DESIGNER, MANUFACTURER AND IMPORTER OF QUALITY AUDIO GEAR.
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Alta Audio are one of hi fi’s best kept secrets but not for much longer! Michael Levy is a speaker designer who “thinks outside the box” and has designed a remarkable hybrid transmission line/ported system that means all of his speakers deliver a full range listening experience. The ALEC is an absolutely beautifully finished “real home”-sized floorstanding speaker, that does not ‘loom over the room’, but whose bass output has been measured down to a subterranean 29Hz! A hugely musically satisfying model. Each model performs well above it’s price point and they have been garnering emotional responses with many ‘hardened’ reviewers who are basically shaking their heads in disbelief. The reviews of all the models are spectacular with some saying they are the best speakers they have ever heard, regardless of price!
GOLD NOTE AUDIO
Gold Note Audio are a wonderful Italian hi fi manufacturer. They make an extraordinary range of high quality, modern fi fi components from their delectable phono cartridges, through to stunningly designed turntables, ultra-modern streaming preamplifiers and integrated amplifiers and power amplifiers right up to some of the most beautiful speakers you will ever see.
EVERYTHING they produce is manufactured in Italy and most of it “in house” at their dedicated premises just outside Florence which shows the vision and breadth of GOLD NOTE.
A company of integrity and style and it is thrilling to be representing them in New Zealand.
***Here are recent reviews of the Copland CSA-100 Amplifier***
I am very excited to be importing Copland Audio into New Zealand
They are a small, premium manufacturer of valve and hybrid valve/solid state amplifiers and DACs from Denmark. They are renowned for their very high quality build and stunning Scandinavian design.
Established by Olé Möller in the mid-eighties who still owns and runs the company to this day.
Ken Kessler of Hi Fi News awarded the CTA-408 integrated amplifier an “Outstanding Product” Award and said:
“This just may be the best-value high-end integrated of the decade. I love it…..”
Full review here:
“LITTLE FWEND” Tonearm Lifter
The “Little Fwend” Tonearm lifter has one job to do and it does it beautifully, smoothly and gently and will do this for years and will look good doing it!
You drift off to sleep, you pop out of the room, you get THAT phone call and you can now do all this safe in the knowledge that the record you are playing will keep spinning round but your tonearm and your cartridge will gently lift off at the end of the LP.
There are a High version and a Low version and a new Disco version specifically designed for the Technics 1210/1200
It is very delicate and precise, and it operates like a precision instrument.
The lifting Mechanism: Safe. Smooth. Silent. Those were the most important aspects of the design. We experimented a lot finding the right relationship between spring compression force, travel, dampening and friction. Little Fwend lifts the tonearm smoothly and controlled with minimum use of force (and a little help from Newtons fwends). Little Fwend can lift tonearms with cartridges set up to 5 grams VTF.
Release Antenna: High carbon steel Roslau piano wire. Very low lateral force is required to release the mechanism.
Rubber Beam. Neoprene rubber padding lets the tonearm rest safely and stable even with the level a few degrees off both horizontally and vertically.
U-SPIN revolving Record Storage System
I have designed and manufactured the U-Spin; a fantastic revolving record storage system manufactured from great looking, strong 20mm bamboo panels. Sanded and oiled to a silky finish.
This is great news for folk with large collections and to save covering all your walls with record storage shelves.
The U-Spin is only 680mm (27 inches) square at the base. Each storage bay hold approximately 65 LP’s. A 5-layer high unit stands 1830mm high and will store approximately 1300 LP’s. A heavy duty mechanism means it revolves easily.
The units are purchased per layer and can be assembled up to 5 layers high. This size will have a weight of about 400kg (880 pounds) so make sure it is placed in a suitable spot.
They can be transported flat-packed and assembled in under an hour.
TUI RECORD BROWSER
The exclusive New Zealand importer of the extraordinary Sugden Class A Amplifiers and CD Players from the UK.
KONDO / AUDIONOTE COMPONENTS AND CABLES
The KONDO ONGAKU is the most famous and best-reviewed amplifier in history and has been declared the best amplifier in the world in England, the USA, France and Italy.
This is the amplifier that inspired the worldwide single-ended movement.
I am thrilled to be representing Allnic Audio in NZ.
