Jolida FX-10 Integrated Amplifiers

Jolida FX-10 Integrated Amplifiers 

DESCRIPTION

Jolida FX10 integrated vacuum-tube stereo amplifier provides state-of-the-art technology in vacuum-tube amplifiers. The design objectives for this unit were three-fold: 1) to provide an amplifier that would improve musical accuracy to the fullest for such products, 2) to provide the customer with a quality amplifier at a price far below other tube amplifiers, 3) to provide an all-vacuum tube amplifier that would approach the reliability of good solid state amplifiers.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 21, 2020]
Bigone


Strength:

I've owned my FX10 for almost five years. It has pleasant sound, but, of course, you'll need to use efficient speakers to get much volume due to it's limited power output. I have use PSB bookshelf speakers with this amp and it's used mostly as a background music system when I'm in the kitchen cooking or relaxing out on the patio. I have had the same set of NOS (obviously not "new" any longer!) Mullard EL84s and Brimar AX7s the entire time after replacing the stock Chinese tubes it came with. Sources include both a Jolida JD100 CD player and a Sirius receiver. Music sounds fine through the little Sirius, but occasionally I can detect what seems like a bit of distortion when using the CD player - not sure what is causing this but it seems to come and go. Maybe my imagination?

Weakness:

4 Stars for compact size, decent sound, looks. The very compact size is a plus for my needs. Three stars for lacking much in the way of dynamics, but what else can you expect from about 10 watts a channel? Also the far right blue neon bulb fails to light on occasion and the remote only adjusts volume down and not up any longer, so probably two stars for the build quality. I'll be generous and give it 4 stars overall, but probably it's realistically a 3 1/2 star integrated amp.

Price Paid:
$600 (I think)
Purchased:
New  
OVERALL
RATING
4
[Oct 12, 2018]
jjj


Strength:

This amp failed and started red plating tubes randomly. I contacted jolida by email and even spoke to them on the phone. They told me it wasn’t the amp because it has protection circuits and won’t tirn on if it’s damaged. They told me it was the tubes , which are brand new. I switched to their tubes and the amp co tongues to glow red hot in a different tube socket each time it’s tirned on. This destroyed the $80 worth of tubes . When I tried to contact jolida again they will not answer me after three weeks. I will never buy another jolida .

Weakness:

Fails and destroys tubes, bad support no support.

Price Paid:
350
Purchased:
Used  
OVERALL
RATING
1
[Oct 16, 2013]
Bill
AudioPhile

Do not EVER buy anything from Jolida. Two capacitors went bad and they kept my amp for over TWO MONTHS and charged me almost $300 to fix it. NO APOLOGY whatsoever except to tell me their "systems weren't the best". $300 for two capacitors. Two months. No contact from them. EVER.

Their stuff is just rebranded Chinese crap anyway.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jan 06, 2011]
MathewM
Audio Enthusiast

I have heard quite a few tube amps over the years-- VTL, Cary, VAC to name a few. My favorite was a VAC Avatar integrated that sounded magical driving a pair of B&W speakers. Today, with a family, I cannot afford high-end audio gear. I also have a two year old son who loves to get into everything. I love the sound of tubes and tried going with a solid state set up-- a NAD 325BEE. While the NAD is a fine integrated amp at its price, I still longed for a tube amp. I lucked upon a used Jolida FX10. Driving a pair of Silverline Minuets in a desktop setup, the FX10 is a feast for the ears. With the NAD there is a lot more bass and perhaps a more even sound. However the FX10 gives me the 3D soundscape that tubes are known for. That sense that I can look into the music and see the instruments and most importantly the atmosphere. No doubt, the Jolida is bass shy. The Minuets sound great with tubes but at 88db sensitivity probably need a 35 watt tube amp to really shine. However for a nearfield, desktop setup, the combination suffices and gives me what I want. I'm also fond of keeping component costs inline with one another-- it doesn't make much sense to drive a $400 pair of speakers with $1000's worth of electronics.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 28, 2010]
Michael T
AudioPhile

So much fun. Great little amp with sweet sonics. It is great as an office system or for a bed room.

Looks great too. I will replace the stock tubes at some point.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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