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T.H.E. Show Newport (The Home Entertainment Show)
T.H.E. Show Newport (The Home Entertainment Show) 2011
Part 3

Enjoy the Music.com Excellent Value Award 2011

  And after going twice through many rooms and walking all the hallways, up and down strains, many elevators rides, etc here are the picks for products that have earned my Excellent Value 2011 Award.


Zu Audio was spinning vinyl on the legendary, and sadly now no longer being produced, Technics SL-1200 turntables. Zu Audio will tweak a 1200 for even better sound quality and you can figure around $1000 for a tricked out setup. If you want more, they offer more, more and yes more!


AudioEngine A5 small powered monitors are a mere $350 per pair and really sound amazing for the price. When on holiday for three months away from home I personally purchased my second set because of all the inexpensive speakers I could live with, these were the ones chosen. So proof is in how I voted with my own hard-earned cash. See my review of the AudioEngine A5 by clicking here.


Vincent PH-8 is a $400 MM/MC phonostage includes a substantial external power supply (not pictured and no it is not a typical 'wall wart') and is one heck of a great value! Internally there are some high quality parts and was recently called “A $400 wonder” by a TAS writer too.


Napa Acoustics NA-208A tube integrated am will only set ya back $399 and produces 25 wpc Class AB solid-state. For preamplification a pair of 6N1 tunes is employed and inputs include aux, CD and iPod (analog, not USB DAC) Cute little guy too at only 7 x 5 x 9.5 (WxHxD in inches).


Kevin Deal of Upscale Audio has great 'deals' on tubes. And yes, pun is indeed intended. Ok, maybe this $225 each smooth plate Telefunken 12AX7 might seem costly, yet over a lifetime they can really make a big difference in your tube preamplifier or phonostage.


By now every vinyl junkie knows about the Spin Clean is a meager, small, super cheap $125 as a package deal that includes an extra 32 ounce bottle of fluid, 5 extra drying cloth and an extra pair of brushes. See Enjoy the Music.com's review of the Spin Clean by clicking here.


Cables can be great yet not expensive as Kimber Kable's TC series is $360 for 8 foot pair of the 8TC, the 4TCF is only $206 and if you want the top line 12TC it is only $566 for 8 foot pair. I personally use the 12TC (top photo) in bi-wire configuration and they really are working great with my Dunlavy Signature Series SC-IV six-foot high five-drivers each speakers.


Need a 24-bit/96kHz USB DAC with headphone amplification (or be sneaky and try this as a USB DAC with built-in 'preamplifier' to feed your amplifier). Price? Only $399 for this CEntrance DACport folks! It uses the power off the USB port and is plug n' play for all major computer operating systems.  


And perhaps the best take home item here at T.H.E. Show Newport Beach 2011 is.... 


Not just due to its low price, but for the sheer massive quantity of information to educate you about audio, how to tweak your room, your equipment, etc. So if you do not have the Fourth Edition of The Complete Guide To High-End Audio by Robert Harley then get it now! No, seriously, get it now. You can buy the print version, Kindle version ($16) and it is in the Apple app store. See our review of Robert Harley's Introductory Guide To High-Performance Audio Systems by clicking here.


Click here for the main T.H.E. Show Newport Beach 2011 show page.
























































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