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New Products for 2017/ 2018?
« on: August 23, 2017, 05:27:38 PM »
Kom nou. The last update was "new products for 2016". :sulky:

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Re: New Products for 2017/ 2018?
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 05:52:44 PM »
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Re: New Products for 2017/ 2018?
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2017, 08:22:03 PM »
Well, there is this little thing happening right now. The new Exclamé 150 with MC/MM inputs
Took a while, but boards in hand now. Just a couple of days and we slap the cute little bottom to hear the first gasp for air. Hopefully not a scream or a shout, but more like an Angel  :groovy:


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Re: New Products for 2017/ 2018?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2017, 01:06:23 PM »
 :drool: This will be truly special if the previous incarnations of the Exclame are anything to go by.

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Re: New Products for 2017/ 2018?
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2018, 10:11:05 PM »
I was thinking ‘where should I put this?’ and hope Schalk will not mind it here.  I’ve been using the Exclame 150 with phono stage (s) for a good few months now, first was the prototype, then Schalk improved the phono stage (the MC step up) and I’ve been listening for about a month on the final (well, I expect Schalk may tinker but no need to) version.

I’ve got two TTS (Garrard 301 with golf club SME arm and Pickering XSV5000 MM, and AR ‘The Turntable’ with AT1100 arm and Ortofon Vivo Blue MC) on it along with Rega Apollo R CD player, Nak BX300 tape deck and a Schiit DAC (which I admit to not really trying too much) output through Tannoy XT6FS.

The amp is totally silent on the inputs at normal listening levels (there is very minor noise on the MC at levels that would have me removed by the police before play.  When playing music, detail is fantastic.  It shows how much you can get out of a cartridge or quality CD in terms of clarity, separation and soundstage.  The music just sounds as though the band are there.  Klaus Schulze on vinyl is so detailed, as are Tangerine Dream (either on MM or better on MC), the dynamics are superb, the music is alive.  Cowboy Junkies Trinity Sessions on CD is almost in 3D, clear, as recorded and as though you are sitting in the church.  Dub Reggae hits the lows with no bass distortion, classical hits the highs with no sibilance.

All in all - an amplifier of note.  The Exclame 100 was wonderful the 150 as great, the addition of the phonostage elevates the amp to a new level as the onboard stage beats most externals I have heard at more than double the extra price by a country mile (and you can run both MM and MC with the flick of a remote button).

Thank you Schalk.  :notworthy:
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Re: New Products for 2017/ 2018?
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2018, 10:12:26 PM »
Hey Jon,

Late reply and such, but been very busy as I am in trouble with anodizing issues.

Thank you for being the test rabbit here and for the time you spent living with the prototype even though it must have been demoralising at stages. Luckily it finally worked out and you now can be proud of being part of the team even though no white coats are worn here. Particularly proud also that no electrons were harmed or misplaced during the process up to now.

Happy listening my friend!

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Re: New Products for 2017/ 2018?
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2018, 09:07:51 PM »
Lovely review Jonny!  :thumbs:

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Many Jonny's out there u know!  :cleansound:

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Re: New Products for 2017/ 2018?
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2018, 08:39:00 PM »
I had the pleasure of visiting 'Oom' Schalk when I was in Josi last week, and listening to music played through the Exclame 150 (phono).

Guess what, I didn't notice the amp, just the music, our whole discussion was about the music! The presentation was perfectly balanced (as usual) with extra authority as a result of the 50 plus watts. I believe that this amp is perfectly placed and priced, the on-board phono stage is a winner in my opinion, considering how much a separate phono stage of this quality would cost make this amp a must listen for anyone looking in this price bracket.

Take another bow Boet!

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Re: New Products for 2017/ 2018?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2018, 09:09:57 PM »
Thanks Lance!

It was a real honour having you here, and I bet the experience would have been so much more if the Revolve could have been in the mix! But yes, the new Exclamé with Phono on board is so accomplished and "out of the way", that I think I could live with this instead of an elaborate all seperates sytem quite easily. One of the next five I build is definitely going to stay right here, and it shall not be torn from my cold dead fingers if it comes to that. Too many of the units in my range that stayed home had to leave in time because for me to justify the investment in parts and equipment to just "sit" here, just seemed too indulgent. Being the simple fellow I am  ;D

Time to go throw down a black slab and bump the volume  :2thumbs: