FVH turned three on March 27th, and crossed the landmark of 20,000 visitors: Thank you to all my readers with a special mention for the 3,000+ who are regulars!
And you come from 125 different countries...
The most amazing statistic is that France is on top of the list, followed by the USA, Australia, the UK and Germany. These five countries amount for 50% of the visits.
The next 16 countries are all in Europe and number 100 is Cuba!
Only 10% of you read my prose on the go, the vast majority (83%) on an iOS device, so you are no that much vintage after all...
15% of you find us looking for vintage (that's a comfort...) and 5% looking for Elipson, and only 48 of you looking for Bryston - that's not enough!!! Just kidding...
I hope you will enjoy my prose for many years to come, as I take great pleasure doing all the research and to my own surprise, doing all the writing!
Quite famous in the 80s, Audioanalyse made their name by putting on the market some amazing Class A power amplifiers with the matching preamp, tuner, and loudspeakers. They also had Pierre Lurne designing a turntable for them...
These are serious pieces of electronics, and if you find a working set, then I would advise you to consider buying it (BTW, our friends at Hifi-Antique/Disquantique have one...).
Apparently, their day job was to create medical equipment, obviously a good background to produce high quality stuff, and probably generating enough profit that they could sink some of it into their passion for music reproduction. And i always liked their logo!
3A Adagio Monitor
3A started in the 70s and had a large factory in Antibes on the French Riviera. They were often nicknamed as the "French JBL" and within a few years were established enough to make their own drivers.
They also claimed to have the largest anechoic chamber in Europe for testing their designs. That claim was certainly in tune with the owner's attitude!
These products were indeed often inspired by others, well enough manufactured to attract good reviews and were primarily sold in large retailers who were more interested in the fat margins than the most accurate sound...
Having said that, 3A still commands praise from a lot of owners, if the comments on various forums are to be trusted, and it seems that there are still quite a number of them still working. You can find a few for sale at www.hifi-antique.com (see photo).
3A did a lot of work on woofer servo control and active speakers, destined to the pro market.
I am personally quite interested by the Triphonique, an active subwoofer disguised as a coffee table paired with the 800 satellites, as well the Studio, an avatar of the Elipson 4040 or the Master 5 for the same reasons - see photos below.
Rumor has it that the company was reborn in Canada under the name Reference 3A. I am seeking confirmation before adding to the confusion.
You can also find a great collection of photos of these speakers over time by clicking here
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.