Tube Amplifier Melody SP-3

With a complex circuit and large use of materials, the melody SP-3 (1100 euro) is a temptation for any fan of the tubes.

  1. Tube amplifier melody SP-3
  2. Data sheet

Costing miracle

In black, alternatively in frivolous red high gloss clad Chinese will cost euro although at least 1100, brings this but over 20 kilos on the scales – loose five kilos more than, for example, the comparable to expensive lyric TI-60 (6/2010). He is considerably less inputs: two, to be exact, that changed with an improper power switch on the right side of the amplifier can be.

The melody SP-3 uses two pairs of powerful beam Tetroden 5881 (known under the name of 6L 6 and still popular in guitar amplifiers) remains significantly possible power of his tubes Quartet theory behind the back and crosses the border to really indecent distortion even at around 15 watts. It is so clear that this amplifier for every HiFi lover is ideal, and only not quite working with each speaker.

The melody played in broadband, with stronger bass and harmonics area ausgedehnterem, but somewhat alienated the folk veteran Neil Young (harvest – “Heart Of Gold”) by giving to slim back its already light quaek and voice in tone. That was a pity, because otherwise the SP 3 with wonderfully clean, fine sound revealed a significant potential. To wake it up, but the whole tube fan is required: at least the test device reacted to an extent on the connected box that is unusual even for tube standards.

Asked is a speaker with high, above all but possible linear impedance, for example a wide strips. The John blue JB3 (5/2010) was technically how sound excellent, is actually too small for living room-filling high fidelity. Let’s just hope that reson, the German distributor of John Blue, still approaching the apparently extremely audience shy big brothers of the JB-3.

Melody SP-3

Manufacturer Melody
Price €1100.00
Rating 90.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 30,0 x 20, 0 x
34.0 cm
Weight 25.0 kg
Genus (REC / GM) Integrated amplifier
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB. Yes
Tone controls / switched off /
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 0 / 0
Memory / storage automatic 0 /.
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting No
Input phono MM / MC /
High level RCA inputs / XLR 2 / 0
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 0 / 0
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 0 /.
Recorder connections (a / from) 0
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer 0
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 7.0 W / 11.0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 15.0 W / 15.0 W
Noise line 100.0 dB(A)
Powerful use of materials, good workmanship
Extremely critical of boxing, is therefore in practice mostly under its possibilities
Sound MM
Sound MC
Sound RCA 90
Sound XLR
Facilities sufficient
Operation Very good
Processing Very good
Sound judgment Top 90
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 7 / 10