Aura VA100 Amplifiers

4.5/5 (14 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eduard a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 10, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Para música culta , junto con mis queridas Sependor SP/2, es de lo mas cálido
al igual que con mi amplificador a válvulas.
El sonido es cálido pero sin perder detalle, mucho brio y dinámica que hacen del conjunto un competidor serio para cualquier combinación de alta gama.
Lástima que aparatos así no se fabriquen.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DJ Wicked a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Get some decent dance music and biwire some good mission or b&W speakers and you will be on the edge of your seat when listining, base is amazingly clean accurate and full. Music sounds so dramatic and detailed. The main thing i noticed was imense sterio seperation, you hear little bits of songs firing from the left speaker to the right with imense precision. This amp is perfect for DJ's it allows you to hear so much more and more accuratly than standard mass produced sony or phillips. I never really cared about sound quallity until I went to a friends house and heard music through this amp, 2 months later i got rid of my sony amp and i replaced it with this. The most common mistake that produces over bloated and crap sounding base is when you have speakers with the base port (where the air comes out) in the rear up against the wall. If you want the best sound from this amp make sure if you have rear firing ports in speakers that there a good distance from the wall.
I have also improved the cables. This amp is discontinued now which is a shame in one way but it also means you can get them for a bargin second hand.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Ebay



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pearce clayton a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2003

Bottom Line:   
This was my third amp after many years with a Rotel 840 and a Quantum 102/202. The build quality on the Aura amp is excellent though the phono stage has failed and I now use a Creek OBH 8 with better results. I am intrigued as to why the amp runs hot because as far as I know it does not use class A switching. One of its best tricks is to allow proper bi-wiring at the amp end as well as the speaker connection. Soundwise, it has a big and controlled sound and enough power to seriously worry your neighbours. Even though it is black it avoids looking like all the other black boxes because of its high gloss fascia and dserves to be sited on its own away from anything that you do not want to melt. I still use this amp for stereo duties despite having an Arcam FMJ A22/P25 pre and power (which is used for home cinema). I listened to the two for stereo and whilst the Arcam in bi-amp mode bettered the Aura, I could not justify wasting the home cinema capabilities of the Arcam, so the Aura will carry as the mainstay of the stereo. It proved more than capable of living with more esoteric kit when I plugged in an Arcam FMJ CD23. Its moderately bass heavy presentation can be tamed with bass tight speaker designs e.g. tansmission line or sealed enclosures. Avoid bass heavy ported designs as these will not suit the Aura. I use B&W P4s which have a very fast and dry bass (probably not co-incidental that B&W are ideal for the Aura)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   HyperFi



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Pommel1 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Bought this thing in 1993 (!) and used it on a frequent base since then up to December 2002 without any problems. Sure, the thing gets hot, but even longer playing doesn't affect the amp. Instead, it has a great, warm sound (used it with Focal Speaker Kits, first with the AURA Cd-Player, later with the Sony DVP-NS 900 SACD Player. I just replaced it (for surround reasons) with the Harman Kardon AVR 5500, and although the Harman is great, for Stereo purposes the Aura still sounds so much better, speaking of clearness, bass volume, dynamics and especially warmness. This wasn't humid Hong Kong but dry Germany, and for the "cold" middle european user this is best buy!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   Germany



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by soundavarice a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2002

Bottom Line:   
If you're after sound for your pound, then go no further. Discontinued now, but if you find a nice used one at a good price, jump on it! Listen first though (sorry to hear about reliability issues - none for me). Also, consider the VA80SE-x - it's worthy little brother (I used this as a power amp for rear home cinema speakers. Surprisingly, plenty of power)! Minimalist design places emphasis on high quality key components. Beautiful looks and sound to match. Runs warm, but that's not a problem. For the best sound, leave it on, it'll heat your room!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   well known UK store




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