Spacestation XL Update
I know many of you are patiently waiting for the new Spacestation XL amps which we had planned to have into general distribution by now. Many of you have already placed pre orders and are ‘in line’. But as can often happen with any new project, some vendor supplied parts may not measure up to spec, or to the original samples they supplied. This was the case with our new DPSU power supplies which we sourced from an outside vendor (this amp uses a light weight and universal switching power supply that ranges from 90-250vac). So when these NAMM show run amps power supplies failed at lower AC voltages, we had to prototype a new design and basically do a ‘start over’. Obviously, this then set our planned release timetable back, by several months.
The good news is our modified NAMM SXL amps with the ‘new & improved’ switching power supply designs are in the field now with some Beta testers and we are happy with the results. So the new DPSU PCBs are now being manufactured with the heavier duty parts and should be confirmed in the next few weeks. And then we can get the SXL back on the production line.
FYI, the SXL cabs & Eminence USA made speakers have been waiting patiently for months at the Eminence speaker factory, so this delay on the electronics has been a burden on my wonderful production partner as well. The whole team at Eminence have been so supportive and patient. And if you own a SS3 you know their quality of work, how well these amps and speakers have been made, and how reliable they have been too. They are great partner for me, and there would be no CPS amps except for their partnership. Their new 12″ Co-Ax with the Titanium Tweeter was specially developed for this project and they sound amazing! So now, if nothing else goes wrong, it looks like our first deliveries for this first mass run of SXL amps will be in November.
FYI, our preorders have been strong so this run is already sold out. New orders placed now will be going in line for the next SXL amp now scheduled for delivery in January 2008. However, as our APD Dealers booked most of this production, so they may still have some amps that have not been committed to their customer base. So best to check with them on SXL preorder status. They may still have some amps available from this run.
Lastly, many thanks for all your kind words of support and your patience folks, it is much appreciated. I am so sorry if these delays have inconvenienced you. Please rest assured the SXL Is alive and coming soon; nobody is more anxious to get these amps on your stage than me! But after nearly 50 years of bringing out new designs I have learned (the hard way, that any new AP design… no matter how much the demand or how good it sounds in my lab… MUST be 100% ready to go. I want these new big brother SXL amps to be every bit as as successful as our newest SS v.3 ‘LIte’ amps, which also feature this new light weight DPSU technology. And, in case you need Center Point Stereo in your life before Christmas… these new SS3 ‘Lite’ amps are in regular production (we just finished a new run this month) and are available NOW, thru all our APD Network of dealers as well as direct from our website if there no APD Dealer Partner in your city or your country (please see our website for the list of APD Dealer partners).
Thanks For Your Continued Support
Aspen Pittman’s designs have been coveted by legendary musicians and record producers for nearly 40 years. His best selling Tube Amp Book has sold over 140,000 copies. He has designed dozens of tube guitar amps, stage and studio microphones, and has designed and built over a dozen unique electron vacuum tubes from scratch.
Aspen’s inventions, such as the Speaker Emulator, changed the way we record guitar, and his Center Point Stereo technology will forever change the way we produce live music. Aspen’s audio designs have earned multiple utility patents both in the USA and around the world, and have garnered top awards in multiple fields including the prestigious TEC award for best microphone design. So it seemed only fitting to brand his new company simply Aspen Pittman Designs.
Center Point Stereo is a technology from Aspen Pittman Designs
Center Point Stereo technology is truly historic and ground breaking. Center Point Stereo changes all the rules for live performance. There has never been a speaker like this before. That’s why the United States Patent and Trademark office granted its inventors, Aspen Pittman and Drew Daniels, a broad US utility patent #6219426.
Center Point Stereo delivers 300 degree wide 3D stereo sound for everyone, in every direction, from just ONE speaker cabinet! The specially conditioned “Front” and “Side” Center Point Stereo speakers are positioned “out of phase,” and so these sound waves reflect off each other, then off walls, floors and ceilings to permeate everywhere in the room… even into other rooms… without losing the 3D stereo image. Unlike conventional stereo speaker systems, the “sweet spot” is EVERYWHERE, and with Center Point Stereo there are NO “sour spots.”
CENTER POINT STEREO: Spacestation XL
‘Stereo Everywhere’ from a single cabinet…but louder!
From the first listen, musicians and audiences alike knew that the patented technology behind the CPS Spacestation v.3 amp was the future for live performance.
Thousands of 5 star reviews and millions of Internet views later confirmed it: CPS is the audio equivalent of the introduction of color TV to an audio world still stuck in ‘mono-tone’ black and white! Our new CPS Spacestation XL delivers what our CPS family had been asking for since the release of the SS3: More!