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Synergistic Research

Synergistic Research Visits $1,000,000 Worlds Greatest Audio System, Galileo, HFT, SR25 install

Synergistic Research Visits AVShowrooms, 25th Anniversary SR25 Power Cord Review

Synergistic Research Visits Mike UEF Install Listening Test, Magico S7, McIntosh MC1.25KW Monster

Synergistic Research UEF Technology Active Device Demo

Synergistic Research 25th Anniversary SR25 Power Cord and Power Cell 12 UEF

Synergistic Research, UEF Active Ground Block, Atmosphere XL4

Synergistic Research PowerCell 12 UEF SE, listening tests

Peter Breuninger Reviews The Power Cell 12 SE, Atmosphere cables and more!

Ted Denney, Synergistic Research Pt. 1, Atmosphere XL, Black Box, UEFs at Peter Breuninger’s

Ted Denney, Synergistic Research Pt. 2, Atmosphere XL, Black Box, UEF Panels at Bob Grossman’s

Synergistic Research Atmosphere

Synergistic Research Atmosphere, pt. 2, how it works, behind the scenes

Synergistic Research ECT Install and Listening Observations

Synergistic Research HFT, FEQ Install 1

Synergistic Research HFT, FEQ Install 2

CES 2018 Awards & Videos

Increcable, EgglestonWorks, VPI Turntable, VPI Phono Stage

Lamm Industires, Kharma, Aqua Acoustic, TechDAS, Tchernov Cables, Sanus, SRA

Maestro Genesis Loudspeakers, Viola Audio Labs, VPI Industries


NAGRA Listening Session, Modulum Platforms, Kronos, Kubala Sosna, YG Acoustics

Raidho Acoustics, Scansonic, Chord, Nordost

Totem Acoustics, Transparent Audio, VPI, Simaudio Moon

Triangle Art Turntables and Amplifiers, EgglestonWorks Speakers

Vandersteen Quatro, HRS, Audioquest, Audio Research, dCS

RMAF 2017 Vids Series 3

Ana Mighty Sound, Altec 604, J Trillo, Schroder, Silent Audio, Troy Audio, Twin Audio

Davone Audio loudspeakers, Rogers High Fidelity amps, Wax Stacks

Gingko Audio, Dana Cables

Innovation Room, 3D sound, Merkel Acoustic RnD, Signal to Noise Media Labs

LampizatOr Pacific DAC and amplifiers, Salk Sound loudspeakers

Levin Design LP record cleaning brushes, Audio Skies

ModWright Instruments, Daedalus Audio, WyWires, VPI

Serious Stereo Single Ended amplifiers and loudspeakers

Tekton Design, $3,000 loudspeakers that sound like $10,000

XACT Audio, Stillpoints, Schröder tonearms, VAC, CH Precision, van den Hul

NY Audio Show 2017 Awards & Videos

Adirondack Audio, Luxman, Triangle Speakers, Modulum Platforms

Alta Audio Titanium Hestia, Krell Industries, Soulution, Anti Cables, VPI

Audio Note

Cambridge Audio

Legacy Audio, Raven Audio, The Audio Doctor

Margules Audio

Triangle Art, Eggleston Works loudspeakers

Tweak Studio, featuring Stillpoints, Wire World, SOTA Turntables

VPI, Pure Audio Project, Voxativ Drivers, Pass Labs

Aaudio imports Company Tour

The Showcase Tour Begins

Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch speakers, Ypsilon Amplifiers, Thales, Stage III, RMAF 2017

Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch, HB Cable Design, Stage III cables, Ypsilon amplifiers, Thales LAAS

Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch Discovery II speakers, Thales, Ypsilon, Stage III, HB Cable Designs

