for our CES'2007 Picture Gallery
Vladimir Lamm began the design
work on his
single-ended ML3 Signature mono amps over 20 years ago.
Each two-chassis amp uses a dozen tubes, including the virtually unknown
GM70, to produce 32 triode watts. The GM70's plate dissipation is a
massive 125 watts. The amps were on silent display, and until they start
making music, their price will be what draws attention: a cool $126,290
Vladimir Lamm explains some of the fine
points of his new
Signature amp to Jeff Fritz
January 19, 2007
wrote about all of the demos and gear that caught my ear in Las Vegas except
for one. On the last afternoon of the show, Vladimir Lamm played his ML3
Signature amp. Because of supply problems for the ML3's transformer,
which is now being made by a different company, Vladimir had only one
working ML3, and it had what Vladimir called an "intermediate"
transformer -- one that isn't of the same quality as those that will be in
production version of the amps. This is what he played through a single
Wilson Audio WATT/Puppy 8 speaker. Vladimir acted as DJ for those lucky
enough to be in the room.
Many of the
classic jazz recordings that I cherish are in mono, so I wasn't put off by
hearing only one amp, even with its non-production transformer. The ML3
Signature's sonic character was easy to compare and contrast to that of the
ML2.1, a pair of which were playing for most of the show. The ML3 Signature,
with its big GM 70 output tube, definitely had greater drive -- the ability
to propel the music's pace forward -- than the ML2.1, and it also displayed
greater high-frequency delicacy and air, rather like those amps I've heard
that use 845 tubes. The midrange was as corporeal as that of the ML2.1, but
the bass had more power, though nothing Vladimir played displayed its very
with a bowed-bass solo was amazing. It was from Mi Buenos Aires Querido
[Teldec 0630-13474-2], a CD of Argentinean music I own and have heard many
times. The body of the instrument and scrape of the bowing were captured
with tremendous delineation and texture. This was the best portrayal of that
bass I've heard.
ML3 Signature amps, at $126, 290 per pair, are wildly, outrageously
expensive, but they were not created with all audiophiles in mind. They are
extreme luxury items for those listeners who can afford any piece of audio
gear they want. Vladimir told me that he already has orders for eight pairs.
Like most talented audio engineers, he has a loyal following, including
people who simply want to own the best products he can make. From what I
heard on the last afternoon of the CES, a single ML3 Signature displayed the
great promise required to fill this bill
....Marc Mickelson, email@example.com
Best of Show
2007 CES Report
(TAS issue 171, April/May 2007, page 49)
MOST SIGNIFICANT NEW PRODUCT
single-ended triode amplifier?
Lamm's ultra-refined ML3 Signature is based on the majestic Russian GM70
directly heated triode and is rated at 32 watts of pure power. This
cost-no-object design may just be the Chosen One.
by Dave and Carol Clark
3, Part 4
Metronome C2A DAC and a Gaia turntable with
Kubala-Sosna cabling and Lamm preamplifiers.
Metronome Gaia turntable $46,000.
...Wilson Watt Puppy 8 loudspeakers with Lamm amplification.
58 - Lamm
Industries introduced the ML3 Signature Power Amplifier, which are tubed
monoblocks that produce 32 watts of Class A sound. A photo of one is shown
below. Notice that it is in two pieces, the power supply on the right, and
the output stage chassis on the left. Perhaps Duobloc is the right word
for this product. Priced at $126,290 for a pair of them.
Here is a
photo of the innards of the chassis.
LAMM ML3 Signature
Posté le Jeudi 11 janvier 2007 @ 13:56:10 par
Contribution de : webmaster
société Lamm, fondée par Vladimir Lamm en octobre 1993 aux Etats-Unis
plus précisément à New-York, présente pour la première fois en ce
moment même au CES de Las Végas en compagnie des enceintes Wilson
audio, son amplificateur ultime le ML3 Signature.
Après avoir conquis les Etats-Unis et une grande partie de l'Europe ces
dernières années avec ses blocs de puissance hybrides et à tubes, la
société Lamm compte bien avec ce ML3 Signature en faire autant.
Cet amplificateur est l'aboutissement de nombreuses années de recherche,
dans le domaine de l'amplification de très haut de gamme.
Ce bloc de puissance monophonique est équipé d'un seul tube de
puissance, une triode GM 70 qui lui permet de dévellopper une puissance
de 32 watts RMS/8 ohms en pure classe A.
Il dispose d'une monstrueuse alimentation séparée, elle aussi équipée
Pour exploiter au maximum le potentiel du ML3 Signature, Lamm préconise
de l'associer à des enceintes ayant un rendement égal ou supérieur à
Voici maintenant le prix de ce chef d'oeuvre de la haute-fidelité
d'exception,126 290$ la paire.
Fred Hifi Reporter
Site Internet :www.lammindustries.com
* The sound at CES was… well, it has always been mixed, as well, with
a few nuggets amongst the average and ‘trying hards’. I guess it was
about the same, given the steady increase in quality we see year after
year at most shows. For me, the rooms I thought were the most tempting
were the Lamm, Hanson, and Audiomachina. Neli’s faves were the EAR room
(featuring the new Marten ‘Bird’ speaker) and the Lamm room.
* Lamm did play their one working ML3 on one of the Wilsons and Neli
got to hear it for quite some time. Hopefully I will be able to *extract*
the juicy details
But, to summarize, she liked it - it appears to be SIGNIFICANTLY better
than the ML2.1 in ALL audiophile attributes, especially control of the
speaker, dynamics, and transparency.
This is the Lamm* room with
Wilson Watt/Puppy 8 loudspeakers, with Metronome digital and analog,
Lamm ML2.1 were driving the Watt
/ Puppies. We thought the Lamm ML1.1 were a great match for the Sophias, but
the ML2.1 on the Watt / Puppies may have them beat. We need to listen a lot
more to both, I think.
The new $126,290 Lamm ML3. Due
to transformer supply-chain difficulties, the ML3 were on static display.
Sucks. They will be able to ship in numbers in April or so. And show goers
will be able to see them at the Stereophile show in NYC in May or June.
since they like showing with Wilson, I put in a request for them to show
with the Alexandria X2 loudspeakers :-) From the looks I got maybe it'll
The Lamm ML3 rear.
Close-up of the Lamm ML3.
Front of the Lamm ML3.
Front of the Lamm ML3 power
Innards of the Lamm* ML3.
Innards of the Lamm ML3 power
LAMM, WILSON AUDIO, METRONOME and gorgeous
CRITICAL MASS SYSTEMS amp stands and racks suite.