Tube designs have always been a staple of Manley Labs. Now with the launch of a new hifi-focused line of products, the first unit off the bench for the pro-side leaning company is the Absolute headphone amplifier, which compiles much of the analog know-how from the US-based company’s years of experience. In this interview with EveAnna Manley and designer Zia Faruqi we cover off all the bases in terms of what to look for in a well-built tube amplifier in the personal audio space.… Read the full article
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The still NEW Manley Absolute Headphone amplifier is finally free for me to listen at this show, and only so because I bullied my way into position by telling EveAnna Manley that I was coming over and to reserve me a spot. As typical with Manley Labs, the Absolute is an all-tube affair which features on-the-fly switching between Triode and Single-Ended modes. Furthermore there are a fun set of EQ controls (defeatable if so needed), which is a pleasant thing to see considering tube-rolling may be a thing for some end-users.… Read the full article
LOS ANGELES (PTA) — In the past, I’ve always found Furutech audio show exhibits to be some of the most stunning to look at, but in my experience they’ve never included active demonstration systems. This time around was a different story with Elite AV Distribution at the helm, showing a multitude of Furutech components in both passive and active use, along with an active system of brands including Kuzma, HRT, Plinius, and Manley Labs.
In the active system, I had taken note of the latest turntable from Kuzma, called the Stabi R.… Read the full article
I’ve mentioned that I enjoy Manley Labs gear before, but I had a chance to really sit down with the Absolute headamp this CanJam and take a deeper listen.
The push-pull and triode modes offer some very subtle but useful tonal options, and I found the adjustable feedback and EQ super handy for tuning things to taste. These types of tools are slowly becoming more broadly accepted in the personal audio realm, which I think is great.
Another aspect of the Absolute Reference is that it seems to really be capable of driving just about anything.… Read the full article
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
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
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.
ADORAMADOTCOM – The Pro’s Choice for Sound
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