State of TAD

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LIVING -

NOT ev­ery au­dio­phile can af­ford the sys­tem of his dreams but for those who can, there are a hand­ful to as­pire to, com­po­nents with breath­tak­ing per­for­mance matched only by their price tag.

Take, for ex­am­ple, Tech­ni­cal Au­dio De­vices Lab­o­ra­to­ries Inc (or TAD), Pioneer Tech­nol­ogy’s bou­tique mar­que. Cut­ting-edge en­gi­neer­ing prom­ises a re­al­is­tic and im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence ... but you ex­pect such qual­i­ties at this end of the pool.

The D600 disc player, for ex­am­ple, is touted as a new ref­er­ence and sports an ul­tra-high­pre­ci­sion crys­tal gen­er­a­tor mas­ter clock for ac­cu­rate D/A con­ver­sion and jit­ter re­duc­tion. It is built into a rigid die-cast alu­minium chas­sis, with a sep­a­rate power sup­ply.

The TAD C2000 preamp, mean­while, com­ple­ments the M600, M2500 and M4300 am­pli­fiers with its five key at­tributes of pu­rity, sta­bil­ity, in­no­va­tion, ac­cu­racy and el­e­gance. The M4300 (four-chan­nel) and M2500 (two-chan­nel) power amps use Class D cir­cuitry in a com­pletely bal­anced struc­ture and are equipped with large toroidal trans­form­ers that use high qual­ity, grain-ori­ented steel for su­pe­rior mag­netic sat­u­ra­tion, even dur­ing high power out­put.

At the heart of the TAD Ref­er­ence One speaker is the pro­pri­etary Co­her­ent Sound Trans­ducer (CST) that de­liv­ers a fre­quency range of 250Hz to 100kHz. The midrange cone and tweeter dome of the CST are made from beryl­lium for strength and su­pe­rior damp­ing. A smaller ver­sion of this speaker is the Com­pact Ref­er­ence.

Prices? Well, if you have to ask ... get in touch with PioneerTech­nol­ogy(M)Sdn Bhd(% 03-26972920/ or Au­dio Visu­alDe­sign­sSd­nBhd(% 03-21712828).

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