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Valve / vaelv / n 1. A device for controlling the passage of fluid through a pipe etc., esp. an automatic device allowing movement in one direction only. 2. A membranous part of an organ etc. allowing a flow of blood etc. in one direction only. etc. etc. .- The Oxford English Reference Dictionary

Valve / vaelv / n 1. A device used in only the highest quality musical reproduction instruments whose function is to enrapture the listener with waves of warm music. 2. The word the British use to refer to what we call "tubes."- My Kind of Music

Amplifiers, Line & Phono Stages, Valves & Solid State

Mark Levinson 5805 Integrated Amplifier

Integrated Amplifier for Digital and Analog Sources

№ 5805

Experience the true power of your music with an integrated amplifier that allows you to hear the unique character of every note. The Mark Levinson № 5805 contains a high-quality pre-amplifier, phono stage and amplifier in one seamless package, delivering dynamic sound for your entire digital and analog music collection.

Available for your listening pleasure in at My Kind of Music, Toronto.

Pathos Inpol Heritage Integrated Amplifier

InPol Heritage represents the legacy of the late Pathos co-founder, designer and inventor of InPol, Engineer Giani Borinato.

The team of Pathos technical designers pushed themselves to the very highest level with this unprecedented project; an enormous amount of time was spent with this product, which is characterized by components of the highest quality and the customary absence of compromises.

InPol (Inseguitore Pompa Lineare – Linear Pump Follower) is a system patented by Pathos Acoustics which has enjoyed great success and won many awards.

Inpol devices have a special sonic personality obtainable only by means of this particular circuit design – fully balanced in Class A using a single solid state component in follower configuration, with high current gain and with voltage gain together. The valve amplifier amplifies the input signal voltage and InPol supplies the current to drive the loudspeakers without any further amplification. In this way the signal is entrusted to the valves and becomes a true copy of the original, with all the quality, purity and harmonic content of the original.

This technology allows an increase in the theoretical output in pure Class A of between 25% and 50% together with a low output impedance which is fundamental for the damping factor, and further improved by the double InPol.

Available exclusively for your listening pleasure in Toronto at My Kind of Music.

 

Plinius Hautonga Integrated Amplifier

Hautonga Integrated Amplifier

The versatile Hautonga is a perfectly equipped and well balanced piece that derives from preceding development in earlier Plinius Integrated Amplifiers. The aesthetic is the distinctive Plinius rounded front and it is available in Silver or Black anodized finish.

Careful attention has been paid to signals and circuit layout with short signal paths, optimal component placement and wiring specification working in harmony to extract exciting depth and detail from any musical recording.

Taking integrated refinement to a new level, the Hautonga is an amplifier that has set new standards for performance, ease of use and reliability.

Available for your enjoyment in Toronto at My Kind of Music.

Luxman L590AXII

Bringing an evolved and expressive Class A sound to the peak of integrated amplifier

LUXMAN has been at the forefront of integrated amplifier design since releasing the first Japanease integrated amplifier, the SQ5A, in 1961.For over 50 years, LUXMAN has been confronting the challenges of balancing performance, function and design in an integrated amplifier body. These years of research and experience have resulted in the L-590AXII, the ultimate complete integrated amplifier design.With unprecedented spatial expression – and a sense of density particular to Class A design – outstanding realisation of tonal quality and penetrating audio ability have been achieved in this Class A integrated amplifier.The integrated L-590AXII introduces a combination of high grade technologies found in LUXMAN separate amplifiers, such as the original amplification feedback circuit ODNF4.0, LR independent block capacitors, discrete configured buffer circuits and the newly developed LECUA 1000.The L-590AXII is the peak of integrated amplifier design, amalgamating tried and tested know how and state of the art technology.The L-590AXII is the debut flagship model of integrated amplifier from LUXMAN to commemorate the 90th anniversary of this ground-breaking company.

Available for your enjoyment at My Kind of Music, Toronto.

