Sweet Home Audio

Since 1997

(Formerly, St. Cecilia Sound Gallery)

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Sweet Home Audio

Newsletter

April 2015

      1290 S. Missouri Ave., Suite C, Clearwater, FL 33756; web: www.sweethomeaudio.com

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Inside This Issue

Dolby Atmos - The latest in Home Theater Audio

Electrocompaniet - Lower Prices, New Products

Now open Saturdays

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Consignments

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Some of you may have heard about Dolby's latest creation for theaters and home theaters.  Atmos is the next logical step in bringing greater realism into your home theater.  Here is some more information about this new technology that you might find interesting.  Here is some general information that was written by Sam Sabin and published in the Sound and Vision online magazine:

"Atmos is an object-based audio mixing system that allows movie sound engineers to place objects essentially anywhere inside of a dome-shaped envelope above the audience. Recorded "objects"—whether a human voice reciting dialog, the sound of a traveling helicopter prop, an insect in a tree in the forest, or a foley effect of breaking glass—are dropped inside a graphic representation of the listening space displayed on a desktop monitor, moved around as desired, and assigned metadata that describes the object and its position at any given moment. This data becomes a permanent part of the soundtrack. The Atmos decoder in the theater knows the speaker/channel configuration available to it at that installation; as many as 64 separate speaker channels can be addressed by the processor. When the soundtrack is played back, it uses the metadata to automatically map the speaker output levels in real time to position each sound as close as possible to where the mixing engineer intended.

This is already decidedly different than traditional "channel-based" mixing, wherein a movie might be mixed with a 7.1-channel soundtrack in which every sound gets manually placed, or panned across different channels on the mixing board to create a sense of movement. The 7.1-channel soundtrack must then be arduously adapted to 5.1-channel and stereo mixes for smaller systems. That work is essentially eliminated with Atmos. But what's key to the Atmos theatrical experience is the addition of individually addressable ceiling speakers, typically found in left/right pairs that correspond to the position of the surround speakers mounted on the theater's side walls. It's the ceiling speakers, and the way in which they're discretely controlled by the Atmos soundtrack, that allow for a more realistic soundfield than has been possible even with a traditional 7.1-channel setup with side-wall and back-wall surrounds, or any of those artificially-derived adaptations that add height and width speakers to 7.1 and 5.1 channel soundtracks. Instead of ambient sounds tending to hug the boundaries of the room where the surround speakers have been traditionally located, they can be made to come from directly overhead for any seat in the audience."  -SoundandVision.com, by Sam Sabin

 

Here are some products that we sell that are Atmos enabled or ready:

Marantz

The Marantz SR-7009:

9.2 channels of high performance audio, high performance video with Atmos, WiFi and Bluetooth built in.  This one has it all.

 

 

Denon

Denon has three AV receivers with built-in Atmos processing.  They are all excellent performers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onkyo's TX-NR7377.2-Ch Dolby Atmos Ready Network A/V Receiver w/ HDMI 2.0

Onkyo

Onkyo offers 5 AVR models that include Atmos processing.  Entry starts at just $699.

 

 

Definitive Technology

This A60 upward firing speaker module is designed to fit on top of their BP-8060ST floor standing loudspeakers.  It will also work as a stand-alone speaker. Just $499 for a pair.

 

 

 

Definitive Technology BP-8060ST floor standing loudspeaker with built-in powered subwoofer!

The A60 Atmos speaker sits atop this speaker seamlessly.  It's small footprint makes it an easy speaker to fit into most home theater systems.  The fact that it also has a built-in powered subwoofer saves you both money and space, plus, with the multiple subwoofer configuration (a powered sub in each tower speaker), you get a smoother bass response that with a single separate subwoofer.  Just $999 each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Gallo Acoustics

Gallo offers a variety of small speakers that produce big sound that can be installed in the ceiling, on a wall or on any flat surface.  Fire them up or toward the listening position.  You'll get the full impact of 3D Atmos sound without having speakers dominating your room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are a good number of other speakers that will work well in an Atmos home theater system.  Give us a call or come in and we'll help you configure the exact right system for your home theater and audio interests.

