Hybrid Amplifiers Louisville KY

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Best Buy
5024 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, KY
 
H.H. Gregg
(502) 968-6244
4140 Outer Loop Road
Louisville, KY
 
H.H. Gregg
(812) 282-2999
1050 E. Highway 131
Clarksville, IN
 
Digital Lifestyles, LLC
(502) 489-9696
Middletown Plaza12310 Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, KY
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Crestron, B&W, Runco, Rotel, Stewart Filmscreen, Vantage, Litetouch...
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brian Brassell, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I

Doo-Wop Shop
(502) 456-5250
1587 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY
 
Best Buy
4251 Outer Loop
Louisville, KY
 
Century Home & Audio Solutions
(502) 231-6922
7813 Beulah Church Rd.
Louisville, KY
 
Best Buy
1025 Veterans Pkwy
Clarksville, IN
 
Custom Theater Designs Inc.
(502) 245-1676
206 Old Harrods Creek Road #3
Louisville, KY
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Currie Sound & Security Systems
(502) 583-1833
990 Barret Ave
Louisville, KY
 

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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