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[Note: All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]
Last updated 05/16/2019
Evolution Acoustics Micro One Monitors.
(A new loudspeaker setup will be installed in the near future.)
The Audionet PRE G2 Preamp.
The PASS Labs Xs 150 Monoblock Amps and Power Supplies on Critical Mass Systems QXK Amp Stands
Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblock amplifiers; PASS Labs Xs Reference Phono Amp, Xs Reference Preamp, and Xs 150 Reference Monoblock Amps; Accustic Arts (components to be detailed); Audionet Pre G2 reference preamplifier, Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers, Audionet Pam G2 reference phono preamplifier with EPX power supply, darTZeel CTH-8550 Integrated Amplifier; Walker Audio Procession Reference Phono Amplifier (updated 2015).… Read the full article
AudioNec’s Francis Chaillet and Herve’ Brasebin brought their new line of speakers to the show, the EVO, and being more precise, the smallest of the lot, the EVO 1.
This is a modular design, with the “Duopol DS” full range driver that acts as tweeter and midrange is a very interesting and almost revolutionary design.… Read the full article
When I visited Pass Labs’ Nelson Pass at his Sea Ranch California hideaway, I was completely taken by his studio reference speakers; which, consisted of Cube Audio 8″ F8 Magus full-range drivers mounted on an open vertical baffle. Mounted face down on a small horizontal baffle about 5″ above the floor was a slot-loaded 15″ Eminence woofer. The woofer was separated from the wide-open full-range driver by an LX Mini active crossover and driven by a First Watt F7 amplifier. I told Nelson I could retire a happy man with that system.… Read the full article
LampizatOr NA (Destination Sound Group) is proud to announce our new appointment as the exclusive North American Dealer for Final Touch Audio (“FTA”) cables. FTA is a small family company born out of pure love and dedication to music. It combines technical proficiency with the artistic craftsmanship, as each one of our products is completely made by hand.
While best known for their “game-changing” digital cables, Final Touch Audio carries a full line of exquisite high-end cables for all your system needs. … Read the full article
by Paul Elliott
Lou Hinkley’s musical epiphany came at the young age of 12. When he heard some Booker T recordings, he just knew his path had to involve music. Lou became a musician and then started building speaker boxes for bands. He developed his skills as a speaker builder and as a cabinet maker, developing quite a reputation as providing the best sounding speakers for music venues.
In 1992 he transitioned into the home audio genre, aiming to build to the highest standards. … Read the full article
From Poland With Love!
LampizatOr North America will present the world debut of the Golden Atlantic 2: Tube Rollers Paradise (“T.R.P.”) in Room 546. This will be the first public showing of LampizatOrs’ latest achievement in Digital Analog Conversion, which features a tubed output stage and supports all PCM frequencies as well as up to 8xDSD (DSD512). The Golden Atlantic 2 will be sourced by the widely acclaimed LampizatOr Super Komputer, statement music server.
In addition to boasting a smaller footprint that our other reference series DACs, the latest installment will sport a pentode output stage allowing tube rolling with a wider variety of tubes than ever before. … Read the full article
LampizatOr had plenty of new product on show here in Tampa. Firstly, their new amplifier the Pacific A300 ($16,000 USD). Although being driven with a VAC Preamplifier in this system, many questions have to be asked. Is it an integrated? Is it a power amplifier? It’s both. Features of the amplifier include 300 watts per channel of Class A/B power output, 0.45v input sensitivity across four inputs. Each input allows custom configuration and labeling on its large OLED display, but don’t fret — there is dimming.… Read the full article
I’ve been waiting to meet (and listen) with Jeff Wells of Wells Audio for some time. The electronics created by Mr. Wells, are scary good with familiar pairings from Daedalus Audio, LampizatOr, and WyWires.
Lou Hinkley is the founder of Daedalus Audio, and he urged me on Thursday of the show to be sure to check out his room with Wells Audio, LampizatOr and WyWires. I told him it was already part of my pre-show plan.… Read the full article