The Koetsu line of cartridges consists of 18 different models divided into four sub categories. The Aluminum body Black Goldline, the Rosewood series, the Urushi series and the Stone Body Platinum series.
In the 1970s, Yosiaki Sugano, a renaissance man who'd had success as an artist,
musician, swordsman, calligrapher and business executive, became the creator of
the world's most renowned phono cartridges. He enlisted universities,
specialized industries and master craftspeople to create the special parts that
comprised his masterpieces. Sugano was one of the first to use 4-nines copper,
and current Koetsu production uses 6-nines copper. Sugano developed and fostered
a vision of unparalleled beauty and performance. Each cartridge became a
one-of-a-kind, pampered piece of perfection. Sugano's pride lived in the very
limited run of each model.
Now in its fourth decade, Koetsu has remained the cost-no-object option for
perfect music reproduction. While Yosiaki Sugano has passed away, his vision
lives through his son, Fumihiko Sugano, who was trained for years by the master
Yoshaki. The standards remain the same very simply, perfection. With it comes
a hand-built beauty that's evoked adjectives normally reserved for art or
Please contact us at 925-425-0450 for all your Koestu needs
Audia Flight was founded by Massimiliano Marzi and Andrea Nardini in 1996 with extensive experience and backgrounds in the professional electronics industry. Located in the Italian town of Civitavecchia, near the Mediterranean and just over 40 miles from Rome, Audia Flight has been building some of the finest amplifiers and audio components to be found anywhere in the world for nearly 20 years.
Today, Audia Flight incorporates their circuit design approach in all of their products and has continued their pursuit of audio component perfection, physically and sonically. All components are designed, fabricated, and assembled entirely in Italy with a quality and reliability result meeting or exceeding the very finest of European audio products. Look no further than the technical specifications of Audia Flight’s products to note the attention to build substance and design. In a world full of very expensive, sometimes temperamental audio equipment, Audia Flight is committed to perfection and value with products designed to reward customers for life.
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VPI offers a range of turntables, tonearms, record cleaning machines, and analog accessories that covers a broad range of needs as well as a broad range of prices. They offer a model of turntable to fit any budget and every sensibility. At every price point, VPI turntables offer top performance and exceptional build quality. Read all the VPI Reviews Here
Abbingdon Music Reference
"To bring compact disk playback back en par with the
That is, to put the
life, emotion and enjoyment back into listening to compact disks. With this in
mind, the CD-77 was developed to sound real, dynamic and most important of all,
involving for the listener.
DAC is the classic "King of the Multibit" – Philips TDA1541A chipset. This
chipset forms the heart of an extremely unique “Digital Engine” that is
comprised of the latest Lattic’s CPLD and TI’s DSP devices. Through the
proprietary Digital Master I/Digital Master II settings, the CD-77 is one of the
select few digital components that is able to play "bit perfect" audio. This
means music, not hifi is the result as the sound is just right because there is
no artificial manipulation of the signal (so often found in almost all other
AMR AM-777 AMR CD-777 AMR DP-777
Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core
Combined with the
revolutionary “Gomez” analogue stage using pure New Old Stock valves throughout
and a total of 5 dedicated audio specified transformers, the CD-77 brings the
performance of CD back in-line with the very best vinyl has to offer.
Click below for specifications on all AMR products (Abbingdon Music Reference)
Speaker-room interaction is typically the
most important performance-limiting factor of any high-end audio
system. Every listening space introduces errors that can be in the
magnitude of dozen decibels or even more. These errors are most
pronounced at the bass and lower midrange regions, where the classic
acoustic treatment loses its effectiveness.
Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core is DSPeaker's
award-winning loudspeaker optimization system capable of perfecting the
acoustic performance of any full-range stereo audio system. It is based
on our new Anti-Mode 2.0 algorithm which refines the popular Anti-Mode
algorithm even further.
