Ultimate Systems

System A (Code Name “ARGON”)

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon (Assorted Colors) c/w Ortofon 2M Red MM Phono Cartridge.
Vela Audio by Audio Analogue, Integrated Amplifier c/w internal MM Phono Stage
Vela Audio by Audio Analogue Compact Disc Player
Amphion Argon O Monitor Loudspeakers
Audiomica Beryl Gold Interconnect Cables
Audiomica Kammer Gold Speaker Cables

Total Cost:  $4,995.00 CND. Pricing includes Delivery & Setup.

SYSTEM B (Code Name “RPM”)

Pro-Ject RPM 5.1 Turntable with 9cc Tone arm SuperPack c/w Ortofon 2M Bronze
Pro-Ject Tube Box S MM/MC Phono Stage
Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier / DAC
Hegel CDP2A MK2 CD Player
Amphion Hellium 520 Loudspeakers
Audiomica Borax Gold Interconnect Cables
Audiomica Diamond Transparent Speaker Cables
Audio Stand

Total Cost:  $9,995.00 CND. Pricing includes Delivery & Setup.

SYSTEM C (Code Name ” CIRCLE25″)

Wilson Benesch Circle 25 Turntable and A.C.T. 25 Tonearm, Transfiguration Axia S MC Cartridge
Luxman L550Ax II Integrated Amplifier
Luxman D-05u CD/SACD Player
Wilson Benesch Square 2 Loudspeakers
Audiomica Erys Excellence Interconnect Cables
Audiomica Celes Excellence Speaker Cables
Audiomica Ness Excellence Power Cords

Total Cost:  $26,995.00 CAD. Pricing includes Delivery & Setup.

SYSTEM D (Code Name “DISCOVERY II”)

Luxman D-06u CD/SACD Player
Graaf GM 50 Integrated Amplifier, 50 wpc, Pure Class A
Wilson Benesch Discovery II Loudspeakers
Audiomica Europa Ultra Interconnect Cables, Genimedes Ultra Reference Speaker Cables
Audiomica Callisto Ultra Reference Power Cords

Total Cost:  $39,995.00 CND. Pricing includes Delivery & Setup.

SYSTEM E (Code Name “SEQUEL”)

Avid Sequel SP Turntable c/w Origin Live Conqueror Tonearm & Transfiguration Axia MC Phono Cartridge
Nagra BPS Phono Stage
Audible Illusions L3 Valve Line Stage c/w Remote
Hegel H20 Dual Mono Solid State Stereo Amplifier
EAR-Yoshino Acute CD Player
Wilson Benesch Vector Loudspeakers
Nirvana SX Ltd.Interconnect Cables
Nirvana SX Ltd. Bi-Wire Speaker Cables
Walker Audio Power Cords & Ultra High Definition Links

Total Cost:  $48,995.00 CND. Pricing includes Site Survey, Delivery & Setup.

Now Playing – Studio One Reference

1/ Nottingham Dias Turntable (Two Tone arms, a/ DaVinci Grand Master Virtu – Transfiguration Proteus MC Phono Cartridge, b/ Moerch DP6 – ZXY Omega S MC Phono Cartridge)
2/ Origin Live Resolution Turntable & Origin Live Illustrious TA c/w Ortofon PW MC Phono Cartridge
3/ Saidi Audio SD30 Reference Turntable c/w Micro Seiki Power Drive – Tow Tone arms (Audio Mods Micro MKIV Tone arm c/w Spectral Reference Phono Cartridge & Origin Live Encounter 12″)    Synthesis Roma 79DC Phono Stage, EAR-Yoshino 912 Reference Linestage c/w internal Phono Stages, Luxman C900u Reference Pre-Amplifier
Einstein The Turntable’s Choice Balanced Phono Stage
Luxman M900u Stereo Amplifier
Gamut M230 Limited Edition Mono Block Amplifiers, Graaf GM50B Integrated Amplifier & Diapason Karis N.W. Loudspeakers
Audio Aero LaFontaine Music Player & Prestige CD/SACD Player
McIntosh MR78 Tuner
Wilson Benesch A.C.T. One Evolution & Bishop Loudspeakers
Revox PR99, Technics R1520 “Black Beauty” Reel to Reel Tape Decks
Audiomica Europa Ultra Reference Interconnect Cables
Audiomica Genimedes Ultra Reference Speaker Cables
Foundation Research LC10, LC100 Line Filtration & NL1 Noise Loads
Box Furniture Custom Audio Component Stand

