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KR Audio VA 200 monoblocks NEW


"KR Audio Electronics proudly announces the addition of the new VA 200 monoblocks using a KR 842vhd tube application to our fine line up of hi-end amplifiers. The VA 200 has a circletron circuit which features a floating cathode, neither single-ended or push pull."

VA200 – Preliminary Data

Dual Mono-block Amplifier
Technical Data ( one channel )
Power Tubes 8 x KR842
Output Stage circlotron, class A
Output Power 200 WRMS (THD=1%)
Output Impedance 4, 8 Ω
Frequency Response 20Hz ÷40KHz (-3dB)
Global Feedback zero
Input Sensitivity 1VRMS / 100kΩ @ 200W
Power requirements 230/115VAC , 50/60 Hz
Power consumption 1kVA
Operating temperature 5C° to 40C°
Weight Approx. 40Kg
Dimensions including projecting parts and controls (w/h/d)
Approx. 38.5 x 28 x 55 cm

Luxman ES-35 power box NEW

Luxman today marks its 90th anniversary. To celebrate this they just introduced all NEW Luxman ES-35 power box.

The Vinyl Factory’s mobile cutting lathe NEW


The Vinyl Factory’s mobile cutting lathe made its debut earlier this month at the Venice Biennale.

Installed in the David Adjaye-designed Arena at the heart of the Biennale for the opening week, it cut live performances from Jeremy Deller, Jason Moran and many others direct to disc, the lathe is one of just a few hundred left operating in the world and one of the only mobile units of its kind. 

A central part of curator Okwui Enwezor’s vision for this year’s Biennale, entitled ‘All The World’s Futures’, we spoke to Okwui in Venice about the lathe and the Arena performances before catching up with engineer Crispin Murray to find out how it works and just what makes cutting live direct to vinyl so special.

Variations around the Western Electric 555 driver


Our friends Audio16 boys contemplate again on some of the classics. "As usual time is the “factor” and it took me some to gather different versions of the WE555 drivers for a private shootout with “12 ears” between original WE 555, 555w, 555 original and Endo San replacement diaphragm, GIP 555w and line magnetic Chinese made 555 replica.

Upstream setup being tailored to western electric big horns from stylus to speaker cables. We will enjoy on the western electric 13a made by me. Btw the easiest western electric horn to change the 555 drive is the we13a….good news given the paddock of drivers!

It’s going to be an ear opening day…..

Thanks to “S” and “F” two key contributors."

Boenicke Audio W5 speakers photo set and first impressions


My announcement of Boenicke Audio W5 speakers arrival and upcoming review created unexpected interest. As requested here is 40+ photo set and few words about the first listening impressions. I've got the feeling these speakers are something special and Fred Crane of Audio Prana/Stereodesk was more then on the right track with his comment.

Sound coming from this little speakers was nothing expected. They are really well thought out and this shows instantly on the first notes strike. More coming soon, but positively surprised with both sound and aesthetics...

The Genesis Dragon Speakers


The Genesis Dragon Speakers at a Genesis listening room in Hong Kong. Impressive setup...

10.000 vinyl library opens in Seoul


Seoul spots an impressive new vinyl library with over 10,000 records and 3,000 vinyl related books. Check out the video after the jump…

Weather Report Weather Report from Vinyl Gourmet arrived


Weather Report Weather Report 2LP 45rpm 180g Vinyl (ORG Music) mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed at Pallas Germany just arrived from Vinyl Gourmet. Will write more once i take it for a spin.

Makoto Tanaka Feastrex speakers


Photos of unique Makoto Tanaka eye catching Feastrex drivers based speakers…