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Ciamara October 2015 Newsletter

CIAMARA OCTOBER 2015 NEWSLETTER

 
 
 

October 2015 Newsletter

Now that fall is officially upon us, we've got some very exciting new products from Merging Technologies, Sbooster, Shunyata Research, Synergistic Research and Cardas Audio to tell you about.We also have a limited Berkeley Audio Design Alpha Reference DAC in stock. As you may know they experienced some significant production delays, so these things are still very hard to come by. We recently received a shipment of the Ayre Acoustic Codex and are blown away by how good it sounds. This little headphone amp/DAC/preamp is outstanding on all fronts and with the ability to use it in balanced headphone mode, it's truly a performance behemoth at its price. If you haven't done so already, don't forget to register for our Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Program to start earning 5% back on every purchase and that we offer FREE SHIPPING on all purchases over $99, so it won't cost you anything extra to try these and just about anything we offer in the comfort of your own home for up to 30-days .  Lastly, as an added bonus for your support we'd like to offer you the opportunity to get 20% off on all of your purchases on HDtracks and 25% off of the Binaural Chesky release "You're Surrounded."

 

Thanks for taking the time to take a look at this month's newsletter, if you have any questions feel free to contact us here, in our LiveChat or at 844-242-6272

Happy Listening!

 

New Products

Merging Technologies NADAC
(retail
 $10,500 - 2ch and $11,500 - 8ch )

 

"It's the best that I've heard in DSD and high-resolution PCM/DXD DACs to date. Period."

- David Robinson Positive Feedback (August 2015)

Advanced technology developed for F1 racing has dramatically benefited every modern car. Similarly, benefits gained from years of developing cutting-edge products for the professional recording community can be made available to the discerning audiophile. The NADAC is not unique because of the components it uses, but in the care with which it was designed and the experience behind it. By introducing RAVENNA networking to the home, we not only remove traditional limitations, we totally transform the performance we can deliver.

NADAC is offered in two versions:

For the stereo version, the 8 channels of the ESS Sabre ES9008S Reference D/A converter are merged into 2 for improved linearity, greater dynamic range and a lower noise floor.

The 8 channel version can be set at any time to operate in 8 discrete channel mode, or stereo mode to enjoy the same advantages of merging 8 into to 2 channels as the stereo version.

 

Sbooster Audiophile Power Supplies 
(
starting at $375)


BOTW Power Supply (Lumin D1/L1, Auralic Aries, M2Tech and Uptone Audio Regen)

The “Best of Two Worlds Power & Precision ECO” audio upgrade (BOTW P&P ECO) is the successor of SBooster's “Best of Two Worlds Solutions” audio upgrade (BOTWS). This new upgrade product combines power, precision and efficiency in an unique innovative manner. The BOTW P&P ECO is the best choice for every audiophile. With the BOTW P&P ECO audio upgrade the purification of the current starts immediately there where the polluted current enters the upgrade. A dual stage mains filter and an earth line choke clean the current from high frequency pollution before the current reaches the transformer. The transformer is a custom-made audio grade transformer with electrostatic shielding.


This unique upgrade power supply with its large headroom delivers at all times sufficient clean power to the audio device to ensure a stable and continuous performance of the internal processes of the audio device in order to get the best performance out of the audio device.

ULTRA ACCESSORY (Auralic Aries, M2Tech, Uptone Audio Regen)

The Sbooster Ultra can be used as an addition to the many filtering and optimization techniques of the BOTW P&P ECO audio upgrade PSU. The SBooster Ultra has to be connected directly to the SBooster split-current module of the BOTW P&P ECO. The SBooster Ultra is based on active filter technique, which reduces the ripple & noise of the BOTW P&P ECO even further: to a negligible low level. A must have for every audiophile! The SBooster Ultra is designed for audio equipment that is sensitive to residual noise, such as digital to analog converters, music streamers, USB to SPDIF converters, headphone-, pre- and phono amplifiers.

In addition to the active filter function, the Sbooster Ultra also re-stabilizes the output voltage to the correct voltage. Because of the short output cable of the Sbooster Ultra, the highly purified powered is lossless passed to your audio device.

Please note that the SBooster has created a special version of their Ultra Accessory just for the Uptone Audio Regen that can be used without the BOTW Power Supply.

Shunyata Research Venom Series Signal Cables 

Venom Series Interconnects (starting at $295) 
VENOM Series Signal Cables are the finest example of what can be achieved when a company with verifiable technical and material resources invests in the creation of products that represent the very definition of value and performance.

