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Lavardin Technologies

Lavardin amplifiers have always been benchmarks through the years for musicality first in solid-state amplifier designs.

 

The current range of Lavardin products are truly superb and hard to surpass.  It is no surprise then that Lavardin had to really push the envelope, to stretch their boundaries even further in developing new models that are significantly better than the current range, musically speaking.

 

And one of the best amplifiers in the world just has just become even more significantly exceptional.  Such was the impact of the sonic and musical improvements that the designer was not able to sleep after the first listening session of the new model.

 

Introducing the new evolutionary higher end version of the Lavardin Model IT, launching very soon   ...

 

Lavardin IT-15

 

Limited Edition in celebration of Lavardin's 15th Anniversary

 

- more info soon as when available -

 

*  All current models are still superbe, and will remain in production

Lavardin IT-15

 

Exclusive and Rare

Lavardin Technologies Model IT 15

 

Lavardin IS Reference

 

Lavardin Technologies - Table Of Contents:

Lavardin Technologies : Introduction

 

Specifications:

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Actual Consumer Review Excerpts

 

"Our new revolutionary technologies have only one goal : musical enjoyment. After more than 12 years of research, Lavardin Technologies reached the consumer market in 1997 through our Model IT integrated amplifier. In 1998 we introduced the Model IS including our exclusive new design for an incredible value for money ratio."

"Nothing we make leaves the factory without undergoing a listening test, to ensure that it performs its most important function - to respect music."

 

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That last phrase says it all - Lavardin Technologies amplifiers, truly world-class high-end.

 

For those who value simplicity at its best, check out Lavardin's integrated amplifiers !  Unassuming to behold, but we confidently ask customers to compare  against pre-power combinations costing a lot more.  Ignore the hype (although we recognize that they are well-founded), listen to even just the Lavardin integrated amplifiers, and misguided preconceived ideas that separate pre and power amps are always better will crumble and fall apart, even with pre/power combinations at higher prices.  We have already proven this, against highly-regarded and more expensive pre-power combinations from other brands.  In this respect, the Lavardins are truly bargains, value for money amplifiers, as well as rare sonic phenomena in the hifi world.

 

Lavardin IT

Are pre-power configurations better than integrated amplifiers ?  Check out our FAQ section below. Prove it to yourself by listening at our showroom. 

 

A genuine marriage of tube and solid-state qualities. 

 

Unfatiguing, unusually polished, absolutely tube-like - but not the unexciting or even brash type of tube sound.  These integrated amplifiers are ultra-dynamic even with their low power, with first-rate bass definition and transparency. 

 

And we haven't even started talking about the pre and powers from Lavardin yet ...

 

Truly among the best in the world pound for pound (regardless of price, or weight :-)), without spending serious money.  Even some of our equipment suppliers agree, and choose the Lavardins  over their own countries' offerings for their own home use.  At their prices, Lavardins are still rated as serious bargains by reviewers.

 

Are you looking for an amplifier that is true to the music's rhythm and pace, the speed of the underlying pulse (the beat), yet with superb rendition of musical instruments' timbre ?  A very rare combination, and the Lavardin amplifiers are among the very select few that deliver.

 

We have heard systems with cavernous soundstages and powerful drums, for example, yet ultimately lacklustre and boring when non-audiophile or more complex music is played, as well as lacking in the quality of the musical note (timbre), one of the fundamental aspects of music, and of high-quality high-fidelity stereo as well.

One can certainly pick out from hifi systems the acoustic guitar from the national steel guitar, or the snare drum from the kick drum. 

 

But the real difference is that Lavardins are one of the rare hifi  that reveal the quality of the note very well.  The Lavardins give justice to instruments, a Martin D-28 or Gibson J-200 guitar will not sound like just another acoustic guitar, or a Pearl or Ludwig drum set will not sound just like another drum set.  Instead, these high quality instruments will be rendered with very high fidelity to their tone and associated subtleties, whether the music is heavy metal, jazz, classical, etc... and all delivered with the emotion intact. 

