March 29, 2012

Usher Audio Technology Factory Tour, Part III.

Now, we come to the final part of the Usher Audio Technology factory tour. Here, we take a more detailed look in to one of Usher's less visible product, audio electronics. Usher have a range of very capable, but not necessarily expensive products like CD players, pre/power amps and AV receivers too.

I've grown particularly fond of Usher's power amps, which I found to offer high standards of sound quality, balanced with high power output and keen pricing. They kinda remind me a lot of the ol'skool Krell muscle amps of the 80's, minus the treble harshness and being today's product, offering very neutral and transparent sound.

Lastly, we also take a tour to Usher's auditorium, where all final products R&D stage goes thru the last hurdle of the listening test!
This is a new DAC and output stage PCB board section of Usher's soon to be released new CD player, now under final stages of R&D.

A further look of the near complete CD player, with toroidal power supply transformer on the back of the CD transport and the DAC and output PCB board, as seen above, occupying the left side of the chassis.

The front panel of the above CD player.

Usher Audio technology's AV receiver, coming soon! Remember, you saw it here first on Hifi-Unlimited.

The electronics production line was not working when we visited.

A trial batch of the AV receiver undergoing assembly 

One of the Usher Audio Technology's listening auditoriums. Note the much acoustically treated walls. 

Usher CP-8871 Diamond DMD speakers undergoing listening test, powered by Usher Audio's electronics.

This auditorium also caters for AV and home theater products testing.

A more detailed look of the elaborate acoustic treatment.

Further close up reveals stuffed foam like material beneath angled tile fittings.

Another auditorium to cater for larger speakers and bigger audience groups.

From left: Usher D3 Reference Horn, CP-8871 and BE-718

A close up of the Usher D3 Reference Horn speaker offers tri-amping.tri-wiring.

The larger auditorium has wooden diffusers built in to the rear wall.

And also angled side walls with tile treatments.

With these pictures, we concluded our visit to Usher Audio Technology and came away mighty impressed with their facility size, R&D driven corporate culture, and lastly a growing brand name with world wide recognition and awards.

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