The VENOM Signal cables are Shunyata Research’s answer to the obvious trend toward the obscene in high-performance cable pricing. To make an unequivocal statement of value, Shunyata Research invested all of its estimable material and technical resources into the design and construction of products that likely have no peer in terms of quality at, or anywhere near their well-reasoned retail pricing. Starting with very expensive OHNO Cast Copper as the base metal, VENOM Series Interconnects set a very expensive metals standard that may be impossible for others to compete with at these prices. Adding to this, VENOM Interconnects utilize Shunyata Research’s exclusive VTX (hollow-core) conductors, previously found only in our most expensive designs. Completing the package are Shunyata’s own custom brand of premium copper XLR and RCA connectors. To find this level of material quality and customization in expensive cable products is no certainty. To find these expensive elements in cables at reasonable price points is unheard of.

Some brands of cable with little in the way of customization come equipped with four and five-figure price tags. In contrast, Shunyata Research is making its broadest statement of value by applying its finest parts and technologies within cable products that virtually anyone can afford.

The VENOM Signal cable products were designed to compete with cable products costing many times their affordable retail prices. VENOM Signal cables have been priced this way for a reason -- to continue Shunyata Research’s reputation for creating beautifully crafted, extremely high-performance products at more real-world retail prices.


Venom Series Speaker Cables
 (starting at $595)

Despite their affordable price, VENOM Series Speaker cables bare all of the material and design hallmarks of extremely expensive cable products. Given the recent trend into the incalculable stratosphere of high-performance cable pricing, Shunyata’s VENOM Speaker Cables were designed to represent what can be accomplished with a commitment to real value. Shunyata Research’s 15 years worth of custom-part engineering and commitment to real-world cable pricing has evolved into products that represent the finest combination of affordability, material value and performance.

Shunyata Research uses only the finest certified OFE 101 copper conductors in an exclusive VTX (hollow-core) design. VENOM Speaker Cables are terminated with Shunyata’s own STIS interchangeable terminal system. The STIS system ensures the proper termination even you change the amplifier or speaker.

Completing the package is Shunyata Research's signature craftsmanship and quality construction. The VENOM Speaker Cables are very flexible and easy to route even in very tight spaces.

These just might be the highest-value line Shunyata has ever produced and offer an unprecedented cost to performance ratio.

Cardas Audio 4181 US Power Duplex Outlet
($149)

Introducing the 4181 US Duplex Power Outlet. The 4181 features copper contacts, plated with rhodium over silver, for improved electrical contact and current transfer. Amazing grip tension provides solid contact and superb plug retention on the heaviest of cables.

Configurable in many ways. The top and bottom outlet ca be joined (as with a standard duplex) or completely electrically isolated from each other; either can be grounded to the mounting bracket or isolated from it.

Synergistic Research Atmosphere Headphone Cables
($695)

For the headphone enthusiasts Synergistic Research have developed some exceptional headphone cables with custom connections specifically for the Sennheiser HD 800 and Audeze LCD headphones. Transform your listening experience with the new Atmosphere Headphone cables.

 

Price Drops, Stock Updates and Special Offers

PRICE DROP
Pro-ject Debut Carbon DC Turntable 

(was $449, now $399)

The best-buy turntable classic with carbon tonearm and DC power supply!

The first Debut turntable, introduced in the late 1990s, was a revolution for the hi-fi industry. For the first time after the arrival of Compact Disc and the assumed demise of vinyl records, an analogue product re-emerged in the “mass market” – something all music lovers could afford.

The new DEBUT Carbon DC has been designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables is growing again!

The most obvious improvement is the inclusion of a CARBON TUBE for the tonearm, which increases stiffness and decreases unwanted resonance. This material normally is extensively used in high-end tonearms, but – because of cost reasons – was never used in products at lower price levels. Together with other improvements like an increase in platter size and weight to realize even smoother rotation, the overall sound quality is greatly improved. The approved belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling (utilizing TPE-damping) and ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability without unwanted vibration. The DEBUT CARBON DC will be offered in high-gloss black or shiny red, green, blue, yellow, silver or white as no-added-cost option

PRICE DROP
Pro-ject Debut Carbon Phono USB DC Turntable 

(was $549, now $499)

If you're looking for a great sounding way to listen and/or an easy way to digitize (record) your vinyl collection onto a computer, then Pro-ject's new DEBUT Carbon Phono USB DC is an excellent choice that takes the guess work out of choosing the right components.  Because Debut Carbon Phono USB (DC) comes with the pre-mounted cartridge and build-in phono preamplifier with USB output, connection to both line-level input of your hi-fi system and recording of vinyl to PC/Mac easily can be done simultaneously! It has been designed to set new standards in this category for the coming decade – perfectly timed as analogue today is again a respected source, while the demand for good turntables is growing again!

The most obvious improvement is the inclusion of a CARBON TUBE for the tonearm, which increases stiffness and decreases unwanted resonance. This material normally is extensively used in high-end tonearms, but – because of cost reasons – was never used in products at lower price levels. Together with other improvements like an increase in platter size and weight to realize even smoother rotation, the overall sound quality is greatly improved. The approved belt drive design offers low noise AC motor with effective motor decoupling (utilizing TPE-damping) and ultra precision frequency DC-driven AC generator (like Speed Box) for ultimate speed stability without unwanted vibration.

