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When Audio Aero closed their doors suddenly and without warning
several years ago, it was rather devastating for me. I have been
The Audio Aero agent since 2001 when I saw them in Canada and
realised I had never heard a digital source like it.
The reason they closed was internal politics, not lack of extraordinary products.
Audio Aero designed the Capitole CD Player to outperform all SACD players, by using standard CDs, and they easily achieved that level of performance. Nothing I had heard in my 14 overseas shows as a seller and 2 as a buyer even came close.
It was interesting that most rooms at the CES in Las Vegas, who were not selling CD players, were using the Capitole. Several times on walking into other rooms, it was obvious without looking, that a Capitole was being used, even when I had never
heard of the other equipment before. There was a constant across most of these rooms. A big relaxed analogue sound, with a huge soundstage and inner detail, and a stunning musicality, which was lacking in most of the other CD players on offer.
I knew that I had to have one despite the somewhat knee trembling price (to me). My customers were then able to experience this phenomenon for themselves, allowing me to sell about 60 Audio Aero products, despite the cost. Once heard, not forgotten.
A few years before the end, they released the absolutely stunning La Fontaine and La Source. In Europe, the La Fontaine was the same price as a VW Gulf, and the La Source was about twice that. When I got my first La Fontaine, I was just stunned
at how much better it was than anything. I was very concerned about the price of the La Source, as it was the price of a good car. I just could not see how it could be much better than the La Fontaine. But after selling two of them without ever seeing one
unboxed, and what a magnificent box it was, I decided I had to bite the bullet and get one. It was some trepidation that we first sat down to listen to it. My doubts and fears were swept away. It was chalk and cheese to the La Fontaine and every other
CD player I had ever heard. The amount of information on a CD is just staggering. Most CD players and DACs only allow you to identify the tune.
A year or so ago I was contacted by the head of Vermeer Audio. The designers of the La Source and La Fontaine had managed to buy the rights to Audio Aero after lengthy bickering in the French Courts. (Anything done in the French Courts is lengthy)
to tell me that they had been working on the Model 2 for the past two years and it was ready for production. The Power Supply for the 2 and the main board were interchangeable with the La Fontaine boards, so there was an option to upgrade the
La Fontaine to a Model 2, with the benefit it would still play CDs and SACDs. So, except for looking a bit different and being falsely branded, it is a Model 2 Vermeer. Because of my long and enthusiastic association with Audio Aero, they wanted me to
continue with Vermeer, which I was and am delighted to do. Now I don't have to go without the ultimate front end, and neither does any other discerning music lover in this Country. Greg Osborn.
Vermeer Audio is a French company
compound of technicians and passionate investors. They design
preamplifiers digital and analog audio converters of upper
upscale segment intended for a public of audiophiles and music
lovers looking for a definition and an outstanding sound transparency.
We have taken back the rights and the technology of the models LaSource and LaFontaine from the prestigious Audio Aero Company. These models are used as basis for the development of the Vermeer Audio first range.
The values of our company consist of the meeting of three main requirements: the Vermeer Audio Replaying quality, the manufacturing and reliability of its devices.
That is why most of our manufacturing centers are based in Switzerland.
The Vermeer Audio Universal Control Center model TWO and in the next future the model ONE are endowed with completely new circuits of conversion 32 bits / 384 kHz allowing the reading of all type of dematerialized files in particular DSD files.
The Audio Aero last generation model was already capable of reading and converting on the basis of Sacd disks.
The power modules have been worked again to increase their performance and their reliability.
Furthermore, we assure the after-sales service and the upgrade of most of the models LaSource and LaFontaine produced under the brand Audio Aero offering them the possibility of being equipped with Vermeer Audio cards and benefiting from all his technical novelties.
Our first range of devices entirely made in France is already available with The Model TWO
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