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Closed back, circumaural professional headphones from Focal

focal-spirit-prof-headphonesThe extreme care paid to the design of the Mylar - Titanium alloy transducer enabled Focal to combine rigidity, lightness, and high damping properties to preserve the dynamics of the audio signal and to provide remarkably neutral sound without any distortion. The highly accurate reproduction of bass frequencies will revealthe smallest defects in the mix, while avoiding acoustic constraints of the workspace. Spirit Professional offers excellent acoustic insulation to address the constraints of the often noisy environments specific to Broadcasting and Home Studios.

Discover this product at the Focal website.

L cd6005 u bk 34Dust off your CD collection. The CD6005 Hi-Fi CD player is here!

Designed to deliver the utmost musical fidelity, and features a range of reference class technologies including exclusive HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) discrete circuit topology along with the high resolution CS4398 D/A conversion system, which delivers up to 192 kHz/24 bit resolution. The center mount CD drive mechanism is securely fastened to the chassis to minimize vibrations, and the digital audio circuit block is housed in its own shielded subsection. The player is compatible with music CDs, CD-R and CD-RW discs, and can play a wide range of file types, including WAV, AAC, WMA and MP3 files. A convenient USB port on the front panel works with many USB memory devices, and is iPod, iPhone, iPad compatible so you can enjoy your favorite iTunes tracks with thrilling sound quality.

  • Reference Quality D/A Conversion
  • Fully Discrete Headphone Amplifier
  • Audio EX Function
  • Front USB Port
  • Optical and Coaxial Digital Audio Outputs

Check one out at The Audio Store. $499. Full specs on the Marantz website. 

L pm6005 u bk frThe award-winning PM6005 integrated amplifier, which adds digital audio decoding, via the reference class CS4398 24 bit/192 kHz high current D/A converter, along with exclusive HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology, which uses precision discrete components instead of conventional op-amp integrated circuits. The high current power supply features a high capacity shielded toroidal power transformer that provides high instantaneous burst current, essential when driving lower impedance speaker loads.

  • Fully Discrete High Current Output Stages
  • High Current Power Supply
  • Reference Quality D/A Conversion
  • Fully Discrete Headphone Amplifier

Visit the Marantz website for a complete write-up on the PM6005, available at The Audio Store for $699.

connect4 fsThe Krell Connect, the ultimate in high-resolution audio streaming technology. From FLAC to WAV, Apple Lossless, MP-4a, MP3 and WMA, the Connect plays back up to 192kHz/24-bit audio plus Internet radio, all to Krell's highest fidelity standards.

The Wi-Fi-equipped Connect is available in two forms: digital only, or with a built-in Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) module. The DAC-equipped Connect has a 32-bit ESS Sabre chipset with discrete, direct-coupled analog circuitry outputting via RCA or balanced audio outputs. The digital-only version has both coax and Toslink optical outputs.

For complete specs and reviews visit Krell's Connect page.

Marantz-L TT-15S1 DFeaturing the all-new TT-15S1.

Analog recording is still very alive. Quality turntables are still in demand. Digital discs simply set new performance standards that turntables must meet. Many cherished records may never be issued on digital formats. Good turntables are now more important than ever. Marantz embraces an audiophile quality turntable with AC servo belt-drive and low-coloration tone arm to answer the need for a high performance source component for the analog record.

  • Low-Resonance High-Density Acrylic Chassis and Platter
  • Floating Motor Mount Construction
  • Asynchronous AC Motor
  • Belt Drive System with Endless Silicon Belt
  • Anodized Aluminum Straight Type Tone Arm

More specs, including product reviews, available on the Marantz website.

Treat your vinyl the way you'd like to be treated for $1499. 

Foundation-3 fsFoundation, is the latest in a long line of state-of-the-art A/V processors from Krell. Featuring the latest digital connectivity, the Foundation also maintains Krell's exacting standards for analog audio reproduction. From decoding the latest lossless audio formats, extensive digital switching, 3DTV pass-through, and more, the Foundation is fully compliant with the digital age. Yet the 7.1-channel processor also features balanced audio outputs, automatic setup and room EQ, and Krell's legendary robust hardware. A slim new form factor exudes the Krell aesthetic, while allowing placement in smaller equipment racks.

In addition to 10 HDMI 1.4a inputs, the Foundation has 2 HDMI outputs, both of which feature Audio Return Channel. With ARC, a display device is able to send audio back down the HDMI cable to the processor. This is beneficial for those with televisions with built-in web streaming capability like Netflix or Pandora, so the streaming audio can use the full home theater system instead of just the TV's speakers.

The Foundation was also picked as one of the Top Ten audio & video products at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

"A product that promises the high-definition, 7.1-channel audio prowess to match its looks. If it’s state-of-the-art surround-sound processing you want, look no further than the Krell Foundation." - What Hi-Fi

For complete specs and reviews visit Krell's Foundation page.