Wilson Benesch Joins Aaudio Imports

New products from Audio Imports

Legacy Products

Three State-of-the-art Listening Studios:Listening Studio Number One

Listening Studio Number Two

Listening Studio Number Three

Ypsilon Electronics

Ypsilon SET 100 Ultimate

Ypsilon Aelius Amplifier

Ypsilon PST 100 MKII

Ypsilon DAC 100 Stereo Valve DtoA Converter

Ypsilon CDT 100 CD Transport, CD Player

Ypsilon VPS 100 Phono Stage

HB Cable Designs

Power Distribution Systems:HB Cable Design PowerStar Horizon

HB Cable Design PowerSlave Acrylic

HB Cable Design PowerSlave Marble

Robyatt Audio Company Showcase

Robyatt Audio, Electrostatic Solutions, DNM Design Amplifiers, Wax Rax, Capital Audiofest

Robyatt Audio, Tektron Italia, OMA, Sound Carrier, Miyajima Labs, Analysis Plus, Mono vs Stereo

Robyatt Audio, Quad 57 Electrostatic Solutions, Miyajima, VPI

Robyatt Audio, Electrostatic Solutions, Garrard 401, Schroeder, Miyajima, DNM amps, THE Show Newport

Robyatt Audio, VPI, Miyajima, Wells Audio, DSA, TAD, Kanso, Silver Circle

Robyatt Audio, VPI Prime turntable, DSA Phonostage, Funk Audio, Jorgo Metalworks

Robyatt Audio Tubes vs. Solid State, pt. 1, Miyajima, VPI Classic Direct, DNM amps, Electrostatic Solutions

Robyatt Audio Tubes vs. Solid State, pt. 2, Miyajima, Zontek turntable, Electrostatic Solutions

Robyatt Audio, Electrostatic Solutions, TW Acoustic, Miyajima Labs, Tel Wire

Robyatt Audio, MONO vs STEREO demo

Bricasti Design Company Showcase

Bricasti Design, M1, M5, M12, M15, M28, Tidal Contriva G2, Capital Audiofest 2017

Bricasti Design Audio Equipment, Wilson Benesch Loudspeakers, RMAF 2017

Bricasti Design, M5 Network Player, M12, M28, Tidal speakers, AXPONA

Bricasti Audio, M1, Gold M1, M12, M28s, Agoria speakers, Capital Audiofest 2016

Bricasti M12, new linestage and DAC M1, Gold M1, M28, Tidal, THE Show 2016

Bricasti, M12 Dual Mono Source Controller, Ltd Edition Gold M1 DAC, M28 Monoblocks, Tidal, AXPONA

Bricasti Ltd Edition Gold M1 DAC, M28 Monoblocks, Tidal loudspeakers, great sound, RMAF

Bricasti Design, M1 DAC, M28 amplifiers, Tidal loudspeakers, Capital Audiofest

Bricasti Design M1 DAC, M28 amplifiers, Pietra 3A loudspeakers, THE Show Newport

Bricasti, Tidal, Purist Audio Design, AXPONA 2015

Capital Audiofest 2017 Vids 1

Audionet, GTT Audio and Video, YG Acoustics, Kubala Sosna

Bricasti Design, M1, M5, M12, M15, M28, Tidal Contriva G2

Classic Audio Loudspeakers, Purist Audio Design, Atma Sphere, Tri Planar

Fern & Roby

gamuT Loudspeakers, D3i, D200i Amplifiers, Pear Audio Blue, Levin Record Brush

Ginkgo Audio Arches vs Spikes, Dana Cable, Salk Sound, Wells Audio

High Fidelity Cables Electronic Principals and Outstanding Listening Session

ModWright Instruments, Daedalus Audio, WyWires

Mola Mola, GTT Audio and Video, YG Acoustics, Kubala Sosna

Odyssey Audio, Magnan Cables, VPI Turntable

Old Forge Studios, Audionote Music Pure Cello, Tone Imports

Pure Audio Project, VPI Voyager, Cliffwood Turntable, Avenger

Robyatt Audio, Electrostatic Solutions, DNM Design Amplifiers, Wax Rax

Synergistic Research UEF Demo, Tranquility Bases, Atmosphere, Power Cell 12 SE

Well Pleased Audio, Rethm Bhava Speakers, Anti Cables, Audio Hungary

The Audio Company, VAC, Von Schweikert, Critical Mass, Worlds Greatest Audio System!

