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Hi all,

 

I have noticed lots of Audio retailers are now advertising Advance Paris gear...has anyone purchased or listened to it?

They have monoblocks and preamp for very reasonable amounts...just wondering if anyone on SN who has any of their gear?

 

 

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10 hours ago, Eskay said:

Hi all,

 

I have noticed lots of Audio retailers are now advertising Advance Paris gear...has anyone purchased or listened to it?

They have monoblocks and preamp for very reasonable amounts...just wondering if anyone on SN who has any of their gear?

 

 

I cannot comment too much about the product itself as I have had only brief and cursory experience with it. But as Marc said, Synergy are the distributor. They are also the Rega distributor and VAF is a Rega dealer, so I deal with Synergy quite a bit. And they are good people, my Synergy rep Paul is a great guy and they have a good and decent service department (coming as I do from a previous role as a service department manager, a good after sales/service department is very important to me when selling their product).

 

So from that point of view, you should feel confident that should you buy Advance Paris, you will be looked after if there ever is an issue.

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Their design ( those big VU meters, etc blue lighting) reminds me of another cheaper priced brand that used to be used here , but damned if I can remember the name - Think it might have been European sounding? 

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3 minutes ago, aussievintage said:

 

Now that you mention it, yeah 👍

Sounds nicer, but the words are essentially the same. Doesn't stop the units being good...in fact, if you let an amp designer be in charge of the advertising text, you might get exactly the same sort of guff!

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14 hours ago, cafe67 said:

Their design ( those big VU meters, etc blue lighting) reminds me of another cheaper priced brand that used to be used here , but damned if I can remember the name - Think it might have been European sounds 

Emotiva?. 

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2 minutes ago, cafe67 said:

Found it , this mob - Advance Accoustic

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The Advance Acoustics brand - founded in 1995 - is owned by ADVANCE PARIS. Advance Acoustics is located in modern offices, about twenty kilometres from Paris, between Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport. The Advance Acoustics team in France is made up of people with a common goal of excellence. Research and development, administration, logistics, after-sales and marketing services are there to meet all your needs.

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4 minutes ago, Andythiing said:

The Advance Acoustics brand - founded in 1995 - is owned by ADVANCE PARIS. Advance Acoustics is located in modern offices, about twenty kilometres from Paris, between Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport and Orly Airport. The Advance Acoustics team in France is made up of people with a common goal of excellence. Research and development, administration, logistics, after-sales and marketing services are there to meet all your needs.


ahhh that explains a few things 

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I went to a dealer this morning to have a look and listen to the Advance Paris gear.

 

The dealer is Hey Now HI FI, run by Geoff Haynes-and the whole experience was what it should be. I have bought many things from this particular retailer, and each time is fantastic- real old fashioned service, listened to what I was looking for before the session, set up gear, patient and honest in his opinion of the sound  we listened to. 

 

The reason I raise this service is that this is in stark contrast to many retailers who  who are very well known in Melbourne but the service is awful. great service and understanding still exists- but you may have to pay slightly more for the product- which I don't mind doing.

 

Any case- back to listening:

 

I was interested in looking and seeing how the AP gear was made- and I have to say considering the price point it is very well put together. The general finish is to a very high standard, and I actually liked the gloss black finish on the pre amp/CD player and integrated amp. Not sure about the large VU meters- very much trying to imitate McIntosh I think?

 

Like many of you I have had a multitude of gear over the years- but my main systems have always revolved around Naim as I like their sound. Due to the path and the cost of Naim now, I have left that particular cult (!) and looking else where.

 

Geoff, had a clear understanding of the sound I was looking for and though he didn't have the same speakers that I have (Franco Serblin floorstanders) so he set up a pair with similar sound and dynamics- a pair of Magico's. 

 

These were hooked up to a AP XCD9 cd  player, XP700 pre amp and Xi1100 integrated amp.

Compared to my Naim I thought that the sound was more detailed and defined, had no harsh edges and had a warmth about it that was missing from my Naim. Soundstage and presence was excellent and I spent an hour thoroughly  enjoying the listening experience. 

 

In summary- I thought they punched well above their weight- both in sound produced and overall quality of the gear it self. I tried to take into account that the room is nothing like mine and the speakers were different. I was impressed enough to commit to purchasing a preamp/CD player and monoblock's.

 

The sound was very much what I was looking for and obviously wont be everyone's cup of tea- but for under $10k a great system for me. 

 

Thanks for all your comment above. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21 minutes ago, Eskay said:

I dont think I am allowed to mention the dealer(?)

 

I don't know why people think this. Please do.

Members deserve to know where to get good service, and the dealers themselves deserve the praise.

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On 20/05/2024 at 11:17 PM, cafe67 said:

Their design ( those big VU meters, etc blue lighting) reminds me of another cheaper priced brand that used to be used here , but damned if I can remember the name - Think it might have been European sounding? 

 

Vincent. ( Sheng Ya )

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1 hour ago, Eskay said:

I went to a dealer this morning to have a look and listen to the Advance Paris gear.

 

I dont think I am allowed to mention the dealer(?), but the whole experience was what it should be.

 

These were hooked up to a AP XCD9 cd  player, XP700 pre amp and Xi1100 integrated amp.

Shout out to the dealer for providing good service as this is sadly rare these days considering the potential purchase value.

 

The CD Player and Pre-Amp looks I could live with but the Xi1100 not so much. This is of course personal preference but if I was spending that sort of money I'd want to like how it looked in the rack/room.

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24 minutes ago, Eskay said:

Post has been amended- includes dealer- who was Hey Now Hi Fi- run by Geoff Haynes. 

 

I'm not surprised. I was going to guess that it was him. Geoff's great. 

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Hey guys.  We've been importing and selling advanced paris in Croatia for about 4 years now. Looks aren't for everyone, but the price is. They are exceptional products for the price. The classic series is really nice. The xa160 power amp is a bargain, I believe it uses Toshiba output transistors. When it comes to reliability, they have been very reliable. They seem to pair very well with klipsch speakers. 

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