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Elk product van deze versterker fabrikant uit Forest Hill, Californie heeft altijd twee kenmerken: een zeer eenvoudige en korte signaalweg en een bouwkwaliteit die ervoor garant staat dat elke unit waarschijnlijk de volgende eeuw gaat zien. De legendarische Nelson Pass, gelauwerd ontwerper van talloze hifi-evergreens, huldigt het principe van 'simpeler is beter'. Er zijn veel recensenten, dealers en eigenaren die het karakter van een buizenversterker herkennen, maar dan met eindeloos veel drive en grip en zonder de rompslomp en de 'gevaren'.
 

GE¤NTEGREERDE VERSTERKERS

       
 
INT-25 NEW
Ge´ntegreerde Versterker
2 x 25 Watt
 
INT-60
Klasse A
Ge´ntegreerde Versterker
2 x 60 Watt
INT-250
Ge´ntegreerde Versterker
2 x 250 Watt
 
 
       

VOORVERSTERKERS

       
XP-12
Voorversterker
 
XP-22
Voorversterker met
externe voeding
XP-32 NEW
Voorversterker L/R Chassis
met externe voeding
Xs-Preamp
XS Voorversterker met
externe voeding
       

PHONO VOORVERSTERKERS & HOOFDTELEFOON VERSTERKER

       
XP-17
Phono Voorversterker
 
XP-27 NEW
Phono Voorversterker
met externe voeding
Xs-Phono
XS Phono Voorversterker
met externe voeding
HPA-1
Hoofdtelefoon Versterker
(Ook als Voorversterker
te gebruiken)
       

EINDVERSTERKERS

       
     
XA25
Stereo Eindversterker
2x25 Watt
     
       
X150.8
Stereo Eindversterker
2x150 Watt
X250.8
Stereo Eindversterker
2x250 Watt
X350.8
Stereo Eindversterker
2x350 Watt
X260.8
Mono Eindversterker
1x260 Watt
       
X600.8
Mono Eindversterker
1x600 Watt
XA30.8
Klasse A
Stereo Eindversterker
2x30 Watt
XA60.8
Klasse A
Mono Eindversterker
1x60 Watt
XA100.8
Klasse A
Mono Eindversterker
1x100 Watt
       
XA160.8
Klasse A
Mono Eindversterker
1x160 Watt
XA200.8
Klasse A
Mono Eindversterker
1x200 Watt
Xs150
Klasse A
Mono Eindversterker
Externe Voeding
1x150 Watt
Xs300
Klasse A
Mono Eindversterker
Externe Voeding
1x300 Watt
       

 

The last ten years have once again demonstrated that high-end amplifiers with part-per-million distortion numbers and other superlative specifications are not very popular. It's like pure distilled water-it has no character and most people don't want to drink it.

How much have preamplifiers and power amplifiers improved over the past decade, and why? The last ten years have once again demonstrated that high-end amplifiers with partpermillion distortion numbers and other superlative specifications are not very popular. It's like pure distilled waterŚit has no character and most people don't want to drink it. If there has been progress, it has been where the subjective character has been refined in the service of the listener's experience. To paraphrase McLuhan, we are turning our mature technologies into art.

Have the sounds of tubed and solid-state electronics converged toward a common neutrality in the past 20 years? No, just the opposite. Anything resembling convergence to objective neutrality occurred in the late 60s and early 70s, and since then tubes and solidstate have diverged, catering to different needs and tastes. Tube preamplifiers have assumed a popular roleŚwarming up the sound when mated to a solid-state power amplifier. You could speculate that this results in a subjective neutrality in the ears of the listener.

You choose to work primarily in solidstate/single-ended Class A. What are the advantages you see to your chosen technology? At some point in the past I lost interest in complex amplifiers, so now I enjoy extracting really good sound from simple amplifiers. This naturally leads to solidstate Class A, where I can make a goodsounding low power amplifier with as little as a single FET and a light bulb. And I do.

Is Class D competitive with linear designs in sound quality, and if not, will it ever be? Does a $10 bottle of wine compete with a $100 bottle? Of course it does, and it often wins based on price. Right at the moment Class D designers seem to be still focusing on the objectively measured performance of their amplifiers. I expect that at some point the economics of the marketplace will encourage them to pay more attention to the subjective qualities, and then they will probably play a greater role in the high end.

Has amplifier design reached its zenith where further improvements are marginal, or will the next decade produce even better-sounding preamplifiers and power amplifiers? I am optimistic. I think the power amplifiers will be mine, and the preamplifiers will be Wayne Colburn's.

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