Quad VA-One + Tube Amp
Quad VA-One + Tube Amp
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Achieving an old-school sound with modern hardware, the Quad VA-One + tube amp delivers a vintage audio experience worthy of today’s most demanding audiophiles. Inside, seven vacuum tubes comprise an analog preamp that delivers a warm, natural tone Read More

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irvgm11
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Apr 13, 2020
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Am I missing something or has Drop not replied to the underline issue. I work in the electronics field and can attest to the fact the gray market and clones are very much an issue. Was a unit sent to Quad for inspection, or serial number sent so that they can conduct a supply chain inspection. I joined Drop because they work with the manufacturer to get its customers the best deal on community buys. Not to source grey marker or clones. I have ebay for that. At this time I will be canceling my membership as I can no longer ensure that the products I buy from Drop will not harm my children, myself or home. Would Drop be responsible it one of the units cough fire and at a minimum burn a home down or even worse hurt someone. Unacceptable!
Apr 13, 2020
LS35a
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Mar 31, 2020
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Call Music Direct - they'll give you 10% at least, probably more. If any dealer you like does business with MoFI they can probably get you a deal on one. It really is a spectacular amp for headphones or speakers.
Mar 31, 2020
dac2800
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Mar 31, 2020
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My understanding is that the PA-One + is the better amp for pure headphones use. Not that the VA-One + is bad, it's just not as good for headphones (not as refined and optimized, as was explained to me) . Of course, since the VA-One+ is optimized for powering speakers, if you need that it may be an obvious choice .... And for me, a ~$300 price difference (if I could get a deal at 15% off) seems cheap insurance (i.e., a full mfr warranty).
Mar 31, 2020
JamieIAG
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Mar 31, 2020
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Dear Mass Drop Customers, This is an unofficial listing for QUAD products and is not supplied by QUAD’s official distribution channel. This sale; 1) does not meet USA mains power certification 2) does not include a QUAD warranty and will not be serviceable by QUAD or official representatives 3) comes from a currently unknown source, located outside of the USA and 100% is not an official QUAD distribution, service or support channel. This listing is against Mass Drop’s own policy of selling authorised products from official sources and previous agreement for QUAD and Mass Drop to protect you, the customers, from such unwarranted and compliance violating sales. Your safety, protection and customer experience is imperative. QUAD will always support all of our dedicated and loyal customers but in order to do this, we need to make sure you have access to purchase products that offer you best performance, reliability, trust worthy supply and follow-up service options. We cannot do this when the units are sold against many safety, compliance, and therefore legal rules, of electronics products sale and distribution. Official Notice of this situation has been sent to Mass Drop from an official source at QUAD. This listing exists in spite of this notice and as yet no reply. If you would like further information or support please contact us via the QUAD social media pages, website or via our local North American distribution - MOFI Distribution. Yours faithfully, Jamie O’Callaghan Head of International Operations IAG Group Ltd (QUAD Electroacoustics)
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Mar 31, 2020
JamieIAG
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Mar 31, 2020
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Hi gents, The issue we raise is that the items are not specified for sale in the US market. QUAD products have region specific PSUs. This is for optimum performance on regional grids and voltages. These units are 100% not US spec. Therefore, it must be an aftermarket specification or import spec - neither would have passed a US safety test and definitely not an electroacoustic test by QUAD. QUAD is a British brand. We don’t have MAP or MSRP in the UK. Price is not the objection. In all honesty dealers can and do offer great bundle prices on our products, value is in the eye of the purchaser. What we really don’t want is poor quality QUAD experiences tainting the market or end-customer experiences. That is far more damaging, to everyone, than a few ‘00 USD savings. A bad review on here is damaging to the brand. A bad review is likely if unit hums, buzzes or fails due to a poor quality PSU or other electrical compliance issue. There is no recommendation against purchasing. It is a free market. But there is a strong underlining of what is for sale here - potentially compromised, grey imported goods, sold without legal warranty, with likely incorrect PSUs of questionable origin. Feel free to reach out to us for any further comment or support. Full transparency is guaranteed from us. Jamie IAG
Mar 31, 2020
ElectronicVices
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Mar 31, 2020
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I appreciate you not using hyperbole and scare tactics in your reply, other entities may not have responded in like-kind.
