Electrocompaniet

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Electrocompaniet
Private
Industry Consumer electronics
Founded 1972 by Per Abrahamsen
Headquarters Tau, Norway
Key people
Mikal Dreggevik (CEO)
Products Hi-Fi and Loudspeakers
Website www.electrocompaniet.com

Electrocompaniet is a Norwegian manufacturer of hi-fi high-end audio products. Their philosophy of the perfect sound has been controversial over their 40 years of history. They base their ideal sound not on technical measurements and theory but rather on getting a sound most true to the live listening experience. They have also been used in several Recording Studios, also by Michael Jackson.

History[edit]

Electrocompaniet was established in 1972 by Per Abrahamsen and Svein Erik Børja. Their idea was to create a Transistor amplifier that did not sound as bad as the transistor amplifiers did at the time. They based the circuits on research done by Finnish Dr. Matti Otala of Tampere University of Technology. The finished product was a 25 Watt power amplifier named "The 2 Channel Audio Power Amplifier", It was also called "The Otala Amplifier". They continued development on the product. And in 1976 The worlds biggest Hifi Magazine at the time ¨The Audio Critic magazine¨ reviewed the amplifier and wrote: “Audio freaks – eat your hearts out. This is the world’s best sounding amplifier.” And in 1991 Michael Jackson's producer Bruce Swedien was contacted by Nils Bjarne Kvam one of the biggest producers in Norway at the time, and he told him about the amplifiers of Electrocompaniet, and Swedien started getting interested. The amplifier was packed and shipped to the US in September 1991. Bruce was busy at the time since he was working with the last mix to Jackson's Dangerous. He LOVED the amplifiers, and wanted to use it on the album, but the album was almost done, and he would then have to remaster it all over again since the difference was so big. Swedien was ready to use the amplifiers on the next albums. He used it for the first time with Sergio Mendez, and when he walked in the recording studio with Jackson in January 1995 he really started using them. The next two albums History and Invincible was mastered with the amplifiers, and both albums thanked Electrocompaniet with ``Special thanks to Electrocompaniet¨ with logo on its covers.

In 2004 the company went bankrupt, but in 2007 the company was bought up by Norwegian company "West Control" and got a new CEO: Mikal Dregggevik. All production was moved to Tau, near Stavanger. Today they are represented in 50 countries worldwide.

Notable products[edit]

The Two Channel Audio Power Amplifier[edit]

The Two Channel Audio Power Amplifier was the first amplifier Electrocompaniet produced. It was a 2x25 Watts Stereo Power Amplifier based on the works of Dr. Matti Otala on TIM-free Transistor design. It has been updated and re-produced several times. Since it was only 2x25 Watts Electrocompaniet designed bigger amplifiers with more wattage but with the same sound characteristics.

NEMO[edit]

The NEMO "Monobloc Class A Reference Amplifier" by Electrocompaniet is used in listening and reference studios across the world. It is often coupled with the Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus reference, and the 800 Diamond series loudspeakers.

Electrocompaniet clearly made this amplifier to be a match with the Nautilus loudspeakers. At the time of realisation for Nautilus there were few reference power amplifiers capable of delivering the power that they required. Electrocompaniet named their new monoblock amplifier after Nemo, the fictional captain of the Nautilus submarine from the Jules Verne Novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

NEMO was at some point (and still might be) at use in Abbey Road Studios. The NEMO has collected rave reviews from among others Stereophile USA and Haute Fidelite France.

At 1x600 Watts in 8 ohms pure Class A it is among the most powerful high-end amplifiers in existence, and should be able to run most Hi-Fi Speakers produced.

EMC 1 CD Player[edit]

In 1998 Electrocompaniet produced one of the best CD players in the world regardless of price range, The EMC 1. Since then Electrocompaniet has produced several updates of the EMC. The one that is current in production is the EMC 1 UP MKIII.The MKIII features 24 Bit Upsampling, SACD, Electromechanical cancellation system, Fully balanced D/A Converter, Separate Transformers and PCB¨s.

ECG 1 Turntable[edit]

Late 2014/2015 Electrocompaniet developed their first Turntable ever after years of requests from customers and distributors. The turntable uses a tonearm from Jelco, and the stylus was custom made for the turntable by pick-up manufacturer Soundsmith. The turntable plinth is made of three layers, consisting of two layers Acrylic, and one Aluminum layer in the middle. This so called ´´sandwich´´ isolate the plinth from vibrations and Resonance. To keep all noise to a minimum, the motor is completely isolated from the plinth so as little as possible disturbance from the motor will reach the pickup. It has a motorcontroll that can play 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM Records.

References[edit]

http://www.abrahamsenaudio.no/Swedien_abrahamsen.asp#en