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Model ISx Reference

ONE STEP AHEAD

The Model ISx Reference is a direct evolution of the Model ISx, and thanks to its additional features, it "gives more than an idea" of what our legendary Model IT, is capable of.

Its exacting circuits and power supply receive special upgrades in order to further allow the fantastic potential of our low memory technology to come to fruition.

The power output remains the same as for the Model ISx, but micro-dynamics and resolution are increased to allow greater expression of the feeling and intention of the music.

Thus also the sound stage is wider, detail is sharper and the presentation is more mature, even if the sound balance remains respectfully neutral as with the Model ISx.

Its extreme transparency, over the full bandwidth is in contrast with midband focused transparency of the best tube amplifiers.Its micro dynamics, never aggressive, clumsy or confused is in contrast with almost all transistor and digital amplifiers.

Never has an amplifier done so much at such an affordable price, for music and for the pleasure of the listener.

OPTIONAL FEATURES

ZERO SIDE EFFECT REMOTE VOLUME CONTROL
Today's digital sources musical drama is the use of their digital volume control, remote controled or not. It simply destroys musicality what ever the price of the DAC, server or computer.Now, for a much better sound, simply set both DAC and computer at full level and set the volume thanks to the Lavardin amplifier remote handset.

MM PHONO INPUT
To get the full magic of vinyl reproduction, Model ISx can be fitted with our exceptional internal phono moving magnet input module.
Further more, the direct connection to the heart of the amplifier guaranties better sonic results than any external devices.

RED FRONT FACE
Free option when ordering your Model ISx Reference

BYPASS INPUT
For integration of a Surround Processor into High End Audio System, Model ISx can have an optional BYPASS input (input 1) with fixed amplification fitted. For ultimate quality, both AV and stereo signals are routed directly without any additional bypass switch nor relay !.

TESTS REVIEWS



See what the best specialists around the world says about the Model ISx Reference
  • JULLY 2018
    High Fidelity POLAND
    test of MODEL ISx REFERENCE
    driving the Harbeth 40.1 : the perfect math

    This device has a "soul", playing with emotional involvement, we can even say "spiritual".It has beautiful colors and is incredibly fast.
    It has a warm sound and very full bass.
    It's the rhythm that's fantastic, the pulse, the sequence of events at precisely defined time intervals.
    The amplifier is extremely "singing" - it's something that strikes you right from the start of the listening session.
    By "singing" I mean the supremacy of the melody of the rhythm of the color on the control of the whole.
    But "singing" is also a perfect combination with something more, which allows music to circulate without restrictions or inhibitions, allowing us to build a broad, dense and powerful message in front of us. The Lavardin sounds incredibly "analogically"


  • JUNE 2018
    AV HUB AUSTRALIA
    Fantastic test of MODEL ISx REFERENCE
    "it's a superb-sounding amplifier in every aspect"


  • September 2017
    WHAT HIFI
    It's the most informative, entertaining and musical integrated amplifier we've heard in recent years.
    It keeps us listening for hours on end

    Read more at
    WHAT HIFI MODEL ISx REF


  • September 2017
    HIFIMAAILMA FINDAND
    The big surprise was the extraordinary way the Lavardin opened windows and curtains and released the light.
    I can not better describe the release of the sound of the sound
    Its sparkling trebles, the fine structure of the mid-range and the sleek bass performance and the outstanding nature of the rendition are its exceptional virtues regardless of price range
    The freedom of the musical expression was in its own class

    Read more at
    www.hifimaailma.fi


Model IS Reference (2001 - 2016)

OPTIONAL PHONO INPUT: to get the full magic of vinyl reproduction, Model IS reference can be fitted with our exceptional phono moving magnet input circuits.
The direct connection to the heart of the amplifier guaranties better sonic results thant any external devices.
OPTIONAL BYPASS INPUT: For integration of a Surround Processor into High End Audio System, Model IS Reference can have an optional BYPASS input (input 1) with fixed amplification fitted.
For ultimate quality, both AV and stereo signals are routed directly without any bypass switch.

