Mark Levinson incorporated Audio Prism into Red Rose Music and the amps are re-vamped and badged Red Rose now. The company is perfectly legitimate. Regards, Richard.
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Red Rose's electronics are the AudioPrism gear, in some cases a little tweaked up but essentially the same stuff. They have been around for a while before Levinson acquired their electronics business. I've always liked their components, which delivered excellent sound, and I think it sounds VERY good with the Red Rose small speakers.
Go to http://www.redrosemusic.com/ for more info on the company, including the designers (Victor Tiscanero for AudioPrism electronics, and Bo Bengtsson for speakers). Mark Levinson is the CEO. I owned an AudioPrism Debut II before it became Red Rose Model 2. Very nice sounding and good looking amp. It is a little over-priced now ($5000) that they raised the price but still a good amp that has many good features (among them, switcheable triode/ultralinear modes and ground loop hum elimination switches). It is still being made at the AudioPrism factory in Washington I believe. The build quality is first rate. The amp was rated Class B by Stereophile, and its flagship mono blocks was rated class A, so they are well regarded. I only solf it to go the OTL route. See http://home.att.net/~vtvu/audio/debutcomposite.jpg for pictures of my old amp. I prefer the gold finish.
joe_b: why would you undergo laser surgery on your eyes instead of sticking to your trifocals? put another way: what is the sound of five hands clapping? FWIW, i really have no idea what mark (the man, not the name madrigal owns) is up to but couldn't resist the reply. I do have it on good authority that the red rose shop is pretty much tricked out and only plays music that sounds best on their limited-range speakers (think tas or s'phile has also noted this). kinda' like ensemble. ever been to one of their demos? as for me, i'm keeping my 8.2 ht setup 'til i hear better.
Well yes, the two names are one company, some products are exclusive to Red Rose, some to AudioPrism. I can tell you that I just bought the new Red Rose Model 5 Integrated Amp, a hybrid design, and I think its the best sounding amp I've ever heard. The small R-3 speaker is also excellent, but nonetheless a small speaker. The folks at Red Rose are knowledgeable and helpful, and the tech support I got from the factory when a small problem surfaced was outstanding. I suspect they will be around for a long while, their products are excellent, and now will only get better.