Valentina A8 (Active)

Introduced just this year along with a passive version, the Valentina A8 is a substantial upgrade to the original Valentina Active. Whatever you may have read about the original, you can add deeper bass, stronger impact, louder playback, sharper imaging, and wider soundstaging.

The Valentina A8 embodies the JansZen way of helping you pare your system down to its essentials, while experiencing electrostatic clarity and neutrality, with bass depth and punch that's even better than our passives. The remote control, built-in bi-amplification, DAC, automatic input selection, and high input sensitivity let you eliminate most of the equipment stack, not to mention speaker cables.

These loudspeakers feature dual electrostatic panels with controlled dispersion that maximizes the proportion of direct sound and thus well conserves recorded ambiance and image detail. 8" woofers are arrayed above and below the panels, which creates a tall bass aperture that further minimizes floor and ceiling involvement.

The cabinets are sealed and compact, standing only about 40" [1m] high, yet they create a tall, detailed soundstage with deep bass that typically requires much larger speakers. Not being dipoles, they have no back wave, which makes them as easy to set up as ordinary speakers.

Their bass response is adjustable using the remote control to select between three presets. These compensate for the effect of position relative to walls, namely near, mid, and far.

The IR remote also controls volume, mute, input selection, and on/standby selection.

In standard configuration, a conventional but high grade silk ring-dome tweeter is mounted on the outboard side of each loudspeaker. These direct midrange and treble toward each near side wall, and can be continuously adjusted from off to quite loud. They're useful in two situations:

  • For critical listening to recordings that lack well recorded ambiance, turning them up just a bit helps restore the missing spaciousness.
  • When standing or listening from another room, turning them up higher supplies the treble that their controlled dispersion prevents from reaching much above seated height.

Since each is continuously adjustable, rooms with asymmetrical side wall distances can be easily accommodated.

With dual 500W/4Ω amplifiers in each cabinet, the A8 matches the dynamics of horns without the drawbacks, while providing the transparency and neutrality of electrostatics.  

The rear panel sports five independent inputs:

  • Two analog
    • RCA single-ended
    • XLR balanced
  • Three digital
    • RCA S/PDIF
    • optical S/PDIF (TOSLINK)
    • XLR AES3 balanced

The inputs have some interesting and useful aspects:

  • The speakers can detect which input has an active source and automatically select it, so there's no need for external input selection. The inputs can also be manually selected using the remote.
  • The inputs are sensitive enough that there's no need for preamplification.
  • The digital inputs make an external DAC unnecessary,

These input features add up to a big benefit: A quintessentially high end system can be as simple as just a streamer or Bluetooth receiver connected to a pair of Valentina A8s, or alternatively can take advantage of an array of signal sources without needing a preamp.

Options

There are two functional options:

  • SE (Sound Everywhere) at $1599/pair, which lets you switch between direct sound (controlled dispersion) and omnidirectional dispersion at a touch of the remote control
  • BT at $449/pair, which adds built-in wireless functionality by way of Bluetooth aptX-HD (sacrifices the rear panel S/PDIF RCA input)

Click here for detailed specifications.

Click here for the Owner's Guide.

As with all our speakers, please call with any questions, as well as for shipping cost, lead time, and ordering:

  • Phone: +1 (614) 448-1811
  • WhatsApp: +1 (614) 592-1789
  • Skype: janszen_esl1

Or use our CONTACT page to send us a note.

When you select your options below, the price will update at the top of this page, except for the SE and BT options.


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