Audio Technique from Hong Kong features the DP-777
"When playing CD, the 16bit DAC produced an ethereal presence just like the actual performance; one was magically transported to the concert itself... When playing high-resolution files using the 32bit DAC, it was so natural, one was moved by the music, just pure, natural beauty. One can only conclude that the DP-777 is one quite exceptional DAC."
The DP-777 puts a spell on NewZealand's Witchdoctor
As Witchdoctor's Gary Pearce succinctly put it, "As clean as the sound quality was, it didn't lose sight of the performance. I'd describe it as an un-audiophile sounding pre/server combo that just delivers the sonic goods, allowing the listener to get on with the enjoyment of music."
We would like to formally thank Mr Pearce. It makes our day when a reviewer has ' gorged myself on a swathe of classical, jazz, blues and pop/rock.' This is what AMR units do best, bring the enjoyment in listening to music, in a big way.
Einsnulls (1s and 0s) – Germany’s Premier digital magazine goes gaga over the DP-777
Christian Rechenbach, the editor had the following to say of the DP-777, " No-one else has approached the topic of CD- and HiRez- music reproduction with so much consequence. The completely unique approaches to perfecting the signals and the resulting sound quality are remarkable. " Thank you for a glowing review of the DP-777.
DP-777 Digital Processor up against Art’s Garrard Shindo Vinyl System
Art effused…”...from Day One, the AMR produced some of the least fatiguing, most involving, and altogether best-sounding digital playback I’ve had in my home.” Art also gushed…“The AMR was more than a pleasant distraction, more than just an escape from the humdrum,; it provided the very best digital I’ve heard.” We wish to extend a big ‘Thank You’ from the staff and directors at AMR.
Reviewer M. Castro put a number of other fuses up against the AMR Gold Music Fuse and reported the sonic impact upon his Kora Cosmos Valve monoblocks; “Overall, the sound of my steps with fuses AMR is less aggressive, more defined, detailed and natural sounding ... come much better ...”…” I strongly recommend you test, you have little to lose and everything to gain.” Further evidence that the AMR Gold Fuse is making its own waves in the audio sector.
National Audio Show – 24-26 September The Winner of a Premier Class 777 is…
AMR again exhibited at the National Audio Show; the turnout was good, despite the current economic volatility. The response to AMR equipment was again very positive and we made even more industry friends which can only be a good thing…
AMR 'Small but Mighty' Fuse dedicated for Magnepans
AMR is pleased to announce the launch of its 2.5A and 4.0A ‘Fast Blow’ US-size fuses; squarely aimed to satisfy the full-range of Magnepan speakers including the brand new 1.7s and 3.7s. The unanimous feedback from Magnepan dealers and customers has been the same: ‘we are not removing them from our Maggies, we want more for the rest of our system’.
In Asia, the AMR DP-777 has won 21HiFi's 'Top 10 Digital Products of 2011/2012'.
Picture is AGHK CEO: Edward Chong (AMR: HK/China) receiving the award for the DP-777 from Mr Liu of 21HiFi, organisers of the recent Guangzhou AV Show.
Guangzhou HiFi Show 2012, DP-777 Scoops Digital Product of 2011/2012
Over 4-6 November 2012, AGHK (AMR: HK/China) exhibited in one of the large rooms at the Guangzhou High-End Show. The response to the sound of the AGHK Audio System was such that attendees said it was the best system they have ever heard in their life! It even made the local news that evening and a high-ranking senior government official came by to see what all the fuss was about…
DP-777 Technical Paper 5: SRC Data Length Conversion
…the latest generation of computer audio software now bypasses the in-built mixers of old. Be it on OS X or Windows, the user now has options to enjoy ‘Bit Perfect’ playback from the computer transport.
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre: 5th-7th August 2011
Over 5th-7th August, AGHK (AMR: China/HK) exhibited at the 2011 AudioTechnique Show in Hong Kong. Mr Lincoln Cheung, Editor of AudioTechnique was on hand to make a presentation and sign the free CDs/SACDs/LPs that were handed to attendees. A nice touch that all show exhibitors should take note of. Read on for the 2 monster systems that were on demonstration…
DP-777 Technical Paper 4: SPDIF, an Analogue Issue that Requires an Analogue Solution
The common misconception is that SPDIF is a digital transmission system. But today's digital SPDIF is 'borrowed' from the SPDIF analogue transmission system for Betamax transfers! Please click on the following link for a short explanation as to why the DP-777 has a unique analogue SPDIF design that uses a HD-Valve Digital input that leaves other DAC products looking dated.
National Audio Show - Free AMR Equipment Prize Draw
We are pleased to announce that e-ticket attendees* to the National Audio Show, Whittlebury Hall (24th-26th September) will be eligible to enter the free prize giveaway in the AMR/Select Audio room (Syndicate 14).
1st Prize: Choice of AMR Premier Class AM-777 or CD-777 or DP-777 (retail €3,300) 2nd to 10th Prize AMR IC-777 Interconnect Cable (retail per pair €200) 11th to 50th Prize AMR Gold Fuse pack (retail €35 per pack)
We would like to thank Select Audio (AMR: UK) and Chester Group for organising this.
