Stereo 130 Amplifier From Leak

Adopting a compact, boxy design, this retro integrated amplifier design takes more than its name from past glories Leak is a venerable name in hi-fi. Founded by Harold Joseph Leak, his company was up and running from 1934.  The company produced hi-fi components in the 40s, 50s and 60s and was responsible for a range of technological innovations during that time. It’s valve-based amplifiers were highly regarded and remain legendary and are still sonically desirable for those collectors with an eye for vintage gear.  Even Jimi Hendrix had one. You can see him here with an original Stereo 30 model (below). Unless this one is strictly posed and nothing else, I reckon ol’Jimi is tweaking the Balance knob in this shot. At a guess, I think he’s added a bit of right channel there. Maybe that’s where his guitar solo is (early stereo, vocals on the left, guitars on the right and all that). “‘Scuse me, while I twist the balance knob ,” said Jimi. Possibly.  And just like Jimi (he says, desperately trying to bask in the reflected glow) I myself have been on the verge of buying a modded Troughline tuner for I-don’t-know-how-long. Basically because it […] The post Stereo 130 Amplifier From Leak appeared first on The Audiophile Man.

Stereo 130 Amplifier From Leak

Adopting a compact, boxy design, this retro integrated amplifier design takes more than its name from past glories Leak is a venerable name in hi-fi. Founded by Harold Joseph Leak, his company was up and running from 1934.  The company produced hi-fi components in the 40s, 50s and 60s and was responsible for a range of technological innovations during that time. It’s valve-based amplifiers were highly regarded and remain legendary and are still sonically desirable for those collectors with an eye for vintage gear.  Even Jimi Hendrix had one. You can see him here with an original Stereo 30 model (below). Unless this one is strictly posed and nothing else, I reckon ol’Jimi is tweaking the Balance knob in this shot. At a guess, I think he’s added a bit of right channel there. Maybe that’s where his guitar solo is (early stereo, vocals on the left, guitars on the right and all that). “‘Scuse me, while I twist the balance knob ,” said Jimi. Possibly.  And just like Jimi (he says, desperately trying to bask in the reflected glow) I myself have been on the verge of buying a modded Troughline tuner for I-don’t-know-how-long. Basically because it […]

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