|Most audiophiles are aware of the well-known division
among audiophile designers between those who prefer solid state designs
and those who prefer tube designs, and between minimalist designers--those
who seek to prune away all circuit complexity, who have as their ideal,
"a straight line with gain" -and those wed to complex circuitry,
who seek to overcome the inherent limitations of the materials used
by elaborating circuits and feedback.
Horizons has chosen a third way of design, one that weds the
virtues of solid state components to those of tubes, one that is neither
simple nor exotic, but classic: classic in the way it eliminates non
functional features; classic in the way it prunes away excess circuitry;
classic in its concern with harmonious circuit architecture; and classic
in its obsession with a clean line-in this case, the clean transparent
line the signal path makes from the power source though the various
audio stages to the audio outputs.