- Mar 4, 2015
How much is the Estro Armonico?
There is no mention of it on their website.
Hi Alvin, It's hard that you can see prices on their website simply because... there are not fixed prices! It need a little explanation...
This requires a little explanation ...
Estro Armonico is a professional laboratory, not very big but very well known and appreciated by a group of audiophile fans, in Italy and abroad. Their work and business philosophy can be describe as "old style" laboratory, because they like to establish a personal relationship with the customer in order to create an exclusive product according to its tastes and needs.
For this reason their prices are subject to changes and, although starting from a base price, you may find yourself to be holding an object completely different and personalized just paying more or less, depending on your needs!
For me it was exactly like this. I met the electronic designer Lorenzo Betti and his partner Massimiliano Fraboni at the end of last year after reading some technical comments on the web and after contacting the company via email for details on their headphone amp I had read but not found on their website.
The demo unit that Lorenzo has lent to me for evaluation before buy (the one in the picture in the first post of thread I link) it cost, new with updated components, about 1300E.
Bbut I needed more in/out (more flexibility), a pre-amp section (a very very good one), the ability to drive two headphones simultaneously and choosing some components (connectors and some other little things).
In addition, the project was 10 years old and could be improved.
All this needed a total redesign and, in order to have an affordable price, I formed a small buying group to finance the development of the new model. The final cost for our buying group was 1500E for a full customized Signature Edition. Only 200E more than the impressive demo unit.
Lorenzo will send it to me next week and assured me that the difference is astonished in terms of sound quality (as well as aesthetic and versatility, of course)!
Looking at what they produce in EA I am very inclined to believe him! However, it may be of interest, I can post the full review in English in a few weeks, after a thoroughly tested!
I say we pay 1500E, but we pushed the develop during months, I really do not know how much it cost now.
The best way is to contact them directly and explain your music tastes and needs: http://www.estroarmonicoaudio.com/index.php?page=contatti/en/
They are on facebook too, so you can see more pictures: https://it-it.facebook.com/pages/Estro-Armonico/492197340828823
The page is in italian so I can help you with pics...
Low impedence head amp: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.552330558148834.1073741843.492197340828823&type=1
OTL head amp (1st model, maybe the same of jfl): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.492200247495199.1073741826.492197340828823&type=1
The second model is on my link only: http://www.ilgazeboaudiofilo.com/t23716-estro-armonico-otl-sennheiser-hd800
The third and last... it will come in weeks, but you can see picture parts of it and read components in the last pages of my link!