Hybrid Amplifiers Park City UT

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Aurant
(801) 467-5918
2209 Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

R.C. Willey
(801) 461-3800
2301 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT
 
Utah Audio LLC
(801) 619-6262
10661 South State Street
Sandy, UT
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

R.C. Willey
(801) 622-7400
4045 South Riverdale Rd.
Ogden, UT
 
Aurant
(801) 461-0101
1825 Research Way Ste. ESte. E
West Valley City, UT
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Telephone Systems
Brands
Mark Levinson, Wilson Audio, Crestron, Runco, B & W, Revel, Rotel, Panasonic Phones, Lutron, Classe, ReQuest, Genelec, Lexicon, Kaleidescape, Ayre, Grado,Rives Audio, Acoustic Innovations
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Gregory Mascherino, CEDIA Certified Instructor, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
5181 S State St
Salt Lake City, UT
 
Mountain States Home Automation
(801) 486-2110
3076 South 300 West
Salt Lake City, UT
Services
Furnishings, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Integra, B&K, Runco, Stewart, RBH Sound, Elan, AMX, Audio Control, CinemaTech, Speakercraft, APC, Exaqcvision, Arecont, Kaleidescape, Escient, Tributaries, OnQ
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jim Manchester, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
35 E 11400 S
Sandy, UT
 
AMI
(801) 655-2595
1378 West 130 South
Orem, UT
Services
Central Vac, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
Control4, Epson, Marantz, Samsung, Sony, Russound, VUDU
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Daniel Sorenson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
5181 S State St
Salt Lake City, UT
 

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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