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  1. Item: EOFY Special Deals Location: Hallam, Thornbury and Online (Free Shipping from Website) Price: 30% Off Selected Vincent Models Item Condition: Brand New Reason for selling: Stocktake Clearance Payment Method: Pickup - Cash or Card. Website - Card, Paypal, Finance, Bank Deposit Extra Info: Model: Sale Price RRP Vincent SP-994 Stereo Power Amplifier Black SP994b $2,659.00 $3,799.00 Vincent SA-94 Stereo Preamplifier Black SA94b $2,299.00 $3,299.00 Vincent SP-998 Mono Power Amplifier Black SP998b $2,169.00 $3,099.00 Vincent SP-331MK Stereo Power Amplifier Black SP331MKb $1,999.00 $2,899.00 Vincent CD-S5 CD Player Black CDS5b $1,749.00 $2,499.00 Vincent SP-331 Stereo Power Amplifier Black SP331b $1,259.00 $1,799.00 Vincent SA-31MK Stereo Preamplifier Black SA31MK $1,259.00 $1,799.00 Vincent SP-997 Mono Power Amplifier Black SP997b $699.00 $999.00 Vincent SV-400 Integrated Amplifier Black SV400b $699.00 $999.00 Vincent CD-400 CD Player Black CD400b $629.00 $899.00 Vincent STU-400 Tuner Black STU400b $449.00 $649.00 Website: www.selby.com.au Photos:
  2. Hi all, Just received my NOS Telefunken 12AX7 smooth plate tube to replace the stock Chinese made 12AX7 in the front window. I figured I would take a few shots of the internals while I was at it. This is a pretty impressive looking unit for the asking price, or at least I think so.
  3. Hi all, im thinking is like to try a different 2ch amp at home. i currently have the Yamaha AS-1100 and am happy however curiosity has set in and an wondering if more power and a different signature sound will also satisfy me some might recall my adventure getting this amp and the fact I have a Matantz AVR still set up at home and utilise a Beresford to switch between amps for HT and 2ch listening. speakers are still KEF Q950 the Vincent SV237mk is still knocking at the door loudly and I see now the Rotel RA1592 is on sale at a lot of places for approx $2700. I know the Vincent is a tad warmer and more powerful but the RA1592!ivenot heard but see it to be more powerful- anyone have experience with this amp? being that I consider Marantz sound quite warm and smooth, the Yamaha sound is very neutral but still smooth (not as smooth), but not as “forgiving” as Marantz... To spend the money on anew amp I’m keen to look and listen to amps that have more power than the Yamaha as the KEFs like being driven to get the most out of them any suggestions out there to add to the list Vincent and Rotel? budget up to say $3500 but less if possible! Understanding I’ll get suggestions above and double that but springing to mind is Roksan, musical fidelity and I think Onkyo have one for about $3k also. Whatever I look at must have x4 analog rca options, digital inputs and dac not important as I have an Oppo 205 which I’ll connect to it for that purpose but it’s a full package like the Rotel that is fine also. thanks all keen to read your suggestions and any experiences
  4. Item: VINCENT SPT-100 HYBRID TUBE MONO AMPLIFIERS Location: MELBOURNE Price: $1500 ONO FOR THE PAIR Item Condition: EXCELLENT Reason for selling:NO LONGER REQUIRED Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only
  5. Item: Vincent STU8 Tuner (DAB+, FM) Location: Forestville Price: $500 + postage - now $350 Item Condition: used, no wear and tear Reason for selling: potential change of setup. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: Just EOI at this stage. Matches my amp model so not committed to letting it go. Analogue outputs (balanced and single ended) only - no digital. I've always found it a very easy to listen to source, especially for better quality DAB+ stations. Comes with remote and original double-box for shipping. I've got a telescopic antenna for the DAB+, and cables if you need it to use your rooftop TV antenna. Details from catalogue found here http://www.vincent-audio.com/download/7.pdf You shouldn't be without it: A hybrid tuner in the top class! Equipped with the latest DAB+ technology, the STU-8 offers you the possibility of enjoying your favourite radio station at the highest of levels. The tubes in the output stage endow this unit with a silky sound and soothing warmth. FM Tuner: • Tuner bandwidth: 87.5 MHz~108.0 MHz, Frequency response: 30 Hz - 15 KHz (+1 dB 7-1.5 dB) • RF-sensitivity: 0.8 V, Signal-noise ratio: 62 dB (Mono) • Total harmonic distortion Mono 1 kHz (at 75 kHz): 0.12 %, Channel separation 1 kHz (WIDE): 35 dB • Antenna inputs: 75 Ohm, Coax (male) DAB+ Tuner: • Frequency: ca. 174.928 (5A) ~ 239.200 (13F) MHz (VHF BAND III) 1452.960 (LA) ~ 1490.624 (LW) MHz (LBAND) • Sensitivity: 97 dBm (VHF), -96 dBm (L-BAND), Adjacent channel selection: 40 dB • Receiving sensitivity: 101 dBm, Signal-noise ratio: 100 dBm, THD+N: 0.01 % (1 kHz) • Analogue output power: 2 Vrms, Channel separation: 88 dB (1 kHz) • Frequency range: 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz (+0.5 / 0.5 dB), Antenna socket: 50 Ohm, F (female) General: • Tubes: 2 x 12 AX7B • Colour: black/silver, Weight: 9 kg • Dimensions (WxHxD): 430 x 133 x 359 mm Pictures:
  6. Item: The Vincent SV236MK has been a Fantastic amp, Location: QLD Brisbane Price: $1175 Payment: Paypal, Cash on Pickup Reason for Selling: Lately is has been powering my surround speakers but i have gone with a high end receiver to take care of that job. Took me a while to find a worthy successor which ended up being another Vincent in MonoBlocks. Great Condition. Upgraded Tubes with 3 Matched Genalex Gold Lion's
  7. Item: Vincent SA-31MK Preamp Location: Maribyrnong, VIC Price: $800 inc $15 to SNA Item Condition: Mint 9.5/10 (For being opened and used) Reason for selling: Moved some bits around and now no longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (add 3%), Direct Deposit Extra Info: Bought from Eastwood 12/12,2017 (receipt can be emailed) as part of their Vincent sell off, this unit is like new. I would hazard a guess that I have clocked maybe 100 hours of use on it since purchase. The only damage is on the rear of the remote where I (stupidly) thought the screws needed to be removed in order to insert the batteries. My hand slipped and thus I scratched it. Although the specials are well and truly gone, I am passing on the savings I received to the next buyer. Comes complete with original box and all standard accessories. Happy to ship (insured) at buyers cost.
