Grammy-award winning producer Jeff Jones shares how he religiously uses the Eclipse TD-M1 speaker system to record natural dynamics

Jeff Jones, the Jedi Master uses Eclipse TD-M1 speaker system as his go to litmus test

Jeff Jones, the Jedi Master uses Eclipse TD-M1 speaker system as his go to litmus test

“Everything, absolutely everything in my final product has become more clear. My sensitivity to dynamic and transient aspects of music has gone up several notches.”

“I know for a fact that since hearing and working with the TD-M1 my skills became elevated to a new level. Every recording I’ve produced with the TD-M1 is sonically better because my view is unclouded.”

“I am an artist. The recordings I produce are considered high art. Now that I have the TD-M1 I have more precise tools to work with and my work shows it.” <more>

Luxman monoblocks – thumbs up from long time fan, owner of many Luxman components over the years

Roman has owned many Luxman components and components from other reputable high end manufacturers throughout the years. He has two systems where Luxman monoblocks are bridged, with both Luxman source components and preamps.  The video above showcases one of his existing systems (details of equipment list below).  He also did some A/B testings across brands and models and shared his insights.

System 1: Westlake Audio HR-1VF speakers, Luxman Amplifiers C-800F + 4 X M-800A, sources – VPI HR-X, Wadia 861se, Esoteric K-01, cables DH Labs

System 2: JBL DD66000 Speakers, Luxman Amplifiers C-1000F + 4 X B-1000F or Mark Levinson No. 326S + 2 X No. 532. Sources – Transrotor Appolon, Luxman D-08 & Esoteric K-01 Continue reading

Montreal’s SSI 2015 Show Report

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Montreal Show _2015_ Philip and FriendsOnce again, congrats to Coup de Foudre Montreal for putting on a great show at the SSI 2015. Thanks again for the hospitality and warm welcome. Proud to announce that Doug Schneider of SoundStage! Network awarded our room with the “Best of Salon Son & Image 2015” Award!

Behind the Scenes: While we had a great size room at the Bonaventure Hotel, unfortunately Continue reading

Montreal’s Salon Son & Image 2015 pre-show rundown, music in my suitcase!

Baniere_SSI_2015album_box“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”

Off to Montreal we go! My affinity towards both Montreal, the city and their French Canadian residents is well-known. As a token of appreciation to the hospitality I receive, I made it a point to be on the look out for delightful French music during my travels throughout the year to play in Montreal.

In addition to some brilliant needle drops that I will be playing with the Luxman DA-06 DSD DAC, I brought seven albums I collected last summer to spin this weekend with five French ones. If you are in town, please hop over to say hi. If not, have a listen to them. Hopefully you can find them at #Tidal  Continue reading

Lori Lieberman recording on Sunday afternoon

recording on Sunday afternoon (1 March 2015) with the Vivid Audio G3 and the Mola  Mola electronics.

Lori Lieberman recording on Sunday afternoon (1 March 2015) with the Vivid Audio G3 and the Mola Mola electronics.

Lori’s comment:  “It was so revealing and just the most transparent sound I have heard in the studio. As an artist I could hear all the nuances of my first guitar takes and hear my vocal with the highest level of clarity” At 192/24 I was in the room. The Vivids are remarkable to work with. They leave our music alone and represent it as performed.”

“Mola-Mola Kaluga puts out such incredible sound… something people need to hear themselves”

Williams_Ohanlon Image MolaMolaTestimonial from Steve Williams of What’s Best Forum

“… I can tell you that these amps should drive anything. They are rated 400 watts into 8 ohm, 700 watts into 4 ohm and 1200 watts into 2 ohm. These amps are dead silent and the noise floor is nonexistent. A tiny little button in the front turns it on and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the music, which I did even though they are not tubes. They are about as neutral as anything I have ever heard and the dynamics are beyond unbelievable. Continue reading

“Vivid or Nothing”, new V1.5 owner and pro audio industry insider drawing the line on the sand!

Vivid V1.5 Pearl White

Vivid V1.5 Pearl White

“Whenever I listened to a set of speakers I tend to find the weak spot easily and I have not come across a speaker with no flaw, until now.

I am the proud owner of a set of the best speakers I have come across in my whole life. Vivid Audio V1.5 stand mounted two way speakers.

There is a seamless integration what the high frequencies are concerned. Both drivers are perfectly time aligned. Warm, detailed, articulate and controlled. I heard sounds on my recordings that I have never heard until now. If it’s on the recording you will hear it. These speakers are so capable that I will be more than happy with them for the rest of my life. They give me all I could ever ask of a live recording…and then some.

I am so thrilled with these speakers that I make time at any point of my day i.e. teatime, lunch break, loo break to pop in a track or two.

Vivid or NOTHING”

– Frank (reposted from www.facebook.com/vividaudio)

Video of Doug Schneider, Founder and President of Soundstage! Network on Vivid Audio’s GIYA and Oval series

2014_Doug_Schneider_on_Vivid_AudioDoug has personally reviewed two models of Vivid Audio’s loudspeakers.  At a dealer event in Montreal, we grabbed him to tell us what he thinks about both the Giya and Oval series from Vivid Audio.  Watch the video!

