AUDIO DESIGN ASSOCIATES IPOD COMPATIBLE TPA-1 THERMIONIC (TUBE) PRE-AMPLIFIER RECEIVES CES INNOVATIONS DESIGN & ENGINEERING HONOR
New York, NY – November 11, 2008 – Audio Design Associates (ADA), the recognized brand of excellence in high-end custom installed electronics, is flattered to receive the CEA’s 2009 CES Design and Innovation Honor for its iPod compatible TPA-1 Thermionic (Tube) pre-amplifier.
“This is most certainly an unexpected thrill that the CEA/CES chose to recognize the TPA-1,” says Richard Stoerger, ADA’s Vice President and C.O.O. “With the iPod replacing nearly every form of medium that contains music, it was only a matter of time before someone would have to find a way to marry an iPod to a system a 2-channel enthusiast would not just accept, but truly love. The plea from hi-fidelity lovers didn’t fall on deaf ears at ADA”
“Many of our dealers work with extremely discerning customers who not only enjoy great sounding music throughout the home and theater, but also still revel in uniquely wonderful sound for that special room they spend a great deal of time in. And yes, they also now have most of their music shoved onto an iPod,” notes, Albert Langella, ADA’s CEO and Chief Design Engineer. “I combined the design elements from our already superior sounding iBase with the thermionic vacuum tube technology developed for our $100,000 Cinema Renaissance into an incredible sounding two-channel preamplifier.”
The TPA-1 Thermionic (Tube) pre-amplifier features two vacuum tube preamplifier stages. The first is a thermionic line-amplifier for the iPod docking system. “Frankly, I asked Albert to include a momentary defeat button on the iPod tube stage so that you could press the button to hear what a regular iPod sounds like. Naturally it had to be momentary because after hearing what Albert’s thermionic line amplifier does, who would want to ever listen to their iPod with it bypassed!” chimed Stoerger. “For those who believe an iPod could never sound amazing, get ready for a big surprise.”
The TPA-1 has many other features including a second thermionic preamplifier stage coupled to an all-tube based equalizer that permits adjustment of bass, midrange and treble in an addition active loudness contour filter on/off. While the tone levels are fixed and set, volume can be adjusted on the front of the TPA-1 or via IR remote control. Langella employed stepping relays for volume adjustment. This all-relay design is also used for the input switcher that can select via IR or front panel, three other inputs in addition to the docked iPod. There are both pre-amplified and fixed line-level audio outputs.
The TPA-1 incorporates a 20 second warm-up timer for optimal performance while the vacuum tubes begin charging. The unit also features an ADA Bus bi-directional data port that permits it to be integrated into a comprehensive multi-room ADA music system. It also features both a low-voltage trigger output and 10 amp switched AC outlet for turning the power amplifier on and off with the preamplifier.
ADA’s new PF-2150 Two-Channel High-Current Power Fet Amplifier mates perfectly with the TPA-1. Featuring two channels from ADA’s fabled PTM-6150 home cinema amplifier that has been delighting enthusiasts for over a decade, the PF-2150 is completely fan-less, relying on two massive all-aluminum heat sinks to do the heavy lifting of removing heat generated by the dozen MOSFET output transistors that create over 150 Watts per channel at 8 Ohms - 250 Watts per Channel at 4 Ohms.
Like the TPA-1, the PF-2150 features gold-plated RCA jacks and five-way binding posts. There is also a low voltage turn-on trigger input that connects to the TPA-1. The PF-2150 features LED level meters which can be turned off if so desired. Langella notes “The beauty behind this Class A-A/B amplifier design is that the first 50 Watts of power per channel is pure Class A power making it possible to drive even the most demanding speaker pair.”
“Both the TPA-1 and the PF-2150 are nickel plated and look stunning,” says Stoerger. They can also be rack mounted or are available with rubber footings.
The TPA-1 is also available without the iPod docking stage that can be removed. In this configuration, the RCA jacks that otherwise act as the fixed output now permit a fourth source component as an input to the TPA-1.
About Audio Design Associates
Headquartered in White Plains, New York, Audio Design Associates (ADA) is recognized as the brand of excellence and has been the undisputed leader in the fields of high-end home theater and multi-room audio technology since 1977. Albert Langella, ADA’s Chief Design Engineer, CEO and President, received CEDIA’s most hallowed award, The Lifetime Achievement Award, in 1994, in honor of his achievements with the company and technological contributions to the marketplace. In 2006, COO and VP Richard Stoerger received recognition as CEDIA Manufacturer Volunteer of the Year.
ADA Celebrates 30-years in Business
June 2007 marked 30-years in business for ADA. In celebration of the company’s achievements and its heritage of proudly manufacturing in the United States of America, on July 4th ADA implemented ADA-30, a 30-year reasonable warranty on the company’s entire product line (comprised of home theater and distributed audio components). ADA-30 applies to all new ADA products sold by authorized dealers beginning July 4th, 2007 and running through July 4th, 2008.
ADA Contact Information: Audio Design Associates / 602-610 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605 / Phone: 1.800.HD.AUDIO / Internet: www.ada-usa.com