  8. Item: Vincent SA31 +SP331 pre and power. Location:Goldfields Victoria. Price: $1.495. Item Condition: As new Reason for selling: Funding for Consonance Droplet Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Willing to demo. You will be impressed. Sorry no original packaging. Can deliver to Melbourne. Would look at possible trade for Droplet CD player . Pictures:
  9. Item: Vincent SA-94 Pre-Amp & SP-994 Power Amp Location: Gold Coast Price: $2,850 Item Condition: As new ... Only 3-months old so plenty of warranty left Reason for selling: Tubes Payment Method: Pickup or Courier at purchasers cost - Cash, Paypal, direct deposit, Extra Info: Would be Purchaser changed his mind over weekend so back on the market. I purchased both the SA-94 and SP-994 around Christmas when the distributor run out sale was on so got them both at a heavily discounted price. The usual retail price for Vincent's top of the line SA-94 pre-amp is $3,000 and from memory $3,500 for the SP-994 power amp. I am actually asking a few dollars less than the already massively discounted price we paid for them, so passing on the savings plus some. The main thing that attracted me to the SP-994 was it is switchable Class A to A/B. In class A it delivers 60watts into 8ohms. In A/B it delivers 300 watts into 8ohms and 600watts into 4ohms, so this combo will drive any speakers easily. This model Vincent pre-amp (with remote) gets excellent reviews and is Vincent's top of the line unit, the power amp is a beast to say the least and matched up well with my power hungry 4ohm VA speakers. They both only have approximately 50 hours of usage so aren't even run in yet. I thought class A would do it for me but that is not the case, tubes are what pushes my buttons at present. For the price asked these are excellent buys and what else is there out there that delivers what these two units do for anywhere near this price that also still has roughly 20 plus months of the factory two year warranty left to run. Both units are boxed up in their original double boxes. Both units are silver. Please pm me if you have any questions or have anything interesting that I might be interested in swapping for. ... cheers Terry Pictures:
  10. Item: VINCENT AUDIO SV237 (Silver) Location: Melbourne Price: 1550 (firm) Item Condition: Near New Reason for selling: Upgrade Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal + fees, COD Only Extra Info: 4 weeks old, purchased new from Eastwood hifi, comes with remaining 23 months warranty, box and accessories. Pictures:
  11. Hey All, I am thinking about getting the Vincent SV 700 Hybrid Integrated Amp and Pho 700 to go with my Paradigm F95 and Sondek LP12 setup. Anyone have any experience with the Vincent or any recommendations? reason to go hybrid is to get warmer sound but not lose the dynamic of a SS amp. http://www.vincent-tac.de/en/product-lines/tubeline/pho-700.html http://www.vincent-tac.de/en/product-lines/tubeline/sv-700.html
  12. Item: Vincent SV-237 Integrated Amplifier with spare Telefunken NOS 12AX7 Tube and Original Tube Location: Maribyrnong, VIC Price: $1300 inc $20 to SNA Item Condition: Outstanding Reason for selling: Moving up the food chain to a higher Vincent model Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (add 3%), Bank Deposit Extra Info: Bought new a couple of years ago, this overachiever has served me very well. Around six months into ownership, I replaced the stock 12AX7 (Chinese) with a NOS Telefunken smooth plate and was pretty astonished with the boost in sonics. It is still fitted with that 12AX7 and I am supplying it with the second one I had as backup as well as the stock tube. I have not played with the 6N1P-EV tubes as they don’t seem to have much in the way of NOS offerings anyway. The remote has got a couple of knicks on it, I have tried to highlight where I can. It still operates perfectly though. I should also point out that I have the original box for this unit too. Pictures:
  13. Vincent Audio SA-31MK, Tube Stereo Pre-Amplifier, Clearance Price: $1099, RRP: $1599 Comes with invoice and full Manufactures Warranty, Packaging and all accessories are also Included. The Vincent Audio SA-31MK is a Class A hybrid stereo pre-amplifier. Not just a further revision, but a brand-new development on the theme of valve pre-stages is how the SA-31MK is presented. There are two additional 6N16 valves in the output stage, redesign of the voltage control, electronic volume and input control make a clear statement which is expressed 100% in the sound. The SA-31MK adds full wireless remote control capabilities with a precision electronic volume control, and six remote-selectable line inputs. Specifications: Frequency response: 20 Hz – 50 kHz +/- 0.5 dB, Output voltage: 2 V, Total harmonic distortion: < 0.1 % (1 kHz, 1 Watt), Input sensitivity: 350 mV, Signal-Noise ratio: > 95 dB, Input impedance: 47 kOhm, Inputs: 6 x Stereo RCA, Outputs: 2 x Stereo RCA, 1 x Stereo RCA Rec Out Tubes: 4 x 6N16, Colour: black/silver, Weight: 8 kg, Dimensions (WxHxD): 430 x 95 x 365 mm Color: Black Location: The Audio Experts, 03 9545 5152, 2065, Dandenong Road, Clayton, Vic 3168 RRP: $1,599 Clearance Price: $1,099 Item Condition: Ex Demo, Minimal Use, Comes with invoice and full Manufactures Warranty, Item can be demonstrated before purchase if desired located in Clayton. Payment Method: Cash, Bank Deposit, Eftpos or Paypal Extra Info: Original packaging, manuals and remotes Included. Delivery: Pickup available in Clayton, Postage available at buyers expense, please contact us for a price if you require delivery we have all original packing for this item.