The new DSP Loudspeakers from Meridian are here. Watch an interview with Meridian co-founder Bob Stuart as he discusses Meridian's unique approach.

Check out other Meridian product videos on their YouTube channel

Check out this review by Chris Connaker at Computer Audiophile. In his review Chris takes a look at the uLink USB to SPDIF converter and likes it so much he decides to put it on the C.A.S.H (Computer Audiophile Suggested Hardware) list.

Below is a video interview Chris conducts with the founder of Bel Canto Design, John Stronczer.

Did we mention vinyl is back?

xpression classic blackThe Xpression Classic is an upgraded Xpression III featuring improved cosmetics, a balanced aluminum platter and a Sumiko Pearl phono cartridge. Like the Xpression III, the Xpression Classic employs machined cone feet and a low-noise motor with precision flat-ground belt so the table operates in virtual silence. A carbon-fiber tonearm tube with integrated headshell is pre-mounted with a Sumiko Pearl cartridge.

More details on sukimoaudio.net.

Stop by today and take it for a spin!

Price Category Defying Performance

thiel cs27 ebony

Gorgeous new industrial design complements THIEL’s legendary time and phase coherence technologies including revolutionary driver design that deliver the most detailed, natural, and musically lifelike reproduction of the original performance possible. Close your eyes, listen for yourself, and be there.

absolutesoundcoverThe CS2.7 incorporates new technologies developed for our flagship CS3.7 loudspeaker including a state-of-the-art coaxial/coincident driver. The midrange element itself has perfectly neutral response to 20kHz – an upper range specification seldom attained even by tweeters.

These speakers were originally set to be released to the market for $9995, but now revised to $7995 – making these an ever sweeter deal. An excellent review can be found in the current issue of The Absolute Sound magazine. 

For a complete list of specs visit thielaudio.com, and feel the power of the CS2.7 in our showroom.

Chorus 726 V

chorus-726-vThese floorstanding loudspeakers are the accessible high-end loudspeaker incarnate. Very technically advanced, with a 3-way design that marries exceptional definition of the medium with the power of the two 6-1/2"(16.5cm) woofers.

Chorus 714 V

The smallest of the Chorus V floorstanders, these beauties exhibit a fine form with a minimal footprint. Elaborate yet balanced, the Chorus 714 V benefits from two 5.5" (14cm) woofers in a 2-and-a-half way configuration to deliver solid bass. Ideal for rooms of 15 to 25m2.

Chorus 705 V

The Chorus 705 V is the ideal bookshelf loudspeaker for installation in rooms of modest dimensions (approximately 15m2). With a responsive and lively bass, it represents the foundations of a great system, especially when paired with the SW 700 V subwoofer. 

Chorus CC 700 V

chorus-cc-700-vThe Chorus CC 700 V is a center channel loudspeaker that has been phase-optimized to offer an optimal directionality. Its qualities of dynamics, linearity and timbre are equally in phase with the ensemble of the Chorus 700 V line to maintain an excellent sonic coherence. 

More details, photos, and specs for all of these models are available at focal.com

Bel Canto Design, a US-based manufacturer of fine audio electronic components, has been added to the line-up here at The Audio Store. Needless to say, we're very pleased to be an authorized dealer of Bel Canto. As an industry leader of innovative audio systems focused on the importance of digital to analog converters, amplifiers and source components, it's a perfect fit for us – and you. Visit the Bel Canto website for more information and a complete product line up. 

Here's what we have in-store:

DAC2.5

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The DAC2.5 converts your digital media into music for the most direct connection to your amplifier. It provides full system control and is loaded with features including an analog input. This allows you to experience your music through the convenience of a single component, eliminating the need for a preamplifier.

uLink Asynchronous USBuLink

A huge number of audiophiles use computers as a primary music source and want the beyond-CD sound they’re capable of. Bel Canto makes it happen with three new Asynchronous USB Link Converters, including the uLink. This new USB Link Converter isolates the music signal from the harsh, noisy electrical environments of computers and music servers.

C7R DAC Integrated Amplifier

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The C7R DAC Integrated Amplifier powers it all, digital, analog, computer, Phono MM and analog FM Tuner all in one cool running compact component. The C7R is built on the convenience of one component connecting your analog and digital source material, providing an uncompromised audio experience. The most complete integrated amplifier, Low jitter, low noise and power isolation delivers startling dynamics in your music.

REF500S Dual Mono Amplifier

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The REF500S provides high power in a compact stereo chassis. It delivers 121dB dynamic range and 200 watts into 8 ohms, doubling to 400 watts into 4 ohms. The combination of fully-regulated switch-mode power supplies and analog control circuitry brings great dynamic expression to your music.