Firstly, Lyra cartridges are known worldwide as being some of the best performing cartridges available today. 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. Japanese master craftsman Yoshinori Mishima making cartridges and supervising production. All products are manufactured in Japan with microscopic attention to detail under the direct supervision of these three. for over 30 years. LYRA products are characterized by advanced design engineering allied with Japanese artisanal craftsmanship and build quality. All our products are developed and crafted to be among the very finest available in their category. They have received favorable press like no other cartridge available today.
Reed is a Lithuanian company that has been in business for about seven years. They started out by designing and manufacturing tonearms, but now they also have three models of Turntables too.
The Reed 3P tonearm has been named a “Class A” Stereophile Recommended Component!!
We have available for audition the Lyra Kleos phono cartridge that will be running on the Reed 3P tonearm. We look forward to demonstrating these two amazing products for you.
East End Hi-Fi is pleased to have added a pair of the classic EAR 509 100w Monoblock Amplifiers for audition. The EAR 509 mono was born to serve professional studios. The nature of high fidelity in studios makes it perfectly suited for audio playback in the home. The 100 Watt mono is a Tim de Paravicini design classic that has been in continual production for over 30 years. Its timeless rectilinear form is hand finished in polished chrome giving a clean and elegant look. Despite its high power, it has been refined to be densely packaged without sacrificing any performance enabling the compact design.
Joël Chevassus of 6moons.com had this to say:
"Summing up, the Violins pay back in full for their sticker. You obtain a beautiful whilst singular appearance, a seamless sound, satisfying resolution and scaled-up staging. Beyond these subjective whilst technical considerations, the most striking feature remains their ability to deliver full immersion with neutral sonics due to efficient enclosure and xover design work. That’s not so common when dealing with speakers of such strong-willed shape."
Terry London of HomeTheater.com had this to say:
Comparison and Competition
"Two speakers that I have auditioned that would be the competitors to the Violin SE based on design and price would be the Von Schweikert Audio Unifield Two MK2, which retails for $7,995, and the Vivid V-1.5, which retails for $7,650. The Von Schweikert Audio Unifield MK2 offers excellent bass extension for a stand-mount speaker. However, it did not produce a large holographic soundstage and completely disappear like the Violin SE does. The Violin SE's midrange tonality/timbres, along with its transition to the lower high frequencies, were at a higher level of refinement than the Unifield MK2. The Vivid V-1.5 offers speed, powerful micro-dynamics, and excellent transparency/clarity, allowing all the little details of the music to be easily heard. However, it suffers from what I previously mentioned in the body of the review regarding many speakers on today's market: It sounds somewhat analytical and slightly dry in its overall presentation of the music. This is where the Violin SE pulled way ahead in being able to allow me to relax and get into the emotions of the music because of its rich and full tonality/color/timbres, without losing micro-details or transient speed."
"The Violin SE, like all Lawrence speakers, is built to a very high standard and provides a beautiful and unique physical appearance. The Violin SE provides reference-level performance in the areas of soundstaging, rich and natural tonality/timbres, extremely fast transients/micro-details, octave-to-octave seamlessness, and powerfully taut bass extension. Finally, it allows you to hear everything in the music without sounding analytical in any way. During my time with the Violin SE, I nicknamed this speaker the "Baby Cello" because it comes so close to the performance of its big and much more expensive brother."
Gary Lea of Positive Feedback said this:
"Like some other speakers I have reviewed in the past what these speakers DO provide is a very enjoyable experience with a good deal of detail resolution, strong ability to handle aggressive rhythm and pace, excellent sound staging, and a very fluid midrange."
East End Hi-Fi is pleased to announced new partnership with Torus Power.
East End Hi-Fi have the Torus Power TOT AVR and the TOT Mini in house for audition.
Here’s what has been said about the Torus Power products:
The Torus TOT AVR was awarded the 2015 “Product of the Year” award for Tone Audio magazine:
“No matter how great your components are, you aren’t hearing all they are capable of if you’re just plugging them into the wall. Forget about all the scuttlebutt you’ve heard on various internet forums and just plug into a Torus.”
“If you don’t have a huge power amplifier, or just want to test the water by filtering the power to all of your line level components,
there’s no better place to start than with the TOT AVR. It has a 10-amp maximum capacity and six outputs that all feature a large toroidal
transformer (even the TOT weighs about 35 lbs.) that provides filtering and isolation from the AC line.”
“Bottom line, plug into a Torus and get ready to instantly hear a lower noise floor and better, cleaner transient attack without degradation to the delicate musical signal in any way. For $2,295 we can’t think of a better upgrade to your system.”
