OCTAVE AUDIO: V 40 SE integrated amplifier test review

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Art Dudley (Stereophile magazine) writes:  They spoiled all my fun.

When I receive a product sample for review, I look forward to taking photos while I unpack the thing, as a guide to repacking for later on. This company provided an illustrated packing list—it was the first thing I saw on slitting open the carton. I look forward to crafting amusing remarks about poorly written or whimsically translated owner's manuals; this company provided the clearest, most comprehensive manual I've ever seen. I look forward to having some sort of anomalous event—smoke, noise, or smoke and noise—to write about. This product offered nothing of the sort.

The company in question is Germany's Octave Audio, and the sample they provided was of their entry-level integrated amplifier, the V 40 SE Line ($5300)—a remarkably well-built, well-presented, reliable, effective, mature, professional product. Damn it.

Description

The company known today as Octave Audio has its origins in the Hofmann transformer-winding company, started in 1968 by Karl-Heinz Hofmann, whose son Andreas Hofmann has been designing and building amplifiers since the 1970s. By the 1980s, the products of Hofmann the Younger began to set the direction for a manufacturing effort that soon began doing business under its present name.

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