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Fatman Fitvd Itube Valvedock

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  • iTube Vacuum Tube Amplifier
  • Separate Dock for Apple iPod
  • Valve processing gives warm, rich, audio characteristics
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  • Item Weight: 998 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 7 Kg
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  • Item model number: FITVD
  • ASIN: B000J3OKFY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Oct. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

Want to be able to listen to your iPod in style? Want that luscious warm analogue sound combined with the ease of use of digital technology? We present the Fatman iTube Valve Dock. This unit features a docking station that is compatible with all iPods (except Shuffle). You can control the iPod functions via the remote control allowing you to sit back and relax whilst enjoying your favourite music and movies (yes you can watch the movies and images on your TV too !) In addition to this we have developed a matching valve amplifier. This provides the classic audio characteristics of valves improving the listening experience and adding value to your iPod system. The amplifier can also take alternative sound sources to allow for more audio options as well as a video output to connect video enabled iPods to your TV! Features iTube Vacuum Tube Amplifier iTube Docking Station Brush / Glove for cleaning Power cable Audio cable to connect Docking Station and Amplifier Banana Plug speaker cables Aux source audio cable for connecting CD player etc Video cable to connect from docking station to TV Spec Pwer Output 13Wx2 Frequency Response 20Hz 20KHz (±1.5Db) Harmonic Distortion 0.5% Signal-To-Noise Ratio 86Db Input Impedance 100K Output Impedance 4ohm 8ohm Valve Type 2x6N1(ECC85) 1x6E2(EM87) Power Supply AC100~120V/50~60Hz AC220~240V/50~60Hz

Manufacturer's Description

The original and best low-cost Fatman product for use with iPod and any other audio devices (e.g. CD, Mobile ‘Phone, etc.). Utilising a hybrid-tube design platform, the iTube provides superb audio reproduction and attractive design at an affordable price. The performance of the amplifier and dock has been scrutinised by the world’s press and they have awarded it the best accolades possible, including Product of the Year, iPod Audio System of the Year, etc. The dock allows any iPod to be used (except Shuffle) and this also comes with a full-function remote control for complete control over all iPod functionality. Consistently excellent reviews by the world’s music press. Comes complete with full function remote control. Main Features: iTube Vacuum Tube Amplifier, Separate Dock for Apple iPod, Valve processing gives warm, rich, audio characteristics. iPod compatibility: iPod 4G, iPod 4G colour display, Nano 1G, iPod 5G video, Nano 2G aluminium, iPod Classic (80GB 160GB), Nano 3G video (4GB 8GB), Touch 1G (8GB 16GB 32GB). iPod not included.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 15 Feb. 2007
I've just bought one of these and think it's great. I wanted an iPod dock that allowed me to use other devices such as my CD player, and at the same time give me the functionality of the iPod dock. Most of the docks out there simply play your iPod. The clever thing about the iTube is that it is really two devices each capable of working without the other. So I can connect the dock to my ordinary amplifier and my CD player to the iTube valve amplifier. The sound is great, I'm playing the iTube through my Gale Gold Monitors and I think that given the relatively low output (quoted at 2x13w per channel) you need fairly efficient speakers which are easy to drive.

The valve amp doesn't run especially hot, and the whole kit is fairly compact. The remote is a bit plasticky but seems to work after a fashion. Set up couldn't be simpler. So, all in all, a really cool iPod dock well worth auditioning.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Jones on 14 Dec. 2006
As far as I can tell the valves in this beautiful little amp drive the pre-amp stage of the amp. The amp is beautiful to look at. Based on the Dared MP5, Fatman have modified it and made a beautiful little package. The dock will fit all ipods ( except the shuffle) and allows full control of the ipod via a remote. The amp itself has two line inputs - one for the dock and one for another source such as a CD player. The dock also has video out so you can watch videos on your ipod on a TV and enjoy the sound through the amp. You get an assortment of cables and unusually a pair of reasonable speaker cables with banana plugs on. Along with a pair of gloves for handling the amp and a little brush for cleaning. Remember to allow the amp and valves to cool down before attempting to clean it. Valves run hot.

So what does it sound like. I've tried it with a pair of royd speakers and the vocals especially sound warm and smooth. It's ideal for a digital source and it seems alot more smypatheic than most other amps. Ir's reasonably loud but don't expect earth shattering volumes. It will distort if over driven especially the bass tends to saturate. It's only 15Watts per channel but is more than adequate at reasonable levels. It provides a beautiful clarity and sound field for the money. The largest valve also pulsates to the music with a lovely green glow. Ok so valve amp purists will be turning their noses up at this but for the money its a lovely package. You just don't expect these extras and little touches for this kind of money. If you want a really good sound from your ipod and not huge volumes then this could be a good place to start.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. A. Day on 2 Feb. 2010
I think my version of this may be the newer model which quotes 25W * 2 power output and which is compatible with newer iphones and ipod touch. I am using it with an old but decent budget CD player and some B&W DM601 s2 speakers. I am very impressed listening to CDs, nice clarity and quality of sound. Much less impressed with the ipod dock for a few reasons

1 - no power switch for this component other than via the remote
2 - the output level with my 1st gen ipod touch is much, much lower than the CD player

I don't know if this is a fault of this particular product or inherent to the ipod touch design but either way it makes me much less inclined to use the dock as a source. To give an illustration of the disparity it gives equivalent volume with the dial at 12 o clock when playing from dock as with the dial at 7 o clock when playing from CD!

Minor aesthetic grumble with the black power switch on the funky chrome front of the amp - should have been round the back but it's the sound that counts and on that basis it does cut the mustard for the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. E. Skutnicki on 22 Jan. 2011
Living next door to a Hi-Fi fanatic who like us has a High End Hi-Fi ......I had alot of guidance,all of it very good,in respect to which product I should buy to use mainly with my i-phone....hence the purchase of this product! Learn,t an awful lot.......Firstly...to get the quoted 25 watts per channel one needs to be using speakers with an impedance of 4 ohms......very rare,if not impossible to find, unless you opt for car stereo speakers!.......As recommended by Fatman.......Wharfedale bookshelf speakers which have an impedance of 6 ohms will provide you with an output of about 19 to 20 watts. The Wharfedale 9.1's although discontinued, superceded by the 10 series, are still available for about 90 to 100 pounds.....Fabulous sound from such a small speaker..A Lovely warm sound which comes from pairing this amp with the 9.1's...a combination which produces a quality of sound only using a valve amp can produce...As with any Hi-Fi speakers..to get the best soundstage the speakers should be between 6 to 8 feet apart and roughly at the same height as your ears!... Cables are the next most important item you should think about changing.You don't have to go to any great expense...but the rewards in terms of sound quality are outstanding!.Speaker cable by QED is very highly recommended.
Something else which never occured to me, was changing the cable between the i-Dock and Amp...Did that on advice and could'nt believe the improvement.I too, have two high end Hi-Fi systems but lacked the technical knowledge etc to work out what to buy in terms of producing the best sound quality from what is a little gem of a midi Hi-Fi....After God knows how much advice... research etc....I ended up buying the Wharfedale 9.
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