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Lavardin IT

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by karkus30, Sep 8, 2002.

  1. karkus30

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    Anyone heard one of these french built amps?

    Supposed to be a very clever design which reduces transistor memory ( sound a bit NVM / Townsend to me ).
     
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    Hi
    i did see/hear one of these amps at a small show once (in Chester IIRC)
    a year or so ago.

    It was the best sound dem at the show. Very clear sound.

    At the time I had never heard of them, but the following month HFNRR gave
    it a pretty good rating.
     
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    I have heard good things of this brand, but it is audiophile level, hence has the asociated nuiances!

    Ad
     
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    Yes, thats always the problem :rolleyes:

    Has anyone got one ???
     
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    Sorry I don't understand this statement.

    The IT is a great amp, if you are willing to spend that amount of money and have the front end to do it justice.

    Lee
     
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    Great amps but I am not so sure what the 'special' bit is as they are not telling anyone!
     
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    One can't expect them to tell all their secrets can you :D

    Mike
     
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    I had the top off but from memory they were encased in resin! I wonder whether it is another phase linear amp.

    I don't give up that easily. :D
     
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    You're sounding quite devious Nic ;)

    Funny you should say about the resin, I remember when Hifi choice (several years ago now) reviewed some of the more expensive add-on DACs (over £1000) and, simply by looking at the technical results, could tell the precise chip-set used - despite the manufacturer en-casing them in resin etc. Turned out quite a few of them were using the same chips as in one of the considerably cheaper QED range.

    No doubt all the additional cost was in the casing :D

    Mike

    p.s. must remember to re-read the Lavardin amp review ...
     
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    Nic, could you explain phase linear.

    I remember reading they use custom transistors. hmmmm.

    How did you get hold of an amp to strip down ? You must move in some interesting circles.

    I was told audionote ongaku amps hane the transformers potted and filled with steel ball bearings.

    Where can I get hold of a Lavardin to dem ?

    Loads of Qs to keep you busy for about 10 seconds.
     
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    Your not allowed to buy high end amps like this cause they know you play QOTSA through them:p

    Don't know if this is what Nick means but
    http://www.phaselinearhistory.com/ sounds about right
     
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    Nope, I have graduated, so its Status Quo from now on;)

    Thanks for the site info. Unfortunately its all about Carver amps, no indication of actual circuit design. Nics probably keeping it to himself ;)
     
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    Karkus

    see April 2001 Hifi News & RR for a review where the Lavardin IT was reviewed by Alvin Gold.

    The general gist was that it was very transparent (valve-like) but without
    the average bass that valve designs allegedly have.

    He did comment that it does need to be matched to the speaker - a JM Labs
    one he tried wasn't a good match - and also that its no powerhouse - which
    u probably knew from the specs anyway.

    The amp has a mid-forward balance (AG's words) so avoid speakers with a similar
    balance.

    Mike
     
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    Yes, read it some time ago, but I dont realy trust those reports, anyway they make it sound like an 8000A
     

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