MIT "Show Demo" Cables For Sale!
always wanted a pair of high end MIT cables but felt you
couldn't afford them we have some great news! We have obtained a
small stock of some of the latest and greatest MIT cables from a recent
trade show where they were only used for less than a week. These
cables are in excellent condition and come with a full warranty.
At present we have
interconnect cables, and
digital cables. You can see
our pre-owned and demo cables and components in our
In addition, if you
don't see a particular model that you are seeking you are
welcome to contact us and inquire about it as we may have access
to a few more cables that aren't presently listed. We also will
have some more show demo cables coming in soon from the January
2013 CES Show. Either way, if you're interested please call us and
ask about the very attractive "show demo" pricing.
Remastered Beatles Box Set on Vinyl Premiere!
On December 4, 2012 we
will be hosting a special event from 6-8pm for the release of
The Beatles Album Box Set on Vinyl. This set has been remastered,
and after being delayed for several years in production, is
finally seeing the light of day! Join us for this premiere event
featuring some of The Beatles classic cuts which will be
introduced by a special guest from EMI.
We also expect to also
have some vinyl box sets here for sale—and if you are interested
in a box set for yourself please give us a call at 781-893-900
so we can reserve one in your name.
Aurender Music Servers: WideaLab Incorporated merges with
In the realm
of music servers, some interesting news was just announced with
regard to the company which produces Aurender music servers: A
merger of Widealab Incorporated with TVLogic Company, Limited, a
leading professional broadcast monitor manufacturer listed on
the Korea Stock Exchange (121800.KQ) became effective today,
September 28, 2012. Also see our Coming
Soon section for an update on two forthcoming Aurender
music server models.
Amazon unveils new "Never Before On DVD" store.
looking for an obscure video or movie, Amazon now has the new
Never Before On DVD store. Using their "CreateSpace DVD on
Demand" service, many titles including some relatively obscure ones
are available now with more forthcoming.
Onkyo To Offer US Music Download Service.
2012 Onkyo Entertainment Technology Corp will start offering
both stereo and surround (5.1) lossless and uncompressed music
files at up to 192/24 here in the U.S. File formats available
will include WAV, FLAC, and DSD. As of April 2012, the service's
catalog stood at about 60,000 songs, with 1500 of them featuring
more than 96kHz/24-bit quality. Though at this time the link is
only in Japanese, for info here is a link:
Don Was becomes President of Blue Note Records.
In January 2012: Don Was became president of Blue Note Records.
And he has initiated a partnership between Blue Note and
HDtracks.com which specializes in high resolution digital
Don Was, the Grammy
Award-winning producer, has a clear recollection of his first
encounter with Blue Note Records. He was a teenager, listening
to the car radio in his hometown, Detroit, when he heard the
title track of a 1966 album by Joe Henderson. “I heard this
saxophone playing, and it was riveting,” he said recently. “I
didn’t know anything about jazz. But this thing jumped out and
grabbed me. It was ‘Mode for Joe.’ ”
Describing the process of high-definition remastering, he
reflected on the philosophical question of the original
intentions of musicians in the studio. “I asked for the tapes
for ‘Mode for Joe,’ ” he said, referring to the album from his
teenage epiphany. “We went into a mastering room and listened to
them. And I got really choked up, because it sounds different.
No one has ever heard the tapes in their unmastered form.”
The above is an excerpt
from a New York Times
New Apple iPad as a remote controller.
If you've been
here to the store you know that we have been using the iPad as
either a primary or secondary wireless remote control interface
to control some of our music systems and music servers. After
receiving and setting up the new 3rd generation iPad which
has the high resolution screen we can report that the latest
versions of the apps that we installed all seem to be working
fine. [Note: One specific example is that we did update to the
latest version of JRemote which controls JRiver via WiFi.]
Finally Apple TV is 1080p.
After years of
being behind the industry in terms of full-HD resolution, Apple
will now be able to provide content for HDTVs in their natural
resolution. Apple's 1080p content will be limited to a 8Mb/s
bitrate—which is better than Vudu's 1080p offering at 4.5Mb/s
and in-line with Netflix's offering at 8Mb/s. Of course none of
those are any match for a Blu-ray disc which sports a 36Mb/s
bitrate and thus provides significantly higher picture quality.
Another Best of Boston Award!
Boston magazine has
honored us with the Best of Boston 2011 in
the Home Theater category! If you are interested in having a
theater installed in your home, ranging anywhere from something
modest all the way up to the state-of-the-art, you are welcome
to call us at 781-893-9000 to find out what we can do for you.
Spectral Seminar: Saturday, November 12, 2011.
President of Spectral Audio, was here to introduce the new
SDR-4000SL CD Player—as well as talk about their other fine
components. This was a wonderful opportunity to learn more
about how Spectral designs and builds each of their components
to such a high level of refinement.
Craig Kallman, CEO of Atlantic Records: Two Interviews.
has been the subject of two interesting interviews in
Songwriter Universe &
It turns out that it is
not just business for him—as he owns a collection of 500,000
vinyl albums and over 75,000 CD's. And he has a high end audio
system, which includes Spectral electronics coupled with MIT
cables, to play them on. An excerpt from the Songwriter Universe
Kallman: I love vinyl
albums. When CDs first came out, I was horrified how they
sounded versus vinyl. So I wanted to discover all new music on
vinyl instead of CD. I've tried to get almost every important
album made on vinyl, so I can enjoy the music as the artist
intended it to be heard. In my childhood years, I would make
lists of every album in many genres, from Miles Davis to Fela
Kuti to Parliament/Funkadelic; I would scour the earth for their
entire discographies. I did that in every genre -- jazz, folk,
blues, rock, reggae, etc.
DK: Where do you store this massive album collection?
Kallman: I've got about 12 or 13 rooms at a warehouse where
Sotheby's and Christie's store a lot of art. And next to my
apartment, I've built a recording studio which has a listening
room, and I've put about 25,000 of my favorite albums there that
I kind of rotate. It's fun for the Atlantic artists to come to
the house and hang out in the listening room, where they check
out the collection.
