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SEPTEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER

CIAMARA OCTOBER 2015 NEWSLETTER

 
 
 
 

 

 

September 2015 Newsletter

With summer almost at an end and fall fast approaching, we thought it would be an excellent time to clear some space in our warehouse and offer you some great gear at an even better price. In addition to the products listed in the Summer Sale section, we have a number of products from select manufacturers that are available at a discount or double Club Ciamara Membership Rewards Points. Please note that there are limited number of these items to offer at these prices.  Also, most of these prices are for registered members only and will not be listed on the website.  So please contact us directly if you would like to purchase any of the sale items in this newsletter or to inquire if a product is on sale or eligible to receive double membership rewards points.

In addition to our End of Summer Sale, we have added a few new products to our lineup. This month we have new products from Bricasti DesignSynergistic Research and Fosgate Signature.

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 the LiveChat or at 844-242-6272

Happy Listening!

 

END OF SUMMER SALE

 
Bryston 4BSST² Stereo Amplifier
(retail $4995, on sale for $4250)
 
The Bryston 4BSST² is an amp that needs no introduction. It's dual channel (stereo) design has gained legendary status among audiophiles and music lovers alike. It is currently our (and Bryston's) most popular SST² model. Local sales only please.Power Capabilities:
300W into 8 Ohms (500W into 4 Ohms)
900W into 8 Ohms (Bridged Mono)
 
Peachtree Audio Integrated Amplifiers
(on sale starting at $799)
From the beginning of Peachtree, the company has tried to merge old-school audiophile thinking, where sound quality always comes first, with a decidedly new-school digital/computer audio savvy mindset. The result has been a series of award-winning amplifiers, DACs and speakers enjoyed by music lovers all over the world.
 
Ayre Acoustics AX-5 Integrated Amplifier
only 1 available at $8500 (retail $9950)
 
That's right folks, we have 1 of Ayre's AX-5 integrated amplifier left. This model has since been replaced by the AX-5 Twenty and now retails for $12,950. This unit is new in the box and is eligible to be factory upgraded to the latest version. Since its introduction, it has been a favorite of the Ciamara staff and is easily one of the best integrated amps on the market today. Here is your chance to own one for a fraction of the price.“…the AX-5 is not only, overall, the finest-sounding amp I’ve ever heard, it ranks as one of the finest components I’ve heard of any type.”
Ayre Acoustics AX-5 integrated amplifier
–Uday Reddy, SoundStage!
 
Pro-ject Turntables and Phono Preamplifiers
(starting at $179)
 
During its 13-year existence, PRO-JECT has flourished while creating a sizable market demand for high-performance, reasonably priced analog playback products and accessories. PRO-JECT has won many international awards and regularly receives highly favorable reviews from the audio press around the globe.
 
Clearaudio Nano V2 Phono Preamplifier
(on sale $399 retail $450)
 

Founded in 1978 in Erlangem, Germany, ClearAudio first began producing handmade phono cartridges. Audiophiles across the globe agree, the brand's products are both innovative and standard-setting. Sold in over 70 countries worldwide, and boasting a comprehensive variety of tonearms, turntables, phono cartridges, phono preamplifiers and more; It's safe to say ClearAudio has established their spot as an international leader in high-end vinyl.

The Nano V2 Phono incorporates fully dual-mono design, which is almost unheard of at this price point, features separate left and right switches for input loading and gain control. Users can also select between moving coil or moving magnet sensitivity, extracting the best results from virtually any phono cartridge.

The new Nano Phono v2 moving coil / moving magnet phono stage provides higher quality performance:

  • RIAA accuracy is better than +/- 0.4dB from 20Hz – 50kHz
  • Signal to noise ratio (MM) is improved to 81dB
  • Distortion is reduced to less than 0.006%
  • Features a top-mounted power on / off button and level control
 

Buy a PowerCell 10 UEF MSRP $5,995.00 and receive a FREE FEQ-PowerCell Equalizer - A $995.00 Value

The new PowerCell 10 UEF boasts a 15% larger internal EM Cell making it the most powerful AC filter Synergistic Research has ever produced.

Bigger AND More Advanced:

For the first time Synergistic Research has directly applied UEF technology to both the PowerCell’s ground plane and as a separate filter inside the PowerCell’s internal Electromagnetic Cell while an optional FEQ PowerCell Equalizer re-clocks the EM Cell with a rich low frequency harmonic making 60-cycle noise a thing of the past. Combined the 15% larger EM Cell, UEF Filter technology, and optional FEQ- PowerCell Equalizer make this our most effective and musical PowerCell to date.

