The background to every project is an inspiration or a request by our audiophiles. This is the way a project start.
From draft to 3D project to settle dimensions; each unit is meant to take advantage of the available space to meet the space inside the house.
Aluminium is a fundamental raw material that we mainly employ for our units because of its great processing flexibility and high thermal conductivity. Each component is worked in its raw nature or by a specific procedure. Production waste is sent back to the foundry to be moulded again and become new profiles for other manufacturing processes.
Then it goes through an ultrasonic washing to remove any possible oil traces left from the mechanical working.
Each component is then sanded to make its surfaces smooth and ready for painting.
Aluminium powder paint is the final process; it provides a natural gloss to the material and makes it resistant to scratches and long lasting. Aluminium powder does not built any filter to thermal or electric conductivity.
Many wood details are found on our units. Each wood sheet is obtained from the plant and it is examined as well as cut to minimise waste.
Each wood component is coated by a transparent paint, which creates a protective film against impacts, humidity and sunlight; then such components are planed smooth.
A thin paint is used to finish and even the surface, providing the classic matt coat of our products.
Each board is designed in our laboratories, from electric schematics to pcb layout; we look into each solution and test it to guarantee the best end result.
Each time you open and take a look at a Pathos product from the inside, the first impression you get is about total harmony among all its parts and components.
SMT boards are installed on automatic machines placing the components, then they are warm welded by using a warm air stream, electronically controlled by optic control machines.
If necessary, the board is then X-rayed scanned.
PTH boards are hand-installed by our specialized staff and then they are welded by using a selective weldering machine. By this technology each welding get the exact quantity of tin, only for period of time required.
(Each electric board is placed on an automatic machine, tin submerged to make each welding uniform).
More delicate components are first electrically selected, then assembled and hand-welded to grant highest quality and efficency.
Tube are a fundamental aspect to consider, they are all tested and coupled to guarantee a perfect match and performance.
Each board is properly tested before assembling, in order to check and guarantee each of its functions.
Assembling process and welding are carried out with highest care, following predefined procedures. Everything must be accurate.
Each product, after being assembled, must pass a 24-hour test, where each of its functions is tested. The test is made up by mechanical stress, variations and interferences on the net voltage.
Final assembly is made up by carrying out aesthetic finishes and final check-up of all the functions. And finally the unit is packed.
For each product we issue a document called “Testing & Processing sheet”, on which we report all the tests carried out on the unit and the results. This sheet is filed and kept for reference in our factory. On it we are used to taking note of possible for assistance services concerning the unit, so we keep a complete history.
In Pathos we think that if you want something to be made in the best way possible, one must follow personally its process and making. That’s why all the procedures described are carried out in our Laboratories that through the years bought each kind of machine dedicated to each working phase. Our products are handmade in Italy, by Italian passionate workers.
The whole design and development process is made by Pathos, starting from the concept of a new product, then going through materials selection, circuitry and technologies, printed circuits, first prototypes, listening tests to production, accessories and packaging. To check, step by step, each developing phase and guarantee its quality.