is the unchallenged state-of-the-art in low power vacuum tube amplifiers. With its simplicity of operation, small footprint, and all the features of our larger amps, the S-30 represents the high-water mark of compact OTL design.
The MA-3 is the culmination of a massive project we began in 1998 at the behest of one of our customers. It was 7 years in design, with 15 different chassis and 12 different circuit concept explorations. The goal: to build the largest OTL amplifier the world has ever seen, while at the same time retaining the qualities our amps have made famous. The end result is arguably the the best amplifier in the world.
Introduced in 1990, the MA-2 was the largest production triode amplifier and the largest production OTL in the world for nearly 12 years. In that time it set the bar for quality that has yet to be surpassed; it is one of the finest amplifiers made anywhere in the world regardless of price. Not only is it one of the most powerful production Output Transformerless amps available, it is also the most reliable. Audio purists have craved the design features of this amplifier since the beginning of Hi-Fi; only Atma-Sphere has successfully put them all in the same place at the same time.
In 1991, not only was the amplifier on the cutting edge of high-fidelity sound reproduction, it was an outstanding example of aesthetic industrial design. Today, the new Novacron combines the characteristics of the 6C33C triode with the same legendary circuit topology that has made our other amplifiers famous. Recent advances have rendered the Novacron even more reliable, easier to use, and inherently musical; maintaining the proper balance between sound and circuitry.
Designed for reproducing music, not sine waves, the Novacron tracks dynamic waveforms faster than any other amplifier in the world. It naturally uncovers more detail than an ordinary amplifier, realizing your music as it was meant to be heard.
Recipient of The Absolute Sound's prestigious "Golden Ear Award" in 2000, the MA-1 enjoys an enviable reputation. Now the Mk. 3.3 series builds on proven technology. An improved output section and enhanced driver circuit contribute to superior low-level detail, smoother sound, wider bandwidth and AC power immunity. The rugged, non-magnetic chassis features classic looks with superior layout. Setup of the amplifier is simple with it's automatic biasing system. The controls and switches are ergonomic without sacrificing performance.
For years now the M-60 in its various forms has been the subject of the Soundstage!.com Hall of Fame Award, The Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award and Editor's Choice, with numerous accolades in the press and on the web.
The M-60 Mk. 3.3 continues that tradition with classic styling and its award-winning state-of-the-art performance. The M-60 gives you the features and precision performance of our larger models in a beautiful, 60-watt package. The amp operates class A and is unconditionally stable with reliability proven over many years. The power tubes are inexpensive, readily available and do not require any matching. Sporting a classic, open-chassis construction, the M-60 Mk. 3.3 sets the bar for hi-end amplifier performance.
In 1989, the first MP-1 introduced balanced line technology to the world of high end audio. It was the first balanced, fully-differential preamp ever made, with innovations that were breakthroughs at the time and remain so today. With decades of refinement, patents and awards, the MP-1 is a paragon of the audio world.
The Mk. 3.3 update has affected the MP-1 more than than the rest of our lineup. More about that later... if the MP-1 is something you've not encountered before, it is unique in the world of preamplifiers. It easily outperforms conventional line stages and any passive or transformer volume control on account of its patented direct-coupled output which allows for greater transparency while also preventing coloration from interconnect cables. With only three stages of gain in the entire preamp (including the phono section), our Balanced Differential Design® is an elegant signal path that assures low distortion, wide bandwidth and dynamic range. No matter what you thought was the best, the MP-1 is an audible improvement.
The MP-3 preamplifier is based on the concepts pioneered by our MP-1 preamp in a single chassis. Recently updated to Mk 3.3, the MP-3 is a fully differential all-tube preamplifier with a direct-coupled high current output capable of driving low-impedance balanced-lines. The MP-3 easily drives interconnects over 200 feet long! The MP-3 extracts more ambient information with greater image specificity, bass definition and dynamic range than any single-ended preamplifier, owing to its patented direct-coupled output. Furthermore, it perfectly complements the balanced design of our amplifiers or any balanced power amplifier. The patented innovations, developed specifically for this preamplifier, make the MP-3 one of the best preamps made today.
The UV-1 (UltraViolet) preamplifier is based on a circuit that we have used for many years, but not marketed before. About 40 years ago, Ralph Karsten began developing his own circuit for use for friends on a budget but with high end audio aspirations. Over a period of decades, the circuit has seen a lot of refinement. It is a simple circuit (and obviously a complete departure from our other products), based on a very capable and refined 6SN7-based line section with a simple phono section based on 12AT7s. We have seen this preamp best preamps costing up to five times more; when we say 'refined', we mean it!