  14. Item: Vincent CD-S7 DAC CD Player/DAC Location: Maribyrnong, VIC Price: $1450 inc $30 Donation to SNA Item Condition: 9/10 Like New Reason for selling: Not being used frequently enough to merit keeping Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (Please add 3%) Extra Info: Bought new last year to feature as part of my SNA review system. I overestimated my need for CD playback and as good as this player sounds, it just isn't seeing enough use to merit keeping in the system. I would hazard a guess that the number of CDs I have played on it is still single digits. Primarily been used as USB DAC for my MacBook Pro, the unit is in excellent condition. Potential buyers please note that the in-built DAC is a relay type like that found in Schiit products and so it makes an audible click when tracks start and end. I'm not bothered by it, but it could be grating to the wrong person. I have priced the unit based off recent sales, the condition it is in and amount of use the unit has seen. The cheapest I can find it new is $2399, and refurbished for $1819. It comes with the original box, book, power cord and remote control. Pictures:
  15. Item: VINCENT SV-234 INTERGRATED AMPLFIER 50% OFF Location: PRESTON Price: $1499 WAS $2999 Item Condition: EX-DEMO IN EXCELLENT CONDITION Payment Method: CASH / CREDIT CARD / EFT Extra Info: Pictures:
  16. Item: VINCENT LS308 FLOOR STANDING SPEAKER Location: PRESTON Price: SOLD Item Condition: EX-DEMO IN EXCELLENT CONDITION Payment Method: CASH / CREDIT CARD / EFT Extra Info: Pictures:
  17. Item: VINCENT CD-S3 CD PLAYER Location: PRESTON Price: $899 WAS $1999 Item Condition: BRAND NEW Payment Method: CASH / CREDIT CARD / EFT Extra Info: Pictures:
  18. Item: VINCENT SPT100 HYBRID MONO POWER AMPLIFIERS Location: PRESTON Price: SOLD Item Condition: EX-DEMO IN EXCELLENT CONDITION Payment Method: CASH / CREDIT CARD / EFT Extra Info: Pictures:
  19. Item: VINCENT SV-238MK INTERGRATED AMPLIFIER BONUS AUDIOLAB 8200CDV12E CD PLAYER WORTH $1899 Location: PRESTON Price: SOLD Item Condition: VINCENT SV-238 EX-DEMO IN GREAT CONDITION / AUDIOLAB 8200CDV12E (BRAND NEW) Payment Method: CASH / EFT / CREDIT CARD / EFT Extra Info: Pictures:
  20. Item: 2 x VINCENT AUDIO SP-997 MONO BLOCK AMPLIFIERS, Silver in Colour Location: Ballarat, Victoria Price: $500 each unit (Price is negotiable. Will consider offers) Item Condition: In very good condition, one has a small dint on the top edge, and a red mark on the face - see photos. Reason for selling: Down sizing my home theatre Payment and delivery method: Negotiable, although together weight is 13kg, so delivery is likely to be expensive, happy for pick up. Extra Info: These have been used as monoblocks in combination with my Cambridge Audio Azur 840A. Have since needed to down grade, so have to give these up. The SP-997 Mini Mono Power Amplifier a logical consequence of the enormous success of our SP-996. Allot of time and effort has gone into the development of this unit, thus a natural partnership with the SAV-C1 decoder preamplifier from Vincent is assured. Whether you need Stereo or 7 channel this unit makes the perfect choice. In the SP-997 you have one integrated signal circuit, which after 30 minutes if no signal is being transmitted the unit completely switches off. In addition it comes with a 12V-Trigger, allowing you to switch numerous devices. Both functions are designed not to affect the audio signal. German design quality at it's best. You won't be disappointed with the audio these churn out. Specs as per the Vincent Audio website: System/Format: Mini Mono Integrated Amplifier Frequency Range: 20 Hz - 22 kHz +/- 0.5 dB Nominal Output Power: 2 x 200 Watts into 4 Ohm 2 x 150 Watts into 8 Ohm Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.1 % max. (1 kHz, 1 W) Input Sensitivity: 1.5 V Signal-to-Noise Ratio: > 95 dB Input Impedance: 47 kOhm Mains Power Input: 230 V / 50 Hz Dimensions (W x H x D): 160 x 268 x 225 mm Weight: 6.5 kg Colour/Finish: black / silver More details available here: http://www.apollohifi.com.au/vincent-audio-sp997-mini-mono-block-amp.html RRP For these is $999 each. Will not separate.
