brianandtrevors Summer Newsletter 2016
We hope you are having a wonderful summer and finding time to relax with music. We are busy as ever with demonstrations and installations, and developing our range of high performance components featured in this newsletter we trust you find of value. If you are interested in attending any of our music and product events or require more information and demonstration of any of our featured products (see below), please can you email us or call, indicating the product(s) of interest to you.
It is almost ten years since we established as House of Linn, the expert Linn consultancy. Linn manufacture the most advanced source-to-speaker, single-brand upgradeable system solution we offer. We know, because we used to work for them!
We are Linn and Linn EXAKT specialists. We can upgrade your Linn system to EXAKT specification and upgrade Exakt-compatible loudspeakers from other manufacturers ready to perform in a Linn Exakt System. Read about Linn’s 3 summer Exakt upgrade offers below.
This newsletter features our latest products and summer offers, the benefits of simplifying system electronics – reducing box count by upgrading and improving system performance with the latest integrated power amplifiers, and adding a sub(s) sub-bass reinforcement to improve system resolution, tonality and scale. We have become quite expert in this regard!
As brianandtrevors, we do a number of things; our main interest is configuring systems from power to performance, including furniture and other products that maximise information retrieval and musical output of individual system components. We advise, demonstrate, install and aftercare sources, amplification, loudspeakers and systems for owners of hi-end systems who want a dramatic improvement in system performance. We offer realistic trade-in terms to make upgrading easier.
Upgrade, Integrate, Simplify.
We are always keen to audition new and innovative system components to adopt if they deliver better performance – from storage to speakers. Since the start of our business in 2007, high performance audio technology has developed very quickly, almost continuously and some new high-end audio products now offer even better performance from single, rather than, traditional multiple component systems.
One category in particular is high performance integrated amplifiers. Two stand-out products are available for demonstration: The Musical Fidelity Nu Vista 800 and Vitus Audio RI-100. Each can drive a broad range of loudspeakers and either can be an ideal upgrade.
We are currently listening with Linn analogue and digital sources and PS Audio DSD DAC through the fabulous Vitus Audio RI-100 integrated amplifier (with its own integrated DAC option too), swapping with the Musical Fidelity Nu Vista 800, Graham Audio loudspeakers and REL sub-bass arrays – passive system options that perform like an active system, due in part to Entreq signal grounding and Chord Music cables throughout the system from the Melco High Resolution Digital Music Library through to loudspeakers.
Having listened for some time with Musical Fidelity Nu Vista and Vitus Audio integrated power amplification with Graham Audio BBC Monitor loudspeakers, these are ideal playback products worthy of demonstration for owners of mature hi-end systems in need of upgrade and for anyone wishing to start their journey with a true sense of hi-end performance. Each of the loudspeakers in this range convey compelling musical qualities, and we encourage passive loudspeaker system owners to contact us to arrange a demonstration.
Call or email us for a demonstration of any of the above.
At the recent North West Audio Show, we were pleased to present the first UK preview of the new Graham Audio VOTU Floorstanding Loudspeaker. VOTU is developed from an original Graham Audio design for The Royal Opera House – System3D.
VOTU is amongst the best passive domestic floorstanding loudspeakers we have listened with and is so good, it presents music with the neutrality, transparency, depth and detail of an active loudspeaker system, while delivering extremely high levels of openness and delicacy with an astonishing dynamic performance.
Each VOTU is capable of delivering 1000 watts and represents a significant upgrade for any hi-end passive system.
Call or email us to audition VOTU.
Also new to our range: REL sub-bass reinforcement single sub and sub arrays for music systems, and the new range of Chord Music Cables and Entreq signal grounding solutions. (see below). As Linn EXAKT and Linn’s summer offer below illustrates, it is now possible to combine all AV sources and preamplification into a single upgradeable DS component driving integrated loudspeakers connected with just a pair of LAN cables! – just one example of integrated high performance with sophisticated simplicity.
TO BE EXAKT: HOUSE OF LINN SUMMER SAVINGS.
