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.

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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,...

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