Whilst walking the floor of the M.O.C in Munich during the High End Show with Bill Parish from GTT Audio, NJ, we came across a poster of a large out of focus fish and a new electronics company called Mola Mola. Neither of us could figure out the significance of the large fish. So Bill picked up a pamphlet and quickly came across their designer – Bruno Putzeys – inventor of Universal Class D, who designed the amplifier modules for Hypex; the most successful high quality OEM supplier of amplifier modules & power supplies. His partner is Jan-Peter Amerongen, founder of Hypex. These guys have shipped in excess of 250,000 amplifier modules to date, mainly into the pro arena, but they do supply Meridian, Bowers & Wilkins, Genesis, even Mark Conti’s Veloce amps have Hypex amp modules etc. Mola Mola is their first venture into high end audio, here is their philosophy:
“If it’s not in the input signal, it’s not music”
Mola Mola embodies the idea that once you’ve removed everything that isn’t the music, what you’ll be left with is the music.
This is radical. Today’s high-end audio has become all about mixing circuit topologies and parts to make a sonic blend that the designer thinks “sounds about right”. You’d almost forget that getting closer to the source really means keeping the electronics from changing the signal.
Turning this simple insight into hardware is probably the toughest way to do audio. All simple circuits change the signal, so one has to get to grips with more complicated ones that don’t. I analyze every sub-circuit mathematically and look for ways to eliminate every error term. When the practical circuit measures as predicted, I listen to search for unexpected sources of colouration. These are then included into the math and the whole process repeated.
After every stage has proven to deliver immaculate performance, the same is done with the whole product and so problem spots get methodically rooted out before they hide themselves and become “audible but not measurable.”
The result is something never before heard of in high end audio: amplifiers and converters whose output signal cannot be distinguished, by ear, from the input signal. So what does that sound like? In a few words: natural, nimble, rich and musically enthralling.