WiFi HiFi Magazine at CES 2016 said that the Torus Power TOT AVR was one of the “10 Eye Catching Products”:
“Every home theatre should have clean power with Automatic Voltage Regulation to boot. A Torus Power AVR15+ at $4,000 may not be within reach of most home theatre owners. However, the $2,000 Torus TOT AVR (rated at 10A) is a must-buy for any home theatre enthusiast. It provides automatic voltage regulation, thereby enhancing protection against voltage sags, brownouts and surges; plus Smart Ethernet connectivity and an RS232 interface. Ideal for home theatre receivers and two-channel audio systems, it will keep the output constant within the range of 115 Volts to 125 Volts, with an input voltage of 90V to 130V. I highly recommend this unit.”
OPPO Blu-Ray Players have been about the most significant since the advent of Blu-Ray:
Chris Martin of The Absolute Sound said this about the OPPO BDP-105 Player:
“If ever a product deserved to be considered the Swiss Army knife of digital media playback, the BDP-105 is the one. Whether you choose it for multi-format disc playback, for network- streaming capabilities, or to use as a DAC at the heart of a computer-audio system, the BDP-105 will consistently serve up levels of sonic refinement and sophistication the belie its modest price. Enthusiastically recommended. If ever a product deserved to be considered the Swiss Army knife of digital media playback, the BDP-105 is the one. Whether you choose it for multi-format disc playback, for network- streaming capabilities, or to use as a DAC at the heart of a computer-audio system, the BDP-105 will consistently serve up levels of sonic refinement and sophistication the belie its modest price. Enthusiastically recommended.”
What Hi-Fi had this to say about the BDP-105D Player:
“It’s easy to dismiss a machine like the BDP-105D as being too expensive. If all you want is a way of playing Blu-rays and DVDs,
it probably is. However, if you crave a really talented source component that plays pretty much all movie and music content to a high standard,
the story is very different. Want one machine to do it all? Here it is.”
East End Hi-Fi is pleased to form a new partnership with Acoustic Signature, one of the leading manufacturers of turntables and tonearms.
As pictured on the left, we have the Challenger Mk3 with the Silencer Platter with two motors for audition!
Acoustic Signature designer Gunther Frohnhöfer has been building mass loaded aluminum-based turntables for decades. Acoustic Signature turntables are solid, non-suspended designs with heavy platters and electronically controlled drive motors. Their maintenance-free bearings are meant to last a lifetime, while their exchangeable tonearm plates allow for easy swapping of tonearms.
East End Hi-Fi is proud of our relationship with Mytek Digital, and excited that their Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ was been recognized by both Stereophile & TAS for it's outstanding performance!
East End Hi-Fi has just received our demo pair of the brand new Harbeth 40th Anniversary 30.2 Monitor Speakers!
Fully broken in, these speakers have an amazing sense of presence, excellent soundstaging, and timbre. Instruments and voices sound scarily realistic! Bass is tight, and nicely extended with normal room boost, especially for a 50Hz response.
Make an appointment to audition these fine speakers at East End Hi-Fi!!!
TAS 2016 Product of the Year & 2017 Editor's Choice Awards:
"Though the Challenger Mk3 may not have the sheer low-end weight and power of the esteemed German manufacturer's upper tier designs, it still delivers purity, focus, elegance of presentation, and exceptional musicality. Drums, for instance, may not have the ultimate punch, but are still terrifically fast, textured and explosive."
"Call it a Challenger that punches above its weight - and TAS' 2016 TURNTABLE OF THE YEAR"
Stereophile Recommended Components Awards Oct 2016:
Acoustic Signature Triple X: "Anyone considering the purchase of a more expensive high-mass turntable owes it to himself/herself to audition the Acoustic Signature Triple X before spending money on something else." (Vol.38 No.9 WWW)
Acoustic Signature WOWXXL: "Compared with RD's Linn LP12 record player, the combination of WOW XXL and Acoustic Signature TA-1000 tonearm produced greater dynamics and detail, greater vitality in the sounds of brass instruments, and more convincing reproduction of space."
Acoustic Signature WOWXL: Described by HR as "the lowest priced, high-quality turntable I know of that can be purchased with a blank armboard"
Zesto Leto 1.5 Tube Preamplifier
‘The Leto is a powerful sounding, highly detailed, fantastically quiet, and superbly musical masterpiece that will complement the finest systems’ – Positive Feedback
“The Zesto Audio Leto 1.5 Tube Preamplifier bests the 1.0 in features and in every parameter I can think of. It hosts improvements in the highs, mids, and bass and makes the music live in your high-end system. Plus, it is not more expensive, just improved and perfected! It even sports an excellent headphone output jack on the front panel for added pleasure. The 1.5 is a real keeper in my book and worthy of any system no matter how expensive… Most highly recommended.”
– Robert H. Levi, PositiveFeedback.com
2014 Stereophile Recommended Component
“I was very impressed with the Leto. Zesto Audio has produced a well-made, stunningly gorgeous product that gave me hours of pleasure as I listened to a wide range of recordings. In this crazy market of ever increasing prices, a tubed line stage with so many strengths that can produce this level of musical satisfaction without costing somewhere in the five figures is commendable!”
