Purity "Silver Statement
w/Ultra GT Power Supply" -
Professional review from 6-Moons
The best preamp
in the world? Before I supply a bit of techno porn, I will state for
the record that this is the best preamp I have ever heard. This applies not only
to my system but also to all my friends’ systems and to the brief encounters at
many audio shows. By every meaningful measure, the Purity stands as my reference
for reproducing musical events. Seeking flaws, I played digital formats and
vinyl for hours, day after day. Equipment always makes mistakes either by
addition or subtraction. I simply couldn’t fault the Purity in any area.
- Series 1 - End user initial
comments - Sept. 2013
night I set up the pre amp.
Aside from the first few minutes when I wondered whether I had made the
right decision, the valves must have warmed up pretty quick because from
thereon, I was treated to the most impressive sound I have heard. The pre
amp has transformed my system from a very nice sounding polite system to a
system that is exuberant and live sounding, brimming with energy, with
astounding bass definition and punch, glorious 3D soundstage and startlingly
real leading edges and extended note decay. The sound just draws you in.
Anthony - New Zealand
Purity "Silver Statement"
- Professional Review Quote from The Absolute Sound
"It’s rare in
this business to come across a product that distances itself from the
competition right out of the box. But that sort of jaw-dropping experience was
exactly my first impression. I happened to be listening to David Manley’s Lesley
album, a recording I’m very well familiar with, when it hit home that this was
the most revealing linestage preamp I’d heard to date. It was without peer in
fleshing out individual image outlines with realistic space between them..."
"It is a
persuasive musical performer that has earned my highest praise and my passionate
vote for linestage preamp of the year...."
The Absolute Sound
The Absolute Sound
Issue 215, September 2011
"Editor Choice Award"
The Absolute Sound's March 2012
Purity Audio Silver Statement
In an audio world circumscribed by copper, the Silver Statement makes a
massive investment in silver technology. The result is cost-no-object
performance but at a price point kilobucks removed from the hyper end of
high-end audio. Tonal colors are vivid, pure, accurate, and without euphonic
emphasis. The preamp is without peer in fleshing out individual image outlines
with realistic space between them. DO, 215
The Absolute Sound
Issue #221 March 2012
Purity "Reference" -
Component of Exceptional Merit
this preamp what you will hear is a resolution floor as natural and undefiled as
music itself. Be it from an FM tuner, reel to reel, or a sophisticated
analog/digital front end, five minutes into any listening session will have you
hearing, for the first time I think, what seems like the totality of the music.
At the micro level of the resolution music spectrum, the Purity Reference
reveals shadings, nuance and inner reflections that are common to everyday
sounds but seldom, if ever, heard in reproduced music."
Bound for Sound
Purity "Ultra GT" -
End User Review
"I have enough
sensory overload taking place that it's difficult to remain objective. However,
I'm simply having a hard time finding much fault in this wonderful piece.
Suffice it to say, I'll be spending a lot of time enjoying each CD I own again
with renewed enthusiasm. Furthermore, I'm eager to see just what the Ultra
reveals as I continue to hone my system with different tubes and my forthcoming
Rebox. If anything, I expect it to be honest to a fault and reveal where I'm
lacking any synergies as I move forward. I guess you could say I expect it to
be pure as Bill and Joe intended".
The Reference linestage
seems to be attracting everyone's attention. Two more reviews are currently in
the works for the Reference. We'll keep you updated!
Two reviewers have already
purchased their review pieces.
"Silver Statement" - End User
"Where Silver Statement outshines Callisto is when melody is accompanied by a
rhythm section. Take “Moritat” on the B side of Sonny Rollin’s Saxophone
Collosus. Both preamps make Sonny’s sax sing but only the Purity preamp
keeps up with Max Roach’s drumming. On “Allegro” on Beethoven’s 5th Piano
Concerto, the hammers hit with more authority and definition when heard through
the Silver Statement making it sound more like you are in the premier orchestra
"As I listen to Nina Simone
singing, “I Put a Spell on You,” I can tell you the Silver Statement has put a
spell on me".
End User Review
The Harmony is remarkable! It adds just the right amount of sweetness
and 3-dimensionality between my preamp and amps and then it adds
absolutely nothing else. It's like when the final perfect spice is
added to a recipe and it just brings the whole dish together and
then raises it up another level. We seriously listened for hours to
find one thing negative it was doing to the sound and we came up empty.
The Harmony imparts just a dash of tube richness to the mid to top end
range and holography to the image. This was in a pretty evolved system
as well, making it even more impressive. Solid state and hybrid amps
both benefit from the Harmony in the chain. Quite a devilishly
addictive piece of equipment Bill and Joe, congratulations!
Arthur Smuck - Texas
End user initial impressions
was immediately better and fuller. I’m not good at describing sound or red
wine.. “It sounds really good”. “It tastes really good”… The sound is fuller
and a definite improvement… The sound was great before but it improved
noticeably. I noticed the Sub-woofer needed to be turned down a tad when I ran
this sub from the Harmony and it sounded richer/had more punch. The speakers
from the MC75 just sounded better. I think I had some fairly significant
impedance issues not running this Harmony. I’m happy with this Harmony to say
the least. I did some “With Harmony” / “No Harmony” tests and it was not really
Professional review from StereoMojo
not much that can be said about the "sound" of the Purity
Reference because it doesn't add much "sound" of its own, it
simply gets out of the way and lets the "purity" of the
original recording come through in all its glory. It sounds
more like a good passive preamp without the flaws a passive
can introduce - more on that in a minute.
