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The Gateway Drug (or, Why is this jazz band in my room?)

A Special Guest Post from a Happy Customer

It all began with a letter from owner Jim Lee in Spring of 2013.

I had made my first purchase on my maiden visit to Nuts About HiFi… a pair of Grado RS1i headphones meticulously selected from a grand total of two pairs that they had in stock, while I was visiting Silverdale from Ann Arbor, MI. This was my second pair of audiophile headphones: one of anything might be good, but two of them represent the start of a collection. That Grado headphone started me on a journey into the land of headphones, and I have acquired at least 50 pairs and written about many of them on the online forum head-fi.com.

I was amazed, a few weeks after my purchase, to receive a letter (remember those?) from Nuts About HiFi. It was from Jim Lee, thanking me for my purchase and hoping I was happy with the headphones. I called him in amazement to express my appreciation for his follow-up. Eight years later I moved to Poulsbo, WA.

Two weeks ago, in September of 2021, 8-1/2 years later, Matt and Adam of Nuts About HiFi completed the installation in my home of a Samsung QN82Q900RB 82 inch TV with wall mount, two Focal Sopra 3 floor-standing speakers, Focal Aria CC900 center speaker, two Focal Surround BE speakers, a JL Audio F113v2 subwoofer, Anthem AVM 70 audio-visual processor, Aesthetix Atlas stereo amp, Anthem MCA 325 3 channel amp for the surround and center speakers, a Sony UBP-X-1100ES 4K BluRay with SACD capability, a Meridian 218 zone controller, a TS-451+ NAS drive, a Clearaudio Concept turntable with moving magnet, Salamander cabinet, $4,500 worth of cables (6% of system cost), a power module, and MX990 universal remote with MRF350 RF module to control it. Whew!

System design was by Matt, who began with a Meridian Sooloos system as music source, but then changed that to Roon when Meridian froze its development of Sooloos. Nuts About HiFi bought me a lifetime subscription to Roon to compensate for the loss of Sooloos.

The upgrade from Sooloos to a Roon subscription is just one example of a whole series of customer amenities that Nuts has offered me. System design began prior to COVID, and the TV, power supply, and cabinet were installed in early 2020. We could not resume installation until May of 2021, and some manufacturers had updated their items, so Nuts updated the diagram. Adam provided excellent installation, particularly in the art of running the ARC Anthem Room Correction, wrestling with a shortage of wall height in placing the center speaker, and programming the remote so that it truly does replace the 4 remotes that we had been using.

Yesterday, I received my first SACD disk (Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue). In listening with eyes closed, I just knew that his jazz band was right in front of me… yes, right there… don’t you see it!?

Thank you, Adam, Connie, Jim, and Matt!!!

John G. Ackenhusen

Lyngdorf TDAI-1120

The Room Perfect Stereo

We are excited about a new product we just received from our friends at Lyngdorf. The TDAI-1120 is a stereo integrated audio streamer boasting a 60 watt x 2 channel amplifier with superb sound quality. Lyngdorf’s own correction software (RoomPerfect) uses a microphone to get even the most challenging rooms sounding great.

A small compact design allows for the Lyngdorf TDAI-1120 to fit in almost any system design. Vast connection types range from 2 x traditional analog, 1 x phono (MM or MC), 1 x HDMI for eARC, 2 x digital coaxial, 2 x digital optical, Spotify Connect, AirPlay, Bluetooth, Chromecast, and Roon Ready.

Come by the shop to have a demo of the perfect solution to the music listening system.

Hi Quality Turntable

Hello Old Friend – Vinyl Records

Ever wonder why CD players are disappearing and turntables are coming back? With high quality music at your fingertips from a smart device, the convenience of streaming has pushed CDs out of the market.

There are many options that can get you CD quality music or better. If you haven’t heard Tidal on a Roon system, come by the shop for a demo. But if you really want to hear the best detail possible, vinyl has the answer.

Vinyl records don’t have the same restrictions as digital formats. Because vinyl is an analog medium, there is no compression from the studio recording to when you play it in your audio system. This is true for older albums originally recorded on tapes and new albums recorded digitally. When a vinyl record is pressed, there is no limit to data size like on a CD. You just get the music. I was amazed the first time I heard a new artist on vinyl versus CD or streaming. There were parts of the music that I had never heard before.

Just like any other audio component you will need a turntable that is built well to perform well. We only offer turntables that will sound better than a CD player, because isn’t that the purpose? Come by the shop and meet a new friend or reacquaint yourself with an old friend.

Introducing Sorella 2

Sorella 2 Small Barrel Speaker

We are excited to announce the release of our newest Barrel Speaker, Sorella 2. Sorella is the Italian word for “sister”. She is small in stature but produces a large, room-filling soundstage. We recommend her for many applications including main stereo speakers, limited outdoor use and movie surround speakers. Sorella 2 comes with matching cradle stands. Optional wall or ceiling mount brackets are also available. They are on display in our showroom for demonstration.

Spring Cleaning For Your Stereo System

“In the Spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of… Audio Gear!?!”

May Tennyson forgive my blatant bastardization of his poetic masterpiece, but its true: as Winter turns to Spring, flowers begin to bloom, animals awaken from hibernation and guys start prepping their toys for the warm months. All across America, lawnmowers are gassed and lubed, boats are lowered into lakes and rivers, hot rods are tuned and detailed until they shine like mirrors; in other words, it’s time for Spring Cleaning and your Stereo System is the best place to start! Tweaking your system means being a “Do it yourselfer” and, like car guys, you should derive pleasure from maintaining, improving and hot-rodding your gear. There’s a special satisfaction that comes from Sweat Equity and this is particularly true in the case of system optimization.

Although many connoisseurs assume a Stereo System requires little or nothing in the way of maintenance, nothing could be further from the truth. Mechanical vibrations and electrical impulses loosen nuts and bolts, while dust, dirt and pollutants contaminate every connection in your system. Records, cartridges, laser pickups, etc are equally vulnerable. Since these changes occur gradually, you might not notice the degradation in performance on a day-to-day basis but trust us: once you’re given your system a serious “Spring Cleaning,” you’ll hear everything you’ve been missing. And remember: THIS IS FUN!!! Enjoy spending some “Quality Time” with your system…

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