|Sutherland’s New $1,600 Preamp For Your Downloaded Music|
|Home Theater News Preamplifier News|
|Written by AVRev.com|
|Friday, 19 October 2001|
Sutherland Engineering, long known for their dedicated ultra high performance audio equipment, has designed a unique component for those who are looking to get the most out of their downloaded music collection. While most MP3 solutions are storage based, the new $1,600 Sutherland 12dAX12 is actually a tube preamp and DAC.
Head designer, Ron Sutherland muses "What is the sound quality potential of computer stored music? Not very good in most cases. Because of the limitations with internal sound cards, even the possibility of high-quality sound from the computer has not really been taken seriously to date. What computers do well, is process and manipulated numbers. But, inside, they are the noisiest and most contaminated environments imaginable. About the worst place to be putting audio amplifier circuitry. Even a well designed internal sound card has very low performance potential. On top of that, they are designed for a low price point thus there is basically no budget for audio quality parts."