The Gang’s All Here!

The Line Magnetic 219ia single ended triode integrated amp is on the floor! 24 watts of seductive sweetness. I personally love the cold war era design. 120+ pounds of iron! I’ve named her “Beast”. Come hear her purrrrrrrr.

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Line Magnetic Gold Series 515CD with tube output!


The Line Magnetic 515CD provides a choice between a CD player / transport and USB input. It’s XMOS asynchronous USB utilizes a chip with a sampling rate of 32bit. 44.1KHz, 48KHz, 88.2KHz, 96KHz, 176.4KHz and 192KHz.

Output includes AES/EBU, BNC, OPTICAL and COAXIAL. A Sony transport has been used and two 6ZK8 tubes are used for output circuitry. $2350.

acetate spins

Here’s a well known Austin band listening to their new record on acetate. The system comprised of a Rega RP6 turntable with SoundSmith Zephyr mk2 cartridge. Rega Aria phono pre using Chord Cadenza Ref. interconnects to the Line Magnetic 501ia integrated amp and A23 cables to Harbeth HL5 loudspeakers. I can’t tell you who they are but they pair up nicely with a knife and fork…


THÖ on the FLÖ


Looking for the best of the best? It’s official… Whetstone Audio will be one of four US dealers for Thöress electronics from Germany! I will be posting a lot about “THÖ” in the coming months. On the shop’s “FLÖ” will be the newly designed Preamplifier, 845 mono blocks, F2A11 integrated amp and the Phono Equalizer. Hand built by Reinhard Thöress, these will all pair up quite nicely with DeVore’s Orangutans (THÖ also makes the 2CD12 mk2, a 100db loudspeaker seen below). June is going to be a very long month… I will have them to Demo in July.



Justine’s Brasserie in East Austin has upgraded their turntable to a Rega RP3 with an Ortofon 2M Blue! Look for the Rega Elex-R integrated amp there soon! Go and sit at the bar (it’s the sweet spot)! They will take very good care of you.

Pro Snowboarder Kevin Pearce stopped by!

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You never know who’s gonna pop into the shop! Kevin Pearce was in checking things out before he viewed his documentary, The Crash Reel down the street at The Lance Armstrong Foundation. Kevin was seriously injured practicing for the 2010 Winter Olympics. His story is incredible and inspiring. It was a real honor to meet him.