Expertise

Midrange Linn LP12 turntable

Posted September 1st, 2016 in Turntables

Today Russ and I (John) are building a nice midrange Linn LP12 turntable. When people come into our store we are often asked what a good strategy for building their LP12 will be. We do our best to advise them based on our experience, and… Read More »

Fixing up a Vintage Thorens TD 145

Posted January 31st, 2016 in Turntables

We had a nice Thorens TD 145 come in for a new cartridge and minor restoration. Above note the famous queuing lever on the TD 145. If you wish to have an automatic turntable that is still fairly good quality, the Thorens TD 145 is… Read More »

Which Aurender is for me?

Posted January 27th, 2016 in Computer Audio

Aurender makes a fairly large number of music servers, which on initial examination looks complex, but in reality is quite simple, and quite logical in it’s pricing structure.  Basically you just need to break it down to the Aurender 100 series vs the W20/N10 Aurender… Read More »

Aurender, Linn DS, and why we retired our Mac Minis from Computer Audio

Posted January 27th, 2016 in Blog, Computer Audio

Aurender, Linn DS, and Why we Stopped using Mac Minis from Computer Audio Once upon a time, we used Mac Mini’s everywhere in our store for computer audio.  We initially thought each would cost $600, and that seemed fairly reasonble, especially given the cost of… Read More »

Linn Digital Streaming System 4 $41K

Posted December 15th, 2014 in Systems cost no object.

Linn Akubarik Exakt Speakers Linn Akurate Exakt DSM QNAP Network Access Storage (NAS) hard drive Total ~ $41K This system uses a brand new, state of the art linn technology called Akurate Exakt. In the Akurate Exakt Speaker, there are five amplifier’s built in (you… Read More »

Linn Digital Streaming System 3 $22K

Posted December 15th, 2014 in Systems < $25,000

Linn Majik Isobarik Speakers Linn Akurate DSM Linn Akurate 4200 Amplifier w/aktiv Cards QNAP Network Access Storage (NAS) hard drive Nordost Heaven Speaker Cables (2 sets) Total ~ $22K Linn has the Majik, Akurate, and Klimax Ranges.  This system is basically an Akurate system with… Read More »

Linn Digital Streamer System 2 $14K

Posted December 15th, 2014 in Systems < $25,000

Linn Majik 140 Speakers Linn Majik DSM Linn Magic 6100 Amplifier w/aktiv Cards QNAP Network Access Storage (NAS) hard drive Nordost Purple Flare Speaker Cables (3 sets) Total ~ $14K This is Linn Digital Streamer System 1 (LDSS1) upgraded to be an Aktiv Linn system. We… Read More »

McIntosh System 4 $90K

Posted December 15th, 2014 in Systems cost no object.

McIntosh C2500 USB Tube Preamplifier McIntosh MC601 600 watt Monoblock Amplifiers McIntosh MT5 Turntable McIntosh MPC1500 Power Conditioner Magico S5 Speakers McIntosh Signature Speaker Cables McIntosh Signature CBA Interconnects Cardas Clear Power Cords HRS SXR Audio Stand Total ~ $90K * Note that some manufacturers… Read More »

McIntosh System 3 $15K

Posted December 15th, 2014 in Systems < $25,000

McIntosh C2500 USB Tube Preamplifier McIntosh MC275 Tube Amplifier Dynaudio Focus 160 Speakers Apple TV Cardas Parsec Speaker Cables Cardas Parsec Interconnects Audioquest Cinnamon Optical Cable Total ~ $15K * Note that some manufacturers request that we not publish system prices. This system is all… Read More »

Rega Digital Lovers System 1 $2479

Posted December 15th, 2014 in Systems < $2,500

Rega Brio-R Integrated Amplifier $895 Rega RS1 Bookshelf Speakers $795 Musical Fidelty V90 DAC $299 Cardas Twinlink Speaker Cables (2M) $365 Apple TV $100 Audioquest Forest Optical Cable $25 Total= $2479 This pairs the excellent Rega Brio-R and RS1 bookshelf core system with the best-for-the-price… Read More »

McIntosh System 2 $11K

Posted December 14th, 2014 in Systems < $25,000

McIntosh MAC6700 Receiver McIntosh XR50 Bookshelf Speakers Apple TV Audioquest Go-4 Speaker Cables Audioquest Forest Optical Cable Total ~ $11K * Note that some manufacturers request that we not publish system prices. The McIntosh MAC6700 has three significant upgrades over the MA5200 in System 1:… Read More »

McIntosh System 1 $7K

Posted December 14th, 2014 in Systems < $10,000

McIntosh MA5200 Integrated Amplifier Sonus Faber Venere 2.5 Floorstanding Speakers Apple TV Audioquest Go-4 Speaker Cables Audioquest Forest Optical Cable Total ~ $7K * Note that some manufacturer’s request that we not publish component prices online. This system gets a person into a McIntosh stereo… Read More »

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