 

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I intended to write a brief description of my impression of Electrocompaniet gear.  However, while reviewing on-line comments about EC, I came across this piece published by Positive Feedback.  It so accurately describes my own findings, that I decided to let it speaker for me.  Here it is:

 

"I have always had a fondness for Electrocompaniet products. Being a tube guy, Electrocompaniet products sound a lot like the best qualities of tube gear while still maintaining the speed, impact, dynamic headroom, and accuracy of solid state gear. Not bad in my opinion for a solid state product coming from the frozen tundra of Norway. You would think Electrocompaniet would be a tube based company knowing how cold it can get during those long Norwegian Winters. This tube like sound has a lot to do with Electrocompaniet's original design philosophy, their goal is to create products that lean toward the side of musicality or "getting the music right" as opposed to reaching for that last bit of extension many other manufacturers strive toward. This is paying high compliment to Electrocompaniet since most solid state products do not excite me or grab me emotionally like tube based gear does. What is truly amazing, all of the gear offered by Electrocompaniet is solid state in design—not tubes. In my opinion, that is truly a "hat trick" getting tube like musicality from a solid state design. Another aspect I like about the Electrocompaniet gear is, their looks. Since I am an aesthetics kind of person Electrocompaniet products display what I would like to call SES—Sexy European Simplicity. All of their Classic Line products share a similar face plate design that is simple, functional, classy, and good looking all at the same time."  Jeff Parks, Positive Feedback, Issue 51

 

We have a broad selection of the Electrocompaniet line here in our shop.  If you haven't listened to this gear lately, you really should come in and sample it.  I think you'll be glad that you did.

Better yet, Electrocompaniet has just announced lower prices on their entire line. 

All of these products are brand new and factory fresh.

Here are some examples:

 

Save $1,920 on a pair of AW180 mono block power amps! 

  250 Watts into 8 ohms

  380 Watts into 4 ohms

  625 Watts into 2 ohms

  Stable into 1/2 ohm loads!

  Musical and powerful - great combination.

 

 

Save $2,300 on a pair of AW400 mono block power amps! 

  400 Watts into 8 ohms

  765 Watts into 4 ohms

  1010 Watts into 2 ohms

  Stable into 1/2 ohm loads!

  These amps are truly amazing.

 

 

Save $1,560 on the AW250-R stereo power amp! 

  2 x 250 Watts into 8 ohms

  2 x 380 Watts into 4 ohms

  2 x 625 Watts into 2 ohms

  2 x 1100 Watts into 1 ohm

  Stable into 1/2 ohm loads!

  The most amazing stereo solid state amp I've ever heard.    

 

Save $850 on the ECI-5 MKII integrated amp! 

  2 x 120 Watts into 8 ohms

  2 x 200 Watts into 4 ohms

  2 x 370 Watts into 2 ohms

  My favorite solid state integrated amp by far.

 

Save $540 on the EMP 3 Multiplayer! 

  Plays:   Blue-ray 2D and 3D, DVD, SACD, CD, DVD-A, HDCD,

  Upscales video to 4K, internet streaming via Ethernet connection or WiFi.  DLNA certified.  2 USB inputs and an HDMI 1.4 input. 

http://www.electrocompaniet.com/products/classic/digital/EMP_3

 

These are representative of the savings you can now get on brand new Electrocompaniet gear.  Come in or call for current prices on all of EC's products.  

 

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ECI 6 - Integrated amplifier with DAC and Media Streaming! 

 

 

 

 

ECI 6DS Fully balanced integrated amplifier with built-in D/A converter and media streaming

The ECI 6DS is a powerful integrated amplifier, equipped with a number of analogue and digital inputs offering  a wide range of connectivity.

The built-in media streaming unit is fully compatible with established standards like UPnP and DLNA. The ECI 6DS  enables you listen to nearly all formats with musical content from your home computer network, internet radio or different types of USB and NAS- storage devices.  

With its high performance sample rate converter and D/A converter the ECI6 DS is able to improve all of your digital sources like TV’s, cable- and satellite tuners, CD/DVD/Blu-Ray players and not to forget your computer and media player. Independent of their native resolution all digital sources will be upsampled to 24bit/ 192kHz and can be connected by SPDIF, USB or Toslink. 