MartinLogan Seminar: Thursday, October 27, 2011.
was here to talk about their line of electrostatic hybrid
speakers. It was certainly interesting—and a good time was had
We were featured on the Chronicle TV program!
Airing on July 27th at
7:30pm, we were featured on Chronicle HD which is the on-air
news magazine covering New England. The broadcast was on WCVB (Channel 5) which is the Boston area CBS affiliate.
To see the clip on their website click
here. (Note our segment starts around the 4 minute
mark.) Alternatively for the Chronicle website
Music Group resolution files.
now features downloads of some major artists from Warner
Records. Initially these are available at either 96kHz and/or
192kHz sampling rates and are 24 bit. In addition they expect to be adding to
their roster of high resolution files on a regular basis.
Even bigger news is
that on May 12, 2011, Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman stated
that Warner would make a formal announcement about releasing
high resolution files in January at the 2012 CES. And further
that Warner's commitment to high resolution files would be
"active and aggressive".
This could be a really amazing as Warner owns the following
labels: Asylum, Atlantic, Cordless, East West, Elektra,
Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner
Bros., Warner Music Nashville and Word.
In addition, once a major label like Warner Records starts
releasing a significant number of high resolution files of the
most popular albums from high profile artists, the other major
labels could well follow suit!
Sony SS-AR1 Event: Saturday, August 6, 2011.
Given our focus on high
resolution music, the event included a series of
demonstrations conducted by Yuki Sugiura and Gus Skinas which
highlighted, respectively, the SS-AR1's development and the
stories behind a number of outstanding music recordings. As Sony
Music has a huge roster of major artists, this was definitely a
real treat! Also in attendance were Marc Finer as well as John
Atkinson, the esteemed editor of Stereophile who played some of his wonderful
high resolution recordings. Certainly a
good time was had by all
Stones high resolution files.
HDTracks has announced downloads for Rolling Stones albums
in two 24 bit formats: 176.4 and 88.2 kHz sampling rates. Album
titles include Beggar's Banquet & Let It Bleed. Given
a choice of course we would always recommend the higher sampling
rate as long as it is native and not merely upsampled. These
albums are from the remastered DSD transfers done by top
mastering engineer Bob Ludwig.
Apple to offer high resolution files?
article on CNN it states that Apple is in talks with some
record companies about the possibility of offering higher
resolution 24 bit files as downloads. If this ever becomes true
it would be a real gamer changer!
Beatles 24 bit files.
You can now get "The Beatles USB" which contains 44.1kHz 24 bit
FLAC files. This is the best digital format that you can hear the Beatles at
this point. More info
Casablanca III HD & HD upgrade is now available.
Theta has finally released their
HDMI 1.4 version of the Casablanca surround sound processor. In
addition owners of earlier versions of the Casablanca have the
opportunity to upgrade if they have a Casablanca III—or
a factory-sponsored trade-in program if they have a Casablanca I
or II. For details please call us at 781-893-9000.
We have some demo MIT cables that we just listed in the Used
Section here on our website. Click to see the
interconnects and the
cables. If you are interested in upgrading your cables
please give us a call at 781-893-9000.
Sound article: "Audio's Renaissance Man"
In the February 2011 issue
starting on page 12 is an article about Keith Johnson. If you
don't know who he is you should read this article. And if
you do know who he is then you will definitely want to
read this article!
Dynaudio Excite X-12
“Budget Component of the Year”.
Stereophile Magazine has announced that this speaker has earned
the Budget Component of the Year award. One of the most
challenging things can be to find a pair of speakers that offers
good fidelity yet is still quite affordable. At $1200 per pair
for most finishes, this speaker certainly is a tremendous
Classical Music FLAC Downloads.
has announced that they will soon start making downloads
available on their website.
Deutsche Grammophon already has a substantial portion of
available in FLAC. Ariama
has Sony Classical FLAC downloads. And
Passionato.com has a good part of their catalog also available
as FLAC downloads for your listening pleasure. Finally the major
labels are starting to issue the great artists in a format
more suited to music servers without any lossy
The Absolute Sound Magazine.
In the March 2010 issue, on
74, the PC-based silent music server that we designed is featured
The last two sentences read: "When you play 176.4
kHz/24-bit Reference Recordings HRX files through a Berkeley
Alpha DAC, the sound is nothing short of spectacular. Robert
Harley (editor-in-chief) bought the review sample (to use as a
source for his main system that he uses for doing reviews)."
If you would like to hear one for yourself we of course have it
here on display.
Apple iPad For Remote Control.
If you are using Media Monkey software on a music server and you
wish to have wireless wifi remote control—the iPad, just like the
iPhone and iPod Touch, can be used as a remote control. There
are two iPhone/iPod Touch apps (which can also be used on the iPad) available from Melloware:
MonkeyTunes. MonkeyTunes which is what we use in here in the
store connects to the iPad using the Apple app
Remote 2.0 (or higher) at full iPad screen resolution. Also
starting with version 2.0 there is "retina display" support for
the current iPod Touch & iPhone in the Remote app.
In addition the
Crestron Mobile Pro G app turns the iPad into a customizable
user interface for a Crestron controlled home theater or whole
house system. And the
Crestron Mobile Pro app can be used for an iPhone or iPod
Touch. Note that to use these apps you need Crestron programming
to make them function. Of course anytime you are using wireless
there can be wireless reception problems. Wired is always the
safest approach—and we
suggest that you consider having a wired panel in addition to
your wireless controller as a belt and suspenders approach.
including Naim and Netstreams have announced apps
that allow you to use the iPad,
as well as the iPhone and iPod Touch, as a wireless remote
controller. More info is available
Rolling Stone Magazine.
"Universal Announces Plan to Lower CD Prices to $10 or Less".
Their reasoning is that by lowering their pricing to $6-10 for
new releases that this will stimulate more CD sales. The
"Velocity" program will be instituted Q2 2010 and the article is
Vinyl Sales Are Up!