– Robert Reina, Stereophile, April, 2014
2013 Editor’s Choice Award – The Absolute Sound
“The Zesto Leto Tube Preamplifier and Quad 909 amp share similar characteristics of being unusually free from electromechanical artifacts and having vivid and engaging midranges, a full bottom end, and completely natural top ends. Their presentations also have an unusually high degree of body and dimensionality to them… It results in a musicality and impression of realism is at once valid and authoritative yet without ever stepping outside the boundaries of sonic neutrality.”
– Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, Feb., 2013
“Zesto was debuting their new Leto tubed line preamplifier ($7500, top), which, like the Andros phono stage (bottom), is made in the USA. The performance of Mahler’s Symphony 1, with the Boston Philharmonic on a typically bright-sounding DG LP, had me sitting for the entire first movement, so low was the noise floor and so high the dynamic range”
– John Atkinson, Stereophile, reporting on Newport 2012 show
“George and Carolyn Counnas of Zesto Audio were on hand and showing off something new — the Leto, their nifty $7,500 tubed preamp. If I were able to make something this pretty — and have it sound this good — I’d be pleased, too. The aesthetic should be familiar to show-goers as it follows the elegant, flowing lines of their $3,900 Andros PS1 phono stage, a unit that suddenly seems to be just about everywhere. I stayed for half an hour. And came back. Three times. I loved this room. LOVED it. The sound was rich and big and grand and totally inviting. Detail? Check. Immediacy? Check. Room filling? Check. Made me want to hang out all day? Checkcheckcheck!”
Zesto Andros PS-1.2 Phono Preamplifier
“No analog devotee will not enjoy listening to the Zesto Andros PS-1.2 Phono Preamplifier. It had an addictive sound that combined the 12AX7 tube’s well known golden glow warmth with uncommon extension at the extremes of the audio band… I highly recommend the Zesto Andros PS1. It’s among the more enjoyable and satisfying phono preamplifiers I’ve auditioned at any price”
– Michael Fremer, Stereophile, March 2013
“The new Zesto Andros PS-1.2 Phono Preamplifier clobbers the original, and may just be the best piece of audio gear designed by George Counnas to date. Combine trend setting flexibility, head turning design, glorious performance, and super competitive pricing and you will understand the impact of this beauty in my reference system. If you are searching for a top performing phono stage, consider the Andros 1.2. It will open a window to the glories of high-end, high-definition sound without your having to take on a second mortgage. My highest recommendation!”
– Robert H. Levi, Positive Feedback, April, 2015 (read the review)
Robert Harley in 2012 CES show report stated the Zesto room (at 2012 T.H.E. Show at The Flamingo) exhibited “a rare epiphany in which the system so totally disappears that the music seems to just exist independently of the hardware. The system, put together by Zesto, Lindemann, and retailer Audio Revelation, was absolutely jaw-dropping in its presence and realism.” Robert also awarded this room one of his “Best Sound” awards.
East End Hi-Fi has just received our demo Symposium Foundation Ultra Rack. See attached pictures. The rack itself with the four shelves including basically a Symposium Ultra platform for a turntable (which gives it the “Ultra” designation). The rack weighs in at 125lbs.
Resonance-free constrained-layer shelving
Super-strong, solid 6061 "aircraft" alloy frame
Optional Rollerblock® Module isolation
Modular design can adapt to changing system requirements
Natural, Silver or Black leg finishes
Adjustable stainless steel or reversible Tellurium Copper bottom spikes
"Ultra" levels for greater isolation and damping
It’s hard to describe the difference a true anti-resonance device can make in a system. The background is much quieter, of course, and details are more easily heard. There is more dynamics to the music, and sound stage is much bigger. The bass is much tighter and stronger. There is more of a natural sound to the system. Overall, it is quite an upgrade in sound quality.
Geoff Husband of TNT Audio has reviewed the Hana SL MC cartridge:
“I could live with the Hana... If tomorrow all the other cartridges I had disappeared I would be quite happy to continue listening. I wouldn't feel short-changed, and though I might miss certain things they wouldn't 'bother' me so much. No other cartridge under 1500 Euro has passed this test. That the Hana is well below this limit is quite an achievement.”
René van Es of The EAR magazine reviewed both the EH & SL models:
“If the vinyl revival continues I see a bright future for the new Hana brand, its excellent price to quality ratio should ensure that.”Geoff Husband of TNT Audio has reviewed the Hana SL MC cartridge:
“I could live with the Hana... If tomorrow all the other cartridges I had disappeared I would be quite happy to continue listening.
I wouldn't feel short-changed, and though I might miss certain things they wouldn't 'bother' me so much. No other cartridge under
1500 Euro has passed this test. That the Hana is well below this limit is quite an achievement"
East End Hi-Fi has received their demo piece of the Aurender A10 music server and integrated DAC.
The ease of set up and use, the integrated DAC with liner power supplies, and the elimination of the USB cable are all advantages of the new A10.
