Speaker of the Month: Tannoy Revolution XT 8F

Speaker of the Month: Tannoy Revolution XT 8F

Muscle and subtlety at a great price

Our pick for the March speaker of the month is the Tannoy Revolution XT 8F. At $2600 for the pair, these Tannoy floorstanders are unmatched for force and finesse.

The XT 8F are the largest in the Tannoy Revolution series, with an 8-inch dual concentric driver. Tannoy has put a lot of work into this latest generation of drive unit, honing just about every aspect of the design from the motor system to the tweeter wave guide in an attempt to push performance standards higher. We agree with all of the great reviews, the Revolution XT 8F are the best of the bunch.

Tannoy Revolution XT 8F

Tannoy Revolution XT 8F What We Like

Come by our showroom for a demonstration. 

 

Oppo UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Oppo UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

The New Standard in Home Theater

One of the most highly-anticipated products of the year. The new Oppo 4K Blu-ray player is finally here, and it’s everything we wanted it to be.

The Oppo UDP-203 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player provides an unmatched A/V experience to home theater enthusiasts. Drawing from over a decade’s worth of experience in advanced imaging processing technology and high-fidelity audio performance, the UDP-203 is the ideal source to complete the ultimate home theater and sound room.

Oppo UDP 203

The Reviews are Excellent

“A class act with awesome audio capabilities. There’s no question about it: The Oppo Digital UDP-203 is the best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player you can buy. It’s not just a high-end video device, it can also play high-resolution audio from SACD and DVD-Audio discs or audio files encoded with nearly any codec you can think of… It’s the most feature-blessed player we’ve tested, and there are more features to come.”  – Jon L. Jacobi, TechHive 

“Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Review: The Return Of The King.” – John Archer, Forbes.com

“As we test products, we sometimes wonder if we’re getting blasé about new technology. But then a product like the Oppo UDP-203 comes along and sweeps us off our feet.” Whathifi.com 

Easy Integration

The Oppo UDP-203 is easy to integrate into any system due to its ability to receive standard IR, RS-232, third party IP Control system, and HDMI CEC commands. The player also supports Trigger In and Out, so it can automatically turn on and off other devices connected to it for the ultimate convenience.

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Stop by, and take the Oppo UDP-203 for a spin in our showroom.

 

BlueSound Hi-Res Wireless Speaker System

BlueSound Hi-Res Wireless Speaker System

Hi-Res Streaming in Every Room

Bluesound is the ultimate choice in hi-res multi-room streaming players. Made by audiophiles for audiophiles, Bluesound’s award-winning line of wireless speakers and digital music players is the first to fully support high-resolution audio. Listen to your favorite tracks, in every room of your home, as close to life-like performance as possible.

The BlueSound ecosystem uses your home wireless network to stream music and communicate with other BluOS-enabled players on your network. The ecosystem can connect up to 34 players and through the BluOS Controller App on your smart device, you can play your music in perfect sync, or play different music in every room simultaneously.

Your Music. Your Way.

Whether you stream Internet radio, download hi-res tracks, or have a CD library you have carefully cultivated, Bluesound can give you instant access to millions of songs from a multitude of sources. It’s like having all of the music ever recorded at your fingertips, through a smart device.

BlueSound Collage

 

Incredible Performance

Bluesound Pulse Speakers

Pulse-2 All-in-one Streaming Player

The Pulse 2 is an all-in-one streaming player, complete with built-in speakers. A full range of frequencies comes through rich and clearly, and blends seamlessly together through careful engineering and design that fits a woofer in with two mid-to-high range drivers.

Bluesound Pulse_2_wireless-speaker

Features: 

  • Stream music to multiple Bluesound Players all over the home
  • Access and connect to internet radio stations, cloud music services, and your own local music library
  • Control music wirelessly with an intuitive Controller App for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows & Mac OS X desktops
  • Integrated high-performance speakers
  • Innovative award-winning DirectDigital ™ amplifier and 35-BIT/844KHZ DAC
  • Highest quality built-in Bluetooth (aptX®)
  • Instinctive touch control on unit
  • Available in Black or White

Vault-2 Rip it. Store it. Download it.

The beauty of the Vault-2 is the ability to stream hi-res anywhere you want without a computer. A 2 TB hard drive will let you rapidly rip all your CDs in lossless high-resolution or space-saving MP3 formats, and download and store high-res tracks. No computer necessary. Access and share your digital music library, and stream it in studio quality to multiple rooms in your home.

