In 1986 when the audio industry was in the midst of chaos losing its original peerless “dream” in the general shift from valves to transistors, our A & M Ltd. was founded with ardent wishes to create such products that provide full listening pleasure to all music lovers and audiophiles, thus enabling them to form an increasing attachment by repeated listening. The philosophy is crystallized, through an exhaustive research and development, in the AIR-TIGHT branded audio gear featuring refined cosmetics, strictly select components, PCB-free point-to-point meticulous hand-wiring, etc.
The ultimate award is the infinite musicality that extends far beyond mere specifications, approaching the sublimate soundstage presentation, in full depth and width, of live performance. Small as A & M is in size, we keep on giving a challenge for realization of our grandiose “dream”. Have a startling experience to enjoy the second-to-none musicality only our time-tested valve configuration affords!
SINGLE-ENDED TRIODE AMPLIFIERS
- High Fidelity: Air Tight ATM-300
- High Fidelity: Air Tight ATM-211
- High Fidelity: Air Tight PC-1 Supreme
Audience is a highly respected American electronics company whose objective is to build the finest possible high performance audio components. Audience is not another “me too” manufacturer. It is a leader and trend setter in its unique approach to product design, execution and craftsmanship. Audience is also respected for its business integrity and dedication to its customers. Every employee at Audience strives to improve and push the limits of technology while embracing the human element in all that they do.
AudioQuest has been the largest cable supplier to the high-end specialist market for many years. AudioQuest is sold in several hundred outlets in the US and in over sixty countries. Bill is especially pleased that this success has been possible despite his insistence that the foundation of the company, and the foundation of AudioQuest marketing, must be the performance of the product. In the audio world, many professionals have learned that it is not always convenient to listen to the products they sell … they might learn something they don’t want to know! Bill has always understood the challenge of basing the existence of AudioQuest on the performance of the product. However, to Bill, this is the only reasonable way to do business and the only acceptable way to combine his passion for music (and all things high performance), with his need to make a living.
- Bridges & Falls Series | Angel
- Elements Series | WEL Signature
- Tonearm Cables | WEL Signature LP
- Subwoofer Cables | Wild Dog
- USB A↔B | Diamond
- USB 3.0 A↔Micro | Diamond
- Mini USB | Diamond
- USB Lightning | Diamond
- Thunderbolt | Coffee
- Digital Coax | WEL Signature
- AES/EBU | WEL Signature Digital
- Five Portable Hi-Res DACs Compared AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2 Amp/DAC
- AUDIOQUEST DRAGONFLY V1.2 USB DAC
- AudioQuest JitterBug USB noise filter Follow-Ups
- AudioQuest JitterBug Best of 2015
- AudioQuest JitterBug Joint Accessories of the Year
- AudioQuest JitterBug USB noise filter
- AudioQuest NightHawk Headphone Review
- 2015 Top Picks Of the Year Headphones and Headphone Amps
- Gramophone Dreams #7
- AudioQuest • NightHawk Headphones
For more than twenty-five years Boulder Amplifiers has been building high quality audio components in Boulder, Colorado U.S.A. With distribution in more than two dozen countries, Boulders are cherished by audiophiles all over the world.
We have a simple, straightforward design philosophy — All Boulders are made for the reproduction of music exactly as it was performed and recorded. Boulder electronics are transparent, accurate, fast, rugged, and reliable, with minimal distortion and noise, and absolutely no coloration or “sound” of their own. Of course this is much easier said than done. We take great pride in the fact that, in this age of throwaway electronics, virtually every Boulder ever shipped is still in use; most remain in the hands of their original owners.
Cary Audio was founded in 1989 with a firm commitment to producing the very highest quality two-channel tube equipment, and we continue to innovate and lead the industry in this market sector. Our dedication to accurate and lifelike reproduction of music has led to many awards and rave reviews all over the world. Our efforts are guided by the knowledge that we sell not just audio gear, but rather a means to enjoy music and video entertainment.
MACH 1 Ag
In collaboration with Cary Audio, Kimber Kable, Music Technology, and VH Audio, High Fidelity Design Group has developed the “Mach 1 Ag” version of select vacuum tube equipment indicated below. A complete overhaul of the currently award-winning and critically acclaimed stock componentry, consummates in the finest American handcrafted vacuum tube equipment available, irrespective of cost. HFDG is the exclusive dealer for Cary Audio products named “Mach 1 Ag.”
- CAD-300SEI (M1)
- PH-302 MKII (M1)
VACUUM TUBE AMPLIFIERS
SOLID STATE AMPLIFIERS
- The Absolute Sound: DAC-100 & DAC-100t
- Positive Feedback Online: SLI-80
- Positive Feedback Online: PH-302 MKII
- Stereophile: SLP-05
- Stereophile: SLP-98
- The Absolute Sound: 120S MKII
- The Absolute Sound: SLP-05 & CAD-211FE
- 6moons audio reviews: CAD-805 AE
- Positive Feedback Online: HH-1
- Sound & Vision: CINEMA 12 & MODEL 7.125
Established by Ed Meitner in 1998, EMM Labs is a world-renowned designer of professional digital audio converter (DAC) systems. EMM is highly respected among top recording engineers and studios, and its products are universally regarded as state of the art. For decades, top engineers have used EMM’s converters and technologies to produce some of the very best recordings in the world. Now this technology can be yours. Hear what the engineers really intended you to hear!
- XDS1 V2 Reference CD-SACD Player-DAC
- PRE-2 Reference Preamplifier
- DAC2X Reference D/A Converter
- TSDX Reference CD-SACD Transport
- MTRX Reference Amplifier
“The joy of the highest levels of musical elation.” Our corporate philosophy, as our foundation, has been embodied through providing superb audio and video products for over 21 years.