Now Playing – Studio Two A

Dr. Feickert Analogue Woodpecker Turntable c/w Moerch DP8 Gold Tone arm & ZYX Universe MC Phono Cartridge
Rossner & Sohn Canofer S Phono Stage, Audible Illusions Modulus 3B Tube Line Stage c/w Gold MC Phono Boards, Audio Aero Capitole Classic CD Player/Transport
Bluenote Bellagio Turntable & Ballaria TA, Ortofon PW LO MC Phono Cartridge & Living Voice Mystic Mat c/w BDR Clamp
Lehmann Silver Cube, Leema Elements & Nagra BPS Phono Stages
Hegel CDP4A CD Player
Audible Illusions L3A Tube Line Stage
Hegel H20 Dual Mono Solid State Stereo Amplifier, Luxman L590 II, Pure Class A Integrated Amplifier
Wilson Benesch Discovery Loudspeakers
Audiomica Eryes Excellence Interconnect Cables
Audiomica Celes Excellence Speaker Cables
Foundation Research LC10, LC100 Line Filtration & NL1 Noise Loads
Core Reference Component Stand

Now Playing – Studio Two B

1/  Avid Sequel SP Turntable c/w Origin Live Illustrious Tone arm & Avid Pulsus Phono Stage,
2/  Oracle Delphi MKV Turntable, Schroeder DPS Reference Tonearm & Benz-Micro H2s MC Phono Cartridge, Rossner und Sohn Canofer SG Phono Stage
3/  Nottingham 294 Turntable c/w The Wand 12” Tone arm & Transfiguration Axia S MC Phono Cartridge
Oracle CD1500 MKII Player / Transport, Berkeley Alpha DAC 2 & Alpha USB Interface
Audible Illusions Modulus 3B Line Stage c/w Gold MC Phono Stage
Hegel H360 Integrated Amplifier, EAR-Yoshino 899 Integrated Amplifier
Wilson Benesch Vertex & Square 2 Loudspeakers
Nirvana SL Interconnect Cables
Nirvana SL Speaker Cables
Foundation Research LC10, LC100 Line Filtration & NL1 Noise Loads
Design Progression Component Stand

Now Playing – Studio Two C

1/  Wilson Benesch Circle 25 (Circle 25 Turntable – A.C.T. 25 Tonearm & Ply Phono Cartridge)
Avid Pellar Phono Stage
2/  Hanns T20 Turntable c/w SME 345 Tone arm & Audiomods Micro MKIV Tonearm &
Transfiguration Phoenix S MC Phono Cartridge, ZXY R100 Yatra MC Phono Cartridge
Artemis Labs PH 1 Phono Stage c/w Ypsilon MC16 Reference Step-Up Transformer
Luxman D-05u Digital Player
Luxman L550Ax II Pure Class A Integrated Amplifier
Wilson Benesch Discovery & Amphion Argon 3S, Loudspeakers
Audible Illusions L3A Tube Line Stage
Artemis Labs SP 1 Power Amplifier
Tercel Model 2, Lowther PM6A Horn Loudspeakers
Chord Signature Interconnects & Speaker cables
Foundation Research LC10, LC100 Line Filtration & NL 1 Noise Loads
Solid Tech Audio Stand

Now Playing – Studio Three Classic

Garrard 401 Turntable c/w Custom CND Rock Maple Plinth, Ortofon AS309S Tonearm c/w Ortofon SPU Royal GM Phono Cartridge
Foundation Research V5L Valve Phono Stage
Foundation Research V6 Reference Valve Line Stage
Audio Aero Prima CD (Transport)
Audio Aero Prima DAC
Audio Aero Capitole, Class A, Tube Stereo Amplifier
Quad Classic ESL 57 & ESL63 Loudspeakers
Amphion Aragon 3S & Diapason Micra III Loudspeakers
Nirvana SL Interconnect & Speakers Cables
Foundation Research LC10, LC100 Line Filtration & NL 1 Noise Loads
Design Progression Component Stand

Our Ultimate Systems

What is an Ultimate System?
By “Ultimate” we do not necessarily mean outrageously expensive systems, (although we will indeed present some in the future), instead we mean systems that “work” better and offer something very special.

Ultimate Systems have synergy
One of the keys to great hi-fi is system synergy. In a properly matched system the characteristics and strengths of each component complement each other. Each component’s strengths are magnified and the overall sonic attributes of the resulting system are well-balanced. Two great components which don’t match well can conflict and produce a very mediocre system, while two merely good components which match well can combine to produce a great system. All good dealers know this, and this is why you need to audition a new component in your system at home. Simply buying expensive products which don’t match properly is a waste of money because you are losing the benefits of a properly matched system where the whole is far greater than the sum of the parts.

Ultimate Systems are magical
When everything is just right you know it instantly. The system conveys the feeling and emotion you normally experience only at a live performance. You want to listen more, maybe you feel like singing along, maybe you feel like getting up and dancing, or maybe you just like to close your eyes and be transported to another time or place. Either way – it’s real music, it’s a thrill, and you’re hooked! Once you’ve experienced this emotional connection you don’t need to talk about “transparency and imaging” because it just sounds right and it feels good!

Ultimate Systems deliver value
With proper synergy Ultimate Systems significantly outperform even considerably higher priced systems where synergy is lacking. Or, stated another way, Ultimate Systems deliver any given level of musical performance at a price far less than you would expect. Welcome to high end audio done right. Welcome to our Ultimate Systems.