World’s Greatest Audio Systems

This is by far, the best sound I’ve heard at an audio show far exceeding any runners up. And, this includes the VAC/Von Schweikert room at AXPONA, 2017! Never in my wildest dreams did I think the music could be reproduced like this in an oversized room with a wall of glass at a hotel. No matter what genre of music or what the levels were, these gentle giants, the Ultra 11’s, delivered a piano sonata with lace-curtain delicacy, and a concert hall enveloping sound on Beethoven’s 9th Symphony that was so close to the live event I cannot stop talking about it… Terry Eringi.

Bill Demars of Beauty of Sound knocks the ball out of the park with the Leonardo planer magnetic loudpeakers. Flat to 20hZ, extended to 20KhZ, 93dB efficient, they can be driven by single ended triodes- in this case the 40 watt per channel Tube Guru parallel GM 70 monoblocks. The Tourbillon turntable screams Italian and serves as the front end for the system along with the Ikeda Arm, Fidelity Research Cartridge and the Tube Guru “Tube Man” Phono Stage/Linestage.

This is one of the world’s greatest systems. It’s based on the Sonja XV Loudspeakers from YG Acoustics. It is the GTT Audio and Video “big room”. The electronics are by Audionet from Germany, the turntable is the Kronos Ltd. Edition Pro, with Black Beauty Arm, all wiring is Kubula-Sosna “Revelation” level. The scale of music reproduction is as real as live music, it is simply spectacular!

This is one of the world’s greatest systems. It’s based on MBL loudspeakers from Germany and features Shun Mook devices plus the world class United Home Audio Reel to Reel tape decks. The sound is holographic. It is the UHA reference system!

This is the most exotic system I’ve ever seen or heard.   It’s an open baffle speaker with exotic tube amps and a very unique turntable.  The sound is to die for.  It’s the “Beauty of Sound” reference system!

Audio enthusiast and Grateful Dead lover Chris aka “Rockitman” gives us a tour of one the best Wilson audio systems in the country! The eye and ear candy is off the charts!

Super audio lover Bobby and his one-of-a-kind room and reference system. Please check out the tuning devices on the walls and the musical instruments.  Another million dollar system!

Equipment reviewer, Mike Malinowski’s extraordinary system is captured on video.  Mike built the house around the audio room, it is indeed a multi-million dollar system!

Philadelphia Area Audio Group member, Ilia’s outstanding system.  Notice how he has separated the room “sonically” from the rest of the house. It’s an outstanding setup.

Nagra Showcase

NAGRA HD PREAMP, CES Award winner, amazing new preamp

NAGRA Listening Session, Modulum Platforms, Kronos, Kubala Sosna, YG Acoustics, CES 2018

NAGRA Audio, Nagra HD Preamp! Modulum, Kronos, Wilson Audio, Kubala Sosna, Doshi

NAGRA, HD Amps, HD DAC, Kronos Pro and SCPS, NAGRA T Tape Deck, Wilson Audio Alexx

NAGRA set up- the 1st. Munich High End Video Show Report

NAGRA Classic and HD Line and Wilson Audio Alexx with Kronos, Transparent, HRS

NAGRA Classic Line, YG Acoustics, Modulum Racks, Tara Labs, Brinkmann

NAGRA, Classic System, Kronos, Kubala Sosna, Avalon, Gold Show Winner

NAGRA Audio with Dave Wilson, AVS is proud to present NAGRA

NAGRA Audio, Kronos Sparta turntable, Wilson Alexia, Award Winning Room

Audio Note Co. Tours

Audio Note Company Tour, Pt 1, Intoduction and Main Production

Audio Note Company Tour, Pt. 2, Meet lead designer Andy Grove, see the new Legend Amp

Audio Note Company Tour, Pt. 3, R&D, TT-3 Turntable Development

Audio Note Company Tour, Pt. 4, The King Kong of Transformers and Silver Resistors

Audio Note Company Tour, Pt. 5, The Fort Knox of Audio, the Parts and Components Vault

Audio Note Company Tour, Pt. 6, Making Cables the Audio Note Way!

