Wow, Christian and Bob just returned from a three day training sponsored by Sumiko, the parent company of both Sonus Faber loudspeakers and Sumiko subwoofers and have come back very excited about both of these Italian lines. They were blown-away with the demonstrations they were privileged to be a part of, and have gain a new respect and appreciation for this company. Sonus Faber has long had the respect of the high-end audiophile society for their attention to detail, awesome styling, and impeccable finishes. Sumiko subwoofers have very similar traits to the great REL subwoofers (see their blog elsewhere) and offer incredible value, and, like REL a new way of incorporating their subwoofers into both two-channel audio systems and theaters alike. Especially if you are someone who loves their music played in the two- channel world, but also uses this to be part of a theater system, this is the way to go.
The highlight of the training was during their off times, discussing what other dealers throughout the US are doing with these great lines. But the pinnacle was the awesome demonstration of a two channel system with great music on their system worth about $100K. Both Bob and Christian have heard systems at twice this price and higher which were no match for what they heard that day. "It was like being there…." for a fantastic musical performance.
If you have the room, and want the best value in speakers world-wide, Maggy is your obvious choice. The negative, is that these are 4-6 feet high and should be placed somewhat off the rear walls. If your significant other is good with that, these speakers will offer magnificent sound for every penny spent. At AVE we have the amazing .7 speaker which has been getting rave reviews from the likes of Absolute Sound and Sensible Sound and the price is only $1395.00 a pair! The upgraded 1.7i is even better (and larger) for only $1995.00 a pair and it's only restriction is the electronics you put in front of it. Being a fairly easy, passive loud, Magneplanar speakers can be driven with a modest, but good amp such as a lower model NAD 316 at only $379.00 but can reveal inner detail seldom heard when you drive them with our large Classe' 600 Watt mono-blocks. So these speakers offer a client an awesome way of building a great system, starting with a modest price, then growing, as funds allow, into an musical tour-de'-force.
If you are an interior designer or someone who wants an awesome 7.1 channel system that does not take over your living room or den, the Milson Cinemaframe is worth a look and listen. This high-end sounding system hides almost entirely within the wall cavity. The only thing you will see is a great TV with a beautiful custom border surround it. Hidden in the wall, are a awesome 7.2 capable pre-processor, a 7 channel amp the three front speakers, a subwoofer, and any sources you may have like a cable box, AppleTV, Roku, etc. The only exception would be something like a blu-ray disc player or turntable and these could be placed below this unit, or elsewhere in the home. Great sound, great picture and perfect for those who want understated luxury. We find that these are perfect for a high-end MDU (multiple dwelling unit) or modern homes where space or styling must be accompanied by a great performing A/V system.
We, at Audio Video Excellence, are very excited about three new products which will soon be in the store. They all start with the letter M and we can tell you about two of them…… please keep watch for the third, which we will announce soon.
Millson, now there’s a name most of you have not heard about. Their main product called CinemaFrame has got to be one of the coolest new products out there. This is a complete 7.2 capable system with the front three channels, the subwoofer, the pre/processor, the 7 channel power amp, and all your ancillary equipment such as a cable box, AppleTV, etc. all tucked in neatly behind the TV and a very custom grill ‘framing’ the television. All will fit neatly into a 2 x 4 wall, no fuss, no muss, an interior designer's dream! AND it sounds awesome. So rather than having a TV mounted on a wall, then either a closet full of equipment or a cabinet below the TV filled with same said equipment, with speakers all over the home, the wall becomes the cabinet for the equipment and most of the speakers. Women just love this clean, uncluttered look; and men love the sound and capability of this system. We should have the system on display late summer or early fall for audition, but you can read about it now at www.cinemaframe.ca
Magneplanar (or Magnepan, or just plain Maggy) is a name most audiophiles are familiar with. These are very thin, 18-24” wide panels which vary in height from 5’ to 6’ depending on the model, of a ‘quasi-ribbon’ design. Extremely quick in response, and almost a perfectly time aligned and extremely good for acoustic music or light orchestra. Not the heavy pounding bass required by a rock lover, but accurate on all kinds of sound venues. This is not a speaker for everyone, but if you can put up with the size and style of this speaker, it does offer, unquestionably, the finest sound available anywhere near it’s price point and may outperform speakers costing up to ten times that range according to most of the experts, such as the staff at The Absolute Sound (magazine). And they are 100% Made in America. We are showing three models (actually two, with a variation on the one model) starting at $1,395.00/pair. Come and listen and be amazed. This much detail, imaging, music, all for such a relatively low a price! Wow.
Join us for our Grand Opening on March 18th, from 4-8pm. Several of our suppliers will be onsite in our beautiful showroom to demonstrate their products. To show our appreciation for stopping by and checking out our incredible new showroom, we're giving you chances to win some amazing door prizes, including a B & W Zeppelin Air wireless music system (valued at almost $600) and a pair of their awesome P-3 headphones given away hourly! Can't make the Grand Opening party? Don't worry; we've got you covered! During the first few months of opening our new showroom, we will be offering some of our best pricing for the season. When the timing is right for you, come in and be rewarded with special pricing and a whole new experience in home audio & video – AVE.
Perhaps the most exciting, new product and amplifier design to come along since the new millennium. Utterly sophisticated, cool, and brilliant in design and function, this product sets new standards of luxury and engineering. If you are ready to leave behind the conventional look and feel of audio electronics and want to step up to the next level of audio performance in a unique design with proprietary technologies, come see and experience the Devialet brand. Some day everyone will own a Devialet
As the most highly acclaimed and best-selling line of speakers priced above $2,000/pair worldwide, we have virtually every speaker model on display in our store from this legendary company. Each model makes a significant improvement in sound quality, or Bowers and Wilkins simply does not introduce it. From the modestly priced new and improved 600 S2 Series, to the critically acclaimed 800 Series with diamond tweeters, these speakers have set the bar very high for others to follow. Come and listen to what B & W speakers can do to elevate your listening enjoyment in your home or office today.
Are you ready for a new experience in listening? Let us introduce you to what we feel is the best Hi-Res streaming service available today, Tidal. Currently we are streaming this service to several BlueSound devices around the store, so come for a visit and let us introduce you to the next generation of listening. With devices that will allow you to rip and store your current collection of CD music in a simple and easy method, to devices that will wirelessly play your existing and new Hi-Rez music throughout your home and office, at a price so low, it will astound you.
The new series from Canadian speaker designer Paradigm are truly world-class luxury products, made in Canada, offering sophisticated design and sound at an affordable price for a product of this level. For us it's all about live music and, to quote Paradigm: "It takes an extraordinary level of loudspeaker performance to reproduce that thrilling experience in the comfort of your home. That's the goal of our new Prestige Series." Come listen and experience this for yourself at AVE.
Sony, a name synonymous with great televisions, projectors and now leading the Hi-Res streaming devices venue, has the gone back to its roots by providing perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy music and movies in your home today. From their true 4K (four times 1080P) projectors and televisions, to their award winning Hi-Res servers and, yes, their awesome speakers (which Absolute Sound rates as one of the finest available in their price range), Sony has truly returned as a leader in the A/V world again.
Handcrafted in England, Rega offers legendary performance with awarding winning analog systems available at prices that will put a smile on your face. The Absolute Sound regards Rega products as some of the best buys in the industry. AVE believes the combination of Rega turntables and integrated amps/CD players, coupled to the awesome Totem loudspeakers, provides a musical experience unrivaled by the mass merchandised products shown in most retail environments, and at prices that even a college student can afford.