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On holiday at the Audio Note U.K. factory

By | September 17th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

[Our backgrounder, from the video…]

On the way to the Munich Hiend 2019 show we stopped in Brighton U.K. for a few days so we could enjoy some time with the Audio Note folks and check out the factory and, in general, see if, you know, there was any There There [hey, most factories are kinda, you know, boring…]. What a blast. These people are more crazy wacky mad scientists than anything else. Thank goodness they are extremely successful at it…

In this video you will see mostly Peter Qvortrup, Audio Note founder and CEO, and Neli Davis, my partner in Audio Federation.… Read the full article

The Harmonic Resolution Systems VXR equipment rack – Setup part 1

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

In this video we start setting up the VXR by putting spikes on the middle section of HRS’s statement triple-wide VXR audio equipment rack.

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The Harmonic Resolution Systems VXR equipment rack – Uncrating

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , |

In this video we uncrate the middle section of HRS’s statement triple-wide VXR audio equipment rack and wheel it into the listening room.

Several more videos about this process are forthcoming.

Have to say I am getting attached to the look of this modern rack next to the modern-looking speakers [especially the Porsche Agate gray on wide cabinets] in this mid-century modern home.

It was also nice that there a definite sonic improvement over even HRS’s previous state-of-the-art MXR equipment rack – most notably in the control and articulation of the bass and midrange 🙂

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Unboxing Audio Note AN/E Spe high-efficiency speakers

By | August 28th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

A short video where Neli shows two ways to unbox the Audio Note AN/E speakers.

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A few photos including the triple-wide Harmonic Resolution VXR

By | August 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , , , , |

Finally managed away some of the clutter here and got the main system photographable.

I am finding the empty VXR rack in this unusual silver post, black shelf configuration strikingly elegant. [It isn’t so bad with gear on the shelves, either! :-)]

Sharp eyes will notice that we have shims under some of the feet and bigger shims underneath each speaker… the house here is SINKING into the San Francisco bay [about two inches so far, with 13 feet more to go].… Read the full article

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California Audio Show – Report 2019

By | August 6th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , , |

Oakland. End of July. Hot. Air-conditioned Hotel. Music.

In general, all the rooms sounded pretty good. You know, comparing to the last couple of decades.

However, there is a stark difference between the systems that sounded good and the systems that sounded like music that sounded good – but many people seem to not differentiate between the two. And at this show it was easy to detect the difference – in the frequency range, say, 1000 Hz to 3000 Hz, did the notes sound round and full like real notes, or brittle and artificial?… Read the full article

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California Audio Show – Video Walkthru in 24×96 (+ Photos)

By | July 31st, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

These videos here are of a whirlwind tour (in two parts, for a total of 50 minutes or so). I missed the Voxative and Unisinger rooms on this tour – unfortunately – but got both in dedicated videos later.

I posted photos of each room over on What’s best Forum “Photo and Video Highlights of the California Audio Show 2019

A number of rooms have people talking… loudly… including some exhibitors(!). This will be more evident when I am able to put up the dedicated room-by-room videos I recorded later.… Read the full article

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California Audio Show 2019

By | July 29th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , , |

We went. We exhibited. We photographed and videod.

Never saw so many people amazed and confused by an 18 watt amplifier driving these speakers to more than fill up the room with gorgeous music – more as in Neli and Hermann and RGA like it loud enough to chase me out….. again [I went up to Nick and Lee’s for some sane volume listening 🙂 Luckily, Peter Qvortrup wasn’t in control of their volume, yet, otherwise I’d have to hightail it somewhere else yet again 🙂 [though he plays fun music….… Read the full article

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California Audio Show 2019 – Boardroom Five

By | July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , , , |

We will be in Boardroom V again this year at the California Audio Show in Oakland.

A little bit of a change up from last year:

Speakers: Acapella Audio Arts Campanile 2

Amplifiers: Audio Note Kegon (18 watt 300B SET amplifiers)

Music Server: Acapella Audio One

Transport: Audio Note CDT-Five

DAC: EMM Labs DV2 (with proprietary digital domain volume control)

Preamp: Audio Note M9 Phono

Equipment Rack: Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) SXR 3×2 side-by-side rack with M3X2 isolation bases and Nimbus and Vortex footers

Cables: A mix of Audio Note and Acapella

Hope to see you all there!… Read the full article

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An audiophile remodeling in-progress

By | July 19th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , , |

As we continue to become settled in our happy high-end audio dramatic comedy of a life here – we are making a few changes and additions. We put up background curtains in front of the mirrored fireplace, and added more padding under the carpets, to reduce the liveliness of the room a little bit and improve overall aesthetics [if not livability, that is the only working full-length mirror in the house! :-)].

The before

The After

We also setup a 3×3 Harmonic Resolution VXR rack [which we videoed, step-by-step.… Read the full article

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