This is one aspect that separates Lavardin from the usual amplifier offerings, regardless of price.

 

"Lavardin Technologies amplifiers were chosen by the JM Lab listening staff out of very well known high end amplifier brands (tube as well as solid state designs ... ) to drive the new UTOPIA speaker range and also the new Electra speaker range for the world introduction to the press and distributors : JAM98 (J.M. Lab international Meeting 1998).

 

This professional event took place in the marvelous castle of Saint Victor, near Saint Etienne, end of 1998.

Saint Etienne is the city where all the JM Lab speakers are manufactured."

 

Read more of the full report

 

The sound was widely praised by all the 250 visitors coming from all over the planet. We are proud at Lavardin to have contributed to the success of the Utopia range.

 

* Announcing the new Lavardin Preamplifiers

 

Lavardin Model C62

 

The Lavardin Model C62 replaces the previous PRE6/2.  Similar in cosmetics to the previous PRE6/2, the C62 offers a more refined, natural presentation with even more insight into detail.

 

The Model C62 is designed to match Lavardin power amplifiers.  This may be matched with other brands of power amplifiers.  However, if one does not intend to use a Lavardin power amplifier in the future, the Lavardin Model C42 is recommended instead.  This is a more general design, but will certainly prove to be an upgrade against many other high-end preamplifiers.

 

Lecontoure Loudspeakers

 

The brainchild of Lavardin Technologies designers, this new brand of high-performance loudspeakers from France has now produced a standmount speaker model designed for smaller rooms. 

 

The new standmount model Mobile 160 was designed by demand for on-location monitoring during classical music recordings.  It uses the same size of drive units as the bigger Stabile 160, including a double ring tweeter, a front 160mm mid/bass driver and a back 210mm low bass driver.


The cabinet is completely made of 20mm plywood and the back sports a massive "regulator" plate made of 30mm high density MDF.


The Mobile 160 allow amazing deep bass to be reproduced with perfect fluidity even when the speaker is positioned near the rear wall.


weight : 10Kg
size (cm): 20 (24 at the back) x 22 x 42

 

Specifications

Below are the specifications on paper.  However, after listening to them, one can be forgiven for thinking that the specifications are way below actual measurements, or that other manufacturers are not reporting theirs correctly. 

As quoted from a 1997 Prestige Audio Video French review of the 55 watt Model IT - "... it seems that we are listening to a 2x200w amp, so blasting are the transients ..."

 

 

 

 

Lavardin IS

Lavardin IS

Lavardin IS Reference

Lavardin IS Reference

Lavardin IT

Lavardin IT

 

Technical Summary

 

Shared/Common Features

Low memory distortion circuits and components

High-quality relays strategically placed near the signal entry

Gold-plated contacts for minimum contact resistance and outstanding

long-term reliability

High Speed and low Memory Distortion, Solid State Circuits, Lavardin Technologies Design

Notes

The Model IS Reference is a souped-up Model IS, with better parts and tolerances

12 years of research and thousands hours of listening tests

Considered as the flagship, even if the higher models are better and more expensive.  The IT is the first Lavardin amplifier with the "Memory Free" system.

Asymmetrical Inputs 4 on gold plated high quality cinch connector (unbalanced, RCA) 4 on gold plated high quality cinch connector (unbalanced, RCA) 4 on gold plated high quality cinch connector (unbalanced, RCA)

Input Impedance

10 Kohms 10 Kohms 10 Kohms
Input Sensitivity Nominal 0,330 V. Nominal 0,330 V. Nominal 0,330 V.
Line Output Fixed level for tape recorder Fixed level for tape recorder  

Phono MM Input

Optional in replacement of line input number 4
Phono board implemented in the factory

Optional in replacement

of line input number 4
Phono board implemented in the factory

No phono boards, external phono stage required

Input Selection

Sealed Relays

Sealed Relays

Sealed Relays

Input Switching Contacts

gold, silver, palladium alloy

gold, silver, palladium

alloy

gold, silver, palladium alloy
Nominal Power 2 x 35 W RMS 2 x 35 W RMS 2 x 55 W RMS
Load Impedance

