I’ve Reenlisted In The Neat Army!



It is my pleasure to announce the return of Neat Acoustics to the shop! I sold Neat years ago and have always loved them. They were one of the very first speaker brands I proudly carried. I stupidly dropped them due to distribution woes and the sharp learning curve of running a Hi-Fi shop. It was like breaking up with your first love! I was crushed! I may have wept.

Neat are just that. They aren’t tacky behemoths. They are simply tasteful, easy to place in a room and have a very small footprint. The sound is huge compared to their small enclosures. They sound excellent with solid state as well as beefier tube amps (25+ watts)!

I now have the affordable Motive SX1 and SX2. The teeny tiny Iotas and one of my all-time favorites, the Elite SX! Look for offerings from the Momentum and Ultimatum lines in the future.

Beatles Mono Box Hootenanny Saturday, September 20th at 7pm!!

Ortofon is releasing the 2M se mono cartridge to coincide with The Beatles mono box set. So, I’ve decided to put together an event and special! Let’s call it “The Beatles Bundle”! Buy a Rega RP6 turntable fitted with the 2M Mono and the Box set is HALF PRICE! Hear it all together at the HOOTENANNY on September 20th. I have two box sets available for purchase.

I’ll be playing other mono records, not just Beatles. wink wink..

Thöress Phono Entzerrer!


Dear Music Lovers,

our tube-based fully active Parametric Phono Equalizer (”The Phono Enhancer”) is
probably the most versatile phono device world wide – and certainly one of the finest
sounding ones, regardless of price !

Not only that it offers 6 inputs for various types of cartridges and customizable loads on
any MC input. The Enhancer features a novel kind of tone control facility based on a
truly outstanding circuit topology, such avoiding any clumsy conventional tone control
ciruitry. Hereby the 3 edge frequencies (time constants) of the phono deemphassis curve
itsself are made adjustable within wide limits via three 6-position-rotary-switches.
One of the settings adresses the most widely used “”RIAA correction””, of course,
which actually refers to the “”New Ortophonic Playback Curve”” established by RCA
along with the vinyl Microgroove Records in the early 1950s.

These tone control facilities will be found extremely usefull and most effective for
restoring all kinds of tonal artifacts which may have been introduced during the various
manufactoring processes of a given record , while this cannot be achieved in the
conventional manner via “treble-and-bass” tone regulators (relying on one fixed edge
frequency) – not to mention the sound degrading sideeffects involved with such a
topology. Tonal restoration is known to be beneficial with monaural records but in fact
numerous records from the Stereo era will be found to considerably gain from the subtle
restoration facilities provided by the Enhancer too.

In view of all these features, our minimlistic but nevertheless most sophisticated
Parametric Phono Equalizer fully deserves to be called a “Phono Enhancer”.

Greetings from Germany,

Reinhard Thöress

A Tribute to Profesional Audio Equipment
from the Golden Age of the Electronic Tube.

Audioengine B1 Bluetooth / DAC Receiver! $189

AUSTIN, Texas – August 7th, 2014 – Audioengine® today introduced the Audioengine B1 Premium Bluetooth® Music Receiver. The B1 is a high-fidelity audio component that easily integrates into your music system and plays music directly from your library or streams from any app. The B1 streams high-quality audio from any Bluetooth®-enabled smartphone, computer, or tablet to Audioengine powered speakers, a stereo receiver, or any music system.

Easy setup
We’ve made Bluetooth device pairing extremely easy and no special setup or software is required.

Upgrade your Bluetooth
You already have Bluetooth on your tablet, computer, or phone, so connect the Audioengine B1 to your existing system and experience stunning wireless audio quality and range. The B1 offers aptX, 24-bit upsampling DAC, and extended range.

“No longer is Bluetooth a one-room wireless solution with mediocre audio quality. The simplified setup of the B1, longer-range wireless and incredible sound all make B1 a game-changer,” says Audioengine Director, Dave Evans. “Our goal was to take Bluetooth to the next level and we feel the B1 exceeds our expectations – and we hope our customers agree.”

Easy setup, connects in seconds
Plug-n-play, no software to install
Superior sound and extended range
Streams audio from any media player
Connects to any music system
24-bit upsampling DAC (same DAC as the Audioengine D1)

John Aielli


Radio is unlistenable unless you’re “left of the dial”. John Aielli’s Eklektikos show started 48 years ago! It’s indeed eclectic. The shows have themes and Mr. Aielli’s insights are somewhat peculiar at times. Sometimes there is dead air. Sometimes you’re blown away and sometimes you want to slap a bumper sticker on your car warning others. Love him or hate him, John is part of what made Austin “weird”. Check his show out on KUTX 98.9.


Aielli in Austin Monthly

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