May 182010

I am very pleased and excited to reveal that Adventures in High Fidelity Audio will be conducting extensive reviews on two new products from Abbingdon Music Research, the CD-777 and the AM-777 integrated amplifier.

Both items are being run in as I type (well past 200 + hours on the CD player ) and I hope to be in a position to publish the first of these reviews soon.

However as it is well know for AMR products to need extensive run in (something I have personal experience of, with an AMR CD-77 ) I will only publish my finding when I am sure that I am hearing the CD player and amplifier at their very fullest level of performance. To do anything less would be to fail the high standard of reviewing that we set for ourselves and to let you the reader down.

After both of these products have been reviewed as separate items in the context of my reference system, I will then assess them as a system.

As a wee taster of what is to come here are some details from AMR’s website…

The CD-777…..

“The CD-777 Compact Disk Processor upholds the AMR tradition of developing the most musically engaging components; by taking classic and modern audio approaches that are simple in concept, but challenging in execution. The CD-777 produces emotionally stirring music reminiscent of timeless, analogue replay. Exclusively using the Philips UDA1305AT Multibit chipset, a bespoke transport and premium quality valves, backed with cherry-picked components, the CD-777’s atypical approach surpasses digital source machines costing several times more. With the same OptiSample® technology as the CD-77, most important of all, Digital Master I and Digital Master II which were developed by AMR and are exclusive to the CD-77 and CD-777, means they are two of only a handful of digital components able to play “bit perfect” audio. This means music, not hifi is the result because there is no artificial manipulation of the signal (so often found in almost all other machines).

Mainstream components usually see functionality compromised. With the CD-777, rather, functionality has been taken to the extreme. The CD-777 is the first type of what AMR’s refers to as a “music hub”. Using the absolute highest quality design and execution, the CD-777 is first, a high-end CD processor. Second, able to receive a digital signal in from a PC or transport either through USB or S/P-DIF without the usual increase in jitter, it can be used as an accomplished DAC. Third, able to send out a digital signal through S/P-DIF to an external DAC or computer, it can function as an exceptionally well-designed transport source.

Able to play compact disks and computer audio to the highest level, without compromise and future-proofed for many years to come, the CD-777 can only be an AMR.” Link

The AM-777….

“The AM-777 Premier Class Pre-Main Amplifier breaks with tradition and possesses eye-catching features not seen in other amplifiers at any price. At the heart, based upon AMR’s OptiGain® circuitry, it has the same, unique sonic DNA as its larger sibling: the AM-77 Reference Class Pre-Main Amplifier. The AM-777 is a serious amplifier that first and foremost, is devoted to reproducing music that is emotionally stirring, reminiscent of the best valve amplifiers.

What makes the AM-777 even more enticing is that it has onboard, an advanced, sonically superior USB digital-to-analogue converter optimised by AMR for the highest quality signal transfer.

The AM-777 in AMR’s imitable way will charm those who wish for a truly unique one-box solution with a level of execution that leaves behind sonically challenged yesteryear amplifiers and volume control CD players.” Link

Abbingdon Music Reference Website

Watch this space as they say or better still subscribe to Adventures In High Fidelity Audio so you never miss out on a newly published review.


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