According to Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks music sales, in
both 2006 and 2007 new vinyl sales increased about 14 percent.
2008 saw another increase with approx. 1.9 million records sold.
And 2009 saw the highest number of record sales since 1991 with
sales increasing to 2.5 million.
The Absolute Sound Magazine. We received another
in the December 2009 issue. The article is a
review of the new NAD M2 by Robert Harley (the Editor) in which
he again mentions utilizing the music server that he bought from
year as his source for playing
High Resolution files in
evaluating the M2. For more
on the M2 click here.
For more on the silent music server that Robert Harley is
utilizing here is a
sections—including sources for the new high-resolution audio
Linn Announcement: No More CD Players. In November
2009 Linn announced that they were ceasing the production of CD
players. Henceforth they will concentrate on their digital file
players which perform D-A (digital to analog) conversion for
High Resolution files, CD quality files, etc. They will also
continue to manufacture turntables. For more click
Our New Website. In 2011 our new revised website
should be on-line.
meantime our present website is best viewed at a screen width of
about 1024 pixels. more info
Home Theater Magazine.
An article about a room that
we designed and for which we provided the acoustic treatment was featured in the Design section of
the May 2009 issue. What you can't see in the above photo
is that the door on the far wall opens into a second smaller room
wherein the Spectral-based high end audio system is housed in a
rack. In addition that same room contains a nice library of albums
and CD's on custom-sized
shelves. The article spans pages
41-45. The closing sentence reads, "The
best part of all for the homeowner is when life gets hectic and
he needs time to relax and slow down, he escapes inside the
enchanting sounds of Monteverdi, Bartok, or Mahler, in the music
room of his dreams."
If you'd like a beautiful room
designed and acoustically treated you're welcome to call us to discuss your
Ultra Audio. We were given very high praise
from Ultra Audio in
a March 1, 2009 feature article entitled
"Goodwin's High End — A Wonderland". Here is a brief excerpt, "...the acoustic nature of the
listening room was simply extraordinary. As far as I’m
concerned, this facility is the place to audition
high-end audio gear." To read the article in its entirety
Boston Home Magazine: Best of Boston
In the Winter 2009 issue we were named as
the winner in the Audio-Visual Equipment category. See
page 73 for the full write-up on us! Also on their website they
have a mini-review of us
The Absolute Sound magazine.
the February 2009 issue of The Absolute Sound for an in-depth
Spectral system review plus an extensive interview with chief
engineer Keith Johnson and company President Rick Fryer. For those of you that don't know, we are the oldest Spectral
dealer in the US, having recently celebrated the 25th
anniversary of our long partnership with them. And
Spectral is our most popular line as not only as it not only
world class sound quality, but it is also, in our view, the best
value in high end audio componentry available today.
Absolute Sound magazine.
For quite a while we have assiduously been working behind the
scenes to promote the idea of computer/music server-based high
resolution audio files. And lately the world has started to take
notice. In the January 2009 issue there is a review of the
new HRx files from Reference Recordings which were played on a
silent music server co-designed by Goodwin's High End—along with another
review of the Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC. We have
been selling Reference Recordings in their various formats for
many years, and the new
HRx files at 176.4/24 are the best
format ever! In addition we have been a dealer for the
Alpha DAC from the day it was introduced. (It was
actually beta tested here in the summer of 2007 before it was
in early 2008.)
read the review you will see that Robert Harley, the editor of
The Absolute Sound, was rather impressed with the sound quality
from the music server
that we designed, especially when playing
Resolution files! So much so that after he completed the
review, rather than return the music server that we had loaned
to him for those reviews, he said that he wanted to purchase it
for himself. The stated reason being that he didn't wish to do
future component reviews without it as it was the best source he
had ever heard!
You're invited to call for more detailed information about
this exciting new development. And if you're in the area please stop by and hear it for
yourself, as hearing is believing.
Design New England Magazine.
The July/August 2008 issue has a four page article which details
a very high end custom acoustical room treatment which was
designed and installed by us. In addition we installed a
high end stereo/home theater system with Crestron control for
the system—as well as for the Imagecrafters lighting system
with energy efficient and very quiet LED lighting which we also
provided. See the link
here and then click "Pages" and see pages 48-51. Here are some more photos of this custom room:
Home Theater installation.
Here are some snapshots of a home theater installation that we
completed in 2008. This theater is equipped
with a Runco 1080P 3-chip DLP projector situated in a separate
projection room featuring a projection port of special
cinema-grade optical glass of which you can see some details of in
Time Magazine. An article
entitled "Vinyl Gets Its Groove Back" on the resurgence of vinyl
here. The good news is that record sales are up! And that
the number of new titles, as well as remastered classics from
yesteryear, has been increasing!
Once again we were acknowledged as being a leader in our field. I guess if
you've been passionately involved with high end audio for over
30 years, always striving to take things to a higher level, it
December 24, 2007 issue features an article on high end music
servers based upon another extensive
interview with Alan Goodwin and a listening session here.
Again we are prominently featured—plus they spelled our name
correctly multiple times! You can see a link
here or a pdf of the
Status Magazine. The
Fall 2007 issue features a rather extensive article based upon a
few hours of their reporter interviewing us about various
aspects of putting together a really high end home theater. The
four page article which is entitled "Best Seat in the House" quotes
us extensively and starts on page 90. It features top products
from Magico, Runco, Theta, Kaleidescape, Crestron, etc.
A few months ago a reporter
from Forbes magazine spent several
hours interviewing us and listening to three different turntable
setups here. An article published in the June 4, 2007 issue
(starting on page 64), talks about high end turntables and
Goodwin's High End is prominently featured throughout. In
it we are recognized as "one of the nation's foremost retailers
of top-end audio gear". Although of course we have enjoyed
an excellent and longstanding reputation in audiophile circles,
it is always gratifying for us to be so acknowledged in the
general press! Here is a
2007 New York Home Entertainment Show. We
premiered two brand new speakers in our room at the Grand
Hyatt in Manhattan May 11-13th. Both the new Magico
V3 and the
speakers greatly impressed the many
The Absolute Sound
article in the
March 2006 issue, the Magico Ultimate speakers were featured in
a custom acoustic room that we designed and installed in a client's home in
San Francisco. The article spans pages 82-91 and you can see
pictures of the Ultimates installed in our custom acoustic room.
