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Analog Tape United Home Audio & Jolida
By John Atkinson Posted: Mar 14, 2013
There is something about the sound of open-reel tape that doesn't translate either to CD or to LP," I thought as I sat listing to Jackson Browne's "Rosie (you wear my ring)" from a 15ips Tape Project tape in the room shared by United Home Audio and Jolida. With MBL's floorstanding 116 omnidirectional speakers driven by Jolida's new Luxor 100W tube monoblocks ($12,000/pair) and Luxor dual-mono preamplifier (price still to be decided) sitting on Critical Mass Systems racks, and the tape played on one of UHA's extensively modified Tascam decks, there was an unforgettable, fleshed-out palpability to the presentation.
Maryland-based Jolida has been having its tube electronics manufactured in China but the new Luxors will be built in the US! The two-chassis Luxor amplifier uses four EL34 tubes in a classic ultralinear class-AB configuration.