Sweet Home Audio

Since 1997

(Formerly, St. Cecilia Sound Gallery)

1290 S. Missouri St., Suite C • Clearwater, FL 33756-9183

(727) 446-2505

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Sweet Home Audio

Newsletter

February 2016 2015

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

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Inside This Issue

The very best music servers on the market: Antipodes

Nola's new Brio Trio Speaker system - AMAZING

12 Months, same as cash

Consignments - See our latest listings

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Check out the DM server now playing at Sweet Home Audio!

Description - DX

The DX is the Antipodes' flagship music server, using purist design choices - all solid state storage, RAM-cached playback, and all parts are powered by state-of-the-art dedicated linear power supplies.

Organic images, staggering detail retrieval and wide dynamic range, without any digital glare or grain, revealing the finest textural differences between voices and instruments, drawing you into the emotion in the music

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A+ Recommended Component from Stereophile Magazine!!

Read the full review here: http://www.stereophile.com/content/antipodes-dx-reference-music-server#oDdoZ7dCwrFq04P3.97

Here's another one you might enjoy:  http://www.digitalaudioreview.net/2015/05/antipodes-audio-dx-music-server-review/

And, more info and pictures at the Antipodes web site:  http://www.antipodesaudio.com/antipodes_music_servers.html

with the DX, there was a greater sense of ease, of you-know-whatability to the imaging, of involvement with the overall sound. And that's what it's all about, even without taking into consideration the DX's ease of setup and use. Highly recommended. I said highly.
Read more at http://www.stereophile.com/content/roon-labs-roon-v10-music-playback-app-page-2-0#kboZxGaq41Kgj2AX.99
My audiophile persona felt that, with the DX, there was a greater sense of ease, of you-know-whatability to the imaging, of involvement with the overall sound. And that's what it's all about, even without taking into consideration the DX's ease of setup and use. Highly recommended. I said highly.
Read more at http://www.stereophile.com/content/roon-labs-roon-v10-music-playback-app-page-2-0#VAIrZ5eX7ZfYF9e6.99
Conclusion
My frugal persona wants to say that, at one-eighth the price, my plain-Jane Mac mini was fully competitive in sound quality with the Antipodes DX Reference. But it wasn't. My audiophile persona felt that, with the DX, there was a greater sense of ease, of you-know-whatability to the imaging, of involvement with the overall sound. And that's what it's all about, even without taking into consideration the DX's ease of setup and use. Highly recommended. I said highly.
Read more at http://www.stereophile.com/content/roon-labs-roon-v10-music-playback-app-page-2-0#VAIrZ5eX7ZfYF9e6.99

DX Specifications:

Fanless alloy case - Silver or Black
Auto CD Ripper to Uncompressed Flac
Paranoid-mode for bit-perfect rips
RAM-cached playback from internal & external sources, & streaming services
USB Audio 2.0 Output
Optional Digital Outputs
1TB, 2TB or 4TB SSD Internal Storage
Also available without internal storage
Internal Linear Regulated Power Supplies
110-120VAC or 220-240VAC
Power consumption 44VA; 15VA standby
85mm (h) x 430mm (w) x 273mm (d)
Shipping weight 7kgs
Warranty 2 Years With Registration


 

My audiophile persona felt that, with the DX, there was a greater sense of ease, of you-know-whatability to the imaging, of involvement with the overall sound. And that's what it's all about, even without taking into consideration the DX's ease of setup and use. Highly recommended. I said highly.
Read more at http://www.stereophile.com/content/roon-labs-roon-v10-music-playback-app-page-2-0#VAIrZ5eX7ZfYF9e6.99

Description - DS

The DS uses the same core server technology as the DX, and so is similarly open, dynamic and musically expressive.

The DS achieves a lower entry price point than the DX mainly by using customized 2.5" (laptop) spinning drives, and an innovative new switching/linear power supply (fully linear regulated output).

The innovations in the new 3rd generation DS dramatically reduce the noise floor compared to all previous DS models, eliminating digital glare and grain, for a huge gain in musical expression.