Audio Note Company Tour, Pt. 7 , Assembly and Work in Progress!

Audio Note Company Tour, Pt. 8, Peter Qvortrup on Audio Engineering

Audio Note Company Tour, Pt. 9, Audio Consult Copenhagen, the Home of Audio Note!

Audio Note Company Tour, Pt. 10, The Audio Note Listening Room at Peter Qvortrups’

The First Audio Note Factory Tour- Let’s Begin!

Audio Note- In the Heart of the Factory

The Audio Note Factory- Amy on Circuit Boards

The Audio Note Factory- Testing and More Testing

The Audio Note Factory- Amazing Supplies

The Audio Note Factory AN Turntables

All About Audio Note’s Top Source Components

All About Audio Note’s Top Amplifiers

All About Audio Note’s Top Loudspeakers

The Audio Note Tour at the office with Peter Qvortrup

The Audio Note Catacombs and the Blackgates

The Audio Note Catacombs and the Spools of Gold

A Historic Look at Audio Note Paris the Home of Triode & amp; Compagnie

RMAF 2017 Vids Series 2

Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch speakers, Ypsilon Amplifiers, Thales, Stage III

Audio Alternative, Vandersteen, VTL, Audioquest, Brinkmann, HRS

Audio Skies, GamuT, Pear Audio Blue, Larsen loudspeakers

Audio Thesis, Northstar Design, Master Sound, Rosso Fiorentino Loudspeakers

Bluebird Music, Chord, SME Ltd , Vienna Acoustics

Bob Carver Company, tube amplifiers and loudspeakers

EXOGAL, Vehement Audio Group, Core Power Technologies, Audio Vault, Marantz, Perla Audio

Gryphon Audio Design, On a Higher Note, The Source Audio Video

Jeff Rowland Design Group, new and current products

Modwright, Studio Electric, WyWires

NAGRA Audio, Nagra HD Preamp! Modulum, Kronos, Wilson Audio, Kubala Sosna, Doshi

RAIDHO Acoustics, New XT5 Loudspeakers, Aavik Acoustics, Ansuz Acoustics, NAGRA

Tweak Studio, Arnold Martinez, Stillpoints, Funk Turntables, Elac, KEF, SOTA, Wireworld

Verity Audio, High Fidelity Services, VIBEX, Signal Projects, TW Acustic

Well Pleased AV, QLN Loudspeakers, Audio Hungary, Anti Cables, Aqua DAC, Innuos Server

Zesto Audio, Merrill Williams Turntable, Marten Speakers, Stillpoints, Fono Acustica

RMAF 2017 Vids Series 1

Acoustic Zen, Convergent Audio Technology, Sound Science

Alta Audio, Audio by Van Alstine, VPI, PS Audio, with Napua Davoy

Bricasti Design Audio Equipment, Wilson Benesch Loudspeakers

Classic Audio Loudspeakers, Purist Audio Design, Atma Sphere, Tri Planar

Gamut Audio, New Phono Stage for the Preamp! Pear Audio Design

GTT Audio and Von Schweikert Audio, Audionet, Kronos, Master Built Audio Cables

High End by OZ, Ansuz Acoustics Cable test! Aavik U 150, Raidho

JWM Acoustics, Believe High Fidelity, Douglas Connection Cables, Esturo Urushi Phono Cartridge

Legacy Audio, Raven Audio, Legacy Stereo Unfold Technology Demo

ModWright Instruments, Daedalus Audio, Skogrand Cables, Core Power Technologies

Synergistic Research 25th Anniversary SR25 Power Cord and Power Cell 12 UEF SE

Synergistic Research UEF Technology Active Device Demo with Ted Denny

United Home Audio, Ultima 2 Reel to Reel Tape Deck

VAC, Valve Amplification Company, Tannoy Kingdom Royal, Transrotor, Shunyata Research

Von Schweikert Audio, GTT Audio, Audionet, Kronos, Master Built Audio Cables

Voxativ 9.87 Loudspeaker System, Holgar Adler, set designed by Christopher Owens

Aavik Acoustics & Ansuz Acoustics Company Tour

Ansuz Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics, Company Tour Pt. 1, meet the team, making cables!

