NEWS: Fatman goes upmarket with new iTube 452 valve dock

We first clapped eyes on the Fatman iTube 452 at the Bristol Sound and Vision Show back in February, but now we can bring you more details.

The iTube 452 has nine valves, costs £1499 and the package includes a matching iPod dock. It also has four line inputs for connecting external sources such as a CD player, and the standard remote will control your iPod as well as the amp.

Power output is 45w per channel, and cables are supplied for connecting the docking station to the amp, a separate cable for connecting a CD player to the amp and a video cable for connecting the iPod dock to a TV.

James Roth of Fatman says: "There is more to creating a valve amp than merely planting a row of tubes: to deliver the delightful warm tones properly, without sacrificing attack and pace, you must meticulously engineer the unit – and not settle for a cosy-sounding second best."

Want to know more? Here are the technical details in full:

Type: vacuum tube preamplifier

Vacuum tubes: 6L6Gx4, 12AX7x5

Source inputs: 4

Max output power: 45w x 2 (Self Bias)

Frequency response: 20-20KHz (+/-1.0dB)

Distortion: <1%

Signal to noise ratio: >86dB

Input sensitivity: 210m V

Input impedance: 100K ohm

Output impedance: 4 ohm/8 ohm

Dimensions (hwd): 15.4cm x 42cm x 26.5cm

Weight: 23Kg

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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 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.