Today SCV are excited to announce a new partnership with Californian audio giants Manley Labs. As a renowned manufacturer of high-caliber home audio and pro studio products based in Chino, CA. the Manley name has become synonymous with impeccable listening experiences along with their signature audio building block: the tube.
From 1st Sept, SCV will be the official distributor of all Manley HiFi and Home Audio products for the UK and Ireland.
A Brief History of Manley
Manley's first commercially available products were upper echelon high-fidelity vacuum tube amplifiers and preamplifiers constructed at the old Vacuum Tube Logic of America factory.
Source: Manley History (full article)
Manley’s story harkens back to 1989 when founder EveAnna Manley joined the production team at Vacuum Tube Logic of America while on sabbatical from Columbia University where she quickly rose to VTL’s QC department and armed with newfound tube soldering and assembly skills. At this time the very first Manley professional products were being released, including the 1U Reference 60dB microphone preamp, Manley Enhanced Pultec and Mid Frequency Equaliser. These, along with the Reference Cardioid and Reference Gold recording microphones became the first Manley models to be unveiled to the world at LA’s 1990 AES Show.
From 1993, Manley Labs became an entirely separate entity to VTL. The Manley operation was moved to its current home in Chino CA, complete with a machine shop, PCB facilities and Langevin production lines. The following year Manley would go on to add a revolutionary custom transformer winding department, the manufactured jewels of which still make up a huge part to Manley’s hallmark sound today.
Since the year 2000, Manley have continued to push the boundaries of high-caliber audio electronics, focusing on streamlining their US-based production for maximum efficiency while also maintaining the primary principles of high-end audio manufacturing.
"I've been circling in Andrew Stirling's orbit for over 30 years and it's a pleasure to finally be working with the SCV team !”
EveAnna Manley - President, Manley Labs
Meet The Range
Manley’s preamplifier range serves a number of different home audio applications. Their flagship STEELHEAD phono stage and its more affordable CHINOOK sibling offer a game-changing solution for turntable users, while the minimalist JUMBO SHRIMP delivers incredible stereo output drive together with high dynamic range. Finally the Neo-Classic 300B is hailed as the first and only preamplifier to feature Elecrohamonix’s 300B output tubes for a delightfully esoteric solution.
Available in a variety of shapes and sizes, Manley Labs power amplifiers bring much needed punch to even the most demanding home audio speaker systems. At the more compact end, the MAHI and SNAPPER monoblocks deliver 20/40 and 100 Watts of power respectively, while the Neo-Classic 250 and 500W models offer even more headroom powered by decades of meticulous circuit and component refinements.
Manley’s second generation STINGRAY model features a fresh look and achieves a seemingly effortless balance between design and sonics to satisfy all manner of listening audiences.
The Manley Absolute Headphone Amplifier is a tube head-amp of many talents. Delivering fast, dynamic sound, the Absolute Headphone Amplifier’s impeccable performance is matched only by its levels of sonic flexibility.
We are delighted to be represented in the UK by SCV Distribution. The combined expertise of the SCV's team and their professionalism and passion for sound and music will help Manley Labs to reach out to more audiophiles.
Jean-Baptiste Lierre - Director of International Sales, Manley Labs
SCV is delighted to welcome Manley Labs to its portfolio of brands and our team of Home Audio sales and service staff are eager to assist with all enquiries related to products, availability and dealerships. For further information on Manley Labs and SCV, contact our Home Audio team.