Manley Stingray iTube Stereo Integrated Amplifier

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Manley Stingray iTube Stereo Integrated Amplifier

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Product Code:
MANL-MIST
Label/Make:
Manley Labs
Genre/Model:
Stingray iTube
Description:
Manley Stingray iTube Stereo Integrated Amplifier

Stereophile Class B

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Handcrafted in the USA

The famous Manley Stingray stereo integrated amplifier has been renewed and refreshed. New for 2009 we present to you the Stingray iTube integrated tube amplifier with iPod dock and full featured RF and IR remote control.

The STINGRAY iTube is the next evolution from our acclaimed Stingray Integrated Amplifier, legendary in the hifi world since it swam from our labs in 1997. Originally conceived with particular attention paid to optimal component placement for the purity and symmetry of the signal path layout, the Stingray quickly became one of our best-selling products. The Stingray iTube retains the same basic tube circuitry and marvelous output transformers as the original with some important improvements:

An iPod dock has been integrated into the Stingray iTube as the 4th input source. The Manley iTube has been certified by Apple and officially sanctioned as a "Made for iPod" product. The Stingray's Remote Control commands the iPod PLAY/PAUSE and TRACK FORWARD/BACK controls.

The iPod's video output is available at the S-Video output jack located on the left side facia.

The high voltage tube energy storage has been increased vastly resulting in even more solid and coherent bass control and impact.

A headphone jack has been added to the right side facia. This jack re-routes the output from the speaker binding posts and mutes the Subwoofer output feed.

The Remote Control works with both Radio Frequency and InfraRed technologies. Using the remote in RF mode gives freedom from having to "point and shoot." The RF remote is omnidirectional and works through walls and cabinets. IR capability is included for those with Universal Learning Remote Controls for consolidated integration into existing systems. The volume control, balance adjust, input switching, and iPod interface commands are all on the RF/IR Remote Control. Additionally user can perform the MUTE, DIM, INSERT and STANDBY commands with the Remote Control.

Each INPUT can be individually level trimmed to match and to optimize system gain staging of various input devices.

The fancy blue LED displays surrounding the INPUT and VOLUME encoder knobs can be dimmed down or turned off entirely, after a user-settable time period, or a "screen-saver" random light sequence can be selected. Speed and intensity of the "Starlight" mode can be tweaked to taste.

All custom user settings are hard written into memory when the unit is put into STANDBY mode and thus retained if power is later interrupted.

Individual sealed gold contact relays deliver the selected input into the volume control system before hitting the first 12AT7 input tubes. Following the mighty 6414 driver/phase splitter, the trusty EL84 output stage can be switched between either 20 watts of TRIODE power or 40 watts of Ultra Linear mode push-pull operation. Individual bias for each tube is easily adjusted using the trimpots and test points, conveniently located on the top surface of the amplifier. The Stingray's power supply is extra-rugged and stiff, a MANLEY hallmark. It swims with the sharks: fast, agile, fluid, and with consummate authority.

Post-volume SUBWOOFER OUTPUT allows easy hookup of outboard line-level driven active powered subwoofers. This output is after the volume control so that the subwoofer will track the volume level changes of the main speakers. The SUB OUTPUT is a line level and full frequency output that is AFTER the volume control so your powered subwoofer follows the same volume as your main speakers. These are unbalanced RCA jacks, line level. They feed the line inputs of your subwoofer, NOT the speaker jacks. A switchable TAPE LOOP is standard. The TAPE SEND is the output of the selected input before the volume control. The TAPE RETURN can also be used as a 5th line input if needed.

RECORD OUT (aka Tape OUT) is BEFORE the volume control so you can record whatever input you have selected without your listening level affecting the level going to your recorder. These are unbalanced RCA's. It is UNbalanced RCA's and UNbuffered so check out the input Z to your recorder to make sure it won't load down the Stingray main input while it is plugged in. Usually with unbuffered record outs we recommend you only plug in your recorder only when you are actually recording...

