ALO Audio 'The Continental' Mobile Vacuum Tube Amplifier

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The new portable tube amp from ALO audio.

From ALO:

"The ALO audio Continental was designed to bring the highest aim of tube amplification - accurate and open musical presentation - to a portable, hand-held device. This aim has been achieved by paying close attention to the basic function of the device, while keeping the operation as simple and easy as possible. The Continental excels at driving all types of headphones especially large harder to drive headphones such as, the Sennheiser HD800, Beyerdynmic T1, AKG 701, 702, Audez'e LCD2 as well as 32 ohm headphones."

Latest reviews

Pros: Wide soundstage, beautiful signature, makes things sound more 'real"
Cons: Size, does have issues around wireless things, battery life
  I found the best use for it to be with (Great with everything but shines with) live albums, vinyls, and pop albums because  it really brings out the best of the recordings making it to me sound more "alive" .  It has a slight warmth nothing that will not coat the music, just enhances it.  There will be a nice hop in sound stage depending what you were using before.  I use it to power my LCD 2 R1 so it does put out enough juice for planer magnetics minus I believe the hifiman he6.  My biggest issues would be battery life 5-7hours (will degrade to 5ish over time) is to short for me. Another big one is the size, I like the fact its like a small brick but it makes me fear getting a big DAP or buying the CLAS I don't think I would want to make it any bigger then 7mm thickness wise because then it would be a nice size stack that wouldn't be super portable.  Knob is digital I believe so it does cause some static if some dust gets in there (just remove the dust and its new again) Can be used to make cans less fatiguing.  The sound from this amp really shows off what ALO can do (smooth, natural, open) and would be a great buy for anyone. *Note when its dark you can see the tube glow through the holes which is nice.
Tried, sound, so so..
Pros: It can drive high impedance full-sizeheadphones, easy operating, long lasting battery, beautifully enclosed
Cons: bit heavy, 3.5 jack output
It's arrival was love-at-the-first-sight.
Beautifully cased, almost flawless design despite it isn't manufactured in bulk, no unnecessary extras.
Smooth driving the K 701s I prefer using the Continental instead of the built-in amp of the SL-PS7.


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