The Heed Lagrange integrated amp

The Heed Lagrange integrated amp

Bob Clarke of Profundo Imports came by the shop today with some Micklethwait BBQ and the new Heed Lagrange integrated amp!

This new full size Heed has some serious guts! Rated at 60/100 watts @ 8/4 ohm, it comes with a MM phono board built in. A Class A headphone amp and there will be a DAC module option in the near future. It even has Bluetooth so you can easily play your phone through it.

Heed uses Transcap technology in all of their amps, even the little Elixir. Here’s what they say about it:

When you own a Heed amplifier you meet technology that you most probably have never seen in action before. Like the almost forgotten (and then reincarnated) valve technology, the output capacitor transistor amplifiers can normally only be found in the deepest recesses of engineers drawers. The technical difficulties of RC-Coupling means almost 100% of todays manufacturers opt for the easier direct-coupled solutions instead. With great effort and countless development hours there is a way to employ an up to date and sonically better sounding RC-Coupled amplifier. We have chosen this way.

Like the belt of a great turntable or the output transformer of a valve amplifier, the output capacitor makes for a great decoupling between the amp and the speaker. But the main advantage is the fact that a capacitor is an energy storage device. By design, this capacitor connects directly onto the speaker, with no in-between elements. Power delivery becomes rapid and precise. To charge this power element, we use a push-pull complementary Darlington transistor drive stage.

This power transforming system needs to be perfectly balanced. The heart of our Transcap technology lies in the precise adjustment of all the charge transmitting and current delivery channels. This propels all the common amplifier components; mains transformer, power supply, voltage and power amplifier stages, into something radically different. You may see now, this is no ordinary amp and it cannot be measured by common standards. Using our methods the sound becomes thick, warm, yet clear and life-like, as it properly translates the electronic signal into the acoustic world.

Pretty cool, right? I’ll have the Lagrange here on loan for a bit. Come give it a listen!

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