"What's new?" I asked Jeff Rowland.

"Define new," he said.

Ah, engineer humor.

I guess you could consider this new," he said, "seeing as how it is finally a reality."

He pointed at the petite Criterion preamplifier ($18,500). "It's battery powered, has user adjustable gain on each input, and a really great display that can be customized for each input. It has three separate balanced outputs, including one that can be run independent of the other two. It uses a 32-bit microprocessor for the commands. It also has a separate recording output with variable output.

"Like other Rowland Research components, it's milled from a solid billet of aluminum, which is why it weighs 46lbs."

It was on static display, so I didn't audition it, but it was such a stunning piece of audio jewelry—and so different—that I wanted to run away with it.

Audi-O's picture

I'd want to run away with it too! It's so hard to find the perfect martini. Finally a product with "user adjustable gin."

KBK's picture

Battery supply will be passe' soon, Jeff! Look to my posts on DIY audio (blowtorch thread) for the info on the 'ring supply' that I -gave away- as I don't have the time to develop it. Too busy.Take it and run with it. It will sound better than a battery supply - that's a given. But in the meantime, battery works best, IMHO.

Ted Clamstruck's picture

KBK, your comment would be pretty darned funny even if you were capable of designing your way out of a paper bag. But given your total lack of understanding of even the most basic engineering concepts, it invites ridicule.