Nominal 8 Ohms

Nominal 8 Ohms

Nominal 8 Ohms
Output Current > 2x10 amps peak > 2x10 amps peak > 2x25 amps peak
Harmonic Distortion 0,005% @ max output 0,005% @ max output 0,001% @ max output
Temporization     5 seconds
PSU   Special suspended PSU  
Dimensions H 80 W 430 D 340 (mm) H 80 W 430 D 340 (mm) H 135 W 430 D 340 (mm)
Finish Black anodised and painted non magnetic high-grade aluminum Black anodised and painted non magnetic high-grade aluminum Black anodised and painted non magnetic high-grade aluminum
Weight 6.5 Kg net (13 lbs) 6.5 Kg net (13 lbs) 12 Kg (25 lbs)
Power consumption

32 watts idle ; 180

watts maximum

32 watts idle ; 180

watts maximum

45 watts idle ; 400

watts maximum

 

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Lavardin Pre 6/2

Lavardin C62 

(upgraded version of previous Model PRE 6/2 and Model PE)

Description

The Model C62 is a minimalist design utilizing our highly accurate, high performance Memory free Design. It is operated manually and has an unbalanced line level source selection for up to six unbalanced input sources. The Model C62 is a full width design with the unrivalled Lavardin Technologies build quality and design philosophy, with low memory distortion circuits and components. The full benefit from low memory technology can only be attained when a low memory power amp in our range is used. Meanwhile, our preamps can also be fantastic partners for traditional power amps as replacements of traditional and generally poor sounding original preamps. The Model C62, with its dynamics will certainly bring you closer to the music giving a purity and clarity that no other preamplifier could achieve.

 

The C62 preamp works best with Lavardin power amplifiers.  The Lavardin Model 42 is instead recommended when non-Lavardin power amps are used.  A significant improvement over many other preamplifiers.

Asymmetrical Inputs

6 on gold plated high quality cinch connector

Input Impedance

10Kohms

Input Sensitivity

Nominal 0,330 V

Line Output

Fixed level for tape recorder

Output level

Max +20db

Output Impedance nominal 75 Ohms
Max Gain 12 dB
Harmonic Distortion 0,001% @ max output
MM Phono Input Factory option
Input Selection sealed relays, ground and signal
Relay Contacts gold, silver, palladium alloy
Distortion < -90dB (TID and THD) at the nominal power
Technology High Speed and low Memory Distortion
Solid State Circuits
Lavardin Technologies Design
Size H 80 L 430 P 340
Finish

 

Black anodised and machined
non magnetic high-grade aluminum
Weight 6 Kg net (12 lbs)
Power consumption 10 watts idle ; 40 watts maximum

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Lavardin A80

Lavardin A80

(formerly Model AS)

Lavardin A80 Reference

Lavardin A80 Reference

(formerly Model AS Reference)

Description

The Model A80 is the direct no preamplifier version of the Model IS integrated. It is a full width design with the unrivalled Lavardin Technologies build quality and design philosophy, with low memory distortion components. The Model A80 delivers 35 Watts per channel at 8 Ohms but more than power it's quality is comparable to much more expensive competitors and world references units. The Model A80 with its exceptional dynamics will definitely bring you closer to the music giving a purity and clarity that many other amplifiers cannot  achieve.

Meanwhile, Model A80 is now used by numerous sound engineers and studios for monitoring classical music recording. It is the best partner to drive Spendor S100, Harbeth, Rogers LS3/5A, Quested, ATC and many other reference monitor speakers.

Direct evolution of the Model A80, the Model A80 Reference "gives more than an idea" of what Model AP150 is capable of.


Its accurate circuits and power supply received a special upgrade in order to magnify the fantastic potential of our low memory technology.


