Jaguar is pleased to offer EAR electronics, some of the most musical tube gear in existence. When it comes to high-end tube amplifiers, there are hundreds of brands on the market, many costing much more than EAR. However, at Jaguar we're only interested in amps like EAR or Lamm, which are created by visionary designers and stand above the others as truly unique and special. Numerous available models allow you to select one that's the best match for your system and the sound character you're going for. Of course the integrated model allows you to avoid the use of a separate preamplifier, simplifying the system and lowering the overall budget.
V12 | Push-pull stereo integrated amplifier operating in enhanced triode mode. 50 Watts per channel into 4, 8, or 16 ohms. Uses EL84 output tubes (6 per channel). Self-biasing. Six line inputs and one tape output.
"The V12 is the most revealing integrated tube amplifier I have heard at any price, ever. With non-stop musicality, rounded tonality, spot-on timbres, depth and breadth you must hear to believe, and a subtle, delicate sweetness that lives between the notes, the V12 is the ultimate for anyone with speakers in the 89db or higher efficiency. Perfectly integrated from top to bottom, the airy bloom and impactful, highly detailed bass are just right, and compliment any type of music imaginable."
"It has the refinement, insight and delicacy expected from a top-class valve design, but couples it with a sense of attack and drive that just isn’t. It would be doing this amplifier a disservice to describe it as simply an excellent example of the valve design. It’s a great amplifier. Period."
EAR (formerly “Esoteric Audio Research”) is the brainchild of Tim de Paravicini, whose name has been associated since the 1970s with electronics of the highest fidelity. De Paravicini’s innovative techniques have not only borne fruit in products for EAR, but in designs for some of the world’s most highly regarded electronics manufacturers. Some of these designs have been continually prized—and sought—by discerning listeners for decades after their introduction.
Tim de Paravicini has also made unique contributions to the world of professional recording and mastering. Users of his tape recording systems, microphones, and other recording technology include performers Pink Floyd and Lenny Kravitz, the Altarus and Water Lily record labels, and renowned recording and mastering engineers like Robert Ludwig, Joe Gastwirt, and James Guthrie. One of the world’s highest-ranked mastering facilities, The Exchange in London, uses two playback systems in which the entire chain--from tape machines and equalizers to cutter amplifiers and monitoring equipment—is EAR-designed and built. Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs uses his LP cutting system, as well as a playback tape deck with his electronics.
EAR amplifiers are unequalled in their ability to deliver a pure rendition of the signal fed into them, free from the colorations and distortions of most amplifiers. Tim de Paravicini has been instrumental in investigating the role of ultrasonic resonances in amplifier circuits and their effect on transient response. He has also undertaken significant original research on the subjective effects of distortion. This research has not only facilitated the interpretation of amplifier measurements, but has shed light upon the correlation between measurements and sound quality. The results are easy to appreciate—EAR amplifiers are among the most accurate amplifiers ever made.