“Fast, tight and uncannily well timed” Macworld’s Andrew Harrison reviews Eclipse TD508MK3

Eclipse TD508MK3 (on long stands , ?? mm, or regular stands where you have the option of hanging them

Eclipse TD508MK3

“Sounding fast, tight and uncannily well-timed, the Eclipse TD508MK3 is a rare hi-fi loudspeaker that has been clearly designed for music enjoyment and a temporally authentic sound, rather than blindly ticking the usual textbook boxes. Married to a good amplifier these Eclipse speakers can open your ears to the purity of single-driver musical bliss.”

In this new review Andrew explains what Eclipse’s Time Domain philosophy sets out to achieve:

“… focused on the timing accuracy of music rather than the widest possible bandwidth…”

“There are manifold tidyings to the sound, the kinds of details that allow musicians to spot the differences between different designs and vintages of concert grand pianos for instance.”

“It is in the leading edges of notes that so much information about an instrument can be heard, and this is where the Eclipse speaker seems to reward in its rendering of transients so faithfully.” <Full Review>

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

“captivating comes to mind” – Paul Bolin, The Audio Beat

Mola-Mola Makua pre-amp driving the Vivid Giya G3's with Shunyata wiring

Mola-Mola Makua pre-amp driving the Vivid Giya G3’s with Shunyata wiring.

“Importer On a Higher Note, over which presides the genial Philip O’Hanlon, a man with impeccable and seemingly universal taste in music, had two rooms, the larger of which showed off the capabilities of a fine system featuring Luxman’s exceedingly cool, retro PD-171 turntable and integral tonearm ($6400) with a Soundsmith Hyperion moving-iron cartridge ($7500), the Mola-Mola Makua preamplifier ($13,400, optional internal phono stage adding $2,500, internal DAC’s price not determined) and Kaluga mono power amps ($18,000/pair, 400 watts each), Vivid Audio’s Giya G3 speakers ($40,000/pair) and Shunyata cabling and power conditioning/distribution. Digital was sourced from O’Hanlon’s laptop.

When I first stopped by, Philip was playing a marvelous version of Illinois Jacquet’s “Birthday Party Blues” from the Groove Note 45rpm LP. I listened casually for a couple of minutes and was slowly but surely drawn in to giving the music my full and undivided attention. This happened with everything I subsequently heard through this system. Nothing jumped out, but the basic rightness of music through it inevitably took the day. The word captivating comes to mind. Continue reading

Mola-Mola Makua Preamplifier DAC “is designed from the ground up by Bruno using no off-the-shelf DAC chips”

Mola-Mola Makua's internal DAC. PC - AudioStream

Mola-Mola Makua’s internal DAC. PC – AudioStream

“I mention all of this because not only was the On A Higher Note room one of my favorites of CES 2015, Philip O’Hanlon had an interesting A/B comparison in store for us, as usual…” <more>

Tri-Planar Unveils U 12 Tonearm and Announces New Exclusive U.S. Distributor

Tri-Planar Press Release Unveils U12 Tonearm with On A Higher Note

Tri-Planar Press Release Unveils U12 Tonearm with On A Higher Note

Minnesota • January 8, 2013 •Tri-Planar, award-winning manufacturer of analog tonearms, debuts their U12 tonearm at this year’s CES in Las Vegas and announces On A Higher Note, LLC as its exclusive U.S. Distributor. Based on over forty years of tonearm development. The Tri-Planar U12 tonearm offers improved resolution, detail, dynamic range and provides a 27% angular error reduction over similar 9″ tonearms.

MSRP: $9,790 • Available: February 2013 Continue reading