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Audiotec

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Audiotec manufactures or has manufactured the following equipment (click to expand models list):

Electrostatic Headphones
 
Electrostatic Speakers
 
Solid State Amplifiers
 

General information [contribute]

J.M. Willigens: Audiotec, founded in 1963 as Audiotechnic by French developer Marcel Vaissaire and later renamed, has been for around twenty years one of the most quality-minded French hi-fi manufacturers. As Marcel Vaissaire, however, preferred to privilege high-quality components and rigorous controls and not to spend too much on advertising and press reviews, his electronic equipment and loudspeakers remained known only by a (happy) few.

After being the French importer for Stax, Audiotec came out around 1974 with an ES-headphone which Karl Breh (Hi-Fi-Stereophonie) rated the best ever. Marcel Vaissaire has used ES-transducers (up to three) in his first generation of loudspeakers. The ESL tweeters were produced by French manufacturer Princeps. Subsequently ED tweeters improved, allowing to do without the complex high-voltage supply required by ESL tweeters. Vaissaire, however, returned to ESL for his last model, the Elstat, of which only a few pairs were built before Audiotec ceased to trade in 1982. The Elstat used an ES MEDIUM, combined with a dome tweeter and MV's famous push-pull combination of two bass drivers.

History[contribute]

J.M. Willigens (January 1999): Audiotec, founded in 1963 as Audiotechnic by French developer Marcel Vaissaire and later renamed, has been for around twenty years one of the most quality-minded French hi-fi manufacturers. As Marcel Vaissaire, however, preferred to privilege high-quality components and rigorous controls and not to spend too much on advertising and press reviews, his electronic equipment and loudspeakers remained known only by a (happy) few.

After being the French importer for Stax, Audiotec came out around 1974 with an ES-headphone which Karl Breh (Hi-Fi-Stereophonie) rated the best ever. Marcel Vaissaire has used ES-transducers (up to three) in his first generation of loudspeakers. The ESL tweeters were produced by French manufacturer Princeps. Subsequently ED tweeters improved, allowing to do without the complex high-voltage supply required by ESL tweeters. Vaissaire, however, returned to ESL for his last model, the Elstat, of which only a few pairs were built before Audiotec ceased to trade in 1982. The Elstat used an ES MEDIUM, combined with a dome tweeter and MV's famous push-pull combination of two bass drivers.

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