About Pure Sound
Pure sound is the creation of Guy Sargeant’s innovative mind. Simply put, they never fail to make music an enjoyable and rewarding experience, which is surely the purpose of a good hi-fi system in the first place.
The depth of products that Pure sound offer is wide, starting with the delightful A10 integrated amplifier with its’ sweet sound EL34 derivative, through to the superbly musical and throughly engaging 2A3 which delivers music with vevre and realism way beyond its cost.
Powerful enough to work well with less efficent speakers, the A10 will drive more traditional speakers with ease as well as the more efficent dual concentric’s and horn loaded driver style speakers thus giving more choice to the discerning enthusiast when selecting their amplification
The end result of Guy’s hard word is a range of amplifiers capable of reproducing the full measure of instrument tone with extraordinary dynamic contrast, energy and colour in a very enjoyable and relaxed manner.
Pure Sound A10
The A10 may well rule the roost in sub-£1,000 models.
Pure Sound developed the A10 with a view to its use in both entry-level main systems and in second systems in bedrooms and studies where other Pure Sound models might prove too large or too expensive.
For my listening tests, I chose a pair of Audio Note AN-K standmounts which have a high sensitivity to work with low output amplifiers and this pairing was able to generate ample real world volume levels in a fair-sized room.
The overall perception is that Pure Sound has preferred to reduce the feature count rather than the build and parts quality of the amp. This is precisely the way I would prefer manufacturers to approach constructing equipment for tight budgets.
The overall result is that the A10 is one of the most cost effective ways of securing a well-built valve amp with high quality components throughout. Considered against other EL84 designs, it’s less than half the price of similarly powerful models which is impressive considering how much remains.
In keeping with many valve designs, the A10 brings a genuine sense of presence and realism to recordings. Artists and musicians are placed with an accuracy and depth of soundstage that moves well beyond the speakers.
Live recordings, in particular, bring an uncanny sense of the space they were recorded in, be it tiny club or cavernous stadium. Contained within it, instruments have the space they need to sound tangibly real and totally unprocessed.
Above all, voices come in for special treatment. Male or female, the A10 will place them with total assurance where they need to be, never divorced from their instruments, but equally never engulfed by them either.
Simply put, it never fails to make music an enjoyable and rewarding experience, which is surely the purpose of a good hi-fi system in the first place.