Gold Note MEDITERRANEO & PH-10 awarded PF writers choice award 2017test

“Truly, the Gold Note PH-10 Phono Stage is a stunning bargain, and the partnering Gold Note Mediterraneo turntable is an absolute delight.

Right from the start, I liked the look of the Gold Note turntable. The exceptionally stylish Walnut plinth, hefty black platter, and relatively compact size make it an eye-catching addition to any decor. Dave Clark’s article discusses how easily he had the turntable up and running in about an hour. In turn, I appreciate the Mediterraneo’s ability to change speeds at a push of button, as well as its easily accessible and smooth-action cueing lever.

Speaking of unvarying performance, I am also inordinately pleased to report that the Mediterraneo runs at the correct speed. I’m sensitive to the acceleration and drag of turntables when I hear it, so the Mediterraneo’s speed stability is most welcome.

I’m fully confident that anyone hearing the Gold Note PH-10 phono stage and Mediterraneo turntable will agree that both deliver sweet, sterling sound and exceptional value. Decidedly worthy of my highest recommendation and Writor’s Choice Award!”

– Dean Seislove

Gold Note PH-10 “The next generation Phono Stage”test

The Gold Note PH-10 arrived late November and all we can say is WOW!!!!!

 

THE FIRST PHONO STAGE WITH 2 INPUTS AND 6 EQ CURVES

PH-10 is an ultra-versatile phono preamplifier that offers unique features, including EQ CURVES, LOAD and GAIN adjustments: a fully analogue design engineered exclusively with high quality coils, capacitors and resistors.

PH-10 is controlled via knob and display using a sophisticated micro-controller to select the functions through our custom firmware that is loaded on a micro SD dedicated flash memory and can be updated easily via PC. The micro-controller is separated and independent from the audio signal path to guarantee always clear and pure sound.

Colibri Labstest

The company Colibri Labs has invested more than eight years in research and creating loudspeakers. We have called our latest and unique product Electrum, as a natural alloy of silver, copper and gold produced by deliberate amalgamation of components. Speaker boxes are made from carefully selected materials:  birch wood and madijapan ( MDF ) . The box is made with the help of numerology whereby a numerological sequence was obtained that forms coherence, harmony and strength. . We are extremely satisfied with the results because we have managed to create a speaker box that does not respond to external influences and have thus ensured that our speakers reproduce music without any distortion. We have revived our study sample with rosewood veneer and a pair weighs 102 kg. High-end components have been built in: Scan Speak speaker units, Duelund and Jupiter parts. For this product we have prepared a special internal wiring Colibri Labs Matrix Signature. Electrum is intended for all lovers of 2 way speakers who want to have an uncompromising speaker for all types of music. For the evening quiet or extremely loud listening, Electrum provides purity, perfect micro and macro dynamics and its own sound signature. Our wish is that, once you hear our sound, you are provided with a real musical experience which you will hardly be able to resist and will return to it continuously.

Electrum – lasting value.

http://www.monoandstereo.com/2016/12/colibri-labs-electrum-speakers-review.html

Electrum Speaker in the making……  


Please call for an appointment and have a listen!

Sanders Sound Systemstest

The Absolute Sound’s 2016 Golden Ear Awards

Robert E. Greene

Sanders 10e Speaker System and Magtech Amplifier

http://sanderssoundsystems.com/

$17,000, including one amplifier ($5500 for additional amplifier)

