JAVA Hi-Fi, a New Zealand high-end audio manufacturer, will debut their new LDR preamplifier ($1999 on up) at the Sands, Hall G, Booth 51240 (Eureka Park Marketplace). Activated by light, the JAVA utilizes LDR (light dependent resistor) technology in a unique circuit design to deliver exceptional sound quality. Developed exclusively for the JAVA by renowned electrical engineer Chris Daly, the unique JAVA circuit and LDR control board are significant developments from those found in Daly's original Stereo Coffee kit, which has gained a cult following in DIY circles.
Founder and CEO of JAVA Hi-Fi, Martin Bell, says the circuit works by varying current to alter the intensity of an internal LED, which in turn varies resistance to adjust the volume level. This creates the "purest possible path for the delicate audio signal", says Bell. "Nothing is added to the signal and nothing is subtracted." The result, adds Bell, is an "utterly transparent sound that reveals subtle new details in familiar pieces of music".
Music is portrayed with startling realism. The rich, complex tonality of voices and instruments are set free, while at the same time the JAVA delivers deep and controlled bass, a natural life-like treble and visceral wide-band dynamics.
A Design For Life
Shane Inder, JAVA Design Director and Head of Industrial Design and Innovation at Auckland University of Technology, has conceived the JAVA as an object that begs to be touched — and has to be heard to be believed. Inder says that premium materials were selected for the JAVA based on their "aesthetic qualities, their durability and their ability to isolate structural vibration and minimize resonance". He adds that the JAVA employs a range of construction processes, "from traditional artisan methods for wooden components, to advanced SLA additive manufacturing in composite aluminum-polyamide (Alumide)".
Inside the JAVA, the unique inverted assembly design further isolates critical electronic circuits from vibration, while high-accuracy laser-cutting and CNC machining of components (utilizing advanced computer aided design software) ensures optimum fit and finish.
Give Your Hi-Fi A Shot Of JAVA
Every JAVA model is available in one of three high-gloss colours: ‘Espresso', a dark and brooding brew in black, ‘Ristretto', a bold statement in red, or the milky white goodness of the ‘Latte'. The premium birch ply casework can be ordered in either Natural Birch, Honey Oak or Dark Walnut, with the choice of a high-gloss or matt wax finish.
With three models to choose from, three fascia colours, three casework options and two finishes, the possibilities for customers to create their own unique JAVA are almost endless!
JAVA SINGLE SHOT: With three pairs of unbalanced (RCA) inputs and a single pair of unbalanced outputs, the JAVA Single Shot gives it to you straight. It's for music lovers who just want great sound at a fair price, without any added features or extras on the side.
JAVA DOUBLE SHOT: The JAVA Double Shot is a super-strength Single Shot. It adds two further pairs of inputs and another pair of outputs, together with a high-quality headphone stage and the added convenience of remote volume control.
JAVA TRIPLE SHOT: The JAVA Triple Shot features a mix of two pairs of balanced inputs and three pairs of unbalanced inputs, as well as balanced and unbalanced outputs. Also included is the high-quality headphone stage and remote volume control found on the Double Shot.
JAVA FOUNDERS EDITION: Also available as an added extra to any model is the Founders Edition ‘Macchiato', an engraved and numbered 5mm solid copper fascia. Limited to 10 units worldwide.
NOTE: The JAVA may not perform optimally with source components that are specified with rated output below 500mv into loads of 3000 ohms or higher (the vast majority of equipment today delivers rated output into 600 ohms or lower).