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Klipsch - Forte III Distressed Product No: K ForteIII C
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Category: Speakers
Label: Equipment

Fortissimo!

5 Stars
Posted by Frédéric

Forte III are brilliant speakers. They are neither harsh nor fatiguing speakers at all but rather detailed and revealing. Soudstage is really deep and air is around all instruments. Radiohead sound generally blurred on most loudspeakers. With FIII you understand the intention of the studio mixing and forget the compressed sound of their records. With Charles Dutoit directing Camille St-Saens "danse macabre", the 99 dB/w/m creates a great dynamic range and impact. Dave Brubeck -Take five- is played with a great authority. Melanie Di Biasio vocal is mesmerizing...Kei Koito performing Ciacona in D minor at Pfarrkirche St. Katharina produces sub bass shaking my room. Should I write a con? Ok, just one, Miles Davis trumpet has not the last word on FIII. You could miss the silky texture of more "fat" speakers.


Spendor - Spendor SP2/3R2 Classic Stereo Speakers Product No: K SP2 3R2W
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Category: Speakers
Label: Equipment

She Might be the One

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous

I realized within the first song that these ladies are very special. They're not even broke-in yet and I'm already stunned. They have an exemplary midrange with perfect tone. I was leery to venture into this price range, as I already owned some very respectable singers, but these are worth the cost of admission. Contrary to some claims, they have detail and imaging in spades.The detail is superior to the Magnepan 1.7, and imaging is superior to my Monitor Audio Silvers. They're not an "in your face" speaker, but I prefer that my personal space doesn't feel invaded by a vocalist. If you want a zero fatigue speaker without compromising high performance, (in a medium room) look no further. Many thanks to Chad Stelly for recommending these amazing transducers!


CablePro - Halcyon Power Conditioner Product No: W HALCYON
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Category: Line Conditioners
Label: Equipment

1 Stars
Posted by Anonymous


Clearaudio - Double Matrix Record Cleaning Machine (Black) Product No: E MATRIXBLK
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Category: Record Cleaning Machine
Label: Equipment

2 Stars
Posted by Anonymous


Stirling Broadcast - LS3/5a V2 Speakers Product No: K V2WN
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Category: Speakers
Label: Equipment

Accurate detailed and smooth speaker

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous

I love the LS 3/6 speakers. They're timbre accurate and very detailed. Smooth integration between the drivers sounds seamless. I got a big sound improvement by upgrading to high mass 16 inch Sound Anchor stands.


KISS - Kissteria: The Ultimate Road Case Product No: AMER KISSBX
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Category: 180 Gram Vinyl Record
Label: Mercury

Awesome KISS Collection

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous

This collection of KISS albums is simply amazing. I received my set in one shipment, road case filled with all 34 albums and assorted memorabilia. If your a fan, "Kissteria" is an absolute must have! Great service and communication from acoustic sounds throughout & it only took 7 days to reach me from the U.S to Australia. All in all very happy!


Vandersteen - 1Ci Two-Way Loudspeaker Product No: K 1CI
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Category: Speakers
Label: Equipment

Easy 5 Star Rating

5 Stars
Posted by Double Trouble

I've owned the 2CE's and bought a pair of the 1Ci's for a smaller room. It's takes about 200 hours of break-in time to get these things to sing. I've got them hooked up to a pair of older B&K M200 mono blocks & a Rogue tube pre-amp. They have a more balanced sound than the 2CE's - which have a over-dominate bass on certain recordings. Unless you can sit 8-10 feet away in a larger room these 1Ci's hooked up to top quality equipment are the best speaker deal on the market - period. They're open/airy/transparent with very surprising bass response. Very low listener fatigue so you can enjoy them for hours.


Spendor - Spendor SP2/3R2 Classic Stereo Speakers Product No: K SP2 3R2C
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Category: Speakers
Label: Equipment

Classic British Speaker

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous

Lovely sounding speaker. I pair mine with Cary tube amps for a very musical combination. Construction and finish are top notch. Use Sound Anchor stands and you will get respectable bass from the system.