The new ECI6 DS offers 2 x 125 Watts and is based on the successful ECI 5 MK II.  To make it even better we have equipped with an even better power supply and a more sophisticated preamplifier module. As a result we can offer you an extremely substantial and dynamic amplifier, capable to control a wide range of speakers in the marked.  

Analogue sources can be connected to one balanced (XLR) input and three single-ended (RCA) inputs. Two preamplifier outputs, one balanced and one single ended, making sure the amplifier is prepared for future extensions.

The advanced ECT4 system remote controller will give you full control, not only on the ECI 6DS, but also on your TV, Blu-Ray and PVR. The ECT4 system remote control has a graphical interface that makes it easy to browse through your music collection, it displays the cover art from your music connection and internet radio stations.

The ECI 6DS offers extended UPnP support for external control by Windows, Android or Apple  APP’s such as Bubble UPnP, Songbook, Plugplayer or Kinsky or Sync:Stream.
 

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Now just $6,150; $1900 less than its original price of $8,050.

 

ECG 1 - High performance turntable with tonearm and cartridge! 

 

 
This is Electrocompaniet's first ever turntable, designed by company's CEO, Mikal Dreggevik. ECG-1 is a sandwich construction made out of three layers - acrylic and aluminum, benefiting from the internal dampening in the acrylic and the rigidity of the aluminum. The construction using different materials increases the internal vibration dampening further, so the chassis will have no resonance problems. The turntable is also fitted with a platter made out of acrylic that is very similar to the vinyl material used in the record. The record is meant to be placed directly onto the platter, without the use of a mat. This ensures a strong coupling between the two parts, basically making the LP a part of the platter. The acrylic has good internal dampening, so it won’t ring like a metal platter.

The ECG-1 is fitted with a 24 volt AC asynchronous motor that is perfectly controlled by a two phase low harmonic analogue sine wave controller. The motor is very precise and will follow the frequency of the motor controller, without the complications and over engineering necessary with a DC motor. Norwegian turntable is fitted with the Jelco SA-750EB tonearm. It will handle phono cartridges weighing between 4 and 12 grams. Since Electrocompaniet has no in-house production facilities for making its own phono cartridge, the development and production is done by Sound Smith company, after Electrocompaniet's specifications, making the cartridge an OEM product. Sound Smith specializes in making Moving Micro Cross cartridges and also the Electrocompaniet cartridge uses this technology. 

$4,450 with tonearm and Sound Smith Cartridge.

 

ECP 2 - High performance Phono Stage! 

ECP 2 Balanced Phono Stage Preamplifier

The new Electrocompaniet ECP 2 Phono Preamplifier is designed according to guidelines seen in the phono preamplifier from Dynamic Precision. It incorporates state-of-the-art instrumentation operational amplifiers and like other Electrocompaniet products, it uses the highest quality of discrete components through the whole signal path, all DC coupled of course.


The ECP 2 accommodates any imaginable pick-up and cable combination, thanks to it’s highly configurable input stage. User can select best suiting capacitive and resistive load configuration regarding to the pick-up cartridge used as source, no matter whether it is of an MM or MC type. Overall gain is also adjustable in 5 dB steps to accommodate different output levels from different pick-ups. The ECP 2 follows strictly the standard RIAA playback equalization curve, having also steep low frequency roll-off to filter out unwanted signals originating for example from playing back warped records.
 

Specifications:

Gain @ 1 kHz RCA              Adjustable 39,8 – 71,4 dB

Gain @ 1 kHz XLR               Adjustable 45,8 – 76,4 dB

Resistance loading (RL)      Adjustable 10 Ω – 47k Ω

Capacitive loading (CL)       Adjustable 0 – 350 pF

Maximum output level           17.5 V rms (+ 25 dB V)

Output impedance                100 Ω single-ended, 200 Ω balanced

Frequency response            20 – 20 kHz +/- 0.2 dB

RIAA Correction Accuracy  ± 0,1 dB

Subsonic filter                       -3dB @ 11 Hz, 24 dB/octave

Channel separation              > 85 dB, 20 – 20 kHz

THD + Noise                         < 0.003 % @ 1 kHz

S/N-R                                     96 dB, 1 kHz, A-weighted, ref. 10 dB V output

S/N-R                                     91 dB, 1 kHz, A-weighted, ref. 5 mV input

 

This seriously high performing phono stage is just $2,300.