*e-tickets are advanced tickets purchased through the Chester Group website.
Avatar Atlanta Audio Show June 2011
One Heck of a Show for Independence Day
Avatar Acoustics (AMR: USA) setup a total of four audio systems that ranged from US$16,000 through to US$75,000 for the Atlanta Audio Society. The full range of AMR gear was used throughout. AMR was taken aback by the unreserved enthusiasm of the AAS. The Southern hospitality was there in spades and the “Southern Feast” laid on was nothing short of sumptuous, scrummy and just downright finger smacking good. We nearly forgot to mention that the attendees were smitten by the quality of the sound from the four systems.
It is now common knowledge that Abbingdon Music Research is named in deference to Abingdon (with one "b"), the Oxfordshire town where the Mini Cooper S was conceived and developed by the Motor Works Department of British Motor Corporation. The Mini Cooper S went on to dominate the Monte Carlo Rally in the sixties.
Well, fast-forward to 2011 and Top Gear episode 17 series 1 ran a featurette (in the 37th minute of this 1 hour programme) on the original and new incarnation, the Mini Countryman WRC.
For those able to view it, we recommend that you go to the BBC iPlayer on this link:
Besides the computer audio presentation and exhibiting at the Axpona NYC show, we also took time out to catchup with Marshall Nack of Positive Feedback and Key Kim of Stereotimes. Mr and Mrs Nack really do have the "knack" of taking us out to the best restaurants in NYC. Zabb Elee is an authentic Thai restaurant unlike any other. Despite our taste buds being scorched by the chillis, we came away wiser about real Thai cuisine. Truly wonderful food, beer and company. Life really does not get any better.
Poland is famed for its rich history of classical music. Hence it was a fitting venue to audition the CD-777. Poland's Audio and Video wrote, "Values of spatial and naturalness of communication make it easy to migrate you to the ambience of the concert hall, especially in that this AMR machine does not lack dynamics." The CD-777 was award Category A; 5 out of 5 stars which is now the expectation by our customers.
Axpona NYC: AMR on the panel of the Computer Audio & Supporting Media Conference
With thanks to Mark Waldrep Ph.D. Founder and President of AIX Records and iTrax.com, AMR has been kindly invited and will be on the high-definition music panel of the Computer Audio & Supporting Media Conference.
The conference will be held at the Axpona NYC Show on Friday 24th June at 1.00pm in the main ballroom of the Affinia Hotel NYC.
Head of Marketing: Dolby Laboratories - Craig Eggers and others will also be on the panel.
AMR will be making a presentation with on the setup and pitfalls surrounding Computer Audio Systems.
We look forward to seeing you there and also in the AMR exhibitor rooms.
Axpona Show Report 2011
Avatar Soaring High (in the Penthouse)
With great thanks to Darren and Bonnie Censullo of Avatar Acoustics (AMR: USA), Stereophile, Enjoy The Music and Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile all positively raved about the sound in the Avatar Acoustics penthouse suite.
As Scott from Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile wrote: "The Avatar Acoustics room was my favorite room at Axpona this year and tied for "Best Sound."
Thank you Avatar Acoustics for as always, the great work.
The DP-777 boasts a number of world’s first including AMR’s proprietary HD Gemini Digital Engine which is the very first DAC in the world that has two Digital-to-Analogue Converter chipsets for the optimal playback of both HD and Classic (CD) music files.
Our technical department has also spent a considerable amount of time preparing the FAQ section which will continue to grow.
Further, we will shortly add a technical paper section and Computer Audio Setup Guides to outline the ideal Computer Audio Source setup (Mac or Windows). This wealth of information will provide the computer audio user with invaluable information irrespective of whether or not the reader is a DP-777 owner.
This year was the 20th anniversary of the Bari Hi-End Show. Held at the Grand Hotel la Chiusa di Chietri in Alberobello (Bari), there were some +2,000 visitors and 33 exhibitors. In keeping with the rich culture of Italy, wine and cheese were plentiful to whet the appetite of the visitors, a shame this is not more commonplace in the UK.
With some 4,000 visitors, the High-End Show in Stockholm was a definite success. Aided in no small part by the strong vinyl following as evidenced by the very well-received presentations on vinyl setup by Mr Fremer and Dr Feickert. We eagerly look forward to feedback on the PH-77 Phono Equaliser once Transient Design (AMR: Sweden) commences demonstrations in this vinyl-loving area of Europe.
It seems that fellow reviewers on the other side of the world are also becoming enamoured with the musical nature of AMR products.
Appreciating and understanding the subtle approach of AMR and its product design, Audio magazine from Korea keenly observed, "Nevertheless, the CD-777 seems to be the result of quite extensive technological research and know-how."
Hot on the heels of reporting positive findings with the AMR Gold Music Fuses, Audio magazine commented, "It is clear to me: a hero is born. The CD-777 is a product that will say once and for all something truly definitive, settling all the ongoing debates in the CD-player market, which is crowded, volatile, and, for many manufacturers, miserable to be in...it is heaven brought down on earth."
We would like to thank Mr Kim and his team at Sonoris (AMR: Korea) for arranging such a pleasant, thorough and enjoyable review of the CD-777.
