*From the ALO Audio website:
-SIZE: 92.5MM (H) X 58MM (W) X 20MM (D)
-FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 10HZ - 300KHZ +/- 0.1DB
-INPUT IMPEDANCE: 110K (LOW GAIN) / 10K (HIGH GAIN)
-OUTPUT IMPEDANCE: < 0.5 OHM
-GAIN (LOW): -10DB
-GAIN (HIGH): +10DB
-OUTPUT POWER (INTO 32 OHMS): 325MW PER CHANNEL, RMS
-PREMIUM LOW ESR AUDIO-GRADE POWER SUPPLY CAPACITORS
-USB CHARGER INPUT (SAME AS RX) 5V
-HIGH / LOW GAIN SWITCH (GREAT FOR IEMS AND FULL-SIZE HEADPHONES)
-ONE 6111 DUAL TRIODE TUBE, USER CHANGEABLE (TUBE ROLLING)
-16V POWER SUPPLY (+/- 8V)
-20-SECOND MUTE CIRCUIT FOR TUBE WARM-UP (BLUE LED ON DURING WARM UP)
-LOW OUTPUT NOISE AND MICROPHONICS
-UP TO 9 HOUR PLAY TIME
-LOW VOLTAGE WARNING (FLICKERING LED)
-CHARGING LED (ORANGE = CHARGING, GREEN = CHARGED)
-CHARGING TIME APPROXIMATELY 4 HOURS
-HIGH-GRADE CNC BILLET ALUMINUM ENCLOSURE WITH CNC MACHINED MARKINGS
The ALO Audio Continental V5 is of course filled with tubey goodness.
being the fifth rendition of their famous tube amp series the V5 certainly comes in strong, smaller than its predecessors and with an option to change/roll tubes to suit ones sonic preferences the V5 is certainly a winner.
Build as expected being a product of ALO Audio is impeccable, beautiful to look at from a design perspective, easy to use, strong metal enclosure and overall gorgeous looks.
The smaller form factor is excellent as it means it certainly is a portable amplifier rather than transportable.
The sound as mentioned is dependent of which tube is chosen, but aside from sonic signatures the overall performance is one of smoothness with a black background.
I did not find it to get overly warm due to useful vents on the sides allowing any heat to dissipate easily. Of course the tubes themselves do get hot so having it ones pocket probably isnt the best choice.
Its sound is detailed, matches fairly well with most IEMs I tried. There is a slight hiss at times with more sensitive IEMs, but using low gain and also allowing the tubes to warm up a bit can rectify this in some cases.
Its sound stage is quite spacious, and it complements the source rather than obscures it.
Going half to three quarters of the volume pot on the CV5 and using the dap to fine tune gave me the best result. Also only turn it on when all the cables are plugged in.
I enjoy my listening sessions with the ALO Audio Continental V5 and find it to be a subtle piece of gear that adds a lil sumthin` sumthin` to the music and brings out a naturalness that takes off that digital edge.
The ALO Audio Continental V5 is an amp for those audiophiles on the go who want to add a bit of power, play with some tubes to tailor the sound to their taste or just enjoy that lush tubey goodness.