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Ciamara Newsletter – March 2015

CIAMARA NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2015

 
 
 

Welcome to the latest installment of our newsletter. We've been working tirelessly to keep the site updated with the latest product offerings from some the world's best manufacturers. In addition to introducing some new lines and products, we're excited to present our brand new System Evaluation Service.

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New System Evaluation Service

Whether it’s putting together your first stereo system or upgrading a component, choosing the right equipment can be a difficult and daunting task.  Here at Ciamara we want to make sure you’re not only getting the most out of your system, but that you’re able to enjoy it for years to come.  In order to achieve the audio nirvana we all seek, we’re offering a free system evaluation service.

Here's how it works:

  • We put you in contact with one of our system design experts who then schedule a consultation.
  • During the consultation our experts collect information about your current system, what you like and/or dislike sbout your system and what your goals are.
  • We then they make recommendations on how to achieve those goals and go over the recommendations during a follow-up session.

It’s easy, painless and absolutely FREE.

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New Synergistic Research Atmosphere Cables

Introducing the first ULTRA PERFORMANCE NON-ACTIVE Synergistic Research interconnects and speaker cables since launching Active Shielding in 1998.

Thanks to evolving UEF Technology first pioneered in our award winning HFTs and ECTs we can now build non-active cables with performance levels only surpassed by our Reference Galileo LE Active interconnects and speaker cables. Think of what this means; no more MPC’s or the complexity of multiple power supplies and without sacrificing the legendary holographic sound of SR Active Shielding. Just plug and play for the highest levels of performance in the industry with features not found on other cables.

Atmosphere Series cables deliver music on a massive scale with the same ultra black backgrounds Synergistic Research Active Shielded Cables are famous for. In fact Atmosphere Series cables are the most holographic and highest resolution interconnects and speaker cables we’ve ever produced coming remarkably close to our Reference Galileo LE interconnects and speaker cables. Thanks to significantly reduced build times and cutting edge Synergistic Research technology, Atmosphere Series Cables deliver state-of-the-art performance at price points other cables cannot match. In fact Atmosphere Series Level 4 surpasses even the most expensive flagship models from our top competitors and can be easily confirmed through an in home audition. Atmosphere Series cables set a new benchmark for absolute performance levels AND value.

Atmosphere Series consists of Level 1 through Level 4 interconnects and speaker cables with progressively higher levels of performance and features as you move up the line.

Level 3 and Level 4 Atmosphere ICs and SCs come standard with our newly developed Ground Plane Tuning Modules that allow you to voice your cables to match your system and musical preferences. (See images below)

Atmosphere Level 3 come standard with the RED Tuning module. Atmosphere Level 4 come equipped with both the RED and BLUE Ground Plane Tuning Modules.

RED Tuning Module’s Sonic Characteristics:

  • Warmth
  • Liquidity
  • Musicality

BLUE Tuning Module’s Sonic Characteristics:

  • Refinement
  • Detail
  • Focus

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The New Shunyata Triton V2 is HERE!

A significant component part of the Hydra Triton v2 upgrades is the incorporation of Shunyata's new "CopperCONN" AC outlets. Tellurium copper with a flash coating of nickel, we are told these new receptacles represent a significant sonic upgrade even from the very nice SR-Z1 outlets ($95) that Shunyata has been using in these top end designs, and will continue to use in the new MPC-12.

Shunyata has made further improvements to their filter designs. The CCI module is a capacitive array that reduces component to component interference and RFI from the power line. Each duplex will have its own dedicated CCI module.

The HYDRA TRITON has always used a patented method to reduce ground plane noise within the distributor. With the v2, the advantages of the ground system will be extended to other components outside of the unit. There are now four ground lugs on the back of the TRITON that provide a centralized grounding system for all the components in your system. The TRITON v2 will therefore be a power distributor with an integrated chassis grounding system.

The HYDRA TRITON power distributor is the beneficiary of a ten year research and development cycle aimed at perfecting high-performance, maximum current power-distribution for the film, recording and audio/video industries. All of the unique technologies within HYDRA TRITON are the exclusive intellectual property of Shunyata Research scientist Caelin Gabriel. It is rare in any product category - even less so in power products, for there to be a consensus on products used in different systems and within differing contexts. HYDRA TRITON has broken that mold by offering reference performance in every recording, film, media and music system they have been applied in since their debut. TRITON models are now being used in many of the finest recording studios; by top electronics manufacturers and industry luminaries the world over.

FEATURES:

  • NIC - NIC(noise isolation chambers) are patented devices that reduce very high frequency noise in the Megahertz to Gigahertz range without the current limiting and negative sonic affects associated with the use of conventional transformers, coils and ferrite beads.
  • MPDA Filter - The MPDA (multi-phase differential array) is an advanced 30 element, surface mount, filter array that significantly reduces power-line noise without the audible or visible side-effects normally associated with conventional capacitive and inductive approaches.
  • ZPP-DS - ZPP-DS (Zero-Point Power Distribution System) significantly reduces the number of wires and connection points within the power distribution system. The A.C. outlet contacts and main electrical buss system are unified into a single electrical point of contact, while eliminating the daisy-chained runs of wiring needed in conventional distribution systems.
  • VTX Geometry Conductors - Shunyata Research has developed what might be the world's perfect power conductor geometry. VTX wire geometry simulates a hollow conductor, which minimizes inherent inductive reactance and skin effect, improving DTCD™ instantaneous current propagation.
  • NEW Coppercon Outlets - These newly developedTellurium copper with a flash coating of nickel represent a significant sonic upgrade even from the very nice SR-Z1 outlets

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The Shunyata VENOM MPC-12c is power distributor that is ideal for computer or music server based systems. Media based music systems use several digital or processing components associated with the computer (server). They are often made with commodity power supplies that put out significant amounts of power line noise. The MPC-12c was designed specifically to segregate or “firewall” the computer and digital related components -- preventing them from polluting the performance of your high-end analog components.

