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Model ISx

THE TOUR DE FORCE

The Model ISx is a full width design with unrivaled Lavardin Technology, build quality and design philosophy, in particular the circuits and components which virtually eliminate the effects of memory distortion.
The new X circuits brings a major improvement on transparency and micro dynamics over its predecessor the Model IS.
The Model ISx will definitely bring you closer to the music and give you a purity and clarity that no other amplifier,even those far outside its price range, can achieve.
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.

By design, Lavardin Technologies amplifiers are the less load sensitive amplifiers ever made.Consequently, virtually all speakers will be driven at their best what ever their size and technology.This fantastic power handling allows to measure over 104W per channel on 2 ohm loads out of the Model ISx and 50w on 8ohm.

During shows we have experienced gourgeous musical results with speakers such as Avalon, Sonus Faber Guarnery hommage, Quad electrostatics, Rogers LS3/5A, Living Voice, Harbeth, Focal Utopia, Lecontoure Airline and many others...

ZERO SIDE EFFECT VOLUME CONTROL

Today's digital sources musical drama is the use of their digital volume control, remote controled or not. It simply destroys the 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.
The direct connection to the heart of the amplifier guaranties better sonic results thant any external devices.

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.

Model IS (1998 - 2016)

TESTS REVIEWS

  • JANUARY 2017
    HIFI PLUS
    Alan Sircom
    "The liquid way it plays music is captivating, and that accent on memory distortion really does make the amplifier seem inherently more temporally precise and less edgy sounding than most solid-state amplifiers".
    "The trouble is, you won't be able to stop yourself from thoroughly enjoying the Lavardin Model ISx"
    "Our highest possible recommendation today"

    FULL PDF REVIEW
  • MAY 2016

    Image Hifi may/june (DE) Model IS AWARD 2016 AMPLIFIER

  • JULLY 2015
    AUTRALIA MODEL IS
    "it was the first time I've ever heard this track with the emotion in which I am now sure it was recorded"

  • JUNE 2013
    Model IS - TAS - HIFI+ 100th
    FULL REVIEW HERE

    The Lavardin IS amplifier has been reviewed in 100th edition of hi fi + it seems to have come out rather well
    "The Model IS has an uncommon degree of clarity, agility, and ability to follow a line of music, no matter how fast or complex."

  • OCTOBRE 2012
    Test Model IS, HI Fidelity Greece

  • MARCH 2010
    MODEL IS - Hifi & Musik - Sweden
    superlative in many respects: resolution, spatial delineation, micro-dynamics and timing. Its ability to pick up small details was simply incredible and something not available with the other amps.
    What Lavardin IS brings to the sound is "inner meaning"; ability to follow music's rhytmical nuances, including silent moments, as well as to highlight other significant details.
  • NOVEMBRE 2008 - Model IS - France - GOLD DIAPASON 2008

  • 2001 GOLDEN EAR AWARD WINNER

    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"

  • 2001 - Model IS - England - HIFI+ - par Roy Gregory

  • 2000 - Sweden - test of the Model IS - HIFI & MUSIK -
    Rena Snuren ! (It's completely crazy...)

    "My god, what realism ! Pure magic and clearly evident to anybody listenin"

  • Mai 1998 - Model IS - France -PRESTIGE Audio
    "With no possible contest, Model IS rivals some of the best tube amplifiers"
    "Music is reproduced with the fluidity of a runing river"

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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