We're trying out a new Valve integrated amplifier from Ayon Audio at the moment from Scandinavia. Perhaps not the first place that springs to mind as an audiophile capital of the World, but the Worlds an ever changing place as you know.
It certainly looks good with it's chrome transformer covers and fine brushed aluminium shell.
It also sound very nice indeed. Rather unusually it has a switch to enable you to choose between Pentode or Triode operation mode. It also has tappings on the back for four or eight ohm speakers to enable you to suit it to your speakers better.
It even comes with a nice remote control. It's in the window at the moment, so if your passing by, pop over and look in at it.
After just a pultry 30 years in production the near legendary Sugden pure class 'A' A21a integrated amplifier has been upgraded.
Now converts to what is without a doubt one of the Hi-Fi industries best kept audio secrets might look on in shock and horror. "Don't fix something that ain't broke" I hear them cry.
Well, as that great book by the genius Douglas Adams said - "Don't panic".
They have retained that which we hold so dear about the original A21a, but they have given it a stylish new look, more power and better handling of lower impedance speakers. Oh and also, and I'm almost frightened to tell you this incase it puts some people into shock but, well......... they've given it a remote control volume! There, I've said it.
Pure class 'A' has always been something that Sugden has excelled at and the new A21a is just what you would expect from a company with such a wealth of knowledge in this area.
Listening to our latest demonstration unit we are glad to report that none of the old charm has been compromised. However, expect greater dynamics with better bass handling, especially when things are getting busier. Also with the improved current drive you have a much bigger choice of matching speakers.
Check out the new spec Here.
Few people will have heard much until recently about the LSA group. But they have certainly hit the ground running. Their integrated amplifier comes in three different specifications, but even the standard model offers a real grip on sound quality. We've already sold several and they have only been with us a short time. Great dynamics and revealing soundstage are just a few of this brutes attributes. Fancy a try - there's one here ready for you to hear. Just one word of warning, you'll need to give us a hand to lift it into the dem room as it weighs a ton!
Who says we don't care what it looks like so long as it sounds good? Well lots of people say it, but very few people mean it. Fortunately for us Hovland seem to be of the opinion that it should sound great AND look stunning. The Radia power amp and HP200 pre amp certainly are gorgeous to behold. This is almost a case where the exact opposite rule applies. Who cares what it sound like when it looks this good! However, don't be concerned, this stunning combo sounds sublime. Form an orderly cue.