East End Hi-Fi is excited about our new partnership with Zesto Audio a premier manufacturer of Hi-End electronics. Zesto’s founder and President, George Counnas said, “I’ve loved music all my life – as a musician, record producer and audio engineer. That makes me fussy about sound. That’s a good thing.” His background in electronics started “as a young man in England, I designed vacuum tube circuits. I worked for DECCA Navigator — at the time Britain’s largest electronics company — as part of a research and development team designing airborne navigational systems for the Royal Air Force. So I have many years of experience designing, creating and bringing to market high-end electronic equipment. The difference here is that no one’s life is at stake.”
East End Hi-Fi is honored to be selected by two premiere analog companies, Lyra Phono cartridges, and Reed Tonearms.
East End Hi-Fi couldn’t be more excited to partner with the legendary designer Nelson Pass, and the team from Pass Labs. Pass Labs is one of the most well established, highly regarded, award winning, and best sounding solid state brands in high end audio. We are proud to now be one of the few east coast dealers to have the amazing X250.8, XA25 amplifiers, and the XP-12 preamp available for audition!!
Here are just few of the excellent reviews of these fine products:
Pass Labs X250.8 Class A/B Amplifier:
"Best of 2015 Awards" -Home Theater Review- USA
"This generation of Nelson Pass designs is the best that Nelson and his team have created so far." -Home Theather Review
"It has been my pleasure to experience the X250.8 as it was another great performer!" -Enjoy The Music
"With the X250.8 there’s detail, but there’s also texture." Part-Time Audiophile
"An amplifier that viscerally connects you to the heart and soul of the musician(s) you are listening to" Connoisseur Corner
"Build quality is top shelf and the design has just enough subtle “audio jewelry” to delight the audiophile crowd" Connoisseur Corner
Pass Labs XA25 Class A Amplifier:
"As I listened to album after album, I could hear the textures, colors, tones, and harmonics of music in a way that was very moving. The system’s timbre realism with individual instruments and voices was as satisfying with the XA25 as it had been with any amp. All of this added up to enable my system to play music with a wonderful lifelike flow."Jack Roberts
Recommended Components - 2018 Stereophile
Pass Labs XP-12 (XP-10) Preamp:
"With the PASS' "textured" sound, vocals were especially good. Individual singers' timbre were more quickly and easily identifiable." Larry Cox positive-feedback.com
Writers Choice Awards 2017 Positive-Feedback
Please visit East End Hi-Fi to hear the amazing sounding and looking Lawrence Audio Cello speakers. To my ears, it’s one of the best sounding speakers at any price! It combines resolution, transparency dynamics, musicality excellent sound staging, and an overall coherence that is impossible not to like.
Here’s what Terry London of Home Theater Review.com said:
Competition and Comparison
"In the price bracket of around $18,000 for floor-standing speakers, the major competitors would either be the Wilson Audio Specialties Sophia Series 3, which is valued at $17,600, or the Vandersteen Model 5A valued at $18,995. Both speakers are highly acclaimed and offer reference-level musical performance. Being very familiar with both models, I still would choose the Cellos over these two excellent speakers, because the Cellos combine all of the analytical and objective virtues that both the Sophia Series 3 and the Vandersteen Model 5A provide. Additionally, the Cellos add a higher level of musicality and an emotional aspect to the music than the other speakers do.”
"Lawrence Audio, with their Cello floor-standing speakers, is a new player on the audio scene here in the States. It was an eye-opening experience to audition these speakers, due to their physical appearance and beauty. More importantly, the Cellos render music in an amazingly natural and relaxing way. This does not mean that the Cello is just a pleasant-sounding or euphonic speaker. The Cellos offer reference-level objective performance in all the important areas, such as soundstage, timbre, high and low extension, and dynamics. I highly recommend that you put the Cello on your audition list before you make your next purchase, if you can afford speakers in this price range.
"The highest compliment I can give to the Cellos is that they replaced my long-term reference MG20s, and I purchased the review pair as my new reference.”
East End Hi-Fi is pleased to announce a new partnership with Lawrence Audio! Founded in 1996 by Lawrence Liao, Lawrence Audio has created an exquisite line up of eye-catching and beautiful sounding loudspeakers including several modeled after actual musical instruments. The original inspiration for the design of these unique speakers is Lawrence’s love of classical music and instruments such as the violin, mandolin, and the cello.
The Mytek Brooklyn DAC/Pre has just received The Absolute Sound's 2017 "Golden Ear Award"!
Contact East End Hi-FI to audition the brand new Mytek Brooklyn DAC + !!!
Steven Stone noting, "The $1995.00 Brooklyn is not only a DAC, but also a preamplifier for
both analog and digital sources, a headphone amplifier that supports both single-ended
and balanced cans, and a phono preamplifier for both moving coil, and moving magnet cartridges."
"Once you throw MQA into the equation, I have to say "game over" for any DAC or DAC manufacturer
who can't keep up".
Stereophile's 2017 Digital Product of the Year!!!
The Mytek Brooklyn DAC, Preamp, Phono, and Headphone Amp!!
