We finalized the design of our ADICON - a special ADC (analog-to-digital audio converter) designed particularly for HiFi-enthusiasts - and thus probably for you.
The ADICON enables you to use a digital link, either optical or coaxial, between your turntable or tape recorder and your sound system.
There is one input for the turntable and one input for the tape recorder provided. The built-in high-performance RIAA preamplifier enables you to directly connect your remote turntable.
Should you want to use your existing preamp - no problem, the input is capable of handling that, too. Then you can transcribe your vinyls to your tape recorder and listen to your recordings.
Moreover, the powerful headphone output enables you to listen to tapes and vinyls without turning on your sound system.
With its 24 bit resolution and a sample rate of up to 192 kHz and with its strictly neutral design it offers you a brilliant signal quality and a pristine sound.
Precise leveling of the digital audio signal is possible thanks to the 2 x 10 LED digital SPPM (Sample Peak Programme Meter), which widely meets the EBU - European Broadcasting Union requirements for professional studio equipment. Both inputs can be leveled individually.
We would like to say a big thank you to the backers and supporters of our Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately, we did not reach our funding goal. But with 32 backers and positive feedback from all over the world the decision has been easy for us: we do not give up! We are going to finance the production of the first ADICON series with private funds.
We offer the supporters of our crowdfunding capaign as well as all new prospective customers the opportunity to pre-order the desired ADICON until February 28th, 2015 for a special Kickstarter price of 800 EUR. For orders after this date the regular retail price of 1495 EUR applies.
We are going to inform you about the progress in the production process of our first analog/digital converter and about further developments.
Heinz, Sonny, Uwe and the rest of the SSB AUDIO Team
The ADICON offers one line and one phono input, one line and one headphone output, two digital outputs, six sampling rates and an easy-to-read level meter (SPPM) to adjust the sensitivity of each source individually.
1 x RCA line input Phono MM (MC optionally) switchable to Tape/Aux, 1 x RCA line input for Tape/Aux combined with European 5-pole DIN connector for Record/Playback.
Optical TOSLINK & coaxial RCA-Out for the digital audio signal. Analog line outputs by two RCA jacks and DIN connector.
USB port for direct connection to your Mac/PC as option. Headphone jack 6.3 mm on the front panel.
A digital SPPM (Sample Peak Programme Meter) with 2x10 LEDs which meets the requirements for professional studio equipment serves to level the digital audio signal precisely. Green, yellow and orange LEDs show the undistorted range, red LEDs indicate clipping.
The housing design can be varied in future product series. Brushed or anodized aluminum, chrome, stainless steel or gold plated front panels will be available soon for special editions.
Unpack and connect - plug and play. The ADICON can be connected to any analog audio source ever built: Tape recorders, turntables with MM (optionally MC) cartridges or even FM tuners.
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Until February 28, 2015 you can pre-order the ADICON for a special price of 800 Euros. After this date we are going to sell the ADICON for the regular retail price of 1495 Euros.
Born 1955, child of the “Wirtschaftswunder” and audiophile since birth. I have got 30 years of experience in international business development and sales. Stepping into the audio-business is a long nurtured dream of mine, and the chance to work with the best professionals I've ever met, brings this dream to reality.
Born 1956, grown up during the time of “Sex and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll”. First self-designed mixing desk at 16. First self-constructed PA and light show at the age of 18. Sound studio experience at 21 and afterwards - up to today - lots and lots of interesting projects. My credo: "I make ideas production-ready" - I am Mr. Maker.
Born 1951, first interest in electronics and music (Beatles, of course) at the age of 10. Amongst others, I very early built a tube amp. After studying electronics I have worked as a hardware developer in the video security business for more than 30 years, but never lost track of audio technology. Some years ago I started focusing on it again which led to several interesting products, a partnership with Sonny and finally to SSB AUDIO. Can’t live without music playing all day long.
It is very well known what kind of deviations from the original signal a human ear is able to hear (e.g. distortion, frequency response, noise, jitter etc.) and also in which amount and under which circumstances this is the case. All these deviations from an original signal are measurable with a precision and sensitivity far, far superior to the human ear.
Each electronic device or component of course has an influence on the signal. This influence may be huge or extremely small - and anything in between. I classify devices and components into three groups:
To the third group usually belong things like resistors, capacitors, op-amps, all kinds of wires and connectors. "Usually" means: Of course these parts must fulfill some minimum requirements and of course for each component I can find extreme samples and situations where their influence will be audible. But it is easy to avoid such effects by design. Nice intermediate components might be tubes: Often used in order to affect the sound they can still be operated in a way that they remain neutral, particularly when only slightly modulated.
