We've had the pleasure of auditioning a LOT of good audio electronics in our time, but nothing has impressed us like the superb equipment from Air Tight. Many of you have probably heard of this brand name before. For those of you who have not - here's the story:
Air Tight is the brainchild, and long-cherished dream, of Atasushi Miura (shown at right ). His father, who began by building transformers for the budding Japanese audio industry back in the '30's, was the head of Luxman Corporation, a manufacturer of fine audio equipment known for their high quality sound and construction. To this day, among the audiophiles who remember it, the original Luxman line is still spoken of with a certain amount of reverence. Thus, Mr. Miura was "born" into audio. Under his father's guidance, he worked his way through the company, attaining the status of audio engineer, designing the circuits for many of the famous Luxman tube amps. The company grew and, eventually he took over the reins at Luxman.
In the mid-'80's, Mr. Miura began sensing a shift in the audio industry toward lower quality components. Rather than become part of the slide into mediocre, mass-market products, he decided to sell off Luxman (to Alpine) and start his own new company, Air Tight, dedicated to producing the highest quality audio components possible. Air Tight electronics are globally recognized for their exceptional sonics, aesthetic design, and reliability. These are components for people who truly love music.
In 2006 Miura-san celebrated Air Tight's 20th year in business by relocating the factory to an expanded facility in Takatsuki, Japan, (halfway between Kyoto and Osaka) where he has a dedicated listening and evaluation room (as well as space for his collection of vintage audio gear). Shortly thereafter, Miura-san's Air Tight phono cartridges began garnering lots of well-deserved attention, and are now an ubiquitous part of reference-quality phono systems world-wide.
We are proud to offer the Air Tight line to our customers.
In 1986 when the audio industry was in the midst of chaos losing its original peerless “dream” in the general shift from valves to transistors, our A & M Ltd. was founded with ardent wishes to create such products that provide full listening pleasure to all music lovers and audiophiles, thus enabling them to form an increasing attachment by repeated listening.
The philosophy is crystallised, through an exhaustive research and development, in the AIR-TIGHT branded audio gear featuring refined cosmetics, strictly select components, PCB-free point-to-point meticulous hand-wiring, etc.
The ultimate award is the infinite musicality that extends far beyond mere specifications, approaching the sublimate soundstage presentation, in full depth and width, of live performance.
Small as A & M is in size, we keep on giving a challenge for realisation of our grandiose “dream”. Have a startling experience to enjoy the second-to-none musicality only our time-tested valve configuration affords!