East End HI-Fi are pleased to announce our new partnership with George Merrill and his new company, GEM Dandy. George Merrill has been desiging and producing turntables for many decades, and has been the pioneer of many innovations in the design of turntables overf the years. He ahs done wextensive work in reducing both internal and external vibrations. His work with polymers on the new GEM Dandy PolyTables make it one of the best values in analog!
In the just released Stereophile April 2018 edition, Herb Reichert reviewed the Harbeth 40th Anniversary 30.2 Speakers.
He was so enthused with the sound of the new Harbeth’s that he gave them the coveted Recommended Components “Class A” award!!
Here’s what he had to say:
“I noticed how enormous and powerful the large drum sounded. My minds eye noted the color of its skin and measured its diameter.”
“Miles and his electric band felt tangibly there—unlike those ashen phantoms from my old friend’s shiny new system.”
“This newly discovered vividness caused the Harbeths to remind me of vintage Quad ESL’s.”
“I also believe that Harbeth’s Monitor 30.2 is the most neutral, accurate, and tuneful, fun, and music-loving stand-mounted two-way speaker I’ve heard.”
Steve Guttenberg of C/Net just reviewed the new Harbeth 40th Anniversary Monitor 30.2 Speakers:
"The M30.2s sound like a portal back to the session. It's a sound you'll want to savor." "I love that the M30.2 makes less than stellar recordings sound more listenable than I would have thought possible."
" The band's grooves with meaty, visceral bass lines belied the M30.2's modest size. This speaker really has a way with electric and acoustic bass instruments -- not just the weight, you feel the texture of the vibrating strings. I love that! "
"Vocals are also lovely. They sound more fully developed and natural than I've heard from most other speakers in the M30.2's price class."
"There was something really special going on here. The Harbeth Monitor 30.2 40th Anniversary Edition is a music lover's speaker. "
East End Hi-Fi has just become a HIFIMAN Headphone dealer, and we just received the Ananda & Sundara for audition!
Jim Hannon from this months The Absolute Sound said of the Ananda:
East End HI-Fi are pleased to announce our new partnership with Audio Alchemy, a well-known electronics company from back in the early 1990’s, led by the legendary designer Peter Madnick. Peter is also one of the key designers for Constellation Audio. Audio Alchemy have made a comeback with basically the same team, only this time with improved build quality and aesthetics for their product line. Madnick and the team has maintained the brand’s original ethos of superior technology and value, layering in their experience over the years to bring a level of elegance and high-end performance they could only once dream of.
East End Hi-Fi currently have the DPA-1 Stereo amp ($1995.00 retail) on demonstration.
East End Hi-Fi is pleased to announce our new partnership with one of high-end audio’s stalwarts, Vandersteen Audio! Vandersteen has been producing some of the finest, most award winning speakers in the industry for nearly forty years. Vandersteen Audio designs and manufactures time- and phase- correct loudspeakers and superb electronics. Every Vandersteen loudspeaker is
designed to be as true and accurate to the signal received from the amplifier as possible, but with unsurpassed natural musicality and “Dimensional Purity.” All Vandersteen products are proudly
designed and manufactured in the USA, in Hanford, CA.
East End Hi-Fi have just received our Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II Integrated Amp for demonstration!!
This has to be one of the best performing integrated amps of all time for a very reasonable price of $2495.00. A KT-120 based tube amp offering 100w/ch, it's very neutral sounding with excellent dynamics, beautiful mids, and a very powerful bottom end.
East End Hi-Fi have just received their Lawrence Audio Violin SE Speakers for demonstration!!
These speakers are something special with their AMT (Air Motion Transformer) tweeters, and 8" carbon fiber mid/woofer, as well as a rear ambiance ribbon tweeter. They are amazingly transparent with a cohesiveness that is shocking considering the disparate drivers...neutral tone, with a very big sound stage, a powerful, tight bottom end that goes down to 35Hz.
John Acton of Positive Feedback Online said this:
"When you factor in the price and all of its standard features, the Cronus is a bona fide bargain. I urge you to listen to it before Rogue Audio comes to their senses and raises the price."
Jason Kennedy of Hi-Fi + said this:
"The Rogue Cronus Magnum is a great amp for the money. It eschews fancy casework in favour of solid engineering and great sonic results. You pay a small levy for having it built where it’s built but, as British motorcycle fans realise, in the long term these things do matter."
The Vandersteen Treo CT’s have just been awarded The Absolute Sound’s “Editor’s Choice Award" (Loudspeakers $5000-10,000):
The question is actually a very simple one: Are you an audiophile whose ears are attuned to the sound of live, unamplified acoustic music performed in a natural setting—traditionally defined in these pages as “the absolute sound”? If the answer is yes, Vandersteen Audio would very much like to talk to you. For this is the milieu of its Treo CT, a mid-sized floorstander that, at $7990, resides midpack in the Vandersteen lineup. It’s a loudspeaker that has an uncommon reverence for the music that poses the greatest challenges to an audio system. Reproducing
the context and complexities of performance and venue, harmonics and ambience, the micro and the macro is where the Treo CT shines at its most brilliant.
