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JULY 2015 NEWSLETTER

JULY 2015 NEWSLETTER

 
 
 

"Summer Sale and New Product Pre-orders Edition"

Summer is here and we've got some exciting specials and brand new products that will be available in the coming weeks. Shunyata Research is offering a 25% discount on all of their Reference ΞTRON™signal cables, as well as some very attractive packages on their Venom PS8 Power System and Venom MPC-12 Power Distributors. Ayre Acoustics has just released their new headphone amp/DAC/preamp called the "CODEX" and we're very excited to be able to finally offer this very cool piece. ENIGMAcoustics will also be releasing 2 new personal audio products in the coming weeks; Dharma D1000 headphones and Athena A1 headphone amp. The last, but not in any way least, product that that we are now accepting preorders for is the Auralic Aries Mini. Finally, don't forget to take advantage our FREE Personalized System Evaluation Service, which pairs you with one of our system design specialists who is standing by to help you take your system to the next level.

SHUNYATA RESEARCH SPECIALS

Venom MPC-12 Promotional Price ($2250)

For a limited time you can purchase the VENOM MPC-12 ($2495) with SSF Stainless Steel Feet ($195) for $440 off of the retail price ($2695).

The VENOM MPC-12 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-12 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-12 is Shunyata’s most complete, multi-function, high-current power distributor. Essentially, the MPC-12 contains two completely separate power conditioners starting from the power inlet. The MPC-12 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-12 also features on-board surge, spike and over-current protection with a built-in status L.E.D. indicator.

It would not be uncommon to see price tags upwards of $5,000 for a power conditioner with MPC-12’s level of performance and unique features. In keeping with Shunyata Research’s real world pricing practices, the MPC-12 includes a high-current VENOM-HC power cord valued at $295.

Venom PS8 Power System ($1100)

Shunyata's VENOM PS8 Power System includes the high- performance VENOM PS8 power distributor and a VENOM DEFENDER ($195) that provides surge protection and noise reduction. Additionally, we are including a High-Current VENOM-HC power cable ($295) and SSF Stainless Steel Feet ($195).

The VENOM PS8 is Shunyata Research's least expensive reference grade power distributor. It was designed, specifically to fit behind a rack or cabinet with all outlets facing up for ease of use in a complex entertainment system.

Its ultra high-current design and quality construction make it an ideal choice for video systems, media systems, recording systems and high-end audio power distribution applications.

A power conditioner is a device that provides surge protection and noise reduction while a power distributor simply distributes power to multiple outlets. Many purist audiophiles have a distain for power conditioners, claiming that they compress dynamics and inject a grainy quality to their audio system. For these people the VENOM PS8 is a godsend.

Some people do want a high-end power conditioner like the award winning HYDRA TRITON but just can't come up with the coin. They need something less expensive but don't want to sacrifice quality. The PS8, when used with the VENOM DEFENDER, provides a complete power conditioning system that provides surge protection and noise reduction for up to eight components.

The VENOM PS8 was created as a premium-performance alternative for those who are tired of mass-market power products typically associated with lack-luster performance, cheap parts and plastic or flimsy metal enclosures. It uses many of the premium parts and custom materials that have earned the HYDRA Series multiple international awards and professional endorsements.

LIMITED TIME PROMOTION on Reference Shunyata Research ΞTRON™ Signal Cables.

This Promotional, 25% Discount, includes the following models:

ΞTRON™ COBRA RCA, XLR, Speaker Cables and Digital cables

ΞTRON™ PYTHON RCA, XLR and Speaker Cables

ΞTRON™ ANACONDA RCA, XLR, Speaker Cables and Digital cables

This is a VERY Limited Time Promotion, so please get your orders in SOON.

NOW ACCEPTING

ORDERS FOR THE FOLLOWING

 PRODUCTS

Ayre Acoustics CODEX (click to order)

The Codex ($1795) is a DAC/headphone amp/digital preamp that builds on the platform that they designed for the Pono—ESS9018K2M DAC chip and discrete analog output circuit—but utilizes a much better analog power supply and superior components in many places.

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.

