All Units are now SOLD and no longer in production, any future availability is uncertain
Three jpg format photos of the power amps:
Full Photo (304K) | Close up 1 (252K) | Close up 2 (268K)(my favourite)
The Arcadia amplifiers are designed to offer the highest levels of musical reproduction. The moderate power requirements of the best loudspeakers allows the use of simple, low power triode amplification to produce tonally accurate and dynamic music.
Utilising a minimal number of high linearity triode gain stages, the audio circuit is of elegant simplicity, ensuring little deterioration of the signal; whilst proper implementation of the design produces an amplifier with a wide dynamic range and outstanding integration. Long periods of enjoyable listening are ensured by the effortless delivery and natural tonal balance.
Properly executed valve amplifiers have long been thought of as being able to offer the most natural and musically rewarding sound reproduction available. The reasons for this are many, but primary advantages are circuit simplicity and, with good design, the elimination of feedback within the system. The design goal of the Arcadia amplifiers is to achieve a musical presentation with the minimum of electronic signature. This is achieved with zero feedback, directly heated triode amplifiers working in single ended pure class A.
Arcadia valve amplifiers; hand crafted for the ultimate musical experience.
Arcadia amplifiers are capable of offering by far the most natural and realistic reproduction of the musical event. The true extent of this superiority will become more apparent with extended use. The simplicity of circuit permits the use of the highest quality components and materials, whilst the demands made upon the power supply are completely met by Arcadia's special high capacity choke input supplies. This is what distinguishes Arcadia amplifiers from the rest. The construction of cheap, physically small triode amplifiers is perfectly feasible, but sacrifices much of the exceptional performance that this topology is capable of.
Model 1 and Model 2 designs.
Model 2 designs.
model 1 line level preamplifier, 6 line inputs, 2 outputs £995
model 1 MM phono stage (available Jan 98), two box design £1495
model 2 line level preamplifier, 6 line inputs, 2 outputs £1995
model 2 MM phono stage (available Jan 98), two box design £2495
Power amplifiers made only to order. Prices start at £4495 for a model 2 PSE 2A3.
To achieve the ultimate in musical reproduction, more is required than the best amplifiers. Only with the help offered by a knowledgeable and helpful dealer will a system be capable of achieving its full potential. The Arcadia retailers have been carefully chosen for the level of service and customer commitment they are able to offer.
Gary Dews, Definitive Audio, Brighton. Tel: +44 (0)1273 276716
Kevin Scott, Definitive Audio, Nottingham. Tel: +44 (0)115 9813562
SJS Electroacoustics, PO Box 21, Bramhall, Cheshire, SK7 2FF. Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 161 439 0727
Line Level Preamplifiers