Ansuz Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics, Company Tour Pt. 2, tour the factory, making the amplifiers

Ansuz Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics, Company Tour Pt. 3, the listening facilities, Cables and Darkz!

Ansuz Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics, Company Tour Pt. 4, Ansuz Cable history and design philosophies

Ansuz Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics, Company Tour Pt. 5, Amplifiers, What is class A?

Ansuz Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics, Company Tour Pt. 6, The new Aavik U 150 Integrated Amplifier

Ansuz Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics, Company Tour Pt. 7, The Listening Session!

GTT Company Tour

Audionet WATT Integrated Amplifier Equipment Review, GTT Audio and Video

GTT Audio and Video, The Audionet Heisenberg and Stern ultimate amplifiers, & listening session!

GTT Audio and Video Company Tour, what’s new? The changing showrooms!

GTT Company Tour, Newest! Sonja XVs

GTT Company Tour, Newest! Let’s meet Mola-Mola’s fantastic products

GTT Audio and Video, Audionet PAM G2 Phono Stage and power supply options, w Reviewers View

GTT Company Tour, pt.1, let’s begin the tour with studio 1, YG Hailey, Audionet, Mola Mola, Kronos, Kubala-Sosna

GTT Company Tour, pt. 2, let’s tour the big room, YG Sonja, Audionet, Soulution, Kronos, Kubala-Sosna

GTT Company Tour, pt. 3, let’s listen to the big system, YG Sonja, Audionet, Kronos, Kubala-Sosna

GTT Company Tour, pt. 4, what others say about GTT Audio & Video, Expertise, Friendship and Trust

GTT Company Tour, pt. 5, let’s visit Studio 4, Vivid, Audionet, Soulution, Luxman, Kubala-Sosna

GTT Company Tour, pt. 6, let’s visit Studio 5, YG Acoustics, Auralic, McIntosh, Kubala-Sosna

GTT Company Tour, pt. 7, let’s tour the desktop studio, Fujitsu Ten Eclipse, McIntosh McAire

GTT Company Tour, pt.8, let’s meet Bill Parish

Raidho Acoustics Company Tour

Raidho Acoustics Company Tour pt. 1, World Class Loudspeakers, meet the team

Raidho Acoustics Company Tour pt. 2, hand making the famous Raidho tweeter!

Raidho Acoustics Company Tour pt. 3, handmade crossovers, handmade drivers

Raidho Acoustics Company Tour pt. 4, measuring and testing in the anechoic chamber

Raidho Acoustics Company Tour pt. 5, amazing product inventory

Raidho Acoustics Company Tour pt. 6, Listening rooms, listening session and Scansonic!

Raidho D 5 1, Aavak Acoustics, Ansuz DTC cables, High End Munich 2017

Raidho D1 1, Ansuz DTC, Aavik M 300, C 300, Next Level HiFi, AXPONA

High End by Oz, The Wizard of Sound, Raidho loudspeakers, Aavik, Ansuz, Vitus from Denmark LAAS 2017

Raidho D 4. 1 loudspeakers, Aavik amplifer, Ansuz Acoustics Cables

United Home Audio UHA Reel to Reel Deck

Mike Malinowski Reviews the United Home Audio UHA Ultima2 The new written review is below the videos!

Peter Breuninger Reviews the Phase 11
Introduction to the Phase 11

Listening to Reel-to-Reel Tape

Reviewer Thoughts and Conclusions

Meet the Designer and Purchasing Tapes, Greg Beron

Mike Malinowski Reviews the United Home Audio UHA Ultima2

As a lifelong audiophile and long-term reviewer I’ve had the opportunity to listen to some of the world’s greatest audio components. Having meandered through the various formats, I always returned to vinyl. For years, I have been firmly ensconced in the vinyl world, fortunately, reaching a point at or near the state-of-the-art. That was until I met Greg Beron.

