Jadis Orchestra Reference Amplifiers

4.82/5 (17 Reviews)


Product Description

KT-90 based tube integrated amp; rated at 40wpc (53wpc measured)


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Louis a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 4, 2011

Bottom Line:   
The Jadis Orchestra Reference is like getting into an exclusive club at Walmart discount price. The sound is sweet and musical. A joy to listen to.

What you do need to know is that the power rating is overstated. It cannot handle difficult load (try 90db into 6ohm), and tend to create enough distortion to damage inefficient speakers. Furthermore, the transformers could get deep fried if push too hard. I know since I have been there.

Bias is close to impossible. The original bias instruction - if you could steal one somewhere - seems to be translated by an Chinese high school student who does not know French nor English. Opening an unit and take things apart is no fun. Also, the bias is extremely picky: You almost need perfectly matching tubes to bias successfully.

So as beautiful as the sound is, this integrated amp is high maintenance, and not for the faint of heart nor invoice. Thus the low ratings.

HINT: If you hear event faint hum or buzz, check out the transformers!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2009



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

Date Reviewed: September 1, 2008

Bottom Line:   
This would have to be by far the best tube I have ever heard in the price range on the market. Im driving some quad electrostatics with this baby & I tell you if you havent heard one then make the time & Im sure you will by one! I have been listening to audio on highend equipment for over 20 years and I cant say I have heard an amp which such character as this, it is warm colourful, the KT90's are a treat. Only thing I dont like is know phono stage. I will never get rid of this amp for years to come it will become a part of music history in my family!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $5400.00

Purchased At:   Audio Carlton



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

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I believe this is a legendary product and the best value for money. I listened to a lot of quality amplifiers even at double the price of the Jadis Orchestra Reference but this amplifier did so many things right that I finally brought it.
First, the unbelievable pitch and tonal rightness , second the detail, air and openness of the 3D midrange and the transperancy combined with the Jadis-famous body,richness together with the image solidity nowhere else found near the price of Ref. I found the amplifier faster than any other tube design listened, with a huge 3D presence and lovely bass delivery, very dynamic and capable to drive almost any speaker without any stress or compression (I have still the Ei KT90).
Its almost impossible to remember another amplifier at this price-point to behave and give such a golden presence and enjoyment to the listener than Jadis O.R. and I listened to a lot of designs.
This is a remarkable product of the famous Jadis that really is one of the best money can buy, with virtues rarely found on tube equipment of this price. From David Gilmour guitars that delivered with ultimate purity , very clean and with real-life attack,speed and sparkle (without any additional bluring or sweetness but without a hint of edge) to Violin Sonatas this amp is as open an refined as you ever need without been 'fake',overlly polite or dark. For the end, the aesthitics and look of the amplifier is fantastic , inox and gold faceplatte together with wood , it looks like a jewel and it sounds, too. Also its dead-quiet.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   -



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

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2007

Bottom Line:   

This is my reference under 6000 Euros in amplification. Unpacking , I found the look of Jadis Reference unparallel. Starting with a little technical infos you might don't know: The pre-amp is a passive one, don't be afraid with Bass,Treble etc. knobs, they just dont degrade the quality at all.
Strong 'reference' points of J.O.Ref. that made this amp my absolute 'king' of them all:
Dynamics and bass quality of KT90 driven power amp, velvet high-frequency spectrum, height of sound. Open, refined,transparent, very rich but -precise- without any sacrifice of detail mid-range. Tonality . Unparallel imaging and a great well-defined soundstage. Transient speed and attack. Projection of instruments into your room , illumination without sounding forward or bright at times (thats unbelievable for the price asking, a virtue of a good passive pre-amp.) Silent backround so rare to find. Noise-free. Warmth with detail, fit and finish and self noise of truly reference category. Can drive easily 86 db speakers without any stress at very loud volumes (hard rockers are welcome with this one).
Some minor points: No automatic bias tuning. Hard to re-set the bias of tubes, need an expert every 2-3 years to retube and set bias again.
Not only Jazz and classical music lovers (especially those who listen to stringed instruments, sonatas or quartets) will love the purity of upper notes and total grain-free full of air (something rare in the category) presentation, but also rockers will re-discover that their CDs or LPs retain the attack,quickness and punch needed to satisfy plus a 3rd dimension of KT90 midrange and added ambiend air to die for. Liquidity is present at the max. and believe me, I never found all those virtues together in one mid-costing package. Led Zeppelins guitars and magic all there plus -at least- the right drive and punch needed , Diana Kralls magical voice , lush and liquid with height in your room, Violins of cremona retaining the magical 'feedback' and wood/metal combo breathing like been in your room and pianisimo with microdynamics all there in a big 3D soundstage.
To produce the big liquid 3D and fatigue free images and sound expecting from Jadis, I must say , my 'reference' cables helped a lot: Acoustic Zen Satori MkII speaker cables and Cardas G.Presence or G.Reference interconnects and AC cables. Have no second thought, this product will transfer you to heaven for the price asking.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   local store



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by hyperterminal06 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This amp is absoulutely the best sounding amp I have ever bought, it has plenty of power as well and ran my speaking with ease (at 86db usually needs alot to run)
this is a pefectly balanced amp with great frequency response across the freq spectrum, sound stage is wide and clearly defined... Great value, great french build with point t point wiring...enough said if your looking for a great buy dont go past the jadis!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $5499.00

Purchased At:   Victoria - aus




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