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source for video and home audio equipment. 

We give every customer special attention, which is why we have so many repeat customers.

Our mission is to find products that are both reasonably priced and high performing. We direct our customers to a fine line of products, many of which perform at 2-5 five times their price point.  You'll also find home audio equipment from lesser known, but among the worlds best manufacturers.  For example, from our testing we've found that TBI makes the worlds fastest subwoofers. Trust us to guide your home audio equipment selection.

CALL US FOR GREAT PRICES ON MANY BRANDS INCLUDING:

Analysis Plus cables, Anthony Gallo Acoustics, JBL PRO, Crown amplifiers, Supra cables, DH Labs cables, Bellari VP phonostages, Epos loudspeakers, Furman power conditioners, Goldring cartridges, Music Hall DACs, turntables and amplifiers, Creek Destiny integrated amplifiers and CD players, TBI subwoofers, MSB ANALOG and Platinum DACs, Whest Audio phonostages, and others.

For our local customer, we proudly serve them with these additional brands (sorry but internet and mail order sales are not allowed on these brands):

Amplifiers, DACs and Pre-Amps/Processors: Audio Alchemy, ATI Morris Kessler Signature and Class D amplifiers, Audiocontrol, Episode, Marantz, Yahama Aventage.

Loudspeakers and Soundbars: Atlantic Technology, Earthquake, ELAC, Episode, Jamo, KEF, Klipsch, Polk, Sonos, Velodyne, Yamaha.

Subwoofers: Atlantic Technology, Earthquake, Jamo, Klipsch, Polk, Sonos, Velodyne, Yamaha.

CD/DVD/BLU-RAY Players: Marantz, Sony, Yamaha Aventage.

Receivers: Marantz, Sony, Yamaha Aventage.

Audio cables: Straight Wire.

LED HDTV's: Sony, LG

4K LED UHD TVs: 55", 65" and "100" Sony, LG

Curved OLED HDTV: LG

4K Video projectors: JVC and Sony

 

CABLE SALE: DEALER DEMOS and CLOSE-OUTS

WELCOME ELAC and Audio Alchemy

by top designers Andrew Jones and Peter Madnick, respectfully

COHERANT CONCENTRIC SOUND!

ELAC UB5

ELAC UB5

AMAZING SOUND! Only $499/pair

Meet the Best $500 Pair of Speakers We've Ever Heard!

 


AMP

Audio Alchemy DPA-1 Stereo Amplifier

$1,995

"These amps are characterized by outstanding bass extension, control, and authority, coupled with explosive dynamics. They also excel at throwing a huge and three-dimensional soundstage with precise image specificity." The Absolute Sound - 2017 Editors' Choice: Power Amplifiers $1,000 - $3,000

DAC

Audio Alchemy DDD-1 Pre-Amp/DAC/Headphone Amp - $1,995

Optional PS-5 Power Supply upgrade - $595

 


Special: buy any Elac or Audio Alchemy product at list price and receive a 50% discount on any Analysis Plus home audio cable.

Stereophile interviews Andrew Jones about the Elac Adante AF-61 floorstanding loudspeaker at the L.A. Audio show.

 

Analog Planet:

 

 

 

ENTER THE "DOME OF SOUND"!

"Hear Everything" - Anthony Gallo

GALLO STRADAS and TR-3 subwoofer

Anthony Gallo Acoustics' new Strada 2s and 300-watt powered TR-3D subwoofer

Played great sounds, with only modest electronics and was one of the best sounds at CES. The sound is holographic and very detailed; think the best electrostats or ribbons plus imaging plus efficiency(monster amps not required).

Gallo loudspeakers really open up their soundstage and dynamics when used with Yamaha CX-5100 pre-pro and the Audio alchemy DPA-1 power amplifier. The recommended DAC Audio Alchemy DDP-1 with PS-5 upgrade power supply. On certain good recordings they can produce an encapusalating"dome of sound". No other speaker, no matter the cost, can do this. This is quite the opposite of either Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" where the sound is saturated and ear is confused, nor what most fast speakers produce: dual mono sound (the maggies require an electronically derived and amplified center channel panel to get some basic imaging).

The Gallo Strada2s give a highly defined sound in front of you: 180 degrees left to right and 90 degrees from floor to ceiling. This true reference set-up includes Analysis-Plus interconnects and speaker cables and a pair of TBI Emperor DPM-8 subwoofers.