Although a diverse group, audiophiles often inexorably strive for that next small, incremental improvement. While leapfrog watershed component improvements have occurred, unfortunately, they usually occur in the ultra-high price strata. I believed that long-gone are the days of inserting a reasonably priced source component into a state-of-the-art system resulting in dramatic improvements. Therefore, part of the fun of our hobby is looking for that 3%, 4%, or 5% gain. I believed in this paradigm until I had the pleasure of meeting Greg Beron and his UHA Ultima2 deck. This is a game changer which has upended my beliefs as to what is possible.

While I’m not going to spend a lot of time discussing the design, Greg’s radial remanufacturing and modification of the Tascam BR-20 is utterly stunning in every respect. Visually you can customize this deck from an understated but elegant basic black, to an over-the-top paisley design with enough bling to command attention in any system. I opted for the somewhat conservative silver with a touch of red in the screws and VU meters. The top silver paint has a slight iridescence providing an elegant sparkle. Yet a beautiful chassis and distinctive look does not guarantee great design or sound. Underneath the hood, Greg did not just meet the current state-of-the-art, he blew past it. Stripped of its previous electronics, Greg re-engineered and replaced every element and every critical component of the deck with the highest quality audiophile circuitry. For example, the outboard power supply has the size and weight of an amplifier and provides pure DC to the entire tape deck – no AC anywhere means no AC hum. Actually, the outboard power supply is really two independent supplies: one for the drive motors, the other for the electronics. Greg has done a far better job than I could in describing the technical aspects of the deck. I urge anyone who might be interested in the technical side to explore the UHA, a website for detailed information.

Although beautiful and elegant, the ultimate question is the sound, both in an absolute sense and compared to my current state-of-the-art source components. Over many years, I’ve been very fortunate to assemble a superior listening room – Wilson Alexandria, Tenor electronics, Walker turntable, Clearaudio Statement cartridge, tweaks galore, all sitting in a custom ASC designed room. At this level there is no right or wrong, just as there’s no right or wrong luxury car. Ultimately it comes down to your specific taste.

My room reflects my tastes in listening: high-energy, emotional, revealing, with an immersive sound stage. It is the antithesis of polite and laid-back. The room is intensely resolving without being analytical, offering the ability to discern the details and differences between components.

On my audio journey, I’ve auditioned and/or owned hundreds of audio components and I really thought I had a good handle on my sonic expectations. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for the arrival of the Ultima2.

The deck, now several months old, is fully broken-in. Let’s not kid ourselves. Every component imposes a unique sonic character on the sound. To get a handle on the Ultima2, I’ve listened to a large variety of tape sources and can draw some specific conclusions as to the overall sound quality of the Ultima2. Tapes in my collection include reissues from Acoustic Sounds, Groove Note, spectacular new tapes from Ed Pong, the Tape Project, Yarlung, and others. Fortunately, I was also able to listen to copies of master tapes from some of the great classic pop and rock artists, sourced from the internet and collectors around the world.

So, in general, what does Greg’s Ultima2 “sound like”? In a word – Stunning! It is utterly involving, which to me is one of the highest compliments attributable to a component. It has the ability to pull you in directly to the heart and soul of the music and at times allows you to forget that the music is being mechanically reproduced. It allows you to focus solely on the essence of the music. On the best recordings, there is an inner sense of purity and detail, which exceeds the best that I’ve heard from vinyl or digital.

The Ultima2 projects a seamlessness that is almost hard to describe. From top to bottom, music flows with a natural continuity. It makes even the best analog and digital sound slightly “discrete.” It’s also dead quiet. Turn the volume up, put your ear two inches in front of the speaker, and you hear absolutely nothing. Although cliché, music leaps from a deep black background, with heretofore unheard low-level cues, and details clearly emerge.

When it comes to soundstaging, the Ultima2 removes the walls and scales proportionally to the music source. With the right recording, in a darkened room, you can actually see the music spread across a 100 foot stage or tightly focused in an intimate nightclub. With my Proscenium Black Diamond turntable, I have heard instances where the speakers simply disappear and the music just “exists” in the room. To me, this is the ultimate compliment of the system. The Ultima2 ups the ante. At times, and with the right tapes, the speakers, the walls, and the rooms literally ceased to exist.

