Living Voice Avatar OBX-RW now on demonstration.
We now have the top model in the award winning Living Voice Avatar series on demonstration. Possibly the most musically accomplished compact loudspeaker in the world!
Capital Audiofest. Thanks to everyone who visited the BorderPatrol room at Capital Audiofest and thanks to organiser Gary Gill and everyone at Glenview Mansions for making it a great show. Links
'The Living Voice room was, in a word, great. Driven by local amp maker Border Patrol, the parallel 300bs were just hot driving these IBX-RWs. Loved this room. If I'd heard this before I bought all that Joule-Electra stuff, I'd have gotten them. Everything sounded great here. And with absolutely no room treatments, it did make a rather convincing case for why all those other speakers just sucked. If you're good, you can tell, and these weren't just good. They were great. I had a marvelous time finding out exactly how far you can push 20wpc on a mid-90's efficiency speaker. Turns out, it's pretty far.'
'The Border Patrol room with Parallel SET 300B amps with separate tube rectified PS on each block sounded really good driving Living Voice speakers. Nice synergy. Vocals were great as expected but I also heard one of the best PRAT (pace, rhythm and timing....Ed) on any speakers driven by 300B SET amps. Is it the British speakers or his amps? Gary Dews attributed his unique PS for this and he may have something here. I should check his stuff out as he is local.'
|May 2010. We will be exhibiting at the Capital Audiofest June 11-13 at Glenview Mansion Rockville MD. For more details about exhibitors, equipment and the venue, check the link below.|
May 09. 'Take a tour of The Temple of Sound'. Congratulations to Vladimir Gudim and his team at Balkan Audio, our distributors in Bulgaria. They have recently moved to new premises. I wish them great success in this new location. Take an online tour of The Temple.
Lubotran str. 19
+359 887 103783
+359 2 4840375
March 2009 'Break for the Border'. Thank you to Alan Sircom and Hi-Fi+ for a great review of the BorderPatrol PSU/PureSound A30 combination. Both items are previous winners of Hi-Fi+ Product of the Year awards and make an excellent combination. This is a definite case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.
This combo was also on demonstration at the recent London Hi-Fi show and produced some very positive internet forum postings. Check this link for postings and general comments about the show on Hi-Fi Wigwam. http://www.hifiwigwam.com/view_topic.php?id=37086&forum_id=8&page=3 .
The review mentioned the two vacant valve (tube) sockets in the centre of the A30 after the conversion but the conversion can also be done leaving the two central valves of the A30 in position if this is thought aesthetically preferable.
Click here to view the review in Adobe PDF format
February 2009 'When there's no Alternative'. Peter Downs' Alternative Audio dealership will be flying the BorderPatrol flag at this years London High Fidelity Show, Park Inn, Heathrow UK. Peter will be using a BorderPatrol S20 together with other items from the Alternative Audio product line-up which will include Vandersteen loudspeakers, Nottingham Analogue/Graham/Lyra front end, Lector CD and Phono stage and LFD cabling. Unfortunately I will not be attending this year due to other commitments.
January 2009 Happy New Year! I wish everyone the best of luck in these economically troubled times.
March 2008. BorderPatrol models P20, S20 and P21 will be on show at the forthcoming London High Fidelity Show together with the BorderPatrol Control Unit and Control Unit EXD. Hopefully I'll see you there.
January 2008. Happy New Year to all!
BorderPatrol will be exhibiting at the London High Fidelity Show, March 29-30th, Park Inn, Heathrow UK.
February 2007. Following some intensive research into materials and components a number of amplifier upgrades are now available. Copper chassis parts, cryogenically treated output and inter-stage transformers, carbon film resistors and a few other tweaks that I'd prefer to keep under my hat can be fitted to old amps and new amps can be ordered to this specification. Code named 'EXD', used together these modifications lift the amplifiers to another level of transparency, tone and fluidity making them the most musically engaging and satisfying designs I have yet produced. For more information contact
The BorderPatrol Control Unit has also undergone a significant overhaul. Different passive components and various circuit tweaks have combined to produce a richer, more relaxed cleaner sound which is more musically engaging and easier to listen to for long periods whilst still retaining the clarity, tone and dynamics that BorderPatrol products are renowned for. All the mods can be retro fitted to older pre-amps. For more information contact BorderPatrol .
February 2007. I am pleased to announce the formation of BorderPatrol UK a joint venture with The Sound Practice, St Albans, Herts.
Border Patrol UK will aim to provide the following services:-
- Demonstrations and sales of the Border Patrol range of amplifiers and power supplies
- Service and repairs for existing Border Patrol products
- Upgrades to existing Border Patrol products, including a range of new 'Export' high-performance packages
- System building utilising a range of complimentary products
James will be working together with myself to maintain and establish contact with existing and potential new customers. In addition it is my intention to visit the UK to assist at shows and to upgrade and modify to amplifiers. David Wright will continue to address servicing and technical matters.
Feel free to e-mail
BorderPatrol or James for more information.
February 2007. BorderPatrol will be exhibiting at the London High Fidelity Show, March 31st-April 1st, Park Inn, Heathrow UK
Click on the image for more information.
