Hi-Fi Co. is a Japanese manufacturer of rare hi-fi.
Mr. Hyodo, who owns Leben Hi-Fi Co., is a multi-talented
individual. He was a professional musician, a well-known
audiophile, and a skilled hi-fi engineer, having long
experience in designing famous amplifiers under Luxman
Corporation, an important player in the Japanese high-end
market, besides their mass-market products - since 1925.
Leben is also a specialized manufacturer
of electrical and electronic parts such as power transformers,
switches, and so on, which are the main products of
Leben. Their hi-fi amplifiers are more of a product
of passion, and not many models are made. Several people
in Japan have actually gathered and set up a fan club
called "Leben Audio Lovers' Club". Members are always
waiting for a new model from Leben, which amazes them
In light of these circumstances,
Mr. Hyodo has started in recent years to produce lower-cost
amplifiers to allow more music lovers the possibility
to enjoy Leben's tube sound without investing too much
- such as the models CS-200, CS-250, and CS-300.
Mr. Hyodo is nowadays ranked as one
of the best seven tube audio engineers in Japan. He
is also a well-known collector of some of the world's
premium tubes such as 3CSS, 12AT7, E288CC, 6L6GC (5881),
all of which are (will be) used in Leben amplifiers
at their best capabilities based on Leben's technology.
does not produce many models, amplifier production is
a hobby of Mr. Hyoudo and it is for his own pleasure.
Leben's amplifiers are basically designed to satisfy
Mr. Hoyoudo's desire for the best sound regardless of
the products commercial merits. This is the reason why
Leben's amplifiers have a superior characteristics which
can be realized only by a person who is an expert in
both music playing, listening and audio technology.