Reviews: 6moons.com: "My original review had called the Strada electrostatic by nature. The Strada 2 ups that transparency and quickness, then overlays or augments it with greater dynamic impact as perhaps a function of lighter moving mass and higher sensitivity." Srajan Ebaen - December, 2013

Secrets of Home Theater and Hi-Fidelity: "Does super tall soundstage float your boat? If so, the soundstage of the Strada 2 is about as tall as you'll find anywhere in any speaker. Want speakers that are less visually imposing? Again, the Strada 2 system would be the winner." "Listening to the Strada 2s is an experience almost like listening to very high quality headphones when it comes to detail. They are superior to every other sub-$10k speaker I have heard in this respect..." Chris Groppi, September 2013

The Absolute Sound: "While the Strada 2s are obviously very compact, they nevertheless are capable of surprisingly vigorous output levels and demonstrate the sort of turn-on-a-dime dynamic agility that allows them to track sudden changes in musical energy levels."
Chris Martens – April 2014

Part Time Audiophile.com: "Oh, and the things they do well — speed, soundstaging, imaging, and resolution to name a few — they do extremely well. Anthony Gallo and his team deserve kudos for going out on a limb and thinking outside of the literal and proverbial box." -John Richardson – December 2013

HiFi+.com: "The Reference Strada 2 system is a lovely and effective problem solver. It is compact, easy on the eyes, and will fit in spaces where larger floorstanding speakers will not". -Chris Matens – March 2014

Gallo Strata2s pair: $1,795 including USA shipping. (stands available separately)

 

Introducing TBI'S Direct Port Modulation subwoofers:

TBI DPM-8

EMPEROR DPM-8P

MUSICAL! POWERFUL! AUTHORATIVE! DYNAMIC!

PERFECT INTERGATION WITH MAIN SPEAKERS

COMPLETLY DISAPPEARS

NO ROOM CORRECTION or EQ NEEDED

NO ROOM ACOUSTIC TREATMENTS NEEDED

"Direct Port Modulation is the final nail in the coffin for sub design. I have been using these subs (including a 9" cube) for over a year. They work in every situation I've tried so far for music and home theater. They have made rooms with poor bass response work like there is no problem." - Jan Plummer, TBI

The subwoofer as it is known today has been a rather disconcerting product for the high-end audio community. The very word conjures rather unpleasant thoughts of out of place boom that we audiophiles put up with in our video system. Well the controversy over what a subwoofer
should do is over. Size is important so we are starting this series small in dimensions but wonderful as low frequency support for any audio-video system.


The new Emperor DPM 8 represents an audio technological tour de force for bass reproduction. It is a small .84 cu ft internal volume cube subwoofer that efficiently produces bass frequencies from below 20Hz to above 200Hz. The driver used is low mass aluminum operating in a balanced pressure environment with 5mm maximum required travel. It typically requires less than 10 w for the DPM-8 to support full range material operating at 90db room SPL.

While the EMP-8P may look somewhat familiar it is based on totally new subwoofer design principles. DPM (Direct Port Modulation) is the first departure from introducing the driver diaphragm energy directly into the enclosure volume. The DPM-8 puts the ports ahead of the box to not only eliminate boxy sound but also allow all bass frequencies to be output with equal efficiency and low distortion. An internal manifold maintains the port first in the pressure sequence
then allows the box to do its magic. An internal acoustic transmission line maintains the standing waves at the port throat. It is an acoustic engine, which incorporates clever turbo bass extension and capable of launching broadband output as stable standing waves. There is no static frequency dominating the enclosures internal pressure. The ports launch critically damped standing waves with the drivers’ motion minimal throughout its bandwidth. The room is ignored as a source of signal
modulation as the Acoustic Intake Regulator (AIR) isolates the driver. This serves to both isolate the room while dynamically adjusting the drivers' acoustic impedance to comply with its ambient environment.

The DPM-8 doesn't unload quickly in the infrasonic range and will load the room in this range when information is present making ambience an important contributor to realism when its there. (request graphs)

There are a few secrets here as well as patented generic acoustic processes that are now available in the Emperor
DPM-8. The Emperor series of audiophile subwoofer promises to bring joy when you turn your system on and play your music or settle for something on the videophile side of your system. The DPM-8 really shows its capability reproducing effects naturally without boom (unless its in the source) at levels you will love.

