EAR (formerly “Esoteric Audio Research”) is the brainchild of Tim de Paravicini, whose name has been associated since the 1970s with electronics of the highest fidelity. De Paravicini’s innovative techniques have not only borne fruit in products for EAR, but in designs for some of the world’s most highly regarded electronics manufacturers. Some of these designs have been continually prized—and sought—by discerning listeners for decades after their introduction.
Tim de Paravicini has also made unique contributions to the world of professional recording and mastering. Users of his tape recording systems, microphones, and other recording technology include performers Pink Floyd and Lenny Kravitz, the Altarus and Water Lily record labels, and renowned recording and mastering engineers like Robert Ludwig, Joe Gastwirt, and James Guthrie. One of the world’s highest-ranked mastering facilities, The Exchange in London, uses two playback systems in which the entire chain--from tape machines and equalizers to cutter amplifiers and monitoring equipment—is EAR-designed and built. Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs uses his LP cutting system, as well as a playback tape deck with his electronics.
EAR amplifiers are unequalled in their ability to deliver a pure rendition of the signal fed into them, free from the colorations and distortions of most amplifiers. Tim de Paravicini has been instrumental in investigating the role of ultrasonic resonances in amplifier circuits and their effect on transient response. He has also undertaken significant original research on the subjective effects of distortion. This research has not only facilitated the interpretation of amplifier measurements, but has shed light upon the correlation between measurements and sound quality. The results are easy to appreciate—EAR amplifiers are among the most accurate amplifiers ever made.
EAR Source Components use innovative, unique and exceptionally effective technology and design to provide a source signal worthy of EAR amplification and EAR loudspeaker projection. The Disc Master Turntable brings together novel engineering and construction to solve analog challenges and provide outstanding analog playback. The EAR Acute 3 CD Player uses Wolfson DAC to upsample to 24-bit / 192kHz and, uniquely, employs analog filters and controls. The EAR Acute DAC completes the EAR Source Component line with 24-bit / 192kHz upsampling and sufficient gain to directly drive any power amp.
EAR offers a range of tubed Integrated Amplifiers, Power Amplifiers, Preamplifiers, plus a tube Phono Stage and Headphone Amp.