• Pursuing the Ultimate Music Experiences

    Audio Federation

  • 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.

What We Can Do For You

Add truly breathtakingly awesome music experiences to your life

We believe the depth and intensity of your music experience is intrinsically related to the quality of your playback technology. Our recommendations for equipment are entirely driven by how well it will directly improve these experiences for each individual.

When we say “Extreme High-fidelity. Extreme Expertise. Extreme Service. Extreme Satisfaction” we mean it. We are at your service, before, during and long after your purchase. We have a generous trade-in program to keep you current with improvements in technology or changes in your life.

Listen Long and Prosper.

Our Showrooms

Our Showrooms

Our showrooms overlooking the eternal green wonderland of Palo Alto, California.

Laaaid Back Listening

Laaaid Back Listening

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area 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 high-end audio dealership, importer, bloggers and, often enough, a hifi therapy and advice line. We’ve started magazines, an online marketplace, and have attended at least 42 hifi shows and posted show reports of most of them here, typically with a bazillion photos. We currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area (Palo Alto, Silicon Valley) 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.

Mid-Century Modern

Mid-Century Modern

Our current rental is an Eichler with 3 listening rooms. The main listening room is 18x13 feet; with an entire wall of glass, but otherwise much like your typical suburban listening room; and with a view of a backyard with actual green grass [rare during this multi-year drought].

15 years in the business

15 years in the business

As we move around looking for the right place to live, optimal for both us and our customers, we get to meet the nicest people.

Palo Alto, California

Palo Alto, California

Our store and home is about 2 miles from the GooglePlex, 2 miles from Stanford, and 4 miles from Facebook. We are just an hop and skip from 101 - this location provides easy access and a comfortable, down-to-earth suburban listening environment.

Mountain Chateau (Previously)

Mountain Chateau (Previously)

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 (Previously)

Boulder, Colorado (Previously)

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 22 rooms at 16 shows. We also posted 42+ massive show reports typically with over 1000 photos each. We started with CES in 2002 and the most recent was the California Audio show in August 2017. 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.

From The Blog

Neil Young - Live in Omemee, Ontario

Neil Young – Live in Omemee, Ontario. Neil streamed live from his home town in Ontario [before he moved to […]

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Google's Music Genre Timeline

Google’s Music Genre Timeline is very interesting. Note how the popularity of Jazz has grown lately. Note how there is […]

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CAS 2017: Best System Performance and Ultimate Cost No Object Design

CAS 2017: Best System Performance and Ultimate Cost No Object Design was just awarded to our California Audio Show 2017 […]

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The Joy of "Different"

The Joy of “Different”. The absolute joy of hearing an often very, VERY familiar song with a different sound than […]

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Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks and Why am I posting these?

Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks and Why am I posting these? (you might ask. Well, Neli did 🙂 ). Neli doesn’t […]

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Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) MXR equipment rack for sale (demo) gloss black

Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) MXR equipment rack for sale (demo) gloss black automotive finish. Mint. Our very well-loved MXR is […]

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SOLD: EMM Labs XDS1 v1 CD / SACD player

SOLD. We are selling our demo EMM Labs XDS1 v1 CD / SACD player. Minty fresh condition. XDS1 V1 NEW $25,000. […]

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Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks #2 – “You have no business being an audiophile if you do not have perfect ears”

Stupid Audiophile Troll Tricks #2 – “You have no business being an audiophile if you do not have perfect ears” […]

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