Linn Product weekend w/ Magnepan's
Just as we will be returning from a well deserves summer break, dare I say, as we both leave for this, Kris and I will be working on the Linn display system for the LP 12 Clinik. We will be fronting the Linn system with our top seller Magnepan 1.7's. Just as we'll be fine tuning this system, WireWorld cables will be at the fore front for the remainder of the month of July and August.
Kris and I will be ready for those that bring your LP 12 for a look and see.
Lumin will be also taking part of the Audio Note systems display (perish the thought). Our top selling D 2 is always a joy of a listen. Just spent one week listening to Lumin at home. One will notice quite a high compatibility ratio with AN in general. What we're looking for is trying to keep ourselves busy during the summer months. Can't blame us boys in trying hard at this. :)
Much NEW NEW NEW stuff on hand...
...and about ready to be brought in during the course of the summer. We're looking at placing on display new gear never displayed for the Ottawa public.
Kris and I will hopefully plan for after our 2nd install on a brief 1-week vacay in late August.
We are awaiting a most likely visit from Wedell Diller and his wonderful wife Elizabeth. He will be bringing with him a new product, the big brother of the already iconic LRS. No dates are set and it may be that with some complications in the market place and or Covid upswings, it may be cancelled on us.
So we hope to be able to make you folks meet one of the most iconic actors in our industry. Wendell has drank and swore with the best in our industry (think of a classy version of Roy Hall). The moment we know more... you will know more.
We making much headway with...
Burning in much of our new gear at home. Just this week alone we're taken out another 3 new components that will see the light of day as this is being written. This is one thing I did not want to touch, but we may change our ways and simply do our burn in at work instead at home.
Several new pieces from Linn will be introduced. As we rush this burn in, we have equally formalized our planned weekly reopening this coming September. We have several new pieces of new Naim gear that are now ready to be introduced this late summer. We know this world of ours is complicated, but we would still like to push this demonstration venues over the long haul. Guess what, we still have much to introduce.
We have seen 3 cycles of LRT construction, and not 2 as stated elsewhere. Yes these are harsh on accessibility, but they do end eventually. We just had the bad fortune of following these planned projects Eastward. As I tend to do, we always plan an event when this construction ends.
I have stolen my Naim Uniti Star for the summer, while I get busy with all our vacation times. Don't worry it will come back folks.
Linn is swinging hard with new add on's for their LP 12.
Effective today, The Lp 12 will start to sport 6 or so different and new options. These Lp 12's will equally be called something else. Every model is being touched and tweaked with exception of the Klimax.
Majik LP 12's will now come in 2 models, one in MM and the other Magik Twin will be in MC. The Akurate Lp 12 will now be called the SELEKT Linn Lp 12. New arms and cartridges will be added, and some older skews are now being discontinued in the weeks to come, or till stock runs out.
More info is now available on the Linn website. Don't forget our incoming LP 12 clinik July 23rd. For those that emailed me, I do not charge for anything while this LP 12 clinik is ongoing. However should you need some parts or a belt, those are charged. Equally, I cannot proceed with any repairs.
Of course a Linn system will be playing all day folks.
On display this April/May
We are happy to re-introduce several lines just in time for 2022. Stock should be received in the coming days for Triangle, iFi and of course Lumin and Thorens
Streaming amplifiers, we have them for Ottawa
Lets start with Audiolab Omnia (2,800.00), Lumin M 1 stream (3,000.00), Naim UNITI Atom (4,800.00), Linn Majik DSM (6,000.00), Naim UNITI Star (7,600.00), finally, Linn Sekret DSM (starting at approx 8,000.00 and up)... all on actual display and available for demonstration now. Plus 4 other models of actual streamers.
SUPER NAIT 3 NOW ON DISPLAY
Linn LP 12, finally on working display!
Just in and on working display in our main room
Discover the magic, we can make it happen now.
On display, Streaming at another level, much on display from boh Linn and Naim
You want cables, we have cables, we still maintain approx 200,000 of cables on inventory.