Here is a photo:
Magico Ultimate III in our custom acoustic room
A Unique Opportunity!
At the request of one of our clients, in January 2007 we made special arrangements to bring in some
new and highly touted top-end
speakers for audition. So along with our usual array
of fine loudspeakers including the Wilson X-2, we gathered
together the Magico
Model 6, the Rockport
Altair, and the Verity
Lohengrin II here in the store. At that time this was the only place in the US that this array
could be heard all in one room—and no one has done it
since either! If you'd like to arrange your own listening
to our current crop of top-end speakers you're invited to call
us for an
New England Home Magazine.
For the December 2006 issue, Alan Goodwin was interviewed
rather extensively on his thoughts regarding music for the home. In the article he was
quoted a number of times on a variety of aspects in his field of
expertise, specifically on quality residential audio systems and
Architectural Digest. One
of the systems we installed in Boston was photographed for an
article in the November 2006 issue.
The living room system of this fabulous Back Bay condo
features a Spectral Reference system driving X-2's—and the
Family Room utilizes another separate Spectral Reference system. In addition, among other things, this home also features a home
theater, a roof deck system, and a video screen behind a mirror
in the guest bathroom—all controlled by a Crestron system with
Here are some more snapshots:
Main Room ,
This Old House on PBS!
are very pleased to have been selected as the audio,
video, and automation specialist for the This
Old House project in Cambridge, MA.
The contemporary home features an extensive audio
system with speakers in most rooms and high-end Dynaudio
Confidence C2 speakers in the living room. Behind the
speakers, stealthy CinemaTech Acoustic Room Systems
fabric walls tame the lively acoustics.
speakers a trick Auton lift lowers a portion of a
wooden wall (right; click picture to enlarge)
into the basement (!) to reveal a glorious
61" Runco plasma. A REL Studio subwoofer will supply
"ample" bass. Here are 3 photos showing
how the plasma is automatically hidden by a motorized
portion of the wall when not being watched:
Living Room front wall open ,
wall half-closed ,
wall fully closed
In the reading nook, Crestron controlled background music is
available at the touch of a key.
In the master bedroom, a 43" Runco plasma rises from
a custom cabinet. With 8 color touchpanels, 22 keypads,
4 video cameras, 8 Crestron-controlled thermostats,
nearly 80 Crestron-controlled lighting loads, 3 miles of
audio, video, and control wiring, and a huge 10kVA
Equi=Tech balanced power conditioner, this is the most
extensive and comprehensive automation package ever
installed in a This Old House project. It even has a
superb turntable for you vinyl lovers: Clearaudio
Ambient with an Audio Research PH5 phono section!
The three episodes
premiered in January and February 2006 on PBS as well as on the
Also here is a link to the ASC
website that explains how the walls were built with
Plasma's superiority verified.
An independent IDC report shows that plasma televisions are
superior to the competing LCD and DLP rear projection television
and that concerns about burn-in, lifespan, viewing angle,
brightness, black level, and color accuracy are unfounded.
Videophiles and other consumers who value a high-quality
image should really appreciate these results [of superior
plasma video performance]. ©2005
Inside This Old House. Early in 2004, a This Old House
camera crew visited our showroom. Show host Kevin O'Connor
chatted with us about video display devices and room
acoustics, including Goodwin's High End's
own acoustic baffle system.
We enjoyed the experience and found the cast, crew, and
director a pleasure to work with. It was fascinating to see how
unscripted, improvised educational programming is shot and
produced. Watch for re-runs on
2004 - Ning An classical piano CD released. In
Alan Goodwin recorded
Ning An playing Haydn,
Mendelssohn, Berg, and Rachmaninoff at Jordan Hall in Boston.
Here is a
link with a bit more info.
Please note: though the link
indicates the recording was done at 96kHz—it is actually a 24
bit recording done at 176.4kHz. The reason this is important is
that 176.4kHz decimates perfectly to 44.1 kHz which is the
sampling rate used for the CD release—and that is important for
sound quality reasons. Simply put, 176.4 kHz divided by 4
exactly equals 44.1 kHz which is perfect decimation.
HDCD CD of this recording session is now available—and if you
would like to obtain a CD of this performance just give us a
Even More! To see even more of
what has been written about us please click
We have one remaining demonstration Zoethecus rack available.
Please call for details and
Our New Website - Premiering Soon. Presently we are hard at work redesigning our website which
first went live at the beginning of 1998. (That was less than
half a year after Google went online—so
we were online relatively early!) It is hard to believe that our website is
well over a decade old already―certainly
it is time for revamp! Over the past few months we've been
working on updating and expanding the content on our current
website. Expect to see our revised
site with a fresh new look and even more expanded content go live in
In the meantime
our present website (which you're now on) is best viewed at a screen/window
width of about 1200 pixels. If your screen resolution is
wider you could simply reduce the width of your browser
window in which you view our present site—and that way the
pages will format better. The reason for this is that
because our site was designed long ago before widescreen
monitors were available. Rest assured that our new site will format
the pages better in the various modern browsers and screen
resolutions that are in use today!
If you would
like to change the size of the text
and graphics on our site, and you are using Windows
and FireFox 3.5 (or later) or Internet Explorer 8 (or later), just hold down
the Control key and rotate the scroll wheel on your mouse to
change the size. (This may well work on other browsers and
versions also—and it will work not just on our website
but on other sites too.) If you are using a Mac, hold the ""
key and press the "+" key. For info on other browsers and
The S1 have arrived and we are in
the process of breaking them in. Now that we've heard them here
in the store we are quite impressed. It is one thing to make a
great sounding expensive speaker—but it is even harder to bring
really top notch sound down to a much lower price range than
Magico has ever done before. And so we say kudos to Magico—the
S1's are really great sounding!
For more info see the
Release plus here is a
a different color.
Spectral DMA-400 Reference Standard mono amplifiers.
We now have a pair of the Spectral
here in the store for demo. After spending the requisite time
needed in order to do a thorough listening evaluation we can
definitely say that these are rather
amazing to say the least! From our factory training on system
set-up, we have found that once the system is optimized that the
results are incredibly real and natural sounding! This is the
first really new power amplifier design from Spectral in 20
years—and now that we've experienced the results for ourselves
we can say that it was worth the wait! Here
photo of the rear panel for your further edification.
dCS was kind enough to bring us the full Vivaldi stack that was
used at the 2013 CES. After spending some time evaluating it here in the store and we
can now report that this is by far the best sounding digital componentry ever from dCS. If you are interested in hearing it
for yourself please call us immediately to schedule an audition
for it won't be here much longer—as it is scheduled to leave
at the end of
The Vivaldi is the new top-of-the-line
digital component stack from dCS. The four chassis stack consists of:
They can be used either
singly or in conjunction with some or all of the
total component stack. In addition, like other dCS DAC's, you
can use either a transport as a source--or a music server.
And with the DAC you
can play both files types: PCM files (transferred
from your CD library or
High Resolution downloads) and
information on the Vivaldi please see the initial
Press Release and the
Technical Highlights. More photos:
Rockport Avior speakers. We were at the Rockport
factory in December 2011 and heard these new speakers and at the
time they sounded quite impressive. Then again in January 2012 we heard them
at the CES show and they were one of the standouts at that show. We
finally have them here in the store and we can tell you that
they have lived up to their promise! Bring in your favorite
music and experience them for yourself!
Oppo Blu-Ray players.
The new Oppo
players have been released and we have already started delivering both
models to some of our clients. These are multifunctional disc
players that will play DVD, SACD, DVD-Audio, and CD.
Plus they will decode HDCD-encoded CD's. These new models are
very similar to the prior BDP-93 and BDP-95, but they both add
upscaling, supporting an Ultra HD 2160p image. The upscale
BDP-105 will also feature a built-in headphone amp, better power
supply, and two HDMI outputs. For some home theater system
designs it can be nice to have one HDMI output be devoted to
video and the other for audio.
Magico S5 speakers.
The S5 speakers are now here in the store on demo! There are different finishes
available in a variety of colors including
dark blue and
Constellation Audio. We now have
Constellation Audio Virgo preamp and the Centaur stereo power on display
for your listening pleasure. For product info here is a
Magico Q7 speakers.
We finally have the new Q7 from Magico.
This is truly an awesome speaker and we think you'll be as
impressed as we are. What else can we say—hearing is believing!
For some more info here is the
Dynaudio Xeo 3 & Xeo 5 wireless powered speakers.
Xeo 3 (shown below) and
Xeo 5 are shipping—and we now have a pair of the Dynaudio
Xeo 3 here in the store if you are curious to see what a good
wireless speaker sounds like. At this point we have also
installed several pairs of both models in customer's homes and
they have performed well in the field too.
Silent Computer Music Server.
We have revamped the
way that we suggest configuring a computer to act as a "silent" music
server. For more information click
Penaudio Cenya speaker. We
now have a pair of these
mini-monitors here for your listening pleasure! Not only do they
sound good they are small and cute besides!
We have just got in some Hegel electronics including DAC's,
integrated amps, preamps and amps! Shown here is the H20.
SOtM Music Server.
The new SOtM sMS-1000 Music Server has
Aurender S10 Music Server.
The Aurender S10 music
server is here! For more info here
is a link.
Also see the
Aurender S10 Owner's Manual.
Olive 04HD & 06HD Music Servers..
We have the 04HD and
the 06HD Olive music servers here now! For more info here is a
Zesto Andros PS-1 phono stage.
We just received this new phono stage!
We finally have this new CD player in from Spectral. And our
listening has proven that it was worth the wait! You are welcome
to bring in a few of your favorite CD's and listen for yourself.
We think that you'll be as impressed as we are—and we are
very impressed! For some photos
and for a technical overview click
Plus click here
to see what else is coming sooner—or later!
The SuperUniti is an integrated wireless UPnP™ network stream
player, USB audio player, iPod and iPhone dock, internet radio,
DAB radio, FM radio, ten input digital and analogue
preamplifier, digital to analogue converter, and stereo 80 Watt
power amplifier which offers a surprisingly high level of
performance. You're welcome to come in and experience all that
it has to offer for yourself!
Magico Q1. We were suitably impressed when we heard
this new speaker at the May 2011 Munich High End show
where it was first introduced. Now that we have them here
on demo we can tell you that these are truly great speakers! More info
Berkeley Alpha DAC Series 2.
have the new Alpha DAC Series 2 here for your listening pleasure. The
Series 2 incorporates some new design aspects that were learned
during the design of the
Driven by either a music server and/or a CD drive,
this D-A converter automatically switches between the various PCM sampling
rates—thus making it very easy to switch between CD (Red Book)
and high resolution files
such as 192/24 or 176.4/24. For more detailed information
on the Alpha DAC Series 2 click
here. For info on choosing a Music Server or
configuring a computer to use as a music server, here is
Berkeley Alpha USB.
We now have the Berkeley Audio Design
Alpha USB here! This is their new
outboard audiophile quality USB to AES-EBU converter/reclocker.
It has been designed so that you can use your laptop
or desktop computer as a
music server while still keeping the jitter (digital timing
errors) extremely low—as well as isolating your outboard
computer-generated electrical noise. It will output a digital signal via either AES-EBU
(digital XLR) or SP-DIF which will then go into your external DAC (digital-to-analog
converter). You can use any brand of DAC—including of course the
if you so choose. For more for more info
along with a link to photos of the front and back panels on the Alpha USB
MIT Oracle MA-X Digital Proline cable.