Mar 31, 2020
dac2800
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Mar 30, 2020
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What I find most confusing is that Quad makes a dedicated headamp - the PA-One+. This unit appears to be their integrated amp that happens to have a headphone output. Given that the dedicated headamp is about the same price, I have to assume that the headphone stage is not front and center here. Just food for thought.
Mar 30, 2020
LS35a
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Mar 30, 2020
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The VA-One is an integrated amp with a headphone amp. The PA-One is a preamp with a headphone amp. Need an integrated? Get the VA-One. Need a preamp? Get the PA-One. I own both, they both make great headphone amps.
Mar 30, 2020
LS35a
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Mar 30, 2020
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There's an awful lot of speculation and pure B.S. in this thread so I thought I'd set the record straight. I've owned the previous model of this, the VA-One for a couple of years. As a headphone amp it is freaking amazing and a stone cold bargain at $1200. As a speaker amp it is freaking amazing and a stone cold bargain at $1200 (if you match it with the right speakers). It makes my Proac's (which go nuts on tubes) sound like Quads. It makes my Quad 57's sound as good as I've ever heard them (and I've had them eight years and heard a lot of gear on them). You want to know what is an absolutely insane combination? This amp and a pair of $400 PSB Alpha Fives. It's killer combination - makes those inexpensive speakers sound like Spendors. It's a system I could live with permanently and be very happy with. If you want a headphone amp or a low power speaker amp this deal is the bomb at $1200. I'll take an EL84 amp over a KT88 or EL34 amp any day of the week - EL84's are my favorite power tube. I just want to know if this is an authorized sale from Quad and the importer or this is more gray market nonsense. I've asked Drop and they said it might take three days to get an answer. Not overwhelmed with the customer support there.
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Mar 30, 2020
Arjestin
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Mar 29, 2020
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With so few reviews of the QUAD ERA-1, I wonder how it compares to less expensive planar magnetic headphones in today's market. Namely: Hifiman Sundara, Audeze LCD-1, and SendyAudio Aiva. Also, QUAD ERA-1 looks incredibly similar to Brainwavz Alara, which we know is a failed product. I never demoed the QUAD ERA-1 and I'm not saying anything good or bad about it. Simply, the lack of reviews and general interest in this headphone is strange.
Mar 29, 2020
cutekitty
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Mar 29, 2020
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I have both Sundara and Aiva. Very different sounding headphones IMO. Unless ERA-1 brings something new to the table of 2020 planar magnetic cans, why bother?
Mar 29, 2020
MaverickAH
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Apr 14, 2020
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I purchased the QUAD ERA-1 through Drop when they were initially offered so I've own them for a while. My 1st pair were faulty but Drop exchanged them with no issues. This 2nd set has performed flawlessly. I haven't listened to the Sundara but I have listened to the LCD-1 & the Avia. My opinion would be that they thoroughly trounce the LCD-1's. I was not impressed in the least with the LCD-1. Outside of liking the form factor, I thought that it was a very pedestrian sounding headphone. I felt that the planar drivers were just too small. If they were half the asking price, maybe...... The Sendy Avia was an interesting comparison. The Avia's held an advantage in the upper mids & treble. The presentation was more delicate & airy. The QUAD ERA-1 held a distinctive advantage in the bass though. The ERA-1's gave an overall warmer presentation. My understanding, from everything I've been able to read, on the Brainwavz Alara & the QUAD ERA-1 is that while the chassis are similar, the internals are different. The folks at QUAD made sure that the ERA-1 had the sound profile they wanted for a headphone that was going to carry their brand name. They succeeded. Their sound does resemble a set of the electrostatic speakers but with bass. Quickly hitting the good & bad:
  • Headband is too big & can be problematic for some.
  • Build quality is excellent but they are heavy.
  • Overall sound quality is on the warm side of neutral.
  • Highly musical with very good image placement. Only needing a little bit more air in the upper frequencies.
