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    Liverpool

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  • Digital Source 1
    Auralic Aries G1
  • Digital Source 2
    Rega Apollo R
  • DAC
    Aqua La Scala 2 opto
  • Integrated Amp
    Norma ipa 140/Croft
  • Power Amp/s
    Puritan PSM156 mains
  • My Speakers
    Dynaudio HS/AVI
  • Headphones
    Audioquest Nighthawk
  • Trade Status
    I am not in the Hi-Fi trade

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  1. I noticed yesterday this Norma 140 being sold on eBay - Hifi Corner’s outlet store in Edinburgh - think it’s on their website too: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/393770739185?hash=item5bae90a5f1:g:ff0AAOSwZDFhrzbK It looks about 3-4 years old from what I can make out of the serial number. It also seems to have the on-board dac which is a + £500 extra and very good. I think it must be so cheap because there’s a couple of chips to the aluminium casing which are a bit unsightly, but new it would be at least £6,000.
  2. Incidentally I noticed yesterday this Norma 140 being sold on eBay - Hifi Corner’s outlet store in Edinburgh - think it’s on their website too: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/393770739185?hash=item5bae90a5f1:g:ff0AAOSwZDFhrzbK It looks about 3-4 years old from what I can make out of the serial number. It also seems to have the on-board dac which is a + £500 extra and very good. I think it must be so cheap because there’s a couple of chips to the aluminium casing which are a bit unsightly, but new it would be at least £6,000.
  3. If you contact Enrico Rossi at http://www.normaudio.com/normaudio/en/contacts/ or info@normaudio.com he will almost certainly get back to you with instructions and diagrams - he did this for me when I wanted to change an input into an output for a headphone amp which entailed moving around four dip switches - very straightforward. I also had DC hum on my 140 as documented on this and the Puritan thread, and the Puritan mains conditioner resolved this very easily. There are much cheaper ones available including the new one from Audiolab which is under £100 and has had favourable reviews. https://www.audiolab.co.uk/dc-block/ https://www.richersounds.com/catalog/product/view/id/107710/s/audiolab-dc-block-black/?gclid=Cj0KCQiAip-PBhDVARIsAPP2xc0fE7z5rW2Fe64UVhHJuEqS538hLO48LiH7VOhq0WTcZxmVMNyoRt0aAlGwEALw_wcB
  4. Hi - could you provide the dimensions please?
  5. These are absolutely superb - real system upgrade. Way better than any other mains purifier I’ve used. Eliminates DC problems but also provides better clarity, soundstage, definition, etc. Beautifully constructed. Check out the reviews. At this price a veritable bargain! Oh - and the accompanying mains lead is pretty good too - check out the Puritan thread on this forum.
  6. I think someone mentioned that there are not very many reviews of Norma amplifiers - so I checked and in fact there are quite a few, all very positive to varying degrees. I suspect one reason why Norma doesn't have the presence or reputation they merit in the UK is that they don't seem to have much of a foothold in the US; apart from Italy, I think they are quite popular in France, Germany and Denmark and other mainly European countries. I expect Brexit will have pushed up UK prices - or will do so in the future, so it may well be that they remain fairly marginal to mainstream products/manufacturers. They also seem to do little by way of marketing. No shortage of reviews though! https://www.stereonet.co.uk/reviews/norma-audio-revo-ipa-140-integrated-amplifier-review https://aec33155-de71-48c5-a0dc-0c9f810bf61d.filesusr.com/ugd/30d98b_45c4f846c90e4585acb9b9db9b00aad3.pdf https://www.hifiplus.com/articles/norma-revo-ipa-160/ https://reviewary.com/norma-audio-revo-ipa-140-review/ http://www.audioreference.co.nz/review/norma-audio-ipa-140-far-best-integrated-amplifier-ive-heard-my-time-reviewer-it-fully-par-ref https://6moons.com/audioreviews/norma/1.html http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/norma-audio-revo-ipa-140-integrated-amplifier/ https://aec33155-de71-48c5-a0dc-0c9f810bf61d.filesusr.com /ugd/30d98b_b00b1bf0db69480fb321318350640b60.pdf https://www.soundstagehifi.com/index.php/equipment-reviews/672-norma-audio-revo-ipa-140-integrated-amplifier https://www.thesoundadvocate.com/2020/08/norma-revo-ipa-140b-integrated-amplifier-critique/ http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/norma-audio-revo-ipa-140-integrated-amplifier https://www.stereolifemagazine.com/reviews/item/1509-norma-audio-revo-ipa-140 https://www.hifichoice.com/content/norma-audio-revo-ipa-70b https://hifiplus.com/articles/norma-ipa-70b-integrated-amplifier/
  7. I haven’t been able to compare them directly, but when I inquired about the difference between the 70 and 140 with Enrico Rossi at Norma, his reply was that they are both exceptional amps but the 140 gives more of everything. When I talked to dealers, their view was that the 70 is extremely good, and the 140 would be better if you have hard to drive or somewhat inefficient speakers. I use the 140 with Dynaudios and previously with Harbeths - it was/is very good with both.
