RMAF 2011 Part 3

 

PEACHTREE

Peachtree is one of the fastest growing audio out companies on the planet, and for good reason.

Great products at great prices - just our kind of company. We get a lot of email asking for our advice about downsizing huge, expensive systems to something in a single box that still give you a high-end quality sound. Our recommendation is always Peachtree.

But now they're going uptown with even higher performance products while still maintaining their ultra high bang-for-the-buck quotient.. Not surprisingly, these were the most impressive new entries into this crowded category. Feast your eyes.

 

The New Grand Integrated

$4,295

The Grand Integrated is Peachtree?s first no-holds-barred, 400 wpc Class D integrated amp. It houses four custom matched components in one box, saving you space without compromise. In this one chassis, you?ll find a high resolution DAC, a hybrid tube preamplifier, a 400 wpc high efficiency amplifier, and a state of the art headphone amp. It?s so simple to use, anyone can enjoy great sound at the push of a button and the turn of a knob.

The full function remote control includes phase inversion and tube switching which allows you to
customize your listening experience on the fly.

The Bascom King Tube Buffer uses two 12AX7s to smooth the harsh digital edge found in poor recordings and compressed audio. The headphone amp signal is run through the tube stage so you can plug in your favorite set of cans and enjoy that smooth tube sound in solitude.

Grand Integrated Specifications

400 watts per channel 8 ohms 20Hz-20kHz
Fixed line-level RCA stereo output: 2V rms, 448 ohms
Variable RCA stereo output: 8V rms /11.2V peak, 448 ohms
S/N at the variable analog output 104db
Jitter measured at the master clock < 3.0ps
Power supply: 69,000uf of filtering
CH/CH tracking: 0.025dB
Stereo separation: 96dB
Defeatable 80Hz high-pass output
Selectable Home Theater Bypass input
Independent discrete outputs
Weight: 28 lbs
Warranty: 2 years parts and labor 6 mo. tubes
Design and Final Assembly in U.S.A.

 

 

 

The New Grand Pre

$2,999

Offers the top of the line Sabre DAC chip and 24/192 compatibility on all its digital inputs (USB, BNC, 2 x coax, 2 x Toslink). Two RCA analog inputs (one configurable as HT bypass) and one XRL. Outputs are 1 x RCA variable, 1 x RCA fixed, 1 x RCA high-pass and 1 x XLR variable.

 

 

The Grand Pre is a full featured state of the art control center with cutting edge digital-to-analog conversion and digital connectivity designed for the modern day music listener.

 

The Peachtree USB is 24/192 capable, accepting 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192khz sampling rates, and uses the latest in asynchronous I2S communication. Asynchronous allows the Grand Pre?s internal high- precision clock to control the flow of data coming from the computer. This method lowers incoming jitter so the Sabre DAC has less timing errors to reclock. The galvanic isolated input eliminates noise generated by your computer?s switching power supply and greatly improving the sound quality. New Bascom King tube buffer rejuvenates poor recordings and compressed audio

 

Useful Tip - Double tap the currently active input button to dim all of the LEDs on the Grand Pre’s faceplate for late night listening.

 

There were 2 systems in the room. System 1 was the Grand Integrated playing the Sonus Faber Elipsa Special Edition Red Violin finish, Stradivarius tweeters $22,900/p,. fed by Itunes and Amarra.

System 2 was the Grand Pre driving a Simaudio Moon W-7 power amp 150wpc $9500 and B&W 802D2 Diamond tweeters, Kevlar mid range, dual 8” Rohacell Bass Drivers at $15,000pr.

There were many other systems that cost a lot more (a LOT more!) but none at any price blew away what we heard here. Peachtree does it again.

 

 

                    Our Ryan Scott inspects the Sonus Faber Elipsa

 

COINCIDENT

 

Nothing new from Israel Blume at this show, but his system consisting of the Statement Preamp, Frankenstein monoblocks (both  of which we have reviewed) and the recent Pure Reference loudspeakers ($22000/pr) was simply one of the most musical, dynamic presentations in Denver.

The updated Genesis 7.2f floorstanding loudspeaker is the new affordable reference delivering bass down to 22Hzwith the built-in 8-inch solid-aluminum cone side-firing subwoofer, with a huge and enveloping soundstage. The new ring-ribbon tweeter (one front AND back) used in the G7f is identical to the one used in the Genesis 1 flagship model. With adjustable high-frequency and low-frequency control, the G7f adapts to rooms of different sizes and décor. $8500/pair

 

TRIANGLE ART

Tom Vu of  KT Audio Imports shows off his personally designed turntables.

Go ahead....guess how much these stunning beauties cost!

