Scandinavian Sound is what we call sound in its original, natural, purest form. That can only mean live music, unobstructed and unamplified; but if we want to enjoy music in our homes whenever we like, that living sound has to be recorded and played back. What we try to achieve with an amplifier is to bring sound back to life from a recording in a way that is as true to the original as possible. It’s an ongoing journey, because there is always something to improve as we continue our pursuit of true Scandinavian Sound.
Getting as close as we do today is a fine balance of art and science – old and new. We’ve learned through research and decades of personal experience that old technology is not always obsolete, and new technology does not always deliver pure musical results.
Purity is essential. Research has shown that slight impurities in reproduced music – what scientists call gray sound – irritate the mind and cause stress and fatigue. Using unbalanced circuits or less-than-linear amplification devices is where gray sound begins.
Gray sound is the Transient Inter Modulation distortion (TIM) of negative feedback, and we were determined to eliminate it. The best way to do that is to design a balanced circuit with a linear construction. All the components are then carefully selected to support this linear process, like our silver-plated wiring and solder. We use zero negative feedback (and therefore zero TIM distortion) in our amplifiers, and listeners often tell us that there is an instinctive rightness to our sound.