MSRP $1199.00 (For a limited time save $100.00 off MSRP) Your final price $1099.00 with Free shipping
- New, improved Anti-Mode 2.0 automatic room correction algorithm
- Can be used as a locally clocked high quality jitter-free DAC
- Supports USB audio as well as S/PDIF input/output via optical toslink
- Dual balanced ADCs to deliver the highest level of audio performance that meets the expectations of the most demanding audiophiles
- Dual (one per channel) balanced DACs with jitter free operation (local crystal), oversampling to 6144 kHz, DSP buffering and filtering
- Can be used as a high quality pre-amp with remote controlled volume
- Analog resistor network volume controller to ensure full digital precision
- Extensive sound customization options, including quick house curve design tool, linear-phase full spectrum tilt, several parametric EQs etc
- Supports several sound profiles (e.g. independent ”sweet spots” and/or equalizer settings), quickly switchable with the remote controller
- Friendly graphical user interface, very easy to set-up and operate
- Ability to measure and display room responses on a built-in 262k-color display
- ”Pure digital” mode using S/PDIF input & output: signal is processed in the digital domain all the way (S/PDIF output resolution is independent from input)
- Digital signals are re-aligned for jitter-free operation
- Versatile connectivity: insert Anti-Mode 2.0 Dual Core between your existing pre-amp and power amplifier or powered speakers or utilize the processor loop or tape loop of your integrated amplifier - or use it as a standalone DAC / preamp
US Retail $4495
Audio Desk Systeme's Vinyl
Cleaner is the first and only LP cleaning machine that incorporates an
ultrasonic cleaning cycle in addition to a more conventional mechanical cleaning
via bi-directional rotating microfiber cleaning drums, and the result is the
cleanest LP's ever. See more information on ultrasonic cleaning
And it is fully automatic - just put the LP in the slot, push the button, and
come back in 5 minutes for a thoroughly cleaned and dried LP (both sides). Whole
new layers of inner detail and air are revealed in the recordings, and of course
most surface noise is eliminated.
Comes with 2 vials of a proprietary cleaning fluid developed specifically for
this machine. A container of the fluid concentrate plus 4 liters of distilled
water (just over a gallon) cleans 200 new LP's, or 100 used LP's.
Joseph Audio Pulsar Monitors
"For those of you who have
dreamed of owning relatively compact stand mount monitors that really do convey
the sense of reproducing (near) full-range bass, your loudspeaker has
- Chris Martens- The Absolute
"extraordinarily powerful low bass, considering the speaker’s
dimensions...an uncolored, natural midrange."
- John Atkinson, Stereophile
The Joseph Audio Pulsar establishes a new
benchmark in MiniMonitor performance. It truly conveys the scale of a much
larger speaker, combined with the speed, precise imaging and resolution that
“mini” fans have always prized.
The Pulsar utulizes the same ultra high
resolution tweeter found in our top of the line Pearl 2, seamlessly married to a
newly developed precision cast magnesium cone long throw woofer. Dual sets of
Cardas patented binding posts.
Sapeli (shown), Maple, Black, Cherry & Rosewood finishes.
Prespective Pearl 3
To schedule an audition call 925-425-0450
Every great performance deserves an Audience!
The Adept Response High Resolution Power Conditioner is a cutting edge design providing the best power conditioning possible without limiting dynamics. Since power must respond quickly and completely to the demands of program material we believe it is imperative that power conditioning components present a low impedance power path while providing wide bandwidth noise reduction. Conventional power conditioners simply cannot approach the bandwidth/impedance characteristics of the Adept Response while still offering effective noise filtration and high voltage surge protection. Exclusive Audience technology achieves far greater performance for all audio and video components.
Of the power conditioning products on the market today few allow your playback system to attain full dynamic range or reproduce subtle dynamic contrasts accurately. The other culprit afflicting most power conditioning products is the ubiquitous MOV. (Metal Oxide Varistor) The MOV is a sacrificial device. This means it wears down over time until it fails completely. Its purpose is to clamp high voltage transients safely to ground instead of through your equipment. This would be fine if it didn’t break down and behave like the world's worst capacitor across your power line, storing energy and releasing it as performance robbing, time delayed distortion into your audio system. The effect is quite audible. For surge protection the Adept Response employs a non-wearing type high voltage transient suppression.
