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.

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

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!

NVO (New Valve Order)test

NVO (New Valve Order) has been taking on all phono stages, tubed or solid state and has won virtually all battles! Hear it for yourself at SOS!

A Holiday Present for You – A New Product Line at SOS, Bricasti Designtest

We’re excited to bring to you Bricasti Design, which is “the world’s premier manufacturer of hand crafted, great sounding, easy to use, digital reverbs.”

They offer the M1 DAC (a digital to analog converter) and the M28 Amplifier (an exceptionally pure and precisely controlled reservoir of current).

We’re excited to bring you this line because of its remarkable and natural sound on the most demanding musical passages.

Please call us at 603-888-5104 for more information and for a demo. Happy Holidays!

SOS has added a new line … read on!test

Several weeks ago, Joe Cohen graciously sent me a SMc VRE-1B preamp for evaluation.
To make a long story short: I bought it for my own reference system. Most of you know I don’t buy just anything, it must make me listen and forget about equipment before I even think of spending my own hard earned $$$$. (Yes I’m no different than you, I have a higher source to justify any expense…..MY WIFE!!!!).

This preamp redefines musical expression and emotional involvement, I find myself totally immersed in the music in a way heretofore I would not of believed possible. The 3-dimensional aspect of the soundstage is nothing short of revolutionary! The sonority of instruments, the body, texture and air this preamp allows to come thru is the best I’ve heard. Dynamic expression at both ends of the scale is effortless and powerful. Image solidity, sound staging, transparency and the natural placement of instruments upon the sound stage is as good as I have ever heard and better than anything I have ever achieved in my reference system in some 30 years in this hobby.

I know this ‘mini review’ sounds like I have “been sipping the sauce” a wee bit too long this week. Your judgments will be forthcoming in your systems but I will stake my reputation on the excellence of the Steve McCormack VRE-1B in your system, it is that good. Call for an appointment or I’ll bring the unit over to your home for audition.

Tube versus solid state ampstest

 

So do you think  there’s a phenomenon where tube amps seem  to be rated higher than solid-state amps for the same output? First, power ratings can be very misleading. For example, you have to double the power to get a 3 decibel increase in sound. Say if 5 watts would give a sound level of 60 db, it would take 10 watts to produce 63 db, 20 watts for 66 db, 40 watts for 69 db, 80 watts for 72, 160 watts for 75, 320 watts for 78 db, etc. So 1,000+ watt amps used at concerts are not at all overkill. The same analogy  is true with cars, if a 100 hp car will do 100 mph, a 500 hp will not do 500 mph – maybe 140. Yes it will reach 100 mph faster but that’s all.

Also, the methods used to determine power outputs are a little suspect, not unlike automobile engines were before 1971. A close read of the specs of a 1000 watt amplifier might reveal that it really puts out only 250 watts into an 8 ohm speaker. That 1000 watts was at 2 ohms, or unloaded, or whatever, no one knew how manufacturers did their testing.

Tube amps are often driven at maximum output or even pushed a bit over so they then achieve a pleasant distortion. An overdriven solid-state amp does not work as well, so they are usually designed to be used well under maximum output. Distortion can be added though either on board or external effects. Obviously this is not quite the same sound as an overdriven tube. This is why many audiophiles are willing to pay a premium for tube amplifiers that use 50 + year old technology for a “warmer”, “fuller” sound.

In conclusion, tube amps are cool. I’ve used tubed gear since getting into audio in the mid 70′s and even back then thought the sound was more to my liking than solid state. They each have a different sound, especially when pushed hard. Transistors are more practical, more reliable, and can produce huge amounts of power with relative little weight or money. There is clearly a place for both in today’s musical world and for the vast array of speakers in today’s market.