\Purity "Silver Statement"
Professional Review Quote from Dagogo
"The Silver Statement is a
“franchise” preamp. I assure you that it is worthy of partaking
in the building of a state of the art system. It may take some
practice and coaching, but it has “Superstar” written all over
"......Piano through the
Purity was as inspiring as I have heard in any system,
regardless of cost. With most systems, there is almost always
something lacking in reproduction of piano; either the weighting
is light or the piano case can’t be heard, or the hammers can
never be heard no matter the recording, etc. Nothing, and I do
mean nothing was amiss with the combination of the Silver
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chatting with Bill Baker about all this at Capital Audiofest, in
between drooling on and attempting to steal one of his
impressive Purity Audio Design
preamps. Yeah, I want one of those bad boys. The reason I’m so
interested in his work is, to all reports, the Reference and
Statement preamps are some of the most neutral you can buy — and
don’t actually rob the signal blind when passing it along. Music
to my ears!
Purity "Reference" -
Purity Audio Design Reference
receives “Select Component” award on UltraAudio.Com
”The high frequencies were sweet, silky, airy, and delicate -- and, at other
times, so revealing of information that my brain had to work hard to take it all
in. The Purity Reference’s bass performance was among the best I’ve heard. The
bass was deep, tight, detailed, and full, and rendered with lifelike clarity.
The midrange was textured and present, with no hint of sounding soft or muffled.
The palette of colors and timbres offered by the Reference was broad and rich.
The Reference had “see-through” soundstaging in my system that was difficult for
me to quantify -- stages seemed to extend past my room’s side and front walls,
with images that were clearly delineated, dimensional, and well defined. In
fact, the Purity Reference imaged with the best I’ve had in my listening room”
End User Write-Up
doing Hi Fi components...kits, tubes, solid state, even built 2
TVs... for nearly fifty years. Admittedly, I never used the
phrase 'high end' until the past few years. But recently I've
been able to try and select some state of the art items in source,
power, and speakers and the music is sounding great. I really
haven't worried much about pre amps, I have relied on units with
solid state class A processing, decent switching, no IC's, outboard
power supplies. But I came to know the partners at Purity were
reputable, so I figured I'll try the Reference, and then I'll know
it is no big deal, I can just sit back and enjoy my music and my
My initial experience is quite simple. I start
with FM radio, decent stations, a little hiss but stable. No
matter what I listen to, it sounds much better, more musical, warm,
so pleasant. Since I really look closely at any source
material, I can offer no explanation how a by design strictly
limited source material like FM can take this big step forward.
Imaging, I already had it, well placed instruments. So I
play a string quartet, traditionally located in three dimensions on
stage. Distinctly located ? I say no. Because, please
imagine the variously shaped dialogue balloons in the cartoons, make
them 3D!, then place the a big one where the cello sits, a nice
plump one for the viola, forward and slightly right of the cello,
I'll let you do the 1st and 2nd violins. Beautiful individual
sounds, full harmonies, the balloons are well located but they
breathe, can overlap at points, can be discerned alone and together,
the perfect stage, just as I would hear at the Womens' Club here in
So, onward to a solo violin, Bach of course, well recorded,
not miked too close. (No giant instruments played by apes,
thank you.) Here I hear some old friends who've not visited my
previous pre amp. The 'G' string regains its golden throat
with the sound of the wood. All the upper strings flesh out
their personal characters, you can 'feel' the sound post carry the
sound from the bridge to body of the violin, double stops burst in
the air as a perfect firework might. This is a violin, in the
hands of an artist, playing the work of a musical genius.
There is no doubt.
Finally, I relax with a pair of sonatas, violin and piano
duos, works and a performance I adore. My only quibble, I had
always felt they had recorded the piano too loud over the violin.
But I still played them often. And this time they play perfectly,
the balance between the piano and the violin is just right.
Has their been some coincidental change in the volume with the
Reference? I think not. But now I hear the full
character of the violin, nuance, overtone, undertone, I don't know
how to describe it, but now it is all there. And that little
violin has gained even ground with that big old piano.
Artistry presides...the Purity Reference. A late
surprise in my audio journey.
- End User review
"The Purity One
Linestage is absolutely a top, top tier musical masterpiece! It sounds as
much like a live performance as any preamplifier/linestage I have
heard/auditioned to date. It presents with fast, clean, deep, powerful,
and natural bass; a vivid 3-dimensional midrange with full-bodied performances,
and huge airy and extended high frequencies with proper soundstage width, depth,
and height from the very front the furthest reaches back with soundstage only
limited by the recording. It gets the leading edge, body, and then decay
of each note right and doesn’t collapse the soundstage on extremely complex
passages (as do many other preamplifiers/linestages). It allows one to
hear the musical intensity (amplitude) of each performer individually and
collectively that one hears at live performance".