Absolare Integrated

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I am again (!) a very happy owner of a Absolare Integrated. Long story short; I decided to downsize my system and invest some money elsewhere. I have crawled back, the itch doesn`t go away :). The system is somewhat smaller/ less expensive than before, but I am very happy with it. I managed to get hold of a newly updated standard Passion in mint condition. After all, the Absolare is the best amp I have heard. I used to own the Signature version, I can live happy with the Passion (standard) as well.

Now I need to buy a pair of good tubes, I nhave a good idea of what to buy.


JP
Congrats!! Would you care to compare and contrast the Absolare Integrated to some of the other options you tried out?

Cheers,

Guillaume
 

jep123

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Thanks.

No, not really. All I will say is that the Absolare is the best amp I have owned. No need for a " shootout" based on my personal experiences. I do hope you understand, thanks.

JP
 

pke10000

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Oh my god!
My baby spreaded water to my passion inti.
My korean dealer sent it to factory.

I'm not sure if this is a disastor or a chance to upgrade to signature ^^
 

Staxxx

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Back from a trip to the USA. Picked up a SR black quantum fuse (I missed the post on getting the Blue one!). Can someone please post details on how and where to change the fuse on the Absolare Integrated. I don't want to open up anything without being sure.
Thanks to this forum I am getting close to the superb sound I got from my Behold amplification in the past. I have switched the tubes around as per a FM's recommendation....bought the most wonderful Mullard tubes and used Total Contact (which I didn't intend to swear by but now think it's one of the greatest things for a system) on my interconnects and speaker terminals!
Next, I need to work on the upgrade of my speaker cables which good as they are do not produce the massive soundstage that I would like. I am using High Fidelity Cables CT-1 Ultimate Reference, which are about 5 years old, and debating upgrading to the new Helix version.
 

HHdutch

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Next, I need to work on the upgrade of my speaker cables which good as they are do not produce the massive soundstage that I would like. I am using High Fidelity Cables CT-1 Ultimate Reference, which are about 5 years old, and debating upgrading to the new Helix version.
As you might know, the internal wiring of this amp is made of Echole cabling. I can assure you that using external Echole cabling in combination with this amp gives amazing results. I think for the price of an Helix version cable you can also buy an Omnia Echole speaker cable.
 

Staxxx

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As you might know, the internal wiring of this amp is made of Echole cabling. I can assure you that using external Echole cabling in combination with this amp gives amazing results. I think for the price of an Helix version cable you can also buy an Omnia Echole speaker cable.
Haha.... this is exactly the route I decided to take a few days ago. I am so excited !!
 

BF38

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All the same, new owner of Echole ORUIS, Analog and HP... Wow!
 
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A quote from TAS 2019 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide, just published:

"This hybrid integrated combines a tube front end with a 150Wpc solid-state output stage. What makes the Integrated special is just how much it sounds like Absolare’s spectacular all-tube Passion preamplifier and Passion 845 SET power amplifier. Specifically, the Integrated’s midrange possesses, to a remarkable degree, the tonal lushness, rich textures, and visceral immediacy of its SET antecedent. Yet it does this while delivering the rock-solid bass and open treble extension of its transistor output."

Spot on, couldn't agree more! I've yet to hear an integrated that beats it and I am still searching.

Guillaume
 
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I have been doing a little tube rolling and am particularly pleased with the Mullards (Matched Pair Mullard 12au7/ECC82 tube 1959) that I am using at the moment....
also shifted to a black fuse (not tried the blue as yet).
Am waiting for some other very highly touted tubes very shortly and will give you all an update with those.
Swear by Total Contact too. Have used them on the tube pins, interconnects and speaker terminals.
 
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I have been doing a little tube rolling and am particularly pleased with the Mullards (Matched Pair Mullard 12au7/ECC82 tube 1959) that I am using at the moment....
also shifted to a black fuse (not tried the blue as yet).
Am waiting for some other very highly touted tubes very shortly and will give you all an update with those.
Swear by Total Contact too. Have used them on the tube pins, interconnects and speaker terminals.
I want to order a blue fuse but am traveling and can’t remember the value......I think Kerem indicated 10amp / slo blow when I asked some time ago. Is that what you ordered? Thanks......
 
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I use a 5A slow blow fuse. I meant to say in my previous post that I have the Blue fuse but not tried the SR Black as yet.
I use the 5A slow blow Blue. I had an SR Black previously. Nice upgrade.

Cheers,

Guillaume