We are Linn EXAKT specialists. We can upgrade your Linn system to EXAKT specification and upgrade Exakt-compatible loudspeakers from other manufacturers ready to perform in a Linn Exakt System. In recent times we have upgraded a number of Linn systems with older Linn Loudspeakers to Exakt with startling results.
As usual, Linn are offering generous annual summer savings with Exakt upgrades and +2 free amplification channels, full details below.
THREE GREAT UPGRADE OFFERS FROM LINN THIS SUMMER:
Offer 1: Free Exakt Upgrade with Linn Integrated Speakers. Upgrading to Exakt has never been this easy.
Buy a pair of Linn integrated speakers and Linn will upgrade your Klimax DS, Klimax DSM, Akurate DS or Akurate DSM to the latest version featuring Exakt Link for free – representing huge savings.
Re-use current electronics in a Renew DS or DSM.
Offer 2: DS/DSM Exakt Link Upgrade with Exaktbox for Less.
Upgrade your separates system with Exaktbox: Buy two Klimax Exaktboxes and Linn will upgrade your Klimax DS, Klimax DSM, Akurate DS or Akurate DSM to the latest version featuring Exakt Link for free – representing huge savings.
Buy a single Klimax Exaktbox or Akurate Exaktbox Linn will upgrade your Klimax DS, Klimax DSM, Akurate DS or Akurate DSM for half price.
Offer 3: +2 Channels of Amplification.
If you are wishing to add more channels of amplification or upgrade to the ultimate performance of Exakt, you will receive an extra 2 channels free with any purchase of an Akurate or Majik amplifier:
• Akurate 4200 for the price of Akurate 2200
• Majik 6100 for the price of Majik 4100
• Majik 5100 for the price of Majik 3100
• Majik 4100 for the price of Majik 2100
Combine the +2 promotion with Exaktbox offer to upgrade your passive system all the way to Exakt and save even more!
We take care of everything for you.
Contact us for demonstrations and to upgrade your Linn system with these fantastic Linn offers.
Offers end August 16th 2016. Terms and Conditions Apply.
Listening to a stereo music system with the addition of a “sub-woofer”, or more precisely, sub-bass sound reinforcement, re-ignites a personal passion for listening to stereo music with one or more subs. Indeed, REL, specialists in sub-bass sound reinforcement, take the addition and their unique array configuration of “subs” extremely seriously. Ideally suited for two-channel, and dedicated theatres.
At the recent North West Audio Show, we presented REL dual bass reinforcement arrays either side of the main left and right channel loudspeakers driving multiple room modes (forward, down and rear).
The result of an accurately configured REL sub system is the disappearance of room boundaries when listening to stereo music.
REL subs work great with Linn Exaktbox Sub too!
Contact us for a REL demonstration and make your listening room disappear!
Vitus Audio RI-100 Integrated Amplifier
We have listened with Vitus Audio RI-100 integrated amplifier for some time now. This amplifier offers extremely neutral and natural presentation of music – a detailed and dynamic reproduction, complete operational silence, (due in part to Vitus’s transformer power supplies are designed and manufactured in-house), and an unbelievable depth and width in the sound-stage. This is the most surprising integrated amplifier we have listened with and an ideal upgrade and replacement for single pre and power components in mature hi-end systems.
Call or email us for a demonstration of Vitus products.
Musical Fidelity Nu Vista 800 Integrated Amplifier
Nu Vista’s tube preamplifier stage provides a natural and smooth presentation of music delivered by powerful dual mono 300 wpc solid state power amplifiers with enormous transients and an effortless feel that is relaxing and involving. An ideal upgrade and replacement for single pre and power components in mature hi-end systems.
Call or email us for a demonstration of Musical Fidelity products.
As one of a few select dealers, we are pleased to offer Chord’s most advanced cable range in their 30-year history.
ChordMusic is a celebratory, flagship series that distils 30 years of cable design and manufacturing knowhow into a ground-breaking line-up.
ChordMusic is a revelatory product, claiming phase accurate cable performance, developed using an exciting and entirely new insulation material which has never been used with audio cables before: Taylon®.
