June 2005: Mark 2
Review now out on TNT Audio
JLTi Mk2 TECHNICAL DETAILS:
Do not be fooled by this
modest Integrated Amplifier, the level of sophistication is very high
and with, in some cases, unique technical features.
Hybrid Circuit, Tube Front End, see
Front End powered by unique Split Rails, Low
Tension (much safer)
VSE type Constant Current Shunt
Regulation for Tube Front-End.
Solid State Monolithic IC Output Stage,
T-Network Technology -
dramatically lower back-EMF distortions.
35 Watts RMS (continuous) into 8 Ohm, 50W short term
Output Stage Modules mounted on
wood fibre board block for damping.
Unusual Power Supply for Output Module,
very fast Low Joule
Superb Unity Gain Tube Front-End with
1MHz Bandwidth, called SLCF.
Unity Gain Tube Preamp Output
on the Back Panel, also useful for Subs
Four Inputs, total 33dB Gain (enough for VSE upgraded SACD Players).
Made for 220-240V, but 110-120V
version available January 2005.
The Sound: Warmish like Tubes
(because harmonically it has a sense of sounding
right) but not euphonic and not sterile,
very refined, with dynamic and soundstage capabilities to compete with
Even most conventional Tubed amplifiers will not match the sonics of
this Hybrid design - personal reviews & testimonials to come.
Designed for average to high efficiency loudspeakers, not
high current delivery but more like SE designs, yet a bit more power.
Read the Review of JLTi
Mark 1 version:
Recommended Retail Price A$ 2999.00 -
to Buyers Outside
Australasia, no GST & so a Tax Rebates apply to Export Price.
Price based on current exchange ratio, see
Prices does not
including shipping - insurance to be requested by buyer.
"If amps like the JLTi
are able to perform at this level with very expensive speakers it may
force us to rethink our attitude to system building... then our budget for
a system may be split in a totally unconventional way e.g. 40% source, 10%amp,
50% speakers. In fact the JLTi shines brightest in such a system. Plug it
into a budget+ set up competing with a decent integrated and you may
wonder what the hype is about, it's refinement, poise and ability lost."
see Review of Mark 1 version:
NEW Mark 2:
Now fitted with T- Network Technology (improved
Croygenetically treated Tubes, Internal
Wiring and Rear Connections
The JLTi is the baby of our range, yet it is also the greatest bargain! Because it's an Integrated Amplifier, no separate (and expensive) Power Amplifier is required. Intelligently coupled with the right speakers it will delight and thrill you with its genuine High-End Tube Sound type performance. This is not a budget amplifier, just nearer a budget price.
Here is a chance to spend more
on a better Loudspeakers,
or upgrade your source component, like a VSE upgraded SACD Player!
The dynamics... were released unhindered. It also produced a lovely valvy sound -
and I mean that in the positive sense of 'natural, warm and powerful.' ...this
is an amp you could listen to all day - I don't mean it's 'rolled off' or
anything like that because that irritates after 5 minutes. No it's even handed
The new Tube Hybrid
JLTi Mark 2 is not a budget amplifier.
outperforms most fully tubed designs, even comparable with
the performance of high performance Single-Ended Triode (SET) amps (confirmed
independently by SET users). It deserves to be compared to the best and
not other inferior amplifiers. The sound can be described as very tactile,
dynamic, open and expansive, with great natural instrumental timbre.
Incredibly detailed but not
sterile, balanced tube warmth but not overtly euphonic.
amplifier for the music lover. Affordable and real High-End, not
near High-End. Be sure to match with quality components.
Bonus: The JLTi can also be
used as a stand-alone Unity Gain Tube Preamp, one of such quality that on
this score alone, it is worth the price.
Read the Essay:
Tubes Meets Gainclone Technology.
Specifications available here:
Comprehensive set of measurements, click on this link: