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Old 03-14-2018, 12:31 AM
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Default Boulder factory tour experience!

Earlier this week I had the pleasure to visit boulder amplifier inc. in Louisville CO. I received a personal tour of the factory by Rich Maez and also had the pleasure of spending some time in their exquisite listening space.

This is a truly high end company from start to finish. The products are of the highest quality Iíve seen and after touring the factory I know why. They essentially manufacture their products from start to finish under one roof with individual human personal attention to ensure the highest quality. Only the best equipment, materials, and parts. It truly is a site to see. No assembly lines here. Just expert craftsman performing their art on a daily basis. No cutting corners here... every imaginable detail is taken into account.

Rich Maez is a stand out guy and his sincere interest in representing Boulder products as being true to the studio recordings becomes easily apparent when you spend some time with him.

Iíve always heard some criticism about Boulder gear sounding cold and sterile. Well that is truly unfair criticism. Itís neutral and accurate. Itís dynamic and transparent. What I found most appealing about it is that it allowed music to be played louder because there was so much control over the speakers that it felt like distortion was significantly reduced. Bass control and grip was just amazing.

Iíve listened to a lot of gear over the years and granted the Boulder listening room is truly state of the art in the way it was designed. Regardless I feel confident that unless you need or want electronics to help tune your system or you have a personal taste favoring midrange bloom etc. then Boulder is worth a look because it is very special in how it controls the speaker without adding any identifiable sonic signature.

Again, Rich will tell you... boulder gear was designed to allow the studio recording to come through not to influence the sound in any particular way.

Their relatively new 1160 stereo amp is something special. It sat in the same listening space located between the cost no object 3050 monoblocks. I listened to several songs between both amps. Yes the 3050ís are better but the 1160 at a fraction of the cost is actually a good value coming in under $30k in the realm of amps that live in this price range. You get a substantial taste of the 3050ís character in the 1160. Of course the 3050 does everything better as it should. But for real world audiophiles and music enthusiasts the 1160 definitely needs to be in the conversation now. Unfortunately I did not get to listen to the 2160 as it was not at the factory on the day I visited.

Anyways I just thought I would share this very positive experience here as I truly was impressed with Boulderís factory and product demonstrations. It truly is state of the art gear!

Thanks again to Rich Maez for the special opportunity!

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Old 03-14-2018, 01:05 AM
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That's awesome! My friend Tony L is in Colorado as we speak and is trying to set up a tour for him and his wife.

I wish I could visit!

And no, Boulder is not cold or sterile.
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Thanks Diva for conveying your visit for AA.

Awesome products no doubt -- the 1160 may be a wolf in sheep's clothing?

Best Sir,

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Thx for sharing...excellent post
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Thanks for sharing! Iíve always believed that boulder is a product unlike any other. You hear some electronics and their impact on the sound is marginal. Not the case with Boulder.

In my opinion they are the best. Too bad their 2100 series and up are as much as a house in some areas!

However it seems like the 1100 is worthwhile to look at!
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Thanks Diva for conveying your visit for AA.

Awesome products no doubt -- the 1160 may be a wolf in sheep's clothing?

Best Sir,

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You are most welcome!

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You are most welcome!

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(I knew that, fingers didn't).

Best to you,

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Thanks for the post. I have never heard any Boulder products, yet!
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I didn't feel comfortable taking my own pics but I have attached several pics from boulder's facebook page that are very representative of what I saw!

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