I am not a dealer, just a regular Joe audiogoner who has spent way too much on stereo rigs.
As the ad states, these are one of the first Reference 2's that were made as I returned the Reference 1's due to audible hum with my high efficiency speakers. As such, these are a sort of prototype model that was developed specifically based on my feedback, and the feedback of one of John's business associates who heard the amps hum in my system.
I do not know what if any differences there are between this pair and the current Reference 2's. These amps were initially only offered to a few repeat customers, then about a year after I got this pair, Canary began to advertise this model on their website and now offer these amps publicly I paid well over $20k for them direct from Canary Audio and am taking a huge loss on these. My system has changed and my health has changed, - I am no longer interested in hoisting and positioning 150 pound monoblocks.
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80 WPC Monoblock all tube 300B amps
Eight 300B tubes per channel
The Reference 2 was developed by Canary Audio to improve upon the Reference 1 amps.
Three years ago, had bought the Reference 1 amps - it had wonderful dynamic sweet and powerful sound, but was exhibiting some hum on my high-efficiency speakers.
I returned the amps to Canary to have the hum issue addressed, at which point the Reference 2 was developed with significant improvements and upgrades to the transformers, power supply, grounding, etc.
In the meanwhile, I came across a modded EAR 890, so that when the Reference 2's were delivered, I never got around to putting them into my system. This had something to do with working 7 days a week and having recurrent pain from a kidney stone....
I have been downsizing to raise money as well as to reduce the physical size of my system. I am so tempted to try these amps out, now that I have moderate efficient speakers. But I really need the money.... and the space. Please buy them before I give in...
Canary Audio amps have been very well reviewed. The Reference Series takes the design of the well-regarded 339 series monoblocks and takes design to the limit by doubling the number 300B's. It also doubles the weight, mostly due to the over-built transformers. The result is not only more power, but even better dynamics, resolution, and musical flow. Bass response is not an issue with these amps, as it can be with some 300B designs.
I have a friend who bought these amps at the same time as I did, who has kept them as his reference amps.
From Canary Audio Website:
Rated Power Output: 80 Watts RMS
Input Sensitivity: 0.53 Volts for full output
Input Impedance: 470,000 Ohms
Frequency Response: +/- 1 dB from 8 Hz to 80,000 Hz
Total Harmonic Distortion: 10W output: 50W output: 80W output: Signal-to-Noise Ratio: -100 dB below 80 Watts
Damping Factor: 16
Power Consumption: 380 Watts (true RMS)
Output Impedance: 4, 8 Ohm
Tube Complement (per channel):
8 x 300B
3 x 6SN7GTB
1 x 6SL7
Dimensions (per channel): 17" W x 30.5" D x 11" H
Net Weight (per channel): 150 lbs
Warranty: 3 Years Parts and Labor
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: $34,995 (300B Tube Not Included)
Canary does not supply 300B's with the amps - I use JJ/Teslas in my Canary Audio 339's with very nice results. Or you can save a bit by using Electroharmonix.
The 6SN7's and 6SL7's are included
SHIPPING WEIGHT IS 150 pounds each monoblock
LOCAL PICK-UP - California East Bay - Danville
or make your own shipping arrangements.