My interest in listening to music and electronics have been constantly present in my life.
Electronics took me by the hand at 16 and never left me, they were the years in which technology in Italy was leaving tubes to move on to transistors and the first integrated circuits.
In audio, from the first pair of valve Phono preamps (dual chassis) designed for Europa Radio Milano, in the early 1980s (used for over a decade), up to MicroSound Technology.
After the Scientific High School and enrollment in Engineering with an electronic address, I did not complete my studies faced with the choice between immediately working as a freelancer in a company or finishing the cycle of studies.
Initially I designed from FM transmitters to mobile telephony. From uninterruptible power supplies to test tube samplers, from automated systems for the livestock sector to power systems for pleasure boating, from 3-axis handling systems to electrical traction cards, working both for various companies and on their own. Also developing the firmware since the 80s.
Constantly, designing in the audio and listening to music have been the rewarding activities in moments of relaxation. My first loudspeakers, the B&W 801 purchased as soon as they were put on the market in Italy, increased the desire to be able to design and build what is before the loudspeakers: electronics.
In 2020, in full lockdown, I decided that I had to use my time to create hifi products that were a kind of "masterpiece" both of my skills acquired in over forty years of electronic design, and of my ideas in Audio. Certainly not huge productions, better a few well-made pieces in limited quantities than productions entrusted to subcontractors with different objectives.
Very simple ideas about audio design:
- Simplicity. Anything that is not there does not alter the signal and increases reliability. This does not mean seeking "Franciscan" schemes, but neither does it mean using freely complex circuits. The result must be obtained with the simplest possible circuit. Simplicity also in the layout. Better to engineer a device for days than to waste time (many more days in general) in wiring.
- Quality. High quality components combined with intrinsically safe circuitry.
- Both numbers and listening. An electronic device for reproducing sound does not have to be a demonstration of being able to design beautiful schemes with superlative electrical characteristics, it must be a demonstration of being able to produce devices that reproduce sound well for the human ears. Unfortunately, current electronic measurement technology fails to completely characterize a device solely from measurements. There may be devices with superlative electrical characteristics and poor audio reproduction performance, just as there may be devices with mediocre characteristics in size and having an excellent ability to play well. Therefore a valid electronic design must consider both the measures but also the sound rendered. One cannot sacrifice one of the two areas in favor of the other.
So realizations without prejudices but with two very clear objectives: a high quality musical reproduction and a quality of the same level.
The components used are a sort of compendium of the best of world production, both in terms of quality and for the manufacturers adopted: Texas Instrument, Cornell Dubilier, Lumberg, Neutrik, Hirose, Elna, Panasonic, Vishay, Bourns, Toshiba, Exicon , ONSemiconductor, MillMax, Cinch, Hirose, Kemet, Wima and many more. These are names that will mean nothing to many, but instead indicate a search for the best of world production of components.
No NOS, only recent components available on the market.
MicroSound products must be demonstrations of a passion for listening to music and for electronics.