Patents issued and pending

One or two of DPM-8P subs would nicly compliment high-end monitors such as KEF LS50, ELAC bookshelfs, Epos Elan 10 or 15, Gallo Strada2, Golden Ear Aon, Adam MK3, etc. making for a relative inexpensive complete high-end audiophile loudspeaker system.
Specifications:
SPECIFICATIONS:
Amplifier Power Output- 250W class D into 8 ohm internal load (low heat dissipation) THD - <1%
S/N Ratio @ rated Power >90db
Input Sensitivity (full power) 3V/50Hz @ High Level
Input Sensitivity (full power) 210mv @ Low Level
Variable Low Pass Frequency – 40Hz – 200Hz
Maximum Acoustic Output Level (typical 1m) 115db@32Hz
Variable Phase Control – 0—180 degrees
Operating Voltage – (1) 115Vac +/- 10% 5A max (2) 230Vac +/- 10% 2.5A max
LED operation indication- Red (standby) Green (operating)
Finish- Textured or Matte Black
Dimensions- 15”L x 12.5”W x 12.5”H (shipping dimensions 20” x 18” x 18”) DB
Weight-30lbs (shipping wt 35lbs)

PRICE: $1,750 - special order.

Dealer demo sale: $2,150 for pair plus shipping.



CABLE SALE: DEALER DEMOS and CLOSE-OUTS from Analysis Plus, Nordost, D.H. Lab and more. We are closing out our entire stock of the great Nordost cables at 50% OFF. Also at 50% OFF or MORE are some demos from D.H. LABS, DVDO, P.S. Audio, AllegroSound's AudioWorks, and Monarchy Audio.

ANALYSIS-PLUS

OVAL 9 loudspeker cables

The entire Analysis Plus cable line, our favorites for beautiful and accurate sound, are now offered at favorable prices. Please call for deals.

 


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RECEIVE THE ABSOLUTE SOUND'S GOLDEN EAR AWARD 2011

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MUSIC HALL DAC 25.3 The budget benchmark DAC with terrific sound

Feature list:

technical specifications


 

SUPRA SWORD CABLES: the Nordost Valhalla killers from Sweden

"Detail is also abundant, but it is produced quite naturally, with wholly believable orchestral string tone and vocal quality, and, perhaps best of all, a suitably percussive piano reproduction."

TECHRADAR.COM review

 


MSB ANALOG DAC

DAC

(sitting atop Power Base)

The Most Technologically Advanced DAC in the World!

  • Optional Analog Volume Control
  • Separate Analog Power Supplies
  • Modular Inputs With Advanced High Resolution I2S Technology
  • Internet Controllable From Your Mobile Device
  • Simple To Use and Integrate
  • Sound Quality That Challenges the Best Analog Sources

REVIEW: STEREOPHILE - April, 2014

"Conclusion and Au Revoir"
"I started to write up more musical examples, but realized I was just repeating myself. Every comparison with the DACs mentioned above, and a handful of others that passed through my system in the past several months, yielded the same results: a more focused sound with the MSB, coupled with the ability to match the best qualities of any other DAC in the hot seat. There was simply more there. I was sad to have to send another MSB DAC to JA's Brooklyn lab for testing. It notched my system up to a place where almost all digital sources had an organic, natural presence without sacrificing the accuracy and detail present in the best recordings - no small feat."

Jon Iverson , Reviewer,
Stereophile, April 2014

REVIEW: THE ABSOLUTE SOUND

"On Alex de Grassi's album ... the cut 'Shenandoah' exhibited exceptionally detailed guitar sound. The Analog DAC really showed how realistic a recording of solo guitar engineer Cookie Marenco had captured.

Piano recordings were spectacular. On Thomas Gunther's performance of Schubert's Piano Sonata in A minor, the Analog DAC reproduced the piano's complete harmonic structure with a combination of delicacy and explosive power rarely heard on recordings. THe sense of the hammers striking the piano's strings was captured superbly. It's odd that I noticed this particular detail on several piano recordings.

... Pigeon's voice in particular, had a "reach-out-and-touch-it" quality, creating the illusion of someone standing in front of me singing. Instrumental accompaniment was equally detailed, especially the stand-up bass. "

Vade Forrester , Reviewer,
The Absolute Sound, January 2014

 

REVIEW: AUDIOSTREAM

"It not only reproduces music with excellent detail and focus, but is one of the most natural sounding DACs I have ever heard. This DAC purges the digital artifacts that create listening fatigue and loss of interest in the music. While auditioning the Analog DAC, I also listened to other DACs at my house. In each case, I missed the beautiful bloom and ease that the Analog DAC puts out in spades. The soundstage was one of the best I have heard as was the ability of this DAC to unravel complex musical passages. Dynamic changes were well reproduced with a variety of music. I think that those of you that enjoy acoustic music, be it classical, jazz, or vocal, will simply love The Analog DAC. I know that I did." Steven Plaskin

 

DAC

(sitting atop Power Base)

 


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