Jadis Orchestra Black integrated amplifier Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog sources: Garrard 301 and Thorens TD 124 turntables; EMT 997 tonearm; Ortofon SPU Century and EMT TSD 15 pickup heads.
Digital sources: Hegel Music Systems Mohican CD player.
Preamplification: Auditorium 23 Hommage T1 & T2, Luna Orange, and EMIA Phono step-up transformers, Sentec EQ11 phono preamplifier, Shindo Laboratory Monbrison (2017) preamplifier.
Power amplifiers: Air Tight ATM-300R, Shindo Laboratory Haut-Brion, Shindo Laboratory Cortese.
Loudspeakers: Altec Flamenco, DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/93, Rethm Maarga.
Cables: Digital: AudioQuest Carbon (USB). Interconnect: Audio Note AN-Vx, Luna Red, Shindo Laboratory. Speaker: Auditorium 23. AC: manufacturers' stock cords.
Accessories: Box Furniture Company D3S rack (source & amplification components), Audiodesksysteme Gläss Vinyl Cleaner Pro.—Art Dudley

COMPANY INFO
Jadis S.A.R.L.
US distributor: Bluebird Music Ltd.
310 Rosewell Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4R 2B2, Canada
(416)638-8207
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COMMENTS
tonykaz's picture

It's still too dam much but it's getting close to tempting!

Another exciting piece of audio literature in the form of a product review.

Nice work

Tony in Venice

ps. Can someone Pleaaaasssseee contact Art Ferris and do a review of one of his latest Modulus Pre-Amps?

mmole's picture

...We shook hands at the N.Y. Audio show last fall. Since then I’ve purchased two sets of headphones and two phonostages, that were all DOA. Either you passed your curse on to me and you are now free, or what you have is communicable. Even after the current crisis is over I think I’m going to have to practice social distancing from you.

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Orchestra Black is smiling even more than Orchestra Reference ........ See, Fig.6, in measurements :-) ........

shawnwes's picture

I'm commenting after only reading the first 3 paragraphs. That was the best intro ever to an audio review. You've always been one of my favourites but man you almost had me guffaw-ing!

windansea's picture

Loved the opening of the review.
"Dream of Gerontius" shows up in many of Art's reviews. Alas, I cannot say that I share his affection for the work.
I would have liked a bit more about the choice of tubes. Why 12AX7 rather than 12AU7 for instance? And which mark of 12AX7 and EL34s were selected by the maker?

Pretzel Logic's picture

C'mon Art, you should know that enjoyment of Pimms requires you throw some random fruit and a, uh, uh, cucumber in there with it.

Anton's picture

Great price, really, and seems like splendid performance.

Perfect for my demographic niche in this hobby.

Thanks!

Ortofan's picture

Is $4K really such a "great" price for an integrated amplifier that can only put out 14W into an 8Ω load (and only 6W into a 4Ω load) before the distortion level hits 1%? And one that lacks a built-in phono preamp and/or DAC?

The measurements beg the question as to what you are really hearing - the music or noise and distortion?

The $1,600 Denon PMA-1600NE won a Hi-Fi Choice comparison test:
https://files.hifiklubben.com/4a500a/globalassets/tester/denon/2017/pma-1600ne-hfc-group-test-verdict.pdf
https://files.hifiklubben.com/4a500a/globalassets/tester/denon/2017/hfc_427_gt_integrated_amps_reprint_denon.pdf

Of the $3K Parasound Halo HINT 6, KM said it "worked well with every speaker I threw at it" - including the DeVore O/93 - and "I can't think of another integrated amplifier that offers so many options and has such solid, generous sound."
https://www.stereophile.com/content/parasound-halo-hint-6-integrated-amplifier

Also, both of these amps include a MM/MC phono preamp and a DAC. What more do you really need?

Anton's picture

I certainly hope you are not feeling coerced to buy it.

I don't like built-in DAC or phono preamps, preferring to handle those to suit my own wants.

I have nothing against the Parasound, either. It's not a purely binary hobby, I can love more than one approach.

I hope you get a chance to do some fine measurement listening today!

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