An ideal home would have four functionally different audio systems:
• A dedicated projection based home theatre.
• A high-performance two-channel system for pure music listening.
• A discrete distributed multi-room audio system.
• A sheer fun high volume entertainment system.
Typically space and budget exclude most of us from such a necessary indulgence. With this in mind, the full functionality of this featured system is remarkable.
• Home theatre in an open space.
• Front speakers provide a convincing wide musical sound stage.
• The amplifier which drives the home theatre also powers and controls
music in the kitchen and patio independently.
• Klipsch speakers are highly efficient so can play a respectable volume
Rotel audio components slot perfectly into the gap between entry-level real Hi-Fi and high-end audio. The Rotel RB1552 perfectly exemplifies this. An exceptionally well-designed amplifier that delivers a musical 120W x2. It’s the perfect upgrade from an integrated stereo amplifier or an addition to an AV amplifier that has pre-outs to drive your front speakers. Highly recommended.
Specifications alone can only give an objective insight into how an audio component may perform. Only subjective listening can reveal how truly special some components are. In the case of Conrad-Johnson – “It just sounds right!” The Classic 120SE valve amplifier delivers 120W of pure pitch-perfect musicality beyond reproach.
A very special amplifier.
R 17 290
When adding the last two pieces of a 100 piece puzzle, the picture gets subjectively better by more than 2%. The same is true when adding a subwoofer to a Hi-FI system. We’re only adding 20 Hz to 50 Hz of 20 000 different frequencies, but the overall result is substantially more impactful than anticipated.
The addition of an SVS SB1000 subwoofer to this client’s dedicated stereo system way exceeded their expectations. Music is an important part of this couple’s life with the bulk of their listening focused on all sub-genres of jazz and classical music. From organ music to big band jazz the SVS sub adds weight and depth elevating their listening experience to new levels.
Subwoofers have a reputation for being only for playing a “boomy” repetitive beat or noisy explosions in a home theatre. A quality, accurate subwoofer like the SVS SB1000 blows that myth out the water. Worth an audition.
The Klipsch Forte III was initially released in 1985 and quickly established itself as one of Klipsch’s most popular speakers. So popular that requests from dealers and customers saw the reintroduction of it in 2017. The Forte III creates a massive sound from a relatively small footprint which it achieves with a 12-inch woofer, horn-loaded midrange and tweeter, and a rear 15-inch passive radiator. An Old School design and look with a fresh modern sound. It handles any genre of music, and at 99dB efficiency, a low powered tube amplifier can drive it to adequate volumes.
Client: “I would like two quality, powerful subwoofers for my newly renovated apartment, but have limited space”
Audio Excellence: “Not a problem, Sir. GoldenEar Technology have built them into their speakers”
Intelligent engineers and well-executed products often provide a very elegant solution to a tricky installation. Point in case. Very few speakers would be able to deliver the scale of sound which the GoldenEar Triton Ones do in this confined space. A quality installation with great performance.
To get the best possible sound from your audio system you need to start with the best possible version of the song/album. From a music streaming position, we’ll leave CD and LP for another discussion, the best quality available is from TIDAL. Unlike other streaming services, TIDAL allows a listener to stream at 3 different tiers, from medium quality MP3 to CD resolution and with the correct hardware at high-resolution MQA.
The first month at TIDAL is free. Try it. Make sure you select “Hi-Fi subscription” and compare.
Part of the fun of upgrading your audio system is that your music collection becomes new again with further insight gained into your favourite recordings. Here the addition of a power amplifier radically transformed the performance of the client’s B&W803 speakers. Enlightening!
A true music fan’s system which places equal importance on CDs, LPs and streaming. It’s ultimately all about the music.
UPDATE: 2020 has brought many things into perspective. For many of our clients it brought an even deeper appreciation of the importance of quality music and movies in their homes. From the owner of this system: