Classic Italian 6SL7 with highly detailed, sophisticated sound.
Only 1 left, black base, 4 hours use.
Superb valve dac ex-dem.
Excellent, dynamic sound with 3 dimensional valve tone.
Upgraded GE output valves.
Later called VAD.
6Moons reviewing TAD 1 6Moons TAD 1 pages
HiFi Choice about DAC 10 DSD (2014)
HiFi Critic reviewing DAC 12 Enjoy the Music DAC 12 pages
Sounds superb even with basic computer audio set-up due to its tonal richness and scale.
Retail price £6995
Beautiful 211 integrated 18w/ch minimum.
Ex-dem. latest spec. in solid American walnut
Transformers below deck.
7kg output transformers.
DC heaters on driver stage.
Massive power supply 2kV oil capacitor.
Takes on £30K 211 amps with ease.
45 kg – over-specced components run cooler and quieter than competitors.
The Loth-X are the best-sounding unmodified full-range drivers ever with beautifully machined frames, stiff cone-doping giving a pistonic movement (no folding) and high quality speaker terminals etc. 104db to 108db sensitivity – horn cab dependent.
Flat 8 ohm and extremely rare as were not sold separately from speaker cabs.
As a complete Hi-fi novice I can thoroughly recommend Audioflair and in particular Adrian Parsons.
I usually buy my Hi-Fi equipment second hand buy on this occasion, after much research, I decided to buy a Croft Micro Basic pre-amp and came across Audioflair’s website after Googling for Croft pre-amps so I decided to e-mail them, as you do, on New Years Eve!
Anyway I received a prompt reply from Adrian that day who answered my initial query within a few hours and continued to answer my e-mail questions regarding my set-up and the amp all throughout the day with professionalism and politeness despite the fact that I was only going to spending £400! Never once, during our e-mail exchange, did Adrian ever treat as anything other than a customer and offered excellent advice regarding the pre-amp’s phono board and my Denon DL-110 cartridge which is a high output moving coil cart.
He assured me that the cartridge would be fine with the Croft, which it is, and he made the entire buying process simplicity itself.
Anyone buying ‘blind’ so to speak will agree that it is important to have complete confidence in the product that you are buying and also in the person who you are buying something from and in this respect I can’t recommend Adrian enough.
The amp arrived promptly from the manufacturer (as advised by Adrian) and was very well packaged and protected.
Adrian continued to communicate with me even after delivery and helped with some technical questions I had when I was setting the amp.
I am happy to recommend both Audioflair and indeed Croft for the excellent service and helpful friendly service.
Tony Cosgrove, Glasgow.
Name: Darrel Sheinman
Occupation: Owner at Gearbox Records and Private Equity investor in Music Rights.
I discovered Audioflair by recommendation, which I find to be the best way, in general, to find quality. Several years ago I was in the market for a system upgrade, but was finding it difficult to discern the truth in the complex hi-end, largely cottage industry hi-fi world.
Those who pay the most in marketing invariably become most well known, but are not necessarily the best. That is not to say that the big names are absent when getting advice from Audioflair..it is more that a reasonable and balanced view is given, not clouded by perception and expectation, but judged solely on whether it sounds good. I have bought most of my components through Audioflair, because after weighing up the pros and cons of all the competition in each of the relevant price points, I seem to come back to Adrian at Audioflair’s consistent philosophy of natural, uncoloured sound using the best choice of tools to deliver it. He gave proper insight into the wonders of serious valves, horns and well made solid state, and the art of matching them well within budget….all good. Oh, and he is an engineer and inventor too, so things can be upgraded on site! Highly recommended.
Name: Doug Haddow
As a somewhat disillusioned Hi-Fi enthusiast, after years of spending money on “5 star equipment” which didn`t perform up to scratch , discovering Audioflair has been a godsend to me, and, I`m sure, also to any other “lost souls” out there trying to get good, honest advice. Your help over the past few years on a variety of Hi-Fi equipment has been invaluable, and my system is now far closer to that which I always desired to own.
The valve upgrade on my Croft pre amp was magic, and at a very fair price (Audiofair price?– Ok maybe not). It made a major improvement in performance, the first of many to follow. Speakers, power amp, cables, all have been spot on, The opportunity to try things out, at home, on ones own system, is an obvious benificial, personal touch, not always available, or welcomed, by larger companies. So, thanks, and keep on doing what you do.
Name: Nick Wilkinson
As an acoustic musician and occasional sound engineer, I have spent much of my working life listening closely to musical instruments. Adrian has given me the advice I needed to get a truly amazing life-like sound from my home-system. If I’d followed his advice from the beginning I’m sure I would have saved myself several thousand pounds and a lot of frustration. Adrian is a diamond geezer who understands real hi-fi and believes passionately
Name: Neil Simon
Occupation: The Romantic Tenor
I am a musician and am very particular about the quality of music I listen to. Adrian at Audioflair has guided me through a number of products to help get to the level that I am happy with in terms of quality of sound and musicality. He has many years of experience and will be happy to discuss your requirements and tailor the product. He will also give you time to consider your options and make your choice! I highly recommend him.
Name: Rose Wormald
Occupation: Charity Shop Worker
I have a Hi Fi system, which had been unused for around 3 years. I did not want to spend my budget on Tottenham Court Road! and was not too knowledgeable on stereo equipment, so needed advice.
I had the system serviced and with a limited budget of £150, Adrian invested in fantastic, hand made speakers for me. These alone stood alongside many worth 2k, the sound is first class and the speakers look individual, which is what I really wanted.