Naim Uniti CORE, NEW, ON DISPLAY
Atoll IN 50 Signature (latest edition), NEW, ON DISPLAY
Linn LP 12 NEW Finally after 9 months, on working display
Naim XS 3 NEW Now on display
Naim Atom NEW Finally on working display
Linn UPHORIK NEW, Awaiting delivery
Linn SEKRIT DSM NEW, awaiting delivery
Thorens tables NEW, Several models, all levels, On display and awaiting delivery
Audio Note TT2 NEW, awaiting introduction
NEW cables, from Nordost Jumpers, Wireworld, Jelco tone arm and many Jelco accessories and quite the massive load of new Audio Note cables
LUMIN D 2 streamer, NEW, awaiting delivery, some Lumin in stock
iFi, accessories, and phono stages, NEW, awaiting stock
Triangle speakers, 40th anniversary models, NEW, awaiting delivery
Trigon Reference Phono stages, NEW, on display
Nagaoka Cartridges, NEW, MP 110, 150, much stock
Analogue accessories, at all levels, NEWLY added, on display and in stock
Our AN clients will be contacted directly about this set up. It will be something real special, we promise. At time this page is uploaded , our AN clients should get the precise info regarding this day. This is an exclusive private client event and of course those invited will be treated like royalty, I would not have it any other way ;-). Date to follow in our communication and, pictures to follow a well.
Audio Note event in late 2019
Wireworld Eclipse 8 series, on display
In our green room...
We present a full Audiolab 8300 system on display with a Audiolab M 1 DAC. We add a Gett table to the mix, and we finish off with a brand new JMR Euterpe Jubilee speaker.
On display for several weeks.
Look but don't touch !
We are ready to wager to retailer in the world or very few possess 2 Audio Note Meishus amplifiers in stock and ready to play anytime. Consider this a heads up to our AN clients base that in this 4th Quarter, one or both will be accessible for your prying eyes and desires.
To prove we are damn silly boys indeed by any standards, even more than any Canadian standard, we also have the 2 top level 300 B Conqueror power amplifiers. This makes 4 300B Audio Note amplifiers in all. We are silly and maybe just not rights in our collective heads. So it is we have much to offer, anytime where Audio Note is concerned.
For special events exclusively.
Audiolab 6000N streamer.
"... a complete success, this new Bliss Jubilee is for those that want a mini monitor experience, a sober neutral presentation, with a beautiful finish and supremely musical..."
Haute Fidelity magazine , Paris
JMR Jubilee series will be in complete display
JMR Bliss Jubilee
JMR Euterpe Jubilee
JMR Lucia New
We may not know where these will go within our walls, as we are fully loaded with speakers, including other JMR products as well but I suspect we will find room. Of course as always, we expect some improvements over the previous models. The Euterpe Jubilee has just been granted of or the 7 top speakers available in Europe. Quite the honor, it just barely came out.
Summer is here, but much activity on the sales floor of SPI. JMR buffs, see you all soon.
It might be said that the Folia has more in common with the Bliss Silver, but walking with a smaller stick, lighter on feet, and it will be fun if not important to hear the differences. The Lucia is said to be quick and fleet footed, giving breath and a sense of airiness and pin point accuracy where instrumentation are concerned. Why not decide for yourselves and test the journalist that are lucky enough to write about such audio product. If we are to rely on JMR feedback, La Folia focus of attack will be more towards the Bliss Jubilee than the Anniversary. I do admit the Bliss anniversary are loved. Another point of contentions, odd it may be, European audiophile that are JMR fans have been buying the La Folia and Lucia's in droves. I believe folks here are awaiting the Bliss Jubs.
Fun in the sun for sure. Driving duties will be via several companies. The system will be at the level that is somewhat real world and reaching towards the high end. Coming sometime coming sometime this Autumn.
More of these set ups will take place as the year progresses
PS : One of the best review magazines worldwide has adopted the The Jean Marie Reynaud Lucia in permanence in their office system
Yes its for real folks !
Our mascot, Marius Maximus reflection, overseeing my picture
We offer now several 2 box solutions at several levels. Our Sim 240i with 260T ( transport ) is one of them, and also quite the performer. These 2 Sims stood alone at the 5.5k ish mark. We did have for a while before both were discontinued, 2 TEAC component at around 1,700.00. These played very well, but for our clients, the Sims were key considerations for the most part.
