Musica Pristina

Our purpose is to connect people with a breathtaking musical experience in their home that’s as much fun to control as it is to listen.

In 2010, the last thing Kevin Welsh wanted to do was start another business.

Actually, he just wanted to find himself the best digital audio source. OK, he also wanted to know if linear power supplies really made an audible difference in “computer gear.”

So he made a few phone calls, sent a few dozen emails and read a few hundred blog posts. In a twist of fate, he ended up on a call with Dave Davenport… a veteran audio engineer who lived less than 2 miles away.

Kevin Welsh
Kevin Welsh / Chief Designer

There were three takeaway messages from that call.

  1. Yes. Even in digital, power is important.
  2. Build it. Listen to it. Evaluate it. Trust your ears.
  3. Leave the theorizing to someone else.

Out of this prototyping process, Musica Pristina was born.

We launched our first product in 2012 with a strong perspective on grounding, isolation and linear power supplies. We don’t incorporate digital signal processing or other sound filters into our products.

In the early days, we built ultra high-end and highly customized Windows PCs, full of all the optimizations the computer audio community has come to expect. We still maintain the graveyard of linear power supplies (both audiophile and industrial) we tried along the way.

In 2014, Musica Pristina was reborn. We left “PC audio” behind. We started building the most accurate sounding digital playback components possible. We haven’t looked back.

Since the beginning, we’ve operated with a few guiding principles:

  1. Build the most accurate sounding devices physics allows.
  2. Respect the importance of grounding.
  3. Isolation, isolation, isolation… where it’s needed.
  4. Every signal, even digital ones, are fundamentally measurements of analog voltages and currents. It all starts with power supplies.
  5. You don’t need to filter noise you do not make.
  6. Build a component from the ground up.

We don’t settle for the feeling that we attended the performance, we say…

Let’s be there.