  8. Hope you can - it'd be interesting to hear your views!
  9. Not sure I buy into the "No new products for three years...." explanation. This from Alan Sircom's HiFi+ review last September of the Revo 140: "I can understand why the company flies below the radar, too. Norma has that charming, but ultimately self-defeating habit of hiding its light under a bushel. And the Revo IPA-140 is a perfect example of just why this is the case. The Revo IPA-140 is substantially changed from the model that shares the same name, chassis, 140W power output, very wide bandwidth amplifier design, number of inputs of the model Hi-Fi+ tested in Issue 104. Other companies would have bleated on about these revisions, possibly rebranding this as a new model, calling it the ‘Mk IIxe’ or ‘Special Edition’ or ‘GTi version’ in the process. Other companies would have maybe changed the front panel or gone with some other cosmetic change to herald the developments under the skin. Norma doesn’t do that because the company and its head honcho Enrico Rossi despise the notion of obsolescence, planned or otherwise. Meaning that if you bought a Revo IPA-140 five years ago, your product isn’t valueless… and you still get a really good sounding amplifier, even if newer Revo IPA-140s sound even better."
  10. Further to above, here is Enrico Rossi's reply regarding the UK distributor situation - as always a very prompt and helful reply: Dear Roger First of all, I wish you a peaceful 2022 I too was surprised by Antony's disappearance. He didn't communicate anything to us either. I am really surprised by this behavior. I apologize for him. However, we must look forward and be positive. I am sure that we will find a solution for NORMA's presence in the UK. For assistance, in case of problems you can tell the shop where you bought the products to contact us directly. We will give you all the necessary assistance. Thank you very much for your email and for contacting me. If you can, reassure the people on the forum. Thanks so much BR Enrico
  11. That's a difficult choice! Heard very good things about the Moonriver 404 - though less powerful than the Normas, I imagine that it'd work very well with relatively easy-to-drive speakers, such as Tannoys or maybe Harbeths. Be interesting to compare with a Norma, and also to hear your thoughts on it eventually.
  12. Gosh - absolute bargains IMHO. The reviews say everything about the quality of these amps - all mentioned in previous postings.
  13. Brilliant piece of kit at excellent price!
  14. Just to add, I’ve emailed Enrico Rossi, the owner/designer of Norma equipment, to ask what the situation is. He’s always been very prompt to reply to any queries I’ve had, such as how to change dip switches for a headphone amplifier on one of the inputs. I guess that in terms of any warranty or repair issues it might be good to know who the UK distributor is - there still seem to be quite a few dealers with Norma kit. I’ll post up any reply I get.
  15. I can report that I swapped the supplied ECC81 output valves for a matched pair of Genalex Golden Lions in my La Scala - and am very happy with the result after a bit over a week of use. I wouldn’t necessarily say they are better, but rather different - maybe a bit more depth and musicality, very balanced - maybe a little less sharpness but more holographic - although these are very fine distinctions and it may well be a combination of my ears and wish-fulfilment! I do remember changing the supplied JJ ECC83 in a Croft integrated for a Golden Lion - and that did result in a very pleasing improvement. Aqua do rate the Genalex / Golden Lions highly after some communication with them.
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