IN STOCK 
Ayre Acoustics Codex Headphone Amp/DAC/preamp
 ($1,795)

The Codex, manufactured in Boulder, CO is equally at home as a stand-alone DAC, DAC/Preamp combination, or Headphone Amplifier/DAC. Encased in a sleek, elegant chassis and equipped with the latest Ayre technology, the Codex can blend seamlessly into any environment: from a simple desktop headphone system, to a high performance home audio setup. A fully balanced signal path throughout the analog circuitry provides an inherently clean and quiet backdrop for your music. the zero-feedback design maintains all of the pace and rhythm of your favorite artist, rendering your digital music as effortless as if it were live. Ayre has been designing products like this for over 20 years. Listen and experience what Ayre and your music are all about.

“I don't know if it's due to the "zero negative feedback" design or the killer digital filters Charlie Hanson dreams up, but with file resolutions of PCM up to 32/384 and DSD128 the Codex is just plain musical. Can't wait to get one up here for a long hard listen.”
– Tyll Hertsens, innerfidelity.com

IN STOCK 
Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series ($16,000) 

After months and months of waiting, we finally have a limited number of Berkley Audio Design's elusive Alpha DAC Reference Series

"The Berkeley Audio Alpha DAC Reference redefines what we can expect from digital playback" 

– Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound

"The Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series is a DAC for the ages. Delicacy, detail, and unparalleled transparency are hallmarks of the RS. Reproducing soft yet present background instruments as clearly as the lead guitar is something only the Alpha DAC RS has done in my system." 

- Chris Connaker, The Computer Audiophile

The Berkeley Alpha DAC Reference Series embodies everything Berkeley Audio Design know about digital to analog conversion taken to an unprecedented level - a level that requires new design concepts and new components at the edge of what is possible. The result is an immediacy and presence of music reproduction that is simply real. They literally designed the Reference Series before it was possible to build it. Almost three years in development, the Alpha DAC Reference Series uses components designed to our specifications that previously were not commercially available. Several suppliers were not able to meet their requirements which delayed the release of the Reference Series by more than a year. But those obstacles were overcome and now the Alpha DAC Reference Series is a reality.

SPECIAL OFFER
Synergistic Research Grounding Block w/ FREE HD Grounding Cable 

Through October 15th, 2015 when you purchase a SR Grounding Block, we will include an HD Component Ground Cable 1.25 Meter (any termination) absolutely FREE. (A $395.00 Value)

The SR Grounding Block was engineered to improve ground performance on our new Atmosphere Series interconnects and speaker cables, as well as all SR products with external ground plane connections like Tranquility Base isolation platforms, FEQ and Atmosphere wave generators.

By cleaning up your system’s ground connection you hear a noticeable improvement in soundstage height, depth and width thanks to a lower noise floor. Soundstage scale is improved with richer tonal density especially at the edges of your soundfield. Image outlines are brought into clearer focus while musicality and overall system refinement are greatly improved.

With optional connectivity cables the SR Ground Block also improves the performance of turntables, DAC’s, Pre-Amps, Power Amps, USB devices or any component with an active circuit inside.

Optional High-Def connectivity ground cables are available for the following applications:

  • Turntables – Connect to Ground Plug on Turntable
  • Digital to Analog Converters (DACs) – Connect to spare Digital Input, Output or Chassis Ground
  • Pre-Amplifiers – Connect to spare Analog Input, Output or Chassis Ground
  • Power Amplifiers – Connect to spare Analog Input, Output or Chassis Ground.
  • USB Devices – Connect to spare USB Input, Output or Chassis Ground
  • Any Component with an active circuit inside – Connect to spare Input, Output or Chassis Ground

The SR Grounding Block includes:

SPECIAL OFFER
20% OFF DISCOUNT CODE

CIAMARA20

                    25% OFF DISCOUNT CODE FOR

                           "YOU'RE SURROUNDED"

                       CIAMARASURROUNDED

 

Album of the Month:

The Isley Brothers:
The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983)

Formed in 1954, The Isley Brothers isn’t just one of America’s longest-running bands, it’s also one of their best and most eclectic. Coming to life in Ohio, Isleys showed promise in their earliest days and quickly left the Buckeye State behind for the promise of New York City. They racked up regional hits and finally broke into the national scene in 1959 with “Shout!” As ubiquitous as that song seems today it only climbed to 47 on the Billboard pop charts and didn’t bother the R&B world at all. That’s where this new box set begins, taking listeners all the way to 1983 and through some impossible twists and turns that found the band touching on soul, gospel, psychedelic rock, disco, and funk, among just about everything else along the way.

The box set includes 21 remastered versions of the R&B/soul/funk group's 21 albums from the RCA Victor and T-Neck labels as well as the previously unreleased Wild In Woodstock: The Isley Brothers Live At Bearsville Studios.

 

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