Fosgate Audionics Unveils Limited Edition, Vacuum-Tube Multichannel Processor


Fosgate Audionics announced that it will ship the limited-edition FAP V1 vacuum tube surround processor in September. The FAP V1 is the first all-vacuum tube multichannel processor, operating exclusively in the analog domain. According to the company, it represents the ""ultimate"" manifestation of Jim Fosgate's talents as an audio pioneer, offering the natural warmth of analog audio reproduction in a versatile, surround sound processor. As it is designed for a highly selective, limited audience, the Signature Series FAP V1 will be released in a limited run of 50 units. ""Jim Fosgate is well-known for his commitment to developing audiophile products and technologies that offer the most realistic and pleasing sonic experience,"" said Brian Carlsness, Managing Director, Rockford Home Group, parent company of Fosgate Audionics. ""With the FAP V1, Jim managed to mix the most desirable modern benefits, including the Dolby Pro Logic II [DPL II] circuit he designed for DolbyĆ Labs, with the natural, sonic appeal of vacuum tube technology."" ""It's truly a one-of-a-kind product, and we're proud to bring it to market in a special, limited edition bearing Jim's signature."" With all mechanical and electronic components approved by Fosgate, the FAP V1 is designed to satisfy the most demanding tube enthusiast, with a demonstrable sense of openness and realism. The DPL II circuit is based on the original version designed by Fosgate for Dolby Laboratories, with a selectable control that allows users to tailor sonic output to personal preferences and room requirements. Virtually any two-channel signal is converted to a 5.1 soundfield that is natural and seamless. High-Resolution Audio Via 7.1 Loop-Through As audiophiles' interest in high-resolution multichannel audio continues to grow, the FAP V1 presents an analog approach to enjoying the new software formats. Eight analog inputs (7.1) allow for hookup of a DVD-Audio or SACD player, after which the multichannel analog signal bypasses the FAP V1's DPL II processor, and is sent directly to the volume control, thereby maintaining the integrity of the original, multichannel mix. The 7.1 channel loop-through permits end users to retain the use of their digital preamp/processors and utilize the tube preamp stage as a main volume control point. Signature Electronics In A Unique Cabinet The chassis serves as both a functional unit and resplendent complement to any decor. Copper-plated aluminum with genuine bubinga and wenge wood highlights the tube display while presenting controls in a user-friendly, front-panel layout. The FAP V1 measures 21 (W) x 10.5 (H) x 16 (D) inches, and weighs 45 pounds. Added Carlsness, ""It's for both practical and aesthetic reasons that a concept as special as the FAP V1 should be released as a limited-edition model. Just like any valuable piece of art, it is intended for a discriminating audience that demands the pinnacle of a given genre, which, in this case, is high-end audio equipment."" The FAP V1 will be available at select high-end audio retailers in September at a retail price of $13,000.00. Each of the 50 limited-edition units will be hand numbered and signed by Jim Fosgate. For more information about Fosgate Audionics, visit

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