February 2006. Borderpatrol Control Unit 1 deleted from the range. Due to zero interest in the lower specification Control Unit, it has been dropped from the range.
November 2005 The P21, S20, S10 and P20 now feature copper chassis parts in place of aluminium and superior passive components.
September 8 2005 Contact details for BorderPatrol in the USA are
E-Mail as usual to
BorderPatrol and Tel/Fax 00 (1) 301 705 7460.
7/7/05 Border Patrol is moving to the USA. I am relocating the business to Maryland USA where I hope to garner the same support and enthusiasm for the amplifiers as I have enjoyed in the UK.
The past two years has seen the development of a UK nationwide dealer network largely as a result of the increased awareness of the amplifiers following reviews and awards in the hi-fi press. Alternative Audio in the South West, The Sound Practice in the South East, Definitive Audio in the Midlands, Practical Hi-Fi+ in the North West and Shadow Audio Consultants in Scotland will continue to represent and demonstrate the amplifiers and should be the point contacts for any enquiries. I will continue to be available for contact via E-Mail and telephone in the US.
Our international contacts will continue as normal.
David Wright of Pure Music will become the contact for servicing as well as taking over the Audio Innovations support. David is based in Littlehampton UK and can be contacted on 01903 715191. He will also perform installation of the Border Patrol PSU's.
I would like to thank everyone who has purchased a BorderPatrol amplifier or power supply for their support and enthusiasm. I would like to say a big thanks to the UK Hi-FI press, particularly Jason Kennedy at Hi-Fi Choice and Roy Gregory at Hi-Fi+ for their positive reviews which have helped enormously to establish the brand. And a big thank you to customers who date back to my Definitive Audio Brighton days and have followed me and Border Patrol through various incarnations and locations. It's great to still be in contact and providing audio equipment to clients that date back to the beginning of Definitive Audio Brighton in 1989. I will be visiting the UK regularly to do shows and upgrades to amplifiers so if this sounds like a goodbye, it isn't. I'll be catching up with all of you sometime down the road.....
Best Regards Gary Dews
Hi-Fi+ 2004 Product of the Year Award given to the BorderPatrol S20.
We would like to thank Hi-Fi Plus for this prestigious award and the previous
Product of the Year award that we received for the BorderPatrol PSU.
21/2/05. We are pleased to announce the appointment of a new dealership in the North West of the UK. Practical Hi-Fi will be well known to many in the North West for their region-wide chain of shops selling good quality budget HiFi and audio visual equipment. Recently the Warrington shop has opened the new 'high-end' orientated Practical HiFi Plus managed by the hugely experienced David Speirs. David has a long history in the industry as manager at the Music Room and Serious Kit in Manchester and in a marketing capacity at Audio Note and Sugden. His time as an Audio Innovations agent at The Music Room and at Audio Note mean that David has considerable experience with valve based amplification and is extremely adept at extracting maximum performance from valve based systems. With his experience and unquenchable enthusiasm, we are very pleased to have him representing Border Patrol in the North West.
Contact Details. Practical Hi-Fi Plus 88 Bridge St Warrington WA1 2RF UK Tel: (01925) 632179 ask for David Speirs.
27/10/04 Western Electric 300B are now available again. We can now supply amplifiers with these fine tubes, and any one requiring new WE300B's please contact us.
14/7/04 We are proud to announce that BorderPatrol pre-amplifiers will be available from September 2004. They will be available in line only and phono and line versions at two performance levels.
14/7/04 Further to posting below; the rumour is apparently unfounded and the WE 300B are still unavailable.
28/4/04 Further to the posting 3/12/03. Rumours are that WE are now shipping 300B's again. If it's true, this is excellent news, so hopefully we will be able to offer this option again in the very near future.
3/12/03 Due to the continued unavailability of Western Electric 300B valves, we can no longer offer this option. We will resume once Western Electric recommence production. In the meantime, the TJ Full Music 300B has been finding friends amongst many Border Patrol owners who find that it's fine resolution, and open and clear presentation suit the amplifiers very well. Which is superior? Is white wine better than red wine? Is tea better than coffee? It's an unanswerable question. Both are excellent.
3/12/03 New Amplifier Launch. The Border Patrol S10 power amplifier is now available. The S10 has the same audio circuit as the highly acclaimed SE300B but has dual mono construction and twin power supplies like the P20 and S10. Offering superior dynamics, speed, stereo and sound staging the S10 builds on the already not inconsiderable strengths of the SE300B and takes 300B single-ended amplification to another level.
20/03/03 New review. Check out Hi-Fi+ (issue 25) for a review of the Border Patrol P20.
20/06/03 Conversion service from 8-pin to 4-pin 2A3's for Audio Innovations 1st and 2nd Audio owners. We have converted several 1st and 2nd Audio amplifiers to use 4-pin 2A3's and due to the difficulty in obtaining 8-pin 2A3's we now offer this service. Please see the modifications section of the Audio Innovations page for more details.
20/05/03 New Amplifier Launch. The Border Patrol P21 power amplifier is now available. The P21 uses the same highly acclaimed audio circuit as the P20 but it uses a single external power supply. For full information, check out the power amplifiers page.