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Kenzie Headphone amp back from finishing and fully dressed

October 28, 2015 1 min read

Here is the new Kenzie Headphone amp. We’ve been asked to send two units to a good friends retail store to power a headphone station… super excited for the opportunity.

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New smaller Headphone amp

October 23, 2015 1 min read

Honey I shrunk the Kenzie Same great Single ended sound, imprpved componet layout allowed us to drink the size bay 30%. Yes its smaller than a coke can and can still power Planers. 32ohm and 600ohm tapps. Ive used extensively with LCD-2s and AGK702s.

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Project Hulk – Conscala get bigger

October 23, 2015 1 min read

I believe its the 1st time the Eliptrac 240 horn is being used. What we have here is the Crites Cornscala bin (additional bracing and some adjustments to the volume), paired with Kappa 15C. Baffles were done for use by Dave… CNC cutting at it finest. The Bass bins ride on a Base-plate with the caster bolted down. The Base-plate will be bolted to the bottom of the base bin. Will allow for easy movement. Top Hats are Eliptrac 240 2” horn with BMS 4592ND-MID crossed at 300hz with an ALK ES300. The HF is handled by the Dave’s Contrac […]

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Casablanca Review by NewRecordDay.com

September 15, 2015 2 min read

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Happy Casablanca owner

September 10, 2015 2 min read

Justin – My main listening / home theater rig starts with audio sources from either ripped flac files on my HTPC, TV programs, or Oppo BDP-105 (modified by Joe Rasmussen). The digital inputs go through the awesome Lampizator Level 4 Dac, then on to the McIntosh C2300 preamp. From there I have a choice of amps: McIntosh MC302, McIntosh MC275, McIntosh MC225 (restored by Yves Beauvais), and most recently, Justin’s beautiful Casablanca mono tube amps. The amps then drive outstanding world class Harbeth M30.1 speakers. Let me just say that if it was a horse race between the 4 amps, […]

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Our 1st offical reivew. – Thank you newrecordday.com

September 10, 2015 1 min read

Super excited to see this. Many years of hard work, we were able to show our amps in their best light. Thank you Ron! https://www.newrecordday.com/amps-sound-casablanca-stereo-15-review/ newrecordday.com review of ampsandsound

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Decommissioned Cornscalas see new life

August 20, 2015 1 min read

These were decommissioned and the guts put into some single cabs… I couldnt stand for them to hangout in my garage and so off to my finisher they went. We took the opportunity to recreate them and go about improving our finish work. Additionally we took extra care in the voicing. He really out did himself… came back super pretty. Have some Pyle 2″ that sound great in 3way form and some the Dayton Polymides, Eminence Kappa 15Cs and getting some cornscalawals. Should be pretty cool.

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New kind of Cornscala – Crites (Faital) 2way with ALK AP12-500

August 20, 2015 1 min read

I was asked by a customer for a 2way and then he decided to go another route. I can never seem to leave surplus parts alone and went to trying out the new horns. Motor baords are from Bob Crites, Crossovers are ALK. I ran some numbers with Bassbox pro, and decided I could safely shrink the cab and so it go a haircut of ~1.5″. Ryan Moses built the cabs and did the bracing for the back panel. In hind sight we should have sealed the back panel. We installed thread certs which seems to have added some regidity. […]

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Rave review for Stereo 15 Sp. Edition

June 22, 2015 1 min read

Mark Shields Time for me to rave about the beauty pictured above, the Stereo 15. Gorgeous, rich, full, glowing sound bridging the whole spectrum. I can’t praise it enough. Its dynamics and power completely bely the 15 watt rating. It easily drove my huge room to reference volume levels without any distortion. It’s also somehow the quietest amp I think I’ve ever heard. No background noise at all. If I had to sum up this amp with one statement, I would say it embodies everything that true audio lovers adore about tubes. The sound is just incredibly rich and liquid. […]

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Links from THE SHOW 2015

June 14, 2015 1 min read

We had a really wonderful time sharing Room 1311 with Chapman Audio Systems, DH Labs, VPI and Sonic Studios (Amarra). The room sounded incredible, easily one of the giant killers. The feedback we received was 2 fold. From reviewers, they were thoroughly impressed with the performance and in love with our pricing. American sourced and made at a price that was in stark contrast to much of what was shown. There was considerable interest form dealers, but we were asked to raise prices and allow more room for margins. (Small independent Hifi can succeed but will likely be through direct […]

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T.H.E Show Newport May 29-31

May 23, 2015 1 min read

Hope everyone can join us for a cebebration of great music and sound.We will be in room 1311, presenting with Chapman Audio Systems, DHL Labs and supported with La Voce DAC, Amara, VPI and Tidal. If you’ve never been you owe it to yourself to give it a try… wonderful experience and great seminars. We would love to see our existing customers and anyone who is curious about ampsandsound.