Adept Response uses only the finest conducting, filtering and transient suppression components. Even the power switch is exceptional, a very high quality magnetic circuit breaker. The advantage over thermal circuit breakers is that thermal breakers increase in resistance as power demand increases, causing heat dependent, resistive modulation of the incoming voltage. This effectively reduces the power available to your equipment just when you need it most. The design employed in the Adept Response provides for the most natural flow of music.
The state of the art inductive components used in the Adept Response power conditioner add no significant series resistance. This maintains a low impedance power path to your playback system. Also, the Adept Response performs partial power factor correction. This helps restore natural dynamics by bringing the AC voltage and current into a better phase relationship allowing a more efficient transfer of power. With the Adept Response as your power conditioner all aspects of the audio/video performance are greatly improved. Your playback system will no longer be starved of clean high quality power. The result is realistic, beautiful audio and stunning video resolution.
Power Conditioners - Speaker Cables - Power Cords - Interconnects - Phono Cables - Digital Cables
Lyra’s exquisite phono cartridges are the beautiful result of a collaboration between a remarkable trio: Jonathan Carr, the American conceptualizer and designer, Yoshinori Mishima, the Japanese master-craftsman whose watchful eye ensures state-of-the-art manufacturing and assembly, and Norwegian Stig Bjorge, the business head, who ties the enterprise together. All three share an intense passion for audio and are fanatical about creating and producing the most advanced possible phono cartridges. This Tokyo-based team not only lives on the frontier of design and manufacturing, they are constantly moving that frontier forward.
Lyra’s mission is to create long lasting products that combine original thinking, advanced engineering, and ideal materials application. Lyra’s cartridges are built 100% from the ground up in Japan, with the artisanal craftsmanship that Japan is revered for. The result is a family of transducers that extract an unprecedented level of revealed texture, transparency, and dynamic contrast from an analog music collection, ensuring maximum immersion and emotional involvement in the music.
Music can inspire, energize, or relax. Immersion into our personal music can rejuvenate us, nourish us intellectually and emotionally, and can stimulate our imaginations. Listening to music can be an effortless form of meditation. Just like a live performance, analog playback has a unique ability to allow us to relax, let our guard down, and to disappear into the music and ourselves. Lyra phono cartridges provide a direct and transparent conduit to the music waiting for us in our LP collection. It is with these objectives in mind that Lyra presents its latest works of art.
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The Tri-Planar tonearm Mk VII commonly referred to as the "Tri-Planar Precision Tonearm"
The arm creates a musical sound stage unmatched by any other. It has been described as powerful and dynamic, solid yet expressive, delicate and tactile. The outstanding quality of this arm, commented on time and again, is that it is invisible, lacking the colorations that plague so many of our competitors.
