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Joe Makkerh was our Head of Customer Support and, as well, our main sales person. In late 2017 he has also become our CEO, to free John Mingo up to do more design work and fishing. Joe will switch you over to John if a question requires more experience. Meanwhile, our web site is purposely complex to answer almost any question. Joe can be reached as follows – always best to leave both an e-mail and a voicemail:


Who we are

John Mingo, our Founder, continues to live and work in Livingston, Montana.  There, we have our reference listening systems, which include, for 2-channel, Berkeley™ Reference Series 1 and Series 2 DACs, both upgraded with v3.0 firmware to do MQA rendering and to improve even more the audio quality of non-MQA PCM files.  This system has Wilson Audio™ Sasha speakers, plus DACs by makers other than Berkeley, such as T+A™.

We also have a built-from-scratch home theater room that includes Wilson Maxx v2 Left-Right speakers, along with Wilson center channel and Wilson rear channel speakers, plus dual 15” woofers by Seaton™ (a favorite of MCh engineers).

In late 2017 we decided that we had to move production from Livingston to Montreal, so that Joe could run the company and be only a few minutes’ drive from the shop.  We continue to employ specialty firms and independent engineers to help with design and circuit board construction.

JP is our case modification and cable specialist. He is an engineer by training.

Torben is a machinist that mills certain plates that go on the rear of our chassis for things like AES outputs.

Larry and Dwayne are our printed circuit board designers for our daughterboard.  They live and work in Alberta province, Canada.

Joe is not only our CEO but also the designer of our Customer Support program.  He personally does most Set-Up and Training sessions.

John still does most of the “auditioning” of computer parts and Baetis proprietary circuitry such as our daughterboard.  This is because he has the best audiophile equipment at his place.  John’s rooms are also where any prospective client can fly to, in order to listen to the very best in 2-channel as well as MCh music.

These 6 key personnel are assisted by the three companies that build our special cryo-silver internal cabling, our special non-PCI-bus USB output circuitry, and our special linear power supplies – Revelation Audio Labs™, SOtM™, and HD-Plex™.  We have tried ourselves to develop these capabilities but re-inventing the wheel does not make sense.  So, we use interior signal cabling, external DC cabling, internal USB common-mode-noise reduction circuitry, and the lowest-noise-possible EXTERNAL DC linear power supplies from these other companies.  This cryogenic silver digital wiring is in all our Reference models, and the special USB treatment and linear PSUs are available as options on our other models as well.  The objective is always the same – no matter what DAC or MCh pre/pro you have, no matter which is your preferred input to that DAC, we can provide the very best digital audio result.

Besides having good people and knowing when to use another company’s product, we also have a group of friends and colleagues – real experts that believe in what we are trying to do and provide us with ideas and critical listening.

Our business plan is simple:

  1. Keep building the best and let the market tell us if we are doing it right.
  2. Provide the very best support.

The older you get, the fewer chances you have to make a difference.  We intend to make such a difference, and we don’t expect it to be either easy or of short duration.  We started studying digital “computer-based” music in 2010 and came public in early 2012.  In 2017, we are just finishing our 6th year of business and we hope to have many more under Joe’s leadership.


Baetis – What’s in a Name?

It turns out that a lot of audiophiles we know are also fly fishermen. A suspicious connection if there ever was one.

Baetis is the name of a genus of mayfly – an insect that trout feed on in most of the cold-water rivers in the continental U.S. Some species of Baetis are multi-brooded, meaning that the insects hatch in the spring, fluttering from the surface of the water onto a streamside bank. On these banks, the insects live for a day or so, then mate, then the females deposit their eggs into the waters of their home river, then die immediately after the egg-laying. These eggs can grow into life forms that live underwater for several months, then swim to the surface and metamorphose into the beautiful winged-flies that flutter on the surface of the water again, perhaps in August. These August flies then lay their eggs, starting the whole cycle over again, with the next brood of Baetis appearing in, say, October. The trout are there, all the while, eating the fluttering or dying insects as they become available.

In Montana, the fly that hatches in the spring is known, by its color, as the Blue-winged Olive. When the second brood appears in August, it is known as the Sulphur or Pale Evening Dun. And in October, its body color once more demands the name of Olive. Few fly fishermen have read enough of the entomology literature to know of this multi-brooded-ness. To most fly-fishermen, the flies are, because of their colors, different insects, not related members of the same family, genus, and species.

This is what a Baetis computer is all about. It is a machine that will perform very different functions for different owners. Or very different functions for the same owner at differing times of the day or in different places. Each function might go by a different name – a music server, an HTPC, a network streaming device, a ripping device, a multi-room movie server, etc. But the functions are merely differing stages or broods, all united by a common bond – the ability to put forth perfect streams of audio and video of the highest possible quality, without any artificial Digital Signal Processing, unless such processing is absolutely necessary. For this incredible flexibility and highest possible level of quality, there seems to us no other proper name.