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Discussion in 'audio' started by yuckyamson, May 25, 2020.

  1. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    It looks nice if you want retro, Like Rogers and Radford....all 3 shout VALVES to me, not SS
     
  2. Martyn Miles

    Martyn Miles pfm Member

    Not sure about the on/off switch on the rear.
    Shades of Naim...
     
  3. TonyScarlett

    TonyScarlett pfm Member

    Whilst I realise the retro looks & revival of a classic brand for purely marketing reasons won't be everyone's cup of tea if it gets people who are otherwise uninterested in hifi into stores then I don't really see the downside. BTW I have also owned a Leak Delta 30 & 70 in the past which were updated Stereo 30 & 70s, underrated in my view, they had adjustable gain switches on the back iirc, something I wish today's amps had, all the SS amps I've had in the last couple of years have had far to much gain, resorted to Rothwell attenuaters on my Rega Brio & Exposure 3010S2D.
     
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  4. Nagraboy

    Nagraboy Ausculta fili

    Quad Vena with a costume change. £799 for the walnut version, £699 without the sleeve.

    IAG also make those retro Wharfedale speakers too which would make a nice visual match.

    The front panel fonts are all mixed up. Bit of a mess there.

    Has faux retro gone too far?
     
  5. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

    I think it has gone too far although I rather like the look of the Wharfdale's. They look like a good forward facing speaker should look; a nice box with some drive units in it. I am still not convinced about the amp though.
     
  6. G T Audio

    G T Audio Trade: Manufacturer and Distributor

    China...

    The only thing in common with the original will be the name. In my opinion, we should all be ignoring this sort of stuff and buying proper British, or EU made equipment. We have got to break the cycle of the ongoing reliance on China.
     
  7. snowman_al

    snowman_al pfm Member

    ^^^^ This x 2
     
  8. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    Something of a rarity then. Most of them fell to bits while still under original warranty (assuming it was working when you took it out of the box, by no means a given).
     
  9. lagavullin10y

    lagavullin10y pfm Member

    ... compensated by tonecontrols! Heresy.
     
  10. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    I've never considered it was possible anything could make early Leak transistor amplifiers 'more desirable.'
     
  11. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

    My father's first purchased amplifier was Stereo 30 and matching Stereofetic tuner Dad had them without the sleeves as he had them in a cabinet. Retro style CD doesn't do anything for me.
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2020
  12. Arkless Electronics

    Arkless Electronics Trade: Amp design and repairs.

    All Leak SS amps are shite. The 2000 series are the worst and the Delta 75 receiver has the best amp section. Even the badge engineered Rotels in the death throes of Rank Leak were not that good...
    I did however love the styling of the Delta 30/70... but every time I say this I get the impression I'm on my own on that one!:rolleyes:
     
  13. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

  14. herb

    herb music live

    Peter Comeau then I guess. Designer of Heybrook speakers and my excellent HBS1 flatpack stands.

     
  15. Bairnstorm

    Bairnstorm pfm Member

    It's IAG so probably not far off Quad Vena in sound quality.

    I rather like the look.
     
  16. fegs

    fegs pfm Member

    I think it looks great, I've recently bought an amp so I'm not in the market for one, but if I was I think I'd investigate this one
     
  17. TonyScarlett

    TonyScarlett pfm Member

    Just a Quad Vena in a fancy new wrapper then, not necessarily a bad thing, had one a few years ago, was a great sounding amp.
    No Jez your not alone, I always liked the look of the Deltas, unlike you I thought they sounded pretty decent as well, especially the 70.
    TS
     
  18. YNWOAN

    YNWOAN 100% Analogue

    I’ve got an inkling it’s the same chap who bought out SME and Garrard, but could easily be wrong.

    ———

    Probably not having now looked at it.
     
  19. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    We had Leak amplifier and speakers (Sandwich's) in the music room of my school. I got to play with it a bit as a sound and light tech for the school plays - I could not act so did this stuff instead.

    I think this new stuff looks really lovely and a DAC/AMP is what a lot of people will find very convenient these days. I hope it works. Pricing looks good.
     
  20. Robert M

    Robert M pfm Member

    Better off sticking to something that's made in England by an English company..ie: rega
     

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