Ayon Triton III Integrated Tube Amplifier with KT150 Tubes - Pentode and Triode Switchable
This is the later version of the Triton III utilizing the fabulous KT150 tubes, making this stunning amp capable of delivering 125W of pure tube bliss to your speakers.
In like new condition, not a scratch or blemish to be seen. Fully tested in our lab & listening room where it performed like new.
Includes the remote, manual, and original box. Just like the day it left the factory.
MSRP is close to $9k.
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Ayon Triton III Tube Integrated Amp – Pure Class A
We are proud to introduce our latest third-generation integrated amplifier, the Triton III.
This design presents a substantial upgrade to our very popular Triton II stereo integrated amplifiers. The Triton II amplifiers are highly-regarded for providing world class performance in a beautiful-engineered, compact, and elegant package. All the gain stages have been re-designed and optimized as well, creating the shortest signal path and the most direct signal flow.
The result is a significant advance in sonic performance, wider and deeper airy soundstage with greatly improved powerful bass punch and dynamics. Musical finesse and superb powerful performance has been combined without compromise into one convenient chassis that is affordably priced.
Compared with many top grade integrated amplifiers, the Triton III is a mid-priced unit. However, we are confident that value and musical performance is approached only by a few KT150 designs–regardless of cost.
Refined, but not analytical – organic & natural sonic signature. Wall to wall three dimensional soundstage!
Features & Design
Full-featured pure class-A tube stereo integrated amp or pure power amplifier
Switchable between pentode and triode mode
Ideal also for more difficult loudspeaker loads
The choice of signal and power tubes have a significant influence on the sound and hence on the inspiration and joy of listening. This is not only the decision between good and bad tubes, but also the interaction of the different types of tubes and their combination that are used in the various Ayon amplifiers.
We believe that the simplest circuits work best together with the shortest signal path. The shorter the signal path is, the less possibility of sonic degradation from various sources, including the wire itself. Even on the circuit boards, the copper traces are kept to a very minimum length. The completely redesigned circuit board provides a more straightforward and direct approach to the signal paths.
-Logical sequenced soft-start power up for extended tube life
-Power tube and electronic protection circuit system
-0dB negative feedback (of any kind )
-Ultra short signal path
-Simplest direct circuit path for purest musical sound and high reliability
-No solid state devices in the signal path
-High current and low impedance design that operates tubes in the best areas their curves
-Minimal discrete wiring for optimum signal propagation
-Automatic and manual bias adjustment
-No followers or buffers in the signal path
-High quality parts throughout
-Selector switch engages relays located near RCA jacks to switch all inputs
The power supplies have been further refined with new components and enhanced AC line noise filtration. Separate power transformers, chokes and filters provide total isolation between the input and output stages which makes this a pure power source. We also use electrolytic capacitors with much larger storage capacity to make up for the loss in filtering when using resistors in lieu of inductors.
-2 separate low noise –insulated power transformers
-Power transformers are encased, excellent damped and RFI/EMI shielded
-Innovative power supply provides a high speed energy delivery on transients
-Dual choke filtered power supply for power tubes
-Choke for pre and driver stage
-Separate and isolated power supplies over each stage of amplification
-Regulated DC filament supplies with soft start
-AC power line filter to avoid noise and hash from entering into the unit.
-High capacitance energy storage.
-Current in-rush limiting
-Auto sequencing – Power on cycle completes in 1 minute
Dual Grounding System
The modification of the grounding topology leads to increased reduction of noise from the power supply and other areas. The dual grounding topology used in all of our amplifiers is quite unique to the whole hi-end tube amplification industry. Such extensive topology provides for quieter backdrop so the music can unfold in its entirety. It further establishes the quick and controlled bass response and the full bodied expression of the high frequency. The ground leg of the signal has not been neglected and has been given meticulous attention in its implementation. The importance of proper grounding cannot be over emphasized.
-Central one-point star earth grounding
-Dual grounding system (switchable)
The super-wide bandwidth output transformer’s major strength is that it can deliver the current in the bass, while at the same time maintaining the speed in the high frequencies, dramatically improving the square wave response of the amplifier. The effect is a much more natural and relaxed sound with much better clarity, resolution and fluidity.
-Super-wide bandwidth high performance output transformer
-High efficiency with low insertion loss for optimal current and voltage transfer
-Multiple tight layering and coupling for extended frequency response
-Output transformers are sealed with an anti-resonance compound material
The type of parts used, therefore, must have a synergistic relationship to the circuit they are placed in. It is this relationship, of which type of part to use where, that ranks our products apart from the masses.
-Selected, premium quality passive components used in all applications
-High speed & high quality audiophile grade coupling capacitors
-Special tube sockets with beryllium- copper spring pins, custom made by Ayon
-Ayon high quality – binding posts
-High quality – RCA input jack
-Neutrik/Swiss – XLR chassis connectors
-Special isolated – internal wiring
-Silver-copper matrix – internal signal cable
-Gold-plated industrial grade PCB
-All wiring to the circuit boards is done with the use of special pluggable pin- connectors.
