Audio Note M10 Line Signature preamplifier

Neli had the opportunity recently to help unpack and setup Audio Note’s new Level Six linestage preamplifier, the M10 Line Signature, at Fred’s place in Houston. Fred will be reviewing it over the coming months. He’s started a thread over on Myles Astor’s site, AudioNirvana.org, with M10 Line Signature discussion and comments.

She took some pictures and told some stories :-) some of which I can tell you here…

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Acapella Triolon loudspeakers, Audio Note Kegon Balanced amplifiers, EMM Labs’ DA2 DAC and TX2 transport, Finite Elemente racks, and, of course, the 3 box (control plus a power supply for each channel) Audio Note M10 Line Signature. Fred’s analog rig is an updated Rockport Sirius 2 with Ortofon A90, and an Ypsilon stepup transformer and phonostage.

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I’m from the “How hard can it be” tribe, but , hey, there is a manual, just in case ūüėČ

 

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The front of the Audio Note M10 Line Signature preamplifier

OK. Just like every other time we have had the pleasure… But brand new, cold, just hooked up for the first time – Audio Note rocks. Yeah, it sounds better warmed up of course, but really, it is always such a shocker to hear it sound truly excellent right out of the box, unlike just about everything else we have ever heard.

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The rear of the Audio Note M10 Line Signature preamplifier. Support for bi-amping is apparent. The green military-grade connectors on the left there are for the connections to the two power supplies.

 

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The front of one of the Audio Note M10 Line Signature preamplifier’s ‘Galahad Signature’ power supplies.

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The rear of one of the Audio Note M10 Line Signature preamplifier’s ‘Galahad Signature’ power supplies. The separate right and left channel power supplies connect to the main linestage control unit with Audio Note’s provided silver umbilical cables.

 

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Convenient double high rack for the power supplies.

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The front of the Audio Note M10 Line Signature preamplifier powered up. This is the main control unit, with separate right and left volume controls, and the selector switch.

 

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The front of the Audio Note M10 Line Signature preamplifier powered up. This piece provides two transformer-coupled balanced inputs and four single ended inputs.

 

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The original system with the EMM Labs MTRX amplifiers [with gold faceplate] which Neli reports went very well with the Audio Note M10 Line Signature as well.

Our Cellini are here…

Acapella Cellini loudspeakers in a modern gray and white fit very nicely into this mid-century modern home.

Thin deformable walls and make for some bass suck-out, and hard-surfaces everywhere make for an elevated midrange – so we have work to do.

Neli has some family-heirloom carpets that go well here – but they are too small! So what do we do? Get a new carpet that better fits the room? Use two smaller ones, albeit ones that have different patterns from each other? Is the aesthetics of the room really that important? Does it contribute to the enjoyment of the music or it’s only job to stop the sound from bouncing around the room indefinitely?

You know, moving requires us to make So Many Decisions. We are kind of burnt out.

Anyway, lots of tuning to do.

 

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OK. I guess it had to come out sometime. There is indeed a mirror that surrounds the gas fireplace. Not our idea. Seriously.

Have to say that you DO get used to it. But we will probably put some plants there, or paste up old album covers over it, or give people Halloween masks to wear [I will be Terminator and Neli? Trying to convince her to go for the Princess Leia, but…]

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We’ll be open soon… !

Long Article on Acapella Audio Arts

There is a new long article on Acapella Audio Arts by a European correspondent for Positive Feedback.

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http://positive-feedback.com/audio-discourse/feuilleton-acapella-audio-arts/

The article includes many yummy photos of the factory and the factory showroom Рas well as other fun and mysterious factoids about the speakers and their other gear.

I chose to display this photo from the article because it shows the big Poseidon speakers, which we waaaaant, and how impressive they look. Not sure that is the color of horn that we would choose… but maybe.¬†I would probably go for a mirror finish if Acapella actually supported that option and Neli didn’t¬†give me that look that simultaneously says I’m an idiot while at the same time saying that she feels sorry for me with such¬†poor taste in speaker horn finishes¬†:-/