darTZeel
Welcome to darTZeel’s way of looking at the world

Our true passion for music reproduction, which we have nurtured for 30 years, led us on a long quest to design audio machines that can convey the emotions at the heart of a musical performance.

We are very proud to introduce the long-awaited result through our darTZeel product line.

Most consumer products today—even some very expensive audio components—are designed primarily the standpoints of manufacturing efficiency and cost savings.

We beg to differ.

At darTZeel, the only question we want to answer is: Does it make the music feel real?

Our passion drove us to spend 16 years researching and developing every possible aspect of a new audio circuit, embodied in a completely new amplification approach. You can be assured that for us to spend 16 years on one design, “measured performance” alone was not our only goal.
 
Our products, before anything, are designed and realized from a purely humanistic point of view. For us, music is not only a means for communicating and listening. Far more than this, for us music is a powerful means of soul expression — even of spiritual development.

Emotions that music generates are to be carefully taken in account in the design process. Technology is only then applied to enhance the emotions, even transcend them, without altering them.

Once that goal is reached, we then can concentrate on the “electrical performance” aspect. That’s why we have a test bench.

Listen first, measure later. Never the other way around. That is the way we design our products.

Very often, people reason and come to conclusions by analogy. This is because our human nature is greatly guided by intuition. We also tend to extrapolate unknowns from things in our daily life, or we try to draw parallels with already-known things. This typically human behavior greatly enhances our communication capabilities.

Every music lover, being at least something of an audiophile too, will have already compared one or two audio systems with a real musical instrument, especially when the reproduced sound comes very soon after the real event. Musical timbres are also compared to colors, tastes, and flavors, exactly like good wines are. In both cases, however, excellence is rarely due to chance…

Do you know how one creates a musical instrument, exactly?

Let us take as an example the double bass, truly a masterpiece of the luthier’s work. Everything in this instrument reminds one of fine art and elegance.

Clues to technical matters are not obvious, so fascinating is the instrument’s beauty. Yet, the instrument maker is in addition to being a skilled woodworker and perhaps even a musician, a pure technician. The huge pull the strings apply to the neck requires failsafe engineering know-how.

Materials not only need to resist to that formidable traction, they also have to last, for quite a long time indeed.

Different species of wood are utilized in the construction process. The neck, the fingerboard, and the resonating body, each has its own characteristics, being mechanical resistance, density, and typical timbre.

What will ultimately make the difference between an ordinary instrument and a true masterpiece, is the maker’s technique. We mean that the technique is used to serve the music, and not the other way around. Everybody knows that the instrument maker will always make the right choices in choosing the woods and marrying them together for the best balance between the technical constraints and musical aims.

When a professional musician buys an instrument, he or she will probably choose it first for its sound, then for its build quality. The quality of the construction, though, is of almost the same importance as the sound itself. A well-made instrument will last virtually forever, and the high price paid at first will be many times rewarded by the pleasure of the happy owner.

In audio electronics, it is usually rather difficult to show that an aesthetic requirement led directly to a particular technical choice. It is hard enough even to demonstrate that one particular technical option has some valid role in obtaining better sound reproduction.

 

Complicating matters even more, most audio manufacturers use terms that can be misunderstood, or simply not understood at all, by the non-technician audiophile/music lover. Perhaps even several of those terms are not really helpful, and are only destined to confuse the customer. Thus, such components appear to be more mysterious than they really are, especially when those mysterious “secrets” are well preserved.

The true secret is the one which we can show without false modesty, and without particularly pointing at it, so well is it blended into the whole.

As said above, every musical instrument, while certainly made through some secrets transmitted from generation to generation, at the end, these secrets perfectly and smoothly blend together in what we usually call know-how.

This know-how can always be admired, but never copied by non-initiated people. The instrument maker will be the only one able to reproduce identical instruments.

  

Our products are manufactured in such a way that we can show absolutely every detail, from the machined aluminum case, to the last touch of finish even applied to inner parts, as well as the electric schematics of every module. There is nothing to hide at darTZeel.

The true secret, if any, lies in the result which is brought about by the interaction of the whole. Taken separately, even though giving its utmost performance, no single module can reach its full potential.

 

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