Today at Audio Federation
Acapella Atlas, Audio Note M9 and Kegon, EMMLabs XDS1, HRS SXR, Nordost Odin
Who We Are
We're married. We are both audiophiles without any self-control. And we love it.
Rock and roll
Early Pink Floyd
Blogs and lifts heavy things
Weight training, yoga
60's sitcoms, romantic comedies
Rock and roll
Answers phone and runs store
Swimming, yoga, weight training
What We Do
We are active throughout High-end Audio
We are a wife and husband dealership, a sometimes importer, bloggers, high-end audio therapist and advice line, we’ve started magazines, and currently run an online marketplace, and have attended at least 40 hifi shows and posted show reports of most of them, with a bazillion photos. We live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and run our store out of our home, usually with at least one million dollar system for our customers to enjoy.
We have 3 listening rooms. Our main listening room is 24 feet tall; octagonal; glass, stone, wool and wood; and with a view of Boulder, downtown Denver and other assorted front-range towns. We've held hundreds of shootouts here on the best gear in the world, the results usually posted on the blog.
We are happily authorized dealers for a few exceptional brands, most of which we have carried for over 10 years: Acapella Audio Arts, Acoustic Zen, Audio Note U.K., Elrod cables, EmmLabs, Harmonic Resolution systems (HRS), Lamm Industries, Loricraft, and Nordost
Our store and home is outside Boulder in the foothills. We are at 7200 feet (Boulder is about 6000 feet above sea level) and we are about 7 minutes from Broadway, the main street in Boulder. This location provides some of the quietest, and most beautiful, backgrounds in high-end audio.
Why doesn't everyone do this? Before we tell you what you need, we actually ask you what kind of sound you like. Hello? Many important details like what kind of music you like, how large your room is... are discussed first.
We listen. We think about what we heard. From the basic stages of audiophile maturity to what makes music drug-like, cause hallucinations, and how can we all get some of that!
We are some of the world's primary experts on state-of-the-art gear. This typically means ridiculously expensive [but not always], paying attention to little details, and holistic system design techniques. "It takes a system"
Exhibited 17 rooms at 11 shows. We also post the largest show reports typically with over 1000 photos each. We started with CES in 2002 and the most recent was the Newport Beach show in May 2014. Sometimes controversial (we've mellowed over the years) we pay particular attention to the extreme high end.
We have one of the most well-known and longest running blogs in high-end audio. We started in 2005 and have over 1200 posts. The blog explores all aspects of the deeper meanings of being an audiophile the pursuit of the ultimate music experiences.
A high-end marketplace and hangout, this extravaganza of show photos, information and real-time news from a hundred or so high-end audio blogs is still just getting started. Welcome to the future.
What We Sell
Exceptional brands, exceptional products
Acapella Audio Arts/ Acapella Audio Arts
A decades old speaker manufacturer from Germany, Acapella builds extremely high-quality dynamic hybrid-horn speakers using their unique tube-based plasma (ion) tweeter, literally the best in the world
Lamm Industries/ Lamm
Lamm builds very high-end amplifiers and preamps. Their gear is amazingly economically priced in today's marketplace and extremely well-reviewed. From Brooklyn, New York.
EmmLabs builds world-renowned solid-state digital gear as well as the world's best solid-state amplifier. Musical with resolution, sounds more like music than any other solid-state. Out-performs the competition by a country mile. From Canada.
Audio Note U.K./ Audio Note
Audio Note is one of the largest high-end audio manufacturers and builds everything from kits to $250K Gaku-On amplifiers. Tube-based and pioneering new extremely simple and effective circuit designs.
Nordost builds extremely clear sounding and true to the music cables.
The ones to beat.
From the USA.
Harmonic Resolution Systems/ HRS
HRS builds highly effective equipment racks and vibration control equipment. It not only works to add detail to the midrange and tighten up the bass, its effectiveness is consistent across all kinds of equipment.
From The Blog
Demo speaker cable. 2 meters. 17 strands of silver. Bananas on one end, spades on the other. Have more questions […]Read More ›
Demo speakers with full warranty. Appeared at a couple of shows. Has a few scratches on one of the bases. Retail […]Read More ›
Very nice pair of long interconnects, excellent condition, rated 8/10 for age only. Middle of the Mexcel series, really a […]Read More ›
Came across these photos which I had never seen before. Thought you all might enjoy them as well. Found them […]Read More ›
A cool post about the Acapella Spharon Excalibur loudspeakers on HiFi Vietnam. If you use the Google Chrome browser, you […]Read More ›
2.5 meters. Very nice and musical sounding – the ones with real bybees – these speaker cables have really decent […]Read More ›