Offered for your consideration is an ADS model A2 integrated amplifier. This unit was built by Germany’s Braun for their U.S. partner, ADS (Analog & Digital Systems, Inc.). As you probably know, Braun started out as a radio manufacturer in the 1920's, and became well known for their post-war amplifiers with Telefunken tubes. Their relationship with ADS started in the 1970's with the high-quality speaker lines branded under both names. In 1967, Gillette acquired a controlling interest in Braun and gradually began to change the focus of their business. Production of Braun audio equipment stopped around 1995.
The A2 was made from 1982-1987 as part of Braun’s Atelier , or Designers' Studio, line and features a modern, timeless appearance (that was later followed by NAD and others in their product offerings). According to a German website I came across, only 21,000 A2's were produced in five years and the majority of them were labeled Braun. I normally don't characterize items as "rare", but this North American ADS version (available only from 1983-85) of the Braun model A2 appears to be. Please take a look at the photos I’ve taken of this very nice German integrated amplifier, and then I’ll tell you more about it. *Black is very difficult to photograph, so please pardon any flash reflections, window glare, etc.
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