As I believe that devices belonging to the third group are able to process audio signals in a way that they are falsified far less than what a human ear is able to recognize I am sure that these devices have no "sound", i.e., they cannot be distinguished from other devices with a comparable quality. Given that, any audible difference is either imagination(!) or a deliberate or unintentional deviation from neutrality (and thus again measurable).
However, many people will contradict me. Moreover, I admit that many of these people probably will have much more practical experience in listening to sound and evaluating it than I have. Even though I cannot agree with them when they claim to be able to hear differences where I am convinced that there is by far no physical possibility for that. Instead, I rather believe that almost always test and comparisons have not been performed neutrally or, even worse, with the clear intention to find out that some kind of improvement actually took place. E.g., if somebody spends a lot of money to buy an expensive audio cable he of course wants an improvement and he wants to avoid any disappointment. So of course he listens more precisely to the "new" sound and of course he will notice more details and everything else he expects to be improved.
Up to now, I have never heard about results of reliable ABX-tests, neither successful nor unsuccessful ones, though thousands of them will have taken place. But admittedly I know somebody who I think to be thinking similar like me, knowing about the pitfalls of self-deception and even though plausibly reporting about experiences that I actually would not suspect to be possible.
Let's have a look from a different point of view: Millions of people have dealt with measuring audible effects, thousands have done this on a very high scientific level. All fundamental findings have been made many decades ago. What would happen if there is a proof that a human being is able to hear something that cannot be explained or measured? What would all those scientists say? Would they uninterestedly shrug their shoulders? No, believe me, they wouldn't. They would rather found a whole university to explore that phenomenon! And the scientific world would look forward more than excitedly to the results!
Think about why there are no such researches. Definitively the reason won't be that scientists simply ignore evidence of inexplicable effects. All these reports of big (but scientifically implausible) improvements can be explained much, much easier by self-deception as described above. Often opinion leaders publish these self-deceptions as a message of their personal success. Others, often with economical interests, just post simply untenable assertions.
Whenever we do not understand some complex matter yet want to have our own opinion about it, we have no other choice than to adopt other people's opinions. That's just normal. Consequently, the lack of technical or electronic knowledge (that's not a shame either!) causes the necessity to adopt opinions or assertions. When this for good measure is combined with the desire to belong to a group of exceptional people (high-end sound system owners and opinion leaders) it inevitably leads to tests, experiments and "results" far, far away from being neutral, meaningful and reliable.
For different reasons it is yet a commendable aim to achieve a signal quality as good as possible, i.e., far beyond the human ear's capability. This is what my goal is, too. I want to design "quite good" (actually "excellent") equipment, not exorbitantly expensive, but getting the best quality out of the economical limits I set to myself. This is why I think that not only a lot of experience for such a design is necessary, but also a lot of redesigns because with each design you learn more (not only with respect to signal quality - there is so much more!).
Uwe, June 2014.
May 14th - 17th, 2015
HIGH END® 2015 with SSB AUDIO
We spent four successful days in Munich showing our products. Resellers, dealers and enthusiasts took the opportunity to become acquainted with our devices.
May 11th, 2015
A new product
Just in time for the HIGH END® exhibition:
We proudly present our new AUDIO LEVEL METER, a high definition PPM and VU meter!
May 5th, 2015
The SSB AUDIO Shop is open
As of now the ADICON can be ordered. Visit our shop site: http://ssb-audio-shop.com
May 3rd, 2015
The ADICON is ready
All components of the ADICON including shipping boxes meanwhile arrived. Now we are ready to start!
April 25th, 2015
SSB AUDIO on HIGH END® 2015
We are going to present our ADICON as newcomers on the HIGH END exhibition in Munich. You can find us in hall 1 S07.
SSB AUDIO Shop going to open soon
At the moment we are working intensively on the creation of a shop system, so that our customers can order their ADICON in the desired configuration in a convenient and safe way.
February 24th, 2015
Production of the ADICON started
Today we ordered the first production series of our ADICON.
February 23rd, 2015
We are SSB AUDIO GmbH!
The SSB AUDIO GmbH was registered today. We can really start now!
January 18th, 2015
The Production of the first ADICONs is going to start shortly!
