Who we are Audio-Ultra was founded by Edward DeVito, a successful Seattle-area entrepreneur and devoted audiophile. Edward’s journey into music reproduction started at a tender age when his uncles turned him on to Jimi Hendrix. Axis: Bold as Love continues to be a personal touchstone. Tours of duty as a navigator on US Navy nuclear submarines sparked his ongoing interest in electrical power. DeVito went on to build a major seafood processing business before launching Audio-Ultra. He says, “Music reminds us of times past, enlivens the present and lights the way to the future. It makes memories today that we can share tomorrow.”
We believe in music. Any table radio will reveal the general outlines of music and we have no argument with listeners who are satisfied with the results. But if you’re driven by an absolute passion to hear every nuance the original musicians intended us to hear, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve curated a collection of top-tier audio components that cater to a range of budgets.
We believe in harmony. While you can certainly combine high-end components like courses from a restaurant menu, you will certainly not get all the performance those components can deliver. We insist on careful listening and matching, to bring you components that complement each other in systems that perform to their fullest potential.
Power is what you hear. When done right, clean AC is a revelation, enabling you to hear music against the deepest, blackest background of silence – and delivering tremendous musical satisfaction even at lower volume levels. Well-designed power supplies in your audio components help some. In-room power conditioners can help more. But none of them can correct for inadequate street transformers, corroded or mechanically deficient service entry contacts, antiquated service panels or unacceptably high grounding impedance. We can survey your entire household electric service, then work with your utility and licensed electricians to deliver the clean power you need to hear music reproduction on an altogether higher plane.
We believe in finishing the job. A high-end audio system isn’t a system until it’s unboxed, properly mounted, properly connected and meticulously positioned in your room. At Audio-Ultra, installation is not an afterthought. It’s an absolutely essential part of what we do.
We believe in working with only one customer at a time. We are not on a city street or suburban strip mall. We work strictly by appointment only. So when you come in, you have our fullest attention. Our showrooms not only sound great, they’re carefully furnished to provide a relaxed, unhurried atmosphere for musical enjoyment.
The before/after difference was beyond anything I had imagined… The result was top-to-bottom background blackness even with an ear pressed to the tweeter (other than the slight, ever-present hiss that comes from the darTZeel NHB-18NS preamp). When the noise floor fell away, dynamics greatly improved, and the musical presentation seemed to explode from the speakers with unusual ease, leaving in its wake just plain black.
– Michael Fremer, “The Electrical Cure,” Stereophile, October 19, 2021