Friday, December 31, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Metronome Kalista Ultimate SE cd transport

Price £50,000+

Pickup Mechanism :
Philips CDM12 PRO 2 with custom modifications and new clamp
DAC Resolution :
coming soon
Analog Stage :
coming soon
Audio data :
coming soon
Power supply :
- Special AC filter designed in 5 levels. 3 Toroidal transformers to provide voltage to the 6 independent regulators coupled to more than 1,2 Farad of capacitors. Each critical part of the transport is provided by separate regulator : display, servo mechanism, micro-processor, digital output stage. Detachable AC cord with IEC plug Umbilical 1 meter long harness between both unit.
Power consumption :
- Voltage : 100 VAC +/- 10% - 50/60 Hz
- Voltage : 120 / 240 VAC +/- 10% - 50/60 Hz
- 100 VA
Standard Digital Outputs :
1 S/PDIF 44.1 - 96KHz High Quality WBT connector
1 AT&T ST 44.1 - 96KHz High Quality Metal Case connector
1 AES/EBU 44.1 - 96KHz
Optional Digital Outputs :
Digital inputs :
Front Panel :
Black face for Power Supply
Dimensions (WxHxD) :
For Kalista Ultimate : 450 x 160 x 466 (mm)
For special silent base : 450 x 75 x 392 (mm)
For Kalista stand : 450 x 522 x 392 (mm)
For Elektra power supply : 450 x 120 x 400 (mm).
Weight :
Kalista Ultimate : 22 Kg / 49 Lbs
Special silent base : 10 Kg / 22 Lbs
Kalista stand : 30 Kg / 66 Lbs
Elektra power supply : 20 Kg / 44 Lbs

Monday, December 13, 2010

Soulution 540

Will be released at CES 2011

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Olive O6HD Music Server


The O6HD is Olive's most ambitious music server yet. 
It combines a dual-differential BB1792 converter stage with TI's SRC4194 ASRC for 24/384 upsampling and a 10ps crystal-oven clock with a fan-less no-noise linear power supply with over-spec'd toroidal mains trafo and built-in mains filtration for 80dB of noise suppression.

A headphone output is powered from TI's TPA6120A op-amp and driven by its own dedicated PCM1792 digital chip. 
A 2TB hard drive cushioned on 8 layers of noise-cancelling padding is standard. 

The CDRW mechanism is by TEAC to import audio CDs and burn audio/data and MP3 discs.
Supported audio formats are WAV, FLAC, 128/320kbit/s MP3 and 128 AAC. 

Socketry includes 2-volt RCA and 4-volt XLR analog outputs; AES/EBU, Toslink and coaxial digital outputs; a 6.4mm headphone jack; and HDMI, USB, Ethernet and Wifi ports.

The top-mounted glass touch screen is 10.1" wide and offers 800 x 400 pixel resolution. Finish is black or silver and a remote control, WiFi antenna and power cord are included.

Olive 6HD

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

FM Acoustics show

At Audiogallery Korea


Monday, October 18, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

McIntosh MCD1100 SACD/CD Player


Standout Technology Features:
* Aluminum Die Cast transport base with Aluminum Die Cast disc tray for maximum stability of disc play.

* Advanced digital laser servo motor yields quieter and the most accurate positioning of the twin laser optical pickup, and allows for optimum reading of the disc.

* Fully balanced in analog output and internal digital to analog conversion. Every possible engineering technique has been utilized to yield the highest fidelity and purity of sound.

* Four 32 bit/192kHz, PCM/ DSD Digital Audio converters are used per channel in a Quad Balanced configuration. Eight total Digital to Analog converters employed results in the best possible audio performance.

* USB Audio digital input will accept data rates up to 32 bit/ 192kHz allowing the highest quality audio downloads to be enjoyed through the home audio system.

* SACD disc conversion from Digital to Analog uses Pure DSD decoding, delivering the promise of SACD sound.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Pyon Sound Iris One SE Phonostage


- A pair of step-up transformers is installed within and integrated with the circuit.
- One MM input is replaced with one MC input for low-output MC cartridges
- This will enable owners to use low-output MC cartridges without a head preamp or an external MC step-up transformer.
- The MC step-up transformers are the custom-ordered model from Haufe-Siemens in Germany. (Haufe-Siemens also supplies MC transformers to the mega-expensive Japanese Shindo)

Hörninghybrid Sati CD-Transport

55000,- SEK

Monday, September 13, 2010

Stahl-Tek Vekian transport

The Transport Unit uses 2 types of vibration and shock control systems. These systems include constraint layer dampening for vibration and specially shaped energy absorbing mounts for shock. This includes the equipment foot plate system have been specially designed to transfer energy more efficiently.

