CYBERFi - Review, 1996

THE CYBERFI VERDICT

If you like your music up-front and vivid, the NVA AP30 will prove a constant source of delight. It must be partnered with the right cable, preferably NVA's own interconnects and LS1 loudspeaker cable. I was struck by the precision and clarity of sound using the AP30. Its superb focus and sense of rhythmic cohesion is impressive. This is the sort of sound that can practically transport you to the place of the recording. Background listening... forget it. This amplifier demolishes barriers and places you in the front row. If you want musical involvement from a simply configured, well engineered design, the AP30 should be high on your shortlist. Driving suitably responsive, medium to high sensitivity loudspeakers, the AP30 can deliver surprisingly high levels, though careful adjustment of the unusually configured volume control may be necessary.

RIGHT OF REPLY

Richard Dunn, Managing Director, NVA.

What a nice bit of nostalgia, having to reply to a review on one of our products. It's just as we used to do with the sadly missed Audiophile magazine. I use to love replying in that UK magazine, as it gave me a 'soap box' to rant about the political nature and general state of the UK hi-fi industry. CYBERFi is an international magazine on the internet, so I can no longer be so parochial. I am forced to address myself only to the content of the review. Ho hum!

I think it would be churlish to criticise the review in any way. It seems to have described the essence and also many of the nuances that make NVA ownership so fascinating to the many worldwide addicts to our brand of musical exploration.

I would like to accentuate Johnathan's comments about cable and widen the discussion. There is no such thing a 'the best cable'. Loudspeaker cable should be looked at as part of the amplification system. Just because with your own or with a specific amplifier you have found a cable to be best DO NOT presume that this will hold true with all amplifiers. I have received NVA amplifiers 'blown up' by people who have believed what other manufacturers or their dealers told them. A case in point was one customer who was sold a 10m set of tri-wired cable. The result: one week later the poor amplifier gave up trying to drive a grossly capacitive load. The moral is: a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, especially when acquired by indoctrination.

A second case occurred because a distributor I share with Audio Note in the Far East insisted on using NVA amplification with Audio Note silver cable. Now this is a very fine cable when used with valve (tube) or highly compensated solid state amplifiers, but is lethal when used with non compensated or filtered amplifiers. The moral of this tale: never confuse salesmanship with fact. Please note that there are many cables suitable for use with NVA amplifiers. As a rule of thumb, if you use cable or under 250pF per meter and do not bi-wire or tri-wire, or more importantly use the cable that has been designed for the amplifier, NVA cable, then the benefits and pleasures amply described by Jonathan Kettle in the review will be yours.

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