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    Review of AVA's New 400R amp, FET Valve Pre and DAC

    I had the opportunity to do an in home review of the AVA's new 400R power amp and Fet Valve Preamp and Fet Valve DAC-

    Here is the link to my reivew on the audio circles forum It is not a technical review.

    Review of AVA's New 400R amp, FET Valve Pre and DAC
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Martin Logan Original Dynamo Sub
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Nice review!
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    Hi BR, thanks for the review.

    Quote Originally Posted by blackraven View Post
    I had the opportunity to do an in home review of the AVA's new 400R power amp and Fet Valve Preamp and Fet Valve DAC-

    Here is the link to my reivew on the audio circles forum It is not a technical review.

    Review of AVA's New 400R amp, FET Valve Pre and DAC
    I just read your review. Good job! With regard to the Parasound A21 in use with the V.A. gear did you find that particular combo to be a good/great balance of tubes with SS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeRoy View Post
    I just read your review. Good job! With regard to the Parasound A21 in use with the V.A. gear did you find that particular combo to be a good/great balance of tubes with SS?
    Yes, the new AVA gear sounded great with the A21 and in fact Bass was slightly deeper with the new DAC and Preamp then with the 400R. My older AVA gear the Ultra II preamp and DAC are hybrid tube gear as well and match well with the A21 but not to the extent that the FET Valve gear does. The FET Valve gear took the A21 to new heights. I truly did not think that the amp could sound that good. The A21 always has a little grain to it, even in the reviews. But that disappeared with the FET Valve gear in the chain.

    If I had to choose a piece to buy it would be in this order-

    400R, Preamp, DAC.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Martin Logan Original Dynamo Sub
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Very nice, congrats.

    How bad was A21 in comparison?

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    The A21 isn't bad. It just does not have the depth and sound stage that the 400R has. The 400R, really produces a lot of space between instruments and makes compressed recordings sound good. The A21 really shined when paired with the FET Valve Pre and DAC however.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Martin Logan Original Dynamo Sub
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackraven View Post
    The A21 isn't bad. It just does not have the depth and sound stage that the 400R has. The 400R, really produces a lot of space between instruments and makes compressed recordings sound good. The A21 really shined when paired with the FET Valve Pre and DAC however.
    Raven...I am now a believer! The 400R is a special amp. If there was a middle man in retail, it would be a $6k amp.
    Music...let it into your soul and be moved....with Canton...Pure Music


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