Un prodotto davvero interessante , da questa ottima ditta italiana un
prodotto strepitoso , integrato 100 watt davvero buoni , con un frontale
in alluminio satinato , con un display nero a fosfori blu. 26 Kg
di peso possono rendere l'idea . La particolaritŗ di questo
oggetto e quella di avere entrate e uscite a 6 canali ,
in modo da poterlo usare come prodotto audio video con
l'ausilio di un finale a 3 canali supplementare. Il suo ampli
dedicato sarebbe questo:
Audia Flight One - Integrated amplifier
The Audia Flight One integrated amplifier is
a combination of Audia Flightís superb design of the preamp and power
amplifier in one chassis. The Audia Flight One offers all of the sonic
benefits of the Audia Flight separates in one space saving cabinet with
an optimal internal interface and a reduced need for interconnects. When
used with the Audia Flight 3.100 three channels amplifier, a truly
high-end A/V system can be enjoyed. Two 100Wrms high bias amplifiers,
dual mono design with power supplies for each channel reduced
interference and crosstalk between the channels. The current feedback
and preamp section employs an input buffer and two 300VA toroidal
transformers provide a highly detailed, accurate and musical sound.
Marcel van Overbeek: And again Ö I was stroke by
Audiaís ability to translate musical events in a more than absolute
convincing way Ö This time I used both my loudspeaker systems to listen
to one of their "miracle" products.
hard to come up with a new Audia story, because all circumstances were
the same as during my last sessions at home with the Audia Flight 50:
holidays and an ideal first week (yes rainy, rainy, rainy!) to have a
good listen to the Audia Flight One Integrated amplifier.
already knew how to unpack and set-up the amp while Iíve done that
several times before during my work in the shop. This makes it a kind of
"home match" to me! I started to upload the "name" of every input I was
planning to use. This can be done very easily, even by remote control.
The blue fluorescent display tells you exactly and very visible what you
do and "where you are" in the menu. Every single input can be adjusted
in gain (1db steps). In this way itís very easy to make all your source
components equal in gain. More important to me is the ability to compare
two sources at the same time while both "levels" are exactly the same (like
by measuring the outputs with a volt-meter). And even more convenient is
the possibility to reverse polarity on every input individually. Talking
about "user-friendliness" Ö There is some more set-up stuff, but thatís
only important when you are about to use this amp in a 6 (or multi-)
channel set-up. Itís possible to use it as a "master volume control" or
throughput function in multi-channel combinations. However Ö my lpís and
cdís only have 2 channels, so just stereo will be covered this time.
During my listening tests I used my Krell KSL2 as a phono pre-amp. I
connected the tape output of the Krell to the first single-ended input
of the Audia, using my own interconnects and also our new AH! AS direkt
KB 8 Single Ended leads (with their marvelous Bullet RCAís). On the
second input I connected my Reference Tjoeb, with the same interconnects.
listening sessions were done (with and without my dearly beloved
Supertweeters) mainly on my "BIG" speaker system, which is the old timer
Snell A-III from the roaring 80ís. Though I have to admit that I also
had a swell time with my "baby" Sonus Faber Concertinoís.
did not use the Flight One as a pre-amplifier to the Copland 504, but
perhaps could still do that another time Ö Why? Because using the Flight
One makes me wonder if the quality of my Krell KSL2, as a pre-amp, is as
high as I always thought it was. How come? The Flight One, as one part,
shows me way more information and "insight" as the previous reference
KSL2/Flight 50 combo. Heck, the Flight One isnít even switched in "class
A" like the Flight 50, but as a whole it seems like it brings the Krellís
limitations to the surface! No doubts on the KPE (internal in KSL2)
because thatís one of the reasons I bought it in the first place.
Compared to many other pre-amplifiers, the KSL2, at that time, was very
convincing and above all, very revealing. It also had an astonishing
authority. So far so good, but perhaps "Father Time" gained a lot more
than I expected! I selected some lpís and cdís to do the evaluation and
what do you know Ö That brought many surprises to daylight.
first lp I brought in was my new Classic Records Dido "No angel" 180gm.
reissue, purchased at the Frankfurt High End show. Boy am I happy with
this one! Although already very fond of this album on cd, the lp really
sounds spectacular! I only had some comments on the treble (which had
the same "glassy" sound as the cd, so I thought it was in the recording
itself). Also the seemingly limited dynamic contrasts, (because I was
expecting more from the lp version vs. cd version). Not so Ö when played
back on the Audia Flight One! The sweetness of the treble, and extension
on top and bottom octaves, were stunning. All dynamic contrasts were
just as dynamic as one might aspect hearing this type of music. The
presentation of her voice made this particular moment a magic event,
hard to reproduce on whatever system, just so right and complete. There
was nothing left to wish for Ö However careful here, while some euphoria
was part of the game.
Next thing to listen to was my new Pink Floyd 30th
anniversary Dark Side Of The Moon. I compared it to my much cherished
MFSL Dark Side Of The Moon. The Flight One perhaps was too honest here.
It told me the MFSL was way to "fat" compared to the 30th,
which, in a funny way, sounds more British (spoken and song words also!).
It showed a British band in 1973 in their early days as one of the
worlds biggest symphonic rock acts. Where the MFSL gave more of the
Rock, the EMI 30th Ann. gave more Psychedelics. Here is a
good point: I personally love Floyd for their Psychedelics Ö "Hear the
softly spoken magic spells Ö", the last sentence before last song of
side one, A Great Gig in the sky, tells you exactly about the Flight
Oneís stronger points! Never cared much about Masonís drumming (some
think heís the best rock drummer ever Ö), but with Flight One the
tension and brilliance of this musician became obvious. The man "sings"
with his drum kit Ö Believe me, when I tell you I have heard this album
about a thousand times, but Ö So I went to my cd collection and grabbed
both MFSL and 20th anniversary discs Ö Ha! Same here! I
prefer the 20th Ann., and it "feels" the same as the 30th
Ann. lp Ö but with typical cd limitations (even knowing the TjoUpsampler
does a heck of job here!). Feeling the same "never heard before"
emotions, and stayed with cd playback all night, because an unknown
world opened up to me Ö again!
Ending the night with Dido on US import cd, I went to bed to have a good
night- rest. I had to think about what happened this evening! Does my
mind play tricks on me? Does my always available desire to change
systems again make me wonder about the Krell/Copland combo like I didnít
before? Or is this 100 Watt solid state integrated really this good?
Apparently Ö Because every single cd or lp I listened to, gave, in itís
own specific way, a previously unheard performance. Itís like
up-sampling your amplifier. The Audia Flight Oneís ability to translate
the musical event, and retraction of nuance and detail, to me, is only
known from other very expensive amplifier comboís Ö
Italians did a magnificent job, by throwing this tube lover in a heavy
confused state of mind Ö If you had asked me four years ago about this,
I had sworn to you that NO solid state amp EVER, could seduce me. Krell
already did it, but in a different way. Audia howeverÖ boy oh boy. Canít
wait until the upcoming optional phono board arrives. I am afraid it
will result in a long night discussion with Judith (my girlfriend and
mother of my son Dave), to convince her, that I really need to buy this
amp to make my music-life complete "again"! When you are in the market
for a new integrated amplifier, I strongly advice you to have a listen
to this "One". My guess is that it will beat all itís USA brothers
costing up to twice itís price! It comes in silver and black, and both
options cost Ä 4500,=, including, I forgot to mention, one of the most
beautiful full metal remote controls around!
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