AMR to show at Audio World: 26th and 27th March 2011
After the very favourable response to the National Audio Show promotion, AMR/Select Audio (AMR: UK) and Chester Group will once again, run the "free AMR Gold Fuse" giveaway for advance ticket purchasers to the Audio World Show at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow.:
We can see that in Korea, music lovers are also taken by the AMR sound as illustrated by the AM-777:
"The consumer retail price is 5.5 million won which contrasts with the fact that this is a one in ten thousand amplifier. Since this is not a common and easily-made product, it is a little bit more refined than the other ten thousand amplifiers and is one for the heart. In particular, the amplifier's charming vocals and delicate musical tapestry is unfound at this price level. Using our Korean analogy, it is like trying to find the ideal porridge and I think I have found it."
One of the most distinguished reviewers in the U.K. press, Mr Paul Messenger had some very complimentary things to say about the LS-77s: "Both the bass and treble extremes work very well, but the midband is the most important bit. Here the LS-77 demonstrates seamless transition from one driver to the other, exceptional overall coherence, and very superior stereo imaging, so much so that the steep slope filters used in the crossover seem to be entirely positive, while their inevitable complexity didn’t seem to be any impediment to the sound quality."...."Though certainly costly, it’s also quite discreet and very elegant.
Good set-up flexibility and a fine ability to distinguish between the various components and accessories with which it is used suggests its Reference Class Professional Monitor tag is entirely appropriate." We would like to formally thank Mr Messenger and HiFi+ for such an insightful and wonderful audition of the LS-77.
The CES / T.H.E. Show were both held from 6th-9th January 2011 in Las Vegas. Thanks to Avatar Acoustics (AMR: USA) AMR equipment was in 3 rooms. Comments by reviewers and consumers alike was very positive. DACs were certainly all the rage and looks set to continue into 2011.
AMR would like to formally congratulate Ultimate Audio (AMR: Portugal) on its 2nd new store opening in Lisbon. From the photos, we are enamoured that the PH-77 Phono Equaliser is paired with the Kuzma top-line Stabi XL turntable along with the CD-77 CD Processor and a Technics 8-Track! Analogue every which way.
X-Fi Show: Flowing Champagne, Gratis AMR Fuses…does not get much better
With the global trend towards smaller and more customer-focused audio shows, the X-Fi Show signals this new breed of show. The exceptional professionalism of X-Fi, the organisers shone through as compliments were in abundance. The fabulous music and sumptuous drinks saw visitors lavish praise upon this brand new show.
Haute Fidelite finds the AM-777 and CD-777 Haute Couture
Haute Fideliete's Dominique Mafrand found the 777 to be "...a truly unique system that makes music in the truest sense of the word 'delicious'". Watch this space for the English translation to follow in the coming weeks.
"Phonovorstufe" LP magazine's Chief Editor lavishes praise on the PH-77
Chief Editor, Mr Holger Barske remarked of the PH-77, "...it confidently displays its own distinct sonic footprint: an earthy, warm sonic fundament with a potent, visceral and colourful bass. With ascending frequencies, one becomes more and more aware of the valve contribution to the sound." We would like to thank Mr Barske very much for getting to the crux of the PH-77's sonic character."
Planes, Trains and Automobiles and the AMR Juggernaut
16th-17th October 2010
AMR's Premier Class CD-777 and AM-777 both made their 'premier' in France. After strutting their stuff on the 'audio catwalk,' they went straight to the offices of Haute Fidelite for closer scrutiny with a review soon to follow...
3rd-5th September 2010, White Swan Hotel, Guangzhou
The LS-77s Wooed by Models and Attendees Alike…
AMR attended the annual China A/V Show held in the magnificent White Swan Hotel in the centre of Guangzhou. The show ran for 3 days from the 3rd to 5th September. Compared to prior years, the show date was brought forward by almost 2 months because of the Asian Games as they would have clashed.
CD-777: HiFi Critic - Recommended Component Mr Martin Colloms concluded of the CD-777, "The designers have clearly done their homework, and this well finished and clever player offers high performance with very good versatility and compatibility...I liked it a lot and find it easy to recommend."
Please read on about AMR's very well-received room by attendees and reviewers alike. We also attended the fantastic Eleanor McEvoy concert on Saturday evening - many thanks to the team at the Chester Group for organising this.
AMR's first ever Stereophile review, of the PH-77 Phono Equaliser yielded a prestigious Class A rating. Mr Michael Fremer remarked:
"The AMR's overall tonality was subjectively linear, and free of the warm lumps on bottom or curtailed highs some listeners associate with tubes. Instrumental harmonic structures were vividly painted with a full palette of colors."
We are pleased to receive such a fabulous rating at our first attempt and will continue to work just as hard with our upcoming products.
Seasoned reviewer, Mr Marshall Nack from Positive Feedback wrote a very nice review of the PH-77. In addition to praising the special sonic character, Mr Nack also enjoyed the PH-77 with old and new records through the appropriate curves and remarked,
"I wish life were easy and I could forget about RIAA curves. But to really hear Franz von Suppe Overtures (London CS 6146, original Blueback LP), you need the Decca/FFSS RIAA equalization curve. How do I know this? Because I had the PH-77 set to standard RIAA, and von Suppe was not making it."
