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EveAnna Manley & the Manley Labs Absolute Tube Headphone Amplifier

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

It’s a beautiful device, even gorgeous, attractive & ergonometric, 12ax7s & 6aq5a tubes rollible, transformer output with switchable impedance in 3 levels.

Like all Tube gear ( my opinion ) it sounds just as good as it’s tubes and power supply.

I could impulse buy one but haven’t. I like the Silver.

Rear Power Switch, dammit, just like Schiit. ( kills it for me )

Why pay 10X the Price of a Valhalla 2 ?

I would buy one at a Estate Sale though!… Read the full article

AnalogPlanet Visits Manley Laboratories

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

In late December AnalogPlanet paid a long overdue visit to Manley Labs’ Chino, California headquarters. “Long overdue” because the last visit was at least fifteen years ago—before you could record a factory tour in high-definition.

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Manley Labs Factory Tour and Interview with President EveAnna Manley

By | March 8th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

The president of Manley Labs EveAnna Manley is a sharp individual. Her manufacturing operation is based out of Chino, California and is capable of producing metric tons of both pro-side and audiophile goods – all hand assembled in the US. I briefly ran into EveAnna at the musician’s convention NAMM this year, and she graciously invited me to stop by the offices for a tour. It is an interesting and enlightening experience and one that I had previously seen before, so it was easy to say yes for a more formal, image-intensive go ’round.… Read the full article

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EveAnna Manley of Manley Laboratories

By | March 8th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

EveAnna Manley of Manley Labs. EveAnna gives us a tour of the factory in Chino, deliberates amplifier design and talks the finer points of the walking treadmill desk. Recorded directly at the lab in Southern California.

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VTL/Manley Reference 350 power amplifier

By | August 1st, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

Manley is not a new company; it’s the last name of the president and chief designer of VTL, David Manley, whose Model 300 has been my reference standard power amp for the past two years. In fact, Manley is not even a new brand name; it’s the name of VTL’s “deluxe” line of electronics, built (ostensibly) to industrial standards of ruggedness and reliability.

It’s customary to think of “the tube sound” as being warm, rich, weak through the deep bass, fat through the midbass, forward through the midrange, bright through the middle highs, and soft at the extreme top, with superb rendition of depth and spaciousness.… Read the full article

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At C.E.S. 2017 Luke Manley Describes VTL’s New TP 2.5i Phono Preamp

By | January 12th, 2017|Categories: Analog planet|

VTL’s Luke Manley describes the design of the new TP 2.5i Phono Preamp, which costs $3750 including custom wound MC step-up transformers.

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Manley Neo-Classic 250 Monoblock Amplifiers

By | February 19th, 2016|Categories: Ultra High End Review|Tags: , |


Rick Jensen has posted a review of the Manley Neo-Classic 250 monoblock amplifiers ($15,000/pair) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions:

“Amid all the subjective observations and objective measurements that one can muster, the ineffable, emotional feel of the music is what many of us are seeking. The Manley 250′s never miss giving the listener something of the music and everything that goes into making it. If there is no passion there (think of typical commercial pop, designed to appeal to a broad audience and sell zillions), well, that’s what you will hear – lots of nice notes with no substance.

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AXPONA Coverage Part 4: The Wrap Up

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

JansZen had a big surprise at AXPONA this year – working portable electrostatic prototypes. Dubbed the ‘Lotus’ headphones, they work a bit like a wireless headphone. JansZen claims that you only need to charge these twice a month to get 4 hours of listening a day, and that all the necessary electrostatic circuity has been miniaturized in the cups.

Although you can’t see it in the pictures, the cups actually have small vent holes in them, isolating some sound but not everything.… Read the full article

AXPONA Coverage Part 3

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I stopped at the Mr. Speaker’s booth to say hi to the owner Dan Clark, who I respect immensely for his tireless efforts in pursuit of good sound. Dan has some awesome technical chops and I always learn something interesting when chatting with him, and he always has great sounding setups at his booth.

I really love the Aeon Flow Closed and new Ether 2 headphones, and I don’t say that frivolously – I own both headphones. At AXPONA he was showing the recently announced swappable ear pads for the Ether 2.… Read the full article

JA Wraps up his Montreal Report

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

As well as live music, the Montreal show offered a full schedule of seminars. Roon’s Steve Silberman presented two seminars to packed houses on Saturday on getting the best from the Roon music app and the Roon Nucleus servers, including how to take advantage of the system’s powerful DSP engine.

While the Roon seminars were held in the large St-Laurent 7 room, most of the other seminars took place in the smaller Outremont 3 room. Presenters included VTL’s Luke Manley answering the question “Why Tubes?” and VPI’s founder Harry Weisfeld talking turntables.… Read the full article

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