Orange Amplification has launched the new Dual Discrete Op-Amp which has been specifically designed for audio use.
Unlike existing products, it only contains the gain blocks that are needed to give cleaner audio. The firm says each of the individual transistors and resistors are of the highest quality, so the Op-Amp runs as close to pure Class A as possible instead of the class B operation seen in IC Op-Amps. It has been designed to be eight-pin DIP compatible, and comes with a socket, so is easy to drop in and replace. The DC offset of Orange’s Op-Amp is low, which means it can be used almost anywhere, even active filters.
"We wanted to design something purely for audio", explained Adrian Emsley, Orange’s technical director. "Many Op-Amps perform well on paper but the trouble is the human ear does not hear quite the same way as test equipment. To me, this Op-Amp sounds more musical, more natural, with the transient sound feeling more real and less synthetic."
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