Pascal's 2012-designed Duel 100-watt bipolar monaural amplifiers [€17'810/pr] features one photo down…

… then followed on the right in the next phono one down by…

… the Défi twin-chassis preamp with valve-rectified power supply and a separate phono stage [€12'430]. To the left out of focus behind a Zingali monitor sit the objects of today's assignment, the smaller single-box answers to Pascal's two-enclosure efforts with 10-year warranties.

"About Quasar and Albedo One which followed our earlier bigger preamp/amp, we wondered what to name them. Pascal is passionate about astronomy so those names felt suitable. Absolute vs nothing is a question often on our minds, just not as anything pretentious since all our human concepts are limited. We're simply very conscious about not spreading ourselves thin to retain the purity about who we are and what we do; which is actually one and the same. Astronomy of course inspires many domains. I'm even thinking of hifi manufacturer Geoffrey Owen of Helius Designs who belonged to both worlds. We of course should talk more about Quasar and Albedo One well past their names since each forms part of a larger experiment and experience where demands for technical completion leave no room for error or chance. Rather, these pieces embed in an overarching picture where each design must address a part of the bigger problem. We could even talk about some historical figures in our field who made major contributions to remind us that we all stand on the shoulders of giants." That sounded like an excellent plan. Kallyste would have to do all the talking, me the listening just like these chaps were to Pascal's big guns with Zingali Quantum Array speakers at the Le Pistolier armory's club house inauguration.

… to be continued when loaners land…