Audio Note Vindicator Power Amplifier
About Audio Note Amplifier
Audio Note manufacture a complete range of valve amplifiers. Though their name may be synonymous with the likes of the Onkagu, they start from very reasonable prices. An Integrated OTO starts from £1,900, an M-Zero Pre-amp from £1,050 and a Vindicator Power- Amp from £2,400.
Audio Note is one company that has never needed to cloud its philosophy in marketing double-talk. Their premise has always been rather simple — directly heated triodes in single-ended mode with no global feedback. They feel, and much of the audio industry agrees, that transistor based amplifiers are fundamentally flawed because they are a semi-conductor yet live music is a linear sonic event.
Simplicity is at the heart of every Audio Note amplifier. They pay homage to the idea that every component exerts an influence on the sound, so they must each be of the very best possible quality. It is a powerful concept achieved through visionary engineering, extensive research and development.
Refinement is the central theme to every Audio Note Amplifier. They do not believe in applying bigger, louder or more complex solutions to their products. Instead they seek to establish greater value through better sound. They look for solutions in technology, techniques, parts, materials and amplifying devices that can be shown to provide better low level behaviour, as they believe these are the most important aspects.
About Audio Note Vindicator Amplifier
The Vindicator is based around the classic Conqueror amplifier, which follows many of the criteria Audio Note have always championed. Instead of 300B output valves it features the stunning 2A3 tube.
It is a stereo single-ended triode (SET) power amp built using the venerable 2A3 tube. It features a Copper topped chassis and a zero feedback single ended output stage which is driven via a paper in oil capacitor. The Vindicator produces 3.5 watts and so is recommended with higher efficiency speakers.
The Audio Note Vindicator offers the passion, penetration, and deeply saturated colors of 2A3’s. More elegant, informative, and possessed of firmer and clearer bass than the 300B based Conqueror and Meishus in the line. the 2A3 Vindicator is also a bit less meaty and sensuous. They sound startlingly more powerful than their meager three point five watt rating suggests. In conjunction with the M2 balanced preamplifier and a DAC 4.1 Balanced, they sound wonderful with depth and air, putting a natural finish on notes that is strikingly real.
There are three different versions of the Vindicator available, and are available with silver aluminium or black acrylic fascia. The wonderful Sovtek 2A3 output valves are supplied as standard.
Audio Note Vindicator power amplifier:
Audio Note Vindicator Silver power amplifier:
Audio Note Vindicator Silver Signature power amplifier:
The Silver and Silver Signature version have higher quality parts including resistors, capacitors and wiring.