Tutti Audio is proud to use, recommend and act as full supporting dealer for Icon Audio here in the South West of England
Here at Tutti Audio we make no excuse whatsoever in our passion for vinyl coupled with the warm, seductive, untiring sound and glow of top quality valve amplification. Unsurprisingly, we’ve teamed up with multi-award winning British valve amplifier designer, David Shaw of Icon Audio...
About Icon Audio
Icon Audio (UK) are a small company located in Leicester UK, dedicated to the design and production of pure valve (or tube) amplifiers and hi fi equipment. The well liked sound of vintage British and USA valve amplifiers like LEAK QUAD MACINTOSH DYNACO has been a primary driving factor and belief that despite modern technology, the system of using valve amplifiers has much to offer in the reproduction of music. In the UK and across Europe, Icon Audio has a reputation for offering very good value for money.
The company has been designing amplifiers since 1999 in the UK. From the outset their amplifiers were awarded “best buy” and “five stars” by British Magazines like Hi Fi News, Hi Fi Choice and Hi Fi World. And recently their MB845 mono blocks have become “Reference Standard” for Hi Fi world along with their PS1 and PS3 phono pre amplifiers.
What is special about Icon Audio Amplifiers?
It’s not just about a quick sale. They offer full customer care support and service for the life of the product, with spares and service available for the life of the product.
Not only do their amplifiers sound good they are very well made to give a long service life. All are hand made using solid materials (not plastic) for longevity and can be easily repaired for long into the future. Only easily available parts and valves are used. Their amplifiers do not use printed circuit boards (PCBs), despite being cheap and easy to make, they are difficult or sometimes impossible to repair. In fact it is thought that humidity can become trapped in a PCB, affecting the sound quality (Morgan Jones). Accordingly, all their amplifiers incorporate traditional hand wired “point to point” systems. You will notice that Icon Audio amplifiers have generally more power than other brands. This is not necessarily to play hi fi very loud, but the new types or recording such as CD, DVD, and various TV and radio digital systems have a big “Dynamic Range” which in turn needs more powerful amplifiers to reproduce the louder “peaks” of music without distortion. Icon Audio only make “Pure Valve” amplifiers, there are no transistors or micro-chips in the audio circuit.
You can have complete confidence in Icon Audio products. After four or five years the valves in your amplifier may need replacing. Their user-friendly manual tells you how to do this. We can supply replacement tubes for you, or you could return the amplifier for a service. Or just phone or email for advice. After this time with a new set of valves your amplifier will sound even better than new!
Why do Icon Audio make so many amplifiers?
Valve amplifier design covers period of roughly 80 years, during this time there has been a myriad of different valves and designs all with their own different characteristics, and the Icon Audio UK lab likes to explore these differences so that the customer can make the choice.
All the early valves were simple “triode” (3 elements) generally these give the best sound but in output valves are not very efficient (e.g.300B, 845, 805). Post war types are the efficient more complex “pentode” types (5 elements), these valves use less power for the same output. However the sound is generally not thought to be so good as the old triodes, so a system called:
“Ultralinear” (or UL) is commonly used which is a combination of triode and pentode, in order to get good power with the triode sound. It is also possible to use to use modern valves as “pure” triodes, with a reduction in power. Therefore most of our amplifiers are fitted with the UL/Triode switch to give you the choice of the different sound system.
Push Pull v Single Ended (SE)
Generally “Push Pull” is the favoured system for power output, using two output valves. This gives good power, low distortion and low noise. But some people favour the “Single Ended (SE) method using one output valve, thinking that this has great purity despite the disadvantages. The main one being low power. Icon Audio’s MB805 power amplifiers use this method to great success, using one 805 transmitter type valve, 3 years in design, they are very proud of its beautiful sound.
Icon Audio’s Unbeatable Package
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