Zu Audio Soul Supreme loudspeaker Associated Equipment
Pass Labs HPA-1 headphone amplifier Specifications
Zu Audio Soul Supreme loudspeaker Specifications
Pass Labs HPA-1 headphone amplifier
When Pass Labs is mentioned, it's natural to think of its founder, iconic engineer Nelson Pass
. But Nelson heads a team of engineers at the California company: Their XP-30 preamplifier, which I enthusiastically reviewed in April 2013
, was designed by Wayne Colburn; and the subject of this review, the HPA-1 headphone amplifier, is the first Pass Labs product designed by Jam Somasundram, former director of engineering for Cary Audio. Somasundram joined Pass Labs in July 2013; he spent a year working on the HPA-1, which was shown at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
, in Las Vegas, but not formally launched until the 2016 CES, at a hefty $3500.
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Zu Audio Soul Supreme loudspeaker
My lifestyle consultant warned me not to review Zu Audio's Soul Supreme loudspeaker ($4500/pair).
"Why not?" I asked. "They're exciting and super-enjoyable."
"Zu speakers are not mainstream," he explained. "People either love them or hate them. They're for music lovers, not audiophiles."
"That's not true!" I whined like a disappointed child. "They play Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin with spooky soul and natural tone! They play big classical orchestrasespecially with trumpets and timpaniwith radical ease and full-tilt momentum! And . . . and . . . they project large soundstages! Isn't that what audiophiles like?"
Dealer Events in Maryland Thursday and Washington State Friday
Thursday, June 16, 69pm: Gramophone
will celebrate the Grand Opening of their Gaithersburg showroom (8513 Grovemont Circle, Gaithersburg) with an evening of wonderful music, delicious food, and world-class audio/video systems, while on Friday, June 17, 69pm: Gig Harbor Audio
(3019 Judson Street, Suite D, Gig Harbor) and J-Corder (5800 Soundview Drive, D-101, Gig Harbor) will host a "Tactile Psychoacoustics" listening party.
The Meze 99 Classics Headphones Sweepstakes
Register to win a pair of Meze 99 Classics Headphones ($309.00 Retail Value) we are giving away.
According to the company:
"What is it that discards the superfluous, the gimmicky, the flashy, the questionable, the overly fragile, the misplaced? The obvious answer would be time. And this is also the riddle of good design: very few objects achieve such a rarefied consistency of qualities. This is our aim with the Meze 99 Classics, the anti-fragility of a classic, with a sound on par with the design. Pure, natural sound in a timeless body."
[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]
What If They Gave a CES and Nobody Came?
Last January, in Las Vegas, a record 170,000 people attended the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show
. Most of them neither saw nor heard a trace of high-end audio gear. Not only was all mention of what CES calls "high performance audio" absent from the show's official Attendee Guide
, but the hallways of the Venetian Tower, which in past CESes were filled with high-end manufacturers, dealers, and distributors, were anything but crowded.
Recording of July 2016: American Tunes
Allen Toussaint: American Tunes
Nonesuch 554644 (CD). 2016. Joe Henry, prod.; Ryan Freeman,, eng.; Wesley Seidman, Monique Eveleyin, asst engs. ADD? TT: 49:31
David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Phife Dawg, Merle Haggard, Dan Hicks, Ernestine Anderson, Lonnie Mack, Maurice White, Blowfly, Otis Clay, Steve Young, George Martin, Keith Emerson, Henry McCullough, Prince. Was there a genre or subgenre of music that did not grieve in the closing months of 2015 through spring 2016a period that must rank among the most devastating ever for the loss of important and influential songwriters and musicians?