The decision was made quickly: the ADICON's first production round will be financed by private equity. We are going to contact our backers this week. We hope that most of them will stay true to us and order their desired ADICON.
January 16th, 2015
Kickstarter Funding Phase is over
We thank all our backers for their support. Unfortunately our project's funding goal was not reached, but we are not going to give up. You will hear from us soon...
November 21st, 2014
One backer a day!
Kickstarter started well for us. There are 6 backers already and we hope for many more!
November 18th, 2014
Hooray, we are live on Kickstarter!
Tonight at 4:36am we received this email from Kickstarter: Your project, ADICON analog-to-digital converter for HiFi-enthusiasts, has been accepted!
November 2nd, 2014
Our ADICON Video clips are completed!
Finally the time has come: our video clips are available in English and German. This means that an important prerequisite for our Kickstarter appearance is met. Now we are working on the final design of the Kickstarter page.
October 10th, 2014
First versions of our ADICON video arrived
Two days ago we received some raw material of our video recordings and could get a first impression of the video clip.
Today the second working version arrived and it is already quite impressive.
September 27th, 2014
Roll sound! Rolling! Roll camera! Speed! Adicon 1, take 1! Action!
Today was our big day. We shot the video for our Kickstarter campaign. The shooting required extensive preparations and was quite strenuous as well, but it was also great fun. Now we are dying to see the result!
September 15th, 2014
The third prototype got done
The third and last ADICON prototype is completed and works perfectly.
September 1st, 2014
The ADICON's third generation is being started
Originally, only two generations of prototypes had been planned. But as too many changes were made in the second generation, we decided for a third generation with another prototype. It is meant to contain any overdue improvements to ensure that in the series such revisions can be excluded virtually certain.
August 28th, 2014
New photos of the final design
Finally we have got decent photos of the new ADICON showing it with front panels in black and in silver.
August 21st, 2014
The second prototype is ready
Meanwhile another prototype has been completed.
The ADICON's second generation works perfectly at the first go.
August 15th, 2014
European regulations, Legal stuff and target countries for the ADICON
To jump into the new business field for B2C consumer electronics is not an easy task. We have a lot of European regulations and laws we have to follow first.
The investments for getting all the licenses cost us a lot of nerves and money. But the license via EAR (Stiftung EAR) to fulfill the WEEE (Elektro-Altgeraete-Gesetz) will be done in the next days. The target countries for the ADICON will be announced during the next few days.
August 12th, 2014
Front panels - WOW effect!
This morning another good message for our SSB-Team.
The front panels arrived save and sound at Sonny's lab!!
The material, printing and finish appear very noble and authentic.
Only a few steps to the first Series One ADICON. We are all very happy.
August 7th, 2014
Housing arrived today!
The ADICON got his house!
Robust pure powder-coated steel.
All necessary labels are there.
Now we only miss the front panels.
July 7th, 2014
Our baby has a name: ADICON!
After long fruitless discussions we compiled a list of possible names and asked friends and customers to vote for their top 5 from the list. With the help of this little survey we finally opted for the name "ADICON", a slight modification of "ANDICON", which shared the first place with "BRIDGIT", "CANTUS" and "MORPHEUS". A big thank you to everybody who took part in our survey. You helped to cut our Gordian knot.
June 30th, 2014
Waiting for the the Front panel, Knobs and housing.........
Sonny, Uwe and Heinz are desperately waiting for the first front panel sample. We'll get one in silver and one in black.
Sonny checked the first knob samples for our ADC. The angle didn't fit well and the vendor sent us a big excuse. Only 2 weeks left...........
June 25th, 2014
Extended Tests with Vinyl and Tapes
We have seen in the last days that different cartridges like the GRADO, Ortofon, Shure, ELAC and many others, are producing different output voltages. To ensure that our ADC can handle this variety of voltages, we are testing vinyl special editions on 33 rpm and 45 rpm. Also the DIN In/Output is checked on different tape recorders, reel-to-reel recorders. This week we are testing high-end cassette recorders from Nakamichi (XL / Dragon), the legendary AIWA XK-S 9000 and reel-to-reel recorders from Japan. Our long list includes the AKAI 747, TEAC X-1000R / X-2000R, Pioneer RT-909 plus 12 famous machines.
June 17th, 2014
Test phase is running
The first sample from the lab runs now on several reel-to-reel recorders. The vintage R2Rs: REVOX B77 MKII, REVOX A77, GRUNDIG TS1000, TANDBERG TD 20A and TD 20 SE plus the ASC 6002 are connected to our product. The tests are running smoothly and some measurements are necessary.