  21. Item: 3 x VINCENT AUDIO SP-997 MONO BLOCK AMPLIFIERS, Black in Colour Location: Dandenong North Price: $640 Each (Price is Negotiable. Will consider Offers) Item Condition: In Excellent Condition, Not a mark on them. As new. Reason for selling: Down sizing my theater Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Extra Info: These have been my pride and joy for years. Originally bought them to upgrade my Onkyo (also for sale) front channels and center channel. Have since needed to down grade, so have to give these up. Huge power with tons of head room. Perfect for music and home theater. Can drive any loud speaker you throw at them. Have 12v remote switching inputs, balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs. A real power house of an amp. German design quality at it's best. You won't be disappointed with the audio these churn out. Originally purchased at Audio Trends for $1000 each. Specs as per the Vincent Audio website: Frequency: 20 Hz - 50 kHz + / - 0.5 dB Power RMS / 8 ohms: 150 watts RMS / 4 ohms: 250 watts Total harmonic distortion: <0.1% (1 kHz, 1 Watt) Input Sensitivity: 1.2 V Signal to Noise Ratio:> 95 dB Input Impedance: 47 kOhm Inputs: 1 x stereo RCA, 1 x Stereo XLR, 1 x 3.5mm jack (Power Control) Outputs: 2 x speaker terminals, 1 x 3.5mm jack (Power Control) Power supply: 230 V / 50 Hz Color: black / silver Weight: 6.5 kg Dimensions (WxHxD): 160 x 268 x 225 mm For more details, visit their website. RRP For these is $999 each. Will separate 2 if I can get a buyer for the 3rd.
  22. I am looking for an integrated amplifier that has some punch and has a fuller sound with a smooth mid-range / treble. For the price range I am looking I first thought about the Jungson JA88D. I have heard this and rather like the sound. But the speakers it will be driving are are around 87db and then I thought i should look to something with more power. Both the Vincent SV226 MK and the Xindak XA 6900/ 6950 seem to be well received by some owners but I have had no real experience with them. Can anyone comment on the sound qualities of these amps or how they compare? Hank
  23. Item: VINCENT SPT-100 HYBRID TUBE MONO AMPLIFIERS Location: MELBOURNE Price: $1500 ONO FOR THE PAIR Item Condition: EXCELLENT Reason for selling:NO LONGER REQUIRED Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: [attachment 2=2=48175:vincent (1024x768).jpg=(1024x768).jpg][attachment 1=1=48174:vincent (1024x768).jpg=(1024x768).jpg] Home Audio Equipment Review March 2006 Vincent SP-T100 Mono Amplifiers by John Crossett Review Summary Sound "These hybrid amps add a very slight golden glow to any music I played through them. Was that addition unkind to the music? Hardly. It was actually very pleasant. Was it, strictly speaking, completely accurate? I doubt it." "Their purity of tone is seductive, especially with vocals." "The SP-T100s aren't small-sounding amps, despite their modest size. They filled my listening room with a big, bold impression of whatever was fed to them." Features "The 100W SP-T100s run in pure class A with zero negative feedback" and "use vacuum tubes in the input stage and for voltage rectification, and solid-state devices in the output stage." Use "The amps run warm, much warmer than most solid-state amplifiers I’ve used." "It took the full 150 hours of break-in time that Vincent recommended before the SP-T100s settled in and began to strut their stuff." Value "'Hybrid,' 'monoblock' and '$2495' are not often used it the same sentence." I’ve long considered German engineering and build quality to be among the best in the world. From cars to electric shavers to audio equipment, the Teutonic ability to design and build products that work above and beyond the call and last for years has set a benchmark by which all industries are judged. I’ve never been able to afford most of the German audio gear that has caught my eye; being well built and affordable has never been foremost in the plan. Until now. Vincent, a division of Thorens and a relative newcomer to high-end audio, has demonstrated that topflight German build quality, wonderful sound, and affordability are not mutually exclusive assets. How did they accomplish this feat? By keeping design in-house but farming out the actual building -- under close supervision, of course -- to China. Sure, many out there think that anything built by the Chinese is of lesser quality, but they’re dead-bang wrong. All it’ll take is one look at the audio gear being manufactured there to see just how proficient the Chinese have become. Vincent certainly has, and its line of audio products demonstrates this. The SP-T100 hybrid mono amplifiers I received for review certainly opened my ears to the possibilities. Nuts & bolts The $2495 USD SP-T100 hybrid monoblocks -- "hybrid" because they use vacuum tubes in the input stage and for voltage rectification, and solid-state devices in the output stage -- are unobtrusive boxes that measure a svelte 8 1/4"W x 7 3/4"H x 15 3/4"D and weigh in at 33 pounds each. "Hybrid," "monoblock" and "$2495" are not often used it the same sentence. The amps' 1/4"-thick faceplate (available in champagne gold, silver or black) is blemished by three tiny push buttons -- the larger middle one for power, the two smaller ones on each side for speaker selection. To the inside of the two speaker-selection buttons are small LEDs that glow green when the amp is powered up. The only other feature on the front panel is a large, round, retro-cool window through which you can get a glimpse of one of the tubes glowing radiantly. It’s my educated guess that this is the 6Z4 voltage-rectification tube. The remaining three 6N6s are clearly seen in the rear of the amp when looking down through the perforated top plate. Should the glow of this window bother you, there