Zanden Audio

Zanden Audio


Zanden Audio of Japan is one of the oldest partners of AE. Yamada Kazutoshi’s constant new ideas in the domain of tube electronics, are reflected in a series of exclusive super electronics he has created for AE over this past decade.  This includes:   the Chouku amplifier housing the big 212-type tubes pioneering the application of the FINEMET core output transformer in a single-ended circuit design. The unconventional use of 300B power tubes in the output stage of the Chouku preamp serves to recreate unlimited dynamic range is quite a feat in itself.  The implementation of double push-pull circuitry in the KAUN mono block 100Watt amplifier is an unprecedented invention as well. Such an idea has never been successfully executed before, given the technical challenges.  Last but not least, is the introduction of the Zanden 1200 signature phono stage, with the flexible choice of two cutting machines (Westrex/Neumann), in addition to 5 EQ curves. Another first.  Yamada's lifelong research in the ultimate analog reproduction leads him to conclude that the "choice of cutting machine" matters very much in particular to the integrity of spatial resolution.

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