To be honest, we barely have time to review the projects of Russia's Sound Analysis Laboratory (S.A.Lab
) as they appear with such speed in its catalog. And these are not some experimental models, but finished serial products, debugged, tested and designed externally according to the highest standard in the corporate style of the Laboratory.
I have always been struck by the variety of Alexey's approaches to the design of amplifiers, in which both electronic lamps and transistors of various types, including SITs sieves and germanium, were used as active elements. Alexey is completely free to choose the means to achieve his ideal, which is why his technique is of particular interest.
The new product that we are preparing to listen to is based on the popular audiophile MOSFETs, but the design is, as always, quintessentially the author's.Own view of the classics
The motive behind the creation of Black Knight
was the desire to make a transistor analog of the tube Thunderbird
in a way that the sound style of both models was similar. The S.A.Lab catalog already has a pair that is similar in essence, but simpler — the pentode integrated amplifier Blackbird
and its classmate White Knight
on SITs (transistors with static induction).