Silverline Does It Reite

It was more than a bit chaotic in the Silverline room, and not just visually—it seems every 30 seconds, one of the exhibitors tried to get my attention—but I did manage to focus on the music for a little while. On a recording of bossa nova marvel Rosa Passos with bassist Ron Carter, the small Silverline Minuet Supreme Plus ($699–$750/pair) did quite well with bass—the speaker extends down to 55Hz—and did a lovely job with Passos’ voice. There was some spread on her voice, probably because the speakers were so far apart, that detracted from the beautiful depth of the presentation.

The bigger Prelude Plus speakers ($1999/pair) did an equally fine job with the voice, save for some unwanted resonances that were hopefully room- rather than cabinet-related. I didn’t get prices for the Reite Audio LS-1 line stage, PA-100 100W monoblock amplifiers, or PA-400 400W amplifier, but the quality of the sound left me hoping that I’ll encounter them again soon.

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While you might take issue with this line - "Born from Genius" - which appears on their website, you can't blame Bob Reite for his surname. 

Reite Audio was born from the genius of Bob Reite and Ed Sheftel. Bob and Ed have been friends and business collaborators for over 30 years. Their goal is to move the level of musical reproduction to a much higher level than has been created in the past.

 

EdEd Sheftel

Ed graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and then went on to receive a Master of Music from Yale University.

He was the lead trumpet in the original production of the iconic musical Hair for the entire two year run at the Aquarius Theatre in Los Angeles California. Ed then played lead trumpet in Tommy, the rock opera by The Who, followed by Jesus Christ, Superstar which opened the Universal Amphitheater. Ed also enjoyed a long career in the Los Angeles area as a studio trumpet player in television, movies and recordings.

Ed's concept of musical recreation is based on the following premise: "It is my goal to place myself in the environment of where the particular recording was created. I want to not only hear the reality as it was created but I also want to experience the tactile sense of the music. Music is not just audible, you can also feel it. I also need the emotional feel of the music."

Ed is a true "Renaissance Man."

Ed has founded many creative and diverse companies covering different areas of interest. Ed attained a United States Patent for a "Musical Instrument Supporting Apparatus" when he was in his late 20s and formed a company which produced the product for more than 15 years. Ed has been consulting in the area of Audio and Video systems for the last 25 years with his company, Audio Omniscience.

Ed was the USA distributor and marketing person for Tom Evans Audio Design for over six years. In discussions with a distinguished, innovative Audio reviewer he received the motivation required to begin to develop and create his own elite audio equipment. The first person Ed knew could compliment his abilities to create a new and different audio product was Bob Reite.

Bob Reite

Bob got started in electronics at the age of ten. Bob built a Hi-Fi system which he upgraded to stereo when he started high school. He also learned to play the violin in the sixth grade and participated in the junior high school orchestra, where he learned to appreciate the sound of live music. However, when it came down to choosing a career, Bob decided that there was going to be more demand for electronic technicians and engineers than concert violinists.

Bob's formal education in electronics is an Associates Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Santa Monica City College. He started his own business in 1974, Telecentral Electronics. The company first started out by doing consumer electronic repairs and installing private telephone systems. For a brief time Bob operated A.G Service, the in-house service department for Audio Gallery, a "high end" audio store in the Beverly Hills area during the early 1980s. Bob was somewhat dismayed by the lack of quality control in such expensive products.

Bob got into radio broadcast engineering after obtaining a First Class Radiotelephone license from the Federal Communications Commission, which was required back in the 1980s to work on broadcast transmitters. Bob is a Certified Broadcast Technologist and is an active member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. His experience with making audio equipment work in high "RF" environments is proving to be very helpful in the Reite Audio projects.

Bob was tired of the city life so after his mother passed away he decided to move east to semi-rural Pennsylvania in 1993. He incorporated his business in Pennsylvania and had no trouble finding radio station clients after reworking a college station that could barely be heard in the city of license into one that is heard better than stations running ten times as much power.

Bob had known, through his research on the Internet and what he had heard in the Audio Industry, that Ed's audio system was considered quite exceptional. When Ed approached Bob about building the ultimate audio system on a visit to Los Angeles, Bob gave Ed's existing system a listen first. Although Bob was quite impressed with the audio quality of Ed's system as it stood, he thought that it could be made even better.

Thus, Reite Audio was born.Sheftel

Ed graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and then went on to receive a Master of Music from Yale University.

He was the lead trumpet in the original production of the iconic musical Hair for the entire two year run at the Aquarius Theatre in Los Angeles California. Ed then played lead trumpet in Tommy, the rock opera by The Who, followed by Jesus Christ, Superstar which opened the Universal Amphitheater. Ed also enjoyed a long career in the Los Angeles area as a studio trumpet player in television, movies and recordings.

Ed's concept of musical recreation is based on the following premise: "It is my goal to place myself in the environment of where the particular recording was created. I want to not only hear the reality as it was created but I also want to experience the tactile sense of the music. Music is not just audible, you can also feel it. I also need the emotional feel of the music."

Ed is a true "Renaissance Man."

Ed has founded many creative and diverse companies covering different areas of interest. Ed attained a United States Patent for a "Musical Instrument Supporting Apparatus" when he was in his late 20s and formed a company which produced the product for more than 15 years. Ed has been consulting in the area of Audio and Video systems for the last 25 years with his company, Audio Omniscience.

Ed was the USA distributor and marketing person for Tom Evans Audio Design for over six years. In discussions with a distinguished, innovative Audio reviewer he received the motivation required to begin to develop and create his own elite audio equipment. The first person Ed knew could compliment his abilities to create a new and different audio product was Bob Reite.

Bob Reite

Bob got started in electronics at the age of ten. Bob built a Hi-Fi system which he upgraded to stereo when he started high school. He also learned to play the violin in the sixth grade and participated in the junior high school orchestra, where he learned to appreciate the sound of live music. However, when it came down to choosing a career, Bob decided that there was going to be more demand for electronic technicians and engineers than concert violinists.

Bob's formal education in electronics is an Associates Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Santa Monica City College. He started his own business in 1974, Telecentral Electronics. The company first started out by doing consumer electronic repairs and installing private telephone systems. For a brief time Bob operated A.G Service, the in-house service department for Audio Gallery, a "high end" audio store in the Beverly Hills area during the early 1980s. Bob was somewhat dismayed by the lack of quality control in such expensive products.

Bob got into radio broadcast engineering after obtaining a First Class Radiotelephone license from the Federal Communications Commission, which was required back in the 1980s to work on broadcast transmitters. Bob is a Certified Broadcast Technologist and is an active member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. His experience with making audio equipment work in high "RF" environments is proving to be very helpful in the Reite Audio projects.

Bob was tired of the city life so after his mother passed away he decided to move east to semi-rural Pennsylvania in 1993. He incorporated his business in Pennsylvania and had no trouble finding radio station clients after reworking a college station that could barely be heard in the city of license into one that is heard better than stations running ten times as much power.

Bob had known, through his research on the Internet and what he had heard in the Audio Industry, that Ed's audio system was considered quite exceptional. When Ed approached Bob about building the ultimate audio system on a visit to Los Angeles, Bob gave Ed's existing system a listen first. Although Bob was quite impressed with the audio quality of Ed's system as it stood, he thought that it could be made even better.

Thus, Reite Audio was born.

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