Tape LOOP: Also known as an INSERT point, the SEND or Tape Out comes off the selector switch as the Record Out option does going to your outboard EQ or Merlin BAM unit or tape recorder and then the signal returns (RETURN) to the Stingray in front of of the volume control so you can play tunes. A toggle switch selects whether the Tape LOOP (and whatever is plugged into the Tape Loop) is active or the signal goes straight through the Stingray as normal. If you have the Merlin BAM system, order your Stingray with the Tape LOOP option.

Need more than four inputs? Get a SKIPJACK line switcher and run it into this LOOP RETURN: The SKIPJACK is perfect for adding more inputs to anything. So if you use a SKIPJACK's 4 stereo inputs plus the Stingray's 4 stereo inputs you'll get 8 stereo inputs total. The way to do that is to consider the TAPE LOOP: you can bring the SKIPJACK output into the LOOP RETURN, enact the LOOP ACTIVE switch and use the 4 x SKIPJACK inputs feeding the LOOP RETURN with the SKIPJACK controlling source switching for those 4 inputs. Then if you put the Stingray's LOOP switch to BYPASS you will be working with the 4 x Stingray inputs selectable on the Stingray. That gives you 8 total stereo inputs.

Or if you do not want to use the TAPE LOOP feature (because you are using it for other purposes) or if you have an older Stingray without the TAPE LOOP, you can use a SKIPJACK to get up to 7 stereo line inputs by running the SKIPJACK's output into one of the Stingray's inputs.

NOTE: The SUBWOOFER OUT, RECORD OUT, and TAPE LOOP are all passive. So are the BALANCE and VOLUME controls also passive. No active electronics or buffers are used in these circuits. The RECORD OUT comes straight off the input select switch. So whatever source is selected will show up passed through at the TAPE OUT.

iPod Compatibility:

iPod can play songs with the these sample rates, and with all compatible codecs

  • 8 kHz
  • 11.025 kHz
  • 16 kHz
  • 22.050 kHz
  • 32 kHz
  • 44.1 kHz

Most iPods (except the iPod Shuffle) will play WAV and AIFF files. The iPod will play up to 16 bit/48kHz files.

iTunes Compatibility:
iTunes is not compatible with FLAC format files without a third party plugin.

iTunes does support 24/96 wav files. iPod won't play them, but iTunes does support them.

iTunes can in fact output 24/96 digitally, so in theory you could actually assemble a hi-rez music server based on iTunes, and use it to drive the DAC of your choice. Thus using your iPod docked on your Stingray iTube you can play WAV files which will yield similar audio quality to CD.

With the Stingray, the MANLEY team has struck a remarkably harmonious balance in design which satisfies the sonic desires of the audiophile and the rocker, the artist and the musician, the student and the master, the yin and the yang.

Dimensions:
W= 19", D=14", H= 7 1/2"
More Information:

What are the differences between the Stingray iTube and the Stingray II?
Mainly: the Stingray II has 1/8" line input instead of iPod dock. The Stingray II has four sets of stereo analog inputs. The 4th input is on a stereo 1/8" jack for easy interface with portable devices and computers. The Stingray iTubeŽ has an iPod dock as the 4th audio input which will charge and play your iPod, iPhone, or iTouch device. Track advance, back and volume control can be commanded from the Stingray iTube's remote control. The iPod's video output can be ported to a monitor via the S-Video output. The Stingray iTubeŽ has been licensed from Apple as a Made for iPod approved device. Note: the original Stingray has been discontinued.

NOT AVAILABLE OPTIONS!

Balanced inputs are not available. It's a single-ended input topology and so to balance it we would have to add chips or transformers. There is no power supply for IC's available inside and no room to fit more transformers or XLR's so please take the RCA's with a kind heart! And no we cannot cram a phono stage in there.