The Treo CT silhouette will be instantly familiar to longtime audiophiles, and not just to Vandersteen fanciers. Elements of this classic look—the slanted front baffle to time-align the drivers, the cabinet widening and deepening as its non-parallel sidewalls flow into its base—have appeared in varying degrees from makers as disparate as Thiel, Avalon, Rockport, Wilson Audio, and, more recently, newcomers like Ryan Audio.
The Treo CT is a four-way floorstanding loudspeaker in a bass-reflex enclosure. (The single port fires downward from the speaker’s base.) It shares its general architecture and transducers with the Quatro Wood CT—a hybrid iteration with a powered bass system. CT stands for carbon tweeter—an evolution of the driver type first developed for the Model Seven flagship, later migrated to the Model 5A Carbon, and now an option with the CT (the standard Treo lists for $6900/pair). For Vandersteen, carbon-driver cones offer the pistonic linearity of metal drivers without their inherently unnatural and amusical sonic colorations (known as ringing in some circles).
Here’s what Robert Harley of TAS recently said of Audio Alchemy’s DDP-1 Preamp/DAC/Headphone Amp ($1995.00 retail), DPA-1 Stereo Power Amp ($1995.00 retail), and DPA-1M Monoblock Power Amp ($1995.00 each, retail):
“The DDP-1 offers two unbalanced inputs on RCA jacks, one balanced input on XLR jacks, and an extensive array of digital inputs. These include AES/EBU, two TosLink optical, two coaxial, USB, and even I2S. The USB input accepts PCM up to 216kHz/32-bit along with DSD64. “
“Overall, the DDP-1 is a highly capable and versatile centerpiece of a system that’s a pleasure to use on a daily basis"
“The sound (of the DDP-1 & the DPA-1M’s) was remarkably transparent, clean, dynamic, and resolved by any measure, and even more so considering the components’ reasonable price.” “The Alchemy products threw a large and well-defined soundstage, with outstanding depth, dimensionality, and separation of individual instrumental lines.”
“Perhaps the most salient characteristics of the DDP-1 and DPA-1M, however, were powerful rhythmic drive, wide dynamic expression, and rock-solid visceral grip in the bottom end. The timpani in “Mars” was taut, powerful, deep, and dynamic. Bass guitar had a solid feel that was simultaneously full and tight, combining timbral warmth and body with outstanding pitch definition and articulation. Kick-drum cut through the mix with a solid impact. Switching to the less powerful DPA-1 stereo amplifier, I heard no reduction in dynamic range, bass control, or bottom-end extension, at least driving the 94dB-sensitive Magico loudspeakers.”
“These new products are a far cry from the Alchemy of yore, with much more advanced engineering, upscale casework, and a superb user interface. The DDP-1 and DPA-1 bring terrific sound and stunning value to the category. As a linestage, the DDP-1 is amazingly clean and transparent. Unlike most electronics of this price, the DDP-1 doesn’t add a patina of electronic hardness over instrumental timbres. Nor does it add opacity to the soundstage or compress dynamics. The DDP-1’s DAC section is simply sensational; this level of sound quality would be outstanding in a $4000 stand-alone DAC. Clarity, openness, detail, and exceptional dynamics define the DAC’s performance.”
“The DPA-1 stereo amplifier and DPA-1M mono amplifiers are no less impressive. Their wide dynamics, terrific grip in the bass, and upbeat sonics made them a joy to listen to. Moreover, the amplifiers possess the same level of clarity and resolution as the DDP-1. Significantly, the amplifiers don’t exhibit the shortcomings I’ve heard in previous Class D designs. Even in the context of reference-quality sources and loudspeakers, it was easy to forget that I was listening to electronics that aren’t stratospherically priced.”
“The return of Audio Alchemy is welcome news for those seeking the highest possible price-to-performance ratio in electronics today.”
Here’s what Alan Sircom of Hi-Fi+, said about the "Audio Alchemy DDP-1, PS-5 and DPA-1," in June 2016:
We’ve all used clichés like ‘punches above its weight’ or ‘giant killer’ a lot in audio, but these terms are richly deserved here. This range is so exciting, so intrinsically ‘right’ sounding, and so much damn fun you can’t help but
like it a lot.”
"Audio Alchemy DDP-1 / DPA-1 Review," Stereo magazine (Japan), May 5, 2016:
“The DDP-1 embodies a dream for next-generation high-end audio in a small-sized and high-quality casework... The DPA-1 is a beautiful small-sized device that distinguishes itself from many other heavy-duty high-end devices while it has a strikingly appealing sound beyond its class, and its massive output power is noteworthy.”
"...Additionally, since the driver (Planer-Magnetic) is evenly driven, the Ananda’s tonal balance is fundamentally neutral, smooth, and undistorted. Some may even be surprised by its ability to reproduce deep bass with extension, power, and articulation. “
“The Ananda captures the excitement and energy of the live performance.”