From analog discs to analog tapes, CDs to Super Audio CDs, videotape to DVDs, there were several transitions and technical innovations in auditory and visual media. ESOTERIC, which was born in the midst of such transition, shall pursue a unique path as a high-end audio video brand, focusing on components of higher value, while adding amplifiers into our product line. This evolution allows us to merge both high recording and replay technologies, based on our own technical innovation and proprietary technologies.
Established in 1979, Kimber Kable is the brainchild of inventor, engineer and entrepreneur Ray Kimber. Ray's fondness for new discovery and experimentation actually began in the first grade when he built a crystal receiver, which he tweaked, without help or knowledge, by adding to it a set of army surplus headphones. It wasn't supposed to work, but it did, he remembers. After his experiences managing a theater, a couple of concert tours, assembling professional audio sound and lighting matrices, and sales of high-end kits, he realized that cable was more than just merely important. "If weaving cable could alter the sound so significantly, I figured everything else about cables was on the table for discovery, rediscovery or reinvestigation."
By the time of the 1983 CES, Sanders & Sutherland had developed a full-range hybrid electrostatic loudspeaker they called the Monolith. A renowned high-end audio company used a prototype pair in its room at the show to demonstrate its electronics. Dealers who heard them were bowled over by the sound of the visually stunning, see-through Monoliths and, more importantly, eager to sell them. It was at this point that Sanders and Sutherland put their middle names to the venture and set about satisfying the demand they had created. MartinLogan finally took flight. Today, MartinLogan is a growing company with an internationally recognized brand, a top-notch team, superior design and technology and smart customers who value the best speakers on the planet.
ELECTROSTATIC SPEAKERS | RESERVE ESL SERIES
ELECTROSTATIC SPEAKERS | ESL SERIES
Over the last three decades, MBL has played a major part in breathtaking developments in the worldwide audio sector. MBL accompanied and influenced the birth and growth of high-end audio equipment. Throughout the entire process, MBL was driven by its special goal: to be the cutting edge market leader in terms of technology and quality. There was a time when the “Radialstrahler” was only an idea on a sketch-pad. An idea that many people believed would not work, was turned into patent. Thirty years and countless awards later, thousands of audiophiles in the whole world are now closer to their beloved music than they had ever dreamt of.
- Stereophile: Corona C15 Monoblock
- The Absolute Sound: C51 Integrated Amplifier
- The Absolute Sound: 101X-treme System
- The Absolute Sound: 6010 D Preamplifier
- Stereophile: 101 E MKII Speaker
- The Absolute Sound: 101 E MKII Speaker
At Siltech, we strive for ultimate audio quality, so we evaluate our products in extensive listening tests. But before that, much research, prototyping, designing and measuring are undertaken. Cable research is a costly though exciting endeavour, like the exploration of the Earth was in the 15th century. And there is always the risk of misinterpreting your findings or being led in the wrong way. Columbus called the Native Americans ‘Indians’ for he thought he had landed in India. It proves the importance of checking and double-checking, using the most advanced measuring equipment and the latest insight. If Columbus had a sextant or, even better, a GPS, he would never have made that mistake. We at Siltech believe that making a high class cable is based on a lot of science, craftsmanship, some exploration, a little improvisation and, of course, a bit of luck as the icing on the cake. And where the latter factors are not easily controlled, all the other factors are: Speed, jitter, distortion, magnetic field, noise, microphony, dynamics, micro signal handling and so on. As most of these parameters can be measured objectively, provided you invest in the latest test equipment, we believe we are able to make reasonable objective judgments on cables. As a result, there is a very strong family resemblance through the whole line of Siltech cables. The more costly Siltech cables are indeed better in all mentioned key parameters as a result of more expensive materials and manufacturing.
Technical Audio Devices Laboratories, Inc. (TADL) grew from the sprit to discover technologies to perfectly recreate the pure sound of life performances with uncompromising craftsmanship. We have inherited our philosophy from Bart Locanthi ‐recognized across the globe as the ultimate sound technologist‐who believed that genuine technology is true to the basic and that genuine technology places greater importance on sound quality than on technology for its own sake. At TADL, we are honing our technology to create equipment that reproduces musical sounds that evoke both the energy and impact of life music.
- Stereophile 2014 Recommended Components Loudspeakers Class A: Speaker System Evolution One
- Stereophile: Speaker System Evolution One
- Stereophile: C600 Line Preamplifier
- Stereophile: Compact Reference
- The Absolute Sound: Reference One
Known in Germany as “the Pope of Analog,” Mr. Jochim Raeke established Transrotor to represent the perfect blend of imagination, style and acoustic perfection. In a world of microelectronics and computer-controlled components, Transrotor has created a line of sonically pure, aesthetically stunning and intricately assembled turntables that are the equivalent of priceless sculpture. Each piece is visually astonishing, and the ability to collect and diffuse light in a kaleidoscopic array is remarkable. In Germany, a country revered for their engineering prowess, every high-end audio magazine of note uses the Transrotor turntable as their reference component. That is recognition of the highest order.
- Apollon TMD
- Artus FMD
- Avorio 25/60
- Crescendo Bianco
- Crescendo Nero
- Dark Star
- Dark Star Reference
- FAT BOB Plus
- FAT BOB S Reference TMD
- FAT BOB S
- Gravita TMD
- La Roccia Reference TMD
- Leonardo 25/60 TMD
- Leonardo 40/60 TMD
- Orion Reference FMD
- Rondino FMD (NEU 2010)
- Rossini 25/60
- Tourbillon FMD
- Zet 1
- Zet 1 Matt White
- Zet 3