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The Audion Tube Audio Amplifier Difference:
Audion has gone to incredible lengths to ensure their original philosophy of delivering the finest sonics for the best value in every one of their products. Each product regularly beats others who prices are 1.5 - 2 times the cost. This value proposition has garnered Audion not only a loyal world wide customer base but countless awards over the years.
Audion designs and winds their own transformers.
Not satisfied with the quality of outside suppliers, they do it all the transdormers in-house. Since the also do their own powder coating they have the ability to offer your customers personalized colored chassis from hundreds of colors.
Audion avoids using any Chinese parts.
Wherever possible Audion will never use cheap Chinese parts. To maintain the best sonics and reliability Audion tube amplifiers and preamps use European and American components.
Audion designs simple clean circuits with fewest components in the signal path.
This allow the music to flow with spectacular ease.
Audion never defaults to inferior tube types in their circuits.
That includes the brands of tubes they supply stock with every unit. While others supply the cheapest Chinese or Russian tubes Audion uses the more expensive and better sounding Electro Harmonix or JJ tubes or Tungsol. Usually this is the first upgrade your customers have to budget for with other gear. Not so when they buy Audion.
Audion amps all have volume controls.
In simple systems there is no need for a preamp. A very compelling offer to budget minded customers. Many people believe the best preamp is no preamp.
Audion Pre-amps do not use gain stages.
Most all pre-amps use gain stages to make their pre-amps function. Not Audion. The fewer gain stages the less possibility of increased distortion, simpler the better for the signal path. Every Audion pre-amp from the Audion Premier line stage to the revered Audion Quattro uses a unity gain, buffer. This technology allow the pre-amps to perfectly match impedances and voltages a normal amplifier is expecting to see as well as what an input component is expecting to see to work at its most efficient and sonic potential.
Components of the Audion components:
- Transformers and chokes are design and handmade by Audion: Mains, chokes and output transformers.
- Superior quality parts sourced from Europe or the US. Even the capacitors are made to Audion’s exacting specifications.
- Chassis’ are finished in-house which includes powder coating and electroplating to ensure quality.
- Special voicing of Audion amplifiers requires every part be meticulously designed to meet their standards.
- Every component is hand built usually point to point. Once burned in they listen again in case they are not satisfied before releasing each unit.
Audion uses AC heaters in many of its amps
Everyone know AC heater sound the absolute best. The downside is they're noisy. But not on Audion products. We actually thought they were DC because the amps are so quiet. All Sterling Products use AC heaters on all the tubes. All large amps such as the Silver Night, Golden Night, Black Shadow and Golden Dream use AC heaters with a hum bucking circuit. Large tubes use DC regulated supplies incorporating bias.
All Audion products are hand made by artisans in Audion France’s factory.
The Audion tube amp factory is just a short distance from the Bordeaux Region. Like fine wines, Audion takes the same care and pride as the surrounding wineries in producing timeless products enjoyed and revered worldwide.
For those interested here's a interview of the Audion owner by HiFi Pig