Incredible Listening Room with Vicoustics

Listening Room - Vicoustics

Yesterday Matthew and Adam did a beautiful job of installing Vicoustics acoustic treatment in one of our favorite customer’s listening room. This client is an accomplished musician and definitely has an ear for what his recordings should sound like. So over the past couple years he has allowed us to help him build his audio system to the level of performance that most people have never experienced.

Musician's Room

For vinyl playback he chose the Clearaudio Innovation turntable with the Goldfinger Statement moving coil phono cartridge. This feeds the music downstream to the wonderful Aesthetix Janus Signature Preamplifier. From there, using all Nordost Heimdall-2 balanced interconnects, the signal flows out to a matching pair of Aesthetix Atlas Mono Blocks and, because our customer is a bass player and doesn’t want to miss a beat, a wonderful JL Audio Gotham subwoofer. The speaker cabling is Nordost Vahalla and the main speakers are the beautiful Focal Scalla Utopia speakers. For digital playback he chose the Aesthetix Romulus CD player and Digital to Analog Converter and our very popular Sooloos Music Library server.

Listening Room - Gotham

One would think this state of the art combination would knock your socks  off. Normally a system like this does. It sounded great, however this room’s overly lively acoustics got in the way  of the focus and tonal balance of the presentation. So we invited the talented folks from Vicoustics to help us fix this this problem. Kiera from Vicoustics came out and measured all aspects of placement issues and sent theses specifications to their acoustics engineers located in Lisbon,Portugal. From there they ran several sophisticated computer based evaluations and gave us recommendations along with a menu of products for us to choose from.

Vicoustics Ceiling

The big smile on my customers face last night said it all. We sat with a nice bottle of wine and thoroughly enjoyed listening to this incredible system.  I know, I know…. it’s a tough job but someone has to do it.

Enjoying Listening

Here’s the message I received from our customer later after he’d had more time to experience his new system:

“Am I hallucinating or am I getting tons more bass out of the scalas? So I am going to say something really stupid and you can quote me… but I really feel that I am listening to my stereo system for the first time versus istening to the room.”

Bainbridge Island waterfront home installation

This week we are putting the finishing touches on a new Bainbridge Island waterfront home. The vision of the home owners and designers demanded an aesthetically minimalistic approach to all the audio/video components throughout the house. Fortunately for us we have the perfect products to accomplish this task.

Bainbridge Interior 1

In the main entertainment room, also serving as the living living room, the  transitional-style, custom cabinet houses the flat screen TV. While not in use it is concealed behind cabinet doors and when being viewed, an articulating bracket allows it to be easily pulled out of the cabinet and rotated to adjust for various seating locations.

We concealed the 3 main Focal front firing bookshelf style speakers and subwoofer, also located inside the cabinetry. The main speakers are slightly tilted inside the cabinet allowing for a natural presentation through the grilled cabinet doors. The matching Focal in-wall surround speakers  are located on the opposite wall and the grilles were painted to match.  All of the source and amplification components are located in a flush mounted cabinet inside the home owner’s office.  Matthew did a beautiful job of programming  the  URC TRC-1280 remote control allowing the simplest method to select TV, music or movies.

Deck Speakers

One of my favorite parts of this installation are the deck speakers. For this application we installed a pair of our Truaudio GG8 Ghost speakers. The deck speakers are controlled with the URC TPK 2000  in-wall touchscreen.

In-Wall Touchscreen

The home owners and I enjoyed a nice glass of wine, conversation and Tony Bennett while watching kayakers drift by. So beautiful.

Bainbridge Exterior

We would like to thank Don and Pamela and our good friend and Master Builder Mr. Jim Hobbs for allowing us to participate in this truly beautiful dream home.