 

Antipodes DS Greatest Bits Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here's what one reviewer said about the DS:

"Fence sitters who complain of paucity of emotional involvement with digital when crossing over from vinyl might find the DS Reference a solid baseline from which to fork their journey into digital. The significant sonic delta between ameliorated consumer-grade computer and DS Reference makes intuitive sense. The former can be tricked out with external bits and bobs in a bid to correct jitter after the digital audio horse has already bolted – but it won’t match Antipodes performance. The latter runs a custom power supply, firmware-tweaked hard drive and heavily customized operating system to ensure after-market correction isn’t as necessary. Its physicality might not be as slick as offerings from Aurender or Lumin but the Antipodes has CD ripping and wired control on its side. Moreover the DS Reference sets a new standard in digital audio transports by which all others will be judged. Game on!" - John Darko, http://www.6moons.com/audioreviews/antipodes/1.html

DM Specifications:

Fanless alloy case - Silver or Black
Auto CD Ripper to Uncompressed Flac
Paranoid-mode for bit-perfect rips
RAM-cached playback from internal & external sources, & streaming services
High-End USB Audio 2.0 Output
Plus auxiliary S/PDIF & Analog Outputs
1TB, 2TB or 4TB 2.5" HDD Storage, or
1TB, 2TB or 4TB SSD Storage
External Switching/Linear Power Supply
110-120VAC, or
220-240VAC
DS: 230mm (w) x 220mm (d) x 80mm (h)
PSU: 70mm (h) x 90mm (w) x 130mm (d)
Shipping weight 5kgs
Warranty 2 Years With Registration

We have a new Antipodes DS music server in our showroom.  I've been busily loading music into it while listening to its high quality streaming of music from around the world.  The 1 TB version ($2,700) holds about 1,500 CDs recorded in uncompressed FLAC format.  The sound quality is exceptional.  Come on in and give it a listen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Introducing the greatest little speaker you'll ever hear: 

The all new NOLA Brio and Brio Trio (Brio with the Brio Subwoofer)

We have the new Brio in our showroom now!!!

 

The all new Brio speakers were a tremendous hit at this year's CES show.  These small speakers produce a realism that you just don't find even in speakers many times their modest price.  You've got to hear them.  Really. 

 

Notes from CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) earlier in January 2016:

Chris Martins, publisher of Hi Fi Plus magazine wrote:

by Chris Martens | Jan 18, 2016

Nola Brio Trio, $2,700/three-piece system

"...
Nola design chief Carl Marchisotto is perhaps best know for his costly and physically imposing tower-type loudspeakers, but a passion of his has long been to bring the famous Nola sound to a much wider audience through a compact, scaled-back (but pointedly not scaled ‘down’), and accessibly-priced speaker system. That system turn out to be the new three-piece, satellite/subwoofer Brio Trio system, which consists of a pair of 5.5-inch x 5.5-inch x 12-inch, 1 ˝ -way, quasi-dipolar satellite speakers and a matching Brio subwoofer with an 8-inch woofer, a sealed enclosure, and a 250-watt Class A/B (not Class D) amplifier. The result is very simple and affordable three-piece system that, in due Nola fashion, sounds much more muscular, expansive, and musically evocative than it has any right to do for its size or price."

More of Carl's notes while at CES:

 

"Hi Fi Plus magazine (UK) writing about 10 Fascinating speakers at CES, places the Brio Trio System in the same category as speakers costing $26,000! This is TEN times the price of the $2700 Brio Trio!  Cool!"

"Yesterday we had the Brio Trio system up. No one could believe the sound quality achieved at a price of $2700 including powered subwoofer. Comments that there was no gap between the Sub and the satellites was common. Many stated it was the most transparent they had ever heard! Easily filled the large room. Many enjoyed the sound even 90 degrees Off Axis.! Truly unique."
 
"Listening to film sound on the Brio Trio was quite interesting to me.
There is a 3 dimensionality about images that sets this system apart . It did remind me of Grand Reference In that regard.
Dynamics were startling. During the "bow and arrow" sequence from the film Robin Hood, I felt I had to duck-it was that real.
Combined with the expansive soundstage, subtle nuance, massive attack , the system is both convincing and entertaining.
Listening to a 3 hr movie without fatigue is a done deal."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Planer Magnetic Headphones!

The EL-8 is flexible, portable, lightweight and loaded with new technology for extreme performance. It works beautifully with most portable players and phones. Designed by BMWDesignWorks USA and available in open and closed-back models, they're built with superb craftsmanship, wood veneer accents, and enormous attention to detail. The EL-8 features the world's most advanced planar magnetic technology with sound quality unheard of in this or any other price category.
 

   We have them here at Sweet Home Audio for you to audition. 

   Come on in and prepare to be impressed!!

  

   Just $699.  They sound better than anything you can buy for under $1000.

 

 

 

 

Do a search on your browser for "Audeze EL-8 headphones."  There are A LOT of reviews online.  All of them are over-the-top in praising these headphones.  All of those are quite accurate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 the period May 20 through June 1, 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.

 

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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