THE HI–FI HEADLINES
We have seen an unprecedented number of price reductions during the last month. This has always been a competitive industry, however we don’t recall a period during this time when good quality audio has been more affordable.
Without doubt the most exciting of these reductions are the new prices for Krell, showing roughly a 15% reduction across the board. For example the Digital Vanguard integrated amplifier has come down from $9,995 to $8,495.
This is one of the best-sounding integrated amplifiers under $10,000 on the Australian market. It is rated at 200watts/ channel, and features a Class ‘A’ preamplifier. It is one of only a handful of amplifiers on the market that doubles it power in to a 4 ohm load, something sadly overlooked by many in the industry.
The Vanguard Digital straddles the analogue and digital world. As well as its one set of XLR and three RCA analogue inputs it features a front mounted USB input, an optical and co-axial input, two HDMI inputs (and one output) plus an RJ45 network port. Roon, Tidal and Deezer can all be accessed via the network input, and it incorporates Bluetooth connectivity.
Above all this is an exceptionally fine sounding well-built amplifier. The functionality is a bonus. It was good value at $9,995 – it is a bargain at $8,495 (which incidently is less than parity with its price in the US – its country of origin).
There is a non-digital version, simply called Vanguard, for those who do not embrace the digital world. It has also been reduced in price from $7,995 to $6,490.
TRIANGLE loudspeakers have reduced the price of their Antal 902 3-way floor standing speakers. Already offering good value at $2,499 a pair these substantial speakers have been reduced to $1,699. Easy to drive and dynamic, these are a very lively...
DEVIALET have also reduced the price of their White Phantom from $2,995 to $2,690, and at the same time increased the output from 750watts to 1,200watts (this is a peak power rating – we do not have the RMS figures). The Phantom range of Devialet...
It’s not just traditional Hi-Fi brands that have announced price reductions. For example SONOS have reduced the prices of both their Play:1 (now $229) and Play:3 (now $379, pictured above) wireless speakers. Already considered to be bargain priced,...