is a dimmer switch on the back of the amp that allows you to turn it down gradually or completely off. Nice touch. The circle-type transformers have a capacity of 40,000uF to supply lots of current to your speakers, allowing the amps to handle low-impedance loads with ease. This makes the SP-T100s usable with most any speaker. They certainly drove my Magnepan MG1.6/QRs with no audible problems. Speaking of the rear panel, it’s as simply laid out as the front. Centered in the middle is the gold-plated input jack. Below it is the dimmer switch, and under that is the standard three-prong IEC receptacle (a power cord is supplied, of course). On either side are the two sets of five-way speaker terminals for speakers A or B. I assume these are for biwiring, but why they are switched is a mystery not covered in the manual. The 100W SP-T100s run in pure class A with zero negative feedback. The top panel is loaded with slots to keep the tubes ventilated, and the amps have heat sinks that run their length from top to bottom on each side of the chassis. The amps run warm, much warmer than most solid-state amplifiers I’ve used. Make sure you have plenty of space above and to the sides to allow the amps to dissipate their heat. I set the two monoblock amps on the Symposium Ultra Platform that usually holds my single Bryston amp. This setup still allowed the amps to sit about 4" apart, so I wasn’t worried about any interference or heat issues. For the fun of it, I used speaker connection A for the left channel and B for the right channel. Also for fun, I kept the tube window fully lit, as I found the glow soothingly "old school." Sonics How does one go about the task of describing the sound of a component that should have none? A product whose job, theoretically, is to simply take the incoming signal and make it louder? In audio, things aren’t quite that simple. Everything -- everything -- has its own sonic signature. Take the Vincent SP-T100 amplifiers as a "for instance." How much did they affect the sound of the music? These hybrid amps add a very slight golden glow to any music I played through them. Was that addition unkind to the music? Hardly. It was actually very pleasant. Was it, strictly speaking, completely accurate? I doubt it. So what does that tell us? When you’re piecing together your audio setup system, synergy is an all-important fact of life. Associated Equipment Loudspeakers – Magnepan MG1.6/QR. Power amplifier – Bryston 4B SST. Preamplifier – Audio Research SP16. Digital – Marantz 8260 CD/SACD player. Analog – VPI HW19 Mk IV turntable, Butternut Audio-modified Rega RB300 tonearm, Clearaudio Aurum Beta S cartridge. Interconnects – Alpha Core Goertz TQ2, DH Labs BL-1, Harmonic Technology Pro Silway Mk II. Speaker cables – Alpha Core Goertz MI2. Power cords – Harmonic Technology Pro AC-11, LAT AC-2. Accessories – Target TT3 equipment rack; Symposium Ultra Platform and Svelte Shelf platforms; Symposium Precision Couplers, Roller Block Series II, Roller Block Jr., and Fat Padz footers; Monster Cable HTS 1000 power center. It took the full 150 hours of break-in time that Vincent recommended before the SP-T100s settled in and began to strut their stuff. During break-in, the amps added too much of that glow to the music. It was almost a haze, and it was a distraction. But, upon hitting that magic 150-hour total, something seemed to right the ship. One minute the Vincent amps were pleasant and inoffensive, and the next they morphed into amplifiers that offered a multitude of pleasing attributes. Once the amps were fully broken in, my initial impression of them was that they offer a vivid, three-dimensional view of the music. Their purity of tone is seductive, especially with vocals. I love Alison Krauss’s voice. It has an ethereal quality that, if reproduced correctly, just floats in the space between my speakers. Her rendition of "When I Say Nothing At All" from Now That I’ve Found You [Rounder SACD 11661-0325-6] is a case in point. This is a love song, and when Krauss unleashes that marvelous voice to sing it, it should touch the heart. Nay, it should almost bring a tear of joy to the eye of those happily married (or committed) audiophiles out there. The Vincent amps handled this very, very well. They set Krauss a bit more forward than I’m used to, but, thanks to those input tubes and the amps' class-A output, they imbued her with an angelic vocal quality that, in all honesty, touched me. However, the SP-T100s do add a bit too much muscle to the human voice. This can make some female vocals sound a tad too heavy and add a touch of chestiness to most male singers. The latter was welcome in some cases, however. The SP-T100s aren't small-sounding amps, despite their modest size. They filled my listening room with a big, bold impression of whatever was fed to them. Playing big-band jazz is not something that can be skimped on sonically if you want to cover the full dynamic spectrum. The SP-T100s, playing the new stereo SACD Gil Evan’s + 10 [Prestige PRSA-7120-6], demonstrated this in spades. The entire front of my room was suddenly turned into the recording studio. All the musicians were there, properly sized and placed, and when they let loose, whoa baby, it was "pin me to my chair" time. What I'm describing wasn’t just loudness for the sake of loudness, but it was dynamic and detailed. From the breath of the trumpet player to the snap of the drum sticks hitting the snare, all the detail I could want was there and woven into the tapestry of the music. The Gil Evans album put another strong point of the Vincent amps into high relief -- their ability to separate instrumental lines. Each of the musicians Evans used was set in his own space. Each played his own instrument, with no blurring of the line between, say, the