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Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  4 comments
Prima Luna, Dutch maker of affordable tube electronics, had two new monoblock amplifiers: the EL34-equipped Model 6 and the KT88'd Model 7. What's particularly interesting is that the Model 7 can also be used with EL34s, so the indecisive audiophile can get a Model 7 with an extra set of EL34s, and, voilà! For the tube cost of $160 you effectively have a different amplifier.
Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  2 comments
Gingko Audio is a manufacturer I'm familiar with as a maker of component supports, but they also make a loudspeaker: the unusually named and unusual-looking Tubulous ($2450/pair). The enclosure consists of a pressed-paper tube, and there are three midrange/woofers inside, with a tweeter mounted on top. Very clean, transparent sound.
Larry Greenhill  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  4 comments
McIntosh demonstrated a vacuum-tube version of its C1000 preamplifier in its two-channel audio room at the Alexis Villas. Retailing for $9000 and weighing in at 54 lbs, the C-1000T has fully balanced, dual-mono, MC and MM phono stages, balanced and single-ended inputs and outputs, and a front-panel window to show off four of the eight 12AX7 tubes. Mirrors create a barbershop effect of endless reflections, suggesting the presence of many more tubes than are actually there. Even so, I found the effect pleasing.
Larry Greenhill  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  2 comments
Soundsmith introduced a strain-gauge cartridge system in the Joseph Audio room at the Alexis Villas. The output of the dedicated battery-powered preamplifier can be fed to a preamp's line input as it does not require any equalization.
Larry Greenhill  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Day Sequerra presented its newest FM/AM/HD Radio tuner, the Model M1 HD Broadcast Reference tuner in the Alexis Park. The basic chassis includes the option to receive High Definition (HD) FM digital radio and HD/AM radio in a modular package ($4995) with single-ended analog, balanced analog, and digital outputs. "We have begun to refer to this model as 'tuners," said David Day, seen in the photo with his new baby, "because it can be configured to accommodate 10 different audio and video receive modules, including: FM HD, a class-M output option that features current-feedback amplifiers), cable TV, an ultra high-end FM Reference Module front-end option, or HD TV." Two common options will be the M1 configured with a 2.75" oscilloscope ($6995), or the price-not-determined "Panalyzer" option, which provides a 5–500MHz spectrum display.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  3 comments
Huckleberry and Bagheera wonder, "Where's Wes?"
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  0 comments
Burckhard Heim's work might actually help mankind jump into hyperspace.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  0 comments
John LaGrou sent me this link to a thought provoking collection of essays.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  0 comments
That's a sentence I never thought I'd read. Interesting interview with Brian Walker.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 06, 2006  |  2 comments
Probably just as comfortable as it is beautiful.

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