The new 2017 version of Audio Valve's ECLIPSE is a true Class-A line stage pre-amp. Designed for the audiophiles who want the highest quality sound available, without the price of one.
The ECLIPSE is the result of Audio Valve's experience gained in preamplifier design over a span of 15 years. In every aspect it is quite different from other Audio Valve products. Audio Valve's absolute priority in the design of the ECLIPSE was total shielding from RFI and unwanted noise which could degrade the purity of the signal.
The chassis is, therefore, machined from laser cut 3mm steel fully isolating its 4x 12AU7/6189 tubes. The circuitry is housed on a double-sided military grade circuit board designed by the most advanced computer technology.
All that combined with the 1% film resistors, Draloric NOS carbon resistors, polypropylene caps and built on a solid FR4 material with military specs PC board, 2 oz. copper. The Eclipse components are soldered by hand and all matches to perfection between the left and right channels.
We are very glad to bring Audio Valve back to North America.
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As a business we have to collect 8% TAX from buyers in California.
Factory lead time is currently 3-4 weeks.
• Concept: high class douple mono pre-amplifer
• Output Level: 15 V max.
• Bandwidth: 4 - 45.000 Hz.
• Distortion: 0,1 % (1V)
• Noise: 0.05 mV (Volume noise limiter)
• Inputs: 7 Line In, & 1 Line Out, tape loop
• Output Impedance: 300 Ohms
• Power Consumption: 40 Watt
• Line Voltage: 117 up to 240 VAC
• Valve Line - Up: 4*6189 (12AU7)
• Spec.-Features: Stand By & Mute Function, rem. - Control
• Dimensions: (w-d-h) 420 * 320 * 130 mm
• Weight Net: 25 lbs.
Mike Wright, The StereoTimes concluded:
''...this vacuum tube-based unit is a combination of looks, build quality and sonic enjoyment that I could not, in good conscious, bypass. The clear acrylic top allows you to peer inside and smile at how well it’s built and show off for your friends, and of course, sonically, it makes music quite enjoyable. The biggest secret yet lays hidden deep inside of this preamp, beyond the visage of the human eye. Once you replace the stock tubes with NOS tubes, the performance escalates to a higher level and gives the Eclipse the ability to perform at a much higher level, comparable to preamps costing two to three times its cost. Using NOS tubes, the performance at the frequency extremes becomes noticeably better and the midrange becomes eerily life-like. It’s a good preamp with stock tubes that becomes an exceptional one using NOS tubes..."
Ken Kessler for Ultimate Audio concluded:
"...it was easy to fall in love with the AudioValve pair (Eclipse pre-amp and Challenger mono-blocks), even the baroque styling; it was like looking at a gigantic Montblanc pen. The Eklipse impressed me because of its authoritative performance, openness, ergonomics and build quality. The Challengers? Deceptive they are, like U-boats. Small footprint, not too heavy for a 6-valve amp with huge transformers - yet they drive any bad without complaint, maintaining their composure at all times. Yeah, 1 could live with these without complaint..."
Robert Reina, Stereophile concluded:
"...this preamp is a tube rollers dream. Depending on what your sonic tastes are will determine which tubes you will want to use in your Eclipse. While you may like the sound of the Eclipse with the stock Harmonix tubes, in my humble opinion, NOS tubes like the RCA Clear Top take its performance to a higher level. Highly recommended!"
Art Dudley, Stereophile concluded:
"...for the past several weeks, the Audio Valve Eclipse has been a joy: fun to audition, fun to look at, even fun to deoxidize. Visitors have noticed its styling, too, and praised it for looking less dour than most: for looking both modern and retro in one neat stroke...the Eclipse competes in a tightly run race, but does so gamely: Other choices offer different combinations of strengths, some of which will suit you more than others, but the Eclipse isn't shamed by any of them. In fact, to the listener who prizes musical drama above all else, the superbly crafted Eclipse could be seen as the only choice. Reasonably. A lovely product, and a decent value for the money: The Eclipse has me wondering what Audio Valve's power amplifiers sound like..."
"..now, this preamp is like nothing I have ever heard. And I used to be an assistant in a company here in Perth that made possibly the world's best solid state preamp back in the late seventies. This preamp (known as HSA) consistently beat all preamps that it went up against, even the Mark Levinson. The point is that I do have a very good ear, and I have never heard a system that could beat the old HSA. Many can now, but none as well as your Eklipse..."
"...the detail is stunning. With the clarity of my Soundlab M1 electrostatics and the explosive power of the Sanders Sounds ESL monoblock amplifiers the sound is electrifying! Bass - I had started to doubt that the Soundlabs had any bass - WOW the bass now is amazing!!!! Guitar strings and piano are stunning but then a voice comes in and the singer is standing in the room - fantastic!"
"...once again - thank you for designing and building such a wonderful instrument. The design and build quality are stunning but it is the sound quality that is on a different level to anything that I have ever heard. Thank you for this gift of sound..."