In the last few years it’s maybe fair to say that we have seen a small contraction of users opting for valve equipment. That said, many of Lotus’s oldest customers have Allnic systems and their staunch support and zest for the South Korean brand and vacuum tubes in general has if anything grown even stronger. Allnic is a brand which has always sold in very solid steady numbers here and the equipment simply sells itself once people are put in front of it. People often sample the brand by way of one of their phonostages or an integrated amp but then months or years down the line, you find that they steadily change their whole system over to Allnic.
Of course there are many many ‘good’ valve amplifiers out there, plenty even just made on these shores if truth be told, but how many are actually genuinely special ? Well, I still say hand on heart that most pieces which Mr. Kang Su Park builds are very special in some way, not to mention massively competitive at the prices asked. Onwers out there will agree with me i’m sure.
Good news for Allnic lovers then. 2018 has seen an increased flurry of activity back at the factory. Not only has almost the entire line been revamped with new fascia and logo cosmetics, 25th Anniversary and mk2 edtions of popular products but 4 key highend products have also received a major upgrade creating four new superceeded models. As if that wasn’t enough, now ready for shipping is a new flagship no holds barred linestage and a new set of mono amps, the most powerful yet to date that the company have produced.
The much loved HPA5000 headphone amp now becomes the HPA5000 XL with a host of improvements. Similarly the popular KT150 T2000 integrated ships as the revamped 25th Anniversary edition as does the equivalent A2000 stereo power amp. The 300b T1500 integrated has also undergone a small transformation and is now shipped in mk2 guise.