 

Triangle Art Reference Table - $13,999

This massive table weighs an impressive 250 lbs with a hefty solid 4” thick solid aluminum platter sits atop an inverted aluminum ball bearing.

 

Triangle Art Signature Table - $9,990

Compare these to tables from Redpoint, ClearAudio and Trans Rotor.

For example, this is the TransRotor Tourbillon 07. Beautiful table, but it weighs half as much and costs $55,000.

Triangle Art is our choice for Best Value New Turntables at RMAF.

We have been chosen for the world's first reviews of these fine Triangle Art tables.

Great turntables need great Phono Preamps and this new entry from Zesto

looks and sounds like it could be a real winner. We certainly can't think of a more beautiful looking phono pre.

 

 THE ANDROS PS1

 

As impressive as it looks from the front, when we turned it around and saw the stunning rear panel

and its comprehensive, easily accessible controls, we were mightily impressed.

Key Features

The Circuit is specifically designed to provide sufficient amplification to match your cartridge with the rest of your system.
Each unit is hand built "Made in the USA".
50 hour factory burn in on all circuits and vacuum tubes.
A low Noise level of -75dBu allows the quietest passages of you music to be heard.
The output circuit is designed to drive your cables and isolates the output from the influence of the next stage.
RCA connectors are high quality, Gold plated, recessed with an isolated ground.
Isolated ground RCA connectors plus the Ground On/Off switch will allow you to choose the best ground configuration.
Recessed RCA connectors are durable and will hold up to the typical Audiophile who loves to change their configuration.
All switches and knobs are easily accessible, nothing hidden inside to adjust.
8 position adjustable MC load switch from 20 to 1000 Ohms
Accommodates both high and low MC output cartridges
Elegantly designed 16 gauge steel enclosure to help isolate the electronic “chatter” from nearby equipment.
Award winning Isonode anti-vibration feet
On/Off power switch conveniently mounted on front side panel
Easy to read large type on back panel

 

Price is an impressive $3,900.

Again, we have been chosen to do the world's first review of this new product. It is actually on its way to us right now.

 

New Nola Contender - $3,400

Not their signature open baffle design, but good sounding none the less.

We've reviewed several of Carl Marchisotto's designs and have loved them all.

Carl has offered this one to us. We're looking forward to telling you about it.

 

Steve Norber, formerly of Edge, has come up with his own speaker. The $35,000/pr

PranaFidelity model 108 speakers (full range) $35,000 pair, 300 lbs each.

(He's the one on the right...)

 

SYMPOSIUM

SPEAKING OF POLITCAL GAMES,

Peter Bizlewicz, who makes some of the finest stands and stereo accessories in the business, told us

how a large retailer in NYC exerted pressure and got a rave review of his killed. This is a familiar story

and the sort of thing we aim to blow up. This has been tried with us, too. Competition is one thing, corruption is quite another.

Stay tuned for more on this story. We will be reviewing Symposium products soon. Let's see who tries to screw with us.

 

SCHROEDER/KODO/REED

No politics or corruption here. Frank Schroeder is a good guy and makes among the best tone arms in the world.

Here he poses as "The Thinker". He's pretty funny, too.

 

There were two tonearms mounted on this gorgeous KODO "The Beat White Knight" turntable - $24,000.

One was the Reed 3Q ($6,000) which has an Integrated laser to adjust VTA (precision +/- 0.1 mm)

and azimuth (precision +/- 0.25 deg) very quickly and precisely.

 

   

You can see the small red dot on the arm tower on the left. On the right, the red line focuses on the finger lift.

When the red laser line is perfectly aligned there, you know your VTA and azimuth is perfect. Very cool.

 

This is Frank Schroeder's new arm that uses a magnetic idea to make his standard pivoted arm track like a linear-tracker.

Pivoted and linear trackers both have their strengths and weaknesses, but Frank's new design, so simple yet so brilliant, seems to have employed the best of both while limiting the weaknesses.

 

 

Look at the position of the brown flange in the left picture This is with the tonearm at the outer edge of the disk.

Then look at the right picture where the flange has moved, changing the tracking angle as the cartridge moves across the disk, keeping the angle perfectly in line.

No more edge distortion or sweet spots where the pivoted arm is only aligned for a portion of the LP.

There is no price set for the new arm, but we think this may be The Next Big Thing in analog.

 

 

ALLNIC

 

 

The rest of the system above, all from Xact Audio distributors, included these 100% directly heated tubes,

12 watt A5000-DHT monoblocks at a mere $19,000/pr.

 

Also the Allnic L5000 Line State at $19,000.

Beautiful sound, but too pricey for us.

Oh yes. The Wilson Sasha speakers at a trifling $27,900 completed the system along with TelWire cables.

 

 

Wow! Great pictures and commentary! Is there more?

Of course! Let's go to page 4!

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