The Heed Lagrange integrated amp

Bob Clarke of Profundo Imports came by the shop today with some Micklethwait BBQ and the new Heed Lagrange integrated amp!

This new full size Heed has some serious guts! Rated at 60/100 watts @ 8/4 ohm, it comes with a MM phono board built in. A Class A headphone amp and there will be a DAC module option in the near future. It even has Bluetooth so you can easily play your phone through it.

Heed uses Transcap technology in all of their amps, even the little Elixir. Here's what they say about it:

When you own a Heed amplifier you meet technology that you most probably have never seen in action before. Like the almost forgotten (and then reincarnated) valve technology, the output capacitor transistor amplifiers can normally only be found in the deepest recesses of engineers drawers. The technical difficulties of RC-Coupling means almost 100% of todays manufacturers opt for the easier direct-coupled solutions instead. With great effort and countless development hours there is a way to employ an up to date and sonically better sounding RC-Coupled amplifier. We have chosen this way.

Like the belt of a great turntable or the output transformer of a valve amplifier, the output capacitor makes for a great decoupling between the amp and the speaker. But the main advantage is the fact that a capacitor is an energy storage device. By design, this capacitor connects directly onto the speaker, with no in-between elements. Power delivery becomes rapid and precise. To charge this power element, we use a push-pull complementary Darlington transistor drive stage.

This power transforming system needs to be perfectly balanced. The heart of our Transcap technology lies in the precise adjustment of all the charge transmitting and current delivery channels. This propels all the common amplifier components; mains transformer, power supply, voltage and power amplifier stages, into something radically different. You may see now, this is no ordinary amp and it cannot be measured by common standards. Using our methods the sound becomes thick, warm, yet clear and life-like, as it properly translates the electronic signal into the acoustic world.

Pretty cool, right? I'll have the Lagrange here on loan for a bit. Come give it a listen!

Line Magnetic 845ia

The LM-845IA is a quality upgrade of the old LM-518 amplifier. It delivers twenty-two watts per channel. Single ended design, Pure Class A, Integrated Stereo Amplifier with 845 output power tubes. The rear-illuminated front panel meter is used to adjust the polarization of the tubes.
The use of high quality components (Realcap capacitors, ALPS potentiometer) wired in the air for the most part is the guarantee of exemplary reliability. Its transformers output are of EI type, specially disigned for power supply.
Its power and current capacity allows it to manage a very wide range of speakers. The use of the legendary triode 845 offers a listening to an unusual musicality.

Hightlights
- Single ended design
- Class A amplifier
- Point-to-point wiring
- High quality components

It’s been a while!

I was in the doldrums. Nasty political climate, mass shootings, kids in cages and burning rain forests have taken a toll on ALL of us! Along with my street being closed for nearly five months... well, let's just say I needed a vacation away from Austin, scooters and "screens"! I left for three weeks and toured across the great state of Colorado! I came back with a big smile on my face and the motivation to share my love of music again! I noticed I haven't done any interesting links in years!

Here's some cool stuff. Enjoy!
Goodbye to a Total Badass!
80's Jamaican Dancehall Scene
Fairy Doors
PG Moreno!
music in your brain
Hooteroll
Lost NYC hip hop club
Lean
Futuro House
Dangerous Minds
Ptolemaic Terrascope
Pink Slip / Dinola

Those are Fyne!

Coming in the near future are Fyne Audio from Scotland. They have a few different lines. I'll be getting the F301 ($425/pr.) F303 ($945/pr.) F500 ($895/pr.) F502 ($2495/pr.).

For the cost of a few nights on the town, you won't want to leave the house!

FYNE AUDIO

Mardi Gras & SXSW!!!! By Appointment Only!

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

easy peasy.

THE NEW REGA P8 & NEO PSU!!!! Come hear it!

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.

Innuos ZENith Mk3 in the house!

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.