NEWS: Fatman's Mothership lands on Earth

We've had a series of dinky iTube valve amps and iPod docks from Fatman, but now the company has gone to the other extreme and unleashed the "mother of all tube amps" in the form of its £5000 preamp/monobloc Mothership.

The three-box unit pumps out 200w per channel, and comprises the iTube Controlroom preamp linked up to a pair of iTube Engineroom monoblocs.

Silly names aside, this looks like a formidable set-up. The Controlroom is a Class A vacuum tube preamplifier, equipped with six high-quality valves, while each Engineroom monobloc has 18 vacuum tubes.

While you could play your iPod through the system, Fatman tactfully suggests a higher-quality source might be more appropriate.

The Mothership will be available in the UK and the rest of Europe from September.

Other technical highlights include:

Controlroom preamp

  • Frequency response: 10-30KHz +/- 0.5dB
  • Distortion: < 0.05%
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: > 93dB
  • MM gain: 39dB
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 16 x 29 x 34cm
  • Weight: 12 Kg
  • Power output: 200 watts
  • Frequency response: 20Hz - 20KHz +/- 0.5dB
  • Harmonic distortion: < 2%
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: > 90dB
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 18.5 x 39 x 38cm
  • Weight: 51Kg
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.