HiFi Review – Audio Note AN-K Lx

HiFi Review – Audio Note AN-K Lx

DATE : 22, May, 2019
CATEGORY : High-end Audio

“A pure Class A vacuum tube integrated amp. With an output of only 9 to 10W (each channel with two EL84 single-ended tubes in parallel), it is already enough to drive the AN-K/Lx speakers like a pair of tigers, whilst retaining the subtle nuances…”

“…To smoothly bring out the texture and details of various bass instruments, there cannot be any mistakes with speed, analytical power, volume, and continuation to other frequency ranges in order to achieve this effect.”

“The positioning of the AN-K/LX is not at all difficult, if you place them next to the wall, then toe-in the unit so it points directly towards your listening position and adjust the three-frequency components accordingly. It’s as simple as that to achieve a sound field that doesn’t fully recede yet gives you enough depth to hear the symphony orchestra’s sound both in front and at the back.”

 

“This Audio Note combination is rich but not fat, carries a warm sound without feeling heavy, is dynamic with speed, analytical prowess and vitality. It can play different types of music with contagious emotion – the kind of appeal that makes you listen, which is a complete surprise.”

 

HiFi Review – May 2019

The Tube World Monthly – Unforgettable – Audio Note TT-TWO DELUXE Turntable

The Tube World Monthly – Unforgettable – Audio Note TT-TWO DELUXE Turntable

DATE : 28, Feb, 2019
CATEGORY : High-end Audio

“[The TT-Two Deluxe’s] blueprint came from the once-revered Systemdek IIX. Vast improvements have also been made.”

“With the TT-Two Deluxe for example, Peter [Qvortrup] gave it a birch plywood chassis, the same kind as on the AN-E SPe HE SE Sig speakers. Not only did this unprecedently enhance the aesthetics of this mid-market turntable, the premium birch ply also improved the acoustics. The TT-Two Deluxe also has another strategic improvement with its use of twin motors.”

“No expenses are spared on [the Arm Two V2] and it was custom-made from scratch in a precision metal workshop in Austria… As with what Audio Note is renowned for, the tonearm wires and connectors are made from pure silver. All in all, the Arm Two/II has put more emphasis inside and out on its use of materials and its precision than the last model.“

“[The TT-Two Deluxe] delivers a more open, transparent and smooth sound in terms of its spaciousness, airiness and the texture of string instruments than its previous model. When it plays vocals, whether it is the breadth and depth in the voice, or the changes in phonetics, the sound is solid yet refined in its details. When the music explodes, the momentum and dynamics take over the room in a way that surpasses all that has been done before.”

“The IQ III has adapted some of the IO I’s technology and materials from Audio Note’s Moving Coil (MC) cartridge, such as the titanium tube and the Type 2 diamond stylus tip. This implies the Moving Magnet (MM) cartridge can achieve the same level of excellence as the MC cartridge, be it its tracking ability or the precision in its pickup. […] Not only does it carry the rich mid-frequencies that the MM cartridge delivers, it also shows off the analytical ability of the MC cartridge, and its continuous extension in the high frequencies, so you get the best of both worlds. […] The IQ III also saves you from the trouble of installing the step-up transformer for the MC cartridge. For the audiophiles who have a budget, this may be a good choice.”

– Charlie Ma

 

The Tube World Monthly – February 2019

Audiophile – Listening chapter Audio Note M6 Phono

Audiophile – Listening chapter Audio Note M6 Phono

DATE : 28, Feb, 2019
CATEGORY : High-end Audio

“Although the 5687 line stage valve is not as widely used as other vacuum tubes made during the same era in the world of hi-fi, Audio Note managed to put a spotlight on it and make it shine. Not only did the 5687 become exclusively used by Audio Note, it also became a signature for the brand. From that, one can see Peter Qvortrip and Andy Grove are two mavericks with their own style. “

“Peter and Andy are both material-oriented artisans… AUDIO NOTE has always been equipped with a large family of homemade and carefully selected parts, such as vacuum tubes, transformers, capacitors, resistors, wires, etc.”

“… Peter Qvortrip has a tradition when it comes to the design of amplifiers. The circuitry is a magnified version of the Moving Magnet (MM) and must have an external Moving Coil (MC) step-up transformer added. Peter insists on this when it comes to equalization, because he reckons the best sound comes from an MC cartridge paired with a step-up transformer amplified by the RIAA phono amp.”

“With the power source, this design uses the M10 as its blueprint, and it uses the 6X5, OB2 and ECL82 valves. On top of that it also uses large transformers and other heavyweight capacitors and silver wiring…which literally fills the box to the brim.”

- Charlie Ma

 

Audiophile – February 2019