tenor sax and the trombone. I found that I could follow whichever musician I chose to for as long as I liked. Tonal balance was another positive attribute of these amplifiers. Each instrument was clearly rendered for what it was. They demonstrated that sense of bloom that tubes do so well. I was very impressed. Something that I’ve come to seek in top-quality audio components is the ability to differentiate recordings -- something the SP-T100s do particularly well. Each album I played, whether I was wearing my reviewer's hat or just listening for the pleasure of it, was its own animal. A good recording was reproduced as such, and a poor one was exposed. The acoustic space on a live recording such as 4 Generations of Miles [Chesky 243 SACD] was clearly different from that of a recorded-in-the-studio album such as Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue [Columbia 64955 SACD CS], which is exactly what should happen. If it doesn’t, if a piece of equipment makes everything sound similar, I’d question the product's resolving power, and my long-term satisfaction with it. The Vincent amps had no such problem. The competition Stacked up against my reference Bryston 4B SST, the Vincent amps came off very well. Both amps cost within a few hundred dollars of each other -- the 4B SST retails for $2995. The Bryston amp has triple the power of the SP-T100s, at 300Wpc, but the Vincent amps are hybrid monoblocks, and they cost $500 less to boot. The greatest sonic difference between the Vincent and Bryston amps? Classical music was a real joy reproduced via the Vincent amps. The orchestra seemingly had a little bit of extra space between musicians. The Bryston amp came across as a bit leaner, more detailed, and sharper in focus. The Vincent amps, thanks to those input tubes, add a slight bit o' warmth to the proceedings, and that fleshes out images better. Bass depth was close, but because there’s no substitute for horsepower, the double-the-power Bryston amp went a bit deeper and with more control. That additional power also translates into a better sense of dynamic ease; the 4B SST goes from soft to loud with less apparent effort than the SP-T100s. Top-end performance was equally tight. While the Bryston amp sounded subjectively more extended, the Vincent amps offered a richer and fuller -- though slightly more subdued -- sound. In my system, the Vincent amps seemed to impose themselves on the music just a tad more than the Bryston amp. Maybe that’s those input tubes talking, or maybe the Audio Research SP16 preamp, along with the SP-T100s puts too many tubes in front of the music. Either way, the Vincent amps had the more apparent sonic signature, and probably strayed further from absolute neutrality because of it. End results If you’re the type of listener who buys strictly by country of build, then companies such as Vincent will forever remain a closed book to you. And that’ll be too bad. In this global economy, everything you buy is made of parts from the world over -- no matter where they're all finally put together. So, expanding your options can mean many things. In the case of audio, it can add up to both excellent sound as well as large savings, especially when Asian manufacturing is part of the mix. In the specific case of the Vincent SP-T100 hybrid monoblock amplifiers, globalization can mean owning gear that you may have felt was far beyond your means -- both sonically and fiscally. The ability to think globally will net you long-term satisfaction with these amps. You’ll end up with a pair of amplifiers that will bring years of enjoyable listening, and, no matter where you live, that's quite a lot. ...John Crossett johnc@soundstage.com Vincent SP-T100 Mono Amplifiers Price: $2495 USD per pair. Warranty: Two years parts and labor. Sintron Vertriebs GmbH Electronic Import & Export Südring 14 D-76473 Iffezheim Germany Phone: (+49) 7229 18 29 98 Fax: (+49) 7229 18 29 99 E-mail: sintron.vertriebs@t-online.de Website: www.vincent-tac.de US distributor: Q-USA 462 N. Baldwin St, Madison, WI 53703 Phone: (608) 237-1726 Fax: (608) 237-1728 E-mail: info@q-usa.com Website: www.q-usa.com Current Issue Equipment Reviews All Contents Copyright © 2006 SoundStage! All Rights Reserved
  24. Item: VINCENT SPT-100 HYBRID TUBE MONO AMPLIFIERS Location: MELBOURNE Price: $1750 ONO FOR THE PAIR Item Condition: EXCELLENT Reason for selling:NO LONGER REQUIRED Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: ADDED SOME NEW PHOTOS Pictures: Home Audio Equipment Review March 2006 Vincent SP-T100 Mono Amplifiers by John Crossett Review Summary Sound "These hybrid amps add a very slight golden glow to any music I played through them. Was that addition unkind to the music? Hardly. It was actually very pleasant. Was it, strictly speaking, completely accurate? I doubt it." "Their purity of tone is seductive, especially with vocals." "The SP-T100s aren't small-sounding amps, despite their modest size. They filled my listening room with a big, bold impression of whatever was fed to them." Features "The 100W SP-T100s run in pure class A with zero negative feedback" and "use vacuum tubes in the input stage and for voltage rectification, and solid-state devices in the output stage." Use "The amps run warm, much warmer than most solid-state amplifiers I’ve used." "It took the full 150 hours of break-in time that Vincent recommended before the SP-T100s settled in and began to strut their stuff." Value "'Hybrid,' 'monoblock' and '$2495' are not often used it the same sentence." I’ve long considered German engineering and build quality to be among the best in the world. From cars to electric shavers to audio equipment, the Teutonic ability to design and build products that work above and beyond the call and last for years has set a benchmark