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Audiomat

History of the company

Audiomat was born in 1986, created by two brothers, Denis and Norbert Clarisse. Denis is an engineer in Computer Science, and designs all the schematics and circuits. Norbert has a degree in Political Science and Sociology, and manages the company. At the beginning, Norbert's passion was music; Denis's passion was audio. Their first products were of such quality that they took the decision to put them on the market. The first Audiomat product was an OTL 2 x 20 watt stereo amplifier, using 16 triodes-6AS7G. The design was already original: only two stages, no feedback loop, pure Class A, 110 lbs!
In 2000, the success in North-America became such that Audiomat France, refusing to abandon its artisan status, asked Mutine to launch manufacturing in Canada. Two years later, Mutine launched the amplifier's production for all the non-European markets.
Hence, until Pascal's semi-retirement in 2008, Mutine has manufactured the amplifiers and the Phono 1.5 in its Blainville headquarters.

The products

1886: creation of an OTL amplifier.
1987: the Prélude, a 2 x 30 w valve integrated amplifier.
1993: the Tempo 1, the first transistor DAC.
1994: the Solfège, a 2 x 40 W valve integrated amplifier.
1995: the Tempo 2, a high-end transistor DAC.
1996: the Opus, a high end valve preamplifier.
1996: the Duo, a 2 x 50 W valve power amplifier.
1997: the Tango 2, a highly musical entry-level transistor DAC.
1998: the Arpège, a 2 x 30 W valve integrated amplifier; Audiomat critically acclaimed entry-level model with the same circuit and internal components as the legendary Prélude.
1998: the Phono 1, an affordable MM/MC phono pre-preamplifier.
1999: the Prélude Référence, an improved version of the original Solfège, with ultra high-end components, a larger power supply, a remote control and an aircraft aluminum top cover.
1999: the Solfège Référence, an improved version of the original Solfège, with ultra high-end components, a larger power supply, a remote control and an aircraft aluminum top cover.
1999: the Tango 2.5, a refined 24 bit 96 kHz version of the Tango 2.
2000: the Tempo 2.5, a refined 24 bit 96 kHz version of the Tempo 2 Évolution.
2000: the Maestro, a high-end 24 bit96 kHz DAC.
2001: the Arpège Référence, an improved version of the famous Arpége.
2002: the Phono 1.5, an high-end MM/MC phono pre-preamplifier.
2003: the Prélude Référence Mk2, an improved version.
2003: the Opéra, a 2 x 30 W high end valve integrated amplifier.
2004: the Récital, a 2 x 80 W ultra high end valve integrated amplifier.
2007: the Prélude Référence 20, to celebrate the 20 years anniversary of the first Prélude.
2007: the Opéra Référence, an improved version of the Opéra.
2007: the Maestro Référence, a reference 24 bits 192 kHz DAC.
2008: the Maestro 2, a 24 bits 192 kHz DAC replacing the Maestro.
2009: the Phono 1.6, an high-end MM/MC phono pre-preamplifier replacing the Phono 1.5.
2009: the Tempo 2.6, a 24 bits 192 kHz DAC replacing the Tempo 2.5.
2009: the Arpège Référence 10, a 2 x 30 W entry level valve integrated amplifier replacing the
Arpège Référence... and celebrating the 10 years' anniversary of this model.


The press

Throughout the company’s history, Audiomat products have received countless awards and critical acclaim. They have never received anything but a glowing review. Several audio journalists have acquired Audiomat products for their personal use, both in Europe and in North America and the list keeps growing. The Tempo 2 was classified with products costing up to five times its price (The Nouvelle Revue du Son), a German magazine has placed the Solfège at the top of all integrated products tested with a rating of 100/100 (!) and a magazine worshiped by music lovers, the "Monde de la Musique", has awarded the Prélude (1995), Solfège (1997), Tempo 2 Evolution (1998) and Arpège (1999) with the "Impact of the Year" award.

Audio journalists and music-lover/audiophiles have been enchanted by the pure musicality and the “magic" of Audiomat products. This magic they refer to is the ability of the Audiomat to communicate in a natural way the emotion and the passion of the original event. This is the defining quality of Audiomat and this is what sets Audiomat apart from the rest.

"Since fifteen years, Audiomat slowly but firmly builds a perfect reputation. Speaking with Audiomat owners is enough to understand the success of this brand. No after-sales problems, no used products, satisfied customers... call it happiness ..."
Haute Fidélité July August 2003, France

Since the introduction of Audiomat in North America, in 1996, the Phono 1 has been considered by UHF (Ultra High Fidelity, Montreal) as "better than their reference", they have purchased the Phono 1.5, and now the Phono 1.6 as their reference phono preamplifier, the Arpège has been awarded "Big-time Best Buy" by Soundstage! and "the most musical integrated amplifier" by Listener Magazine, the Opéra and Récital have made the cover at UHF Magazine, and North-American reviewers have purchased Audiomat products for their own personal system!
Several reviewers have ceased reviewing other brands' electronics after their acquisition of their Audiomat... it was becoming too difficult to find significant qualities in the other products..
Audiomat is used by professionnal recording studios (a Tempo and a Solfège have been used for the final soundtrack's monitoring in the movie Farinelli), and has quietly built a world reputation for the musicality, the reliability and the exceptional durability of its products.

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