AUDIOphile magazine of Germany wrote a brief but glowing review of the PH-77. Audio was especially enamoured with the sound quality of the PH-77 and enjoyed old and new records alike with different EQ curves and gave it a "Recommended Component" award.
Mr Jo Mullers, one of the most well-respected and experienced audio reviewers in the Netherlands fell in love with the CD-777 and AM-777 combination. We found this review in 'Music Emotion' to be suitably apt given this is the AMR DNA.
With many thanks to Avantgarde HK, AMR's HK/China distributor, AMR attended the 2010 AudioTechnique A/V Show. With 20,000 attendees, AMR continued to solidify its growing reputation after the recent Stereophile review of its PH-77 Phono Equaliser.
AMR is pleased to announce that thanks to Select Audio, distributor for AMR U.K., we will be exhibiting a number of our components in room 109 of the National Audio Show : Whittlebury Hall, 25-26 September 2010.
Working in conjunction with Chester Group, the organisers of the show, visitors with pre-ordered tickets may attend AMR in room 109 on the 1st floor to receive a free AMR Gold Fuse. The Gold Fuse elevates the performance of any 2-channel or audio visual component.
We were most pleased the AMR PH-77 passed the Michael Fremer listening test with flying colours..."Instrumental harmonic structures were vividly painted with a full palette of colors." More quotes are enclosed but please refer to the July 2010 Stereophile for the full in-depth review.
Mr Roland Kraft said "The Egg Laying Wool Milk Pig PH-77...performs at such a high level, in my opinion, a lot of discussion completely unnecessary." Bearing in mind that Mr Roland Kraft is one of the few "great wizard" reviewers in Germany (probably in the world) with the description of PH-77's features, the review pointed out the choice of de-emphasis curves is described as a godsend (with the Enhanced RIAA even kept for the next part as something very, very special). Part 2 will follow in the coming months...
In the CIS's Stereo & Video magazine, the AMR 77 System is awarded the system of the month award - with very nice compliments bestowed upon the AM-77 Pre-Main amplifier and LS-77 Professional Monitors.
AMR CD-77 Lands Coveted Image HiFi Best Digital Product 2010
AMR received the prestigious Image HiFi "Best Digital Source Award 2010" during the recent Munich High-End Show. This accolade is a real honour for the AMR CD-77 Compact Disk Processor: first, the customer base of this market remains heavily involved in playing vinyl. Second, the traditionally conservative culture means that few foreign brands manage to make inroads.
The Munich High-End Show was very eventful for AMR and for all the right reasons: the AMR CD-77 was awarded Image HiFi's lofty "Best Digital Source 2010". Second, HiFidelity and 6moons writer Mr Pacula awarded the AMR room the 2nd best sounding room.
Stereo Video & MultiMedia from the CIS wrote this very nice synopsis of the AMR CD-777: "The AMR CD-777 has an amazing tonal accuracy and keeps pace with changes in the pace of the sound. But at the same time, it is not devoid of emotion, this is a key characteristic of any equipment wishing to be considered a "thoroughbred" in this category which the CD-777 has certainly stated its credentials."
AMR CD-77 review by Stereo Video and MultiMedia of CIS/UKR
Mr Nikolay Mikheyev, the reviewer remarked:
"Impressive design, this is a "Museum" package" "Specifically the sound of "British" machines – is liveliness, as well as focus on details and their harmonious combination and an excellent transfer of nuances." "The broad bandwidth and tonal accuracy of sound the CD-77 is perfect: from the bottom to the top - no coloration, protrusions, such as romance. The low frequency performance of this "battleship" is just the tops."
AMR courtesy of the very generous and diligent team at Teo Cables was invited to exhibit the CD-77 Compact Disk Processor at the Salon & Son Image Magazine 2010 Audio Show in Montreal. This is not small show, held over the weekend of 25th-28th March, there were some 8,000 or so visitors.
We were most pleased to see the following comments by Art Dudley from Stereophile: "On a number of occasions I've heard the CD-77 CD player from Abbingdon Music Research sound wonderful: organic, textured, and altogether analogish. Today was no exception, as proven by the latest 77.1 version of the AMR player ($9995)...The system was invitingly detailed without a trace of tizz, and while I'm not the sort who obsesses over imaging, I admit that I was charmed by the Teo speakers' very inviting spatial qualities. Also on display but in use during my visit was the Feickert Blackbird turntable (approximately $7500), for which the word "interesting" seems a cruel understatement."
Audio Technique from Hong Kong was certainly impressed by not only the sound, but also the build quality of the CD-77:
"AMR's philosophy is one of no compromise. The titanium colour is modern and is the first suggestion that advanced technology lies beneath. There is a large acrylic front panel that resembles a pair of dark shades behind which the LCD is located. Even the front buttons are touch-sensitive. The overall look and feel is undoubtedly one of serious technology at work."
"It designs and builds products from the heart - as indicated by the extremes to which they go. The remote control is hewn from solid aluminium, not too heavy and not too light, with a nice solid feel about it when it is held in the palm of the hand."
