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Accuphase Laboratory, Yokohama

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Name: Accuphase Laboratory, Yokohama    (J)  
Abbreviation: acc
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Summary:

Accuphase Laboratory, Inc., Yokohama. (Accuphase steht für "accurate phase") ist ein Hersteller von Unterhaltungselektronik mit Sitz in Yokohama, Japan. Das Unternehmen wurde 1972 von Jiro Kasuga gegründet und wurde bekannt für seine hochwertigen Hi-Fi-Komponenten im High-End-Bereich wie Verstärker, CD-Spieler, Tuner und Zubehör. Ein Markenzeichen wurde das champagnerfarbige Design der Geräte.

Founded: 1972
History:
Accuphase Laboratories, Inc. (originally known as Kensonic Laboratories, Inc.) is a Japanese high-end audio equipment manufacturer founded by former Kenwood engineer Jiro Kasuga in 1972. Accuphase products are known for their extremely high build quality and distinctive "champagne" colored faceplates. Because of their similar level of craftsmanship, Accuphase is often called the 'Japanese McIntosh.' Kensonic, the factory name behind the Accuphase brand, was founded by a former Kenwood engineer, Jiro Kasuga, in late 1972. Kasuga was not happy with the views of Kenwood relating to the follower of their High-End Supreme 1 unit (1967). He hired some engineers from other prominent brands (Marantz, Luxman) and started Kensonic. However, Kenwood had a share in Kensonic. Also some other connections in the early years of Accuphase exist. If you compare at the parts used by Kenwood and Kensonic throughout the latter's early years, the familiarities show quite easy: knobs, buttons, tuner dials and the general direction of the design. Accuphase's early PCB's are tagged KENSONIC, too, and the early units bore a proud KENSONIC on their frontplates as well. Till mid 1990's Kenwood still owned part of Kensonic. It also seems that Accuphase engineers may have had a hand in the engineering of Kenwood's last high-end series (L-A1, LD-1 and LV-Z1). The 1st Kensonic models were the P-300 amp, C-200 preamp and T-100 tuner. The E-202 integrated amp and a revised version of the tuner (T-101) were added not much later. All of these received very good critics in 1973 and 1974 and. While Kenwood has now abandoned all High End audio activities, Kensonic carries on with the Accuphase series. Accuphase themselves explain the brand name as follows: The name ACCUPHASE was adapted by taking the prefix ACCU from the word "accurate", and combining it with PHASE which is a most important factor in audio technology. We feel it is a very fitting brand name to describe our products that fully portray this and other important characteristics, which penetrate the innermost depth of audio technology. Source: Accuphase website Accuphase has a name in build quality, units of the first series still exist in good working condition. Models always remain available for several years, sometimes up to a decade. The history of all Accuphase products is available online on their website.

This manufacturer was suggested by Franz Scharner.


Some models:
Country Year Name 1st Tube Notes
08 Precision MDSD SA CD Player DP-700   Frontloading MDSD SA Single Compact Disc Player Model Accuphase DP-700. Disc forma... 
05 MDS Compact Disc Player DP-57   Frontloading Single Compact Disc Player Model Accuphase DP-57. Disc format: CD Digital c... 
05 Class A Stereo Power Amplifier A-30   Class A Stereo Power Amplifer Model Accuphase A-30. Power output: 30 watts per channel ... 
03 Super Audio CD Player DP-77   Frontloading Single Compact Disc Player Model Accuphase DP-77. Disc format: CD, SACD Dig... 
02 Stereo Power Amplifier A-20V   Stereo Power Amplifer Model Accuphase A-20V. Power output: 20 watts per channel into 8Ω (... 
06 Super Audio CD Player DP-78   Frontloading Single Compact Disc Player Model Accuphase DP-78. Disc format: CD, SACD Dig... 
03 MDS Compact Disc Player DP-67   Frontloading MSD Single Comnpact Disc Player Model Accuphase DP-67. Disc format: CD Digi... 
10 MDS Super Audio Compact Disc Player DP-550   Frontloading Single Compact Disc Player Model Accuphase DP-550. Disc format: CD, SACD Fr... 
10 Compact Disc Player DP-410   Frontloading Single Compact Disc Player Model Accuphase DP-410. Frequency response: 4Hz t... 
08 MDSD SA-CD Player DP-600   Model Accuphase DP-600. Disc format: CD, SACD Frequency response: 0.7Hz to 50kHz Dynami... 
10 Compact Disc Player DP-510   Frontloading Single Compact Disc Player Model Accuphase DP-510. Frequency response: 4Hz t... 
07 Precision Stereo Preamplifier C-2810   Accuphase Precision Stereo Preamplifier Model C-2810. Frequency response: 3Hz to 200kHz ... 

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