phono Stage Board: £260.00

-Plug in DAC Board: £360.00

       



Audio Note Oto SE

The Oto SE integrated amplifier uses EL84 valves in parallel single ended configuration, producing an output of 10 watts and is available with or without an internal an all valve MM phono stage. It’s all housed within the classic Audio Note casework which is available with either a black acrylic or brushed aluminium fascia. As you’d expect with a good single ended amplifier the sound is punchy and dynamic, whilst still being very natural and expansive. It may lack the completely grain less mid band of a 300B SE amplifier but it’s an exceptionally neat package and so involving to listen to that dissecting the minutiae of its performance seems to be missing the point. The phono stage is a very good quality design too, and not simply an afterthought like many. A fractionally more powerful push pull version is available, but we would always recommend this SE version for the best sound quality.


Audio Note Oto SE Line integrated amplifier: £POA at manufacturers request

Audio Note Oto SE Phono integrated amplifier: £POA at manufacturers request


Audion Silver Night 300BSE integrated

The Silver Night is one of my favourite sounding amplifiers - it offers so much performance at a very reasonable price. This line level design is a real purists delight, with no feedback and an output of 7 watts per channel it is ideally partnered with speakers of approximately 90dB sensitivity and upwards, although its much more potent than the power figure would suggest.

It uses one 300B directly heated triode output valve per channel driven by a 6H23/6922 input valve and has 6 line level inputs.

Don’t let its apparent low power put you off, it is not only exceptionally fast and potent sounding but also as open and airy as only a good single ended design can be.  


Two versions are made, the mk1 is the standard version and uses a PCB for the audio stage. The Anniversary is hard wired and uses higher grade internal wiring (including silver wire in selected stages of the audio wiring), superior grade capacitors and a polished top plate.


The picture above is of the power amplifier version, the integrated option has a row of toggle switches to select between the 5 inputs.


Audion Silver Night 300BSE mk1: £2,920

Audion Silver Night 300BSE mk1 with remote control volume: £3,383

Audion Silver Night 300BSE Anniversary: £3,500

Audion Silver Night 300BSE Anniversary with remote control volume: : £3,963



Audion Silver Night 300B SE Special Edition

The Special Edition takes the concept of the Silver Night Anniversary (featured above) a step or two further. First, most noticeably, is fresh new case appearance, the work of leading designer Marko Schregardus, which has a cleaner look than the traditional Audion half width chassis and a light Gold finish to the fascia and transformer box with contrasting Black sides and Stainless trim (an all black/stainless version is also available for those with less adventurous tastes).


Feature wise it remains the same, with 5 line level inputs and the option of a remote control volume possible (please note the picture shown here is of the power amplifier version, detailed here).


Naturally what really concerns us is the sound, and thanks to all the internal hook up wire being pure Silver, some upgraded parts and a pair of very serious output transformers, the improvements over the already stunning Anniversary are very worthwhile. There is a good percentage more of everything - greater potency, resolution, refinement and dynamics - not one area stands apart, it is very clearly just a big brother to the Anniversary.


Hifi Choice have rated the almost identical power amplifier version very highly, a pdf can be seen here (opens in new window)


-Audion Silver Night 300B SE Special Edition integrated amplifier: £4,500

-Audion Silver Night 300B SE Special Edition integrated amplifier with remote control volume: £4,963



Audio Note Meishu

The Meishu is the largest of the enclosed integrated amplifiers from Audio Note (pictured above with its lid off). In its very substantial casework nestles a pair of 300B output valves use in single ended configuration and producing 8 watts per channel. There are several different versions of the Meishu available, all with the choice of a black acrylic or aluminium fascia, the standard Meishu, Meishu Silver and Meishu Silver Signature, all are available with or without an excellent valve phono stage fitted.  The Meishu Silver is uprated due to the fitment of tantalum resistors, copper foil signal capacitors, many Black Gate capacitors and HiB copper wired double C-core output transformers. The Meishu Silver Signature features a greater number of Black Gate capacitors, silver signal wiring and up rated copper double C-core output transformers.


Audio Note Meishu Line integrated amplifier: £POA at manufacturers request

Audio Note Meishu Phono integrated amplifier: £POA at manufacturers request

Audio Note Meishu Silver Line integrated amplifier: £POA at manufacturers request

Audio Note Meishu Silver Phono integrated amplifier: £POA at manufacturers request

Audio Note Meishu Silver Signature Line integrated amplifier: £POA at manufacturers request

Audio Note Meishu Silver Signature Phono integrated amplifier: £POA at manufacturers request



Audio Note Jinro

The Jinro is a line level integrated amplifier using the venerable 211 output valve used in single ended configuration producing approximately 18 watts. The design is exceptionally simple, using a C-core interstage transformer between the 5687 input valve and the 211 output valve which has the benefit that it gets rid of a coupling capacitor (invariably a good thing) and provides enough drive for the massive output valve, which is connected to the speaker by another C core transformer. The power supply is very well specified, with twin 5R4WGB rectifiers and a double C-core mains transformer. It is available either in silver (like the Tomei pictured below) or black (pictured above).


Audio Note Jinro integrated amplifier: £POA at manufacturers request



Audio Note Tomei

The Tomei is the intermediary step between the Jinro and Ongaku, it features the same fundamental ayout but instead uses 6463 valves for the input stage, an interstage transformer with a copper and silver wiring mix on high quality C-cores with the parts list including tantalum resistors with Black Gate and Cerafine caps used in critical locations


Audio Note Tomei integrated amplifier: £POA at manufacturers request



Audio Note Ongaku

The Audio Note Ongaku amplifier started life in the late Eighties, it soon became legendary and was undoubtedly largely responsible for the resurgence of interest in the ‘arcane’ use of single ended output stages, both thanks to its exceptional sound and a price tag that redefined the upper levels of hi end audio.


The Ongaku has evolved substantially since these times and now uses transformer coupling between input and output stages (instead of capacitor coupling used in the original), as befits its range topping status the transformers are completely silver wound and responsible for a large percentage of the cost increase over the Tomei. As you’d expect the rest of the components are similarly  uncompromised, with larger Tantalum resistors and Black Gate capacitors used throughout. The chassis is available in either brushed copper (below) or piano black finish (above).


Audio Note Ongaku integrated amplifier: £POA at manufacturers request





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