Allnic Audio are a high end audio company from South Korea who produce a beautiful range of valve amplifiers, DACS, cables and are especially renowned for their stunning phono stages which range in price from the aspirational $5995 H-1202 up to the majesty of the $59,000 H8000 DHT.
The new ALLNIC $7995 AMBER and $5300 ROSE are the best cartridges I have ever heard. Hugely dynamic and spacious. Demo models are available to try.
The wonderful AMG Viella V12 Turntable has taken the high end audio world by storm in the last few years. Brand new and yet instantly a unique mature product with it’s remarkable 12J2 12 inch tonearm. It is now joined by the beautful AMG Giro Turntable with the 9W2 9 inch tonearm
BLACK RHODIUM CABLES
Black Rhodium Cables are hand made in UK by Graham Nalty and his dedicated team and make a large range of award winning cables at all price points and perform fantastically. 5 Star reviews in all the major hi fi publications including a “Speaker Cable Of The Year” in Hi Fi World a couple of years ago. I usually have a variety of demo cables available for home demonstrations.
FUNK FIRM PRODUCTS
I am now stocking the exciting new Houdini Cartridge Isolator and the renowned Achromat Turntable Mat from Funk Firm. Improve your system with these stellar products.
Many outstanding reviews online.
DS Audio are manufacturing an extraordinary range of optical cartridges that are taking the vinyl playback world by storm. Digital Stream Corporation invented the optical mouse alongside Microsoft and have put their intensive knowledge into making, what some reviewers are saying, are the finest phono cartridges in the world.
Here’s how the DS Audio Cartridges work: The cartridge uses a light source (a miniature LED) that is powered by the included equalizer/power supply (which replaces your phonostage) via the tonearm cables and internal tonearm wiring. The record-groove vibrations transmitted by the stylus/cantilever modulates this LED light via a moving screen, and the modulated light is picked up by a photoelectric sensor. This photodiode converts the light into an electrical signal, sending it back through the tonearm cabling to the equalizer/power supply unit, which amplifies the signal into a RIAA-equalized line-level output. There is nothing digital about the DS Audio Optical Cartridges. They are entirely analog devices.
The brand new DS-E1 cartridge and equalizer have arrived at a much more affordable price of $4995. This price includes the phonostage so this is a highly competitive product in the realm of high quality vinyl playback.
The reviews of this new DS-E1 model are fantastic and it is very exciting to have it available in New Zealand.
KISEKI PHONO CARTRIDGES
I am privileged to be importing the historically important and recently reissued Japanese-made Kiseki Phono Cartridges.
The Purple Heart and Blue have been lauded and praised since their re-introduction.
Many reviewers praising them as being “true” high end at incredibly reasonable prices.
More information coming……
AM AUDIO AMPLIFIERS
I am now privileged to be the NZ distributor of these wonderful amplifiers and accessories.
The 833M Monoblocks are striking looking and strikingly sounding 120 watt Single Ended amplifiers. The huge 833 tube allows this massive power while still being a pure single ended power amplifier……just remarkable.
The RT-2 Silver Preamplifier is SPECIAL!
This reviewer says it goes “toe to toe” with his $70,000 Audionote M8 Preamplifier.
All AM Audio amplifiers are absolutely world class are should be on your short list if looking for the finest sounding amplifiers money can buy.
The exclusive New Zealand importer and distributor of the remarkable “Living Voice” range of floorstanding Speakers.
Edward Barker of www.6moons.com said of the OBX-RW:
“From my vantage point, it’s the most desirable speaker available today.
I say that without apologies, caveats, disclaimers, quibbles, or even the false glow of first acquaintance … It’s a remarkable achievement”
Spatial Audio are based in Utah USA and design and manufacture a fantastic range of innovative Open Baffle Speakers. Clayton Shaw is the genius behind the company. His driving philosphy is to make the best speaker possible and to sell at the most reasonable price possible. These are a clean, modern, strikingly good looking design built to a high standard.
The M3 Turbo S ($5750) utilizes four custom made 15 inch drivers and the M4 Turbo S ($4600) utilizes four 12 inch drivers. Both models use Clayton’s best M25 compression driver for treble and midrange which blend in seamlessly with the powerful drivers. Clayton is so confident in his speakers he offers a limited 20 year warranty.
The brand new X1 UNIWAVE is a truely remarkable new type of speaker available from November 2016.
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I am very privileged to be presenting the USA-built CANARY AUDIOproducts to NZ consumers for the first time.