by which all industries are judged. I’ve never been able to afford most of the German audio gear that has caught my eye; being well built and affordable has never been foremost in the plan. Until now. Vincent, a division of Thorens and a relative newcomer to high-end audio, has demonstrated that topflight German build quality, wonderful sound, and affordability are not mutually exclusive assets. How did they accomplish this feat? By keeping design in-house but farming out the actual building -- under close supervision, of course -- to China. Sure, many out there think that anything built by the Chinese is of lesser quality, but they’re dead-bang wrong. All it’ll take is one look at the audio gear being manufactured there to see just how proficient the Chinese have become. Vincent certainly has, and its line of audio products demonstrates this. The SP-T100 hybrid mono amplifiers I received for review certainly opened my ears to the possibilities. Nuts & bolts The $2495 USD SP-T100 hybrid monoblocks -- "hybrid" because they use vacuum tubes in the input stage and for voltage rectification, and solid-state devices in the output stage -- are unobtrusive boxes that measure a svelte 8 1/4"W x 7 3/4"H x 15 3/4"D and weigh in at 33 pounds each. "Hybrid," "monoblock" and "$2495" are not often used it the same sentence. The amps' 1/4"-thick faceplate (available in champagne gold, silver or black) is blemished by three tiny push buttons -- the larger middle one for power, the two smaller ones on each side for speaker selection. To the inside of the two speaker-selection buttons are small LEDs that glow green when the amp is powered up. The only other feature on the front panel is a large, round, retro-cool window through which you can get a glimpse of one of the tubes glowing radiantly. It’s my educated guess that this is the 6Z4 voltage-rectification tube. The remaining three 6N6s are clearly seen in the rear of the amp when looking down through the perforated top plate. Should the glow of this window bother you, there is a dimmer switch on the back of the amp that allows you to turn it down gradually or completely off. Nice touch. The circle-type transformers have a capacity of 40,000uF to supply lots of current to your speakers, allowing the amps to handle low-impedance loads with ease. This makes the SP-T100s usable with most any speaker. They certainly drove my Magnepan MG1.6/QRs with no audible problems. Speaking of the rear panel, it’s as simply laid out as the front. Centered in the middle is the gold-plated input jack. Below it is the dimmer switch, and under that is the standard three-prong IEC receptacle (a power cord is supplied, of course). On either side are the two sets of five-way speaker terminals for speakers A or B. I assume these are for biwiring, but why they are switched is a mystery not covered in the manual. The 100W SP-T100s run in pure class A with zero negative feedback. The top panel is loaded with slots to keep the tubes ventilated, and the amps have heat sinks that run their length from top to bottom on each side of the chassis. The amps run warm, much warmer than most solid-state amplifiers I’ve used. Make sure you have plenty of space above and to the sides to allow the amps to dissipate their heat. I set the two monoblock amps on the Symposium Ultra Platform that usually holds my single Bryston amp. This setup still allowed the amps to sit about 4" apart, so I wasn’t worried about any interference or heat issues. For the fun of it, I used speaker connection A for the left channel and B for the right channel. Also for fun, I kept the tube window fully lit, as I found the glow soothingly "old school." Sonics How does one go about the task of describing the sound of a component that should have none? A product whose job, theoretically, is to simply take the incoming signal and make it louder? In audio, things aren’t quite that simple. Everything -- everything -- has its own sonic signature. Take the Vincent SP-T100 amplifiers as a "for instance." How much did they affect the sound of the music? These hybrid amps add a very slight golden glow to any music I played through them. Was that addition unkind to the music? Hardly. It was actually very pleasant. Was it, strictly speaking, completely accurate? I doubt it. So what does that tell us? When you’re piecing together your audio setup system, synergy is an all-important fact of life. Associated Equipment Loudspeakers – Magnepan MG1.6/QR. Power amplifier – Bryston 4B SST. Preamplifier – Audio Research SP16. Digital – Marantz 8260 CD/SACD player. Analog – VPI HW19 Mk IV turntable, Butternut Audio-modified Rega RB300 tonearm, Clearaudio Aurum Beta S cartridge. Interconnects – Alpha Core Goertz TQ2, DH Labs BL-1, Harmonic Technology Pro Silway Mk II. Speaker cables – Alpha Core Goertz MI2. Power cords – Harmonic Technology Pro AC-11, LAT AC-2. Accessories – Target TT3 equipment rack; Symposium Ultra Platform and Svelte Shelf platforms; Symposium Precision Couplers, Roller Block Series II, Roller Block Jr., and Fat Padz footers; Monster Cable HTS 1000 power center. It took the full 150 hours of break-in time that Vincent recommended before the SP-T100s settled in and began to strut their stuff. During break-in, the amps added too much of that glow to the music. It was almost a haze, and it was a distraction. But, upon hitting that magic 150-hour total, something seemed to right the ship. One minute the Vincent amps were pleasant and inoffensive, and the next they morphed into amplifiers that offered a multitude of pleasing attributes. Once the amps were fully broken in, my initial impression of them was that they offer a vivid, three-dimensional view of the music. Their purity of tone is seductive, especially with vocals. I love Alison Krauss’s voice. It