Became interested in Audion amps after reading show reports of Audion amps being paired with the Zu Soul Superfly speakers. I had been using a Stereophile class A rated push pull integrated amp which I have owned for about 5 years, but had read interesting comments about how well single ended amps mated with Zu speakers. Purchased an older used Audion Sterling on Agon which sounded very good to my ears , but of course wondered what the newer models sounded like. Spoke with distributor Gary Alpern at length about Audion and their approach to design philosophy and decided to try the KT88 Anniversary amp. Received the amp 3 weeks ago and couldn't be happier. The amp mates beautifully with the Zu Superfly throwing a huge 3D soundstage that while wonderfully detailed never sounds forced or irritating . I have heard details in recordings I have listened to hundreds of times and had never noticed before. While the amp is able to resolve details present in recordings it does not draw attention to the details, but presents them as part of the musical flow. The Audion mated with the Zu speakers allows the human emotion of the performance to shine. If you are a Zu owner and are considering a new amp please do yourself a favor and audition Audion
Audion Sterling KT88 Anniversary Stereo Amplifier
Exclusively imported by True Audiophile
Punch of a KT88 with sophistication of Audion hand-made circuits produce power and elegance... Mini Review by True Audiophile
Audion Sterling KT88 Anniversary stereo is hard wired point to point using better graded components and larger, hand-built Audion wound output transformers (EI96). The volume control on the front and stereo inputs on the rear means that a pre-amplifier is not necessary with this unit. The amp is auto biased. It will take almost any KT88 (Unit is supplied with JJ tubes) delivers a conservative 18 CLEAN watts into 8 ohms. Therefore, it has the power of competitors boasting 36-40W.
The Audion Sterling Stereo KT88 is a very conservative rated at 18 watts. This larger output power amp is better suited for more difficult loads, the KT88 is a robust tube that has a good overall sonic performance. The Sterling Anniversary is a good entry level hard wired (Air Wired©) Class A power amplifier, sonically very airy with good response. It sounds far better than its price suggests. In most cases competing with products 1.5 - 2x its price point.
This Audion amp is suited for use with loudspeakers of 89db or better efficiency. Ideally matched with Audion range of Proton cables. Integrated option (5 Stereo inputs is available). The chassis is black powder coated aluminum as is the transformer cover. The top plate and badge are mirror finished stainless steel.
All Audion Stereo Amps are available as an integrated which provides 5 inputs and tape. Volume remote is also an option.
Components of the Audion components:
- Transformers and chokes are design and handmade by Audion: Mains, chokes and output transformers.
- Superior quality parts sourced from Europe or the US. Even the capacitors are made to Audion’s exacting specifications.
- Chassis’ are finished in-house which includes powder coating and electroplating to ensure quality.
- Special voicing of Audion amplifiers requires every part be meticulously designed to meet their standards.
- Every component is hand built usually point to point. Once burned in they listen again in case they are not satisfied before releasing each unit.
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Warranty: 2 years. Tubes 6 months.
Power: 2 x 18 Watts Class A into 8 Ohms at 120V AC
Load: 4 – 8 Ohm Nominal
Distortion @ 1Watt: <0.1% No Feedback
Frequency Response: 40KHz ±1 db
Sensitivity: Variable >200mV Full output
Noise: < (CCIR) – 85 db
Consumption: 180 Watts
Tubes: 2 x KT88, 2 x 6H1N
Size: 16.5in deep, 9in wide and 7.4in tall - Less tubes
Weight: 31 lbs
Fuses - Power 4A & 1A / 120V