Now with Audiolab we can offer the 6000 series, making use of AL transport and AL 6000 amplifier with internal DAC. No one will argue about esthetics with all our AL gear, but these 2 clock in at around and a tad over 2,000.00 or so (( playing as we speak )). This same amplifier has garnered top honours surpassing in all shoot outs the now classic Rega Brio ( quite the feat, we know, w must of sold in excess of 40 to 50 of those Regas ), AL 6000 did quite the feat, we know first hand.
Then we have the AL 8300 series. Again using the same 6000 series transport however with a 8300 level amplifier. Offering more than just power over the 6000, it add more texture and emotionality to the music. More control as well. Hovering at about 3,000.00 or so. So this makes now 3 offering of 2 box solutions.
So perhaps we should say is our 4rth, is give it to AL to come out not that long ago a AL CDQ all in one CD, DAC, PRE-Amp and a phono stage that is not negligible and further more offering much more than what this implies. Just the CD portion of this machine is a 8300 CD player... with many more bells and whistles.
We have opted to invest with AL power mono blocks. Made to be mated with the above CDQ, la piece de resistance is that both these components were designed to be played together. Absolute power mated with texture and smoothness. The mono's are not meek and mild, their 250 WPC, will make one think of the grip that the likes of Naim, Krell, Exposure and Sugden possess. Does power absolutely corrupt, absolutely it does. Coming in at over 5,200.00 for the pair, they both compete with most of not all 2 box solutions that I know of. The CDQ can also be used with a smaller AL amplifier ( 200 wpc ) or other power amplifiers from other companies. Im looking forward to combining the CDQ with the Atoll AM 200 power amplifier. Something will tell me that it should be another special combo... I will advise at a later date.
On official display once fully burned in. As all that is stated on this website, we have them all on actual display just for you folks.
Atoll AM 200 power amplifier.
Trigon in Ottawa
It is a relatively new line up at SPI, since 2016. It's placed where it belongs, in the middle to upper high ground of high end audio within our walls. The line up starts at somewhere between 4-5,000.00 and up from there.
JMR Euterpe Jubilee received honors
Join us on the fun with several JMR models on comparative display, a real first for us ever. Our Euterpes will be on one system, while both our Abscise and Cantabile models will alternate. Folks will be able to hear what the magic is about with this brand. A unique experience awaits those who come and visit us.
Dates and details to follow very soon.
Atoll is the only line that we have never taken a trade in on. Buyer satisfaction is actually unmatched. When folks buy Atoll, well, it seems it's for life. Equally we have heard about a defect in a CD player (( CD 100 )) last November that decided to die well into its 20 years. It is extremely solid stuff. It's the only Atoll we have heard that went defective in the hundredor so we sold previously in over 20 years time. The Atoll CD 100 was our Product or the year for a consecutive 4 years running, so for our long terms clients, Atoll is NOT an unknown entity. Atoll offers quite literally the following :
* Bespoke sound and build quality : They dont break and they sound like tubes, hard thing to do
* Making historical use of MOSFET transistors
* Hand made in France
* Making use of oversized power supplies even for their entry level gear, then they like also going dual mono
* Premium quality parts throughout
* Reliability with the likes of Linn, Naim etc
* Its an all inclusive line, providing streamers, phono amps, tuners, etc etc
The above points are where they demark themselves from others. For the better part of months before 2018 ended, we were caught between offering more Atoll gear because we must give people what they want, and having little shelve space to accept more Atoll... so we were between a rock and a hard place. Then we saw things for what they were... seeing our supplier as a now rare breed, an honest, caring, soulful man that has not sold his soul to business. With the massive amount of selling of souls in our industry, it is no wonder why we are seeing the mess we are. Its a win-win, a caring supplier and a line we all love right here in Ottawa.
Usually getting lines on board requires leaps of faiths, always. Not this time around. Why, you say ? Atoll stands up to anything we have and more. There we said it. We just dont think this, you do as well. I have stated, lines need the support of the people in order to survive, even well known line ups have not survived in this city... this one has because of its little prima donna ways that seem to tickle people's ears and heart string. Winter 2019 will now see Atoll taking much deserved room and influence... now you folks can applaud we say.
Music to our collective ears !