We now have this AES-EBU
digital XLR-XLR cable here for your listening pleasure!
WyWires LITESPD Digital USB cable.
Now on demo!
Spectral DMC-30SS Series 2 preamplifier.
We now have the
DMC-30SS Series 2 on display for your listening pleasure. Now
that we have listened to it for a while, we can say with great
assurance that this is one truly great sounding preamp! Once you
hear it for yourself you will understand why we are so
impressed! (Note: A factory update for DMC-30SS Series 1 owners
will be announced sometime in 2012.)
Info and photo
dCS Puccini CD/SACD player, Puccini U-clock, & Debussy DAC.
We now have the
Puccini, Puccini U-clock, and Debussy on demo. For more Info:
Puccini CD/SACD Player;
MSB has arrived!
We have their
latest digital stack consisting of the Universal Media
Transport, the Signature Platinum DAC IV, and the Diamond Power
Base. As well as the M-202 Mono Block Class A power amps here in
the store for you to audition.
Sony SS-AR1 is here
for your listening pleasure. With such a beautiful wood cabinet
this would look wonderful in a variety of domestic environments.
We were asked by Sony to be the
site for the US premiere of this speaker in August—and everyone
was very pleasantly surprised at how good it sounded! The
presenters included Yuki Sugiura and Gus Skinas which
highlighted, respectively, the SS-AR1's development and the
stories behind a number of outstanding music recordings. As Sony
Music has a huge roster of major artists, this was definitely a
real treat! Also in attendance were Marc Finer as well as John
Atkinson, the esteemed editor of Stereophile. For more info
The entire dCS
Scarlatti stack is now here on display. The four components that
comprise the stack are the Scarlatti DAC, the Scarlatti
Upsampler, the Scarlatti CD/SACD Transport, and the Scarlatti
Master Clock. You can use it to play your discs and you can also
play music files--including high resolution files. If you would
like to see and hear it for yourself, you are welcome to stop by
for an audition!
received the first pair of Magico
off the production line. When you actually see them in person
you can immediately sense that they are beautifully designed and
built. They just exude quality and elegance—and the finish on
them has a certain visual softness that is very appealing.
Magico states that
"with completely redesigned in-house 7” woofers, the Q3 is able
to achieve a sensitivity rating of 90dB, making it compatible
with high quality amplifiers of modest power."
Press Release &
We have listened
extensively to the Q3—and our considered opinion is that we
think that you will be highly impressed with this new generation
Magico speaker. You are of course welcome to come by in
order to see and hear them for yourself! For more info click
Aerial Acoustics 7T.
The 7T is here—and at
this point we have now got them well broken in. We have to say
that they sound as wonderful as they look—plus at 89db
efficiency we have found them quite easy to drive. Available
both in beautiful wood finishes as well as a deep gloss black, this sleek floorstander is
sure to impress both sonically and as a decorous addition to
your listening room.
This new design represents the newest thinking from Aerial
Not only are these noticeably more efficient than the older
designs from long-time speaker designer Michael Kelly, but the
sensuous curves of the cabinetry and the beautiful finishes—both
wood and paint—are a joy to behold. We think that when you see
them in person that you will undoubtedly agree with our
assessment. Of course as with any speaker, we urge you
to listen for yourself! And to that end you are invited to bring
in your favorite music and audition them. Ultimately of course
the choice of speakers are up to your personal preference!
This is Spectral's most powerful stereo power amplifier.
Designed to be able to drive most any speaker on the planet, it
combines finesse with tremendous driver control. We have it on
display now and of course we would urge you to come in and
listen for yourself. Now that we have had a chance to spend some
time with it and really listen carefully to it we are very
impressed. This truly is a reference stereo amplifier—and we think you'll be as impressed as we are!
Amadis. This is
the newest member of the Verity
of speakers. The Verity line of speakers has always been popular
because they combine wonderful sound with relatively compact
size and have a beautiful array of finishes—including some
options of exotic hand-matched wood veneers. The
Amadis continues this tradition, as it is especially compact
considering its capabilities which makes it the obvious first
choice for rooms where other fine speakers simply won't fit in.
As always with any speaker, you really should audition this for
Q5. The audio
world awaited a Magico speaker positioned between the V3 and the
M5. In January 2010 the
Q5 was introduced and filled that void. Only 47” H x 21” D x
11.75” W, this new speaker is a bit larger than the V3, but at
just over 400 lbs it is dramatically heavier. For more technical
info, here is the text
of the pre-release announcement. We now have a fully broken in,
production version of the Q5 on display. Fresh out of the crate
it sounded amazing and it has only improved with time! You're
welcome to bring in your favorite recordings and give them a
listen. Please come hear for yourself what all the excitement is
The MartinLogan CLX is
here and if you've never heard a 2-way full range electrostatic
speaker here is your opportunity! Not only are they very
transparent they are visually stunning as well. Available in a
variety of finishes to complement any decor, we think you'll be
as impressed with the design as you are with the sound. For more
information here is a
We have the
DMA-200S stereo power amplifier
here in the store and now that we've been listening to it we
think that it will really appeal to music aficionados!
Reasonably compact but
surprising powerful, this amp
is the least expensive amplifier in the Spectral range. We think
you'll be pleasantly surprised when you hear how good it is!
The M2 has arrived and we have started to audition it. Not only is the M2 very interesting on paper in
terms of its approach, but
it is also aiming to be a high value product as it is a D-A,
preamp, and power amp all-in-one. It will play all sampling
Resolution files up to 192kHz / 24 bit.
A lot of interest has been
generated because of the reviews that have recently come out—and we
now have the M2 on demo. If
you are interested in hearing it for yourself please give us a
call. In the meantime here is a
paper so you can learn more—or see the December 2009
Absolute Sound article.
Wisdom Sage speakers. The new Wisdom
Sage speakers are now setup and have been broken in.
