Ayre’s latest offering is the QX-5 Digital hub has arrived. This is a world class! Dac, headphone amp and streamer in one package. It offers 10 inputs. I was expecting it to be good but from the first listen this product is a class leader in all of it’s functions. Come on by for a listen for yourself you won’t be disappointed.
Many of my customers know that I am also a musician. In July I had the opportunity to play with the Cleveland Orchestra over two weekends at their summer home, the Blossom Music center. This is a beautiful amphitheater just south of Cleveland.
On the second concert I was sitting dead center and about 10 feet from the conductor, First and second violins were to my right and to my left was the bass, cello and viola sections. Behind were the woodwinds, brass and a plethora of percussion instruments. The best way to describe the sound was “spine tingling”. I commented to the Jazz bass player that I would have paid 5 grand to hear this concert from my sitting position. The sound was if there were 1 omnidirectional microphone placed where I was sitting. Not stereo the way we perceive it at home. but mono, the distance between the musicians created the ” soundstage”. The sound as you would expect from a “world class” orchestra was smooth natural and totally phase coherent.
It got me thinking about my customers. I strongly suggest that wherever you live, go out and hear a orchestra play. If you are not a fan of classical music then go hear one of the many “Pops” programs all orchestras offer. It will “clean your pallet ” and make you a better listener at home.
On May the 5th. from 6 to 9 we will be listening to the magnificent Homage Cinema speakers by Auditorium 23. The front end will be the Well Tempered Labs Royal 400. All electronics will be Shindo. Seating is limited. Please rsvp to 216-375-1393. As usual refreshments will be served.
The First Thursday event this last week proved to be a huge success! Both John DeVore and Mike Pranka gave informative presentations on the Gibbon X loudspeaker and the Well Tempered Labs Royale 400 turntable. The sound was quite “majestic” with amplification from VTL. The VTL 5.5 preamp and MB-185 amps were used. Everyone enjoyed good music and good cheer. Thanks again to Mike and John for making a great evening.
On April 7th from 6 to 9 pm John DeVore and Mike Pranka will be here for a night of music making and will present a seminar at 7:30.
It has been over 5 years since John was last here. The system will include amplification from VTL and the new Gibbon 10′s.
Mike Pranka whom is the distributor for Well Temperd Labs and Dynavector will be bringing The new Well Tempered Royale turntable in all its glory. If you followed the Stereophile coverage of CES you will recognize this amazing turntable with it’s 16 inch tonearm.
As usual refreshments will be served.
We are honored to have John and Mike pay us a visit.
Please RSVP as seating will be limited.