• Type: gimbal-bearing tonearm
• Effective length: 250mm
• Pivot-to-spindle distance: 233.5mm
• Overhang: 16.5mm
• Offset angle: 22°
• Effective mass: 11g
• Bearing offset: 22°
• Damped headshell
• Annealed-aluminum coaxial damped armtube
• Clamping yoke design that firmly couples the headshell tube to the bearing tube, making for a single unit yet allowing azimuth rotation of the headshell
• Silicone-fluid trough tonearm damping
• Bearings featuring hand-crafted, hardened and polished needle cones
• Progressive anti-skating design
• Sophisticated system of decoupled counterweights, allowing proper stylus force for any cartridge without altering effective mass
• Easy 3-screw installation, with no large VTA hole
- Available in black or silver finish
- RCA termination
- XLR termination
- DIN termination
- 25 cm box output RCA
- 1m, 1.5m & 2m phono cable length
- MSRP $6200
- More info
The Leto Preamp "2013 Preamp Product of the Year"
The Andros PS1 Phono stage "2013 Analog Product of the Year" Finalist
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"Designed for music lovers who demand the highest fidelity from their systems"
CALYPSO TUBE LINE STAGE JANUS TUBE PREAMP
RHEA TUBE PHONO STAGE ATLAS POWER AMPLIFIER
Pandora SPDIF DAC Romulus CD Player / USB DAC
Callisto Eclipse with Power Supply IO Eclipse Phono Stage with Power Supply
Aesthetix president and designer Jim White began his pursuit of the ultimate preamplifier designs over 10 years ago. Jim introduced his Jupiter Series of preamps in 1994. The Io phono stage and Callisto line stage became industry benchmarks, garnering recognition from The Absolute Sound magazine with a Golden Ear Award for the Io and HP Editor’s Choice for the Callisto Signature with dual power supplies. These incredible preamps use between 16 and 32 tubes each and in their ultimate configuration, create a six chassis 270 lb. component preamp.
Jim has now utilized his knowledge and experience to create the Aesthetix Saturn series: Rhea phono stage, Calypso line stage and Janus preamp. As you will see and hear, the Saturn series combines the sonic excellence of the Jupiter preamps in single chassis, beautifully styled, remote controlled components that elevate the performance of all high end music and home cinema audio systems.
Read all the Aesthetix Reviews Here Aesthetix Owner Manuals Here
Vinyl Wash-PRO / Vinyl Rinse-PRO (two-step record cleaning fluid Kit)
Vinyl Wash-PRO is the first cleaning step of our two step record cleaning kit. Vinyl Wash-PRO is a Lab grade Multi-Element Enzyme based / Surfactant record cleaning formula, and designed to dissolve a wide range of contaminants including bacterial growth, protein based compounds, organic contaminants and release chemicals used in the vinyl pressing process. Our product contains no alcohol, no lubricants and completely safe for all types of LP records including shellacs. Vinyl Wash-PRO should always be followed up with our Vinyl Rinse-PRO water rinse for best results.
Vinyl Rinse-PRO is the final cleaning / rinse step of our two step record cleaning kit. Vinyl Rinse-PRO goes through a Multi-Stepped filtration and de-ionizing process that meets the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) water purity rating. Every batch is then tested to insure the quality meets laboratory standards. Vinyl Rinse-PRO is safe for all types of LP records including shellacs, removes contaminates left behind on your applicator brushes / vacuum pick up tubes and can be used by itself as a maintnance step if your records just need a quick clean up periodically. Leaves no sonic residual behind.
Two Step Record Cleaning Kit with two microfiber applicator brushes $79.00
(Analog Manufacturing from Germany)
Precision engineering and classic design are embodied in the first turntable from AMG (Analog Manufaktur Germany), the Viella 12 or simply, V12. The AMG turntable line was created by a group of audio industry experts to advance the art of vinyl playback.
All machining is done in-house, combining the latest Computer Aided Design and CNC machines with “classic analog” tools, including custom lathes and drill presses. Their factory has been manufacturing key, precision parts for some of the world’s most highly regarded turntables for over a decade. This expertise in the design and manufacture of turntables led to the AMG line.
Viella 12 “V12” turntable $16,500 with 12" arm / $13,500 without arm
Vicoustic is based in Lisbon, Portugal and is currently establishing itself as one of
the most dynamic companies in the acoustic solutions industry. The
research-based manufacturer offers a range of innovative products and services,
representing the outcome of years of development, testing and optimization.
Vicoustic’s engineers work in strategic partnership with other industry sectors,
including science institutes and universities, as well as gaining regular
feedback from some of Europe’s leading acoustic engineers.
