Welcome to the Audiophonics™ website.
The Best Audio System in the World
is the system you have at home and are happy to listen to!
Audio is a
very personal experience and there are few absolute rights or wrongs in
it's enactment. Each of us hears in our own way and hearing itself is a
very complex phenomenon. The end desire is to listen to sound with
sufficient clarity that we can enjoy the performance without concern of
the mechanics of it's reproduction.
My philosophy is to keep the audio path as simple as
possible without compromising the nature of the original sound i.e. "Do
not complicate beyond necessity!" 1.
My current system consists of a preamp / line-driver and
a pair of mono-block power amplifiers with separate power supplies.
Pre-Amp / Line Driver
Zeus Audio Path Schematics
The above schematics show ALL the components for one
channel in the entire audio path from
input to speaker. Note that there are just four transformers and three
SE in the preamp + 2 PP in the power amp) and a handful of passives.
This two stage amplification benefits from the high
output levels of modern sources (TV, Video, CD, DVD etc.) and represents
a different arrangement to that used conventionally. Effectively I have
the first stage of the power amplifier in the preamp, and then use
separate mono-block power stages which can be placed next to their
I use transformers by design as the primary building
blocks and gain stages and either tube or solid state devices as
followers. This topology is further explained on this site.
This is the system I listen to on a daily basis, both
for music and for general viewing of television or DVDs.
I hope you find these pages of interest.
New Projects and Updated Information:
Zeus75 Power Amplifier
measurements for my original Zeus35 Amplifier