Held over the weekend of 19th to 21st March, Portugal's AudioShow was the 17th show and this year, it returned to its roots as it was dominated by 2-channels systems with far fewer home cinema setups. AMR was exhibited in both hotel locations courtesy of Ultimate Audio (AMR: Portugal). Both the CD-77 and PH-77 Reference Class products shone. The former aroused interest with two of the most prestigious reviewers in the Portugese audio press. The latter garnered lavish praise from one of the most well-respected vinyl specialists, Mr Rui Borges who rated the PH-77 as "one of the best phono stages” that he has had the pleasure of auditioning"
HiFi Choice summed up the CD-777's impressive construction "Among the cherry-picked components inside the casework are hand-made transformers in the power supply and NOS valves called 6H1N-EV in the analogue stage. Even the transport is custom built, using a high-torque motor, Sony K-Series laser pick-up and a Philips CD-18 servo system...By using aircraft-grade aluminium to build the CD-777 casework, AMR has produced a stunning piece of kit. It's enhanced by windows that let you see the electronics within (including the glow of the valves), while letting the heat out. "
Most important of all is the sonic performance which HiFi Choice gave a full 5 out of 5 stars and said "...This is one of the most natural-sounding digital sources I have heard in ages, it is tonally delightful and that's not something you often read about a CD player."
By 6moons' Srajan Ebaen, "The general audio trend continues to pursue more apparent detail. Movies and advertising too go after flashier shock values to romance shortened attention spans and desensitized senses. Against such a zeitgeist, the CD-777 embodies a bit of nostalgia for slower times. Progressive upsampling can turn it edgier if desired but this nearly defeats the entire project brief. This machine wasn't intended to sound like all the others." We are pleased to hear Srajan confirm that the CD-777 is more "analogue" than "hifi" which is music to our ears.
"If so, the triple seven would in fact be closer to my old Zanden memories than the double seven was. For €3.500, that'd be one helluva achievement."
Fellow 6moons correspondent, Edgar Kramer also commented: "It’s surprising how much performance they managed to extract from the CD-777 when compared to the CD-77."
Through Shin Pao, AMR Taiwan's distributor, another successful show was held at the Dynasty Hotel for the 30th Audio/Visual Fair in Taipei. The 30th Audio/Audio Visual Fair was held from 18th December through to 21st December 2009.
Reviewers and visitors now recognise AMR as a serious brand in this part of the Asia Pacific region. In particular, reviewers from the established - Hi-Fi & HiVi Monthly and Audio Art magazines. We thank you for your kind comments on the "live" nature of the AMR Zeta System.
Even a small earthquake failed to halt the unabated enthusiasm of exhibitors and attendees alike with 15,000-20,000 visitors to this mammoth show.
The world's first review of the CD-777 by HiFi Music certainly landed with a bang: "The AMR CD-777 is a digital player rich in technology, which has been designed and built almost to the same level as the company's flagship CD-77. After spending some time with the CD-777, I can testify with absolute sincerity, that this player is pretty hard to beat. For one who is looking for a digital player, the CD-777 is more than just a CD player, with excellent musical reproduction of tonal colors at all frequencies and a subtle hint of warmth, it certainly deserves an audition."
Courtesy of Avantgarde HK, AMR's distributor for HK/China, AMR made its debut in the China market in remarkable style by being the talk of the show with its Zeta System in one of only three main ballrooms at White Swan Hotel in Guangzhou.
With AMR's atypical approach to introducing the music and components, we came prepared with our truly unique presenter - Mr Simon Man. Mr Man and the AMR Zeta System gelled from the off to wow the crowds to draw huge plaudits.
With some 25,000 visitors, this show has instantly become one of the mainstays on AMR's show calendar. To the best of our knowledge, it is virtually the most well attended audio show in the world, by a country mile.
Please read on to see AMR's show stopping exploits.
Apple Inc. Approval to Access Bit-Perfect Digital Audio Output through Internal Architecture of iPod/iPhone
Apple Inc. has certified AMR as one of the “Made For iPod/Made for iPhone” licensees; this places AMR in a very elite group of high-end audio manufacturers that have been granted this status. Following high-level meetings with Apple Inc., AMR is now officially approved by Apple Inc. to develop premium audio products with the “Made For iPod/Made for iPhone” certification. This paves the way for AMR to obtain bit-perfect digital audio output from any iPod/iPhone. Given AMR’s strength in digital and analogue circuitry design, in the near future, AMR will be launching “Made For iPod/Made for iPhone” compatible components that will set a new benchmark of sonic performance for all iPod/iPhones.
Source: Apple Inc.
The "Made For iPod/Made for iPhone” Program by Apple Inc. As a licensed Apple developer, AMR now has access to technical documentation, hardware components, testing tools, technical support and product certification logos from Apple Inc. AMR has already commenced work on products that will bear the “Made For iPod/Made for iPhone” logos and is also working with the Apple Developer Technical Support and ADC Compatibility Labs for product development and testing. In the future, AMR’s advanced audio components exhibiting the logos below will confirm that they have been officially certified by Apple Inc. and are compatible with all iPods/iPhones.
The 2009 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
AMR continues to enhance its reputation in the US with its new Premier Class 777 range of components.
