Audion Special Edition series

Silver Night Special Edition 300B Stereo and Stereo Integrated Power Amplifiers

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Audion Silver Night Special Edition power amplifier range

The Audion Silver Night Special Edition Range consists o 4 models including  Single Ended Stereo & Stereo Integrated, Parallel Single Ended and Push-Pull Mono-block power amplifiers as well as a matching pre-amplifier.

The Silver Night Special Edition range represents our intermediate to high end range, still affordable and using quality British, European or American components, yet showing an insight into true high end. The Special Editions reproduce truly and faithfully fast transients and beautiful musicality, in fact, perfect reproduction of finite detail that bring a total listening experience. 

Audion’s Silver Night Special Edition gets a new, cleaner look, with highlight features designed by the Dutch commercial designer Marko Schregardus.

The new design features a badge less top transformer cover, with just the name branding on the front, A new mirror finished top plate without screws and a new fillet piece that both highlights and accentuates the valves. 

” This is an artisan product that feels like a lifelong investment in quality !” –
Chris Ward – Hifi Choice

The front panel too hasn’t been neglected. The front panel and top box are in a champagne gold colour, with a more tactile knob, designed to enhance both the overall look and to be easier to the touch and move. as well as cleaner smoother lines on the front panel and top plates and the seamless transition from the mirror polished top plate to the transformer housing.  

Silver Night 300B special Edition integrated stereo

Audion Silver Night Special Edition 300B Integrated Stereo

The Audion Silver Night Special edition power amplifiers come 4 different variations including Single Ended stereo and Stereo Integrated, Parallel Single Ended and Push Pull mono-blocks. All use JJ300B valves and have our unique circuit topology as well as in house designed and wound output transformers.  

The Special Editions are all hard wired (Air Wired) point to point. All of of our amplifiers have a volume control on the front which negates the need for a pre-amplifier in most cases. By keeping our wiring neat and flowing and at different levels we keep hum and noise to an absolute minimum . For example our valve heater wires run very close to the chassis, whereas HT wires and signal wires run in free air, and if they have to cross, do so at 90 degrees to each other. Solid silver signal wires on this amp run inside teflon tubing and Red “Power Tubes ®”

We have wired the signal path in pure silver, you will see on the picture to the right that we are using 5*9’s Audion Blue Silver interconnect to an Alps blue Velvet pot.  In fact the entire audio path is run in silver.

Silver Night special edition transformersGoing a step further in the design process, gave us an idea of how to improve our already very good output transformers.  These are made in house, using a very high purity copper conductor,  M6 grade silicon steel and a slightly different dielectric internal substrate giving an extremely high bandwidth (typically <10Hz to >30Khz).  Normal transformers are designed for 20Hz – 20Khz.  All our output transformers are built and tested to extremely high standards. They are even HiPot tested to 5KV.

Well primarily on first switch on, the characteristics of the 300B shine through. However within 15 minutes or less when the valves have warmed up, they bloom. The bass really is exceptionally well defined and detailed, the blacks in a musical passage really are black and not an inky grey that some systems will give you, Mids are accurate and forward and certainly revealing and the highs show detail that needs to be heard to be appreciated.

Overall the sound is clear, detailed and controlled without being fatiguing.  The look of the new amp is subtle and the finished detail is cleaner and more stylised. The amp gives about 9.5 watts of pure class A output, but being conservative we say only 8 watts as that is the lowest power it will give with countries that only have a 100V mains power supply. 
It is ideally matched to loudspeakers of over 89db efficiency, but will drive slightly lower efficiency  loudspeakers  to moderate sound levels (spl) in a small to average listening room <30m² rooms.
The Silver Night Special Edition really is an easy amp to get along with. the JJ 300B valves have a life of 2000 plus hours as the manufacturers claim but we have found them to have many more (5000 hours and more) our smaller NOS (new old stock) Russian 6H23N valves are good for 10000 hours and more. 

“The Audion Silver Night Special Edition gave me the kind of soundstage I like in spades.” – Jack Roberts – Dagogo 

Our Special Edition Silver Night series all have a solid silver audio path and internal interconnect, as well as our custom ” red power tubes” and feature WBT Nextgen binding posts, as well as our new look chassis.

The chassis is made of military grade aluminium, with a durable champagne finished powder coated finish. The top plate is full depth mirror polished stainless steel with hidden fixings and organic valve fillets.

Technical specifications for all products in this range.

Warranty: 2 years return to base. Valves 6 months.

