I had some time to collect a few of the reviews we received from THE SHOW Newport:
Ampsandsound may be missing a few spaces in its name, but a visit to its room at T.H.E. Show in Newport revealed the company wasn’t lacking much else. Indeed, the business founded by medical social worker Justin Weber seems to be making strides in establishing a strong line of components. Weber says Ampsandsound’s goals is to offer hand-built, carefully designed and reliable products offering the highest parts quality at lower prices than a buyer might otherwise encounter for similar gear…. Read the full Article
We are a bit late on our Newport posts but we are slowly catching up! This year VPI had a fantastic Newport run with tables in multiple rooms ranging from Scouts up the line to Avengers References. One of those such Avengers was in the Amps and Sound room run by our friend Justin Weber. We met Justin years ago at The Newport Show when he had borrowed a Prime for his demonstration. This year at the show he stepped up his game in every aspect from their brand new crossover for their Hudson and Seneca horn-loaded loudspeakers, to them bringing in the an Avenger with JMW 3D-10 arm… Read the full Article
Before singing the praises of High Water Sound, which was unquestionably the most fun room I visited in Irvine—as well as one of the best sounding—I feel the need to expound on my approach to covering shows. These blogs are not reviews; they are simply the verbal equivalent of an aural snapshot in time. To pretend that a 10-minute listen is the equivalent of a mini-review is both absurd and irresponsible. Read the full Article
Another new company I had not heard of before was Amps and Sound, which hails from right here in SoCal (actually right down the freeway from where I work). Good thing too, because these large speakers are probably not easy to shlepp around the country. I had an opportunity to talk with the Justin Weber, of Amps and Sound, at length about what goes into manufacturing a speaker such as these Seneca 2-channel horn-loaded speakers. As I’ve noted in previous blogs, it is hard, if not impossible, to reproduce truly big sound without a large cabinet – Amps and Sound seems to agree with that notion. Read the full Article
Recommended for anyone looking for an endgame tube amp with some midrange magic and transient mojo.
AudioExpress RMAF 2016 – ampsandsound coverage Ampsandsound from Southern California (www.ampsandsound.com) teamed up with North California Sonic Studios to show their latest, hand-built hollow-state designs, the $3,600 Agartha and the $1,850 Leeloo combination amps. The former pairs a 6SL7 up front with an overspec’d power supply and 300b triode on output. The latter is both headphone and power amp,using a 12AX7 or equivalent for input (see Photo 8). With a pair of EL-84s out to deliver 2.6 W into an 8 Ω speaker, little Leeloo will also drive a 32 Ω headphone with a dead quiet 1 W of hollow-state […]