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Info: Joule Electra VZN-80 Tube OTL Amplifier

Asking Price:
CAD $3500.00
Retail Price: CAD $12000.00
Payment method: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Cheque, Money Order, Money Wire, Interac/EMT
Shipping weight: 30.00 (kg) Calculate Shipping
Shipping Dimension: 80.00cm x 60.00cm x 50.00cm
Condition: 7 - Good (?)
Date Posted: Mar 18, 18 8:17am (PST)
Edited: May 21, 18 8:50pm
About Seller: 3dB Sound Company
doronor is a dealer or commercial user
Edmonton, AB
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Product Brand: Joule Electra
Product Model: VZN 80 MKIV
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80 watts into 8 ohms, 50 watts into 4 ohm.

I can bore you with descriptions and specs of this amp (can be found on the internet) but here is the best description of the Joule OTL tube amp I have stumbled upon a while back in Audio-Review, from a guy who "gets it":
"Audio shows take the romantic sheen of cute packaging and sales literature very quickly. Once fatigue and impatience set in, you discover how much mediocrity is being promoted, and how few designs rise above the fray. The Joule amps exceeded my expectations. The second I heard them, I immediately knew what was missing from nearly every other amplifier on the market. This was the only amplifier I heard that could keep all the harmonic information together in one coherent image. It sounded like other designs were suffocating the harmonics, but hiding the damage behind over-sharp highs or thumpy bass. The Joule is technically underdamped, but the bass has the rare quality of being tuneful, rather than punchy or visceral. This ability to be true to tone is the great distinguishing quality of Joule. The complexity of piano strings is fully revealed instead of glary banging. Large stringed instruments have "cavity" , as if you can hear whats happening internally in the instrument. If classical music or acoustic music of any stripe is you favoured listening, Joule will absolutely ruin you for any other amp. It is the most civilized tube design in the world, if not the coolest running or easiest to live with. This isn't a toy, and it isn't ultra-convenient. You won't want this for ear-crushing boozy gatherings or adolescent angst sessions. It is an adult experience in the best sense of the word.”

Rated 7/10 for age and some missing letter on the front fascia. This got re-tubed 18 months ago and the tubes can last years with no issues.
The only reason I am selling is the sad fact that it cannot drive my power hungry Westlake Audio Lc3W10V speakers which hover around 3-5 ohms...

But, any stable 6-8 ohm speakers (Coincident, Reference 3A , Tannoy to name a few), will be easily driven based on first hand experience, so my loss is your gain.


Two original shipping boxes, Manual, All input and output tubes.

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