Its power output remains the same as for Model A80, but micro-dynamic and resolution are increased to benefit to emotion and intention. Thus, sound stage is whider, detail sharper, overall temper is more mature even if sound balance remains respectuously neutral like on Model A80. The full benefit from low memory distortion technology can only be appreciated when a low memory preamp like the Model PRE 6/2 is used to partner the Model A80 reference.
Never a power amplifier did so much at such an affordable price, for music and pleasure.

PSU   Special power supply
Asymmetrical Inputs on gold plated high quality cinch connector on gold plated high quality cinch connector
Input Impedance

10Kohms

10Kohms

Input Sensitivity Nominal 0,780 V. Nominal 0,780 V.
Nominal Power

2 x 35W continuous RMS

2 x 35W continuous RMS

Load Impedance Nominal 8 Ohms Nominal 8 Ohms
Output Current > 2x10 amps peak > 2x10 amps peak
Harmonic Distortion 0,005%
@ max output power
0,005%
@ max output power
Technology High Speed and low Memory Distortion
Solid State Circuits
Lavardin Technologies Design
High Speed and low Memory Distortion
Solid State Circuits
Lavardin Technologies Design
Size H 80 W 430 D 340 (mm) H 80 W 430 D 340 (mm)
Finish

 

Black anodised and painted
non magnetic high-grade aluminum

Black anodised and machined
non magnetic high-grade aluminum
Weight 6.5 Kg net (13 lbs) 6.5 Kg net (13 lbs)
Power consumption

32 watts idle ; 180 watts maximum

32 watts idle ; 180 watts maximum

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Lavardin AP150

Lavardin AP150

(formerly Model AP)

Lavardin MAP

Lavardin MAP monoblocks

Description

The Model AP150 is the direct no preamplifier version of the Model IT integrated. It is a full width design with the unrivalled Lavardin Technologies build quality and design philosophy, with low memory distortion components. The Model AP150 delivers 50 Watts per channel at 8 Ohms and a total of 150 Watts at 4 Ohms.

 
The full benefit from low memory distortion technology can only be appreciated when a low memory preamp like the Model PRE 6/2 is used to partner the Model AP150.

Model AP150 , JMLab 's choice for the world presentation of the UTOPIA range

Summit of our power amplifier range, the Model MAP system is based on a pair of completely separated units, each one dedicated to one channel.
What else can be said... We know customers who build their new house around the Model MAP and Model PRE 6/2 preamplifier...


At this level of quality and transparency, any little thing in the setup becomes very important, and full benefit can only be achieved when a complete set of low memory interconnect and cables is used.

Asymmetrical Inputs on gold plated high quality cinch connector on gold plated high quality cinch connector
Input Impedance

10Kohms

10Kohms

Input Sensitivity 780 millivolts 780 millivolts
Nominal Power

2 x 48W continuous RMS

2 x 48W continuous RMS

Load Impedance Nominal 8 Ohms Nominal 8 Ohms
Output Current > 2x25 amps peak > 2x25 amps peak
Harmonic Distortion 0,001% @ max output power 0,001% @ max output power
Technology High Speed and low Memory Distortion
Solid State Circuits
Lavardin Technologies Design
High Speed and low Memory Distortion
Solid State Circuits
Lavardin Technologies Design
Size H 135 W 430 D 340 (mm) H 135 W 430 D 340 (mm) x 2
Finish

 

Black anodised and painted
non magnetic high-grade aluminum

Black anodised and machined
non magnetic high-grade aluminum
Weight 12 Kg net (25 Lbs) per unit 12 Kg (25 Lbs) per unit
Power consumption 45 watts idle ; 400 watts maximum 45 watts idle ; 400 watts maximum

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Lavardin Cables

Photograph from Isenberg Audio, Central Europe distributor for Lavardin Technologies

http://www.isenbergaudio.de/

 

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Lavardin Interconnect CLR shown on the left

 

Lavardin is among a handful of companies utilizing Microwave technology in cable production. Nordost is one of them, with their Valhalla cables.