Specifications Silver Night Special Edition Stereo & Stereo Integrated 300B 

2 x 8 Watts Class A  into 8 Ohms at 240V AC
Load:  8 Ohm Nominal
Distortion @ 1Watt:   <0.1% No Feedback
Frequency Response: <8Hz  to >35KHz ±3 db
Consumption: – 158 Watts
Valves: – 2 x 300B, 2 x 6H23N

Specifications Parallel Single Ended Mono block 300B 

 2 x 18 Watts Class A  into 8 Ohms at 240V AC
Load: 4 -8 Ohm Nominal
Distortion @ 1Watt:   <0.1% No Feedback
Frequency Response: <10 to >40KHz ±3 db
Consumption: – 167 Watts per mono block
Valves: – 2 x 300B, 2 x 6H23N per mono block

Specifications Special Edition Push Pull 300B mono block 

 2 x 24 Watts Class A  into 8 Ohms at 240V AC
Load:  4 -8 Ohm Nominal
Distortion @ 1Watt:   <0.1% No Feedback
Frequency Response: 11 to 35KHz ±3 db
Consumption: – 165 Watts per mono block
Valves: – 2 x 300B, 2 x 6H23N per mono block

Specifications for all Amplifiers

Sensitivity: Variable >150mV Full output
Noise: < (CCIR) – 90 db
Size:  42cm deep,23cm wide and 19cm tall – Less valves 
Weight: 14Kgs stereo, 15Kgs Stereo Integrated, 11Kgs per mono-block
Fuses – Power 2A 240V / 3.5A 120V slow blow.
            HT. 500mA 240V / 1A 120V Slow blow

Product options for all stereo , stereo integrated or mono-block Special Editions, as well as valve options.

As the Special editions already have a silver wired audio path, WBT Nextgen binding posts and upgraded components as well as a specially designed output transformer, there are less available upgrade options, however we do offer a few upgrades that make a significant sonic improvement, which include signal capacitors, stepped attenuators and power supply capacitors as well as more tantalum resistors etc. 

We also offer a remote volume control for all stereo and stereo integrated power amplifiers.

Upgrade options and upgraded product categories direct from the factory.

We offer 2 upgrade classes for the Silver Night Special Edition Range. The basic specification is very close to that of Insignia class already. The upgrade classes are 
Excelsior Class uses the same as above but with the inclusion of Teflon/Tin foil V-caps, Internal Solid Silver wired Interconnect, a 43 way Stepped attenuator, better power supply capacitors and WBT RCA’s. 
Signature Reference uses the same as the Excelsior class but comes with fully silver wired audio and ground paths, silver foil in oil capacitors, solid silver wound output transformers, silver RCA’s and Binding posts, 

There are options on both classes for solid silver wound secondaries or primaries and secondaries on the output transformer.

The Audion Silver Night Special edition power amplifiers come 4 different variations including Single Ended stereo and Stereo Integrated, Parallel Single Ended and Push Pull mono-blocks. All use JJ300B valves and have our unique circuit topology as well as in house designed and wound output transformers.  

The Special Editions are all hard wired (Air Wired) point to point. All of of our amplifiers have a volume control on the front which negates the need for a pre-amplifier in most cases. By keeping our wiring neat and flowing and at different levels we keep hum and noise to an absolute minimum . For example our valve heater wires run very close to the chassis, whereas HT wires and signal wires run in free air, and if they have to cross, do so at 90 degrees to each other. Solid silver signal wires on this amp run inside teflon tubing and Red “Power Tubes ®”

We have wired the signal path in pure silver, you will see on the picture to the right that we are using 5*9’s Audion Blue Silver interconnect to an Alps blue Velvet pot.  In fact the entire audio path is run in silver.

Silver Night special edition transformersGoing a step further in the design process, gave us an idea of how to improve our already very good output transformers.  These are made in house, using a very high purity copper conductor,  M6 grade silicon steel and a slightly different dielectric internal substrate giving an extremely high bandwidth (typically <10Hz to >30Khz).  Normal transformers are designed for 20Hz – 20Khz.  All our output transformers are built and tested to extremely high standards. They are even HiPot tested to 5KV.

Well primarily on first switch on, the characteristics of the 300B shine through. However within 15 minutes or less when the valves have warmed up, they bloom. The bass really is exceptionally well defined and detailed, the blacks in a musical passage really are black and not an inky grey that some systems will give you, Mids are accurate and forward and certainly revealing and the highs show detail that needs to be heard to be appreciated.

Overall the sound is clear, detailed and controlled without being fatiguing.  The look of the new amp is subtle and the finished detail is cleaner and more stylised. The amp gives about 9.5 watts of pure class A output, but being conservative we say only 8 watts as that is the lowest power it will give with countries that only have a 100V mains power supply. 
It is ideally matched to loudspeakers of over 89db efficiency, but will drive slightly lower efficiency  loudspeakers  to moderate sound levels (spl) in a small to average listening room <30m² rooms.
The Silver Night Special Edition really is an easy amp to get along with. the JJ 300B valves have a life of 2000 plus hours as the manufacturers claim but we have found them to have many more (5000 hours and more) our smaller NOS (new old stock) Russian 6H23N valves are good for 10000 hours and more. 

“The Audion Silver Night Special Edition gave me the kind of soundstage I like in spades.” – Jack Roberts – Dagogo 

Our Special Edition Silver Night series all have a solid silver audio path and internal interconnect, as well as our custom ” red power tubes” and feature WBT Nextgen binding posts, as well as our new look chassis.

The chassis is made of military grade aluminium, with a durable champagne finished powder coated finish. The top plate is full depth mirror polished stainless steel with hidden fixings and organic valve fillets.

