|SoundStage! Feedback: March 1999
March 26, 1999
To Greg Smith:
The AMC 3020 and CD9 look (and from your column, perform) a lot like a
March 26, 1999
Thanks for reading, Brad. The Joule Electra VZN-80 Mk III's exclusion from
Reviewers' Choice was not the product of oversight but of a very tough decision. Two kinds
of products make it into Reviewers' Choice: those that are simply the best-sounding
regardless of price, and those that perform in various ways far beyond their price. We
consider all Reviewers' Choice products as "Class A," but for different reasons.
March 25, 1999
However, recently I stumbled across a review of another set of single-ended tube monos that seem to do it all. They are the KR Enterprise VT-800 MKs, where VT stands for "vacuum transducer." Compared to ML2, the KR amp is heavier (85 pounds each), more powerful (a review says 75W, but the importer says 160W), has better claimed frequency extension (15Hz-35kHz.), but is cheaper ($21,500 USD).
I was wondering if you would be interested in
reviewing this amp and,
Thanks for reading, David. I not only know about the KR Enterprise amps, but I am scheduled to review a pair. I will do some serious head-to-head comparisons with both the Lamm ML1 and ML2 amps. Stay tuned....Marc Mickelson
March 19, 1999
To David J. Cantor:
It was so nice to read a review in which the spirit and zeitgeist of the music
March 18, 1999
March 17, 1999
Name That Tweak! An Audiophile Quiz
March 16, 1999
How about a review of the Basis 1400 turntable? A
We'll see what we can arrange; however, Tony Fafoglia, the fellow who reviewed the Pink Triangle turntable, is no longer with SoundStage!, so another writer will have to tackle the Basis if we can arrange it....Marc Mickelson
March 12, 1999
To Todd Warnke,
March 12, 1999
March 11, 1999
Any chance of reading Garcia here?
March 11, 1999
Bright Star has a new Reference Series of their Air Mass, Big Rock, and (maybe?) Little Rock "ultimate isolation" components. The Reference series is apparently made of some kind of fancy composite, heat-fired material. Also, they are claimed to use different inner tubes in the Reference Air Mass, which are supposed to provide isolation in the horizontal plane as well as the vertical (this has always been a benefit that VibraPlane has emphasized).
The Reference series is also quite a bit pricier than the standard line of Big Rock and Air Mass components. I'd be very interested in a review that might shed some light on whether or not these new Reference Series Bright Star devices actually provide audibly superior component isolation as compared to the standard series. I currently have four complete sets of Bright Star isolation components -- one under each of my two Levinson No.335 power amps, one under my Levinson No.39 CD player, and another under the electronic crossover ("brain") of my Wisdom Audio Adrenaline speakers.
I corresponded with Barry Kohan of Bright Star as to whether it might be possible to replace just the plinths of the older series with plinths of the new material (because I thought that was probably the critical part). He said "no" because (he claims) the new material provides significant benefits in the box itself as well as the plinths.
Another isolation product that I'd be most interested in seeing you review is the Arcici Suspense rack. That's the one where five acrylic shelves all hang from the same set of air isolation devices under the top shelf. It costs around $2000, which really isn't bad at all if it provides sufficiently effective isolation for five components without the need for additional isolation devices on a per-component basis. I'd be very interested in hearing whether this rack (alone) provides isolation comparable to or better than other more expensive approaches (eg Bright Star).
We'll contact both companies, Craig, and see what we can arrange....Marc Mickelson
March 9, 1999
Hello there! I just wanted to say that you guys are doing a great job. I'm just someone who thought it would be nice to let you know because so many times we don't take the time to let others know what a good job they're doing. Well, keep up the good work!
...George W. Weathington III
March 8, 1999
It saddened me to hear about the demise of Fi. I enjoyed its articles, its audio and music reviews, and its slick layout. The magazine was just as good as, if not BETTER than, Stereophile. Inform the editor(s) to build up readership through a website and maybe start up again. It's a tough and small market out there, and people have to get to know you. I will surely miss it. Why is it that the good ones die young?
March 5, 1999
To Doug Schneider:
I read with great interest on your review of the NSM Model 5, but I can't get it here in Singapore. I can get the NSM Model 10s and I noticed that you also mention a little bit about the NSM 10s in your review of the NSM Model 5. Is the Model 10s a good speaker? Please advise as I am thinking of buying it.
Thanks for your interest. The NSM Model 10S is certainly a worthwhile speaker to audition. Look for the full review to come online within the next couple of months....DAS
March 3, 1999
I would like to see, as soon as possible, reviews of the Thiel CS2.3 and the Von Schweikert Research VR-3 Gen. II. I'm breaking in a new pair of 2.3s right now and would love to compare notes. As to the VR-3 Gen. II, I've always loved the VSR sound, but I found the VR-3 to be not up to the quality of the other models. I have great hopes for the VR-3 Gen II.
I'm sure that much of your audience will be interested in the above too.
Thanks for the suggestions. One of our reviewers has a pair of Thiel CS2.3s right now; we'll contact Von Schweikert about the VR-3 Generation IIs too....Marc Mickelson
March 3, 1999
Good article regarding cleaning records (The Vinyl Word, March 1999). Last year Michael Fremer ran articles on cleaning and one point that he made is worth passing on - before using a record cleaning machine on a used record, it's worth a "pre-cleaning step" using separate pads that can easily be rinsed out. This avoids having the surface dirt coming into contact with the pads and brushes of the cleaing machine. This is especially true when cleaning the first side of the record - while the record is spinning, the other side (still uncleaned) is depositing loose dirt onto the pads of the vacuum slot.
March 3, 1999
Please relay the following message to the 52-year-old attorney [mentioned in BackStage!] who is about to assemble his dream Theta/Spectral/ProAc system: Do yourself a huge favor and audition a Naim CDX CD player before committing yourself to the Theta equipment. Many of us out here with ears that seem like they might be comparable to yours have made that late correction and been extremely grateful for the counsel to do so. You don't have to be a 'Naimie' to appreciate the company's CD players, which are among the very best in the world and at extremely reasonable prices. The word on the CDX -- and new CDS II -- is getting around, but not quite fast enough. At least wait for Michael Fremer's upcoming review of the former in Stereophile.
SoundStage! will be reviewing the Naim CD 3.5 CD player with FlatCap power supply. See our Coming Soon page for a listing of equipment reviews we have in the works....Marc Mickelson
March 2, 1999
Do you know of any audio reviews that have been done on Brickwall filters? Thanks,
I don't know of any reviews on Brickwall filters. However, this month Pete Goudreau talks a bit about them and API products. See Pete's Place #3 on the main Audio Online page....Marc Mickelson
March 1, 1999
Re: Snake Eyes SnapShot! DVD Review
I thought that there was no edit in the opening scene too, at first. However, something made me go back to the scene when he is coming down the steps past the video monitors and a small group passes in front of him. Had to go to slo-mo but, bingo, there was an edit. It just looked wrong so I backed it up. I though it was gonna be another one, really, kinda like Altman's copy cat maneuver with the opening of "The Player," but I swear buddy, watch it and you'll see it is there.
A second look is in order I guess! I did notice the rush of people and thought something may have been wonky too, but running through normally it looked like a quick blur. Time for a frame by frame analysis! Should there be an edit it is unfortunate because this is an exceptional opening scene to a so-so movie....DAS