Pure Sound A10 Integrated Valve Amp
The A10 may well rule the roost in sub-£1,000 models.
Pure Sound developed the A10 with a view to its use in both entry-level main systems and in second systems in bedrooms and studies where other Pure Sound models might prove too large or too expensive.
For my listening tests, I chose a pair of Audio Note AN-K standmounts which have a high sensitivity to work with low output amplifiers and this pairing was able to generate ample real world volume levels in a fair-sized room.
The overall perception is that Pure Sound has preferred to reduce the feature count rather than the build and parts quality of the amp. This is precisely the way I would prefer manufacturers to approach constructing equipment for tight budgets.
The overall result is that the A10 is one of the most cost effective ways of securing a well-built valve amp with high quality components throughout. Considered against other EL84 designs, it’s less than half the price of similarly powerful models which is impressive considering how much remains.
In keeping with many valve designs, the A10 brings a genuine sense of presence and realism to recordings. Artists and musicians are placed with an accuracy and depth of soundstage that moves well beyond the speakers.
Live recordings, in particular, bring an uncanny sense of the space they were recorded in, be it tiny club or cavernous stadium. Contained within it, instruments have the space they need to sound tangibly real and totally unprocessed.
Above all, voices come in for special treatment. Male or female, the A10 will place them with total assurance where they need to be, never divorced from their instruments, but equally never engulfed by them either.
Simply put, it never fails to make music an enjoyable and rewarding experience, which is surely the purpose of a good hi-fi system in the first place.
Pure Sound A10
The A10 is a new, small line integrated amplifier from puresound. Operating in Class A and delivering 10 Watts per channel it is intended for users of high sensitivity loudspeakers or for those seeking high performance with small speakers perhaps in a bedroom or study. The A10 accepts two line level inputs and may be switched to drive 4 or 8 ohm loudspeakers. The circuit is based around the sweet sounding 6P14 a modern equivalent to the EL84/6BQ5 family.
A great intoduction to the Puresound family, this very sweet and involving amplifier can deliver quality sounds when used with a speakers around the 94dB mark. A case of size is not everything!Designed to demonstrate some of the star quality of the larger A30, the A10 integrated valve amplifier is the newest and least expensive arrival in a range from Pure Sound which includes amps, preamps and phono accessories.
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