Lamm interviewed by Consumer Electronics Daily News,
distributed at the CES'2004 Show, Las Vegas, NV
(Jan. 8, 2004, Issue 1, page 4)
INDUSTRIES UPGRADES M1.1/M2.1 POWER AMPLIFIERS
AFTER TEN SUCCESSFUL YEARS
come out with two new products – hybrid power
amplifiers model M1.2 Reference and M2.2. Describe them briefly.
coming out of these models, and especially the
Reference model, marks the 10th year
anniversary of its predecessor, model M1.1. The M1.1 was originally introduced at the
Summer CES’1993 in Chicago, IL where it had received
the Innovation’93 award, followed by a score of
highly positive reviews over the years. The amplifier’s unique topology is a result
of years of research in the fields of psycho-acoustics
and audio electronics. It had made this handcrafted product
unparalleled among similar products in any price
M1.1/M2.1 (the more powerful version of the M1.1) had
been in production for 10 years without any changes,
modifications, and upgrades which is quite unusual in
the high-end audio industry. In general, these amps could have hardly been
improved; however, the recent availability of better
quality parts and components, and the performance data
we’d collected in 10 years had warranted the
a result, we’ve achieved even more refined sound
reproduction characteristics, with added reliability
the M1.2/M2.2 are on display in our exhibit at the
Alexis Park Hotel, Room 1912.
a small company in the high-end audio industry, it is
not easy to make a mark and continuously justify that
mark year after year. How do you do that?
year also marks the 10th year anniversary
of our company. We
are proud to be in production of 7 different models
that represent the pinnacle in their respective
small fit for a company that had appeared on the US
market “out of the blue”. This did not happen by chance or luck. As I mentioned earlier, extensive R&D
stands behind each of our products.
audio is a relatively small segment of audio industry,
and in its ideal should represent the marriage of
science and art in an attempt to bring the concert
hall to the listener. This comes at a price, of course, and sometimes
quite a steep one. Unfortunately, the top prices do not always
guarantee top performance. High-end audio is about the music, and the
search for that ultimate audio system that will bring
the miracle of real live music into the home. Many of our customers are those who had spent
years chasing that dream, and we believe that Lamm
has made this dream possible for many music lovers all
over the world.
are many who believe that 2-channel audio is a thing
of the past. Your
view on this?
recent years, multi-channel audio has become popular
in home theater and some other audio applications. However, two-channel systems still do the job
best when it comes to proper sound recreation in
listening rooms, as long as all the components in the
audio chain are of the appropriate level – and I
don’t see why this would change in the future.
encourages the tendency towards reduction in
production costs and, as a result, the retail prices. How does this trend affect your production?
trend is more applicable to mass-production market. Consumers should keep in mind that there will
always exist certain types of goods requiring serious
production investments -- in other words, goods whose
cost is quite high. The employment of various innovations, special
technological solutions, etc. might somewhat regulate
the cost of finished products (in high-end
electronics, in particular); however, it will not lead
to significant cost reductions, especially in light of
continuous tendency toward price increase for premium
parts and components specifically used in high-end
there is nothing to be done about it.
position on this is quite straightforward – I
consider my designs a symbiosis of engineering and
this type of product, the high quality of built has to
be sustained by utilizing the best available parts,
materials, craftsmanship, etc. We continuously conduct R&D that leads
toward implementation of new designs, finding better
quality components and materials, employing even more
advanced technical solutions, and maintaining the
already high level of assembly and hand-work involved
in manufacture of each and every Lamm product.