-This is done for easy of repair should ever the need arise.
High Grade Speaker Binding Posts
The new ayon gold plated solid body speaker binding posts provide performance levels that are truly very High End. The solid body construction ensures that there is no gap or breach in the flow of electrons. The gold plating provides for superior contact and resistance to oxidation. These binding posts are chosen primarily for their sonic performance, edging out even more expensive counterparts.
The high grade aluminum chassis impart a richer, more lustrous tonality with a cleaner background and less hash and grain. All brushed anodized anti-vibration-resonance and non-magnetic chassis’s are fully hand assembled to insure the highest level of craftsmanship.
-Improved heat ventilation chassis
-Custom-made machined control knobs
-The aluminium feet are resonance absorbing types
-Backlit “ayon” logo
-All front & rear panel descriptions are engraved
-4 line inputs & 1 direct input – for pure power amp operation
-AC phase polarity control indicator
-Volume & Mute function – RC
-Metal remote commander
-Chassis finish: black / chrome
About Ayon Audio:
Based in Austria, Ayon Audio began life four decades ago as VAIC, then changing course to Ayon Audio with Gerhard Hirt at the helm. Ayon Audio continues to develop new vacuum tube designs, amplifiers, preamplifiers, headphone amps, CD Players, DAC's, streamers coupled with the globally recognized Ayon soundstage. This remarkable sonic performance, that Ayon calls Voicing, (The DNA) This DNA is found in all of Ayon's products.
As the Absolute Sound Magazine wrote, "His eye for circuit design, ergonomics and voicing of the Ayon gear is Ivy League level, as is his business acumen. Each Hirt creation has a unique sound and style. If Steve Jobs had been an audio designer, I reckon he'd have been Gerhard Hirt." J. Valin.
In the review of the Ayon Vulcan mono amplifiers by The Absolute Sound, the reviewer concluded that " if you value huge panoramic soundstaging with velvety black backgrounds with eye-popping detail, Ayon is for you. A rare do-it-all design which marries the drive of solid state with with the magic of an SET. The Most holographic amplifier ever manufactured. J. Valin.
Countless awards worldwide from renowned high end print magazines and online reviewers, with the "Best Sound" "Cost No Object" awards, have stacked up for over a decade, in a row, at the major high end audio shows, globally.
Ayon's nomination for "The Bugatti of Audio" by The Absolute Sound magazine, front cover of the magazine for the Ayon Vulcan amplifiers, Polaris preamplifier and the Ayon CD-5s, awarded from one of the most respected international High End magazine, The Absolute Sound.
Ayon continues to set the standard in vacuum tube technology with distributors in over 55 countries worldwide.
|Amplifier||Ayon Triton III
|Class of Operation||Triode* or Pentode mode, Class-A*|
|Tube Complement||8 x KT150 12AU7 6SJ7|
|Load Impedance||4 & 8 Ohms|
|Bandwidth||8Hz - 70kHz|
|Output Power:Pentode mode||2 x 125 W|
|Output Power:Triode mode||2 x 80 W|
|Frequency Response||10 Hz – 60 kHz|
|Input Impedance at 1 kHz||100 KΩ|
|Input sensitivity (full power)||1V|
|Volume Control||MCU based with analog resistor switching circuit (1,5dB per step)|
|Inputs||3 x Line IN, 1 x XLR IN, 1 x Direct IN,|
|Output||1 x Pre Out|
|Dimensions (WxDxH) cm||
51 x 42 x 25 cm (20" x 16.5" x 9.8")
|Weight||49 kg (108 lbs)|
The SkyFi Testing Process for Tube Amplifiers:
We start with a visual inspection of all internal components to make sure there are no signs of stress or aging. Capacitors are checked for telltale sings of bulging or leaking, resistors are checked for signs of overheating or cracking, and tubes are inspected for signs of stress overheating or cracking.
We then power up the unit carefully and run a simple 1k sine wave while monitoring the output on an oscilloscope for signs of distortion or noise. Finally we run the amplifier to its full rated power into the appropriate resistive load provided by our Sencore amplifier tester. If there is an issue, it will usually be noticeable at this point. If it all looks clean we will often test for THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) measured by our Keithley distortion meter, and compare it against the original manufacturers specifications. The amplifier the remains powered on to "burn in" on our test bench for a few hours to make sure there are no heat related issues. If there are balanced inputs available they will also be tested.
We also test all tubes for output gain and leakage on our calibrated B&K 747 tester against the original manufacturers specifications. If needed, the tubes will be replaced from our vast NOS (New Old Stock) vintage or modern inventory.
Final testing involves pushing actual music thorough the amplifier. We've learned over time that some issues are only noticeable to a trained ear while listening to familiar source material. Our test bench has reference vintage KEF speakers that we're very familiar with which quickly reveal any discrepancies. Some amplifiers will then move into our listening room where they are tested with our in-house reference speakers of choice.
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