Let me finish with some comments about the Alara & QUAD in general. Now I haven't heard them but I would call them an abject failure. What reviews there are have been fairly positive. Their biggest problem were that headband & that they were "Brainwavz". I think that the brand name raised eyebrows more than anything else. Now I've been familiar with QUAD products for over 40 years if not longer but that's because I live where I've always had access to multiple high end audio shops. They are not a household name in the U.S. & they never will be nor are they trying to be. Outside of their speakers, their electronic have never been what would call "visually attractive". They were sonically very good but hard on the eyeballs. FTR...…., I love my ERA-1's. Sonically, they are not fatiguing in the least & only headband comfort is an issue. I'm in the process of comparing these to both the Ether CX & the Elex. Hopefully I'll have something to say by the end of the month.
Apr 14, 2020
AudioFailia
4
Mar 29, 2020
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I'm interested in the combo if you let me bargain a price of 500$ at most for these together...
Mar 29, 2020
AlfredHK
0
Mar 29, 2020
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Does this Amplifier come with auto power supply? 110-220VAC?
Mar 29, 2020
Swampy
197
Mar 29, 2020
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If you look at the picture of the rear, it reads 120v only.
Mar 29, 2020
LS35a
22
Mar 28, 2020
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Quad has four amps in this style, an integrated (new one and old one) and a preamp (new one and old one). This is the integrated - new style. I have a question about the tube cage. On the original unit you had to screw the cage onto the unit with a silly-long screwdriver. The new preamp has a tube cage that just snaps onto the unit. Does this new integrated have a 'snap on' tube cage as well? I tell you... that 'screw the cage on with the tiny screws' is a huge hassle. And if you strip those screws you end up with a very expensive paper-weight.
Mar 28, 2020
msh-austin
5
Mar 28, 2020
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Not a real Quad. Made in China. Pass!
Mar 28, 2020
LS35a
22
Mar 28, 2020
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KEF's are made in China. Are KEF'S KEF'S? Is a Hegel a Hegel?
Mar 28, 2020
sabocat
5
Mar 28, 2020
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Well, Music Direct has the very same item for sale at $1795.00
Mar 28, 2020
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I purchased the QUAD ERA-1 through Drop when they were initially offered so I've own them for a while. My 1st pair were faulty but Drop exchanged them with no issues. This 2nd set has performed flawlessly. I haven't listened to the Sundara but I have listened to the LCD-1 & the Avia. My opinion would be that they thoroughly trounce the LCD-1's. I was not impressed in the least with the LCD-1. Outside of liking the form factor, I thought that it was a very pedestrian sounding headphone. I felt that the planar drivers were just too small. If they were half the asking price, maybe...... The Sendy Avia was an interesting comparison. The Avia's held an advantage in the upper mids & treble. The presentation was more delicate & airy. The QUAD ERA-1 held a distinctive advantage in the bass though. The ERA-1's gave an overall warmer presentation. My understanding, from everything I've been able to read, on the Brainwavz Alara & the QUAD ERA-1 is that while the chassis are similar, the internals are different. The folks at QUAD made sure that the ERA-1 had the sound profile they wanted for a headphone that was going to carry their brand name. They succeeded. Their sound does resemble a set of the electrostatic speakers but with bass. Quickly hitting the good & bad: Headband is too big & can be problematic for some. Build quality is excellent but they are heavy. Overall sound quality is on the warm side of neutral. Highly musical with very good image placement. Only needing a little bit more air in the upper frequencies. Let me finish with some comments about the Alara & QUAD in general. Now I haven't heard them but I would call them an abject failure. What reviews there are have been fairly positive. Their biggest problem were that headband & that they were "Brainwavz". I think that the brand name raised eyebrows more than anything else. Now I've been familiar with QUAD products for over 40 years if not longer but that's because I live where I've always had access to multiple high end audio shops. They are not a household name in the U.S. & they never will be nor are they trying to be. Outside of their speakers, their electronic have never been what would call "visually attractive". They were sonically very good but hard on the eyeballs. FTR...…., I love my ERA-1's. Sonically, they are not fatiguing in the least & only headband comfort is an issue. I'm in the process of comparing these to both the Ether CX & the Elex. Hopefully I'll have something to say by the end of the month.
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