“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 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.
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.
Good condition. No box.