A NEWSLETTER FROM THE
DESK OF AUDIO NOTE INDIA
BACK TO THE FUTURE!
PETER QVORTRUP, FOUNDER OF BRITISH HIGH-END HI-FI SPECIALIST AUDIO NOTE, HAS JUST CELEBRATED HIS 70TH BIRTHDAY. CHRIS FRANKLAND TALKS TO HIM ABOUT SOME EXCITING NEW PRODUCTS IN THE PIPELINE, THE CHANGES HE HAS SEEN OVER HIS 40-PLUS YEARS IN THE HI-FI INDUSTRY – AND WHY HE BELIEVES MOST OF THEM HAVE BEEN FOR THE WORSE.
THE NEW TT THREE 0.5 REFERENCE
THE NEW GENERATION OF OUR TT-THREE HALF REFERENCE THREE MOTOR FULLY SUSPENDED TURNTABLE IS FINALLY READY, ALONG WITH THE NEW, COMPLETELY REWORKED VERSION OF OUR 10" AN-1S TONEARM.
HERE ARE SOME QUICK SHOTS OF THE FIRST ONE TO LEAVE THE FACTORY, AS IT WAS GOING THROUGH FINAL TEST.
IT IS NO SECRET THAT AUDIO NOTE IS HIGHLY SCEPTICAL ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE OF MODERN SOURCES LIKE INTERNET MUSIC STREAMING AND NETWORK AUDIO. WE VIEW THESE DEVELOPMENTS MOSTLY AS YET ANOTHER STEP IN THE DECLINE OF THE DECADES.
YET, WE CANNOT DENY THE INCREDIBLE ADVANTAGE OF HAVING ACCES TO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MUSIC ALBUMS WITH ULTIMATE CONVINIENCE. IF IT IS NOT TO ENJOY THE MOST CRITICAL LISTENING EXPERIENCE, STILL ONLY AVAILABLE FROM CD DONE RIGHT, OR EVEN BETTER LP, THEN INTERNET MUSIC SERVICES ARE A GREAT TOOL FOR MUSIC DISCOVERY.
THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPONENT?
WITH PRIDE WE ANNOUNCE THAT AUDIO NOTE INDIA HAS BEEN APPOINTED EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR GIK ACOUSTICS UK IN INDIA.
THE OTO PHONO SE SIGNATURE TOPLESS!
STEVE HOFFMAN, MASTERING ENGINEER TO THE STARS AND A MAN WHO KNOWS A THING-OR-TWO ABOUT GREAT SOUND, USES OUR OTO PHONO SE SIGNATURE AMPLIFIER IN HIS STUDIO...
THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT RECORD CLEANING MACHINE
A good record cleaning machine is a must for every vinyl lover. A good cleaner will help you clean new records (yes, needed!), will preserve your current collection, and will unlock a wealth of new records as you can now refurbish your second-hand buys..
THE AUDIO NOTE EVGA NU AUDIO CARD
Audio Note introduces premium computer audio
For nearly 20 years, EVGA has built the most powerful graphics cards to play your games at the highest settings, powerful motherboards to run your system at optimal settings, and reliably efficient power supplies to power your system.
DAC2.1X SIGNATURE REVIEW
Normally, I don't forward reviews of Audio Note UK equipment. However, the review below written by Scot Hull of parttimeaudiophile.com includes statements which so much resonate with the Audio Note philosophy, that I could not let this pass.
UNDER THE HOOD - AUDIO NOTE DAC 3 BALANCED
Audio Note pioneered a fundamentally different approach to D/A conversion than that taken by the rest of the industry, rejecting oversampling and digital filtering in favour of an architecture that takes the native data stream, converts it to analogue, then passes it through a simple filter.
UNDER THE HOOD - AUDIO NOTE M3 PHONO
The Audio Note M3 Phono is a Level 3 pre-amplifier with build in phono-stage. Not surprisingly all amplifying stages use tubes, while this pre-amplifier is also equipped with tube rectified and regulated power supplies for both the phono and line stage separately.
AUDIO NOTE 300B AND 211 VALVES WITH MOLYBDENUM
We are happy to announce that Audio Note UK developed a new range of valves in conjunction with PSVane.
Recording and mastering engineer to the stars Steve Hoffman had the opportunity to try the first samples of the beta test batch, and we are truly honoured to receive such praise.
ON THE HISTORY OF AUDIO
When we think of the history of audio, it appears to be a series of continuous improvements, from primitive origins to our current state of the digital art. The earliest recorded music, Edison wax cylinders from the 1890's, were indeed crude, just as iPods and iPads are extremely sophisticated.
ON THE STATE OF HIGH-END AUDIO IN INDA, AND THE SLOW SLIDE TOWARDS SONIC OBLIVION
Cost pressures prevail everywhere and elsewhere in the specialist audio industry, as in most other branches of consumer products, the relentless pursuit of ever-cheaper products to provide higher profits through lower and lower production costs continues unabated.
SYSTEMS OF TRANSCENDENCE
The idea of a one brand system is abhorred by audiophiles for good reasons – hifi designers have their personalities imbued in their products – mention someone like George Cardas and we associate him with cables, mention Jim Thiel and we know he is an authority in loudspeakers.