 
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Stereophile Aug 2005 Hi-Fi+, Issue No. 37 Stereophile, Apr 2005 Hi-Fi+ and more ...
 

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TAS Award
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Lavardin Technologies : FAQ

 
Are pre-power configurations better than integrated amplifier configurations ?

Yes, usually, within the same brand. 

 

Lavardin, however, takes pride in their integrated amplifiers.  These were their first products, and were designed for utmost sound quality, unlike many other brands who build integrated amplifiers as a filler only to complete their product line.  If their pre-power models were already mediocre, then one can imagine how sonically poor their integrated amplifiers are. 

 

Lavardin pre-power models, on the other hand, were built the other way around, with the excellent performance of their integrated as a reference, with the pre-power models built to further optimize performance.  No fillers, all substance.

 

The Lavardin Model IT integrated amplifier is considered as the flagship, in a different sense.

While other companies refer to their flagship as the most expensive in their product line, Lavardin's Model IT is not the most expensive Lavardin model, but it serves as a statement for Lavardin's technology.  

 

We hope this clears some misconceptions on integrated amplifiers.  Another example would be the integrated Audio Note Ongaku (Kondo version), definitely so much better than their own pre-power models below (but the Ongaku is much more expensive at around USD 89200).  Or a Naim Audio integrated surpassing other pre-power combinations from other brands.  Worthy contenders all, and the Lavardin integrateds join their sparse ranks.  So we can't blame those who have a hard time finding a great integrated, there are unfortunately only a few.

 
Are Lavardin Technologies amplifiers Class A designs ?

No, Lavardin Technologies find that Class A is a waste of energy, and have found other more efficient ways to attain the benefits of Class A designs.

 
 
Are Lavardin Technologies amplifiers going to have remote controls ?

Remote control is under research and development, with no estimated time of completion yet, as early prototypes have been rejected.  Remote control does have its negative effects on sonics, and Lavardin Technologies will not compromise sound quality in exchange for convenience. 

This is in the tradition of the true purist camp, as advocated in other designs such as the super-expensive FM Acoustics preamplifiers, Audio Note Ongaku, Lamm, etc.

 
How long does it take to burn in a Lavardin Technologies amplifier ?

There is no need to burn in a Lavardin Technologies amplifier, and this is stated in the user manual.

A short warm up period is only required, probably 30 minutes, and we never turn it off, to keep it in a warm state.

 
Are there any cables to avoid ?

Yes, avoid high-capacitance flat ribbon speaker cables of the Goertz or Electrofluidic type as these can actually damage the sound of the amp, and in some cases its output stage.  There are many other speaker cables to select from.

Results have been great with Nordost Valhalla, Lavardin Technologies Model CHR and CX speaker cables, Kimber 8TC, Analysis Plus Oval 8, XLO Signature, Mogami, Tara Labs, etc.

 
Do the integrated amplifiers run hot ?

No, they do not.  The Model IS and IS Reference are only slightly warm to the touch.

The  Model IT is even cooler, like touching someone's skin at normal temperature.

 
When will the Model PO Reference phono stage be available ?

The Model PO Reference phono stage has received rave reviews, but Lavardin believes it can still be improved further. 

It is now under revision, and there is no estimated time of completion yet.

 
Do the integrated amplifier models have phono stages ?

The Model IS and IS Reference are the only ones with enough space inside the box for an optional MM phono stage.

These built-in phono stages are excellent in their own right, and do not cost much.

 
Mains live polarity / red point.

Mains live polarity - that means pin of the IEC socket on the amplifier where the live is connected, makes a huge difference in the sound quality.

 

In order to simplify the set up of Lavardin amplifiers, a red

point indicates the side of the IEC socket on the rear of the amplifier where the live should be connected.  Check with a tester for best results.

 

When switching inputs  on the Model IT amp, or Model Pre/62 preamp, there is a delay before the sound comes in.  Is this normal ?

Yes, it is called temporization and takes about 5 seconds, before the inputs are ready. 

 
 

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