These are designed to be
high performance in-wall or on-wall speakers and have a lot of
adjustability so they can be tuned to different room
environments. We have 3 different models on display in one of
theaters so you can both see and hear them for yourself!
Nagra BPS Phono Preamp..This little phono preamp has
immediately become very popular because
it is so good sounding, and especially so considering how
reasonably priced it is. Remove the
lid and you see bipolar transistors driven by battery
power, allowing complete separation of your highly sensitive
phono preamplification from the dirty power grid. The result is
nice, black silences between well-defined notes. And of course you have a choice between the new
VPS—which is their
high end vacuum tube unit. You
can see the inside of the VPS
here. Stop by and you can
see and hear them both for yourself!
Wolf Cinema DCX-500i. After a
tremendous amount of research wherein we looked in-depth at all
of the contenders, we have selected this as our reference video
projector for our top high end home theater showroom. The
picture quality from the best Blu-ray discs with this projector
and our reference Stewart screen is really quite incredible. Seeing is believing, and you're invited to see for yourself! Here is some more
Spectral DMC-15SS. This new
preamp is now here and it has got to be the best value in high
end audio preamps today.
Wonderful sound at a
relative bargain price-wise! If you value pure performance
over features such as remote control then this is the preamp for
you. Alternatively if you need remote control Spectral has
their DMC-30SS reference preamp—it is always nice to have such
great choices to choose between! For more info here is a
Silent Music Servers. If you would
like to be able to play the new high resolution files that
everyone is so excited about, exemplified by the stunning
HRx files from Reference Recordings, you need a music server
that is properly designed in order to do so. You can now get
a computer-based completely silent music server just like the
one that we are using here for demo. These computers are unlike anything you have ever seen, or in
this case, heard. That is because they are built utilizing
a special heatpipe-equipped
chassis and use Solid State Drives which make them completely
silent. No fan noise and no hard-drive spinning or clicking—no moving
parts at all. That
way they don't
have to be hidden away in a separate room but can be right next
to your D-A converter. Along with your collection of
Resolution files, your entire CD library can be ported as well
so all of your digital music can be played from this server. Click
HERE for more details.
The new Basis Inspiration
turntable has been introduced—and at 100 lbs
it is certainly no lightweight! It comes as a complete package
and includes the Vector 4 tonearm with VTA Micrometer, Synchro-Wave
Power Supply, Cable Isolation System, Vacuum record hold-down
system, and Microthin belt. Here is a
Performance Acoustics Labs. Modular Acoustic Room Treatment for the discerning music
or home theater
Your room can sound great and look beautiful too!
With a nice selection of attractive acoustic room treatment
modules in different finishes available, a PAL room can be
tailored to both your acoustic and aesthetic sensibilities. One
of the outstanding benefits of this approach is the ability to
fine tune the bass characteristics of the room acoustically in
photo4 so you can see what
a room treated this way looks
Click here for more info. Then
Naim Nait 5i-2. Introducing the Naim Series 5
components — including the acclaimed Nait 5i-2 which was
recently honored in TAS. Robert Harley states, “What makes the
5i-2 so special is the amplifier’s ability to engage the
listener musically.” We wholeheartedly agree with this quote as
well as, “If there is a better value in high end audio than the Naim Nait 5i-2, I have yet to discover it”. What more can you
Basis Debut Diamond Signature Vacuum.
This is the latest incarnation of this wonderful turntable.
Available either in clear or in black, it is beautiful to see,
touch, and hear. We have this on display with the new Vector 4
tonearm. Definitely a must hear for the vinyl lover!
Rockport Center Speaker.
This new speaker is now available for a truly high end surround system!
This innovative design has a dedicated Center woofer which
also serves as a stand for the Center channel. Put the two
together and you have a full-range floor-standing Center speaker
for your home theater and/or music surround sound system. Of course it
will be optimally paired with Rockport front and rear speakers!
EAR. We now have some
EAR tube components on
display. If you've always wanted to hear some modern yet
classic tube sound here it is!
Audio. We also have the
JL F113 and
subwoofers here on demo.
Harmonic Resolution Systems. Both their MXR
and their SXR equipment racks with their requisite shelves
now grace our reference room. The folks at HRS have brought
their wealth of knowledge gathered throughout years of work
in the commercial and government aerospace industries. They
offer products ranging from damping plates to isolation
shelves and full racks. Out of all the ones that we have
seen or tested over the past 30+ years, these are now our
Linn Sondek LP12 SE Transcription
Turntable. Since the 1973 introduction of the
original Sondek LP12, Linn’s goal has been to deliver us
from the evils of bad sound. With a triumvirate of
just-released upgrades, a new level of performance
obliterates former perceived limitations of this decades old
design. The new Trampolin base, the Keel
subchassis/armboard and the Ekos SE tonearm seem to be the
exact upgrades this ‘table wanted.
Crestron TPS-6X touchscreen is the latest from
Crestron and they definitely have a winner here! Whether you
wish to control a home theater or a whole house system, it
can handle it all.
DeVore Fidelity has been quietly developing some
very musical loudspeakers, culminating in the well-received
We now have a total of four models
from them available for demo. Please come by for a listen
and see why so many are acclaiming them as being such good
values in the vast sea of speakerdom. After you hear them
for yourself we think you will understand why!
Quad 2805 electrostatic speaker. We now have a
pair of Quad's latest creation, the 2805. The 2805 features
a stiffer frame, complete with in integral rear brace.
Quad also offers the larger 2905 for those that want more
air-moving capability in the
bass. Visually, the 2805 and 2905 appear quite modern and
Over the next year or
two look for some new advanced music servers which
can be linked to vast storage
capacity for huge libraries of music coupled with outboard D-A
converters that can play everything in your music collection
including high resolution audio
More specific product
announcements follow below:
Aurender W20 Music Server.