    • SEPTEMBRE 2016
      Model IS Reference
      AVGUIDE.CH SWITZERLAND
      The IS Reference is the best transistor amplifier I have ever heard. Not the best of his "class": The best



    • FEBRUARY 2015

      ISRAEL MODEL IS REF (Hebrew)
      The bottom line:
      "Spartanic amplifier...Highly musical amplifier with detailed and rich sound without being bright or exaggeratedin any frequency.I loved the soundstage, musicality, level of details, exposue layers of sound and thick bodyobjects, not thin and skinny - in the end the amp delivered music "big time" and enableslong listening hours".


      ""Even the lowly IS makes just about every other amp you´ll compare it to sound smeared, muddled, confused"
      (The Absolute Sound)


    • SEPTEMBER 2010 MODEL IS REFERENCE - WHAT HIFI - GB
      "The IS Reference is one of the most musically compelling amplifiers we've ever heard at this price level".
      "The IS Reference is amazingly fluid in its delivery, making almost all rival amplifiers sound mechanical in comparison".
      "A sonic superstar with nuanced dynamics, crisp timing and impressive detail; class-leading fluidity; easy to use".
      "If you want a telepathic link into what the recording artist wants you to feel, the IS Reference gets closer than any rival we've heard".
      "Judged purely on sound, the Lavardin is an outstanding bargain"


    • JUILY 2005 - USA - STEREO TIMES
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      "Amazing grace"
      "The Lavardin IS Reference is a true reference that every music lover should make a top priority to audition.
      A word of warning though: after experiencing the Lavardin's grace and resolution, otherwise very good electronics will sound crude and false.
      The ease with which it opens the aesthetic world of music to the listener is priceless".


    • NOVEMBER 2005
      Model IS Reference - FRANCE - Diapason d'OR


  • APRIL 2005 - USA - STEREOPHILE
    CLASS "A" RECOMMENDED COMPONENT



  • FEBRUARY 2005 - USA - STEREOPHILE :
    SAM'SPACE
    "No frills, few features : You'll be impressed only when you sit down and listen ...."
  • Model IS Reference- 2004 - Germany -IMAGE HIFI
    "How can so much music come out of this amplifier ??"

  • GOLDEN EAR AWARD 2001 WINNER
    - 2001 - Model IS et Model IS Reference THE ABSOLUTE SOUND - USA
    "Even the lowly IS makes just about every other amp you´ll compare it to sound smeared, muddled, confused. But the best bit is that all that clarity and organization are musically natural in presentation. Stable and open with fabulous micro-dynamics, the Lavardin is the antithesis of clinical, breathing life and energy into the performance"


  • PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2001
    Model IS Reference
    - England -HIFI+
    " Total realism and incredible pinpoint soundstage accuracy "
    " If you want to "get to know the band", and meet the conductor of the orchestra, and feel the tears rolling down Otis's face, buy one! "

Features & Specifications

Inputs 4 on gold plated high quality hand mounted cinch connector
Input impedance 10Kohms
Input sensibility 330 millivolts
Bypass input factory option on input 1
MM phono input factory option on input 4
Remote Volume control factory option
Input selection sealed relays
Relay contact gold, silver, palladium alloy
Output power 2x50 W RMS on 8 Ohms / maximum 2x104 W on 2 Ohms
Output impedance nominal 8 Ohms
Harmonic distortion 0,005% @ max output
Technology High Speed and low Memory Distortion Solid State Circuits
Lavardin Technologies Design
Size (mm) H 80 L 430 P 340
Case material non magnetic aluminium 3mm chassis 6mm front face
Finish Black anodised and painted high-grade aluminium
Weight 6,5 Kg net (13 lbs)
Power consumption 32 watts idle ; 180 watts maximum
Model ISx Reference Special high power suspended PSU

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