Icon Audio revives the spirit of Leak

Icon Audio Stereo 20PP

Here's something a little bit retro – the new Icon Audio Stereo 20PP valve amplifier, based on a 1955 design by British hi-fi company H J Leak, the Stereo 20.

While the original Stereo 20 can now change hands among collectors for up to £1200, the Stereo 20PP costs £500.

The new Class A variant is designed for use in smaller rooms, and with loudspeakers that do not require a large amount of power.

It has Mullard EL84 output valves, ECC83/ECC82 double triode valves, Solen audio capacitors, Teflon-insulated silver-plated wiring and gold-plated input and speaker terminals. Claimed power output is 15W per channel.

A headphone amplifier and Perspex valve cover are included as standard. The amp can be supplied in all-triode form on request.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.