"an absolute work of art this thing is. Seriously, it is stunning."
Home Theater Magazine
"Blue Aura V30 Blackline is a great system, providing excellent mids and a warm overall sound that will satisfy audiophiles looking for a system for a smaller room."
Hi-Fi World Magzine - August 2012
"Build quality is fantastic too."
"Blue Aura has once again come up trump with an audio system that boasts distinctive looks, luxurious build quality and silky sound. The added warmth and fullness of the valve technology makes it sound more satisfying than many transistor-based speakers."
The Hybrid Vacuum Tube Amplifier
For music lovers who want to hear their compressed digital source devices in true analog form, the v30 will not fail to deliver, courtesy of the high quality in-built DAC and audio valves. The v30 has two 20W vacuum tube amplifiers, but it's the striking beauty of the v30 itself that adds a designer touch to any room. Much of the body is covered in a glitzy chrome finish, nicely complemented by black side panels.
The front features large chrome knobs, allowing user volume control and switching between sound sources. Surrounded by two-tiered rack with chrome handles on either side, the two glowing 6N1 audio processing valves and 6E2 meter tube peek up through the top panel. The glowing green bar of the meter tube adds to its retro charm.
Weighing in at over 7.5 pounds, the amplifier has a frequency response of 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 1.5dB. The rear of the unit has three external source inputs for digital devices such as a laptop, smartphone, iPod or computer. There's a RCA, USB mini B, and 3.5mm mini jack for connecting digital sound sources, or analog stereo input and it also has a headphone output. The amplifier arrives complete with two speakers, remote control and quality cabling, adding the WSTxR wireless transmitter and receiver kit enables the audio to be sent from a source device to the v30 wirelessly.
The audio engineers and designers at Blue Aura have worked hard to ensure the amplifier and speakers are both sonically and aesthetically matched. Encased in matching black faux leather highlighted with white stitching, the two-way bass reflex speakers are comprised of a low frequency 3.5 inch paper cone and high frequency 3/4 inch soft dome tweeter, with a frequency response of 55Hz - 20kHz. At 5.5 pounds, the elegant, matching speakers fit almost anywhere with a 7 inch height, just over 6 inch depth and 4.5 inch width.
Make it Wireless with Blue Aura Accessories
The WSTxR wireless transmitter and receiver kit is available now. The transmitter will send an audio signal from any source device with a headphone jack, RCA line out to the Blue Aura speakers fitted with a signal receiver. Simply connect the transmitter directly to a PC or MAC via the USB plug. The computer identifies the transmitter as a USB headset and sends music to the active speakers within a 100-foot range. The analog input also allows any stereo audio source to be fed via the transmitter to the wireless speakers. The WSTxR can turn virtually any powered speaker into a wireless speaker.
- It's Wonderful! Review by S. Hickey
A few notes:
There was nothing to install on my PC. I simply plugged in the USB cable and everything worked immediately.
The price is reflected in the packaging and included accessories. The company building these amps isn't nickel and diming their customers. The amp came packaged in high quality materials, and all the accessories you would need to get started. Heck, the amp came with a cleaning brush and cotton gloves. Seriously!
I spent a few months looking for the right starter amp, and I'm happy I settled on this one. It's a little pricey, but the craftsmanship and high quality materials are there, which makes this little guy worth the money.
Update: I accidentally broke the USB port on the v30 while cleaning the table it was sitting on. That was my fault. So I nervously contacted Blue Aura customer support to find out how I could repair the unit, and received fantastic support from their customer rep, Alex. Most companies would have you box up the entire system -- amp, speakers, cables, etc -- and mail it back, which is a huge pain in the neck, but with Blue Aura I only needed to mail back the broken component. That made replacing the amp (for free) a real breeze. The same day they received the broken amp from me, they mailed me a new one. I didn't even have to wait for the amp to be repaired. The top notch customer support I received from Blue Aura has earned them a customer for life. (Posted on 9/6/13)
- I love it Review by Emily