Reference quality components
This German company aims to offer a “no-holds-barred approach to quality” coupled with high value performance in its range of electronics, all made in-house.
The name is derived from ACCUrate acouSTIC ARTS and their philosophy is to provide natural, accurate and detailed sound reproduction, drawing on their experience in recording studios and music production, also on the manufacturing site near Stuttgart.
An example of the range is the Drive II top-loading CD transport that we use in our demonstrations – a superb performer and a beautiful piece of engineering.
Exemplary construction for stable CD reading
Drive II CD transport:
- top loader mechanism with a stabiliser clamp, in its own decoupled housing, shielded from external sound pressure under a heavy sliding cover which is acoustically damped
- two separate shielded power supplies to separate control functions from signal processing
- switchable mains filter and a mains polarity indicator and switch
- great care taken with stability of the whole 18kg structure to allow accurate scanning of the CD disc
That emphasis on stability is important when the laser has only one chance to acquire music data from a fast-spinning disc. Any bits missed must be “guessed at” by software so that the checksums add up – not ideal.