CES 2012 - Astin Trew range of amps and CD players
Astin who?, I hear you say...
Well, it is a British brand, and one who is managed by a very passionate and dedicated man, Michael Osborn, quite bewildered to be at the CES - as it was indeed their first appearance in the US of A - and interviewed by a no less passionate Frenchman living in Australia!
Mainly famous for their fairly priced audiophile amplifiers in the UK,
I have to say that I originally was tempted to flee and not listen to Michael's passionate discourse on components choice and typology in amplifier's design. I am not the "splitting Hair" type when it comes to amplifiers...
However, the little time I spend on the stand was enough to convince me that given the chance, I should maybe take the time to listen to some this gear.
Not at that Show, though, as it was a static display. Nevertheless, the quality of manufacture, and by way of consequence, the soundness of the design was quite simply on display and definitely supported by the manufacturer.
The CD player on offer is based on a 24/96 BB PCM1738 DAC and Philips VAM 1202 transport.
Although the design is conducted in the UK, the manufacture is in Asia, which seems to be well controlled if you trust the obvious quality of the finished product. One to follow for sure...
I stumbled upon this company, HD Tracks, which sells hi-def music downloads.
For a vinyl and turntable enthusiast, you will probably find it rich for me to recommend you a digital source!
One can't stay completely in the past, and even though I certainly love the whole exercise of putting a record on the platter and drop the needle into the groove, one needs to explore new options, and HD Tracks does seem to me to be the best way to go digital.
They have several formats available for fans of all types of music. If you would like genuine CD-quality sound, HDtracks offers both AIFF and FLAC lossless files. For those who wish to carry their music in a portable player, they have 320kbps files that far exceed the quality of standard MP3 files.
Finally, audiophiles take note. HDtracks offers select titles in ultra-high resolution 96khz/24bit files. This is true DVD-audio sound quality for music lovers that demand the very best!
To access their website and start downloading real music in the Digital Age, click on the link on the top right hand side of the page or alternatively below:
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.