I jumped on this site while browsing, always chasing for the ultimate in resolution and inter-note silence amp design for my Gotorama system.
Charles is an illuminated, an audio saint, no jokes, and his followers are like a Church members... BYOB Church.
The ticket entrance to the Temple isn't that hideous, yet what intrigued and still MUCH intrigues about Charles... aehm: Dipl. Ing. Charles Altmann from Solingen, Germany, is the way he spokes about music, self-consciuosness, healing power of music in a way I well know personally...
His language and arguments are seldom read and ancient and brand-new, at same time.
He clearly speaks and his words make sense... a tech-head into everything technical but with an holistic attitude which doesn't stop to measurements or heavy boxes and gears.
He goes to the core... straight as an arrow and pure as an angel.
His readings are first rate and he tasted among the best circuits before arriving to his very personal final result: something he, modest or not, sure honestly says represents the Zenith of everything is needed to appreciate the tiniest musical detail.
Not a T Amp, not a Class D, no tubes, no transistor... sure Op-amps, but also much more.
He uses wood, spruce, and varnish, Dieter Ennemoser's and his own receipt, and naked circuitry firmly bonded on solid wood...
These gears looks like a piece of gears, unfinished, raw... yet, when fed by an Optima Red Top 12V automotive premium battery they seem able to radiate, YES, radiate bliss, pure bliss, unaffected by mains gremlins and magazine hypes.
Looking at his BYOB (Bring Your Own Battery) says "Hey, I'm not a lunatic... I built like this because I can hear... I'm not making it crappy because lacking good taste".
Shiny faceplates and chassis heaviness per-se aren't music-related... caps are a necessary evil, like mains... this and resonances are the enemies of pure music reproduction.
From here Charles started... and he states he reached his goal> the man uses the following words (extracted... aehm hi-jacked from his site:
Sure not the usual tech-head trivia!
... and the feedback he constantly gets in his site from his customers is impressive... people from around the world simply adores his for the results, not for the shiny boxes and sexy LEDs... musical results, folks!
Dipl. Ing. Altmann's site is a worthwhile reading and MUCH worth further exploring.
... he's also the dadaist mind behind this...
... mmmhhh... 5 Watt per channel on 16 ohm... sounds good for Gotorama.
Will need four... mumble, mumble...