New Audio Frontiers Integrated Amplifier: 845 SE Special Edition

20th December 2016

I just admit that I have a weakness for the 845 valve. I currently utilise a pair of Icon Audio MB845 Mk.II monoblocks as part of my reference system. When I saw this design, I had to investigate. OK, this one might not be the newest piece of technology on the block but it remains a little seen and utilised design from the a company that I don’t really see ‘out there’ too much. So…you could call this a sort of Post it note, to make you aware…as it where. For many of you, this will be news


From this company, based in Viadana, Italy, this integrated amplifier runs pure Class A mode and spouts 25W, delivered by an 845 driven by an ultralinear SRPP.


The output transformers are hand wound using silver-plated copper litz wire. That’s doubled-wired to, says the company, “… avoid parasitic oscillation and loss to the core.”


Reportedly, the output valve bias is automatic and doesn’t need any regulation.


Meanwhile, the rectifier for the anodic power supply is made up by two 5R4GY directly heated rectifier valves.


Spanning 350 x 250 x 560mm, it weighs in at 50kg. Price? Around €9,800.


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