Comments from customers

It’s always good to get feedback, good and bad. There are comments from Paul on some of the earlier posts.

Dave is no longer at Hifi Exchange so if you have any issues please get in touch with John, I’m sure he’ll do his best to help

John is at, email to

Distortion in SE amplifiers

This is an article written by Jim LeSurf in Hif News magazine: his description

Out of Tune. This page compares the behaviours of Single-Ended (SE) and Push-Pull (PP) power amplifier arrangements to see if some of the claims made about SE arrangements stand up to scrutiny. In particular, the two are compared by using test waveforms which are rather more like music than a simple sinewave. The results show that the SE arrangement can produce significantly greater anharmonic distortion than PP in such cases. (January 2007)

Have a look and compare what he says with the quote from Mike Lenard

Is Singled Ended a con? Leave a comment

Here is a quote from tle Lenard Audio website
Myths and facts. To appreciate valve technology we must first be-bunk audiophile myths that in-correctly describe them. Many Audiophiles believe in alchemy and behave similar to religious cults. Cult driven audiophiles are easily identified by their repetitious chanting of brand names, model numbers and meaningless superlatives concocted by high priest reviewers and marketing departments. The highest Deity worshiped by the occult audiophile is the Single ended Class A valve amplifier. These amplifiers have one 1930s style large triode per channel. They are extremely in-efficient, average 3 to 20 Watts and often generate excessive 2nd harmonic distortion. The reason for worshiping one output valve, is same reason the religions of Abraham worship one God. These single ended amplifiers can be decorated with gold, and interconnected with oxygen free cable which channels Orgone energy (un-used sexual energy) from the lost city of Atlantis, enabling anything connected to the cable to transcend the laws of physics. Many of these cult objects are faddish nonsense and a few are beautiful works of art. The right pic is the KronzillaSX amplifier by KRaudio.
Audionote has a range of single ended amplifier DIY kits showing their internal construction.

Some single ended valve amplifiers today, including replications of early triode valves are made by enthusiasts demonstrating the craft and skills similar to enthusiasts who replicate old grandfather clocks and steam engines. Some of these hand crafted single ended amplifiers are highly valued by collectors and as stated earlier can be beautiful works of art. This craft of demonstrating the skills to create technology of the past must not be confused with modern technology and science.

Electrocompaniet ECI 3

I have just been offered an Electrocompaniet ECI 3,

Rated output power
8 ohms 2 x 120 W
4 ohms 2 x 200 W
2 ohms 2 x 350 W

DC coupled, remote control, 6 inputs, also has a balanced output to run another amp in a biamped system.

The price will be $3000, like new, balance of new warranty.