Bluesound Vault2

Features:

  • Store and protect your entire digital music library on a 2TB hard drive
  • Rip your CDs in high-resolution FLAC format, space-saving MP3, or both
  • Stream music to multiple Bluesound Players all over the home
  • Access and connect to internet radio stations, cloud music services, and your own local music library
  • Control music wirelessly with an intuitive Controller App for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Windows & Mac OS X desktops
  • Instinctive touch control on unit
  • Simple setup, easily expandable
  • Available in Black or White

Stop by our showroom to audition Bluesound and our full range of our wireless speakers.

10 Turntables Starting at $179

10 Turntables Starting at $179

With the rise in popularity of listening to vinyl records, one constant remains true. Don’t trust your beloved vinyl collection to just any record player. We’ve spent the last year curating an exceptional selection of turntables ranging from budget-friendly to blow-your-mind. Here’s our top 10.

1. Pioneer PL-990 Fully Automatic Turntable

The Pioneer PL-990 is a good entry-level turntable. This fully automatic stereo turntable features a low-mass straight tone arm, precise DC servo motor and built-in phono equalizer. Simply connect to any auxiliary/line input on an amplifier or mini system.

Pioneer PL990 Turntable
PIONEER PL-990 $179.99

2. Music Hall USB-1

Music Hall’s new USB-1 is a convenient, easy to use, and fun turntable. It comes with everything you need – making set-up a snap. Whether you’re looking to digitize and download your record collection, release your inner DJ, or simply discover the joy of playing vinyl, the USB-1 is a great solution. It has a built-in phono preamp, cartridge, dust cover, and includes all necessary cables and software required for simple plug-and-play operation.

 

MUSIC HALL USB-1
MUSIC HALL USB-1 $249.00

3. Pioneer PL-30-K Audiophile Stereo Turntable

The Pioneer PL-30-K is a sleek and simple audiophile turntable that embodies the good design and high value you expect from Pioneer. The PL-30-K offers some thoughtful features, such as auto start/stop, a built-in phono equalizer, high-performance cartridge, and a rubber mat that puts an extra strong grip on your spinning wax.

Pioneer PL30K
PIONEER PL-30-K $299.99

4. U-Turn Orbit Plus

Top-of-the-line U-Turn turntable. The Orbit Plus features a premium acrylic platter, which delivers enhanced speed consistency, superior detail, and punchier bass. The arm comes pre-installed with a Grado Black1 cartridge, which is known for its rich and natural sound. Other features include a precision unipivot tonearm, vibration damping feet, and decoupled manual belt drive (33/45 RPM). We upgraded our display model with the U-turn Cue Lever. The silicone-damped Cue Lever helps you safely and precisely cue your records.

U-TURN Orbit Plus
U-TURN Orbit Plus $349.00 (Upgraded with Cue Lever. Also available in red, green, blue, and white.)

5. Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC

Audiophile “Best-Buy” – crafted for serious sound. The new Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC sets high standards in this category. The biggest improvement is the inclusion of a carbon tube for the tonearm (typically only found in high-end turntables), which increases stiffness and decreases unwanted resonance. Other enhancements include a heavy 12-inch steel platter that spins on a precision axle and bearing for excellent speed stability and smooth, silent rotation. The belt drive system and new TPE motor mounts isolate the motor’s vibration from the chassis to prevent noise transferring to the cartridge, and on to your amplifier and speakers. Easy plug and play set-up.

Project Debut Carbon
PRO-JECT Debut Carbon DC $399.00 (Also available in red, green, blue, yellow, silver, white, and pink.)

6. Music Hall MMF-2.3

The Music Hall MMF-2.3 is a 2-speed belt driven audiophile turntable at a reasonable price. We upgraded the display model with an Acri-plat Turntable Platter and Aztec Blue Mat. The acrylic platter lowers the background noise, increases the bass definition, sweetens the highs, and makes the sound more 3-dimensional. The Aztec Blue Mat squashes background noise and opens up the soundstage. Stylus tracking is improved and record wear reduced.

MUSIC HALL MMF 2.3
MUSIC HALL MMF 2.3 $499.95 or $715.00 (With Upgrades)

7. Sony PS-HX500

The Sony PS-HX500 is the only turntable with High-Resolution recording built-in. Just hook up the PS-HX500 to your PC via USB, play a record, and capture every aspect of the vinyl with DSD 5.6 MHz native conversion. Convert your vinyl collection into High-Resolution Audio, take it on the go, or just sit back and enjoy playing your vinyl originals.