Pathos Classic One MKIII

After having won over the international audiophile community with state-of-the-art reference amplifiers, to conceive a product with a set price point as the main design limit has been a true challenge to Pathos.
The Classic One project was initiated to transfer, in a more affordable amplifier, all the know-how and expertise acquired developing reference products.
Classic One represents a new standard in its price category: it success fully blends in a single chassis a preamplifier and power amplifier, completely separated from each other and provided with their own individual power supplies.
The pre-stage – or, better, the pre-amplifier – is purely tube, balanced, pure Class A, extremely low noise, with high intrinsic linearity and without any feedback. It provides an exquisitely tube sound in terms of transparency, air, harmonics and refinement… in one word, musicality.
The power stage is a solid state power amplifier, high bias current, Class A/AB in order to adequately drive every load. It provides the sound with speed and dynamics, without influencing the tube nature of the sound. The volume control is motorized and remote controlled, the remote itself is in solid wood. Power supplies are over-dimensioned and stabilized. Selected components, pure silver Pathos signal cable wiring, gold plated terminals, high quality materials and refinement at its highest standard are additional benefits provided with the Classic One.

Together with such sound performance and overall quality, the Classic One is offered at a price that clearly demonstrates a philosophy of value for money. This is possible thanks to an aimed design approach, coupled with extremely accurate engineering and superior aesthetic form.

Available for auditioning at MKoM, Toronto

Hegel H90 Integrated Amplifier – Music Machine

The H90 provides the most dynamic 60 watts per channel sound you have ever heard, and comes with a set of features that add value and flexibility. In the Hegel H90 we included network streaming, Apple Airplay®, and a variety of digital and analogue connections. All (except streaming) of which are configurable to be fixed level inputs, allowing you to easily integrate the H90 in a Home Theater system. Or perhaps you just want to connect the digital output of your Sonos streamer and use the Sonos volume control rather than the Hegel remote? There is also a high quality headphone output and a sleek, informative, white OLED display.

The new and improved SoundEngine2 reduces distortion even further than our older models. It makes certain you hear all those tiny details in the music. The ones that suck you in and give you the feeling of actually being there, while also sounding natural and fluid. SoundEngine2 also quite dramatically improves bass control, and the amplifier’s grip of the loudspeakers, which is why even a tiny 60 watts of output power can be enough. The grip, or damping factor as it is called, is up to 20 times higher than the industry average. Ensuring a dynamic and powerful bass response, even on larger floor standing loudspeakers.

The H90 is designed simply, making it a perfect stand-alone unit. Connect your TV, cable decoder, phono stage or phones. Add a pair of speakers and you are good to go!

Hegel H190 Integrated Amplifier

Hegel presents the H190, an amp with DLNA streaming capabilities that can play music from any streaming platform including AirPlay. With configurable inputs, a high end DAC, and a front facing headphone output you can enjoy ease of use with ultimate sound quality. In anodized black aluminum with an OLED display, the H190 is beautiful enough to be the centerpiece in any system and powerful enough to drive almost any loudspeaker on the market.

With a damping factor of over 4000, the H190 is powerful enough to drive almost any loudspeaker currently on the market, especially the big ones! Plug in your loudspeakers and start streaming music over AirPlay, or any other DLNA streamer, quickly and easily. The high end DAC ensures precision decoding, providing the best foundation of sound for your entire set up. The 2×150 watt SoundEngine2 error cancelling amplifier prevents distortion and preserves the details and dynamic range in the original music signal.

The H190 also features a sturdy 6.3mm Headphone output that is front facing, so you can easily plug and unplug as your listening style changes over the course of a day. With powerful technology inside of a modern casing, the H190 is the Hegel embodiment of Powerful Design.

