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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

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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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CanJam SoCal 2019 – What To Expect

By | June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

One thing the headphone community has always done well is meets. From manufacturers who generously bring gear and fund the larger affairs, to show organizers and most importantly, the attendees, every meet I’ve been to has been friendly, fun and informative.

While online debate can get heated, I’ve always found the in-person meets quite lovely.

As I travel to Canjam Socal 2019 though, the informative part really sticks out to me. I hope it doesn’t seem too self-important, but the headphone community, in terms of technical and sonic understanding and engagement of DACs and equipment, headphones and accessories does a pretty decent job for an audio community.… Read the full article

A CanJam SoCal 2019 Prep Sheet

By | June 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

When preparing for any audio show, a list of needs, wants and must haves immediately comes to any travelers mind. In the case of press, the list of required gear shifts ever so slightly. It has been a long while since I have gone to any hifi show for purely entertainment, so a growing laundry list of production gear usually follows me in tow.

What I Take To The Show.

For next week’s CanJam SoCal show at the Irvine Marriott, I plan to bring the usual “big SLR”.… Read the full article

Must See Rooms, Day Two | T.H.E. SHOW 2019

By | June 8th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


LOS ANGELES (PTA) — This year’s T.H.E. SHOW 2019 is bigger, better, and already on track to be the most newsworthy yet. There are over 1,000,000 brands exhibiting here in Long Beach — okay, okay — maybe not a million brands exactly, but 200 brands is definitely twice as many over last year. Which makes T.H.E. SHOW 2019’s event feel every bit like the premier audio show of America’s west coast. Lots of exciting manufacturer debuts are taking place at this year’s show, and we at Part-Time Audiophile are committed to bringing you the most extensive coverage of what’s NEW and out-of-this-world in our little Hi-Fi universe.… Read the full article

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