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7300 Guilford Dr
Frederick, MD
 
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600 Potomac Station Dr
Leesburg, VA
 
Best Buy
(240) 686-1221
20914 Frederick Rd.
Germantown, MD
 
Chesapeake Smart Homes
(410) 604-3600
337 Log Canoe Circle
Stevensville, MD
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
Crestron, Litetouch, Integra, Triad, JBL Synthesis, Runco, Califorina Audio Technology, HAI, Panamax, and many more!
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Zach Covington, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I- James Crawford, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Mark DePew, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Senica Gonzalez, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Chris Procopio, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Mark Remaly, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

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18053 Garland Groh Blvd
Hagerstown, MD
 
D-force AV
(301) 252-6441
PO Box 470
New Market, MD
Services
Audio / Video, Furnishings, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
We proudly support Audioquest, Bose, Boston Acoustics, Chief, Crestron, Denon, Elan Home Systems, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sanus, Sunfire, Triad, Universal Remote Control, Vantage and more... ISF calibrations are also available.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- David Doggett, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Bose Factory Store
(703) 771-3834
Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets,241 Fort Evans Road NE
Leesburg, VA
 
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10901 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD
 
Gramophone Ltd ~Founding Member~
(410) 308-1650
4 W. Aylesbury Road
Timonium, MD
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Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
B&W CDGi Classe Control 4 Crestron Definitive James Loudspeakers JL Audio Kaleidescape Lexicon LG Lutron Mark Levinson McIntosh Niles Pioneer Rotel Runco Sharp Sony Stewart Totem Universal Remote Control Velodyne
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Todd Baker, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Todd Barth, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Brad Bumba, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Eric Collins, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jeffrey Correll, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Bryan Gibbs, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Matthew Lehr, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jon Nairns, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Kevi

Soundscape
(410) 889-1134
406 W. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD
 

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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