Octave V70 Class A Tube Integrated Amplifier

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Octave V70 Class A Tube Integrated Amplifier

Class-A. A circuit concept that has bewitching midrange in both push-pull and single-ended amplifiers due to the low distortion. But unfortunately it is paired with low power, dynamics and excessive heating of the amplifier. Features that do not match the product profile of our popular integrated amplifiers 100%. It was therefore important to develop a concept that would bring the undisputed tonal advantages of this principle to life.
In short, a “Class A concept” technically means a higher quiescent current setting and therefore less distortion (almost only second-order harmonics, referred to as k2), but also a limited full modulation with less power. Push-pull concepts, on the other hand, can deliver 4-16 times the output power compared to Class-A, but lack with inharmonic distortions (i.e. odd harmonics k3 and k5). Two soundscapes with followers on both sides. Of course, Andreas Hofmann was tempted to combine both concepts into something new.
After extensive development, a new amplifier concept was created:
The V 70 Class A, a Class A push-pull amplifier in a pentode circuit.
For this, a new Class A technology had to be developed:
The Dynamic Bias Control
Dynamic Bias Control means that Andreas Hofmann has found ways to dynamically shift the limited dynamic range, and thus the limited power of the Class A concept, according to the requirements. The development of the dynamic operating point setting enabled a self-regulating Class A amplifier with approximately twice the output power of 50 W RMS with up to 70 W (with Super Black Box) peak power.
This technology combines the tonal purity of Class A with the dynamics and performance of push-pull A / B technology.
The modern concept of a Class-A push-pull amplifier in a pentode circuit makes it possible to guarantee the Class-A virtues over the entire frequency response up to maximum modulation. The enormous power, with up to 70 watts peak power, is significantly above the performance level of conventional Class A amplifiers and is more than sufficient for most speakers.
The integrated amplifier is equipped with a balanced input as standard. If a turntable is connected, the optional phono board (either MC or MM) offers the right solution.
In the case of the V 70 Class A, an auto-bias circuit is used. The amplifier adjusts itself to the tube used and does not require any adjustment controls. The proven BIAS measurement with the colored LEDs is still available, however, only to check that the four output tubes are working properly.
Similar to the other top models from Octave, the V 70 Class A also has the power preselection, Power High and Low, so that the device can be optimally adapted to different power tubes. Due to the high power in Class A operation, a KT 120 or KT 150 tube must be used for Power High. Less powerful KT88 or 6550 types should be operated at Power Low. Around 15 W Class A and 25 W music power are still available.
Octave typical measures, such as the power management with electronic monitoring are integrated as well as the ECO mode, the modern home theater bypass circuit and the useful regulated preamp output (for direct connection of a subwoofer).
Our special power supply technology protects the amplifier against various types of mains interference. Mains fluctuations and high-frequency mains disturbances do not cause any sonic deterioration.
With the V 70 Class A we have the line of the legendary powerful Octave integrated amplifiers
extended by a highly musical Class A concept.
Basic Model           V 70 Class A, optional Phono MM or MC
Tube Complement           
4 x KT120
Design           Aluminium silver or Aluminium black

Phono Input MC or MM
Black-Box and Super Black Box


      Power Output           2 x 50 W continuous, 70 W Peak into 4 Ohm
      Frequency Response           20 Hz - 70 kHz @ 50 W - 1 / -3 dB
      Total Harmonic Distortion           < 0,1% @ 10 W into 4 Ohm
      Signal-to-Noise Ratio           - 100 dB / 50 W
      Optimal Load Impedance           4 - 16 Ohms
      Damping factor           5 @ 8 Ohms

Inputs: 5 x Line Level / RCA, 1 x Bypass-Function / RCA

1 x Phono optional / RCA

1 x XLR Input

Outputs: 1 x Rec Out / RCA, Pre-Out adjustable / RCA
      Features           ODT / Octave Dynamic Technologies, ECO Mode, Power Management

      Input Sensitivity / MED           300 mV RCA     

      Input Impedance           50 kOhm / RCA, 25kOhm / XLR     

      Left/Right Crosstalk           55 dB     

      Input to Input Crosstalk           - 105 dB     

      Output Impedance Pre Out           240 Ohm     

      Max. Level Pre Out           5 V eff.     

      Tube Complement Preamplifier                 

      Driver tubes           1 x ECC 83, 2 x ECC 81     

      Gain          35dB
      Damping factor 5
         General Facts                 

      Power Comsumption           < 20 W Ecomode, 190 W idle, 500 W @ full power
      Weight           23 kg     

      Standard Accessory           Power cord, IR-Remote Control, Allen key for removing the cover     

      Main Fuse           230/240 V main: 4 A slow-blow type H     

      Dimensions           451 x 175 x 405 mm (W x H x D)      

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