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Acapella Atlas speakers on a snowy morning

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

We finally bit the bullet and moved our rack back between the front speakers. It has been over 10 (12?) years since we have done this [usually the rack is over on the side of the room. Better soundstaging, typically, and more convenient.]

This allows us to experiment with short cables again [before, with the Coltrane […]

Heart and Mind Ratings of Common High-end Audio Gear

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

In order to help describe what we think are the key differences between the Audio Note U.K. Gaku-On and Lamm ML3 amplifiers we came up with semi-subjective rating that has to do with how much the characteristic sound of the amp appeals to one’s mind versus how much it appeals to one’s heart.
We will now […]

Shootout at the Powercord Corral

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

[From the Spintricity Archives several years ago. Note that Elrod has upgraded their power cords, adding more resolution while keeping the natural openness and dynamic ease which is their house sound].
‘Shootout at the Powercord Corral’,’
Elrod versus Acrolink versus Valhalla versus ODIN
We listened to these power cords in various combinations on a simple, very high-quality system […]

CD/SACD Player Shootout: EMM Labs XDS1 versus Esoteric K-01

Friday, November 18th, 2011

In this corner, weighing in at about 200 lbs [well, that is what it FEELS like - leaning over to get this on a rack is no feat for the timid. Neli was able to do it, but not without a few remarks ], but really at 68.4 lbs, the Esoteric K-01. And in […]

Elrod Statement Silver powercord

Friday, October 28th, 2011

A few photos of the newish mediumish-priced ELROD Statement Silver power cable.

Old timers will notice how both ends are much more that the Elrod power cords of old.
Yipee!
These help eliminate those back-of-rack embarrassments where power cords start dictating to the components what angles they must sit at.
These sound like the old […]

Crossfit WOD - Audiophile style

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

[Crossfitness is all the rage in fitness land. It consists of highly varied workouts done at warp speed (as quickly as possible) and focus on exercises that are actually useful in the real world. WOD stands for Workout Of the Day].
1. Big Amp Pump: Lift 90lb. Audio Note Ongaku. Take 2 steps forward. Put it […]

Minimalist Audiophile Power-Strip

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

We did a shootout, oh, well over a year ago now, comparing power-strips and this adapter here:

IEC Adapter
This adapter allows you to plug in one audiophile power cord into another. In our tests we plugged an Nordost Odin PC into an Elrod PC - the length of the Odin PC not being sufficient. This […]

Drug-like Systems I Have Known

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I thought it might be useful to list some systems that I found drug-like, and you are invited to as well, and see if there are some commonalities.
If there are commonalities, then we should be able to retrofit existing systems so that they, too, can have that little extra mind altering something that is […]

Audio Aero LaSource CD/SACD player: part 2

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

SOUND.
The first thing we did was to hook up the player to the Edge NL Reference ‘pyramid’ amplifiers.

We noticed several things. That the sound was warmer and more approachable than it had been with the solid-state Emm Labs player [more on this shortly]. We also noticed a high noise floor between notes. We thought […]

Shootout 1 - Introduction and the Interconnects

Monday, May 4th, 2009

In one corner, weighing in at…
This shootout is primarily focused on Jorma Design cables. We compare and contrast their cables with their other cables, at different price points, as well as with the correspondingly priced Nordost cables.
This is another shootout that went on and on and just would not end [kind of like real […]


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