Look what just showed up! Shahinian Obelisk 2 in walnut, on the way!
The new Rega Apollo-R CD Player showed up today! I'm breaking it in with the Brio-R and some Roky Erickson! The new Apollo-R is a total reworking using technologies from the flagship Isis CD player and DAC. Plays great by itself, or give it a shot of steroids with the matching DAC. $1095.
Immediately after finding out the new Dynavector electronics were shipping, I made a call to Vasken Shahinian about ordering up some Obelisk. Why? They are one of THE speakers to use with Dynavector. The design fundamentals are quite different from your average speaker. It is the only poly / omnidirectional speaker on the market. For those of you who like the sound of planar type speakers, but dislike the size and drop out of sound if you move from the sweet spot, come hear 'em!
The Obelisk was the first Shahinian produced way back in 1977. Shahinians are hand made on Long Island in Medford, New York by Richard and his son Vasken. I hope to have this exceptional system humming in the very near future! I'm beyond excited folks! This is a day I have longed for, for almost 20 years! Yes, I've been doing a lot of waiting for this system! I've never heard this combo, but from what I've read and the people I respect who have heard it, I'm seriously stoked. Now, Texans will have the chance to hear one of the "Holy Grails" of Hi-Fi!! A Dynavector / Shahinian / Well Tempered system.
After a loooooooong (like, seven years) wait, I am happy to announce that the Dynavector range is now available! Dynavector Australia are now shipping a new power amp called the HX100 and two pre amps, L200 & L300. The excellent P-75 phono pre got a face lift to match the new gear. Whetstone Audio will have the first US offerings. They are on their way to me NOW! Yes! Actual physical gear! It was a long wait but I can assure you it was worth it. More info. to come and of course a Hootenanny with Toffco's Mike Pranka. Stay Tuned!
I just ordered tickets for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers! They're playing The Frank Irwin Center on May 5th. My kids actually said, "Who's Tom Petty?" I would have failed as a parent if I didn't score the overly inflated tickets. I remember seeing Tom Petty and The Replacements opened for $20!! Whatever. You only live once. All the greats are dying off. Kids need to experience real Rock & Roll so they can carry it on. Here's some education:
We lost another great today.
By popular demand, I just ordered up some DeVore 3XL, with matching stands, in the sultry mink finish. Also coming in the near future are the new Gibbon 88, that replace the Super Eights (which I have on sale). John DeVore is now building his speakers out of bamboo, so no rain forests were stripped. All DeVore cabinets and stands are manufactured right next door at Anthony Abbate's BOX Furniture.in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
I barely do. I'm not sure what the purpose was or how it worked. Who was going to bring it home and actually use it like that?