The CD drive uses several types of techniques to enhance the CD servo and laser mechanisms, which are proprietary.

The components are constructed to the strictest of tolerances utilizing CNC machines, then hand assembled by highly skilled in-house technicians.

The Transport uses a massive power supply to provide stable power for all the internal electronics.

The transport uses an extremely accurate master clock that utilizes special synchronization circuitry for the transport and the Stahl~Tek Vekian D/A via the I2S interface.

The output includes I2S Output via the HDMI connector, the Balanced mode AES/EBU, the SPDIF via the RCA and BNC connectors. The Transport has 2 times and 4 times up-sampling capability on the I2S output.

Also included is a simple in design and functional remote control that is housed in a precisely machined aluminum body

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Human Audio Libretto cd-player


After a lengthy development, a system was built which is free from the umpteen harmonics that are incoherent distortion waves (your ear is very sensitive to these) - so we were able to produce essentially different quality sound than CD technology could at the time. In the Libretto separate batteries were given to the digital and analog circuits. Not even DC/DC converter, which is also cause interference. The battery monitor and charger are fully automatic, they do not need to be given special care by the user.

Philips Pro2 Industrial mount directly connected rigidly onto Libra. There are no springs, rubber, uncertain suspension: all of the vibrations are redirected through the special lenses. The bamboo box functions as a truss.
This is followed by a unique hybrid solution DAC with a very sophisticated analog circuitry. The specialized Jensen transformers from the U.S. transfer an output of 0.05 Hz to 10 MHz! The driver stage of the transformers do not contain any negative feedback.
Analog outputs are professional-standard 600 ohm XLR and RCA connectors. Optional coaxial S/PDIF digital output or symmetric AES/EBU can be chosen upon order.
The housing can come in a variety of plywood or bamboo.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Linnenberg cdp-3E


- High End CD-PRO2 transport
- Precision master crystal oscillator operating all digital circuitry
- 24bit/192kHz Burr Brown digital - to - analogue converter
- Soft digital filter roll-off for ultra pure high frequencies
- True class A, fully discrete analogue circuits with no negative feedback
- Ultra short signal path
- Balanced analogue outputs with PCB-mounted gold-plated Neutrik XLR sockets
- Seperate toroidal transformers for digital and analogue sections
- 75 Ohm BNC S/PDIF digital output
- BNC digital input for sample/bit rates up to 24bit/192kHz
- Elegant DC-mode LED display
- Remote control (also for integrated amplifier functions)

Frequency response (CD-playback)10Hz - 20kHz +0.1dB -0.5dB
Distortion and noise<0.01% 10Hz - 20kHz at 0dB
Output level4V rms balanced
Output impedance470 Ohms
Mains voltage115V, 230V factory set
Dimensions (H x W x D)90 x 440 x 340 mm

Thursday, August 12, 2010



The NBS Universal CD player is universal in a number of ways:
It can be operated from AC mains anywhere in the world without adjustment.
It delivers both balanced and unbalanced audio outputs capable of driving very long cables if necessary.
It will play almost all audio-only optical disc formats including CD, SACD, DVD-A and ISO9660 CDROM containing .mp3 files, although we don't recommend .mp3 files for high quality.
The player is constructed in two sections of solid ¼" machined aluminum. The lower section contains full NBS power conditioning feeding a universal-input, power factor corrected power supply as well as a mains entrance connector and breaker/power switch. The upper section contains the disc drive, decoding and signal-processing circuits, DACs and output amplifiers. The local operating controls and track display are also in the upper unit.
The two units are separated physically to prevent any possibility of power supply interference to the operating section. However the units are not separable in the interest of avoiding unnecessary external interconnections. No fragile signals such as clocks or data are brought out of the box. Left and Right audio outputs are available balanced on gold-plated XL type connectors, or unbalanced on gold-plated RCA type connectors. The balanced and unbalanced outputs may be used simultaneously.
A major technical feature of the unit is a deep-buffer time-base corrector with an ultra low phase-noise clock. This is effectively like transferring the data to a hard drive, but without the wait. Think of it as an electronic hard drive. This combined with special dual-differential DAC architecture reduces jitter to vanishingly low levels. This is complemented by proprietary servo-controlled I/V converters, low pass filters and output amplifiers.
AC Mains requirement:85-265VAC 50-60 Hz
HxWxD:6.25" x 17" x 16" (159mm x 432mm x 406mm)
Weight: Approximately 72 lbs (32Kg)
Outputs (L&R): 
Balanced, Source Z = 100 Ohms, 2Vrms
Single-ended, Source Z = 100 Ohms, 2Vrms
Permissible load:Any
Supplied power cable:NBS Black Label II+

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010