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AMPLIFICATION

Amplifiers

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Clayton Audio

Clayton Audio is a St. Louis based company dedicated to producing reference quality amplification for those who value the palpability and elegance of natural, live sound. To that end, the company only makes class A amplifiers of reference quality. The amplifiers are the creation of a former IBM design engineer who wanted to bring some of his expertise to the field of audio. All Clayton amplifiers use precision matched Motorola semiconductors of the highest specification. In Clayton Amplifiers, the output transistors are multiply paralleled for smooth sound, long term reliability, and extreme...

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Thoeress

Thoress is a German company headed by Reinhard Thoress who hand builds all products. Presently, the company offers 300B power amplifiers, 845 power amplifiers, an F2A11 integrated amplifier and the new EHT single-ended hybrid amplifier. Thoress amplifiers are reference quality products whose sound can be described as vivid, detailed, liquid and dynamic all at the same time. Reinhard Thoress has perfected these tube designs over many years and his products are in great demand by enthusiasts the world over. The number of pieces produced annually is small and production is sold quickly....

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Art Audio

Art Audio manufactures a range of hand built amplifiers, preamplifiers and phono stages of superb quality. While they also have other products such as turntables, we focus on their amplification products. Art Audio was founded in 1988 by Tom Willis in Notrtingham, England. Prior to that date, Tom’s reputation was already established as one of the top valve designers in the UK. In fact, his expertise was highly sought after and he provided consulting / design services to a number of well known valve manufacturers in the UK and in Europe. Art for the eyes. Art for the ears. Those two statements...

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Lector

Lector Audio is an Italian company that manufactures a range of solid state and hybrid power amplifiers and integrated amplifiers. The company’s products provide outstanding performance especially in consideration of their cost which is very reasonable.Lector Audio was formed in Albuzzano, Italy in 1982 by Claudio Romagnoli. Mr. Romagnoli is a skilled electronics designer who also holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. His passion for high end audio along with his design expertise has allowed him to devolop and bring to market numerous ground breaking products through the years. In fact, some...

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Unison Research

Unison Research offers an extensive range of tube and hybrid amplifiers which are manufactured at their factory in Treviso, Italy. Audio enthusiasts worldwide have admired Unison Research over the last 25 years. From the beginning, the company’s goal has always been to convey pleasure by listening to music. Indeed, it takes real passion to create products that provide the gift of timeless pleasure. All Unison Research products are characterized by an elegant style, and the care with which wood and metal parts are selected for each design. It’s a quality that is recognized and appreciated...

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Preamplifiers

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Thoeress

The Thoress Super Full-function Tube Preamplifier incorporates a state-of-the-art line control amplifier and a ground-breaking phono stage in one case. The preamplifier is entirely hard-wired and much care has been taken in arranging each aspect of the internal construction to ensure low noise performance, the highest reliability and total ease of service. The Thoress preamplifier offers the best possible sound from both line and phono sections, making it a reference device. The sound quality of the Thoress Preamplifier is of the utmost refinement and will certainly measure up to the expectations...

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Lector

Lector Audio offers three different tube pre-amplifiers.  They are the ZOR, the ZOE and a new reference version of the ZOE known as the ZOE Concept Studio.  We presently have the Concept Studio in one of our reference systems and confirm it is a stunner! The Lector ZOR model is a pure Class A vacuum tube stereo control amplifier free of any solid state components on the signal path.  It has very low power supply noise, no overall feedback, five line inputs, main output and HT optional bypass module. It has a special in-house designed power transformer with noise cancelling technology, premium...

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Veloce

The Veloce LS-1 Line Stage is an ultimate reference grade preamplifier.  Its sound is special.  It is ultra detailed, ultra transparent, ultra liquid, very dynamic and superbly musical all at the same time.  The LS-1 has been has been in its Lithio Series form for about 3 years now.  Recently ( June, 2016 ) a new power supply was made available due to the recent introduction of new ultra low internal impedance battery technology.  This has made a very significant further improvement to an already amazing line stage.  In the words of Harry Pearson, founder of The Absolute Sound:   "The...

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