Win Analog S & V Series Monoblocks


Note: This is NOT an UltimateAVmag.com contest; the name of the company profiled here is Win Analog.

One of the coolest-looking single-ended triode (SET) monoblock power amps I've seen in a long time comes from California-based Win Analog. Two versions are available—the S and V Series.

Both models are based on the mammoth RCA 833 vacuum tube—originally used in radio transmitters—for what the company calls its "very, very liquid sound." The S Series outputs a maximum of 100 watts of pure class-A power with a frequency response from 15Hz to 50kHz (±1dB), while the V Series ups that to 135W from 10Hz to 60kHz (±1dB). Both consume 500W of AC power, illustrating the inherent inefficiency of class-A amps.

With an chassis made of aluminum panels 0.375 inches thick, it's no wonder these amps tip the scales at 200 pounds each. It's also no wonder they're expensive—the S Series goes for $75,000/pair, and the V Series costs $110,000/pair. If you want the matching Z845 2-channel preamp, seen here between the amps, that'll be another $45,000, please. As Stephen Mejias wrote in his Stereophile report from the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last October, "The amps were driving a pair of Rockport Technologies Mira Grand II loudspeakers. The system had a distant sort of sound with fine tonal color and a certain effortlessness, images blooming easily onto the stage."

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Scott Wilkinson's picture
Good idea; thanks!
Scott Wilkinson's picture
I hadn't thought of that! And I'm not sure how to make it clearer, since the name of the company is Win Analog. Any suggestions?
uavK.Reid's picture

Scott:

Inserting a conspicuous disclaimer (Note: THIS IS NOT AN UltimateAVmag.com CONTEST)in a different color/font could help. I too had never heard of the company and thought it was a contest until I read the article.

JustinGN's picture

You may want to add a prefix to the article title, since it looks like (upon initial glance) an article advertising a chance to win some Analog S & V Series Monoblocks. I was all giddy about having a chance to win $75,000 amps, until I reread the article ;)

uavkelsci's picture

Count me in too as thinking it was a contest until I read the article. Expensive but beautiful equipment. I like tube equipment and for a reason. I always felt that tubes delivered the kind of sound that we hear with out ears in many cases while most solid state equipment does not. It reminds me of a glass made out of glass and a glass made out of plastic. To me in many cases solid state had a sort of "plasticky" sound but some sounded good nevertheless. I heard some Fisher tube receivers and owned a Fisher X100 int.amp. many years back of whose sound in general I did like but was very dependent on the speakers that the units were played over. Back in the 1960s my favorite outfit would have been a good Fisher tube receiver with Empire Grenadier commode speakers. A Harmon Kardon A500 tube int. amp that I had possession for a while had a sort of half and half sound. The best solid state amp that I ever owned was a Pioneer SA7700 because it did not sound like solid state but sounded more like a Dynaco Pas 3X preamp with their Stereo 70 tube poweramp. For 80 dollars in 1982, I did not go wrong with that Pioneer unit at all. It certainly did not heat up the house like the Dynaco and other tube eqipment I owned living in Florida. The last thing you want living here is a heatmaker fighting your air-conditioner

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