Trafomatic Aries - integrated amp -

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(By Trafomatic)

The EL34 has never been my output tube of choice. In fact, I was reluctant to give the Aries much attention.  Then the choice to run the tube in triode rather than it's more oft found push pull circuit made me take another look.  That, and knowing that Sasa Cokic winds some fo the meanest iron in Europe, sat me down.  It's also easy on the eyes and has a remote, and El34's are far more affordable than 300b's.  The rest can be summed up by John Darko's words (of 6Moons and Digital Audio Review Fame) far better than my own,

"Easing off the comparative pedal and speaking from a singular anecdotal experience—noepiphany—the Aries/HB Type 2 provided the single most j-awe-dropping listening experience of recent months. A Genalex Gold Lion 12AT7 dropped into the Aries and Bob Dylan's career-resurrecting Time Out Of Mind loaded into Fidelia. The result? An intimacy that caused listener paralysis. You don't drop the kettle switch in the face of such hypnosis. You just can't. And if you could, it'd be rude. 1997 Dylan has a voice that's a majestic oak tree, the gravel in his vocal chords rough bark. Such descriptors and analogies aren't conjoured from just any amplifier/speaker pairing. The Aries is two parts seduction, one part speed, one part air and two parts rectitude."
Srajan Ebaen of 6 Moons chimes in:
"With the Aries, Trafomatic boss Sasa Cokic has built an integrated amplifier with obligatory remote control that takes a cheap pentode but makes it behave much like a 300B. Obvious advantages—far lower tube cost—are accompanied by less obvious ones (lower noise by not being direct-heated; more linearity)...With the case evidence of Aries and Kaivalyas on hand, I might secretly think "no more 300Bs ever" if I were Sasa. That tube is overrated or simply no longer in sync with modern expectations. Reputation still says otherwise of course so the Aries flies below its radar. And because of this setup exotic/pricey EL34 SETs won't sell well. But I'll unequivocally state that I'd much rather have the €2.000 Aries than any same-priced 300B amp."
From the Trafomatic Website:

It is a class A single-ended triode circuit with, per channel, one EL34 driven by half an ECC81 double triode. There are three inputs and one pre-out to support a subwoofer. Input sensitivity is 0.85Vrms, THD 1.55% at 1 watt. Bandwidth is 10Hz (-2dB) - 40kHz (-3dB). Size is 350 x 220 x 200mm. Weight is 12kg. Following in the footsteps of our special Kaivalya monos, the finish is modern gloss white lacquer.

Class of operation: Single- ended class A
Tubes complement: 2 x EL34, 1 x ECC81
Inputs: CD, Tuner, Aux
Outputs: 8 ohms, preout
Input sensitivity: 0.85Vrms
THD: 1.55% - 1W
Bandwidth: 10Hz (-2dB) - 40KHz (-3dB)
S/N ratio: 88dB
Input impedance: 100K
Power consumption: 130VA
Input voltage: 230V/50Hz (100-120-220-240V available on request)
Size: 350 x 220 x 200mm
Weight: 12kg

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