Hybrid Amplifiers College Station TX

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Best Buy
805 Texas Ave S
College Station, TX
 
Audio Video
(979) 268-6010
909 University Drive East
College Station, TX
Services
Central Vac, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Home Networking, Service Repair
Brands
AMX Audioquest B&W BellO Bryston Chief Classe Control4 Definitive Draper Elan JL Klipsch LG Lutron M&K Marantz McIntosh Mitsubishi Panamax Pioneer Elite Premiere Revel Sanus Sharp Sonance SoundAdvance Sony Stewart Sunfire VisionArt Yamaha
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Steven Summarell, CEDIA Certified Professional ESPA C-EST

Bose Factory Store
(972) 874-0724
Grapevine Mills,3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
Grapevine, TX
 
MODIA
(281) 480-5600
1520 West Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Devance AV Design, Inc.
(214) 389-4985
15932 Midway Road
Addison, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Audio Video
(979) 268-6010
909 University Drive E
College Station, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Bjorn''s Audio Video Inc.
(210) 828-3237
14123 Highway 281 North
San Antonio, TX
Services
Home Audio, Authorized Service Center, Design & Installation

Architectural Electronics
(713) 465-6333
1732 W. Sam Houston Parkway N.
Houston, TX
Services
Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
AMX, Autopatch, CinemaTech, Crestron, Fortress, Furman,Irwin,JBL Synthesis,JVC, Lexicon, Lutron, McIntosh, Panasonic, Revel, Rives Audio, Samsung, Sharp, SIM2, Sony XBR, Sony Bravia, Speakercraft, Stewart, Totem Acoustic, Triad, Velodyne
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Grady Jarrell, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Marshall Nguyen, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Paul Norred, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Doug Smith, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional Home Theater Designer- Jeff Warford, CEDIA Certified Professiona

MODIA
(713) 952-5700
5805 Westheimer
Houston, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Paul Labute, Inc. ~Founding Member~
(214) 744-2155
10735 Sandhill Road
Dallas, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Lutron, Avaya and Panasonic Phone Systems, HAI security and automation Sony, Sony ES, Paradigm, Speakercraft, Russound, AMX, Anthem, Snell Acoustics, Stewart Filmscreens

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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