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Audio Refinement Complete 3 Piece Set - Integrated Amp, CD, and Tuner (YBA)

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Audio Refinement Complete 3 Piece Set Integrated Cd And Tuner (Yba) Amplifier

Audio Refinement Complete 3 Piece Set - Integrated Amp, CD, and Tuner (YBA)

SkyFi 479

Pickup available, usually ready in 24 hours

479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States

+12018790000

General:
The brainchild of French audio designer Yves Bernard André of YBA, Audio Refinement is distributed in North America by Audio Plus Services.

The series is meant to offer quality-conscious pilgrims a no-compromise point of entry into the world of high-end performance, but at a reasonable price.

Three piece set from Audio Refinement including:
Complete Integrated Amp
Complete CD Player
Complete Tuner

Great looking and sounding set covering all the bases. Perfect for an office or sitting room. A great value too.

Tested and working perfectly. With manuals and original packing.

Cosmetic Notes:
- All three pieces show light cover wear from stacking.
- The faceplate of the integrated amplifier has one small scratch near the volume knob, see pic.
- All faceplates show minor wear from normal use.

Brand Background:
Audio Refinement HiFi is a renowned brand known for its commitment to delivering high-quality audio products with refined sound reproduction. With a focus on simplicity and audio purity, Audio Refinement HiFi designs and manufactures a range of amplifiers, preamplifiers, CD players, and other audio components that cater to audiophiles seeking exceptional musical experiences.

The company places great importance on meticulous engineering and superior craftsmanship, ensuring that each product meets the highest standards of performance and reliability. Audio Refinement HiFi products are designed to accurately reproduce music with transparency, detail, and dynamic range, allowing listeners to immerse themselves in the nuances of their favorite recordings. By combining innovative technologies and rigorous testing, Audio Refinement HiFi has earned a reputation for producing audio components that provide an engaging and captivating audio experience, making them a favored choice among music enthusiasts who value sonic excellence.

Ownership:
Unknown

Connections:
RCA inputs and pout-us on all units. 5 Way binding posts for speakers, removable IEC power cords.

General Sound:
Neutral sound with little to no coloration

Cosmetic Condition:
7/10 = Good. One or two minor scratches. Well Maintained. See our detailed rating description here.

Working Condition:
Working perfectly and tested in our lab and listening room.

Included:
Unit, manual, and power cord.

Packing:
Original Manufacturers Packing

Reviews:
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Original MSRP:
$3,000.00

Recommended Cables:

Kimber Kable - RCA Interconnects - Better

Kimber Kable - Phono Interconnects - Better

Kimber Kable - Speaker Cables - Better

Kimber Kable - Power Cords - Better

Specs:

Description: Solid-state integrated amplifier.

Power output (both channels driven): 50Wpc into 8 ohms (17dBW), 90Wpc into 4 ohms (16.5dBW).

Frequency response: 10Hz–40kHz, ±3dB.

Total Harmonic Distortion: 20Hz–20kHz, ±0.02%.

S/N ratio: !w95dB (A-weighted).

Power consumption: 260W (full power).

Dimensions:
4.25" (105mm) H by 17.5" (442mm) W by 12.75" (320mm) D.

Weight:
19 lbs.

Approximate Age:
2007

The SkyFi Testing Process for Integrated Amplifiers:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure that there are no signs of heat stress or damage. Capacitors are checked for telltale signs of predictive failure including bulging, shrunken wrappers, or physical leakage. We also inspect the PCBs for discoloration from resistors or transistors that may have been running hot. On vintage units we often spot check select capacitors for value and ESR.

If the device has the ability to decouple the preamplifier from the power amplifier, we remove the jumpers and independently test each section. If the device cannot be decoupled, we assess the electronic condition of the piece by analyzing the speaker level output only.

We start by connecting the “preout” jacks of the integrated to a Sencore PA81 Power Analyzer which simulates real world loading conditions and gives us an oscilloscope interface. The first order of business is checking that the volume control works smoothly throughout its entire range with acceptable channel balance. This is accomplished by feeding a 1KHz sine wave into one of the preamp’s line level inputs while monitoring the preamp’s output on an oscilloscope. We then switch to a 1KHz square wave to test the tone controls, loudness function, and filters where applicable. During this step we are watching for equal alteration of the test signal by both channels. This also helps us identify dirty controls that will need treatment. Once the basic line stage functions are verified, we test each input individually. This is especially important for devices that use relays to select their sources. If the preamp section is equipped with a phono stage we test that as well. We use an inverse RIAA filter which allows us to feed a reference test signal into the phono input with the proper RIAA equalization and level. A square wave or sine sweep is used to verify that the device’s phono stage is faithfully reproducing the RIAA curve.

