I was saddened to see Dusty Vawter post the following on the CI Audio section of the AudioCircle forum, early this morning:
“The last 2 years have been extremely difficult, and now we’re in a situation where we can’t get parts to build products, our chassis and custom vendors have few employees and long lead times, and costs are through the roof. Starting January 1st, we will end production of all products and retire the CIAudio brand.
We will continue to offer both warranty and non-warranty service, and we still have limited quantities of various products for sale. Thank you to all who have supported us over the years, many of which have become close friends! It’s been a great run, but time to pursue some other interests.”
My first dedicated phono preamp and DAC were CI Audio products, the old VPP-1 and VDA-1, respectively, bought what seems like ages ago, and just in the last year I upgraded to his wonderfully quiet and detailed PEQ1MkII phono preamp. Dusty is a great guy, and CI Audio was a fine brand. I’m sorry to see it go.