The PowerCell UEF’s external load circuit utilizes new UEF Tuning Circuits which replace the original Enigma Bullets or tuning circuits. One right angled UEF Tuning Circuit is used at the rear of the PowerCell. Additionally one gray and one silver UEF Tuning Circuit comes standard with the included Element Copper/ Tungsten power cord so you can tune the sound of your PowerCell 10 UEF to better complement your system. The New PowerCell 10 UEF raises the bar with a 15% larger internal EM cell that includes UEF technology for the very first time. The now patented Electromagnetic Cell goes from 3612 square centimeters in the PowerCell 10 Mk III to over 4090 square centimeters in the new PowerCell UEF including 64.5 square centimeters of 99.995% pure mono crystal silver and a whopping 450 square centimeters of powerful UEF filtration.

FEQ-Powercell Equalizer

Developed exclusively for the PowerCell 10 UEF, The FEQ– PowerCell Equalizer directly connects to the PowerCell 10 UEF’s back panel to lower your system’s noise floor by re-clocking the PowerCell’s internal EM Cell with a rich low frequency harmonic that overrides noise and hash found in common 60 cycle AC. And because the FEQ-PowerCell Equalizer is an active device, you can easily turn it on and off to quantify the benefits to your system.

 

New Products

 
 
Since opening its doors. Bricasti Design has been a leader in high-end studio production equipment and won over countless members of the press and users with their award winning processors and DACs. They are probably best know for their world-class M1 DAC, so it comes as no surprise that their M28 amplifier is also garnering such rave reviews."The Bricasti Design M28 Monoblock Amplifiers are the finest amplifiers I’ve heard in my system to-date. The clarity, musicality and overall performance was nothing short of breathtaking; paired with their matching M1 DAC, the Bricasti-based system produced music as I’ve never heard it before, at least not here at home. The amplifiers, quite different from what I’d been led to expect, were dead-neutral and a gorgeously natural tonal match for my loudspeakers — they also drove the living snot out of them. Far from an exercise in analytical data-mining, the Bricasti pair did that thing that we audio writers love to hear but hate to write about – they completely defied stereotypes and just “made music”. As a result, I gave up trying to pigeon-hole them and simply fell into the soundscapes they helped weave. They’ve earned our highest recommendation."
-Scot Hull (Parttimeaudiophile.com)
 
 
The 2Xperience SB is based on the 2Xperience belt-drive concept which incorporates over 20 years of turntable design experience. The addition of a precision motor controller with electronic speed change, derived from the highly regarded Speed Box yields precise speed accuracy and push button convenience. The superb 9cc Evolution carbon fiber tonearm provides superb performance especially with the factory mounted Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 cartridge, while serving as a solid foundation for future upgrades. The heavy chassis is made from MDF using a non-resonant construction technique. The mat is created from a recycled vinyl record bonded to the platter and precision machined to create an ideal turntable/record interface. A custom light-weight record clamp reduces unwanted record vibration and ensures a tight coupling of the record to the platter. The audio performance of the final product benefits from the resonance-free platter, avoiding the ringing effect of common metal and glass platters. Available in a variety of beautiful finishes, the 2Xperience SB looks as good as it sounds and with the highly regarded Blue Point No. 2 included, represents a superb value.Ships with Sumiko Blue Point No. 2 cartridge factory installedAvailable 3 matt finishes: eucalyptus, palisander, walnut and 3 high-gloss finishes: black, olive and mahogany
 
 
Circuit Design by Jim Fosgate / Industrial Design by Fred Hulen / Manufactured by Musical Surroundings
 

World-class audio engineer Jim Fosgate is the vision and expertise behind the Fosgate Signature Tube Headphone Amplifier. The Fosgate Signature embodies unique and patented circuit topologies, elevating the headphone listening experience. The genesis of the design started over 2 decades ago. Countless man-hours of working with every possible major circuit approach was not just explored, but designed, built, and auditioned by Jim Fosgate himself. Some initial designs used output transformers, some designs were direct drive with no output transformer. Others prototypes used solid-state circuitry and buffers to obtain low output impedance for driving headphones. Through this painstaking and thorough approach, a headphone amplifier design evolved which satisfied the exacting standards of Jim Fosgate.

 

 
 

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:

  • 4 each (4 ft) ground wires – Enough to connect up to 2 pairs of SR Atmosphere Series Interconnects
  • 2 each (8 ft) ground wires – Enough to connect 1 pair of SR Atmosphere Series Speaker Cable
 
 
 
 
Album of the Month:Ben Howard "I Forget Where We Were"

 

You know those artists that can send chills down your back every time they sing? Ben Howard is just that type of artist. His voice and songwriting abilities are absolutely incredible. He's one of those rare artists that has the ability to draw you into his music and make you hang on his every word. We hope you enjoy listening to him as much as we doBen Howard (born 24 April 1987) is a London-born  English singer-songwriter. He moved to Totnes, Devon, in his teens. Howard's musically-inclined parents exposed him at a young age to their favorite records from singer-songwriter artists such as Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and John Martyn. Howard began writing his own songs and after a short spell studying journalism, he decided in 2009 at the age of 21 to become a full-time musician.I Forget Where We Were is his second studio and a follow up to 2011's Every Kingdom
Check out the video for the title track off his latest album below.