Judging by the very positive reception, the Premier Class machines look set to be just as well received as the 77 Reference Class components.
Not to be outdone, the CD-77 and PH-77 were also present in the Al Steifel Legacy room and the Daedalus Audio room.
The RMAF saw a slight increase in visitors to 3,700 and it has now probably overtaken CES as the de facto audio show in the US. Further, the first "CanJam" was a good litmus test of the rising popularity of "Generation iPod" which is set to maintain its upswing.
The review succinctly summarised the unqiue sound of the CD-77:
"After spending time with the AMR CD-77, any concerns that there are any flaws in this machine are dispelled and we quickly come to one conclusion - without doubt this CD player reproduces music in a most realistic way."
"This is an extremely elegant and noble machine. It is not a Ferrari, but a Bentley!"
"This is music in its purest form of bit correct analogue reproduction! It is these associations that bring to our mind, vinyl."
The Taiwan Audio Association Show held over 7-10 August 2009 is the largest and most popular show on the Taiwanese audio calendar. There were some 110 exhibitors in 101 demonstration rooms. To say the least, for a country with a population of some 24 million (approximately one-third that of the UK's) this is a large home electronics show.
Despite Typhoon Morakot hitting southern Taiwan (our thoughts and wishes go out to the families affected Typhoon Morakot), the Taiwan Audio Association’s 2009 show held at the Sheraton Hotel in Taipei (capital city based in the north of Taiwan) went ahead and surprisingly, witnessed a strong turnout despite the best efforts of the inclement weather.
2009 Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show "Spellbound by the PH-77"
20 August 2009
Abbingdon Music Research’s distributor for Hong Kong and China, Avantgarde Hong Kong (“AHK”) (www.avantgardehongkong.com), kindly invited AMR to exhibit its range of Reference Class components at the 2009 Hong Kong High-End Audio Video Show. Held in Hong Kong, the "city that never sleeps", this year, the Show ran from the 7th (Friday) through to the 9th (Sunday) August.
The total cost of the whole system was in excess of HK$3 million (equivalent to EUR300,000) which out in Asia, represents a system for the well-heeled. The AMR CD-77 and PH-77 were right at home with the gigantic Avantgarde speakers and the luxurious Kondo Audio Note amplification
AFTER 80 YEARS, AMR’S PH-77 PHONO EQUALISER HAS ARRIVED
With AMR’s PH-77 Reference Class Phono Equaliser, Vinyl Pressings May Now Finally Be Optimised for Correct Playback
London, U.K. – 3 July 2009 - After years of extensive in-house development and close collaboration with recording engineers and archivists from the BBC; the British Library Sound Archive; The Institut fur Rundfunktechnik GmbH and Sveriges Radio AB, AMR is pleased to announce it has commenced shipping of the PH-77 Reference Class Phono Equaliser.
The PH-77 is the only phonograph source able to lay claim to exclusively feature a comprehensive catalogue of 22 equalisation (EQ) curves4: every LP record ever made may now be replayed using the one and only correct equalisation curve.
With unorthodox approaches to the circuit design, along with rare and primarily bespoke components, the AMR PH-77 Phono Equaliser paints a sonic picture that is so seductively vivid, beautiful and harmonically rich, it possesses an enthralling live performance-like quality that after listening, one is left struggling for superlatives.
Together with 8 levels of gain; 64 steps of load; 3 inputs for unprecedented flexibility in cartridge choice/matching and an onboard 24bit/96kHz Analogue-to-Digital converter, the PH-77 is undeniably, one of the most significant reference phonograph sources ever produced.
AMR Gold Fuses Outclass Generic Fuses to Unlock the Full Potential of All Audio and Visual Systems
London, 18 June 2009 - AMR has launched a range of Gold Fuses that are premium replacement fuses for all electronic products: audio and visual products from amplifiers to LCD televisions will attain a higher level of performance.
The Generic Fuse
Traditionally, one of the weakest points in any typical component is the fuse. This is because standard electrical fuses do not take into account the needs of a high quality audio or video system as they are typically made from:
Thin glass tube body: microphonic issues
Low-grade metal spiral wire: microphonics, added inductance and power degradation issues
Low-grade metal end caps: poor contact, power degradation issues
21st – 24th May (High-End Show: M.O.C.) / 21st – 23rd May (HiFi Deluxe Show: Flemings Hotel)
Timing could not be better for AMR in Germany. Hot on the heels of the glowing and witty review by Chief Editor, Mr. Roland Kraft at Image HiFi (May 2009 issue) of the AMR CD-77, AMR exhibited the CD-77 at the Munich High-End Show.
In addition, through AMR’s distributor for Germany, Fast Audio, AMR also exhibited in 2 rooms at the HiFi Deluxe Show which was held at the Flemings Hotel.
February 2009 Dagogo USA - CD-77 Review by Chris Redmond
"The ’shoot out’ was over before it had even begun, ... the valve output, filterless (analogue and digital) CD-77 is clearly better than the modified CD7, which in itself was the best implementation of the Philips TDA1541 double crown using solid-state output and conventional filters I’ve heard and probably the best solid-state output digital source I’ve heard, period."