 

ENIGMAcoustics Dharma D1000 Headphones ($1190) and Athena A1 Headphone Amplifier ($1490)

*est shipping date of late July/early August

Electrostatic Serenity

There’s something undeniably magic about electrostatics. Whether it’s loudspeakers or headphones, their ability to resolve inner detail, to reproduce music with immediacy, transparency,and focus is unparalleled. Utilizing an almost massless thin film membrane, they have long been regarded as the Holy Grail, and what they do as magic.

ENIGMAcoustics came into existence with that belief. And as a company devoted to electrostatic design, they made a statement right out of the gate with their groundbreaking Sopranino electrostatic super tweeter. Its design, built around our patented SBESL™ (Self-Biased Electrostatic) technology, eliminates the need for an external AC connection to provide a polarizing voltage.

This patented SBESL™ technology is implemented now─as a miniaturized work of art─in the DHARMA Hybrid Electrostatic Stereo Headphone. The result, not unexpectedly, is high frequency response that extends to 50 KHz, and sweet, nuanced, sound that will take your breath away. Augmenting the electrostatic HF element for lower frequencies is a 50mm Wagami paper based dynamic driver, which provides not only bass extension to 15 HZ, but palpably impactful mid bass as well. It transitions seamlessly to DHARMA’s electrostatic tweeter with a phase coherent first order slope.

At 380 grams, DHARMA is comfortable. It is also an ergonomic and stylish design featuring a high-grade aluminum alloy housing and sound that will envelope the listener in nothing less than electrostatic serenity.

 

Athena A1 Headphone Amplifier (click to order)

The Athena A1 is an audiophile’s dream. From its three dimensional soundstage to its ability to faithfully articulate voices and instruments, to separate and fix them in space, the Athena A1 is an engaging and musical headphone amplifier. Designed by a virtuoso engineering team, it is the first headphone amplifier from ENIGMAcoustics. It is also represents the culmination of an exhaustive design effort, hundreds of hours of listening, miles of response curves, and carefully selected parts.

Chosen for their sonic purity and low noise, ECC82/12AU7 triode vacuum tubes, driven in pure Class-A mode, provide the foundation for Athena A1’s single-ended front end. A full-wave 6CA4 vacuum tube rectifier is then employed, followed by an LC smoothing filter. While the Class-A MOS/BJT hybrid output stage is extremely solid and robust, it is a great complement to the single-ended triode front end; and together they render music that flourishes with all the harmonic hues of live music. The output stage exhibits extremely low output impedance, which ensures compatibility with low impedance headphones; and its high output voltage swing also allows Athena A1 to effortlessly drive high impedance headphones as well.

Elegantly presented, the Athena A1 features a strikingly attractive visual design, glass exterior, and state of the art construction. This innovative and bewitchingly musical vacuum tube headphone amplifier may well have re-written the book on SET (Single-Ended Triode) design.

 

Auralic Aries Mini ($449 - click to preorder)

*est arrival 9/15

"We are trying to create something that is affordable for most music lover, not just audiophile," said Xuanqian Wang, the CEO of AURALiC. "ARIES MINI is exactly the right product for anyone who is eager to experience the wireless high-resolution streaming technology but don’t want to spend a lot of budget on a dedicate DSD DAC or a NAS drive. It is the real DSD streamer for everyone."

The ARIES MINI is a wireless streaming node designed for connecting to your existing home audio system. It not only has shared all software and hardware functions coming from the original ARIES, but also equipped with additional high quality analog output and optional hard drive slot for anyone whom don’t want to invest for a dedicate DSD DAC and NAS drive.

The ARIES MINI can stream high-resolution music quickly and wirelessly in virtually any sampling rate, even for the latest Quad-Rate DSD and DXD. It is powered by AURALiC's proprietary Tesla hardware platform that includes a Quad-Core ARM Coretex-A9 processor running at 1GHz, 512MB DDR3 on-board memory and 4GB internal storage. The Tesla platform has a calculation ability of 25,000 MIPS, more than enough to decode a vast spectrum of audio formats, including AAC, AIFF, ALAC, APE, DIFF, DSF, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WV and WMA.