“With its advance planar-magnetic technology and ultra-thin diaphragm, the Ananda sounds
similar to the company’s more expensive offerings.”
“The Ananda is a top performer in its price class and a great value”
Here’s what the press has had to say about the unit:
John Richardson of Part-Time Audiophile.com said:
“If you have managed to wade through this review and actually reach this point, you’ll know that I’m pleased as punch at both the performance and the user friendliness of the Aurender A10 music server/DAC combination. It’s a great one-box option for those who don’t want to mess around with the do-it-yourself modular option.”
Andrew Quint of The Absolute Sound said:
“The Aurender A10 he bought back in 2017 is looking more and more like the smartest audio purchase he ever made.”
Indian Lang of The Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity said:
“In summary, the Aurender A10 Music Server is well-built, sounds amazing, and has a smartly-designed app to control it. It is priced at $5500 so it may not be the most affordable option, but the app and build quality are second to none. And don’t forget to pick up a nice tablet to control it with, it’s far better than trying to use your phone. If you’re looking for a great way to simply enjoy and store music, the Aurender A10 Music Server/Player is a great choice!”
Jez Ford of Sound Image said:
"As for quality of app, we have barely a word to say against it, and for quality of playback, none at all. We loved the Aurender A10 from loading to listening , and if a combination of streaming and hard-drive music serving is what you need, this is a corker."
East End Hi-FI has recently partnered with Japanese MC cartridge maker Excel Sound that manufactures the brand Hana MC phono cartridges.
Excel Sound Corporation prides themselves on their manufacturing quality and quality control processes at every stage, ensuring their hand made cartridges offer consistently perfect results. Hana’s base offering is the EL (Elliptical stylus/ Low output of .5mv) and the EH (Elliptical stylus/ High output of 2mv), and at $475.00 retail, it’s an amazing value. The high performance Hana S range “SH” and“SL” cartridges use a nude natural diamond Shibata-stylus which the company say is capable of “excellent high frequency response with supreme transparency and excellent trackability”. The S range comes in two output options offering either high output 2.0mv/1KHz (SH)
or Low output 0.5mv/1KHz (SL). Both options are $750.00 each which places them as a relatively modestly priced offering.
Lawrence Audio speakers are precision crafted and distinguishable by their unique angular designs, which are not created simply for aesthetic purposes. Unlike simple rectangle or square speakers, the angular designs of the speakers reduce unwanted resonance so that the listeners can enjoy uncompromised, pure sound reproduction. Listeners are able to delight in a performance that is only second best to the live performance itself. Furthermore, all Lawrence Audio speakers are designed entirely in Taiwan and made from the highest quality materials. These custom-made speakers are not mass produced and are tested for sound quality by professional engineers and by Lawrence Liao himself. “I am very hands-on and very involved with my work, from the time I first draft the designs , all the way to the finished product.”
Lawrence Audio - Hear and see the difference!East End Hi-Fi is pleased to announce a new partnership with Lawrence Audio! Founded in 1996 by Lawrence Liao, Lawrence Audio has created an exquisite line up of eye-catching and beautiful sounding loudspeakers including several modeled after actual musical instruments. The original inspiration for the design of these unique speakers is Lawrence’s love of classical music and instruments such as the violin, mandolin, and the cello.
East End Hi-Fi is please to partner with Aurender one of the premier Music Server manufacturers in audio! The solid build quality, small footprint, ease of use, and most importantly simply the best tablet application on the market!
We now have their N100H music file server for audition. It comes internally with a 2TB hard drive, and accepts external USB drives for more storage or you can add a NAS drive to your network. In addition, streaming with TIDAL streaming service at full 16/44khz allow you to have access to over 5 million songs for $20.00/mo!! Priced at $2699.00 it offers many features of much more expensive models.
There are four key features that differentiate the Aurender N100H from other servers:
1. 120GB solid state drive
2. Custom 35 Watt linear power supply
3. Low noise USB output
4. It accepts TIDAL streaming of over 25 million songs!
The key feature with all Aurender products that make them sound better than anything else is that they utilize an “audiophile approved” 120GB solid state drive for cached playback. By allowing cached playback the music you hear is buffered from the internal hard drive to the solid state drive allowing for better sound. Most computer network players at this price don’t offer liner power supplies.
Digital Audio Review said this about the Aurender N100H:
“The Aurender N100H sounds superior to a tricked-out MacMini which in turn bests a MacBook Air”
“Aurender’s N100H stylishly sidesteps the hit-and-miss, bit-by-bit world of PC/Mac improvement whilst simultaneously obviating the need for a separate music server or NAS.”
“It’s a self-contained solution encased in a box that shows Aurender’s keen eye for sleek industrial design which, let’s face it, is sorely lacking at the affordable end of the audiophile music server segment (and even in some high end solutions).”