June 16th, 2014
Planned extensions and changes to the Zero Series
Uwe identified some issues that need to be corrected in the next prototypes.
The LED meter will get a peak hold function and he also decided to integrate brightness control to the metering system.
Changes on the board and some components are suggested.
June 15th, 2014
First measurements are done - we are delighted
Today we have seen the first measurement data from our ADC. The Cirrus 24 Bit Delta Sigma ADC works as we expected.
All additional components are fulfilling our expectations.
June 14th, 2014
Front Panel design is getting better, we can name the inputs and switches
Uwe and Sonny discussed the design of the front and rear panel. Many small steps and redesigns are important.
June 6th, 2014
Front Panel Design
Sonny created some awesome front panel designs for us.
He is a genius and is dreaming of different colors and materials for the front panel. Let us see what's coming.
June 5th, 2014
Our product is now on PCB
Finally Uwe received the first PCB set (Printed Circuit Board) and assembled it. It looks pretty nice and normally after checking the PCB, it's necessary to wire some extra cables to some endpoints. But Uwe did a pretty nice job and no such cables were visible.
(Actually all the modifications were just excellently camouflaged.)
May 24th, 2014
Résumés and CVs are prepared
Planning to have all stuff ready for the funding, we are producing our life stories.
It's not so easy to recap a very fruitful life with a lot of joy and hard work.
Our kids grew up and our hair is getting a little bit grey now.
May 22nd, 2014
Schematics and Component Overview
Today Uwe delivered the block schematic of our ADC.
May 18th, 2014
The complete set of PCBs is ready for production
The PCBs for the first prototype are ready for production.
May 7th, 2014
SSB Audio logo redesign
We didn't count the nights, pizzas, cups of coffee and tea, red and white wines we have had during the logo design phase.
After all, we wanted to create a vintage logo but on the other hand it should also stand for our names and attitude. We believe that this one here could make the running.
May 2nd, 2014
First front panel design arrived
In the afternoon we discussed some rough concepts how the first front panel design should look like. Late in the night, THE MAKER Sonny dropped his first sketches on the table. Here they are!
April 28th, 2014
It's so calm here!
Most of Uwe's specifications were done. The radio-silence from Sonny and Heinz made him nervous. He gently tapped by email to check out the reason for the silent hours and minutes.
April 24th, 2014
First concept is ready!
After many telephone conferences and discussions via email we have specified the first version of our ADC. One Line input, one MM phono input, both inputs are adjustable, level adjustment range 20 dB. Switchable input selector. Line output for direct recording on tape. All common sampling rates up to 192 kHz. LED level meter with clipping indicators. Outputs optical and coaxial. No headphone output planned yet.
April 24th, 2014
First logo design is ready!
Sonny delivered the first sketches for our company and product logo. Great work Sonny!
April 17th, 2014
Phono MM input yes or no?
Our market research gave us the feeling to embed a high quality phono MM, possibly even MC input into our first product series.
Many reel-to-reel fans are still recording from turntables and they should be able to do that directly with our ADC. The implication to embed an MM phono input raised the question to build a headphone amplifier, too.
April 16th, 2014
The company and brand name - SSB-AUDIO - is born.
Fast decisions do not need many words. Our brand name Schultz-Schneid-Beis plus Audio, that's now SSB AUDIO.
April 15th, 2014
First meeting in Garbsen/Hannover
Three old men are coming together for the first time. Birgit, Uwe's wife, and Markus, Heinz's son, are listening carefully to what the three men are talking. No fairy tales, real stories with a lot of experiences, some good and bad phases and many successful years of working. Altogether we have 70 years of professional business experience.
April 5th, 2014
After many phone calls and uncounted emails the first rough specification was done. Uwe produced a brilliant working document for us.
Based on this first initial paper, we added a lot of great ideas for our first ADC.
March 19th, 2014
We have a plan! The idea was born!
Heinz worked on a new business idea around vintage audio systems. Together with his son Markus they had the idea to support high quality vintage HiFi systems with rare spare parts, adaptors and the possibility to refurbish the golden machines for the next 30 years. The initial name was "nineteen55". During the research Heinz found out, that there are thousands of reel-to-reel recorders and turntables in many homes. The owners love their "machines" and they want to keep them alive! But many turntables and reel-to-reel recorders missed the connection to digital audio. And now the idea was born.