Hegel Music Systems H590 Integrated Amplifier – Reference Grade

A MASTER at musicality. The COMMANDER of any set of loudspeakers. H590 is the name of Hegel’s ultimate integrated amplifier. The H590 includes user friendly services such as Apple AirPlay®, while at the same time embracing ultra high performance formats like DSD. With SoundEngine 2 technology and Hegel’s finest amplifier implementation to date, the H590 really personifies our strive to bring High End to the people. The H590 uses the patented SoundEngine2 technology combined with a very high power, low distortion amplifier design. The result is unmatched dynamic capabilities while still maintaining a smooth, natural sound with all the details of the music. You will experience a huge soundstage and only want to turn the volume up, up, up and up.

The H590 is a reference amplifier throughout. From the carefully designed balanced and unbalanced inputs, with hand matched transistor pairs, ensuring minimal distortion to the delicate signal from an analog source such as a phono stage. Via the pre-amplifier, with its dedicated high quality power supplies and a unique volume control, to the massive output stage where you will find 12 ultra-fast high power output transistors… per channel. The H590 is a beast. Many people nowadays use digital music as their main source of listening, so great care has been put into the DA-Converter, where all signals will be kept in their original form throughout. If you play high resolution or CD-format, they will all be played in their native form for best sound quality. Via the USB input, the H590 will also support high end formats like DSD. The H590 includes MQA decoding and rendering technology, which enables you to play back MQA audio files and streams, delivering you the sound of the original master recording.

The H590 is also a dream for people who are into streaming. First of all, there is Upnp streaming and second there is Hegel’s proprietary implementation of AirPlay. That means Apple Airplay user friendliness combined with the high performance Hegel sound. It does not stop there though, as the H590 is also software upgradable, and additional functionality will become available in the future. If you live in a smart home, the H590 can be a natural part of that too. With services like Control4 built in, and 2-way IP control for other smart home control systems, using the H590 can be as easy as switching on the lights. In short, while many high performance audio systems are made “only” for the enthusiast himself, the H590 is designed to give joy to the entire family.

There is ease of use and there is security. Afraid that the kids will play too loud when you are away from home? No problem. Simply set a desired maximum volume level and lock it there. The H590 can even be used to provide better sound in your Home Theater, or to combine a Theater and a system for music listening. Do you enjoy your Sonos or Bluesound app and want to use those, but without losing the sound performance of the H590? No problem. Connect them, lock the volume on the input and you are in full control using only the Sonos app (example).

Hegel P30 Reference PreAmplifier

Hegel P30The P30 is the best preamplifier ever developed by Hegel. With its patented technology and hand matched components, the P30 is a confident contender in the race towards being the best pre amplifier in the world. Regardless of price. Despite of what many Hi-Fi enthusiasts believe, preamplifiers are actually one of the most difficult audio components to develop. At the same time it is one of the most important components in a well sounding system. The reason is that the signal strength is very low when entering the preamplifier, and is therefore very susceptible high frequency noise and distortion elements. The most critical phase in the preamplifier is the volume regulation, and in the P30 this is a master piece in it self. The physical volume control knob is only used to describe the desired volume output level to the array of Gigahertz MOS-transistors. These direct the music signal through a network of high quality resistors that reduce the signal level.

Review in 6moons…

 

Hegel H30 Reference Amplifier

Hegel H30With a power rating of more than 1,1 kW in 8 ohms it is on the verge of being easier to measure the H30 in horsepower. The massive H30 mono power amplifiers from Hegel play any loudspeaker in the world with ease and authority. The H30 is our best power amplifier ever, and is definitely a combatant for being the best power amplifier in the world. The H30 is developed as a mono block, but there is also the possibility to use it as a stereo power amplifier to start with if you are on a budget. Progress is a one way street and so for our power amplifiers. The H30 is using a new and improved version of the patented Hegel SoundEngine amplifier technology. This further reduce all types of distortion. In addition to the improve SoundEngine we are also using the highest possible level of the Hegel FET-technology in the input stage and the voltage gain stage. This technology reduce a very specific type of distortion called Harmonic Distortion. This particular type of distortion causes what many people call “transistor sound”, and this is therefore dramatically reduced in the H30. It will simply let the music reach you in a different way than what you have ever experienced before.

Review in The Absolute Sound…