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Icon Audio Stereo ST30 SE

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Integrated tube amplifier. Rated at 28W/8ohm

Made by: Icon Audio, Leicestershire

Supplied by: Icon Audio

Telephone: 0116 2440593

Web: www.iconaudio.com

Price: £2299

The single-ended valve amplifier is still something of a niche product. Low power outputs and often equally low damping factors mean that very careful system matching, plus sensitive loudspeakers, are a prerequisite if you are to hear such designs give of their very best. However, the UK’s very own guru of all things thermionic, David Shaw of Icon Audio, has decided to address these issues with his £2299 single-ended Stereo ST30SE, an integrated amp having, shall we say, a tad more welly, thanks to it being equipped with KT150 output valves.

The KT150 is a relative newcomer to the valve scene, though Icon Audio was an early adopter, upgrading its Stereo 60 MkIIIm, MB30SE, MB90 MkIIm [ Mar ’14] and MB150 amplifiers with this very

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