CES Show Report 2009: All Eyes on the Baby AMR 777s
The Consumer Electronics Show ran from January 8th through to the 11th 2009. All eyes were on this Show as perennially, it is the highest profile and also the first on the audio calendar and a very good barometer of the state of the global audio market in general.
The first public viewing of the 777 "Baby AMRs" (CD-777 and AM-777) was the focus of attention, so much so, that our friends at Symposium had to borrow a set of 777s after they fell were entranced by the CD-77 which they used as source at last year's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.
RMAF – 2008: The Dow Jones see-saws 1000 points, Iceland faces bankruptcy but "The show must go on"
After the Top Audio Show in Milan, AMR attended at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) held at Denver from 10th-12th October in the Marriott Denver Tech Hotel and for the first time, also at the Hyatt Regency Convention Centre. With the world economy in turmoil and prophets of doom on every corner, it was shaping up to be an interesting show. But as Queen added on their 1991 Album , "The Show Must Go On".
July 2008 Stereotimes USA - CD-77 Review by Frank Peraino
"Let me cut to the chase - the AMR CD-77 just flat out knocked my socks off!!" ... "The AMR’s most impressive attribute is the sonic portrait it paints as a whole – a 'whole' greater than the sum of its impressive parts." ... "Considering its competition, the AMR is as close to an audio ‘steal’ as you can get." ... "The more I tried to concentrate on the sound, the more I found myself unable to do anything but tap my foot, sing along and play air guitar! To put it succinctly, for what I was commissioned to do (critically analyze it), it was a reviewer’s nightmare and a music lover’s dream. So I did what any music lover would do - I purchased it!" ...
System Review - comprising of AMR CD-77, AMR AM-77, Acoustic Systems Tango Loudspeakers. Total system cost - EUR 73,315
This is a special high-end system with an authentic musical impact directed at the most passionate of audiophiles.
Musical Connection from Barcelona has taken this concept to the extreme by covering every detail in the configuration that we are about to evaluate. The musical dividends of this intense care are enormous.
Abbingdon Music Research at the High End Show Munich 2008 - Vorsprung Durch Organisation
Abbingdon Music Research (AMR) was back in Munch courtesy of its distributor for Germany: Fast Audio in Room D109 at the M.O.C. for the 2008 High-End Show. This Show marked the 10th anniversary for Fast Audio. It was also the 10th Anniversary of Loricraft's having worked with Martina Schroeder. It goes without saying that there was plenty of celebrating to be done and the AMR juggernaut was more than honoured to be part of the proceedings. So a hearty congratulations to the aforementioned parties!
Abbingdon Music Research at STEREO-epiloges Athens
The first of March saw an auspicious beginning of the month of March for AMR around the Mediterranean, as Rhapsody Audio Systems, AMR’s Distributor for Greece and Cyprus, introduced AMR’s products to the press and public.
AMR is pleased to announce that a formal demonstration of a complete AMR System, including the LS-77 Professional Monitors and our award winning AM-77 Dual Mono Amplifiers and CD-77 Compact Disk Processors will take place on the 1st of March 2008, in Athens' prestigious HiFi Shop Stereoepiloges. The demonstration will be made jointly by AMR's Greek Distributor Rhapsody Audio Systems and AMR's Director of Technology and Chief Designer Thorsten Loesch, starting at 11:30 through to 15:00. For more details of venue, program etc. please contact Rhapsody Audio Systems via Email: email@example.com or Telephone +30 (0) 210 4414842. 22nd February 2008: for further enquiries, please contact: Vincent Luke Director of Markets
"Line this up alongside the vast majority of €10K Audiophile players and it makes them look cheap, in some cases downright shoddy..."
"This impressive players steps straight into the slot ... as the new benchmark for serious high-end performance."
" ... the sound of this player is engagingly lively, pacey and substantial. ... It’s this ability to rise to meet the qualities in a performance, to match the scale and drama that makes the AMR so special, elevating it into exclusive company indeed."
"Whether it’s a stretched out, bluesy jazz line, slashing guitar heroics or a beautifully turned orchestral phrase, this player allows the music to deliver, allowing you to relax and enjoy it."
Abbingdon Music Research Hip at the Strip - Vinyl is back in black - The 2008 CES
AMR arrived at the CES in its own room courtesy of its kind US distributor: Avatar Acoustics. AMR was the sole system in Avatar’s first room, 329 of the 29th Floor, and the CD-77 was used as the source component in Avatar’s second room 137 on the same floor
AMR Rocks the Rockies" - Abbingdon Music Research at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest - Report
Despite this being our first visit to the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest or "RMAF", if there is one show on the audio calendar to attend, despite those that are based outside of the U.S., this is the Show to attend. From attendees to exhibitors, this is without doubt a Show "organised by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts
Abbingdon Music Research at the Sound & Vision Show: Park Inn Hotel, London, Heathrow - Report
We would like to thank all dealers, distributors, press representatives and customers who came to visit our room at the Sound & Vision Show at the Park Inn Hotel, 21-23 September 2007. AMR was present courtesy of our UK distributor Real Hi-Fi, to take up Room 1905, one of their two rooms at the Sound & Vision Show.