Beautifully built, and absolutely beautiful sounding valve-based Monoblocks, Stereo Amplifiers, Pre-amplifiers, Phono-amplifiers and CD Players.
TSAKIRIDIS DEVICES Valve Amplifiers
The 45watt RMS “Aeolos Super”
Tsakiridis Devices are a family company designing and hand manufacturing a large range of integrated amplifiers and preamplifiers and power amplifiers along with a sophisticated valve testing machine and power conditioners.
They are extremely well priced for European-made valve amplifiers with their best selling “Aeolos” retailing for $3495.
They perform well above their price point with one dealer saying the Aeolos is easily the best “EL34” based amplifier he has ever heard.
They have a modern dynamic fast sound with very good bass and the valve “openess” across the spectrum.
The Aeolos has Triode/Pentode switching and Low Feedback/Normal Feedback switching.
A huge benefit of the Aeolos is each valve is individually biased and you can choose to use EL34, KT88 or KT120 tubes for more power, instead of the EL34 tubes, which makes these very flexible and a “tweaker’s” dream!
( My latest shipment has the Aeolos installed at factory with KT120 tubes which give more power of around 45watts RMS and a bigger, more powerful bass presentation. )
They also come with a solid 5 year warranty so you can buy with confidence.
HECO have been manufacturing and selling speakers to the discerning German hi fi market for well over six decades. They manufacture a large range of very fine sounding and beautifully finished speakers and all at excellent prices.
Pictured is the fantastic HECO Direkt……design cues taken from cool guitars and 50s/60s cars. They look fantastic and sound better…!
Entreq are based in Sweden and make a range of cables and audio acessories but their most important and remarkable products are their range of Ground Conditioners.
These function by removing the “pollutants” in the delicate audio signal which are then grounded into the passive Entreq Ground Conditioner Boxes. The result is a darker, deeper audio background which does not change the essential nature of your system but boosts all it’s fine points. They have been manufactured and constantly improved for over 7 years and are priced from $549 for the Minimus Ground Conditioner up to the mighty Olympus Tellus Ground Conditioner priced at $13,995.
There is an extensive forum discussion on “What’s Best” forum which extends over 2000 postings and is highly illuminating on the positive benefits of using the Entreq Ground Contioners, cables and their other audio accessories
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These hugely dynamic, hugely musical Bastanis Speakers from Germany are made by myself here in New Zealand. All drivers and ancillaries are sent direct from Germany and I construct the speakers to Robert Bastani’s strict specifications. The 15 inch Matterhorn Speakers, and slightly smaller 12 inch Wildhorn, are currently in production with a high gloss piano black body and a high gloss Rimu veneer front panel, base, and tweeter pod. Very special speakers, and at 100dB sensitivity, can be powered by tiny valve amplifiers with great success.
The exclusive New Zealand importer and distributor of the musically compelling range of J M Reynaud Speakers.
This legendary French speaker manufacturer has been producing speakers for lovers of music for over 40 years.
Sophisticated and musical with a real Gallic poise and finesse.
HIGH FIDELITY CABLES
The most exciting cable development to enter the audiophile world in years
These extraordinary new Interconnects and Speaker Cables using patented Magnetic Conduction technology have amazed audiophiles the world over.
Soul to Sole Audio is now the exclusive importer and distributor of the world famous Benz Micro range of Swiss-made Moving Coil Phono Cartridges.
Pictured is the legendary class-leading “Glider” model which was Absolute Sound Magazine’s Phono Cartridge of the Year 2009. Still at the head of the pack!
The exclusive New Zealand and Australian importer, distributor, and retailer of the audiophile quality DNM Range of Hi Fi Interconnect and Speaker Cables
SOUL TO SOLE AUDIO
Introducing the new Edge Range of Hi Fi and AV Furniture.
Designer and manufacturer of the EQ Range of Hi Fi, Audiovisual, and TV Equipment Racks.
EDGE Speaker Stands compliment the EDGE Hi Fi and AV Racks and are available in the same colour choices.
Designed and Manufactured by Soul to Sole Audio.
The Record Box
Vinyl is back and The Record Box is the ideal storage solution.
Designed and Manufactured by Soul to Sole Audio.
Macro CD, Bluray and DVD Racks
Designer and manufacturer of the Macro Range of CD and DVD Storage Racks