Made in Italy, how can they arrive at this price for a high quality product ? Mastersound has very good economy of scale, building their own transformers for instance. These savings can then be passed on to their clients, and in this sense, the word “affordable” does not mean low sonic and build quality, just great value. It will surely rival the higher range and consequently more expensive models of other brands with lesser economies of scale.
“In transit from Munich to Vicenza from the last fair, we passed by an Austrian town to pick up a little amplifier for a “factory tune-up”. I remember that Lorenzo was thrilled, as the amplifier was an exotic piece manufactured by his father, Cessare Sanabio. A journey of this distance goes a long way and Lorenzo and I had enough fluids for prolonged discussions, our silences were rather scarce.
The amplifier’s owner loved him, a woman, rare in our “little world”. After twenty years of giving only musical satisfaction, all it really needed was a tune-up of body and paint.
When I had it in my hands, it was “love at first sight”, and while testing the amplifier, the idea was born of rescuing it from oblivion, and as such it would serve as a tribute to Cessare Sanabio. Luciano did not change the design, it is practically original, only updating the parameters required for environmental regulations certification.
I will enjoy this amplifier before it debuts at the coming CES 2013. Greetings.” – Blas Oliva, brokeraudio.com