• Pursuing the Ultimate Music Experiences

    Audio Federation

  • Pursuing the Ultimate Music Experiences

    Audio Federation

  • Pursuing the Ultimate Music Experiences

    Audio Federation

Today

Acapella Atlas, Audio Note M9 and Kegon, EMMLabs XDS1, HRS SXR and M3X, Nordost Odin

 

 

Welcome

To a hassle free listening environment with some of the best audio reproduction equipment on the planet

All women, men, couples, singles, straight, gay (LGBTQ), young, old, newbie, experienced (even cynical), and races of audiophiles and all musical tastes (rock, pop, country, classical, techno, opera, house, jazz, heavy metal, new age, folk, ancient, hip hop, etc.) are most welcome.

Our Showrooms

Our Showrooms

Our showrooms overlooking Boulder and Denver on a beautiful Easter Sunday.

Laaaid Back Listening

Laaaid Back Listening

Serving the Boulder, Denver, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming areas and beyond.

Who We Are

We're married. We're both audiophiles without any self-control. And we love it.

Neli

Neli

Rock and roll
Grateful Dead live
Opera
Answers phone and runs store
Extreme volume
Swimming, yoga, weight training
Sports

Mike

Mike

Rock and roll
Early Pink Floyd live
Electronica
Blogs and lifts heavy things
Normal volume
Weight training, yoga
60's sitcoms, romantic comedies

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.

Mountain Chateau

Mountain Chateau

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.

Store

Store

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

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

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.

Bespoke Hi-Fi System Design

Bespoke Hi-Fi System Design

Why doesn't everyone do this? Before we tell you what we think you need, we actually ask you what kind of sound you like. Lots of slam? Detail? Emotion? What kind of music do you like to play? What else do you have in your system? How large is your room?

Use the Ears, Luke

Use the Ears, Luke

We listen. We think about what we heard. We try and figure out things. Things like what stages of audiophile maturity do we all go through? What makes music drug-like, and cause cool hallucinations? (and how can we all get some of that!). To infinity and then crank it up some more.

Our specialty: the State-of-the-art

Our specialty: the State-of-the-art

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 extremely small details, and using holistic system design techniques. "It takes a system"

Blog

Blog

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.

Shows

Shows

Exhibited 17 rooms at 11 shows. We also posted 38+ massive 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.

Ultimist

Ultimist

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

/ 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 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

EmmLabs

/ EmmLabs

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 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

Nordost

/ Nordost

Nordost builds extremely clear sounding and true to the music cables.
The ones to beat.
From the USA.

Harmonic Resolution Systems

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.

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