Hybrid Amplifiers Charleston SC

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Best Buy
1987 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC
 
H.H. Gregg
(843) 863-8444
2150 Morris Baker Blvd.
Charleston, SC
 
A NewWave Consulting Company Inc.
(864) 335-8658
20 Spring Forest COURT
Greenville, SC
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Dell, Sony, Russound, LiteTouch, SONOS, Yamaha, Chief, Pioneer, DirecTV, HughesNET, Polk, Terra, Bose, Escient, Harman/Kardon, InFocus, JVC, Lutron, Marantz, Monster Power and Cable, Niles, OnQ, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, Universal Remote
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brian Fulbright, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Chad Knutson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Nick Moody, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Justin Roberson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Sound Design
(803) 507-4545
228 Lakeside Drive
Aiken, SC
Services
Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Marantz, Onkyo, Audio Control, Colorado vNet, Triad, JVC, Acoustic Innovations, Samsung, Panasonic, Stewart Filmscreen, Chief, Lutron, Elan, Niles, RTI
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Howard Bryce Jr., CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Ambrosic Home Theater Designs
(843) 338-5084
35 Wood Duck Court
Hilton Head Island, SC
Services
Audio / Video, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Energy, Panasonic, Marantz, Samsung, RTI, TruAudio, Lexicon, Escient, Continental Seating, Lutron, Middle Atlantic, Newport Audio, Revel, Toshiba, Newport Audio & More!
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Frank Ambrosic, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
7612 Rivers Ave
Charleston, SC
 
H.H. Gregg
(843) 863-8444
2150 Morris Baker Blvd.
Charleston, SC
 
Audio Video Outfitters
(843) 842-9473
27 Hunter Rd Ste B
Hilton Head Island, SC
Services
Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video, Satellite
Brands
Sony, LG, Denon, Klipsch, Control4, Monster Cable,
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Scott Geltz, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
2701 David H Mcleod Blvd
Florence, SC
 
Best Buy
1125 Woodruff Rd
Greenville, SC
 

Acousticplan Santor

acousticplan

Santor amplifier

as reviewed by Brad Morrical

 

Hybrid amplifiers, though unusual, seem to be gaining in popularity, particularly integrated hybrids. Why do designers create hybrid amps? After all, a hybrid design requires detailed knowledge of both solid state and vacuum tube circuitry, and the two technologies are not necessarily compatible. Still, tube and solid state amplifiers tend to sound different. Each technology has its strengths and weaknesses, and it must be the lure of a bridge between the speed, power, and ease of use of solid state and the harmonic completeness, dynamic contrast, and sheer presence of tube gear that tempts engineers to create a happy marriage between the two. The AcousticPlan Santor is a hybrid amplifier that attempts this synthesis of sound in the simplest possible manner, with a large dose of clever thinking and with attention to the details of good engineering and construction.

You might be asking, "If transistors can do voltage amplification okay and current amplification great, why bother with tubes?" This is a good question, and one that is best answered by listening. For many people (myself included), tube circuits do a superior job of preserving the tone and texture of recordings. The most subtle microdynamic and low-level information is preserved, resulting in a less electronic-sounding component. Why is that so important? Tone is one of the primary means by which musicians express themselves, and it is critical to the character of an instrument. In my opinion, tone has been given short shrift in high-end audio for the past twenty years. The pursuit of more and more resolution, transparency, speed, dynamics, and neutrality has sent tone to the back of the bus. This can be readily heard in many so-called high-end amplifiers. The revival of SET amps, and tubes in general, is (in part) a backlash against the sterile, toneless gear we've been hearing since the 1970s. Even today, a lot of highly touted gear does not reproduce instrumental tone correctly.

Let me state my position: If a piece of audio equipment cannot correctly reproduce the tone and timbre of an instrument, and cannot sustain that tone and timbre throughout the instrument's decay, that piece of equipment is not true hi-fi, despite its other positive attributes. I am not saying that tone and timbre are the most important aspects of sound reproduction, but simply that you cannot have high-fidelity sound reproduction without correct tone, timbre, and decay. Those of you who favour attack and slam should ask yourselves this important question: Why do rare musical instruments like Stradivarius violins fetch millions of dollars? What makes one instrument more valuable than another? For the most part, the reason is the tone that the instrument is capable of making. I have heard many rare violins during the last three years, and can attest to the incredible part t...

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