As of March 2013 we have been
told to expect that the new Aurender W20 is
scheduled to go into production in late May 2013. It will
include high quality USB outputs as well as incorporate some
other upgrades and changes. Specifically of interest to some DAC
owners, (such as certain dCS models including the new Vivaldi—as well as
the Pacific Microsonics Model One or Model Two), the W20 will also
include dual-wire AES-EBU output. This could be the music server
that we have been searching and waiting years for. Check out the
- 6TB hard drive storage - (Note: actual formatted storage
space may be about 10% less) & 240GB SSD solid state buffer
- Music is transferred to, automatically cached, and then
played from the Solid State Drive (SSD) which has no moving parts.
An SSD is
used to avoid mechanical noise, vibrations, electromagnetic interference, and
latency found in hard disk drives. The use of solid-state
drives also means significantly lower access times. During
playback, selections are automatically cached using
proprietary technology from the hard disk to the Solid State
Drive. The hard disk then falls asleep and the music is
played back using only the solid state drive. This design
eliminates problems with sonic and electromagnetic noise
from spinning hard disk drives.
- Hard drives are switched off when playing music
- Battery-powered audio section to eliminate AC jitter
- Two banks of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries
that alternate charging cycles and require zero user
intervention. This eliminates the need for filters and
isolates the audio circuits from ground noise coming from
the electrical mains.
- A third bank of LiFePO4 batteries act as an
un-interruptible power supply. In case of any sudden
electrical power failures, the Aurender W20 will power down
and turn off safely without any damage.
- Single and Dual-Wire AES/EBU output
- Word clock input - (Note: It is important that the word
clock of the music server be slaved to that of the DAC—so
that it rather than the music server can be the master word
clock. The reason is that this allows the DAC, which by
definition is doing the actual digital to analog conversion,
to operate at the lowest level of jitter thus ensuring
superior sound quality.
- RS232 communication link that can control the sample
rate of external word clocks (such as the dCS Vivaldi Clock,
- Display can switched off entirely
- OCXO (oven-controlled) oscillators, which are known to
more accurate and stable than ordinary crystal oscillators
used in computers and most soundcards. That combined with a FPGA-based
Phase-Locked Loop system thus ensures virtually jitter-free
- Silent fanless design which thus eliminates vibrations,
unwanted electromagnetic fields and noise emanating from the
- AMOLED displays
- Customized Linux OS for best audio performance
- Up to 24-bit and 192 kHz sampling rates
- Digital outputs (Coaxial, 2x AES/EBU, BNC and Optical)
plus a dedicated asynchronous high quality USB audio port
- Power is provided by both switching mode and linear
power supplies. The switching mode power supply is isolated
from critical components using thick aluminum walls and the
linear power supply is used for sensitive critical
components. Thick aluminum is also used to isolate physical
and electromagnetic noise from CPU's and hard disk drives
- Designed be connected to a wireless router in order for
the iPad to function as a wireless master control
Remote Control via free iPad application from the Apple App Store:
- Intuitive search function for fast easy selection
- Make and edit playlists with just a touch of a
- All details of song, album, playlist and queue are
viewable on a large iPad display. The current app includes support for
resolution. However as of early 2013 the software app does
not yet make full use of the high resolution
- Automatic or custom categorization of songs
- CD album front and back covers can be stored and
displayed along with music selection
- Web search function to search for information on
selected artist or song is not yet implemented as of early
2013 as it has been deemed as a lower priority but this is
planned for the future
- Zoom-in function
Verity Monsalvat speaker system. We expect that this
new flagship speaker system from Verity will be released in
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Rockport Alya speaker. Rockport will be
introducing a new speaker called the Alya soon. We were at the
Rockport factory in December 2011 in order to hear them. Stay tuned for details.
Rockport Atria speaker.
Rockport Atria speakers.
After hearing them at the 2013 CES we are definitely looking
forward to hearing them in the store! They have all of the
latest technological thinking from Rockport including:
carbon-fiber-sandwich midrange and woofer, beryllium tweeter,
and constrained-layer-damped enclosure.
The Atria is designed
much along the same lines as it's bigger brother the Avior. They
have all of the latest technological thinking from Rockport
including: carbon-fiber-sandwich midrange and woofer, beryllium
tweeter, and constrained-layer-damped enclosure. The main difference
between this speaker and the Avior is that the
Atria uses a single 9” woofer per cabinet, whereas the Avior
utilizes twin woofers which makes the Atria's cabinet volume be
about half that of the Avior's.
Spectral reference phono preamp. About 5 years ago we
had a brief look at an early R&D prototype of a Spectral phono
section. (When we saw it, it was in the trunk of Keith Johnson's
car, so obviously we didn't hear it at that time! In case you
don't know, Keith is the lead designer at Spectral.) More
recently we visited
the Spectral factory in May 2012 and we can report that they are
still in R&D mode—and that they have made some real progress. We
hope to see a new product released in 2014.
Of course there is no
definite timetable for the release of a particular product from
Spectral as we've learned from our decades-long experience of
working with them. They keep working on products in R&D until
they are satisfied that they've done as well as they can. And
that can mean many iterations of design at the R&D stage—which
can take any number of years!
NOTE: This would be an
outboard phono section in a separate chassis which would, in
terms of hook-up, be between the output of a turntable and the
input of a preamp line section (like the Spectral DMC-30SS
Series 2). For those that are curious about how big it was, the
prototype that we saw was in a chassis that was similar in size
to the DMC-30SS Series 2. Stay tuned for details.
Spectral SDR-5000 D-A converter. At the January 2009
show Spectral showed a prototype of their forthcoming SDR-5000
D-A converter. We expect that it will do all of the following
sampling rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, & 192kHz at bit rates
from 16 to 24. Although no shipping date has been announced,
we're hoping to see it in production sooner rather than
later—and at this point our best guess (and this is only a
guess!) is that the earliest that we could see it would be
sometime in 2014.
Hopefully it will be announced at the 2014 CES, but we will see
if that actually transpires or not! All we really know though is that Spectral is still working on the design—plus they
for some custom parts to be made which have very long lead
times. However no matter how long it
takes, it promises to be worth waiting for! Check this space for
more details as they are announced.