The MPC-12c is Shunyata’s most complete, multi-function, high-current power distributor. Essentially, the MPC-12c contains two completely separate power conditioners starting from the power inlet.  The MPC-12c uses Shunyata’s finest Filter arrays within the analog section to reduce noise and enhance performance while still allowing for maximum current-delivery to even the most power hungry amplifiers.

The MPC-12c also features on-board surge, spike and over-current protection with a built-in status L.E.D. indicator.

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Shunyata Venom Adapters
Shunyata Research’s created its own C7, C7P and C5 Adaptors to allow a seamless, high-performance connection between components that use these IEC types and Shunyata’s power cords. The vast majority of electronics that use the C7, C7P and C5 connectors are also those that will benefit the most from the Patented technologies and measurable noise reduction offered in many of Shunyata’s power cords. In particular, the VENOM Series and ΞTRON™ Series power cords have proven to dramatically improve the performance of electronics by measurably reducing noise and improving both the sonic and visual signatures of the finest audio or video systems.

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Pro-ject RPM-1 Turntable
Pro-ject's newest offering implements a radical concept that does not compromise sound quality at an entry-level price.

RPM-1 Carbon utilizes a lot of innovations and enhancements: A low resonance chassis holds a newly designed inverted platter bearing with ceramic ball for further reduced rumble. An outboard 15V AC motor is smoothly driven using an ultra-precision AC generator with DC power supply for further enhanced speed stability. A completely new designed S-shaped tonearm tube is made from carbon fiber, aluminum and resin. Using a complex 3-step process with heat treatment and 100bar pressure, arm tube rigidity is strengthened, internal damping is maximized and resonances are reduced to a minimum. This makes the tonearm also suitable for MC cartridges. Additional features are a new magnetic antiskating mechanism and a TPE-damped counterweight. All ingredients add up to a miracle in sound for the price and ultra-stylish look!

Available in high-gloss red, white and black

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Dr. Feikert Analog
Available for the first time in North America, and distributed exclusively by VANA Ltd., is a new line of specially crafted turntables and packages that are as exceptional in appearance as is they are in performance. Each of these new turntables is built around custom designed electronics, precisely controlling from one to three DC motors. These new electronic designs offer superior performance now and with built-in facilities for future upgrades resulting from advances in ongoing research and development.

Perhaps the most critical single part of a turntable is the bearing design. Here too, Dr. Feickert Analogue has created something special: a bearing that is at the heart of every model offering the smoothest and thus quietest possible performance.

The plinths in each model are built up using a three-layer configuration. This allows for a dissipation of extraneous energy and results in the ideal platform for the turntable system to perform optimally. The quick release armboard system found on each turntable allows for the use of 9” or 12” tonearms with ease.

Setup is simple and straightforward. All you need to do is level the turntable, setup the tonearm and cartridge and  adjust speed with the included PlatterSpeed iOS or Android App. There are no fussy and complicated suspension adjustments to get in the way of effortlessly enjoying the best that analog playback has to offer.

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Blue Horizon Analog Accessories and System Enhancements Tools

Blue Horizon comes from a group of designers in the UK who share a deep love of music and keen enthusiasm for what is possible through a high-quality audio video system.

Each product in the line is designed to take an already exceptional system to new levels of performance; whether by simply cleaning your record surface with a thoughtfully designed record brush or lifting your speakers and audio components on uniquely efficient spike pads, Blue Horizon products don't disappoint.

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Auralic Aries Wireless Streamer

The Auralic Aries continues to be one of our top selling components.  With the recent addition of TidalHiFi Support, the Aries continues to set the bar in features, ease of use and performance. It recently received a glowing review on computeraudiophile.com and is now, along with the Vega, a member of the highly regarded CASH list.

"The Aries plethora of capabilities such as OpenHome / DLNA rendering, AirPlay, SongCast, WiFi, USB playback, USB disk, and terrific Tidal HiFi integration make it a sure leader in this market segment. Adding to this its super sound quality make it THE leader and should place it on top of readers’ audition considerations." - Chris Connaker (computeraudiophile.com)

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Album of the Month

Marcus Miller "Afrodeezia"

Miller makes his Blue Note Records debut with "Afrodeezia"—which was inspired by Miller’s role as a UNESCO Artist For Peace and spokesperson for the organization’s Slave Route Project—was recorded in locations around the world including Morocco, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans and Los Angeles, and features a wide range of guests including rapper Chuck D., vocalist Lalah Hathaway, keyboardist Robert Glasper, trumpeters Etienne Charles and Ambrose Akinmusire, guitarists Keb’ Mo’ and Wah Wah Watson, bassist/producer Mocean Worker, organist Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy), and cellist Ben Hong, as well as musicians from Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Miller’s core band includes saxophonist Alex Han, trumpeter Lee Hogans, pianist Brett Williams, guitarist Adam Agati, and drummer Louis Cato.