Herron Audio - M1A Monaural Power Amplifier Product No: M M-1 B
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Category: Power Amplifiers
Label: Equipment

Herron M1A

5 Stars
Posted by David

I added the Herron M1A mono amps as the last of an all Herron System. The VTPH-2 phono stage and VTSP-3Ar02 pre amp have received a lot of press but little has been written about the M1A power amp. I would say that the M1A is the most impressive of the Herron gear. It might be that the amp added to the synergy of an all Herron system. When the M1A's were added it really created a wonderfully musical system. I use them to drive Verity Audio Parsifals and it handles them very well. I have demo'd other amps, some as high as $19,000 and have come back to the Herrons. I did upgrade the feet to the Stillpoints Ultra mini's which I would recommend. Also, Audience Powerchord SE was a nice improvement over the stock cord. I strongly recommend Herron and the Amps are a perfect match for the rest of the gear.


Symposium Acoustics - Ultra Platform X-Large (19x24) Product No: S ULTRA XL
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Category: Isolation Devices
Label: Equipment

A must to get max out of you amp

5 Stars
Posted by TJN

First of all it`s always a pleasure and joy unpacking a Symposium product, this is high quality products!

Some weeks ago I recived this platform as an ampstand version, this include the Terminator cone feets with tellurium copper reversible spikes. I have a 140 lbs. amp on it and have testet different options regarding placement; spikes in couplers on a thin carpet, spikes through the thin carpet and into the concrete floor, couplers or rollerblocks between amp and the platform. The best result by far is the spikes into the concrete floor and the rolleblocks between amp and platform. The sound improvement is very clear; the first you hear is the improvement of the soundstage, it`s clearly bigger and deeper, the 3D is superb!, the background is darker. Bass is deep and thight, check out the bass on those AP Prestige records! You won`t belive it! A wonderful and airy treble and the midrange is now as natural as you want it. Highly recomended!


Micromega - MYDAC Audiophile Asynchronous USB DAC Product No: E MMYDACB
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Category: D/A Converter or Processor
Label: Equipment

I now love digital as well as vinyl!

5 Stars
Posted by Edward E L Horn

Most people that buy from Acoustic Sounds (I think) are vinyl fans. I fall into that category. I have a beautiful Music Hall mmf 5.1se. I thought digital was just plain awful....until I got and broke in this device. I hooked up my Apple AirPort Express to the optical input because my computer, which is chock full of imported CDs (lossless, of course), is in a different room. They sound quite good through this "gadget" and my Vandersteen speakers. But where this device REALLY seems to shine is when I listen to the actual CDs through the coax input. I'm listening to some Rachmaninov and the piano sounds just like the Steinway it was played on. Amazing! So, while I still love my record collection, I now appreciate my digital collection a lot more than I used to. Once again Acoustic Sounds picked a winning piece of equipment to sell. Thank you! One more thing. While this device is made of plastic, it is for a reason. Don't let that affect your decision.


Stirling Broadcast - Stirling Broadcast AB-2 Bass Extenders Product No: K AB2RW
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Category: Speakers
Label: Equipment

DONT HESITATE

5 Stars
Posted by JOHN DANIELS

The Stirling L3/5A's are a remarkable achievement and will satisfy most discerning listeners. The AB2 bass extenders transform the L3/5A's into something even more astonishing. Of course, they are not the best speakers in the world but they do produce a full range sound that leaves very little else to be desired. It would be very easy to spend much more and do much worse. I use them in one of my systems whose total cost is around 8000 dollars. The resolution in that system is not too vastly different from my reference system which costs 20 times as much. There are obvious differences but... If you own a pair of L3/5A's, don't hesitate, the AB2's will improve soundstage, detail, tonal weight and imaging. There is an increased sense of musical authority and rightness. None of the nimbleness of the L3/5A's is lost and the speaker combination is easy to drive. It is one of those night and day things, the improvement is patently obvious.


Symposium Acoustics - Ultra Platform Medium (19x18) Product No: S ULTRA M
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Category: Isolation Devices
Label: Equipment

A significant difference - recommended

5 Stars
Posted by Clive

I purchased this item from Acustic Sounds after checking the manufactures website and reading customer reviews. Given the price tag and no UK dealers I was a little sceptical. However, after reading the instructions and placing the unit under my Meridian 800 unit I sat back and waited. The results were stunning and as described. The bass extension via the Meridian 8K's was about an octave more. The bass was very clear, even during complex passages. The treble was natural and the sound stage was more precise but musical. Importantly no colouration of the music from the unit was noticed. Even with high end equipment this product resulted in obvious desirable improvements that added to the musical enjoyment. A good investment for those who want to enjoy their music as close as possible to the real thing.