Technical specifications for all products in this range.

Warranty: 2 years return to base. Valves 6 months.

Specifications Silver Night Special Edition Stereo & Stereo Integrated 300B 

2 x 8 Watts Class A  into 8 Ohms at 240V AC
Load:  8 Ohm Nominal
Distortion @ 1Watt:   <0.1% No Feedback
Frequency Response: <8Hz  to >35KHz ±3 db
Consumption: – 158 Watts
Valves: – 2 x 300B, 2 x 6H23N

Specifications Parallel Single Ended Mono block 300B 

 2 x 18 Watts Class A  into 8 Ohms at 240V AC
Load: 4 -8 Ohm Nominal
Distortion @ 1Watt:   <0.1% No Feedback
Frequency Response: <10 to >40KHz ±3 db
Consumption: – 167 Watts per mono block
Valves: – 2 x 300B, 2 x 6H23N per mono block

Specifications Special Edition Push Pull 300B mono block 

 2 x 24 Watts Class A  into 8 Ohms at 240V AC
Load:  4 -8 Ohm Nominal
Distortion @ 1Watt:   <0.1% No Feedback
Frequency Response: 11 to 35KHz ±3 db
Consumption: – 165 Watts per mono block
Valves: – 2 x 300B, 2 x 6H23N per mono block

Specifications for all Amplifiers

Sensitivity: Variable >150mV Full output
Noise: < (CCIR) – 90 db
Size:  42cm deep,23cm wide and 19cm tall – Less valves 
Weight: 14Kgs stereo, 15Kgs Stereo Integrated, 11Kgs per mono-block
Fuses – Power 2A 240V / 3.5A 120V slow blow.
            HT. 500mA 240V / 1A 120V Slow blow

Product options for all stereo , stereo integrated or mono-block Special Editions, as well as valve options.

As the Special editions already have a silver wired audio path, WBT Nextgen binding posts and upgraded components as well as a specially designed output transformer, there are less available upgrade options, however we do offer a few upgrades that make a significant sonic improvement, which include signal capacitors, stepped attenuators and power supply capacitors as well as more tantalum resistors etc. 

We also offer a remote volume control for all stereo and stereo integrated power amplifiers.

Upgrade options and upgraded product categories direct from the factory.

We offer 2 upgrade classes for the Sterling Range.. The upgrade classes are 
Insignia Class which uses a full silver wired audio path, better graded components again in the audio path, tantalum resistors in the critical places and WBT binding posts.
Excelsior Class uses the same as above but with the inclusion of Teflon/Tin foil V-caps, Internal Solid Silver wired Interconnect, a 43 way Stepped attenuator, better power supply capacitors and WBT RCA’s. 

There are options on both classes for solid silver wound secondaries or primaries and secondaries on the output transformer.

Jack Roberts
Jack Roberts
Dagogo
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"What surprised me about this Audion amp was the special way it portrayed music in a very relaxed and liquid way, but not in one that was overly warm. Powered by the Audion Silver Night, there was plenty of detail and lots of life to the sound of my system. I found the sound in my listening and reviewing sessions almost effortless and great fun with this amp. It has plenty of that magical 300B bloom which allows music to come alive giving you an impressive emotional musical experience. It played music in my system with beautiful harmonics and texture. One of the things I love about good 300B amps is the magical way they play voices, and the Audion Silver Night does this really well on both male and female vocals."
Stepaen
Stepaen6 Moons
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"What makes the Audion special is the fact that it offers both aural ease and liquid momentum. It’s also eerily quiet upon powering up. It makes music come alive with impressive emotional essence in the mids - more spirit or musically vibrational bloom if you will, and in classic 300B form the Audion is sumptuous with voices whether it’s Jacinta purring, Chrissie Hynde panting, Sinatra swingin’ or Lightnin’ Hopkins supplicatin’... all—and here’s what separates it from some others—whilst remaining well-balanced, well-grounded and well-focused.. "
John Marchant
John MarchantHifi Review.com
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The sound was a contrast, detailed and extremely musical. There was no slowness and desire to lull the listener, for which I dislike for a directly heated triode single end.
Peter Empson
Peter Empson Deco Audio
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"The Special Edition takes the concept of the Silver Night Anniversary a step or two further. First, most noticeably, is fresh new case appearance, the work of leading designer Marko Schregardus, which has a cleaner look than the traditional Audion half width chassis and a light Gold finish to the fascia and transformer box with contrasting Black sides and Stainless trim. Feature wise it remains the same, the volume control means that a single input can be used directly, or it can be used to trim the level from a pre amplifier if required. An integrated amplifier version with 5 line level inputs is also available. Naturally what really concerns us is the sound, and thanks to all the internal hook up wire being pure Silver, some upgraded parts and a pair of very serious output transformers, the improvements over the already stunning Anniversary are very worthwhile. There is a good percentage more of everything - greater potency, resolution, refinement and dynamics - not one area stands apart, it is very clearly just a big brother to the Anniversary."
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