Over the years I bought and sold dozens of copies of very specific records that I love, in search for that ultimate set of vinyl recordings. These are my benchmarks. Over the past few months I’ve been fortunate to be able to compare some of these treasured recordings against analog tape using the Ultima2. I am able to draw some interesting and relatively consistent observations. Compared to my vinyl, the Ultima2’s tonal response is fuller, and more powerful, while vinyl is tilted to the top-end. Let me be clear, this does not mean that the Ultima2 adds a warm, slow, or euphonic glaze to the sound; far from it. It does mean that the low-end is explosive and dynamic. With other media, the low-end can be a vague background image; with the Ultima2 the low-end is deep, rich, detailed, and fully integrated into the sonic signature. Music via the UHA had more body and more “meat on the bone.” As to the top-end, I initially wondered if vinyl had more high-end energy than the tape, “and was it real?” While the records were in some cases brighter, they didn’t appear to have any additional high-end information. After significant comparative listening, I’ve concluded that tape has all of the top-end information compared to vinyl, and sometimes much more. The key difference appears to be that tape has lower distortion and presents a far smoother top-end. However, the Ultima2 has variable equalization which can be used as a pseudo tone control without the inherent messiness that typical tone controls bring to the signal. If the tape is slightly dull or bright, you can make some subtle adjustments to suit your taste.

While taking listening notes over the past few months, the word “more” kept appearing. In short, take every relevant audiophile buzzword that we banter about, and just add the word “more.” More realism, more depth, more soundstage, and more information. Simply put, the Ultima2 allows the user to become more engaged in the musical presentation. Here the Ultima2 is off the charts, and in my humble opinion, it is a quantum leap forward.

There is a sense of limitless dynamic energy, authority and musical density with an effortless presentation. To my ears, the best tape makes other medium sound slightly compressed or limited. When you combine this with the lack of surface noise, pops, or ticks, it just adds to the realism.

Conclusions? As the proud owner of arguably one of the world’s top vinyl front end systems, the question most often asked is how does the Ultima2 compare to your Walker and which is better? Certainly the comparison is not apples-to-apple. On one hand, the retail value of my vinyl front and is more than five times that of Greg’s Ultima2. On the other hand, tapes cost approximately five to ten times more than a new high-end vinyl record. Life is full of trade-offs. After living with the Ultima2, will I be selling my Walker Proscenium Black Diamond turntable? Never… They will have to pry it from my cold dead hands.

While you can find specific tracks where both the tape and vinyl are equally satisfying, generally, the Ultima2 was clearly and unambiguously superior, not just to my vinyl system, but to any system that I’ve ever heard. When the Ultima2 was better, which was often, the level of realism and emotional involvement was a substantial leap above what I thought was possible.

Reviewers are prone to hyperbole. However, I can say without fear of exaggeration, the Ultima2 is one of the signature landmark source components in a generation. If you love music, if you love sound, and are invested in a high-end system, get one of Greg’s Ultima2s. I assure you that will fall in love with it just as I have.

GamuT Company Tour

GamuT Company Tour pt. 1, extraordinary loudspeakers and amplifiers, Kvist furniture

GamuT Company Tour pt. 2, extraordinary loudspeakers and amplifiers, making cabinets

GamuT Company Tour pt. 3, extraordinary loudspeakers and amplifiers, the heart of the factory

GamuT Company Tour pt. 4, extraordinary loudspeakers and amplifiers, listening session!

Recent Show Videos

GamuT Audio, Pear Audio Blue, Audio Skies, Los Angeles Audio Show 2017, LAAS

GamuT Audio, reel to reel module for the GamuT preamp, RS7i loudspeakers, Pear Audio Blue, AXPONA

GamuT Audio RS3i, Aurender, Award Winning Room, AXPONA

GamuT Audio RS3 loudspeakers, Pear Audio Blue, Stillpoints