January 20, 2017
New system installation day!
Reproduction Western Electric 12A horn speakers with field coil midrange and high frequency drivers from G.I.P. Laboratory Japan. Custom bass unit with 2x 15" field coil G.I.P. woofers per channel. Breathtaking live sound with absolutely zero sense of compression when matched with S8 Audio Labs' vacuum tube equipment.
November 15, 2016
New bespoke designs ready for delivery.
- 112A directly heated triode
- 6DE6 active load
- Shunt regulated high voltage power supply
- High gain output: MagneQuest BCP-16
- Low gain output: MagneQuest B7
- KT88 single ended in pentode mode
- 6DE7 actively loaded gain and driver stages
- Shunt regulated screen power supply
- MagneQuest RS-500 output transformers
- MagneQuest vintage nickel grid chokes
- V-Cap CuTF teflon coupling capacitors
- Rike Audio S-cap oil coupling capacitors
September 02, 2016
S8 Audio Labs (Sideways Eight Audio Labs) new EL34 integrated amplifier. Output transformers are MQ-470. Gain and driver stages are 6N6P with active loading and nickel phase splitter inductors. Special "bronze" finish for the top plate and "leopard" style bamboo chassis. 25 watts output @1kHz 8 ohms 1% THD.
August 12, 2016
Sideways Eight Audio Labs 6c45Pi headphone amplifier / pre-amplifier receives Best Design Award from Taiwan audiophile magazine Hi-Fi & Hi-Vi Monthly!
6c45Pi headphone amplifier uses the custom TL-818 autoformer from MagneQuest. High voltage supply is shunt regulated with the 6c45Pi gain tube actively loaded by 12HL7. Output is 400mw @1kHz 600 ohms 1% THD.
Click on image for review in Chinese.
August 11, 2016
Sideways Eight Audio Labs demonstrates at the 2016 Taipei High End Audio Show. 6c45Pi active load preamp with TL-818 autoformer. KT88 push pull amplifier with EXO-173 phase splitter inductor. EL34 push pull integrated amplifier with nickel phase splitter inductor. EL84 push pull integrated amplifier with nickel phase splitter inductor. exaSound e22 Mk II high resolution DAC. Von Gaylord Audio VG-8 Mk II loudspeakers.
May 01, 2016
Sideways Eight Audio Labs EL84 integrated amplifier receives glowing review in Taiwan hi-end audio magazine Hi-Fi & Hi-Vi Monthly!
Best Sound and Editor's Choice Awards.
The EL84 integrated amp uses the fantastic MQ-408 output transformers. Gain and driver stages are 6N6P with active loading and nickel phase splitter inductors. 11 watts output @1kHz 8 ohms 1% THD.
Click on magazine image for review in Chinese.
March 11, 2016
Sideways Eight Audio Labs + JBL Paragon = Awesome sound!
January 1, 2016
Custom made 300B push-pull integrated amplifier (with separate vacuum tube power supply) to pair with the awesome Westlake Audio SM-1 studio monitors. MagneQuest nickel transformers used throughout, BCP-16 grid chokes, EXO-173PPS phase inverter transformers, and S-240A output transformers.
December 20, 2015
December Taipei Hi-End Audio Show
September 25, 2015
Rated by Hi-Fi & Hi-Vi Monthly magazine as the "only system" to convey musical emotion at the 25th Taiwan Hi-End Audio Show.
September 18, 2015
New EL-84/6P14P Integrated amplifier
September 6, 2015
We have updated our workshop space to further enhance the listening experience.
August 17, 2015
Photos from the 25th TAIPEI INTERNATIONAL HI-END HI-FI SHOW. Many thanks to the audio enthusiasts who visited our room at the Grand Hotel.
August 10, 2015
From 8/13 to 8/16 Sideways Eight Audio Labs will be at the 25th TAIPEI INTERNATIONAL HI-END HI-FI SHOW demonstrating our new KT88 push pull amplifier and other products in Room #438 of The Grand Hotel.
June 25, 2015
Sideways Eight Audio Labs' new workshop and demonstration space is now open for visitors!
May 1, 2015
Sideways Eight Audio Labs will be moving into a new workshop and demonstration space in Taipei from May to early June. During this time we will not be available to conduct in-home auditions. We plan to be ready for audio demonstrations at the new location by mid-June. We sincerely thank you for your interest and patience in our uniquely handcrafted vacuum tube audio products.
January 18, 2015
Sideways Eight Audio Labs announces two fabulous audio products for audition in the Taipei City and surrounding areas. By special appointment we will bring the units to your home for an afternoon/evening of listening and evaluation.
Both the headphone amp/line stage and single ended amplifier include a separate vacuum tube power supply unit.
The products are made to order. The customer can select the chassis style as well as the color of the top plate (gold or silver). Made of natural bamboo material, each chassis will display its own uniquely beautiful pattern and color contrast.
MSRP is 300,000 TWD for each set. We currently have a very special introductory price for adventurous audiophiles. Please inquire.
For an audition please contact:
Mobile: +886 978-603-286
January 10, 2015
Finished bamboo chassis ready for shipment to Taipei.
January 1, 2015
Happy New Year!
Here's a preview of the unique high density pressed bamboo chassis custom designed by bamboo art master Mr. Liu of Bamboola Taiwan. CAD designed, CNC precision machined, hand finished.
Light color sample
December 30, 2014
Close up photo of the prototype headphone amp/line amp using custom TL-818 transformers from MagneQuest/Peerless.