The all-new OCTAVE V 80 SE sets new benchmarks for quality and performance in the product category of integrated amplifiers. He is the crown of the Octave integrated amplifier range and shines with a completely new amplifier design. A new driver stage, upgraded output transformers, and a more sophisticated power transformer highlight the technical design, while a completely new feedback loop offers absolute stability. As a serious alternative to high end separate pre- and power-amplifier components, the V 80 SE is equipped with a wide variety of inputs, both RCA and XLR, and features full function preamp capabilities. A MM or MC phono board is optional. A connection for Octave’s proprietary Black Box or Super Black Box power supply capacitance upgrade module is also included.
The V 80 SE is the only model in the Octave range with a headphone connector, and features a high-grade discrete headphone amplifier that offers very low distortion and uncompromised sound quality. It is also possible to integrate the V 80 SE into a Home Cinema system thanks to the Home Theater Bypass Circuit, which allows the V 80 SE to power the front channels of a high-quality multichannel system. Furthermore, the V 80 SE features Octave’s innovative, power saving Ecocide circuit, which serves to reduce heat and unnecessary power consumption when the amplifier is switched on but not in use. The V 80 SE features Octave’s innovative Power Management and Protection Systems. All Octave models are protected against any inrush-current during switch-on, and the operation voltage is built up slowly, which also serves to extend the lifespan of all parts – especially the tubes.
One can adjust the V 80 SE BIAS in three steps with a small screw driver at the front panel of the amplifier, making very sensitive adjustment to the loudspeakers quite simple. The incredibly precise BIAS calibration system requires no knowledge or experience let alone any micrometer or tools, so there is no need to involve a tech. In addition to simplifying tube biasing, this also makes it very easy for one to experiment with other tube types.
In the midrange, the V 80 SE integrated amplifier remains natural and warm, while the high frequencies are accurately reproduced with all the nuanced fine details which make all the difference in high fidelity playback. This powerful yet elegant integrated amplifier conveys pure emotion and is the perfect partner for nearly every loudspeaker. With its incredible reliability, ease of operation, and innovative feature set, the V 80 SE delivers the highest level of performance for the most demanding music lovers.