Those paying close attention will have seen our enthusiasm for cables from Audiomica Laboratory. Well, we’re not alone! See here for the review of 6 Audiomica cables in the May 2013 issue of Hi Fi World magazine.
The name Audiomica may be new to you, it was to us a year ago when this Polish cable company sent us some cables for evaluation, and blew our collective minds. They have since become our reference speaker and digital cables, and joint reference interconnects (with MIT).
At recent exhibitions in the UK both Albarry Music and Tannoy have chosen Audiomica cables for their systems.
The first UK review of Audiomica cables has been undertaken by Hi Fi World magazine this month (May issue) where they devote 4 full pages to 6 cables. We think reviewer Paul Rigby is absolutely fair and accurate with his evaluation.
The most emphatic improvement to a top dCS (Scarlatti / Vivaldi) has to be the addition of an Antelope Audio Isochrone 10M atomic clock. This product has an effect totally out of all proportion to it’s cost.
The benefits are across the board: Pitching, timing, dynamic and spatial. Essentially focussing the entire system in a way that is difficult to credit. It is becoming increasingly clear to us that clocking of digital systems is more important than other influences on digital playback such as sampling rate and word length.
Of course this clock is an ideal partner for the Antelope Isochrone Clocks.
We now have the Accuphase DP-510 CD player on demonstration. This is a tremendously capable player that should be on the shortlist for anyone buying a top quality digital source. The built in D/A converter can be used to provide top notch conversion for external digital sources.
We are showing two systems at the Audio World show in Manchester. All items marked * are UK premieres.
System 1 – Room 215 The AudioWorks / Albarry Music
Albarry AP-11 Preamplifier £2,495
Albarry M-1108 Monoblock power amplifier £5,750 / pr
*Accuphase DP-510 CD Player £6,470
Focal Diablo Utopia (£7,686) / Tannoy Definition DC8 (£2,499) / Green Mountain Audio Rio II (£2,400)
MusicWorks ReFlex Ultra & ReVive power distribution
MusicWorks ReVo 3 P £1,000
Audiomica Europa Ultra Ref & Erys Excellence interconnect
Audiomica Genimedes speaker cable £2,090 (4.5m pr)
System 2 – Room 214 MusicWorks & Audiomica Laboratory
dCS Puccini CD Player (used as transport)
Antelope Audio Zodiac Gold DAC with Voltikus power supply £3,090
*Accuphase E-360 Integrated amplifier £6,400
*Antelope Audio Isochrone Trinity wordclock £1,950
*Antelope Audio Isochrone 10M Rubidium clock £5,000
Focal Diablo Utopia / Green Mountain Audio Rio II / Tannoy DC8 Loudspeakers
*MusicWorks ReVo 2 P Modular Equipment support £2,000 (4 levels)
MusicWorks ReFlex Ultra / ReVive power distribution
*Audiomica Consequence (Interconnect, digital Interconnect, Speaker cable)
MusicWorks RePlica Speaker stands £850
A £700 integrated amplifier with that performs with energy and bags of subtlety. This amplifier represents a real step forward for Creek at its price point, and for our money, now defines what is possible at £700. If you are looking for a new amplifier at less than £1,000 then you must audition the Evolution 50A. In addition to stunning performance, the Creek has loads of features and facilities (including a plug in FM tuner module!) .
Pushing the boundaries of the possible has always been our aim with our reference systems. The best just got better with the arrival of this device from Antelope Audio. Essentially providing the ultimate reference signal for clocking our top digital systems. The difference this makes to our top systems is not small.
See the full entry under Antelope Audio for more details.
The volume control on an amplifier is normally a major source of compromise in their design. We have recently witnessed Spectral completely revamping their top preamplifier with a revolutionary design, and Albarry have searched out the finest volume pot available in their recently updated preamplifier. Well Accuphase are now at it, and they have decided that they don’t need one at all!
In their AAVA (see here http://www.accuphase.com/aava.html ) volume control stage they get rid of the problems of the variable resistance / impedance compromises built in to all amplifiers until today. Needless to say all the other attributes you would expect of an Accuphase products have been maintained or improved, including peerless engineering, and totally coherent wide band reproduction.
All other amplifiers in the current Accuphase range benefit from this new development.
Book your appointment to hear the E-360 soon.
Antelope Audio are a producer of ultra high performance digital to analogue converters, but at much less than ultra high performance prices.
Antelope supply pro audio gear to studios, and their kit is widely used in studios that care about achieving ultimate recording quality. Now their products are available to the audiophile market.
The basic product range can be split into two parts:
Digital to analogue converters (DACs). All the Antelope DACs offer a preamplifier function, with volume control, as well as headphone amplification. These products are based on the same platform, but offer varying levels of sophistication and facilities. All provide inputs for streaming applications, but it is as an upgrade to almost any CD playing system that we are most excited about. When added to a good transport, expect analogue tonality and flow, combined with digital precision and timing.
Master clocks – these provide ultra stable clocking of the digital signal, so important in achieving the best possible reproduction.