LAB 12 

Lab12 is a state-of-the-art high end manufacturer founded in 2012 by Stratos Vichos, an electronic engineer with expertise in audio designing for over 20 years and a deeply progressive vision for our beloved industry.

Lab12 is a technology and performance driven company and our third generation of products offer a unique value that can meet the highest demands of music lovers and audiophiles.  

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INTEGRA4 
Tube  Integrated Amplifier

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65 Watt per channel (KT150)Integrated amplifiers are returning in a big way. More and more people simply want to enjoy their music without excessive cable clutter or having the need to deal with multiple devices and the multitude of boxes this brings. Integre4 was designed from the ground up to be the epicenter of any contemporary high-end audio system, with the ability to drive any pair of loudspeakers with gusto and a highly involving nature.

Integre4 produces a mighty 2 x 65 Watts using two KT-150 tubes per channel. The onboard regulated high-voltage power supply guarantees an absolutely noise-free signal, whilst eleven low ESR and high capacity capacitors provide instant power on demand and ultra linear output transformers ensure the utmost dynamic, open and natural sound, that extends across the complete frequency range.

Put simply, Integre4 with its stock KT-150 tubes brings enormous and controlled power to your system straight out of the box. Our team have provided everything needed for an instant emotional engagement with your music.

In addition, a high-quality OLED display offers multiple adjustments and a state-of-the-art monitoring system acts as central digital processor and protection system by providing a soft-start for the output tubes, which will extend their useful life considerably by showing the tubes usage hours etc.

Beneath the chassis, Integre4 hides a complex and sophisticated operating system that provides constant monitoring of all tubes and high-power electronic components, protecting them from any kind of harmful damage. Bias can be adjusted manually via the built-in and high-quality current metering system and instant selectable anode current allows the use of any octal type tube – a tube rollers dream.

But the feature set doesn’t end here. Integre4’s dedicated headphone circuit fully exploits the amplifier’s power output stage in absence of any OPamps. Yes, Integre4 can act as a true high-performance headphone amplifier, too.

As all Lab12 products, Integre4 also comes with two color choices of glass blasting anodizing finish.

• Inputs: 5x line stereo RCA connectors

RRP - $7,950 Inc GST  with KT150  or

MK2 with KT170 $ 9,500 Inc GST  ( September )

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DAC 1  REFERENCE

Non Oversampling DAC with Tube Output

With the ever-expanding market of digital audio, both files and online streaming services, more and more people are discovering the world of digital audio. Furthermore, in the past few years many of the most demanding music lovers and audiophiles have discovered the unique sound of non-oversampling DACs to make the most of their digital audio sources.

The biggest challenge for any DAC is the sound and not the ‘’numbers’’. Digital by default sounds very different when compared to analog and we at Lab12 have spent countless hours striving for the perfect voicing that resembles the very best qualities of analog. We couldn’t be more proud of our newest creation Dac1 reference.

In this new DAC, which is based on the same core and philosophy as the successful and multi- awarded Lab12 Dac1 Special Edition, we pushed the limits even more in all stages, such as power supply stages, digital inputs crucial paths and receivers, jitter reduction etc, in order to reach the closest approach to the original analog sound.

Dac1 reference uses eight multibit Philips DAC chips in a complex parallel configuration right after an efficient layout digital receiver stage, allied with two dual triodes tubes in output stage. Each and every part has been selected for its sonic value that brings identifiable and coherent benefits to the final sound you will hear. The result is one of a kind emotional and transparent sonic performance.

As all Lab12 products, Dac1 reference also comes with two colour choices of glass blasting anodizing finish.

• Inputs: 2x SPDIF (Coaxial RCA), 1x USB2, 1x spdif (Optical Toslink)

• Outputs: 2x RCA, 2x XLR unbalanced (balanced version available)

• Frequency response: 20Hz to 20 KHz + 0dB/-1dB

• THD: lower than 0.15%

• Rated output level: 2.5Vrms

• Tube complement: 2x 6922 dual triode

$6,000 RRP inc GST

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MELTO 2

    

Fully adjustable Phono Preamplifier

Phono preamplifiers represent the utmost challenge for all high-end audio designers and companies. There are numerous phono preamplifiers on the market, of course, but as with the rest of Lab12’s products, we wanted to create a phono-stage that follows the profoundly different, flexible and sonically perfected Lab12 path.

Melto2 is another proud Lab12 future retro creation that fuses past and present into a fully-fledged high-end product for the 21st Century.

Melto2 is a true full tube and remotely controlled phono-stage with a high-quality OLED display, where all important functions are clearly visible and easily selectable in real time. You don’t even need to get up from your listening chair.

Years of experimenting and creating high-end audio devices has allowed us to create what we believe to be the most potent and emotionally engaging phono preamplifier, where no subtle detail is being hidden behind the noise.

This full blooded, meticulously crafted, highly adjustable phono-stage offers fine settings for impedance, capacitance, gain and even three EQ curves… and there’s more.

Melto2 represents a vinyl enthusiasts’ dream come true with an exceptional sound quality and Lab12’s legendary down to earth pricing.

As with all Lab12 products, Melto2 comes with two color choices of glass blasting anodizing finish.

• Gain MM: 38dB

• Gain MC: 58/64dB

• Input impedance: adjustable (25 ohm – 47Kohm)

• Input capacitance: adjustable (0-300pF)

• Available curve: RIAA, DECCA, Columbia

• Tube complement: 2x E88CC dual triode, 2x 6n2p-EV dual triode

• Inputs: 3x line stereo (RCA connectors)

• Outputs: 2x line stereo (1x RCA connectors, 1x XLR connectors)

$6,600 RRP inc GST

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MELTO 1

Tube MC/MM Phono Preamplifier

The vinyl is back.. though it was never really gone! More and more music lovers turn to analog sources, since they offer a more natural and original feeling in the perception of sound. So, here comes the newest member of our range melto1, to bring audiophiles a step closer to the true analog sound.

 

Phono stages are the main supporting links in the chain of any high-end sound system. When designing melto1, we had in mind to bring to the fore a thoroughly musical phono stage, which will engage audiophiles to the analog sound and its benefits.

 

Without compromising on the absolute musicality and pure recreation of sound, we managed to smoothly handle the sensitive cartridge signal and give you the opportunity to get the best possible from your turntable / cartridge system, through a variety of setting combinations.

 

Melto1 is built to work with any cartridge out there and offers you various setting options to tune your favorite music with your own sound taste. Input impedance from 32 to 100000 ohm and capacitance up to 300pF, 4x NOS dual triodes -selected and strictly matched- incorporate the MM and RIAA EQ stages after a switchable low-noise step-up stage. Perfectly balanced PCB topology, Fine symmetry® and separate grounding paths for sensitive signal and high current ways, while our SRSG® topology provides an exceptional signal-to-noise ratio and channel separation.

 

An outstanding performance for more than a fair price. In other words…the real deal!

Gain MM: 41dB

Gain MC: 66 dB

Input impedance: adjustable (32 ohm – 100Kohm)

Input capacitance: adjustable (0-300pF)

De-emphasis curve: RIAA

Tube complement: 2x 6N1P-EV dual triode, 2x 6n2p-EV dual triode

Input: line stereo (RCA connectors)

Output: line stereo (RCA connectors)

RRP  $3,950 inc GST