Audionet. The reference reference.
Affinity to the Unobtainium.
Unlike almost any other company on this planet in pursuit of the perfect tone, ours is not run by engineers. Or marketing people. Or mutual funds. Audionet is the brain child of scientists.
Who first convened in a garage, of all places. Only it was the subterranean car park of famous German Bochum University. Where it was decided to attack all questions of high end musical reproduction at the deepest possible level. To see what cutting edge science could come up with in terms of audible wonder. These same scientists are still running the company, after 20 years. And since they’re scientists, they much prefer to leave the singing of praise to other professionals:
“It occurs to me the best narrative line to take in describing the sound of the Audionet components is to tell you what I wasn’t thinking about. Information retrieval, for one, was not on my mind. Tonal balance, frequency response, signal purity, noise level—all of these weren’t rumbling around inside my cranium.
That says a lot. It means that here was a pair of mid-level, relatively affordable, components able to scale up in these areas into the neighborhood of the Big Boys — to the highest level. I knew we were off to a merry start. As you’ll see, this will be the major theme of this review.
Now let’s talk about what I did take note of. Over the years, I’ve heard many audiophiles talk about the seeming impossibility of reproducing realistic transients. I have to agree. If you’ve ever been in close proximity to a live drum set, you’ll know what the issue is. The speed, the force, the aggression of a single cymbal strike is outrageous.
In this regard, Audionet is in a class by itself. From the very first note—you’re going to be caught off guard.
The transient hits hard, with blazing speed and a sharp edge. Audionet gear refuses to slow it down. Indeed, with one of the highest slew rates in the industry, the specs clearly reflect what I am hearing. Full orchestral blasts exert maximum pugilistic verve. Abetting the impact is a dark-hued tonal balance that doesn’t skimp on the lower frequencies and packs oodles of weight and heft.
Beyond the sheer power, there are two more things to note about that transient onslaught. First, the treble is not rolled off and is allowed to roam freely. Second, dynamic range is staggering: not only do big macros give no hint of compression, they travel to places previously unheard at Nack Labs. The Audionet thrust coefficient is something else!
Yet peak SPLs do not bite you. Nice! I don’t know how Audionet managed that. How do you pack power, speed and full treble extension without harming the sensitive cochlea of the listener? Certainly, I did not expect it at this price point.”
See? We couldn’t have said it better or more eloquently than Mr. Marshall Nack, and our heartfelt thanks for those wise words. Let us just quote our founder, Mr. Thomas Gessler, at this point: “There’s one thing above all. I want to hear the music breathe.”
We’re quite sure that is the exact reason why you’re here. You must have felt there’d be machines somewhere on this planet which can sound like these. Welcome home. We’ve been waiting for you.
WATT – first test report
“The new ruler!” – Olaf Sturm of hifi&records fame reviews our new integrated amplifier WATT: “PHANTASTIC!”
PLANCK – first test
“SUPERB. Outshines anything else that handles compact discs.”
We introduced him at the HIGH END 2016, and won a “best of show award” for starters. Now he’s out on the market and here comes the first test: Renowned German magazine i-Fidelity met PLANCK and came away smitten.
“Compositions that appear quite one-dimensional on the face of it, reveal all their complexity now, because of the extremely accurate reproduction in terms of micro dynamics and timing.”
“The Planck’s performance is like an event horizon, from which there is no escape. Also time vanishes in it, but that doesn’t matter, since such musical experience is a constructive use of time.”
Back to science.
Finally, we completed the moving factory process from Bochum to Berlin. With much larger and more modern new surroundings as well as a higly motivated and renovated team. In Berlin we’re meeting up with the name patrons of our new SCIENTIST series, Werner Heisenberg and Max Planck. And Albert Einstein, Gustav Hertz, Max Schrödinger and all the other legendary scientists who worked here to further the knowledge and progress of mankind.
AUDIONET wins BEST-OF-SHOW at T.H.E.SHOW – twice!
Positive Feedback’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr. David Robinson loved the Audionet-powered room at THE SHOW Newport and gave the coveted Audio Oasis Awards. And Peter Breuninger of AVShowrooms said: “This was some of the most natural sound I’ve heard from an audio system. The soundstage was huge and realistic. This was the most three dimensional room at the show. The involvement factor was off the charts. An ultra audio system one could live with forever.” Oh, yeah.
AUDIONET wins GERMAN BRAND AWARD 2016.
That most prestigious award by a comittee formed by the German government, for Excellence in Branding, was celebrated today in Berlin, Germany. Thomas Gessler, founder of the firm, and brand director Jan Geschke took the honours.