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Quad VA-One Amplifier (bit more than that really!)

£1,495.00
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The Quad VA-One is a traditional 'Lancaster Grey' Quad Valve amp but with a little extra -  Bluetooth, USB, DAC and phono inputs.

With a footprint measuring just 18 x 33cm, the VA-One is conveniently compact for a valve amp – sufficiently small to sit comfortably on a desk, table or shelf. Yet it packs in a wealth of high-performance audio technology: a hi-res DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) joins valve-based preamp and power amp circuits to deliver sumptuous sound quality from a multitude of playback devices – from smartphones and tablets, to PCs and Macs, to hi-fi source components.

With a footprint measuring just 18 x 33cm, the VA-One is conveniently compact for a valve amp – sufficiently small to sit comfortably on a desk, table or shelf. Yet it packs in a wealth of high-performance audio technology: a hi-res DAC (Digital-to-Analogue Converter) joins valve-based preamp and power amp circuits to deliver sumptuous sound quality from a multitude of playback devices – from smartphones and tablets, to PCs and Macs, to hi-fi source components.

A combination of 7 pre and power-amp valves

The VA-One boasts an impressive compliment of valves for such a compact device (seven in all). The preamp section incorporates an ECC83 high-impedance triode, feeding an ECC82 twin triode driver and phase splitter stage. The output stage uses two EL84 pentodes per channel in push-pull configuration, delivering 2x15W – sufficient power to drive efficient modern speakers to high volume levels, whilst maintaining the sumptuous sound quality derived from the amp’s valve-based topology.


As well as providing the fluid, immersive sonic performance associated with classic valve amplification, the VA-One delivers lashings of musical detail without the unwanted coloration often associated with inferior valve-based products, thanks to the highly specified output transformers.
 

Modern digital convenience, including USB and Bluetooth connectivity


Three digital audio inputs – optical, coaxial and asynchronous USB – support data up to 24-bit/192kHz, and an RCA-phono input gives the option to connect an analogue source like a CD player or a turntable (when used with a suitable phono stage).

In addition, those who enjoy the freedom of wireless connectivity can pair smartphones, tablets and computers via Bluetooth, with support for the sonically superior aptX codec.

Specifications
General description Integrated amplifier
Rated power output 2 x 15W RMS (6Ω) 2 x 12W RMS (8Ω / 4Ω)
Frequency Response 20Hz - 50kHz (-3dB)
Total harmonic distortion 0.50%
Signal-to-noise ration (S/N) 90dB
Input Impedance 50KΩ
Inputs 1 x RCA, 1 x OPT, 1 x COAX, 1 x USB B, Bluetooth (aptX)
Outputs 1 x Speaker Terminal,1 x 6.3mm Jack Headpone
Valves 1 x ECC83, 2 x ECC82, 4 x EL84EH
Net weight 10.8kg

 

Warranty Information

2 Years

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