Vivid’s GIYA G3 just won both the overall Product of the Year Award for 2014 from Stereophile as well as joint Loudspeaker Of The Year (along with the Wilson Audio “Alexia”) and it is showing at the Venetian Room 35-110.  If you are at CES, please drop by to see us play our Demo XVII songs with them.

Contact us to schedule an audition at a location near you.

Mola-Mola testimonial from Michael Lowe, Texas

Michael Lowe Mola-Mola

Mola-Mola Kaluga and Makua testimonial from Michael Lowe in Texas

Scott Warren from Advanced Home Theater in Texas was one of the first dealers that helped his customer purchase a set of Mola-Mola preamp and monoblocks combo.  Michael Lowe gave us the above testimonial and started a couple threads in our friend, Steve Williams’ What’s Best Forum discussing these components.

Here are the two threads he sent us for those who are interested in joining in on the conversation:

Whatsbestforum’s Thread 1 re Mola-Mola

Whatsbestforum’s Thread 2 re Mola-Mola

Testimonial: Vivid Audio B1 paired with Luxman, “in listening heaven”

Kirk Lachman B1_2014Kirk Lachman (Las Vegas) exclaimed, “I was in listening heaven (in my own house)”, on Vivid Audio B1 loudspeakers, paired with Luxman L-590aX integrated amp, DA-06 DSD DAC, Luxman PD-171 Stereophile 2014 POTY finalist turntable.

“The Vivid B1 speakers had a very high WAF (wife acceptance factor)… and welcoming sound that never caused listener fatigue or needed high volume to show off.  Continue reading

Customer for life, Vivid Audio B1 owner shares “endless joy”

Andrei_Litvinov_B1_Piano_2014“Thank you so much for the outstanding customer service. I couldn’t be happier… my pair of B1’s is doing quite well… The speakers sound absolutely incredible and the amount of joy that I now get from listening to music is virtually endless. Thank you once again for the fantastic customer service. You’ve got a customer for life.”

– Andrei Litvinov, PA, proud owner of Vivid Audio’s B1 Loudspeakers, November 9th, 2014

A $10,000 tube preamp for $4,200? Must read!

“Never been so fooled by a product!”

“This feels like a $10,000 preamp but it retails for $4,200!”

– Hugh Fountain III, Acoustic Consultant at Music Lovers in Berkeley and San Francisco, CA

The U.S. and Canada version (115v) of Luxman CL-38u vacuum tube preamplifier is being shown at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this weekend the first time.  This vacuum tube preamplifier is the latest addition in our Classic Series with phono stage and tone control on board with remote control.  Compared to its 3-box solution predecessor (CL-88, EQ-88 and MT-88) at $9,000, no wonder dealers across the country are excited about it.

"Never been so fooled by a product!", Hugh Fountain III, Acoustic Consultant at Berkeley, CA

“Never been so fooled by a product!”, Hugh Fountain III, Acoustic Consultant at Berkeley, CA

New Product Release at RMAF: Luxman CL-38u Tube Preamplifier with on board phono stage

CL-38u Tube Preamplifier with onboard phono stage, tone control and remote control is Luxman’s latest addition to its Classic Series, now retails for $4,200 in N. America. On A Higher Note, its exclusive distributor for U.S. and Canada is showing it for the first time at the Rocky Mountain Music Fest Oct 10 – 12 in Denver.  Here to see detail description of the product.

Compared to its predecessor solution, a 3-box separates  (CL-88u control amp, EQ-88 tube MM phono stage and MT-88 Phono MC Step up Transformer) that carried a $9,000 price tag, the CL-38u is the perfect vacuum tube control center for the listener who appreciates tonal color and wants to derive the maximum pleasure from his music playback system with a kind price tag. Continue reading

Confession of a musician turned audio shop owner on Luxman’s M-900u & C-900u

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I own an audio shop (http://www.cdfaudio.com/) but I would hardly call myself an audiophile. I am a musician – play and adore hard bop music with flaming passion. I am also a rabid fan of many 20th century classical composers.

Part of my job as a shop owner is to evaluate components and select them to introduce to our friends and our customers. Given how much I live and breathe musicians’ sacrifices to squeeze performance to challenge ourselves to reach higher grounds every day, I demand electronic components to play music true to the original art form, capturing the spirit of the original artists. Continue reading

A music lover in awe, Vivid G3 Giya paired with Belles amplifiers, a listener’s testimonial

LSA Sound Room Vivid G3 Isolation shot 1I went to Locke Street Audio’s private listening room yesterday. I was amazed at the sound I heard. The sound stage was big but accurate, the speakers completely disappeared and you could just hear instruments playing. The bass was very deep but it was tight and not muddy and at some points made the room shake. The dynamics of these speakers and the Belles amplifiers were a knock out combination, it could go from producing the smallest bell to a slamming kettle drum almost instantaneously with nearly enough impact to knock you out of your seat. Continue reading