This latest version of Roger Sander’s longtime work on electrostatic speakers is a great triumph of audio design. The system is in many ways all but incomparably good, exploring the boundaries of what is possible in audio now or in the foreseeable future. And when one considers the reasonable price, the achievement becomes even more startling and impressive.
The speakers, electronic (DSP) crossover from DBX, and a Magtech amplifier are sold together as a unit for $17,000. Another amplifier is needed—the system is intrinsically bi-amplified—and if one adds in another Magtech, the complete system cost is $22,500.
For this, you get one of the most accurate home playback systems available at any price. Moreover, you get a system which includes digital room correction and a wide variety of DSP options that allow users to tailor response to room conditions and specific recordings.
This is a system which is both superb as it stands and highly flexible as well. The system is a hybrid of transmission-line dynamic woofer in the bass and a flat electrostatic panel above the bass. The electrostatic panel is very low in distortion—as one expects from electrostatics—but is also unexpectedly robust, and the speakers are capable of very high volume levels. Bass is very extended and precise and via DSP room correction (included with the crossover unit), extremely smooth and free of room effects. The electrostatic panels are essentially flat in overall balance and non-resonant by nature, but in addition they are eq’d to be ultra-flat using DSP. This is one of the lowest coloration speakers in existence.
The size and shape of the electrostatic panels minimizes floor and ceiling bounce, and the dipole radiation pattern of the panel and its width mean that one can all but eliminate early reflections off the sidewalls. The speakers’ direct output will be almost all you hear above the bass until the sound off the backwall arrives, delayed by 10 milliseconds or more with suitable positioning of the speakers. You will thus get effectively the sound—an ideal to my mind—of an RFZ (reflection-free zone) room without needing to build one. People accustomed to hearing their own room’s sonic signature laid over every recording may find this takes a little getting used to. But the advantages are very striking. Imaging is spectacularly precise and three-dimensional, when the recording justifies that. One has a sense of hearing into the recording venue that is hard to attain otherwise. And the ultra-neutrality really makes instruments sound right. On its own terms (of controlled radiation pattern), the Sanders 10e system sets a new benchmark in speaker design.

New S.I.N. “Private Edition” PSD arrives 11-2-2017test


Direct from Sofia Bulgaria arrives the new PSD-6 “Private Edition”

PSD  (Power Split Device)  main features:
– Pure material based power treatment, zero filters
– Specially selected aluminum alloy that assures best sound characteristics of       PSD
– Solder free design
– Optimal body design and materials reducing electromagnetic noise
– Common power starting point – carefully designed and handcrafted   symmetrical  internal wiring
– High quality sockets, Furutech FP – SWS D (R)
– High quality internal wiring, Furutech FP alpha 3
– High quality IEC connector, Furutech
– Designed and hand-made in Bulgaria

Read a review here:
http://www.monoandstereo.com/2013/06/sin-audio-psd-power-distributor-test.html 

10/18/17: Sanders 10 e Electrostatic Loudspeakers now singing at SOS !!!test

Sounds Of Silence is pleased to announce we are now listening (and selling) the amazing Sanders 10e Electrostatic loudspeakers.

Robert E Greene just wrote a review in TAS and stated “…. The Sanders 10e’s are as close to perfection as any speaker system I have ever encountered. The Sanders are a benchmark of speaker design, a design that is superb in all respects and in some respects raises speaker design to a level never reached before. The Model 10e is indestructible. Even very high input signals will not cause arcing. A major bugbear of ‘stats has been eliminated! The 10e’s have effectively unlimited dynamics and definitely adequate bass power and full extension. If you wanted to call the Sanders 10e the best speaker ever, you could definitely make a case. ”

Call and come by for a listen we know these speakers will put a smile on your face. 🙂

5/1/2016 – S.I.N. new Limited Edition AC cord arriving soon!test

Nikolay Kozev owner of S.I.N. Audio says: “I love to compare high end audio with homemade food. When you prepare special dish to somebody beside the product inside the food we give part of our energy also…
Inside this wooden box are packed two of our latest power cords ( PC Limited edition). Very soon they will leave Bulgaria to US as part of the system of our friend Steven Klein”

Wooden SIN box

Limited Edition AC

 

 

NVO Audio announces new ISA-2 Integrated amplifiertest

The new ISA-2 is now available in limited production as an integrated amp or stand-alone amp.

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It is an Integrated amp delivering 120 w/ch with KT88 tubes, while by simple bias adjustment it can take other tubes like KT120, KT66 etc…

Very high quality parts are used, like Mundorf and Nichicon audio capacitors, KIWAME resistors, ultra pure 7N solid copper internal wiring, ceramic tube bases with gold plated contacts, and rhodium plated sockets.

All transformers are designed and made by NVO in-house.

There are 5 line inputs and a pre out which can feed the also-new NVO P2 power amp for a bi-amping option. A simple slim remote control for volume and mute is supplied.

The ISA-2 is a split-load design, operating in class AB2.

Call us for pricing.

