We are a small artisanal company located in the south of France deep in the wine region, with 30 years of experience in the repair and design of audio systems.
Since 2016, we have been guiding out of the attics old TSF radio sets, turntables and record players, giving them a new future.
TSF sets, Record players, Turntables : Collector's items
These old units are often in working order when they reach us, but are still unusable. There are almost no more Amplitude Modulation stations in Europe and, for the most recent sets of our collection with FM reception, their filters are so wide that several stations are invited at the same time in the loudspeaker! Finally, the power of these devices, of the order of a watt, is clearly below what we consider to be a quality audio system.
In other words, these devices have an antique value that increases with their age, but they no longer have any use besides serving as an amazing piece of furniture. They need to be modernized before they can be returned to their audiophile audience.
Our philosophy is not to denature these objects of collection. We preserve their integrity, so our customers buy a rare and intact antique. This point is to be underlined in comparison with our competitors. Many of them simply restore the exterior of their radios and then strip them down to their bare bones to put in a Bluetooth system. We're talking about radios here: we're the only ones to offer turntables and record players.
In our workshop, we renovate them with care until they regain their original splendor.
Some cases require striping and re-varnishing, but when possible we avoid this and prefer to clean and French polish the wood. With this process we often have to stabilize some areas of the veneer, which takes quite a bit of time and care.
All original components are retained within the units. We also restring dials and pointers to functional state.
For turntables and record players, we rebuild the turntable with new drive wheels, belts and cartridge. We also strip and rebuild the AC motor.
Where needed the old speaker fabric is replaced. The switches are also rebuilt if required.
Upcycling the sets
So we only take the original speaker out of the case and use the available space to place our audio system.
The old power plug is removed and a new low voltage power supply installed. We renovate the lighting of the front of the appliances and their "magic eye" with an LED system.
We then add for the sound restitution a powerful analog class D amplifier, modern loudspeakers with neodymium magnets, and filters for a high quality sound.
In addition, all the devices that have left our workshop since spring 2023 are equipped with a processor for digital filtering. This enables us to carry out a series of recordings to obtain the system's initial response curve, and to calculate filters to correct any irregularities. These filters are then programmed into the processor, resulting in a much flatter response across the entire audible spectrum, approaching high-fidelity sound. We are progressively installing this technology on older equipment. In the store, you can search for "digital filtering" in the functions section on the right.
To upgrade the device into a connected speaker, a wireless module for Wifi and Bluetooth connection is inserted.
Thus equipped, our radios generate a sound that will satisfy an audiophile and have all the features of a wireless connected speaker. In particular, they can broadcast your digital music or music platforms from your phone or tablet.
Our record players and turntables are also equipped with a phono preamplifier. This is intended to prepare the analog signal of the turntable to be amplified.
Finally, our WIFI record players and all our turntables are endowed with an analog-to-digital converter. This converter digitizes the turntable signal so that it can be transmitted via WIFI to other wireless devices.
Wireless WIFI and Bluetooth connectivity
To go further, consult the WIFI audio features and the multiroom broadcast explained in pictures.
Our High-Fidelity line
The high-end! These devices, identified on the pictures by the silver frame, are upcycled in multichannel Hi-Fi speaker.
The whole system is calculated specifically for the set according to the dimensions of the case, using a software that we have programmed. The signal at the output of the amplifier is sent to a crossover, made by us from audio quality electronic components. The crossover separates the signal into low and high frequencies to feed a powerful, large-diameter woofer and a smaller tweeter, and ensures the balance of levels between the two speakers.
Since the spring of 2023, we have added an electronic card that performs equalization by digital filtering. After measuring the response of the device at different frequencies, we can program filters to correct the accidents and obtain an even more balanced sound.
Thus equipped, our high-fidelity devices offer you an excellent musical rendering, from the lowest to the highest frequencies. The most powerful of them can reach sound levels of the order of 95 dB at one meter: if you don't run a nightclub, you'll never be short of sound!
In the store, you'll recognize the Hi-Fi models by their silver frames. You can also select "High Fidelity" in the functions on the right-hand banner to isolate these models.