With nine valves and four line-inputs, the Fatman iTube 452 amplifier will impress even your deaf neighbour


I know there’s a rich pool of valve amp fanzoids out there which will be delighted to hear Fatman has added another model to the archives, the iTube 452 stereo amplifier.

Priced at £1,499, it’s distinctly more expensive than their predecessors, but with the nine valves and four line-inputs, you’re definitely getting more orange-glow for your buck. There’s 45 watts of power per channel on the iTube 452, and whilst it may have a ubiquitous lowercase ‘i’ in the model name, when hooked up to a CD player the quality promises to be richer and deeper than before…

Fatman's Mothership amplifiers really are out of this world

Anyone that watched my video review of the Fatman Fatboy speakers the other month will be well aware of just how gorgeous – and pricey – their products can be. If you thought £500 for a pair of speakers was extreme, wait until you find out how much Fatman are charging for their new tube valve amplifier, dubbed The Mothership. With that name, they could be charging my firstborn child, really.

As you can see, there’s three units involved in the almighty Mothership, the iTube Control preamp, which boosts the source signals, which are in turn picked up by the twin iTube Enginerooms…