Abbingdon Music Research at the Top Audio Show: Milan - Report The Show season kicked off as AMR for the first time, attended the Top Audio Show in Milan courtesy of ProAudio Italia, its Distributor for Italy. The Show ran from 13th - 16th September (inclusive); a 4-day show (9.30am-7pm) which is most unusual. According to the organisers, the total number of visitors was 20,000: to put this into context, the Munich Show has 12,000 visitors and the VAD Show has 8,000 visitors. We believe each Show organiser has its own method of calculating the number of visitors, so despite a very large ttendance, we would put it more or less en par with Munich.
Abbingdon Music Research at the High End Show Munich 2007 - Report
Abbingdon Music Research (AMR) launched its CD-77, AM-77 and LS-77 in Germany with its distributor for Germany, Fast Audio, in Room D220 at the M.O.C. For those not so familiar, this Show is organised by the High-End Society (Germany's High End Manufacturer, Distributor and Retailer Association) and is widely considered the most important and largest audio show in the European audio calendar.
AMR appoints Avatar Acoustics as AMR's Canadian distributor
For Immediate Release: 24th January 2007
Following a successful joint exhibit at this years CES in Las Vegas AMR is pleased to announce the formal appointment of Avatar Acoustics* as the official distributor in Canada for Abbingdon Music Research products.
*Avatar Acoustics Darren Consul Avatar Acoustics 13401 SW 96th Ave Miami, FL 33176 Ph: 305-608-6079 Fax: 305-232-8310
Abbingdon Music Research at the Sands - The 2007 CES
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!" seems to be the new official motto of Las Vegas. This was not at all applied to AMR's exhibit at this year's, the 40th Anniversary CES. Accepting an invitation from AMR's US distributor; Avatar Acoustics, AMR launched the AM-77 Dual Mono Pre-The Venetian Hotel & Sands Conference Center Complex Main Amplifier, the CD-77 Compact Disk Processor and the LS-77 Maxi Monitor Loudspeakers in the Bassano Suite 2710 of the Venetian Hotel.
AMR, following its well-received launch at the London HiFi News show, continued to gather momentum as it exhibited at the VAD Show over the weekend of 21-22 October 2006. Exhibiting in the Daluso (AMR's Benelux distributor) room, AMR was joined by Remiyo/Harmonix and Daluso's range of speakers..
Feedback Audio becomes AMR's distributor for Australia and New Zealand
For Immediate Release: 18th November 2006
Chris from Feedback Audio wrote to us: "I have a friend who has just returned from the UK.He went to the show and said CHRIS YOU MUST IMPORT THIS PRODUCT!!!!.". As a result AMR is pleased to announce the formal appointment of Feedback Audio* as the official AMR distributor in Australia and New Zealand.
*Feedback Audio R D 1 Richmond Nelson 7001 New Zealand Phone: 03 544 9985
Abbingdon Music Research at the Hi-Fi News Show 2006
This year saw the 24TH annual Heathrow HiFi Show organised under the auspices of the HiFi News Magazine, which itself celebrated being in print for the last 50 years. AMR chose this Show to introduce it's products to the general public, as well as to Dealers and the industry in general.
AMR to participate at the VAD Show Hi-Fi & Home Cinema, 21st - 22nd October 2006
Abbingdon Music Research (AMR) is pleased to announce its attendance at the upcoming VAD Show Hi-Fi & Home Cinemaat the Koenigshof, Veldhoven, The Netherlands in cooperation with AMR's Benelux Distributor Daluso. The show will run from 21st to 22nd October 2006.
AMR appoints Daluso as Distributor in the Benelux countries
For Immediate Release: 28th September 2006
AMR is pleased to announce the formal appointment of Daluso* as the official distributor for Abbingdon Music Research products in the Benelux countries (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg).
Speaking at the HiFi News Show, Director – Markets, Vincent Luke said "AMR is very pleased to welcome Daluso into its family of distributors. Daluso has a strong reputation with very high-end brands and AMR is more than pleased to join Daluso's portfolio."
Daluso will formally launch the AMR System of CD-77, AM-77 and LS-77 at the VAD Show (21st to 22nd October) at the Koenigshof, Veldhoven, Netherlands.
*Daluso The Netherlands Telephone/Fax +31 475483217
In the latter half of the 20th Century, the rise of the marketing department at many an audio company led to our being told that we absolutely needed and had to have amplifiers with triode valves; then tetrode valves; then with transistors; then with mosfets or bipolar outputs.
Recently, having come a complete full circle, we are once again, told we need triode valves; as long as they were single-ended and put out no more than two watts. (note: your author is not disapproving any of these features, merely stating them).
Official launch of Abbingdon Music Research (AMR), and the AM-77 Reference Class Dual-Mono Amplifier and CD-77 Reference Class Compact Disk Processor
For Immediate Release: 10th July 2006
AMR would like to announce the formal launch of the company to the general public. The AMR design team led by Mr. Thorsten Loesch, has been testing and developing audio products since 2001.
Along with its formal launch, AMR is proud to introduce its inaugural flagship products: the AM-77 Reference Class Dual-Mono Amplifier and CD-77 Reference Class Compact Disk Processor. These statement components are the result of five years of meticulous product research and development.
10th July 2006: for further enquiries, please contact: