We do not have an actual mission statement here at Blue Circle, but if we did, it would have to include the fact that we will never stand
still; we are always searching for the next design frontier. We were one of the first companies to employ power op-amps in true high-end
audio amplifiers, even though many others scoffed at the very idea. On the other hand it has taken us almost a decade to bring a class
D amp to market though many others had jumped on the class D bandwagon long ago. It was not because we had some philosophical
aversion to class D amps. It was just that it took that long and that much R&D before we were satisfied that we had a class D amp that
sounded good enough to carry a Blue Circle logo. Over the last quarter century we have built single-ended class A amps, class A/B
amps, and class D amps. We have built solid-state and hybrid amps, high-power and low-power amps. The bottom line is we will build
only musical amplifiers, and this is the one and only design criteria that we follow.
Our current lineup of amplifiers covers a very wide spectrum of design philosophies. The NSL is our most expensive amp. It employs an
output stage that contains 288 output devices per channel and takes two full weeks for Gilbert to hand-craft. It produces only 28 watts
per channel into an 8 Ω load, but it sounds like nothing else we have ever heard. We also make 2000 watt per channel hybrid class D
monster mono blocks that sell for half the price of the NSL, and yet still they sound truly wonderful.
People are different; they have different needs, different budgets and different tastes. Here at Blue Circle we do our best to meet those
varying needs and tastes and budgets. We do not try to impose our own prejudices on everyone else. But, there is one thing that we
will never compromise on. It is never going to be about how much power or what class or how fancy the box. It will never be about the
current fashion or what the mags or blogs are touting this month. It is and always will be about the music; just the music.
The NSW 300 Stereo Power Amplifier