“That the N100H arrives with more than enough potential and flexibility to satisfy both newcomers and experienced ‘philes alike – not to mention the unmissable fact you have to spend a good deal more money to better it – means the only appropriate way to wrap this commentary is with a bow: DAR-KO award.”
The Computer Audiophile said this:
“The Aurender N100H is a hybrid component capable of being a caching network player streaming from a NAS and / or a music server with local storage. Add in the fact that it can stream lossless music from TIDAL’s vast library, music lovers shouldn’t run out of options with the N100H.”
“The 2TB of storage is either very useful now, or may become useful depending on one’s circumstances in the future. Upgrades to the iOS application, since I previously reviewed an Aurender server, have only served to increase the value proposition of the Aurender line of products.”
“The Aurender team continuously has its finger on the pulse of user communities and has quickly and excellently introduced such features as a leading integration with TIDAL and, a personal favorite, sharing with friends feature. Opening up my listening room (virtually) by sharing music with friends around the world has tremendous power to turn a solitary activity into a joint experience.”
“The N100H’s linear power supply and low noise custom USB audio output no doubt contribute greatly to its superb sound quality.”
“The N100H is a great next step for those looking to move from a traditional computer based source to a more complete system approach that continues to improve without the need for user intervention. Let the Aurender team do the work while you do the listening.”
After receiving The Absolute Sound’s 2015 Product of the Year award, hot off the press, Michael Fremer of Stereophile was extremely enthusiastic about the GEM Dandy PolyTable with the Jelco SA-750D 9” tonearm which retail for $1695. 00:
“The PolyTable was a neat miracle of rhythm ‘n pace excellence, tonal neutrality, image stability, and just plain honest listening pleasure.”
“This combination produced the kind of smooth, effortless, “tinkly free” musical flow, three-dimensional spaciousness, and midband richness that are attractive to those of any age who love music played from vinyl.”
“This table’s image stability and soundstaging abilities were remarkable for a turntable at any price.”
“The PolyTable was also very quiet, with very low background noise”
“but the transients are so beautifully reproduced by this relatively inexpensive combo – as are Jones’ drums – and the stage is so three-dimensional and finely set, I’m good! “
“At $1695.00 including the Jelco SA-750D, the GEM Dandy PolyTable is easy to recommend.”
“perhaps one or more of them has better bass extension, but if they do, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was at the cost of the PolyTable’s stellar rhythm ‘n pace. I’d give up a bit on the bottom end to get this table’s entertaining drive. I didn’t want to turn it off.”
Please call or email to set up an appointment to audition the GEM Dandy PolyTable with the Jelco SA-750E, 10” tonearm and the external Digital Motor Drive & Speed Controller!
"The EAR excels in overall stereo staging and in the reproduction of dynamic contrasts. Its overall dynamic range gives one the impression that it has twice the rated horsepower." -The Absolute Sound-
"The first thing that hit me, and I mean right between the ears!, was the truly incredible depth of the reproduction."
"This amplifier is one of the best."
Further Comments: The specificity of depth reproduction is as startling as observed. The instruments and voices sound more well-defined. This effect can be addictive – once you get used to it, it may be hard to give up. Concerning low bass performance, they do go very low… and with lots of guts. It’s hard to believe you’re listening to a tube amp. Many music listeners will feel it makes their speaker sound more like music. You may find they do wonders for your speakers." -Stereophile-
"They have ample power, and don’t show any sign of strain, even when delivering very high levels. I found it telling that a large number of people (involved in the music business) simply preferred the EAR’s to any other model in a group of amplifiers with which they were being compared over a period of a few months. Many of the best solid-state amplifiers currently available did not have the sense of depth and solidity of imaging, nor did they have the bass delivery, of the EAR’s."
Conclusion: "After a few months use I am still finding out how good and how different the EAR’s can sound. They are beautiful to listen to and bring back the excitement and dynamic quality to music that other amplifiers hid so well. They also bring back life and the dynamic quality in reviewers suffering boredom." -Hi-Fi News & Record Review-
"EAR amplifiers offer state-of-the-art performance. They are fast, dynamic and powerful, with an elegant visual design and a high standard of finish. The vocal quality was sweeter and more natural, with no false bass end. Bass instruments came over as deep and powerful, always sounding clean and controlled, and allowed the more delicate aspects of the signal – such as ambience and instrumental timbre – to shine through. Treble end was ‘fast’ and detailed without being wearing. Tracks sounded firm, detailed and together with a sense of continuity or momentum." -Hi-Fi News & Record Review-
"EAR is responsible for much of the electronics in The Sound Clinic (Island Records mastering studio), and the record mastering system that makes The Sound Clinic unique. EAR modelled the mechanical attributes of the cutter system, predetermined the resonance coloration’s and cancelled them electronically. There was a kind of unison between what EAR was doing and what we wanted, what we had been working towards all along. For the Studer mastering recorders, EAR developed Class A line drivers that sound far better than any permutation Studer have ever made. They are stunning. We get more headroom, slew rate is very fast, they’re cleaner and quieter." -Hi-Fi Answers-