Hi Fi – why is it so important?

For most people the mere fact that they can play their CDs, Mini Discs, LPs or whatever else is enough. They enjoy the music and accept or are unaware of the limitations of their systems. However it is clear, even from as long ago as the first edition of Compton Mackenzie’s excellent Gramophone Magazine in the 1920’s, that a proportion of recorded music purchasers want more – they would like to recreate the sound of a live performance.Thus the Hi Fi Industry was born and for many years good progress was made in improving the quality of sound reproduction.

The objective was clear and constant; to design and manufacture systems that would, as accurately as is technically possible, replay what had been recorded. In Britain names like Radford, Quad, Leak and Williamson became known for electronics and Radford, Quad, Wharfedale and later Spendor, Rogers, Harbeth, B&W and Kef for loudspeakers. (Our apologies to those we have omitted.)Radford must take a special place in Audio because they not only designed the best Amplifiers and supplied key Industry figures with them but they also made some of the finest loudspeakers and even did important design and development work for bigger companies like Goodmans. And it didn’t it stop there, they also made some of the best Audio test equipment and that was used by most of the Industry as well.

The BBC took things equally seriously, they set up a research department at Kingswood Warren to improve the loudspeakers they used to make recordings and broadcasts and, ultimately designed their own and issued licenses to other manufacturers to make them. Spendor, Rogers and Harbeth are companies founded by ex Kingswood Warren engineers. The work the BBC did was very important because, until that time, most recordings were made using loudspeakers whose origins were in public address and cinema sound systems. They were very loud but much more distorted than the ones used by people in their homes. It meant we could hear faults in recordings that the engineers who made them might not. The BBC’s (and the British Hi Fi companies) influence spread around the world and survives to this day.

By the latter part of the nineteen seventies, Hi Fi was the third major household purchase after a house and a car, it was a big international business and in some ways that was a bad thing because it fostered companies who were less clear about sound quality objectives but much more clear about marketing ones. In the words of one of these new companies “what did it matter what the sound was like as long as you could tap your feet to the music”. It was a valid argument if the system you were buying was cheap but theirs was not – it was phenomenally expensive. Not surprisingly the traditionalists were incensed and went on the attack, unfortunately, although they were more correct, there were flaws in their arguments too and they were not as persuasive as the “tap your feet” brigade.

The Press loves controversy so lots of magazines were sold and many journalists became converts.The subjective listener won over his objective counterpart and it was now much less clear what the objectives of a top end Hi- Fi system should be. Do we really want to recreate a live experience or do we want to enjoy music? Since even the best systems that were attempting to recreate natural sound were not perfect, would it not be more sensible to look for something more musically enjoyable. Well yes it would, but if you are spending a good deal of money, you have a right to expect more than you get from a cheap commercial system.

The situation did not rest there, people started to find all sorts of magical solutions or musical enjoyment enhancers. So bizarre were some that they made in into the national dailies. You know the sort of thing – your CD’s sounded better if they were kept in the fridge! Your system sounded better after you had drunk a glass of anti-static water and so on. It was mostly phooey and it made the industry look very silly.Hi Fi had become elitist and a black art. To the outside world an object of derision and to those involved a sort of religion.

It was a great pity for the serious music lover because he wanted none of this; he just wanted his recordings to sound clearer, less tiring to listen to and more like the real thing. Freed of the distortion that exists in normal commercial Hi Fi, he could listen for longer periods with less effort and get even more pleasure from his collection.

By contrast, Hi Fi enthusiasts only had a handful of records, it was the equipment and the start up ceremony that mattered – oh dear! As if this was not enough to finish off the industry, along came VCRs’, PC’s, Satellite TV, wide screen, surround sound, computer games, mountain bikes and so on.No longer is Hi Fi very high on most people’s shopping list, a good midi system or multi- channel surround system will satisfy the requirement of the substantial majority. As a result many specialist manufacturers no longer exist or their names have been hoovered up by large, Far Eastern companies, or even if they haven’t, much of what is sold is made in that part of the world for a fraction of the UK’s manufacturing costs.

Things, in the main, are just not the same. However, for a select few, modern dumbed down, TV is something from which they wish to escape. The relentless attack of a movie soundtrack is not to everyone’s taste, other than as an occasional diversion, what they need is beautifully clear and natural sound only, accurate voice reproduction for speech and drama and the wonderful warmth and naturalness of sound that can only be reproduced by the very finest Hi Fi systems money can buy.There are huge advantages to owning the finest possible system, not just to the Hi Fi enthusiast but to everybody – the clearer and less distorted sound is the more pleasant and less tiring it is to listen to. Believe it or not, this means the hard of hearing will benefit even more from really accurate sound reproduction than those whose hearing is good. In short, true high fidelity sound reproduction is what everybody wants and needs; it is just that most do not realize.

Happy Listening.