has an ethereal quality that, if reproduced correctly, just floats in the space between my speakers. Her rendition of "When I Say Nothing At All" from Now That I’ve Found You [Rounder SACD 11661-0325-6] is a case in point. This is a love song, and when Krauss unleashes that marvelous voice to sing it, it should touch the heart. Nay, it should almost bring a tear of joy to the eye of those happily married (or committed) audiophiles out there. The Vincent amps handled this very, very well. They set Krauss a bit more forward than I’m used to, but, thanks to those input tubes and the amps' class-A output, they imbued her with an angelic vocal quality that, in all honesty, touched me. However, the SP-T100s do add a bit too much muscle to the human voice. This can make some female vocals sound a tad too heavy and add a touch of chestiness to most male singers. The latter was welcome in some cases, however. The SP-T100s aren't small-sounding amps, despite their modest size. They filled my listening room with a big, bold impression of whatever was fed to them. Playing big-band jazz is not something that can be skimped on sonically if you want to cover the full dynamic spectrum. The SP-T100s, playing the new stereo SACD Gil Evan’s + 10 [Prestige PRSA-7120-6], demonstrated this in spades. The entire front of my room was suddenly turned into the recording studio. All the musicians were there, properly sized and placed, and when they let loose, whoa baby, it was "pin me to my chair" time. What I'm describing wasn’t just loudness for the sake of loudness, but it was dynamic and detailed. From the breath of the trumpet player to the snap of the drum sticks hitting the snare, all the detail I could want was there and woven into the tapestry of the music. The Gil Evans album put another strong point of the Vincent amps into high relief -- their ability to separate instrumental lines. Each of the musicians Evans used was set in his own space. Each played his own instrument, with no blurring of the line between, say, the tenor sax and the trombone. I found that I could follow whichever musician I chose to for as long as I liked. Tonal balance was another positive attribute of these amplifiers. Each instrument was clearly rendered for what it was. They demonstrated that sense of bloom that tubes do so well. I was very impressed. Something that I’ve come to seek in top-quality audio components is the ability to differentiate recordings -- something the SP-T100s do particularly well. Each album I played, whether I was wearing my reviewer's hat or just listening for the pleasure of it, was its own animal. A good recording was reproduced as such, and a poor one was exposed. The acoustic space on a live recording such as 4 Generations of Miles [Chesky SACD 243] was clearly different from that of a recorded-in-the-studio album such as Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue [Columbia SACD CS 64955], which is exactly what should happen. If it doesn’t, if a piece of equipment makes everything sound similar, I’d question the product's resolving power, and my long-term satisfaction with it. The Vincent amps had no such problem. The competition Stacked up against my reference Bryston 4B SST, the Vincent amps came off very well. Both amps cost within a few hundred dollars of each other -- the 4B SST retails for $2995. The Bryston amp has triple the power of the SP-T100s, at 300Wpc, but the Vincent amps are hybrid monoblocks, and they cost $500 less to boot. The greatest sonic difference between the Vincent and Bryston amps? Classical music was a real joy reproduced via the Vincent amps. The orchestra seemingly had a little bit of extra space between musicians. The Bryston amp came across as a bit leaner, more detailed, and sharper in focus. The Vincent amps, thanks to those input tubes, add a slight bit o' warmth to the proceedings, and that fleshes out images better. Bass depth was close, but because there’s no substitute for horsepower, the double-the-power Bryston amp went a bit deeper and with more control. That additional power also translates into a better sense of dynamic ease; the 4B SST goes from soft to loud with less apparent effort than the SP-T100s. Top-end performance was equally tight. While the Bryston amp sounded subjectively more extended, the Vincent amps offered a richer and fuller -- though slightly more subdued -- sound. In my system, the Vincent amps seemed to impose themselves on the music just a tad more than the Bryston amp. Maybe that’s those input tubes talking, or maybe the Audio Research SP16 preamp, along with the SP-T100s puts too many tubes in front of the music. Either way, the Vincent amps had the more apparent sonic signature, and probably strayed further from absolute neutrality because of it. End results If you’re the type of listener who buys strictly by country of build, then companies such as Vincent will forever remain a closed book to you. And that’ll be too bad. In this global economy, everything you buy is made of parts from the world over -- no matter where they're all finally put together. So, expanding your options can mean many things. In the case of audio, it can add up to both excellent sound as well as large savings, especially when Asian manufacturing is part of the mix. In the specific case of the Vincent SP-T100 hybrid monoblock amplifiers, globalization can mean owning gear that you may have felt was far beyond your means -- both sonically and fiscally. The ability to think globally will net you long-term satisfaction with these amps. You’ll end up with a pair of amplifiers that will bring years of enjoyable listening, and, no matter where you live, that's quite a lot. ...John Crossett johnc@soundstage.com . FOR SALE :
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