Company Neva Audio has been established in Saint-Petersburg in January, 1991. High quality of the sounding and high reliability were selected as the principal credo of the company. Vladimir Vasil'evich Rataev, technical director of the Neva Audio, has 25-year experience as a designer of the amplifiers. His innovative contribution was awarded by 20 author's certificates (by essence, the patents acting on the territory of the former Soviet Union), one gold, two silver and one bronze medals of All-Union Exhibition of Industrial Achievements, gold medal of the International Leipzig Show. When the Iron Curtain has been ruined and his amplifier "Korvet-88" appeared in America, "Fortune" magazine published enthusiastic article with the heading "Stereo brute from Russia", ("Fortune", May, 1992) in which Walter Schoffeld, product manager of the "Cambridge Soundworks", well-known due to his co-owner, the legendary hi-fi innovator Henry Kloss, was astonished and wrote: "It's a brute. Its basses is absolutely tremendous".
The company has been completely concentrated on development and production of professional amplifiers of high output capabilities. First hundreds of mono amplifiers KIT PA-500 were successfully sold over the country. They were concluded in the studio monitors designed in collaboration with I.A.Aldoshina under the request of the State TV and Broadcast Company (Gosteleradio) and manufactured by All-Union Institute of Broadcast and Acoustics (Popov VNIIRPA). The recognition in the West has come in 1994.
"My business contacts with Russia established about the time when I happened to listen the amplifiers of company Neva Audio in Western Europe. I began to use them in my monitor systems not because their price was twice cheaper than of similar class Western models but because their sounding was twice better..."
Philip Newell, studio designer, Show-Master
With the trade borders opening, pro-audio equipment from the former Eastern Block is beginning to make its way into the West-with surprising. Sam Wise bench tests the Neva Audio professional power amplifier.
Russian Amplifier Neva Audio, Sam Wise, Studio Sound
"Studio Sound" magazine published the test report about the amplifier Neva Audio PA-2000AG made by Paul Miller.
"Despite its high output capability and low operating temperature, the PA-2000AG does not use a switch-mode supply nor does it appear to employ a class-D, or variant, output topology. Instead, much of its bulk is occupied by a huge linear supply".
"...All told, the PA-2000AG is evidently no shrinking violet and more than capable of robustly grappling with the hardiest of rigs. It's the kind of amplifier that relishes rough treatment. Just plug-in, wind-up the level and the PA-2000AG will respond in kind".
And here is an estimate of Philip Newell, who worked with such stars as Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Alvin Lee (Ten Years after), Queen, the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, The Who, Mike Oldfield, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestras, Jethro Tull, Genesis, Little Feat, the Small Faces and many other celebrities. He designed more than 100 studios in 32 countries.
"The amplifiers that I've been using for more than four years now are all from St. Petersburg, Russia, made by a company named Neva Audio. They're absolutely stunning in terms of sound quality, with incredible resolution of fine detail".
The Wish List. Philip Newell’s Mobile, Studio Sound