We love the sound of class-A circuitry! And here is why: In a class-A amplifier, the transistors are conductive all of the time, so there is no crossover distortion at all. This is the perfect technological basis for an open sound with massive punch and no degradation of your original source.
The discrete approach makes it possible to design every single stage in signal processing exactly to what you want it to do – physics becomes the only limit. The xfilter uses our custom discrete input and output stages derived from the alpha compressor. The mixing stages are also discrete designs running in class-A mode.
The actual filter stages (band pass etc.) use integrated op-amps instead, and also in this regard we did not go for an off-the-shelf solution. Instead of cheap industrial standard op-amps, the xfilter uses high grade Burr-Brown OPA series amps which have been designed especially for the critical discerns of pristine audio circuitry.
And there it is – the expensive sound of boutique high end EQs in an affordable package.