The one thing I really don't enjoy is seeing people leave here empty handed. Having less expensive options at the shop is crucial. I've been cleaning house and gearing up. One of the things I've recently picked up is Bluesound. The Powernode 2i is a music streamer / 60 watt amp ($799). Pair this with some affordable speakers like the Dali Oberon One ($549, yes. I now have Dali again!) and you have a great little system! Little in size, not in sound! There's also an input for a turntable or TV! I listened to one and was quite impressed by the sound and functionality, ie., easy!!
Easily drive your existing pair of premium speakers
HybridDigital™ amp and DAC technologies ensures flawless playback with precision and clarity.
60 Watts x 2 into 8 ohms of HybridDigital™ power.
Featuring digital and analog input/output options, headphone stereo mini jack, subwoofer RCA mono.
Access and stream Internet radio stations, cloud music services, and your own local music library to multiple Bluesound Players.
Create and control a seamless multi-room system with the intuitive BluOS Controller app.
Connect Bluesound to your Amazon Echo with the skill in the Alexa app and use Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to control Players around the home.
AirPlay 2 lets you play music or podcasts from wireless stereo components throughout your house — all in sync.
It's that time of the year!!! From March 1st through March 18th, I will be open By Appointment Only! I'm in two bands and am an avid music lover! SXSW is my "Staycation" and intensive liver therapy week. I will probably be in the neighborhood!
All you have to do is CALL ME to set up a convenient time to meet. 512-784-8282
The Planar 8 was inspired by the ultimate Rega turntable, the 'Naiad'. We decided early on that instead of an evolution of the previous RP8, the new Planar 8 was to be developed and engineered to encapsulate the essence of 'Naiad' at an affordable price. Our aim was to deliver a level of performance far beyond what has been achieved at this price point before.
Every aspect of the Planar 8 is engineered to extract as much detail from the vinyl surface as possible. We have used the most advanced materials and engineering solutions built around a supremely lightweight plinth to ensure the greatest level of performance.The Planar 8 is supplied with the new RB880 tonearm and Neo PSU as standard which offers electronic speed change, advanced anti-vibration control and user adjustable electronic fine speed adjustment to ensure total accuracy and control over the motor. The outer frame of the previous model has now been removed and a new stylish, removable, single piece dustcover has been introduced further reducing the overall mass of the turntable.
The agonizing wait is over! I just got in the new Innuos ZENith Mk3 music streamer and I have seen the light! This is the de facto, best streamer on the market. Super simple set up and sound quality is the best I've heard. Partnered with the Aqua La Voce DAC and your existing system, you won't want to leave the house! Don't believe me? Book an appointment.
I had a whirlwind of a weekend!
First, we dropped our son off to college at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches Texas! We said our tearful goodbyes and continued down the road to Monroe, Louisiana. We got a good night sleep and met up with my client in the morning. He's been slowly building his system with me for the past two years! His system consists of a Box Furniture Rack, Rega RP10 turntable, Dynavector XX2 cartridge, Auditorium 23 Hommage T1 SUT and cables, Harbeth 40.2 loudspeakers, Vibex Generalife power conditioner, Leben CS1000P power amp and Leben RS-28CX pre amp with MM phono stage on board. The last items to round out the system were the Leben amps and A23 SUT. I said I certainly needed to make a road trip to put it all together! The end result was very satisfying!
"Many Thanks Brian!! We have effectively nailed a two decade search! I just could never find the synergy until you hooked up the Leben and Harbeth in your shop!! We kinda took it to a pretty high level-NO DOUBT!!!!! Good things come to those who wait, as they say....."
Pool Party with the wonderful Sue & Jimmy Ford of Dinola!
Caught The Hot 8 Brass Band!
...and spent an extra day getting pickled!
Leben are easily one of my top three favorite brands at the shop.If you're looking for your "forever amp", look no further. They only have a handful of products but all are very special. Instead of introducing a new model every year, Leben just try to keep up with demand. The factory averages only one piece per day. Everything is handmade and point to point wired. Do you wish "things were made like they used to"? They are. You just have to dig a little deeper...
We'll be having a throw down with Austin's own Bandwidth Audio and The Jon Klekman Quartet! There will be two sets!
1pm Jon Klekman Quartet
2pm Bandwidth Audio Demonstration
3pm Jon Klekman Quartet
4pm Bandwidth Audio Demonstration