Who would have thought they’d ever see a solid-state amplifier designed by so distinguished a tube designer as Tim de Paraficini? Glistening under the glow of spotlights is his pure-solid-state 312 Control Center ($18,000). The 312’s circuit is said to use only three transistors in a single-ended configuration and a power supply made to sound tube-like. The M100A ($35,000) operates as a single-ended solid-state device. Closely following the 312's design approach, this 100-watt monster delivered the goods in a way I came back to over the next three days.

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2001 CES - 312 Control Center