Paradox Pulse Monoblock Amplifiers

Paradox Pulse Monoblock Amplifiers

Terence Robinson, owner and chief designer of Paradox Enterprise has been making bespoke high end audio components and loudspeakers for over forty years.

Like many ‘old stagers’ In this business, with a history going back to the beginnings of our avocation, Robinson has quite defined opinions about all aspects of the ‘business’. Design, print, ‘audio personalities’, just ask him. 

He has maintained a going concern in the high desert of Southern California and has many loyal customers. 

I was contacted by Paradox and decided to give their Pulse monoblocks a run in my system. Even though a boutique company, they’ve been around long enough to recommend as a manufacturer to our readers, if the sound and value warrants.  

The Well Tempered Lab Simplex Turntable

The Well Tempered Lab Simplex Turntable

William Firebaugh, designer of Well Tempered Lab turntables (WTL), is a firebrand. He began his unique designs, both turntable and tonearm, in the late 1970s while an engineer at Ford Aerospace.

The innovations – tonearm without a bearing, unique turntable bearing, a tiny filament as a belt, which is dental floss in all but a name, a platter that falls to one side when not spinning, and all sorts of ‘anti thinking’ made him a bit of an ‘enfant terrible’ in the early days of high-end audio.

My first experience with WTL was twenty years ago with lots of listening sessions at a colleague’s house and his Well Tempered Lab Record Player. I was interested and it was interesting. The sound was very musical, with balanced dynamics, and very accurate instrumental timbre. I was intrigued by the arm, with a paddle in goop (actually, Dow-Corning 200 silicone fluid) in lieu of an arm bearing. The bearing on my Rega RB2000 tonearm takes the skill and expertise of three engineers to get the exacting tolerances just right. Firebaugh went a different route. Truly!