New Canor Hyperion P1 Preamplifier

Given the many requests we receive, here is more information and photos of the brand new Canor Audio Hyperion P1 reference tube preamplifier.   

Accurate Balanced Attenuator 
  • The attenuator is located in the special aluminium box (10mm thick walls) what provides perfect shielding and thanks to the special design it also absorbs the vibrations. The attenuator control is galvanically isolated via optical drivers. 

Zero Feedback 
  • The Hyperion P1 is a Class-A preamplifier and was designed to avoid ANY global feedback 

The anti-vibrations 
  • The attenuator as well as the electronic part are installed on anti-vibration pads (columns) which contributes to the overall elimination of vibrations. 

Interference elimination 
  • The analogue part is separated from the source part by a solid aluminium wall (10 mm thick) which contributes to the elimination of interference 

The attenuator control 
  • The attenuator control is galvanically separated via optical drivers. 

Technical specifications

Canor – our story

Yes, it basically comes from a passion for music. My father is a musician and a multi-instrumentalist. Not only did he play, but also taught playing the wind and string instruments; the wind instruments were tenor saxophone, baritone horn and trombone, and the string cellos and double bass. He played in countless brass music which he later conducted and played in several string quartets. So I've been in touch with music since I was a kid.

When I was six, I learned to play the violin (one and a half years), but when we moved, I started going to the tenor saxophone lessons my father taught. When I was older, I became more interested in the technical aspect of sound reproduction. I went to the high school of electrical engineering in Tesla Vráble, which was the largest manufacturer of amplifiers in former Czechoslovakia.
I have always been fascinated when I was practising in Tesla, how the amplifiers were assembled, measured and tested.

My beginnings of designing of various amplifiers started right there. After high school, I continued my studies at university and has chosen the specialization as closely related to the field of sound as possible - in radio-electronics.

After school, of course, I was employed in a company that developed and manufactured amplifiers. But they were PA amplifiers for musicians, and there was a focus on performance rather than reproduction quality.

After four years, I left this company and made my first amplifiers, which I called the Audiospace - there were two 500W monoblocks and a battery-powered preamplifier. At that time, I met my current colleagues, who were already producing their tube based amplifier TP101 and we decided to set up a joint venture two years later. This was the beginning of the development of our mutual activities.

At that time we were 3 partners and we had 2 employees.

An amplifier is a complex matter. It is always about details and finesses that are embodied in the overall design of the amplifier. Certainly, aseparate components is a better and more uncompromising solution, but it also brings in higher costs. The CANOR AI 1.10 is a perfect example that great sound can be achieved without making a lot of compromises even with integrated amplifier.

The TP101 and other types of amplifiers we made, such as the TP105VR+ and TP134, were classic ultra-linear connections that deliver great sound. However, by having a lower damping factor, it is quite hard to pick the right speakers for them. In order to make a more versatile amplifier, we decided for a fixed bias cathode feedback design. The model TP106VR + with 6550 was designed with consideration to that idea. But there was still something missing. It took us countless tests, listening and measurements after we finally get to the design with automatic bias cathode feedback and in pure A class - the AI 1.10 model.

This topology can play superbly with 80-90% of the speakers that are produced, although there are always listeners that will enjoy the sound of, for example, TP134.

I always judge the systems based on whether I like them or not and how long I can listen to them.
It happens to me, for example, that I am interested in the sound of horn speakers at some shows, but after half an hour I find out that it is not a sound that I could listen to for a long time and then I always find out that speakers of classical design suit me more.

Like everything, the vacuum tubes also have their pros and cons in both the sound and the technical field.
The biggest technical weakness of the vacuum tubes is their reliability and durability. The lifetime of vacuum tubes is clearly determined and the customer should accept it. It is the same as, for example, in a car - you have to change the oil in it, etc., if you want it to work well after driving a certain number of kilometres. Likewise, the tubes must be replaced after playing a certain number of hours. The semiconductor amplifiers have a significant advantage in this.

As far as the reliability of the vacuum tubes is concerned, the quality of the tubes produced has significantly decreased over the last 15 years. In order to maintain the reliability of our products, we had to deal with this situation. Since there was no vacuum tube measuring system available on the market that would meet our requirements, we decided to design such a very complex and extensive system by ourselves. The available systems did not achieve the accuracy and functionality we required - we wanted to store all the measured tube parameters in the database and have the possibility to select the tubes according to different measurement accuracy filters. Last but not least, we wanted a system that we could rely on in terms of the temporal stability of measured data.

We've been developing this system for about 6 years and called it Aladdin - this system really allows us to select "Aladdin's miracle lamps".

I think tube amplifiers will always have their place on the market as well as transistor ones.

I'm not saying push-pull is a better engagement than a single-ended one, but it's a more versatile engagement.

This is doubly true, in the case of the single-ended class, what I mentioned earlier in case of the classic ultra-linear connection, that it is harder to match the speakers to such amplifiers.

New tubes KT120 and KT150 allow you to design more powerful amplifiers.

After discovering the "magic" of the Class A tube amplifier AI 1.10, we were tempted to try class A design with the transistors. We were so pleased with the sound that we reached, that we decided to include this amplifier in our portfolio - a solid-state amplifier AI 1.20, and let the customer choose the sound they like and, last but not least, offer an alternative to customers who still have some mistrust towards the tubes. I think the sound parameters of the Canor AI 1.20 solid-state amplifier can be compared with absolute leaders in this field.

I can't tell the future, however, it never crossed my mind when we set up a company with 5 employees in 2000, that we will employee around 80 people in 2020 and that we will possess the ultimate cutting-edge technical background and technologies, that enable us to move ahead and keep up with the competition.
But the truth is that we enjoy this work and we will always do it the best we can, always look for ways to improve and progress. And at the same time bring our customers joy with excellent listening to music.

Zdeňek Březovják co-owner / head-engineer Canor Audio