Features:
3 x Stereo Line RCA Inputs
1 x iPod dock (analog output used)
TRIODE - UL Output Stage Mode Switching
RECORDING OUT
SUBWOOFER OUT
TAPE LOOP (Insert) with Bypass switch
S-VIDEO OUT (from iPod dock)
1/4" Headphone OUTPUT (mutes speakers and subwoofer output when deployed)
Logic controlled Volume and Balance functions
All-Vacuum Tube Lo-feedback Stereo Integrated Design
Output Tubes: 8 x EL84 Ships with Russian NOS EL84M (aka 6Pi14Pi-EB)
Driver Tubes: 2 x 6414 Ships with GE or RAYTHEON JAN NOS USA or 6414W
Input Tubes: 2 x 12AT7EH Ships with: 12AT7EH large plate Electro-Harmonix Russian

Using Other Tubes:

Maximum Output Power UL mode: 32 Watts x 2 channels 1.5% THD @ 1kHz into 5 Ohms
Maximum Output Power TRIODE mode: 18 Watts x 2 channels 1.5% THD @ 1kHz into 5 Ohms
Frequency Response: 15 Hz - 58 kHz, -1dB
Gain: 35 dB at max Volume
Input Sensitivity UL Full Power: 210 mV in = 32 watts out into 5 Ohms with volume control at maximum
Input Sensitivity Triode: 41mV in = 1W into 5 Ohms with volume control at 20dB gain setting
Input Sensitivity UL: 35mV in = 1W into 5 Ohms with volume control at 20dB gain setting
Crosstalk: -72dB See Chart
Noise: 5.8 microVolts A-WGT; @600 Ohms
S/N Ratio: typically 97 dB A-WGT @ 600 Ohms
S/N Ratio: typically 72 dB A-WGT, 1W output, 20dB gain, Source Z = shorted input
THD+N Ratio: typically 64 db at 1W output, Bandwidth 22Hz-22kHz, Source = 1kHz Sine wave
Input Impedance: 12 kOhm nominal
Output Impedance at TAPE Output: 47 Ohms
Optimum Speaker Load: 5 Ohms
Speaker Terminal Output Impedance at 20 Hz: 2.36 Ohms

  • at 1KHz: 2.00 Ohms
  • at 20KHz: 1.83 Ohms
Damping Factor into 8 Ohms (UL mode): 6.7 @ 100 Hz; 7.2 @ 1 kHz; 6.9 @ 10 kHz
Damping Factor into 8 Ohms (Triode mode): 7.2 @ 100 Hz; 7.8 @ 1 kHz; 8.0 @ 10 kHz
Headphone Jack Output Impedance: 53 Ohms
Scratch Factor: Use pennies under pointed feet to avoid marring cabinetry. Try quarters if you are in upper tax brackets. The bargain performer would be nickels. Paper currency does not function as well. Euro coins work 1.54 times better.
Remote Control Type: RF (radio frequency) and IR (infrared), user selectable
Volume Control: Cirrus Digital Level Control System, controlled by Grayhill Rotary Encoders
Volume Control Range: 102dB in 1dB steps turning slowly, with larger steps as rate of turn increases
Power Consumption (Standby, no iPod charging): 6W

Power Consumption (Standby, iPod charging: 12W
Power Consumption Idle: 198W
Maximum Power Consumption at Full Power: 300W
MAINS Fuses:
100~120VAC operation: MDL 3 AMP / 250 Volt SLO-BLO
220~240VAC operation: MDL 1.5 AMP / 250 Volt SLO-BLO
B+ FUSES (2): MDA 1/4 AMP, 250 Volt SLO-BLO, Ceramic.

Power Supply: is factory set for 100V, 120V or 220-240VAC operation
for original destination country's mains voltage.
Operating Mains Voltage: changeable with power transformer re-wiring on PCB and fuse value change.
Mains Voltage Frequency:
Power Cord: Detachable IEC standard.
Appropriate power cord supplied for original destination country
Shipping Weight: 35 lbs.

Reviews:

Click here to read the Manley Stingray iTube review from Headfonia 5/2010: Stingray Review by Mike (Headfonia)

Click here to read the Manley Stingray iTube review from Stereophile 3/2010: Stingray Review by Erick Lichte

Click here to read the Manley Stingray iTube review from EnjoyTheMusic.com 11/2009: Stingray Review by Nels Ferre

Click here to read the Manley Stingray iTube manual: Stingray iTube Manual

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