Vandersteen - 2Ce Signature II Product No: K 2CE SIGII
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Category: Speakers
Label: Equipment

OUTSTANDING

5 Stars
Posted by dub whitt

I have been listening to equipment and speakers, music that is , since the 50s. I have owned original marantz tube equip., mcintosh tube/ss, linn, cary, pass, ads,totem, vandersteen, b&w, to name a few and that is just a few. I have spent a fortune on equipment and music in the last 50 years, just sold my record collection of over 6000 lps, radio dj for many a year....so enough of the background. I have owned vandersteen 2ce sig. with their Q sub which is set up for music and found it to be from top to bottom the most satisfying purchase in loudspeakers to date. Having the sub just added so much life to the midrange, percussion and strings, upper octaves that i really enjoyed it. You don't have to have the sub....the speaker itself is from top to bottom the most satisfying speaker i have listen too for the money. Most wives don't like it because it looks like and speaker with just the wrap, but it doesn't jump out with overwhelming presence., power is necessary.


Clearaudio - ClearAudio Stradivari Cartridge/ wood body Product No: T STRADIVARI
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Category: Med Output Cartridges
Label: Equipment

not just an upgrade from the v1

5 Stars
Posted by Yogi Boo Bear

having upgraded from a concerto to a Strad v1 and then a v2 (both due to third party TT cleaning negligence) , be clear this is not just a slight upgrade. on my system the upgrade is SIGNIFICANT. it is very hard to quantify, and i cannot but it I would probably pay at least 50% more for the v2 over the v1. So please try it out.


Axiss Audio - SK-EX Electrostatic Excluder Product No: S SK-EX
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Category: Turntable Set Up Tools
Label: Equipment

SK-EX

5 Stars
Posted by Jeromelang

my colleagues and i tried this device with 3 sealed copies of the same recording on LPs which i carried over from singapore especially for this session. we used Mason Williams' Classical Gas which i bought like 20 copies a few years ago

1st copy - washed and treated inside this device 2nd copy - washed but no treatment 3rd copy - just treatment

the reason why we used 3 different copies is to make sure that we never played the same portion twice (since playing it twice on the same portion will produces different sound - due to groove wall deformation problem)

the 1st copy sound best. soundstage and frequency extension just literately opened up the 2nd copy sound closed in and slightly "harsh" the 3rd copy has the same spacious soundstaging, but it is slight less "flowing" what i think is washing did removed some debries from the grooves and that help smoothened the flow of the music. but at the same time, the LPs coming into contact with water had added some static which made the the LP sound closed-in and harsh.


Koetsu - Coralstone Platinum Cartridge Product No: T CORAL PLAT
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Category: Low Output Cartridges
Label: Equipment

amazing cartridge

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous

It is simply stunning what this cartridge does. Recordings have a luster that I have never heard with any other phono cartridge. It goes beyond he typical hi-fi characteristics that people rave about (imaging, inner detail, etc.). Difficult to describe in words.


Manley Labs - Manley 'Steelhead' Reference Phono-Stage Product No: M STEELHEADR
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Category: Phono Pre Amps
Label: Equipment

5 Stars
Posted by Anonymous


Creek Audio - Creek OBH-11 Headphone Amplifier Product No: M OBH-11
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Category: Headphone Amplifier
Label: Equipment

Great bargain!

5 Stars
Posted by Scott

This little unit really delivers a clean, open, and detailed sound to my AKG K-701s. You can't beat it for the price.


Soundsmith - The Aida Ebony MI Phono Cartridge - High Output Medium Compliance Product No: T AIDA
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Category: Hi Output Cartridges
Label: Equipment

Superb sound and stage.

5 Stars
Posted by Arturo Castaneda

I'm a technosaurus, I have sticking to Shure V-15 cartrigdges for many, many years. The Aida replaced a V15xMR, one of the last produced, which is still in perfect condition. However, it was time to move over and get a new one. I was considering a Sumiko Blackbird before I read the raving review about the Soundsmith MMC1 in Stereophile. The Aida is a hand picked MMC1 and encased in ebony for better sound. Well, everything I read about it is true! The sound and clarity of this cartridge is astonishing and best of all: no MC pre-amp. I've been listening to some of my favorite albums ranging from Rock to Classical and I can't believe the detail and cleanliness of the sound. CCR's Cosmo's Factory comes alive, Santana Abraxas is a new experience, Peggy Lee was singing Black Coffee in the room, The Vienna Philharmonic came to play at my home and then The London Philharmonic! Awsome! BUY ONE, I doubt you can do better, you will love it!



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