Audia Flight Phono. Re-listed
at lower price since sale fell through.
Beautiful, in perfect condition (no marks, scratch, blemish
or anything). Bought from the Audia
Flight dealer (their demo). I’ve put
maybe 30 hours on it. I absolutely love
its sound. Fremer’s rave review in
Stereophile tells you exactly what it sounds like, which is why I bought it.
Things I found useful:
- 1. 2 inputs:
One MM one MC, but I think this can be changed)
One balanced, one RCA, both of which can be used at the same time. I used the RCA outs to run to my preamp, and
the balanced outputs to run to a pro A to D converter. Worked fantastic!
- 3 Variable gain and a mono switch.
- 4 A gorgeous work of art (Italian after all)
- 5 Separate power supply
Original jumpers are included for resistive and capacitive
Here is what Fremer said about the sound, which I found
“The Phono laid it all out on the
pitch-blackest backgrounds. It was dead quiet. Those black backgrounds were
reminiscent of the Boulder 2008 (+$30,000) and, to a somewhat lesser degree, my
current solid-state reference, Einstein Audio's Turntable's Choice. However,
the Flight Phono produced music out of what subjectively sounded like an even
blacker backdrop, and probably partly because of that, its soundstage
presentation was among the most transparent, deep, and three-dimensional I've heard
from any phono stage.”
“Nor did the Phono's dynamic
presentation leave anything to be desired. It beat the Manley Labs Steelhead by
a considerable margin, and possibly the Einstein as well, though that was too
close to call. If you have problems with transformer-coupled MC stages (I
don't), the Phono will take care of them. With up to 74dB of available gain, it
can handle cartridges of even the lowest output.”
“The Flight's overall
presentation was free of grain and edge, and as pure and smooth as I've heard
from any other great phono preamp. Its bottom end was taut, extended, extremely
well defined, and rhythmically proficient. The top end was clean, ultrafast
without being bright or edgy, and transients were detailed without sounding
clinical. In short, I was reminded not only of the far more expensive Boulder
2008, but also of the pricier Naim Superline with Supercap power supply.”
“The Phono produced maximum
musical excitement with all musical genres, and with both MM and MC cartridges.
Its harmonic presentation and delivery of musical flow probably won't satisfy
die-hard tube fanatics in search of that "golden glow," but if you're
okay with solid-state—and I am—the Audia Flight Phono is a set-it-and-forget-it
product that you happily will forget is contributing to the musical
presentation. It just gets out of the way and lets the notes roll.”
“With its good looks, convenient
front-panel controls (including Mono and +10dB on demand), and high-tech and
equally high build quality, the Audia Flight Phono is a superbly made product
that produces superb sound—and, at $6100, is a superb value. I could live
happily ever after with this pleasant surprise from Italy.”
No trades please, but questions are welcome. Buyer pays shipping and PayPal fees.
Thanks for looking!