ANK Audiokits Kit1 300B - 8th Anniversary Edition
Integrated or Power-Only Single-Ended Triode Hi-Fi Amplifier
We are pleased to announce the new "8th Anniversary Edition Kit1" - The original Kit1 is the product that started the Audio Note Kit business. How many of you knew that Audio Note president Peter Qvortrup wrote the original Kit1 manual! The amplifier is considered a classic and with the new look we feel that we have payed homage to this wonderful single-ended amplifier that has set so many people on the audiophile path!
The brand new chassis design will now cater for all possible configurations of this ever-popular amplifier.
The Kit1 offers you the chance to experience real high quality S.E.T. (Single-Ended Triode) amplification for yourself - but at a highly affordable price. This kit has been evolving since it first appeared in the mid 1990's and, as such, has proved its high reliability and customer satisfaction index time and time again.
The new chassis and configuration options have come about from listening to the needs of all our users over these years and make this model second to none - allowing us to combine all previous models of the Kit1 into one highly upgradeable unit.
New Copper Insert Plate Option
Standard Configurations and Pricing
The new version comes in several different configurations:
Hi-B Double C-Core Output Transformer Option
We are lucky enough to have access to Audio Note's high-end double C-core output transformers that are used in the AudioNote finished products. These transformers are hand made on site at the AudioNote UK factory and available as an optional upgrade.
These remarkable transformers (Hi-B 0.15mm TRANS-300 series) have the effect of increasing depth and resolution; offering that true high-end SET sound across the full frequency range.
The previous versions of the Kit1 required a different chassis for the different output transformers. This new version allows both I/E and Hi-B to be supported by the same chassis. It is therefore now possible to start with I/E transformers and later upgrade to Hi-B without the need to change or modify the chassis.
"It is bloody amazing!!"
Peter Qvortrup, UK
The following pictures show the new Kit1 at various stages of construction.
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How did you manage to get that much detail out of an 8 watt amp?!? I am so impressed with the Kit 1. I cannot believe how much money over the past 20 years I have spent looking for this kind of sound.
Glenn Seitz May 2012
Albums that are recorded well like:
Dire Straits - Brother in Arms
Natalie Merchant - Ophelia, Tiger Lily
Jeff Beck - Live at Ronnie Scotts
Bela Fleck - Flight of the Cosmic Hippo
Jerry Garcia & David Grisham - Grateful Dawg
Are just scary good. When you close your eyes and play Bela's Star Spangled Banner, it sounds like he is right in front of you and you can hear the banjo music sound like he is walking in from the left and exiting on the right. Same with Jerry and David on Friend of the Devil. It just sounds like they are sitting there in front of you.
"the past few days the sound has just been absolutely brilliant. Maybe it is the temperature (winter is coming), maybe the 300bs breaking in even further. The sound is refined, better balanced now then I expected it to become and vocals, piano and some other instruments sound just stunning :). Imaging is still as good as ever."
Johan de jong
Felice Seregni, Italy
Even without allowing burn in time I'm very impressed with the sound and even more impressed with the sound stage. I've come to realise that my speakers are a lot better than I thought. I loved my old Kit1 but it doesn't bear comparison with the new one on any aspect. The thought that it can only get better as it settles down delights me.
Thank you for the efforts you have made to help me to succesfully complete the building of the amp, I couldn't have asked for more.
The sounds I am hearing from this setup are just wonderful. As compared to the previous system (which I still have as a reference) the sound is richly detailed against an absolutely black background and very three dimensional.
I have never had a sonic experience like this in my own home before. And this is with only about five hours of burn in time so far.
The amplifier power is beyond adequate for the speakers. It is a perfect match as best I can tell.
I am listening to my kit 1 as I write this on my laptop. Joe Williams is crooning as never before in my living room. The sound of the amp with the Silverline Sonatina's is truely beautiful. The amp probably has perhaps 30 hours on it now. I cannot imagine the sound improving beyond what I hear at this point even though this is still on the low side for burning in a tube amp. The sound is so fine already.
I am now discovering all my CDs in a different way and I am surprised with many details which were not audible before. Thanks to Audio Note for this high quality product.
Rifat Gursel - France
The first music I played on my Kit1 was Narada's 'Yosemite'. I could not believe the clearness of all the instruments flowing out from the speakers and you can feel the vastness of Yosemite infront of you. Unlike the solid states, music from Kit1 is softer yet precise and accurate from high to low notes. I can't wait to upgrade my Kit1.
Trond Seland, Norway
Yes, the Black Gates warmed up quite nicely and now after a five minute kick start in the morning, my kit 1 becomes a maven of musical presentation. It's just fascinating.
Rick Justice, West Virginia U.S.A
The kit one is DEAD silent and the music flows out of it like nothing I have ever heard before. My humble Rega p3/Dynavector is a shining beacon of analog bliss.
It is no exaggeration to say that all the blood drained from my face ( a friend who was there can testify to this!) and I just could not believe what I was hearing before me. Here was an actual flesh and blood performance being recreated extemporaneously before my very 'eyes', and everything hifi had talked about and promised, but I guess I'd not till then known that they'd never delivered. Nothing short of a paradigm shift could explain the experience---in that one instant, I lost whatever trust I had had for mainstream scribes and dealers in one blow.
A happy kit one owner in Toronto, Canada
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