 

EMC 1 MK III - Reference SACD Player! 

 

 

 

 

 

EMC 1 MK III Limited Edition SACD player

Since 1998, Electrocompaniet has produced one of the best sounding CD players on the market, the EMC 1-UP. The new Limited Edition EMC 1 MKIII builds upon this legacy, and brings it into the area of high definition audio. The Limited Edition EMC 1 MKIII is designed for uncompromising playback of standard audio CD and SACD. The player has a high performance sample rate converter, fully balanced D/A converters and discrete analog audio circuitry for excellent performance. It features an unique cancellation system which cancels acoustic / mechanical vibrations, preventing the laser pick-up from receiving unwanted and sonically degrading signals. The audio quality surpassed our own EMC 1 UP, arguably one of the best CD players on the market today.



Product highlights:
    • No-compromise mechanical design with five different housings, which shield analogue, digital, transport, transformer   and controller circuitry.
    • Electromechanical cancellation system which cancels acoustic-mechanical vibrations, preventing the laser pickup from receiving mechanical distortions.
    • Separate transformers and power supplies for analogue and digital circuits.
    • Fully balanced D/A converter with discrete analog audio circuitry.
    • Digital outputs via S/PDIF and Toslink.
    •12V trigger input for remote power ON.
    • RS232 port for firmware upgrades and control through a wide range of home installation systems.
    • Soundcare superspikes for the best possible footing.

Technical specifications

Output level                      (unbalanced) 2.3Vrms, (balanced) 4.6Vrms

Noise floor                       < -130dB        

Frequency deviation       (20-20kHz) 0.05dB

Channel separation        > 110 dB

THD+N                            <0.003%

Dynamic range               120 dB

Compatible formats: CD, HDCD, SACD, MP3

Digital outputs: SPDIF COAX, SPDIF TOSLINK

Control inputs: RS232, 12V Trigger

True balanced system

Mechanical filter which cancels acoustic/mechanical vibrations preventing the laser pick-up from receiving unwanted signals

FTT Power supply

W: 18.9 inches x D: 16.6 inches x H: 4.7 inches

Weight: 39.6 lbs

 

Reference quality, unsurpassed for $6000.

 

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To accommodate your busy schedule, we are now open on Saturdays from 10:30 AM until 2:30 PM. 

No appointment necessary.

Come on in and listen to some great music, talk to me about your home entertainment plans or needs and pick up some great audio and video deals!

We're still open Mondays through Fridays, as usual - it's still a good idea to call before you make the trek over here in case I'm out of the shop helping another customer.

 

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Buy it now and take eighteen months to pay for it with zero interest!!

In association with Synchrony Financial, we are offering eighteen month, same-as-cash financing on your purchases during February 2015.

The application and credit approval process takes about five minutes. 

This is a deferred interest promotion.  Pay the full balance within the eighteen month term and you'll pay no interest at all.

Upgrade your home theater or music system today and spread your payments out over eighteen months.  This offer is good on both new and used equipment.

Come on in and let's get started!

 

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We'RE ALWAYS addING new consignment pieces.

we've reduced the prices on Most Consignment items.

Sell your old gear on consignment and turn it into cash—money for you to spend. 

If you are in the market for home audio or home video gear and you're on a budget, buy from our Consignment Department.  We've got quality used A/V products on consignment at very attractive prices.

Consignment makes sense.  Buying or selling—either way you save.

Every month we add new items to the consignment list (see it at the end of this newsletter).  We even have music on consignment—CD's, LP's and even Laser Discs.

 Here, at the home of beautiful sound, we make it easy.

  •  Check out our new Demo, Used & Consignment page:  Click HERE

 

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Now open Saturdays!  10:30 AM until 2:30 AM.

We are frequently out of the shop helping customers at their homes and businesses. So, especially if you're coming a substantial distance, please call before you come. We'd hate to miss you!

(727) 446-2505

Monday through Fridays, we do our best to keep regular hours here (see below times). 

Our official schedule:

 

Monday thru Friday—10:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Saturday -  10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

 

Thank you for reading our newsletter and visiting our web site.

Call us at (727) 446-2505 if you have any questions.

If you can, come in and check out our shop.  We'll make you feel right at home.

~ Brian & Peggy Rovinsky

 

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