Pathos Acoustics: Italian hi-fis with real curves

Pathos components look like no other and sound great.

If you think high-end audio has to be boxy and/or kinda masculine, check out Pathos Acoustics wares. We think it's hot stuff, and when we've heard it at shows the sound was always pretty impressive. Pathos gear combines vacuum tube and solid-state technologies to eke out the very best from both.

The Classic One MkII integrated amplifier Pathos Acoustics
The Endorphin, the feel good CD player Pathos Acoustics

Pathos Acoustics was founded in 1994 by three engineers, Gaetano Zanini , Gianni Borinato and Paul Andriolo in the Italian city Vicenza. Pathos developed a new amplification circuit they called INPOL (Inseguitore a Pompa Lineare = Linear Pump Tracker). All Pathos products are still handcrafted in Vicenza. They must be doing something right, Pathos is currently building a new factory, five times bigger than the present one.

InPol-2 amp Pathos Acoustics
About the author

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.

 

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