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After twelve years in the audiophile industry, evaluating and testing some of the best and worst products and prototypes in the history of audiophile has left deep scars in my musical psyche. Blessed with a fundamental distaste for audio components and a disdain for those who love them, I was the perfect specimen to be subjected to the rigors of re...lentless product development. Shunyata Research, manufacturer of cables and power distributors, has been my career home for over a decade. Many components have darkened these halls. Few survive the scrutiny of testing. After thousands of hours of listening, trained and hazed by Caelin Gabriel in a "take-no-prisoners" approach to better sound, I have been instrumental in helping determine what makes an audio component perform at world-class levels. Accompany me as I post articles about my odyssey into the nether-realms of audiophile. More

Bottlehead Electronics at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest: Featured Attraction

Dan Schmalle, of Bottlehead Electronics, will appear at Rocky Mountain Audio Festival 5-7 October in Denver, Colorado. His company, Bottlehead Electronics, has been asked to appear in the Innovation Floor to demonstrate their special DIY offerings.

His latest project a DIY speaker, the Jäger Speaker Kit, promises to be a hit.

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How to Be a Good Listener: Get Good Gear

Once upon a time, performance mattered more than appearance. In fact, drawing attention to an audio component cosmetically usually engendered audiophile mistrust. “If it looks that good, what are they trying to hide?” The Aesthetix IO Signature Tube Preamplifier is dark and silent on the outside, rich and accurate on the inside. When I listened to it last week, I wanted to see, did it really do what people claimed? Or, was it just heavy and expensive? This preamplifier was unique because, although it was designed primarily as a phono stage, it was the ‘Signature’ model, as well as having been upgraded with line stage and two imposing volume controls. The Aesthetix acquitted itself well. Even so, would it perform even better with a state-of-the-art power distributor giving it backup? Or, would it continue on as it had, unmoved? After inserting a state-of-the-art power distributor in the power chain, I listened. Once a richer soundstage emerged, and crisper detail and presence without forwardness, I knew that I had not yet heard the potential of which the IO Signature is capable. In a better system, it will perform at an even higher level.

In addition to a capable phono stage, this rare model includes the Line Stage, permitting some versatility in choices for source. For instance, you can run it with a streamer. In addition, it has had all its capacitors replaced, returning the Aesthetix almost to its original performance standard. And, as there was no special attention paid to tube choice, the new owner has some discretion in enhancing its performance even more. These don’t appear on the market very often. After a eyebrow-lifting afternoon of listening, I can see why.

You can find out more about the Aesthetix IO Signature here.

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The Brooklyn DAC: I'll Take Manhattan

mytek brooklyn dac the audio classifiedsIf you've ever hailed a cab in Brooklyn and tried to get across town, that's kind of what it's like to get around the Brookyn DAC.

The Brooklyn DAC Headphone Preamplifier sits quietly in the tech room. Its slender figure is dwarfed by the woody expanse of the Core Audio Designs shelf, presenting the appearance of a miniature version of an audiophile component. For its relatively tiny footprint, the DAC sports a wide assortment of ports on the back, from a full-size C15 AC power inlet, to SPD/F, USB, and AES. The front panel accommodates a wide variety of settings in geeky bravado.

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Ahead of the Game: John Mingo of Baetis Audio shares his knowledge

Anyone who wants to begin to have a better understanding of computer audio would do well to heed the words of designer John Mingo of Baetis Audio. John's insights have far-reaching impact and bode well for the continued progress and excellence of his music computers at Baetis Audio. Here is vital detail that John shared with me from a recent interview.

Baetis Audio™ – Our Evolving Philosophy About the Design of the Very Best Audiophile Computers.

Since its inception in early 2012, Baetis has emphasized building audiophile computers with the very best in 2-channel audio via SPDIF or AES. Our philosophy has evolved rather considerably since then, but sometimes the audiophile industry is slow to change its own understanding of what an OEM is trying to achieve. For example, in a recent issue of The Absolute Sound, the description of our Reference model (as a TAS Editor’s Choice) still emphasizes our superlative AES/EBU output -- but we have evolved to be a lot more than just AES.

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floating image, floating speakers...the Aluminous

Luke Zitterkopf, of Aluminous Audio , dropped by Shunyata Research last week and set up his latest iteration of his hanging speakers. Recently, Luke returned from a whirlwind week at Axpona. Heads turned and many new faces showed up when they heard about 'the hanging copper speakers...." Aluminous Audio is a new speaker company based out of Spokane...
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It's a Busy April at The Audio Classifieds

Although we are a recent entrant into the audio classifieds arena, we are getting some attention on the Internet. For banner advertisers, please take note. We had over 15,000 visits in the month of April alone. I am very happy about this and look forward to offering the best in customer service to those who are buying and selling used audio gear. H...
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Interested in the CES of the Pacific Northwest

​Next month, 22-23 May 2017 there will be a Pacific Northwest Consumer Electronics Show at 16500 Southcenter Parkway in Seattle, WA 98188. Their website is http://www.pnwcee.com. I have never been so I look forward to seeing what is going on. Hope to see you there.
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Always smiles at Bottlehead

Dan and Eileen Schmale are ever the convivial host and hostess for the monthly DIY Meetup at Bottlehead Electronics in Bainbridge Island, Washington. After tech chat and getting caught up on the latest tube adventures, we headed upstairs to sample what is cooking in the chef's kitchen. Dan's speakers now inhabit dense and striking birch cabinets, h...
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Let's Meet Up at the Bottlehead DIY Meetup tomorrow!

I'll be at Bottlehead World Headquarters for a DIY Meetup to talk and mess with tubes. Also, I'll have coupons for subscriptions and points for folks who show up. See you there! ​Time ​ ​ April 1, 2016 - 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM ​Location  ​9415 Coppertop Loop NE Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 ​Tickets ​FREE Schedule We'll hang out with one of our spon...
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It's been one week and a year....

​On March 21, 2016 we opened up our site, https://www.classifieds.audio for business. Since that time we have met a lot of new friends and helped subscribers buy and sell a bit of audio gear. But today, we have something new to announce. We are proud to say we have a new domain name to help googlers find us - a new domain name. You can also reach u...
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Telling Review on First Sound Preamplifiers

For many years, First Sound preamplifiers have graced the reference room, standing the test of time as many pre-amplifiers, albeit exceptional performers, have come and gone. One cannot deny the remarkable quality of a host of pre-amplifiers, such as those of Audio Research and Constellation . But can they afford to take individual, painstaking att...
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did you think tape was dead?

If you reminisce of tape days long gone by, this tape recorder is brand new. From Ballinger in Germany. The M063 could prove to be a new classic to fuel a new revival of tape. You can find more information at http://www.ballfinger.de .

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nice site

I am loving this site. simple to post ads and way more comfortable than some sites.
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Aluminous Audio is at it again

Luke Zitterkopf, of Aluminous Audio, is preparing to release a new version of his suspended speakers. I am looking forward to getting some photos soon of them - a gorgeous copper color, I am told, is the choice for his new reference.  They could be headed my way in as soon as three weeks. It's going to be crazy to hear what they do in the Shunyata Reference Room.

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