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.

Audio Note Japan Philosophytest

In 1988 audio Note Japan introduced the single-ended, no-feedback, directly heated triode amplifier to the world audio marketplace. Since then, Audio Note Japan has become the largest manufacturer and most famous purveyor of this type of amplification in the world.

Audio Note Japan was founded in 1975 by Hiroyasu Kondo. Mr. Kondo was the second son of a Buddhist priest. He was an artist, a father, a professor of electronic engineering and molecular metallurgy and most important, he was the Picasso of contemporary audio design.

Mr. Kondo founded Audio Note Japan to share his discoveries with the larger audio community. His own research grew out of a deep dissatisfaction with the recording equipment he was using in the studio at SONY/CBS where he worked in the 60′s.

At Audio Note Japan they understand that the music and signal are a continuous dynamic shock wave that has electro-mechanical, electro-chemical, electro-static and electro-magnetic effects as it impresses on the amplification chain. Minimizing the disturbances in each of these areas allows more of the delicate aspects of the signal to pass unaltered. In other words, what is often forgotten is that music starts from silence and the music signal is therefore MUCH MORE than just voltage and current. It is energy expanding from a void. It is a complex, pulsating, expanding wave of energy that effects everything it comes in contact with. At every juncture in the audio chain, some of this energy is stored and later released OUT OF TIME with the original signal and impressed on the new, virgin signal.


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