Next, we test the power amplifier section by connecting the integrated’s speaker outputs to a Sencore PA81 Power Analyzer which acts as a dummy load, DC offset monitor, and oscilloscope interface. We start with a low level 1KHz test signal at the “main in” jacks and slowly increase its amplitude while monitoring the output on an oscilloscope for signs of noise, clipping, distortion, or improper channel balance. We continue increasing the signal level until the amplifier reaches clipping. At this point we take an output power measurement and compare it to the spec sheet of the amplifier to verify proper performance.We finish off the bench evaluation with a 1KHz square wave check and a 20Hz to 20KHz sine sweep to assess the amplifier’s frequency response characteristics. This battery of tests will usually reveal if the amplifier has any issues that need further attention.

If the preamp and power amp both pass these tests, we reconnect the sections and verify that the preamp section can drive the power amp to rated power with a 1KHz tone on one of the line level inputs.

Before the device leaves the bench, we perform a listening test with actual music using a variety of preferred test tracks. Our benches are outfitted with familiar monitor speakers which help us identify inconsistencies that will not always show up on our test gear. The main things that we are listening for are hum or noise with no signal present, proper center image, clicks, pops, or any other obvious undesirable audio characteristics.

If the unit passes all of these tests it is moved to our long term testing rig where we simulate real word operating conditions for 6-8 hours. This allows us to monitor the unit for signs of thermal runaway or intermittent issues that only crop up when the unit has fully come up to temperature.

The SkyFi Testing Process for CD Players:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure that there are no signs of heat stress or damage. Capacitors are checked for telltale signs of predictive failure including bulging, shrunken wrappers, or physical leakage. We also inspect resistors and other passive components for signs of overheating. When the unit is first powered on we check the drawer mechanism function.

After the visual inspection we connect the CD Player’s RCA outputs to our Sencore PA81 Power Analyzer which simulates a real world input impedance and allows us to monitor the output on an oscilloscope. We start with a test CD with precision test signals to verify proper output on both channels. If the CD player has balanced outputs these are also tested at this time. If this check passes, we move onto evaluation with actual music CDs. We listen for clicks, skips, and drops during playback. At this time we also check the transport functions including skip, ff, rw, play, pause, repeat, and programming if applicable. If the unit has a remote control, all remote control functions are verified.

If the CD player is capable of SACD playback we test its ability to read SACD layers on multiple discs including standard and hybrid SACDs. At this time we also check the unit’s digital outputs where applicable. If SACD layers are being properly read we should see the digital outputs mute during playback. On redbook CD playback we verify that each digital output maintains proper lock on our bench DAC.

After bench testing is completed, CD players are set up for testing on our long term test rig. During extended testing we make sure that unit can play through several different discs from beginning to end with no skips or lock ups.

The SkyFi Testing Process for Tuners:

We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure that there are no signs of heat stress or damage. Capacitors are checked for telltale signs of predictive failure including bulging, shrunken wrappers, or physical leakage. We also inspect the PCBs for discoloration from resistors or transistors that may have been running hot. On vintage units we often spot check select capacitors for value and ESR. Vintage analog tuners also have moving parts related to the tuning gang and dial string. These parts are inspected for smooth operation.

If the unit passes visual inspection it is bench tested for a handful of key performance parameters using a Sencore SG80 AM/FM Stereo Analyzer. The SG80 allows us to “simulate” an ideal radio station using precision test signals instead of music. This device, in conjunction with an oscilloscope allows us to properly evaluate the following parameters:

  1. AM Reception (Where Applicable)
  2. FM Mono Reception & Tuning Meter Function
  3. FM MPX Reception (Stereo)
  4. Dial Tracking - How accurately the tuner dial or display indicates the actual frequency of the broadcast being received.
  5. Stereo Separation - A properly working stereo tuner will have minimal crosstalk between the left and right channel.
  6. Sensitivity & Signal Strength Meter Function - By lowering the output of the SG80 we can simulate weak stations and determine how well the tuner will be able to pull in weak distant stations. This adjustment also helps us verify signal strength meter function.

If the tuner has acceptable performance related to the parameters above we connect the unit for listening tests with a simple dipole antenna. We listen for audio reproduction quality of local stations and evaluate how many stations the tuner can receive while we sweep through the dial. We are looking to verify that the tuner can decode stereo on strong local broadcasts and pick up a wide variety of local stations at the bottom, middle, and top of the frequency band. At this point we also test convenience features such as muting, filters, built in oscilloscope function, etc.

We finish up with an extended listening test on our long term test rig. We tune in a strong local station and monitor for drift over a 2-3 hour period.

SKU: 999509
Audio Refinement Complete 3 Piece Set Integrated Cd And Tuner (Yba) Amplifier
Audio Refinement Complete 3 Piece Set - Integrated Amp, CD, and Tuner (YBA) Sale price$3,033.00