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Ampsandsound – Classic American Craft

April 30, 2015 2 min read

I was asked recently what differentiates Ampsandsound Casablancas from any of the other well-made gear in the $2000-$3000 range. The answer is that there may be few differences, but the differences that do exist are pivotal to our approach to the reproduction of music. Ryan and I, the founders of Ampsandsound, came together through the web site Audiokarma while exploring our mutual interest in the econowave speaker. Upon meeting for the first time, we discovered that we shared amutual love of old tube gear, engendered by the incredible warmth and fullness that those components delivered. We also realized that each of us had experienced the limitations of vintage gear. Many tube amplifiers in the Casablancas’ price range have lower power, or are stereo amps, not […]

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AmpsandSound will be at T.H.E SHOW Newport

March 18, 2015 1 min read

We are going to T.H.E SHOW Newport. Incredibly excited to be going to our 1st audio show this year in Newport. Bringing the big iron with the Casablanca in use paired with the incredible Chapman T5 floor standers. Come see us if going.

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Casablancas Review

December 22, 2014 4 min read

I have had the good fortune over the past few months to work with Justin Weber at Ampsandsound and acquire some great audio gear (speakers and amps). Most recently I’ve added a pair of monoblocks that Justin calls “Casablancas” – tube driven (of course), PP, and depending on power tubes selected probably producing close to 60 watts per. I had previously acquired a somewhat modified “Big Ben” SE amp – dubbed “Bigger Ben” by Justin – and was very impressed and enjoying it immensely when he mentioned he was working on some ideas with monoblocks and suggested I come up […]

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Bigger Ben

September 17, 2014 2 min read

I would just like to post a thanks and a little feedback on a recent acquisition from Justin Weber and Ampsandsound. Not too long ago Justin made up a set of Cornscallas for me utilizing Fastlane Audio and ALK components that were absolute showstoppers, and after seeing the attention to detail and level of quality that Justin commits himself to I began thinking about moving into one of his hand made tube amps. Justin set up a demo with three that he had in hand and we settled on what is a slightly modified Big Ben model (he tagged it […]

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Old school Dynaco MKIIIs with a twist

September 07, 2014 2 min read

Repost from Audiokarma but showing how I spent my summer. The long and short of it is… Big old school Dynaco Power paired with classic Klipsch sound with a twist. (Big thanks to Dave for the idea). In my guest room Im using a switch I made… Ill be able to alternate between an ampandsound new mono block Im in process of working out and amp and some old school Dynaco power. The Dynaco MKIII story: Although I love SE amps, I have a special place in my heart for Dynaco products and love the no nonsense grunt of the […]

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Long term project completed

August 21, 2014 1 min read

I’ve always lusted after Industrial La Scalas. I bought a pair that were lovingly cared for but was reminded why I didn’t keep any if the La Scalas that have come home with me. The mid horn nearly caused blood to drop from my ear. Feeling more ambitious I called. I called up Dave from Fastlane audio and Al from ALK engineering, with the goal of turning the La Scala’s into two ways with serious fidelity. Out went the original crossovers, horns, and drivers. In their stead an Fastlane Eliptrac Trac 400 was stuffed into place. It was paired with […]

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DIY Cornscala Review

August 04, 2014 1 min read

From User: jmcox00 on the Klipsch User Forum. I’d like to share with forum members a set of speakers that were recently put together for me by Justin Weber (ampsandsound.com) – and post a couple pics. The final specs were as follows: Woofers – Eminance KappaPro 15C 15″ Mids – Fastlane Audio Eliptrac 400 with B&C DE85TN 2″ compression driver Tweets – Fastlane Audio Contrac – T with B&C DE10 1″ compression driver Crossovers – ALK AP12-500 and ALK ES5800 Cabinets, assembly, and overall “generalship” from beginning to end – Justin Weber Overall this was such a terrific experience that […]

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