"For many years, Spectral has been closely associated with Reference Recordings, the esteemed San Francisco audiophile label. Indeed, Reference's internationally honored recording engineer, "Prof." Keith O. Johnson, is also Spectral's Director of Engineering. Custom electronics from Spectral are the backbone of Reference's recording system, where their ultra-linear, high resolution characteristics make them indispensable in the pursuit of "archivalness." A truly archival recording is a radical step beyond an ordinary production. It captures qualities of dimension, interplay, voicing, location (an overall sense of place and time), and preserves them for future generations. It immerses the listener in the sound field as it existed at the original performance, recreating the artist's inspiration.
Reference Recordings master tapes are our constant "reality check". Often the entire Spectral design team is present at a Reference recording session. Far purer and more undistorted than any commercial product, these master tapes test our evolving designs against the most rigorous standard. A kind of aesthetic version of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle makes perfect objectivity in musical listening impossible. But impeccable references heard under carefully controlled and repeatable listening conditions are possible. The use of the most accurate references is an inviolable principle at Spectral."
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