Our listening with Chord Music’s Ethernet, Signal, and loudspeaker cables, confirm transformational improvements to the music we listen to. Contact us for a demonstration of Chord Music and the Chord range of music cables.
Call or email us for a demonstration of Chord Cables.
Entreq Signal Grounding.
We are sceptical of most new and “unusual” products until we listen with them. None moreso than with Entreq’s signal grounding boxes designed to attach to audio components. As always, the proof is always by listening to how a system’s music presentation can improve. Signal grounding is a new concept for us, is relatively affordable, and one we have been listening with for the past few months. We confirm Entreq’s claims that Local Signal Grounding provides:
• Improved dynamics and resolution
• Lower noise floor
• More natural flow and sound
Call or email us for a demonstration and you will be surprised!
Booplinth Reveals Even Greater LP12 Performance
Booplinth’s advanced low mass, one piece plinth design is the fundamental performance upgrade for any LP12 regardless of age or specification.The random structure of bamboo grass and air in every booplinth diminishes signal pollution all the way to the stylus tip, revealing hidden recorded detail, greater clarity and a more musical performance traditional wooden plinth constructions simply cannot deliver. Booplinth reveals even greater LP12 performance because you hear more of the recording and less of the plinth. Now available only in beautiful natural bamboo finish.
Call or email to arrange a demonstration.
MELCO HIGH RESOLUTION DIGITAL MUSIC PLAYER.
Many exciting players now exist to allow enjoyment of CD rips and High Resolution files. While this is all good news however, the concept of the true source component has been lost, as the distribution, storage, and delivery of the large Hi-Res music files to the player are now entrusted to computer type devices and technologies.
This is unfortunate as there are a great many aspects of Digital Music that cannot possibly be addressed by standard computer peripherals, and so it is not possible to fully enjoy the original musical experience as the performers and producers would have hoped.
The only real solution is to create a true Source Component for High Resolution Digital Music including accessing the Hi-Res music, storing and managing the music, and making the Hi-Res music available to the chosen Digital Music Player.
Developed by audiophiles, for audiophiles, Melco presents the world’s first true High Resolution Digital Music source – with none of the compromises of the computer peripherals market. With a real source component to access, store and deliver Hi-Res music, Melco offers the opportunity for the music lover to finally enjoy studio quality Hi-Res digital music without any compromise.
Try a Melco at home and compare the difference.
Email or call us to audition a Melco in your system.
The North West Audio Show June 26th 2016
First UK Preview Graham Audio VOTU Loudspeaker
VOTU is a 4-way reflex loudspeaker developed from an original Graham Audio design for the Royal Opera House and offers the same neutrality and transparency as Graham Audio’s BBC-licensed loudspeakers, but at much higher sound pressure levels.
VOTU delivers extremely high levels of openness and delicacy combined with an astonishing dynamic performance. Remarkably, this performance level is achieved using a conventional passive configuration, but one that is able to be used with amplifiers rated at 250 – 1000 watts per channel and, is a loudspeaker system that is truly at home in a high end hi-fi system and is available with the same real-wood veneers used across the Graham Audio range as well as custom veneers or high gloss lacquer. Contact us to privately audition VOTU.
Our presentation system at Cranage Hall North West Audio Show featured:
• Booplinth Linn LP12
• Melco High Resolution Digital Music Library
• Musical Fidelity NuVista 800 amplification
• Graham Audio VOTU Loudspeakers
• REL Sub-Bass Array
• Entreq Signal Grounding
• Chord Cable Company Chord Music interconnects and cables
• PS Audio Power Regeneration
• Quadraspire Audio Furniture
We thoroughly enjoyed our third North West Audio Show as it is always good to meet fellow enthusiasts. Thank you to everyone who visited and chatted with us.
Future Music Events at brianandtrevors
We are planning to resume our music events featuring the products and upgrades referred to in this newsletter.
If you are interested in attending any of our events or require more information and demonstration of any of our featured products, please email us or call, indicating the product(s) of interest to you.
We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our events.
In the meantime, we are always available – so feel free to contact us by phone or email.
Brian & Trevor
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