Today the long awaited JL Audio e112 arrived and we just fired it up in one of our display rooms. We are proud to be the first dealer in the country to be able to audition this beautiful new component. Tomorrow, JL Audio plans to debut this at CEDIA. JL Audio’s goal for this design was to incorporate much of the technology found in their famous Gotham and Fathom series products and bring to market a more affordable device that will kick butt on anything even close to this range.
We invite you to stop in a feel it for yourself. We are sure this will be one of the best selling subwoofers in the history of high end audio.
This wonderfully unique turntable mat is made with original Cow Hide which is then laminated to vibration absorbing cork. It naturally neutralizes static electricity and is dust and lint repellent. It will instantly improve the sound quality of your records.
It is also important to note that no cattle were harmed during the manufacturing process. They were already dead.
Music Hall MMF 2.2 – $449.00 – complete with cartridge
This year we have helped more customers buy turntables than I can ever remember, Including the late 1970’s. It’s interesting to see our customers in all age groups returning to this format. Now with the availability of new-release, exceptional quality recordings, a nice sounding turntable can maximize the presentation of any good audio system. One of our customers commented recently that when she pops on one of her older favorite albums it makes her feel like she is a kid again. There is definitely a warm musical feeling from vinyl that’s difficult to get from digital recordings.
So in the end is vinyl really better? Let me give you another quick example and you can decide:
Another one of our customers who has seriously gone back into vinyl now owns a Clearaudio Master Innovation with 2 tone arms, one for mono recordings and the other for stereo. He uses an Aesthetix Rhea Signature phono preamp to feed his system. When I asked him which format he prefers he said, “Let me put it this way, when I go to treat myself to a wonderful meal, like say an excellent steak, I cook it on my gas stove and pay close attention to how it simmers. But when I’m just hungry for a quick bite, I usually just pop something in the microwave because its fast and simple. This is how I feel about vinyl verses my digital music server. My phono system is my gas cooktop,and my music server is my microwave.” And this is from a guy who only a couple of years ago told me he would never own another turntable.
So if you have been thinking about recapturing your childhood or treating yourself to a good meal, come in and give this a listen.
Today we fired up a complete Aesthetix System in our main listening room. It included the Romulus CD / DAC, the Calypso Signature preamp and the Rhea Signature Phono Preamp, along with a pair of Atlas mono block amplifiers. We have been going between the Focal Diablo Utopia and one of our favorites the Stella Utopia. The Calypso is a new addition and we’re just breaking it in. However already I think this is one of the most 3 dimensional sounds we have experienced in our showroom. I recently installed the same system for a client in Canada and felt the same sense of dimension while listening in his room. I just wanted to invite whoever wants a wonderful listening experience to come on in to hear it with your own ears. You won’t believe how good it sounds.
A big heartfelt thanks to our friend and colleague, Mr. Jim White of Aesthetix, for paying very close attention to what can be sometimes overlooked in our industry: musicality and detail but also a wonderfully rich presentation of the physical space sometimes seemingly hidden and often lost inside the recordings.
This morning we installed the long awaited SONY VPL-VW1000ESk projector in our theater room. This is considered by most video aficionados as the absolute State Of The Art in home theater picture reproduction. You know how good Blu-Ray looks right? Imagine 4 times the pixel count with eye popping contrast and color. We watched a bit of “Planet Earth” and it actually feels as if you are looking through a window. 3D also looks better than anything any of us have ever seen. We are displaying it on our 133-inch Screen Innovations Fixed Screen and you can actually walk up to this screen, put your nose an inch away and not see a single pixel. The price is not for the faint of heart but when you see this, be careful… you are going to want it!