Logic3 launches Valve80 amp and speakers

Logic3 has launched a hybrid vacuum tube amplifier and speaker combo that they say has "killer looks and rich, fearsome sonics".

The amplifier has a steel body with a mirror finish, while on top, a steel cradle dock houses the iPod, with exposed valve tubes and a view meter that lights up in time to the music.

The front panel has just two switches - one for volume and the other for output selection - with other functions taken care of through the remote control.

The speakers provided are a piano black and designed to complement the overall style although other speakers can be used.

Logic3 says the hybrid vacuum tube amp balances out the sound of MP3 music files, all but eliminates noise distortion, and delivers a "warm harmonic" sound that reaches up to 80 watts RMS.

The two audio inputs lets users connect to their TV, CD player or mixing decks.

Priced at £299, the Valve80 is available from December at Costco, John Lewis, HMV, Micro Anvika and online at Amazon as well as direct from Logic3.