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New Horizons – developing the unique LessLoss mono block amp which will have integrated Blackground voltage-ground interfaces and a bandwidth 5000 times that of human hearing. Hot off the press! See pictures of first early prototype parts taking form. "In stealth mode, we have been working on this mono block amp project for the past several years. Of course, as with everything LessLoss does, our approach is based on unorthodox mentality. In fact, this amplifier is not even based on audio components!"


The Backstory


In the 80's, the world saw a huge technological transition from analogue technologies to digital based technologies. Hence, component manufacturing also went this route. For this reason many of the world's topmost achievements in analogue component design were rendered obsolete by the mid 90's.

There were few highly specialised manufacturing companies in Japan and elsewhere which were making analogue components for the most demanding specialty applications. We're not talking domestic use applications like car radios, home stereos, or even PA systems. In fact we're not talking audio at all. We're talking extremely high bandwidth analogue applications for niche markets, the likes of which most people didn't even know about. Only labs involved with very high bandwidth real-time analogue data processing were the target niche market, and by the early 90's, this specific type of technology had matured to the very height of human achievement.


And then came digital, and, pretty much overnight, revolutionized every aspect of high bandwidth data processing, to the point where only specific audio bandwidth spec'ed components survived. These are all the typical transistors and MOSFET type op-amps we know today.

However, LessLoss understood the potential value of those long-forgotten gems from Analogue Era's heyday of the late 80's, and after successful evaluation, immediately proceeded to scrounge the entire planet for rest stock of these precious parts. Through some serious detective work, we were able to locate and buy up all rest stock on the entire planet. Now, LessLoss, and only LessLoss, is in possession of the highest bandwidth analogue amplification components the human race has ever produced.

The big deal is that the sound that these babies pass is so transparent and clean, there isn't even a hint of harshness or coloration. Has to be heard to be believed. Other amps sound bland, colourless, hazy, and dehumanising in comparison.


There are not a whole lot of these. As stated before, it was always a highly specialized niche market affair. We have enough to make a total of 100 individual mono blocks, or 50 stereo pairs. After that, we'll only have enough left for ongoing maintenance (or the occasional friend or two).

Technicals


Some technical things you may want to know about this pending amp product:

(1) There will be no global feedback at the output stage. This means that the typical feedback-controlled distortion reducing mechanism is not used in our design, leading to the most immediate impulse response possible.

(2) Throughout the entire signal path from input all the way to the output of the amp, there are no capacitors. Beauty is in simplicity.

(3) The bandwidth this amp cleanly passes is well over 5000 times that of human hearing! We're talking DC to over 100,000,000 Hz! This lowers interpolation distortion down to basically zero, because of the lack of internal impedance reflections at any frequency.

(4) The amp will deliver 35 Watts into 8 Ohm speakers and 70 Watts into 4 Ohm speakers.

(5) Will be compatible with any speakers ranging from about 88 dB/1W and up. For lower sensitivity speakers you'll probably want a stronger amp.

(6) Perfect for high end headphones, even such as planar magnetics. Only for balanced headphones with 4 contacts (two per channel). An output adapter from the amp's speaker terminal to your specific headphone cable input type will be required. We'll be able to customise something for you using C-MARC™ wire.

(7) The amp draws about 30W of power per mono block, regardless of whether it is playing music or not.

(8) There will be two RCA inputs per mono block. One will have provision to block DC just in case (this is for safety and you may not even hear the difference), and the other will be ultra pure high end, with a direct input line to the amp without any DC block protection (you'll have to trust your source device never feeds DC to it in order not to blow any speaker drivers).

The projected form factor for the New Horizons mono block amp will be something similar to that of our Echo's End DACs. Price is yet to be established.

This amp, along with our Echo's End Reference Supreme dual chassis DAC, is set to become our Opus Magnus.

The LessLoss vision


The day is nearing when we'll be able to serve you with the complete audio chain from (but not including) digital source to speakers. The ultimate system would be comprised of some 11 devices, as follows:

- Echo's End Reference Supreme Edition power supply unit
- Echo's End Reference Supreme Edition DAC unit (together 28 individual polarity Firewall 640x units within)
- Discrete Seiden-based volume control switch with Vishay resistors throughout
- A multiple Blackground containing unit to protect the RCA line from detrimental cosmic ray ionic bombardment.
- Two New Horizons mono block amplifiers
- A multiple Blackground containing unit to protect the speaker signal from detrimental cosmic ray ionic bombardment.
- LessLoss Power Distributor with integrated Firewall 640x technology
- A Blackground 10x Power Base (coming soon!)
- A handful of Blackbodies v.2 on the top shelf.
- A multiple Blackground containing unit for the Blackbodies
- C-MARC™ cabling and wiring throughout

This is the vision, a one-stop shop where all our prestige and gained experience converts into a fully integrated whole. The top achievement we can muster. The flagship audiophile system where no feasible additional tweaking should be considered possible (yeah, right...)!

But we never forget that it is only through your embracing of LessLoss solutions that we are able to approach this goal. We remain thankful for your continued support of our art, and are very happy to share in the joy you receive in the appreciation for music performance through our work.