SONY PS-HX500
SONY PS-HX500 $599.99

8. Klipsch Music Crate

The Klipsch Music Crate provides a simple plug-and-play one-box vinyl package. The kit includes a pair of Klipsch R-15PM powered monitor speakers, a Klipsch by Pro-Ject turntable, Ortofon cartridge and all the cables you need to be up and running in minutes.

Klipsch Music Crate
KLIPSCH Music Crate $799.00

 

9. Music Hall MMF 5.1LE

The MMF-5.1LE turntable is a two-speed belt driven audiophile turntable employing the unique dual-plinth construction originated by Music Hall. The distinctive design isolated the critical sound reproducing components; platter, main bearing, tonearm, and cartridge on the top platform from the motor, switch, wiring, and feet which are mounted on the bottom platform. Viso-elastic cones separate the two platforms and provide vibration damping. The MMF-5.1LE comes complete with Music Hall Magic 3 cartridge mounted. The Magic 3 is specially built by Ortofon for Music Hall.

MUSIC HALL MMF 5.1LE
MUSIC HALL MMF 5.1LE $995.00

10. Music Hall Ikura

The Music Hall Ikura turntable is a 2-speed, belt driven turntable with several unique features. Starting with Music Hall’s hallmark two-piece split-plinth design. The plinths are isolated and separated by three vulcanized rubber cones. Three adjustable feet, a 2-speed DC synchronous motor, power switch, wiring and electrical parts are all mounted on the bottom plinth while the critical sound reproducing components; the main bearing, arm, and cartridge are mounted on the top.

The MDF (medium density fiberboard) platter and felt mat sit on a high quality, stainless steel ball bearing sheathed in Teflon providing fluid and noise-free operation. The bearing assembly comes pre-charged with lubricant.

The effective length of the tonearm is nine inches. This allows for a very shallow tracking arc on the record thus reducing distortion and record wear. We upgraded the display model with an Ortofon Quintet Black cartridge.

Each element of the Ikura was carefully selected to provide you with the highest level of performance and sound quality.

“I spent more time listening to the Music Hall than I have to most of the components I’ve reviewed over the last six months—not because I had any trouble reaching a conclusion about its sound quality but because I so much enjoyed listening to music with it that I found myself digging out some favorite recordings I hadn’t played in years and listening to them in their entireties.” – Rober J. Reina, Stereophile

 

Music Hall Ikura
MUSIC HALL Ikura $1999.95 (Upgrade with Ortofon Quintet Black  Cartridge. Also available in gloss black.)

 

Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs

Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs

Bringing You the Best

We are pleased to announce that we have become direct dealers for Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. MoFi has been the leaders in audiophile quality recordings since 1977. Established by dedicated audiophiles, Mobile Fidelity continues to pioneer state-of-the-art technologies and set audiophile industry standards.  

Our first order of great remastered audiophile LPs just arrived. Stop by and flip through our expanding stacks of high-quality vinyl records. 

DescoAV Audiophile Pressings

 

Sony Z Series 4K HDR TVs

Sony Z Series 4K HDR TVs

New Sony Z Series TVs Pump Up the Brightness

Earlier this summer Sony debuted their latest high-end 4K HDR TVs, and we can honestly say that the Sony Z Series is impressive. It’s their brightest model yet – delivering more contrast, color, texture and detail than you’ve ever seen on a Sony screen.

 

Uncover the Detail of 4K HDR

For the ultimate in picture quality, the Z Series pairs the brilliance of 4K clarity with the brightness, color, and detail of High Dynamic Range (HDR). Previously hidden areas of dark shadow and sunlight are now full of clarity and detail.

Sony Z SeriesSony X1 Extreme

 

 

So Real You Can Feel It

With the Sony X1 Extreme 4K HDR Processor, you get 40% more real-time image processing than standard Sony 4K. It takes everything you watch and upscales it to near 4K HDR quality. Object-based HDR remaster let’s you see contours of mountains, hidden textures on flowers, depth in clouds, and wildlife has the contrast and color of nature, for a more natural and realistic picture on screen.

Sony Z Series

 Everything Comes to Light

See stars in the sky at night in new detail. The Backlight Master Drive delivers deeper black and brighter lights. Previously hidden details come to life, making scenes more real than ever before.

Sony Z Series

The Sony Z series is available in 65-inch ($5,999.99), 75-inch ($9,999.99), and 100-inch (price TBA). They are available for pre-order now and will be in-store in the next few weeks.