Vincent is gorgeous

Vincent might not be a name you’re aware of but rest assured, in the hi-fi world it’s a badge synonymous with top quality materials and cr

Vincent might not be a name you’re aware of but rest assured, in the hi-fi world it’s a badge synonymous with top quality materials and craftsmanship. The Design Line Three brings together solid-state and traditional valve technology to produce kit that delivers the best of both worlds: stuffy hi-fi and up-to-date tech. The result, unsurprisingly, is a gloriously warm, detailed sound that will have you wondering why we ever got rid of those valve thingummies in the first place.HeftThe SP-T100 mono bloc (pictured) weighs in at a chunky 15kg, generally a good sign in the hi-fi world and it’s not just a couple of breeze blocks and a PCB, either. There’s a tube-based Class A input stage and solid-stage output stage. Like we said, the best of both worlds. The T100 delivers 10 watts in pure, astonishingly detailed class A mode, switching after that for up to 200 watts of poke in Class AB.Pair it with the SA-T1 hybrid pre-amp and bask in the glory of four vacuum tubes picking out details in your music your puny ears had never imagined existed.And as a compliment to a sleek, stark bachelor pad, the range is second to none. Never mind turning the things on, you’ll have won people over way, way before that.And the best thing of all? Why that’ll be the price. A snip at £750 for the SP-T100 mono bloc and £800 for the SA-T1 hybrid pre-amp.

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Vincent Design Line ThreePrice: SP-T100 £750/SA-T1 £800 On sale: Now Contact: Ruark DistributionRelated stories:Vincent treats audiophiles with valve CD player