The service was personal, honest and non marketed, I would absolutely recommend Audio flair and use them in the future.
Occupation: Makes bespoke golf-clubs for professionals
Twenty years of madness made sane by subjectivity alone. my mind warped by permutation and choice i took a shot in the dark . i tried to simplify the variables. my then system consisted of 12 boxes,four of which were power supplies. cabling was expensive and obvious. i listened to music in an environment fraught with danger. navigating the surface trunking essentially voided the east wing of the house. simpler had to be better.
well it was and still is. I now have the greatest listening pleasure without caveat. thank you Adrian Parsons for a musical experience without rival. your approach to music rendition is unique,affordable and incredibly energy efficient. sadly only those that get it will know this. each search is personal and therefore different in direction not destination . I am convinced that your knowledge would help anyone trying to find a musical sound .
Manufacturers website: www.roleaudio.com
I am proud to announce that I import the Role Audio range of speakers from the U.S.
Compact, modern in appearance and well-priced, they integrate with most environments offering a small footprint and work admirably on bookshelves or other pieces of furniture.
What is deceptive, however, is their performance: They image beautifully (excellent crossover design), produce a tight, deep bass which belies their size (thanks to transmission-line loading) and offer a genuine `high end` sound.
I`ve seen a few jaws drop as customers are convinced a bigger pair of speakers are playing.
The bar has now been lifted regarding the level of performance possible from compact enclosures.
This is a brilliant range of transmission-line speakers which are domestically friendly without forfeiting true audiophile performance. A neat solution to accommodating a high quality speaker system with an elegantly narrow footprint.
The designs cater for Home Cinema aficionados who are seeking that elusive combination of high quality impactful movie effects coupled with true audiophile sound quality.
The use of transmission line loading provides exceptional bass-tightness.
They possess seemless crossover designs with drive-units which are designed by the same company to work together. The results are clear in the amazing imaging and perfect tonal matching between bass/mid and tweeter.
Fantastic 10 year warranty and use of eco-friendly materials mean no formaldehyde vapours which can harm health.
Please come and listen for yourselves, you will be surprised.
If you want to make the most of your async audio DAC, put together a powerful computer which runs silently. You can leave out the graphics card which has no positive affect on the Music at all.
A PC running Windows 7 and JRiver Media Player will work just fine. You can tweak these further by adding a program such as JPlay which optimises the processes on the computer ensuring that priority threads are available for music playing.
Better still you can have the convenience of your smart phone as the remote control – this truly is so very handy to use. Not forgetting also the amazing amount of musical material for you to explore now that you are running from a Computer connected to the Internet. You don’t get a shabby performance from Spotify (though variable from track to track) – it certainly allows you to browse thousands of musical catalogues where you will get to hear music you enjoy that you never had the chance to explore so instantly before.
Its gets more complicated – but in short – the more processor and memory you have in your PC the better. It would not seem logical to worry about CPU power for just music making – but it affects the musical timing! If you can push through those musical bits with `muscle` then timing will improve – and timing makes a significant difference when it comes to toe-tapping musicality. Funnily enough, it also really enhances and solidifies the bass! Quality bass really does underpin the music!
Our Gold Note audio DACs respond well to this, they already sound superb as they are a truly asynchronous USB device – using XMOS technology along with NOS (no oversampling). Many strive to modify CD players so that they do not over-sample and just leave the bits alone without toying with them. Gold Note have realised this in their audio DAC range right the way down to their budget DAC-7 which you must listen to fully appreciate if you get the chance!
The DAC used in the Gold Note range is known as the ‘Miracle DAC’, which is in effect the AKM AK4396, using AKM’s multibit architecture for its modulator. Furthermore, according to Gold Note: “we are the only one on the market I know to have the USB Pin1 V-BUS 5Volt isolated using the proper power supply to avoid interferences with the audio signal” – however with the DAC-7 you need to add the external power supply to achieve this isolation.
No standard digital filters are used either, Gold Note uses an FIR implemented by themselves.
All Gold Note DACs are asynchronous and deploy high speed USB 2.0 which can handle any streaming up to 24bit resolution and 192KHz natively.
But overall there are a large number of reasons for why something sounds good. Asynchronous technology is one, but Latency is another even more important one.
The master clock of the converter works in the Gold Note designs at 27MHz, 24,576MHz and 16,934MHz. There are three separate master clocks using three different high precision oscillators with 7ppm precision to guarantee a very low jitter.
Anyway enough of the technical mumbo jumbo, some may be interested to know the underlying technology which may help to understand the value behind the product range, but all will want to appreciate the music – in the end I believe you should let your ears be the judge.
Contact me for more information – and auditions of course.
Role Audio recently presented the Sampans, Sampan FTLs, Skiffs and the new NSMT 100M at the Audio Axpona Show driven by Logitec Squeezebox Touch and Peachtree iNova. No bass traps, no props. They simply placed the speakers in the middle of one of the worst sounding rooms. Some people said the room was the best sound of the show, some said the room was among the best six, and some said the combinations Role Audio displayed were the best value at the show.
We have the fantastic Gold Note DAC7 and streamers from Blacknote that sing on the end of a Squeezebox Touch or a Computer using the Asynchronous USB implementation that Gold Note are proud of.
Come to us for an alternative to the Arcam rDAC, Musical Fidelity DAC, Rega DAC etc – find out what our Italian DACs are capable of!