Vicoustic’s mission is simple: Improve the way you listen to your music in an
affordable and accessible way. “Many people buy expensive speakers, and use them
in very bad acoustic conditions” says Cesar Carapinha, Vicoustic’s CEO. “Now
it’s possible to improve the way you listen to your music, in an affordable and
accessible way. Vicoustic offers products for all budgets and highly specialized
staff to help you create your ideal listening room”.
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Since 1948 Ortofon has introduced about 100 different moving coil models, and more are to follow.
Nothing demonstrates more convincingly Ortofon´s commitment to be the world´s last cartridge manufacturer than the ongoing development of new state-of-the-art models, and Ortofon will continue to refine upon the level of sound quality attainable from analogue recordings.
Contrary to other types of phono catridges, the moving coil principle is not suited for mass production. Each of the four coils contains between 11 an 24 turns of wire, depending on model, and has to be wound by hand under a microscope. The wire itself is much thinner than a human hair. The high degree of craftsmanship involved is one of the "secrets" behind Ortofon's reputation.
Ortofon TA-110 and TA-210 tonearms have gone to the next level by reducing unwanted vibrations in the tonearm. Their extensive knowledge of vibration properties and characteristics in different shapes and materials have been applied for optimization.
Introducing the MC ANNA
STEELHEAD MM/MC Tube Phono Stage
Manley Laboratories offers a complete line-up of amps, preamps and phono stages
The story behind the MC Anna cartridge
Historically Ortofon has a long tradition of paying tribute to persons who have been highly influential within the high-end audio culture and in music culture and history in general. In honor of these remarkable persons, Ortofon has introduced numerous products throughout the years, including the SPU Meister, MC Rohmann, Kontrapunkt BACH and Windfeld cartridges.
Continuing this tradition with the MC Anna, Ortofon dedicates this new flagship cartridge to the opera singer Anna Netrebko, a virtuoso whose performance displays a formidable technical arsenal of endless versatility. With the dedication of the MC Anna, Ortofon once again emphasizes the company’s unchanging commitment and devotion to the music and to the purest delivery of recorded sound. Much like Anna Netrebko, Ortofon aspires to provide the ultimate musical experience through a mixture of innovation and technical expertise, combined with inspiration that goes beyond mere thought to reveal true inner emotion.
Flexibility and performance with a range of compatibility
Output impedance of 6 ohm and a low-to-medium output voltage of 0.2 mV make MC Anna a perfect partner for most MC phono preamps and step-up transformers, including the new Ortofon ST-80 SE.
Ortofon’s MC Anna focuses on providing music in its entirety without compromise, offering an ideal balance of precision and musicality to provide an engaging experience on a whole new level. With fine attention to both micro and macro dynamics combined with fluid tonality and texture, the MC Anna will shatter the boundaries of recorded music forever.
The MANLEY brand has been around since the late 1980's. Manley's first
commercially available products were upper echelon high-fidelity vacuum tube
amplifiers and preamplifiers constructed at the old Vacuum Tube Logic of America
Chinook tube phono stage $2250
The SP3 Surround Processor/Preamp
Bryston SP-3 Pre-Amplifier/Processor t is designed to make the best of both stereo and all of the latest surround formats and also offers a modular construction which enables the SP-3 to be upgraded with ease.
The Bryston SP3 uses Class A discrete circuitry throughout its analogue stages, with premium components and hand-matched transistors throughout rather than the more common IC's. Using a seperate, isolated power supply, with toroidal transformers, for each of the analogue and digital sections to help reduce crosstalk and interference.
The SP3 sports support for all of the latest High Definition standards from Dolby True HD to DTS-HD Master Audio and offers analogue passthrough for stereo and 7.1 channel formats to ensure there is no signal processing on the signal path if needed.
With 11 inputs for all of your sources, including 6 digital and 8 HDMI inputs this Behemoth certainly doesn't lack in connectivity. The SP-3 has complete video pass through and does no do any scaling of any sort on board so that the picture does not get effected by any pre or post processing, also helping to eliminate any electrically noisy video processing circuits that would be detrimental to the sound quality.
