Welcome to SSB AUDIO

  • Welcome to SSB AUDIO
  • We are the creators of the
  • SSB Audio ADICON
  • We are audio experts
  • We convert analog audio
  • We deliver digital audio
  • We do not change sound!

We are SSB AUDIO

We are creating the ADICON

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WE Proudly PRESENT THE ADICON
A HIGH-END ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL-CONVERTER

Do you own and love these wonderful vintage tape recorders and turntables?
Do you look for a link between these fantastic machines and the modern digital world?

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.

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What is your benefit of the ADICON?

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.

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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.

Our project on kickstarter.com



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

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Our first SSB AUDIO Product: The ADICON

Flexible

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.

Inputs

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.

Outputs

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.

Metering

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.

Headphone Amp

Built-in high quality and high power headphone amplifier for direct listening.

Timeless Design

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.

Handling

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.

100% Made in Germany

Outstanding manufacturing quality and the use of carefully selected components is our credo. Assembled in Germany, accurately tested before shipping and built for decades.

Price

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.

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You can order your ADICON here!
Or visit our site http://ssb-audio-shop.com

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SSB Audio's Founders Team

Our team consists of three true audio enthusiasts.
Sonny and Uwe have been friends for many years. They've worked together and successfully developed, launched and marketed products for recording studios, broadcasting corporations and famous musicians.
They've got a combined experience of over 70 years.
Heinz has got 30 years of experience in international business development and sales.

Our team has a combined experience of over 100 years!

Portrait Heinz D. Schultz

Heinz D. Schultz

Mr. Biz

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.

Portrait Sonny Schneid

Sonny Schneid

Mr. Maker

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.

Portrait Uwe Beis

Uwe Beis

Mr. Techno

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.

Our Team

You have been living in your own universe for many years. Suddenly someone knocks at your door and gives you a new perspective for the next years. We believe that without our families behind the scenes no dream can become reality.

Uwe's Opinion about the Sound of Electronic Equipment

Every now and then I am asked about the sound of the devices I designed. I believe this question to be quite obvious. But I'm afraid for people believing that electronic equipment has an inherent sound my opinion might possibly be a little bit disappointing because it is a very technical one and occasionally may cause objections:

What Can Be Heard and What Can Be Measured

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 Component Has an Influence on the Sound

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:

  1. Devices and components that intentionally shall modify the sound (sound effect equipment like equalizers or distortion)
  2. Devices and components that by their technique cannot be neutral (e.g. loudspeakers or microphones)
  3. Devices and components that influence the sound far less than audible

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.

Sound-free Group 3 Devices and Components

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).

Why Do Others Hear the Inaudible Differences?

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.

Science and Scientists: Ignorant, Helpless or Uninterested?

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!

My Explanation for the Inexplicable

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.

My Goal

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.

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SSB AUDIO HISTORY

Time is a jet-plane. This little timeline gives you a small overview of what we did in the past to make our dream come true. Enjoy the video clips and pictures we have placed here behind the buttons.

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We're still collecting bits and pieces from our history to extend the time-line further back in time.

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