Through Lightning DS, AURALiC’s control software, the ARIES MINI can stream music stored on network attached storage, USB disk and optional internal storage. It also supports TIDAL, Qobuz and WiMP lossless streaming services. The other streaming sources are vTuner Internet Radio, AirPlay from Apple devices and Songcast for Windows and Mac system.

The input of the ARIES MINI includes Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac dual-band WiFi, USB input and optional internal storage such as 2.5’ hard disk or solid-state drive. The outputs are USB audio that is compatible with DACs, which do not required drive to work on Mac system. The digital audio outputs include Coaxial and Toslink with maximum supported sampling rate up to 24Bit/192k. The single-ended analog output drive by internal DAC supports all sampling rate up to Quad-Rate DSD and DXD.

The dimensions of the ARIES MINI are 5.3"W x 5.3"D x 1.1"H (13.5cm x 13.5cm x 2.8cm) and it weighs 1.1lb.

It will be available in black or white.

RECENTLY ADDED PRODUCTS

 

Musical Surroundings Phonomena II+ ($750)

The Phonomena II+ is the successor in Musical Surroundings' affordable phono preamplifier series, celebrating 15-years in the market. The Phonomena II+ features an improved chassis design, based on Musical Surroundings' more expensive Nova II, and is available in both black and silver finish. Boasting a new circuit board layout, the Phonomena II+ delivers discrete dual-mono signal paths, affording the listener more vibrant and dynamic music reproduction with a “blacker” background. Expertly made, inside and out, the Phonomena II+’s small footprint optimizes signal path integrity, while its black or silver finish options are sure to match the rest of your components. The Phonomena II+ is proudly Made in the USA and provides phenomenal sound and flexibility at an affordable price.

 

Cardas Audio Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Cable (starting at $350)

Clear High Speed Serial Buss takes Cardas' Clear USB cable, and adds a special high performance data cable using silver-plated conductors. Each conductor pair in both cables is discreetly shielded, and each cable has its own double-shield. This premium dual-cable USB cable adds depth & realism, and improved imaging to your digital system.

Clear High speed USB is available with Type-A & Type-B connectors.

 

Clearaudio Double Matrix Professional Record Cleaning Machine ($5500)

Clearaudio is proud to present their latest double-sided record cleaning machine, the Double Matrix Professional Record Cleaning Machine.

Keeping vinyl records clean is key to maintaining a high quality record collection and getting the best sound. Clearaudio’s research and development team continues to create advanced equipment for the job. They developed their first double-sided record cleaning machine over 10 years ago. The new Double Matrix Professional Sonic is their best solution to date.

The advantages of a double-sided record cleaning machine include time savings and protecting the cleaned record side from being in contact with a dirty surface. With both automatic and manual modes, the Double Matrix Professional Sonic allows you to run the entire cleaning cycle at the touch of a button, or you can manually control each step of the process via the user-friendly controls. Automatic cleaning is available in both normal and 2x mode for records requiring extra maintenance. Wash and vacuum cycles are bi-directional and you can control both platter direction and speed. An anti-static brush prevents static build-up on your cleaned discs.

Clearaudio has created a new articulating washing/vacuuming system that incorporates sonic vibrations to better deep scrub the record groove. These cleaning applicators automatically adapt to different thickness records, assuring better performance and ease of use. Clearaudio’s R&D team has learned that this approach performs a more thorough job of cleaning without risking damage to the vinyl record, versus ultrasonic cleaners commonly used to clean hard materials such as jewelry and glass. The sonically articulating cleaning pads can be easily removed for washing as well as replacing the micro-felt strips.

Album of the Month:

HONEYHONEY "3"

"If we learn anything about HONEYHONEY’s lead singer, banjo player and violinist Suzanne Santo from the band’s third album, it’s that you don’t want to make her angry. She’s plenty mad on many of the dozen tracks that she and guitarist Ben Jaffe unspool on this impressive set of Americana rock, but that ire injects muscle to the band’s music." - Hal Horowitz (click for full review)

If you love great songs, sung by a great singer, we highly recommend you check out HONEYHONEY's latest effort.

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