The Bryston BDP-1 digital player $1995
The Bryston BDP-1 is the world’s first dedicated player for high resolution digital files. Our objective was to isolate each critical stage of the playback process using the highest quality components available within a single function device. The BDP-1 separates the digital processing side (playing music files) from the data management side (storage, handling, ripping etc) in order to deliver the most quiet, lowest distortion playback option available. The Bryston BDP-1’s single functionis to play high-resolution digital music files from any USB storage device without compromise. The BDP-1 does notcontain a hard-drive (no moving parts), a streamer, a CDplayer/ripper, a router or noisy fans.
At the core of the BDP-1 is a Linux operating system optimized to provide the highest quality audio performance. Bryston has employed an industrial quality main board that only uses a small fraction of its computing power under any operating conditions.
Mated to this robust operating system is a Bryston-modified soundcard of the highest quality, featuring an AES-EBU Balanced and BNC (spdif ) output section for the highest possible performance when connected to the AES-EBU, BNC or COAX input on the Bryston BDA-1 external DAC. Bryston has also incorporated electronic isolation of all audio components from computer components within the device and has employed galvanic isolation to prevent charge-carrying particles from migrating within the BDP-1. Read the latest reviews here
GRAHAM PHANTOM SUPREME II
Graham Phantom II Supreme is the latest evolution of Bob Graham's
highly regarded tonearms. Graham will offer both field and factory
upgrades of the original Phantom B44 and Phantom II tonearms.
- New bearing housing incorporating Tungsten inserts for better mass coupling
- New bearing housing features reduced resonance for improved dynamic range
- New counterweight features smaller diameter for increased turntable compatibility
- New counterweight accommodates heavy phono cartridges
- New CA-5 cartridge alignment gauge incorporates vertical adjustment to optimize for different height phono cartridges
Innovation Wood with Universal tonearm
An Absolute Sound Golden Ear Award winner, the Clearaudio Innovation Wood
features a resonance-optimized dual tier chassis based upon proven Clearaudio
three-point design - a combination of Panzerholz (bulletproof wood), aluminum
skins, and aluminum pods. Its high-density, dynamically balanced 2.75” POM
platter is mated to a half inch thick, CNC-machined stainless steel sub-platter
and Clearaudio’s patented CMB (ceramic magnetic bearing) technology, where the
platter magnetically levitates on an inverted bearing attached to a low-friction
ceramic shaft. A high-torque DC motor exclusive to Clearaudio is equipped with
an OSC (optical speed control) circuit controlled in real time via an infrared
sensor. The end result is a highly musical, detailed presentation with very
accurate pitch and exceptional rhythm and pace. The Innovation Wood is also dual
tonearm capable and plays 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm and 78 rpm speeds.
The Ovation with Clarify tonearm $6500
Black with Wood
Silver with Wood Silver with Black Lacquer Wood Black with Black Lacquer Wood
• Panzerholz wood/aluminum sandwich plinth
• Plinth mass loaded
and internally damped with stainless steel shot damping tiles
leveling and locking feet from Innovation.
• 40mm thick Delrin platter with
• Machined aluminum sub-platter
• Inverted Ceramic Magnetic
• Decoupled 3 speed DC motor with Optical Speed Control
• Clarify tonearm features a magnetic bearing, carbon fiber arm wand,
machined aluminum head shell.
The Performance DC with Verify Tonearm $3000
• Aluminum sandwich plinth
• Two piece height adjustable (for leveling) aluminum feet with anti-resonance damping tips
• 40mm thick Delrin platter with weighted rim
• Machined aluminum sub-platter
• Inverted Ceramic Magnetic Bearing (CMB)
• Decoupled 3 speed DC motor; user fine- adjustable 33, 45, 78 rpm
• Verify Carbon Fiber tonearm features a magnetic bearing, carbon fiber arm wand, and 1 meter Direct-Wire cable
Complete Turntable, Tonearm and Cartridge packages available.....Call 925-425-0450 for details