Complete System. A screaming Bargain at this price , 60% off List. Selling my mint condition LS-1 preamp & matching Saetta Monobloc amps. Both are the newest Lithio Series.
Tube driven by the 6h30 tube, the unit completely runs off Lithium batteries so a complete off-the-grid performance . Selling only to retire two complete systems used in a vacation home that has been sold.
The LS1 is a two box design with charger and supply separated from the all important main unit by a detachable umbilical cord. The main unit houses all tube circuits and the batteries. All panels on the unit save the top and bottom clamshell are made from stress relieved 6061 aircraft aluminum. The front panel is two piece affair comprised of a chrome front bar and handles mounted to a grained and anodized back plate. Manual switches and a remote control (volume/mute/input select/on-off) make up the user interface. The back panel includes an array or single ended and XLR inputs and outputs.
The late great Harry Pearson said about the LS-1 :
"This is, just maybe, the most nearly flawless piece of audio equipment in our present-day reference systems.
It is a battery operated unit, free from any outside interference from the AC line; that ubiquitous hiss, sizzle, and high frequency white noise. The batteries recharge themselves after 60 hours of use. More than that, the Veloce is tube driven (four of them) and thus without the usual colorations and character of solid-state devices.
Moreover, to these ears, it is devoid of the sonic signatures and colorations of all the other line stage devices I have ever tested. It is, essentially, the least colored, or, read that as, the most transparent piece of electronic gear in our present-day chain of reference gear. The Veloce is indispensable for the evaluation of the components further down the audio line.
Unlike other battery operated electronics, the Veloce is capable of quite wide dynamics, and a frequency response that is equally capable of touching the bottom octaves (organ pedal points) and silky smooth at the utmost reaches of stratospheric highs.
We have had this unit in house for more than three years now and we can find nothing to complain about, hence our silence. It does its job by disappearing into the audio chain. I have found myself urging other serious audio critics to audition this device. It is the absolute state-of-the-art.
It is now, and has been for some time, my standing reference preamp."
Other reviewers said "The LS-1 provides such clarity and ease of performance that it basically disappears, in as much as a component can possibly do so. It is so good that it gives us a reliable yardstick to adjudge the rest of the system. And this is the best part; although I have listened to this line stage for years, it still excites.
Not in any way or respect is it cold, dull, or lethargic. The LS-1 is quick, lively, detailed, and musical. Since it is battery powered, the LS-1 is dead quiet, providing the source material a near perfect background to explore (it is so silent you will question whether or not it has even been turned on). It easily translates the dimensions of the soundstage with great clarity and depth. Its rendering of detail is precise, but you are never aware of this, because you are too busy listening to the music. Tonally, there are no bumps or bruises anywhere down the line, just pure sonic integrity. Dynamics, which can be the weak point of a battery operated design (for obvious reasons), are in healthy supply. Simply, the LS-1 lets the music sound like music; nothing more and definitely nothing less.
Veloce has developed a new, upgraded version of the LS-1, the Lithio Series. This upgraded unit is what you would buy if you purchased an LS-1 today. Apparently, one such improvement is a more efficient battery supply in hopes of eliminating any and all misconceptions of using battery power. Needless to say, we are very excited to hear the next evolution."
The Saetta mono blocs produce 400W at 4 ohms in a configuration that is off-the-grid , powered by Li-Fe batteries with a tube hybrid stage. No need for expensive power cords. This is current production at Veloce. Made in the USA. Comes complete with power unit and umbilical cords for charging the batteries.
I am the original owner & the unit is in excellent condition. Purchased from an Authorized US Dealer.
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I have all the original boxes, manuals, etc.
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