Simon & Garfunkel Sounds Of Silence 50th Anniversarytest

Half century already!? Sounds of Silence was released in 1966, 50 Years Ago and launched Simon & Garfunkel sky-high. They’ve become Folk-Rock Stars With “Sounds of Silence”, that clearly reflected the era’s mood and Paul Simon’s old soul world view.

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1/09/2016 S.I.N. Audio arrives at SOStest

For more than 25 years now I’ve always thought power cords made more of a difference than speaker cables or interconnects, and still feel that way! I just received a new cord from S.I.N. Audio and all I can say is WOW! Don’t even know the cost yet but doesn’t matter this is one special cord. It actually uses the new Furutech NCF (Nano Crystal Formula) connectors. The separation of instruments and clarity is truly amazing.
Here’s a picture to wet your appetite!

SIN ac cordNotice the new Furutech NCF (Nano Crystal Formula) connectors.

FI-50-NCFR FI-50M-NCF

Bricasti Designtest

bricasti_logoThe M1 DAC: Dual Mono Masterpiece
The M1 digital to analog converter is a dual mono design; there are two completely isolated channels, each with its own dedicated linear power supply, D/A converter, DDS clocking, and analog circuitry. This design ensures that analog crosstalk is virtually nonexistent, that the necessary power requirements for each channel are well met and isolated from each other and the digital processing is isolated, having its own power supply. With our twin DAC design, the dynamic range for each channel is optimized by using the stereo ADI 1955 D/A converter in a mono configuration. The M1 also includes Bricasti’s own proprietary filter technology, further opening new territory with what is achievable in a modern D/A reference.

Product Highlights

DSD, DSD64 and DSD128 playback.

Features the latest generation asynchronous USB interface.

Dedicated dual mono design.

Highly acclaimed, proprietary filter technology.

Extremely low jitter @ 6 picoseconds.

Supports sample rates of up to 352.8kHz and 24 bits.

Minimum and linear phase filters.

http://www.bricasti.com/m1.html

http://www.bricasti.com/m1remote.html

12/26/2015 Bricasti M1 Special Edition arrives at SOStest

Standard black/gray (non-gold) version M1 Special Edition is now available and will be $10K. Only $1,000 difference from standard M1 w/remote. Includes internal updates as well as built in isolation footer upgrade.

Give us a call and have a listen, truly amazing!

MERRILL AUDIOtest

veritas redListening the transient speed, the immediacy, the clarity of music reproduced with the details of everything played and the full emotion of the musicans transferred to the instruments. Take away all microscopic background noise and the music stands out further. Call it a black background, call it low noise floor, every detail serves only to enhance the music further. Add immediacy to the music to take you to a live reproduction. Close your eyes to get to the live performance with fast transients. How do you tell if the music is live or not? It is by the fast transients and the immediacy of the music, the bite of the horn, the sharp strike of the piano key.

Audio Purity That is the goal of every Merrill Audio component.

VERITAS Monoblock Power Amplifiers

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VERITAS Monoblock Power Amplifiers will challenge any other Power amplifier with its implementation. Listen to it in comparison and you will the Speed, the details and accuracy unmatched, presentation most musical yet without harmonic distortion or smear. Accurate to the last detail.

Feel the power effortlessly drive your speakers, regardless of impedance and complexity.

Tap your toes uncontrollably to the splendour of music that seems live.

Feel the speed when the crack of the drum strikes your chest or the strike of the piano key that is so enjoyable..…

You will turn up the volume. Read on to see why…

The VERITAS Monoblock Power Amplifiers , based on the Hypex Ncore NC1200, uses the most responsive power supply, for the fastest transients with quiet, black background. A custom power cord was developed by Waveform Fidelity and included with the VERITAS Monoblocks. Isolation is provided in many ways, and on the chassis with the included Stillpoints Ultramini Risers.

At under 1/2 the admission price of the VERITAS amps comes the THOR Monoblocks are engineered to every detail. Starting with the trickle down Hypex Ncore technology in the UcD Modules, utilizing the finest components, Merrill Audio encases the design in a solid billet aircraft grade aluminum chassis design for isolation of components and to minimize microphonic vibrations. Ensuring every micro detail is kept, Merrill Audio THOR Mono Blocks delivers exceptional sound and value, precise staging in a superbly musical amplifier.