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We are pleased to provide a very unique opportunity for a customer trade-in V80 complete with a wonderful (and optional) Moving Coil Phono Stage. The unit will ship complete with the original manual, tool kit, double box packaging, power cord, touchscreen remote, and 5 SED 6550s (one spare tube). If you have not heard of Octave before you owe it to yourself and keep reading below why OCTAVE equipment is some of the most reliable, fully-featured, best sounding, and highest value HiFi equipment to come from Germany.
The V 80 features a total of seven single-ended (RCA) inputs - including the Home Theatre Bypass input) and one balanced (XLR) input. One RCA input can fitted with the optional (either MM or MC) Phono Input Board. Outputs included are one RCA Record output, one regulated Preamplifier output, one Headphone output and one Loudspeaker output. The V 80 is equipped with a separate Headphone Amplifier, and the Loudspeaker and Headphone outputs can be switched independently. The pre- and power amplifier sections of the V 80 can be operated independently from each other as well.
Black Box Connector:
OCTAVE, with the Black Box technology, offers an upgrade path for optimizing the OCTAVE amplifier in respect to the speaker. This flexibility is a unique feature of the OCTAVE brand. The dynamic and tonal stability of an amplifier is strongly dependent upon the stability and capacity of the power supply, therefore the Black Box and Super Black Box were developed as external upgrades to the OCTAVE amplifiers’ power supply storage capacitors by increasing their capacitance by a factor of 4 (Black Box) or 10 (Super Black Box), respectively. This is a tremendous benefit if the speaker is difficult to drive. Loudspeaker efficiency is made less critical, while the amplifier is enabled to handle speakers with extremely low minimum impedances.
A forward looking feature of OCTAVE is the unique Ecomode power saving electronic circuitry developed to reduce heat and unnecessary power consumption when the amplifier is switched on but not in use. This electronic system controls the power condition and reduces power consumption when the amplifier does not receive a signal for a period exceeding 10 minutes. In this “sleep” mode, the V 80 draws only 20 W idle current. Virtually no heat is produced by the unit, and the heater voltage and the high voltage for the power amplifier section are switched off. When a signal is detected by the V 80, the Ecomode circuit will turn the amplifier back on, with a warm-up/start-up delay of approximately 30 seconds before the unit will operate. Ecomode also serves to increase the lifetime of the tubes, while having an added benefit of improved safety allowing the V 80 owner a level of security against any problems when leaving the unit powered on.
The Output stage of the V 80 operates in Class A/B, and therefore requires an adjustable BIAS regulation. The highly sophisticated yet extremely simple yet accurate BIAS calibration system is accessed on the front panel of the unit. It utilizes external precision bias trim pots and LED confirmation, allowing the user to readily monitor the output tubes and simply correct their bias individually at the front panel - without the need of a micrometer let alone any special knowledge or tools. The correct BIAS is vital for the constant sound quality of the V 80. Due to this facility there is no need for a technician to service the V 80 for changing or tubes or to check their condition. The precision of this user-friendly system is within 0.5% accuracy.
Power Management and Protection System:
The V 80 is equipped with a multi-stage Soft-Start/Turn-On protection circuit which extends component as well as tube life considerably by protecting against stress caused by typical high inrush currents during switch-on. The unit starts in a defined sequence, with the Protection System monitoring the V 80 completely, and activated whenever a malfunction is detected. Once the Protection is activated, the V 80 is powered down.
Optional Phono Stage:
An internal Phono Stage is available on the V 80 for either MM (47k Ohm) or MC (500 Ohm) cartridges. The phono board includes a 12 dB / Octave sub-sonic filter. The design of the internal Phono Stage is based on passive equalization for the best signal conditioning.
The Manufacturer & Philosophy:
German based OCTAVE is the worlds finest manufacturer of tube-based electronics for twenty-five (25) years. OCTAVE, while a globally recognized leader, is relatively new to the United States as Dynaudio North America began distribution for the first time ever in 2009. Many of our clients rightfully regard OCTAVE as build quality and engineering comparable to Burmester while, of course, utilizing state of the art tube designs in lieu of transistors. In direct comparison of the two brands the value OCTAVE provides is simply unmatched. The idea behind OCTAVE is a passion for music combined with ingenious electronic aptitude and an absolute commitment to perfection. The technically innovative, perfectly manufactured, completely safe and user-friendly amplifiers that result offer elegant aesthetics while allowing the beauty of the music and its authentic sound to come alive in living rooms.
What distinguishes OCTAVE? The conviction that true musicality in high fidelity can only be realized with tubes? Surely. But thats not the sole factor. The secret of our success lies in the OCTAVE hybrid technology. By that, we mean the optimal synthesis of traditional tube technology and innovative semiconductor circuitry. Tubes ensure the remarkable sound performance of our amplifiers, while our innovative transistor circuits play an important part in enabling the tubes to completely maximize their audiophile potential.
For more than 20 years, OCTAVE has been building high-quality tube amplifiers that offer stable performance and reliability on par with the finest transistor equipment. Our models owe their outstanding durability to the well thought out electronic monitoring and protection systems. The soft-start technology, the controlled "power rise", precise stabilization and intelligent protective circuits are the guarantors of unsurpassed product reliability. After all, with an OCTAVE amplifier, music lovers should be able to listen to their records and CDs - at the highest performance level possible - for decades. Every OCTAVE amplifier is based on high-quality components from the input jacks to the output transformers - which are developed and produced in-house by OCTAVE. Each and every model is meticulously hand-built at our company headquarters in the Baden village of Karlsbad, Germany. Before any product leaves our facility, it must first pass stringent quality-control and a 48-hour durability test. OCTAVE models are engineered to provide a long life-time of unwavering sound quality. As most of the mechanical and electronic components of our products are engineered in-house and produced according to our strict directives by specialized manufacturers, we are able to use original components should service ever be necessary, even if an older model should require repair, thereby offering our customers the highest quality service possible and products that maintain stable performance and maximum value.
The V80 Integrated Amplifier – The Sovereign:
The V 80 line level integrated amplifier is a completely new development, with the output stage based on the concept of the OCTAVE MRE 130 mono amplifier. His outstanding characteristic is an unbelievably melodic timbre and his unshakable performance. He reproduces any music with authority and natural elegance, instantly captivating the listener. Fundamental notes, warmth, three-dimensionality and speed, the V 80 plays music effortlessly and with pure joy. “Watt is not the same as Watt“: At dynamic peaks, when other amplifiers begin to collapse, the V 80 truly comes to life. It is not without reason that the V 80 won the highly respected “Jazz Component Award” in Japan (as the best overseas component) in 2008 and next the Pure Audio Grand Prix Award in 2009.
The V 80 transcends far beyond the technical and tonal attributes of the V 40SE and V 70SE integrated amplifier models, and performs without peer in its own exalted league. He is built for listeners who don’t want to install big pre- and power amplifier combinations, but who have the highest expectations and requirements regarding sound quality and system functionality.
As the top of the line OCTAVE integrated amplifier offering, the V 80 contains all the features modern entertainment equipment requires for convenience and connectivity including HT Bypass and a wonderful MC Phono Stage. There is also provisions for connecting an outboard OCTAVE Black Box or Super Black Box – an option that guarantees unsinkable stability and dynamics, even when driving very low efficiency loudspeakers.
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