Mutec MC3+ Smart Clock USB
October 23, 2021 – Mutec is a professional audio compony found in the best recording studios in the world. All recording engineers understand that a studio master clock is critical in order to produce the best sounding digital recordings. Audiophiles are either unaware or overpaying for inferior, overpriced consumer audio copy cats in an expensive chassis. The Mutec MC3+ Smart Clock USB optimizes jitter-affected digital sources like CD/DVD/SACD transports, streamers and computers, conditions the signal to audibly improve any DAC and much more. Big Ear now has a unit on hand for your evaluation. For me, it’s a keeper and moves between my recording studio and stereo playback systems.
Legacy Audio Calibre Speakers
October 22, 2021 – Big Ear will soon have the Legacy Calibre monitors available for your auditioning pleasure. These come in active and passive (our demo) versions just like ATC. The sound quality and bass from speakers this size will shock you. Can’t afford ATC active or passive? The Calibre monitors could be just what you’re looking for.
Fyne Audio F703 Speakers
October 19, 2021 – In a previous What’s New? announcement, I mentioned that Big Ear would soon have a pair of Fyne Audio F702 speakers on display. Since then, I decided to go with the same speaker that Jim Smith of Get Better Sound and RoomPlay Reference fame replaced his custom, $40,000 Tannoy Canterbury reference speakers with, the Fnye Audio F703. Jim now uses the Fyne F703 speakers exclusively for his RoomPlay Reference sessions. Needless to say we are very excited. I expect the Fyne F703 speakers will be installed, broken-in and ready for an audition around early November.
ATC Speaker Sale
October 16, 2021 – ATC SCM50, 100 & 150 models, both active or passive, are on sale for $6,000 off. At Big Ear I demonstrate the active ATC SCM100ASLT speakers in our main music room.
UberLight Flex Turntable & Stereo Equipment LED Task Light
October 12, 2021 – Michael Fremer’s favorite turntable lamp. I agree. The new UberLight™ Flex offers complete control. With nine total light settings and 40% more luminous efficiency, the new UberLight™ Flex delivers up to 240% more lumen power than their previous model. The UberLight™ Flex’s 26.5” silicone gooseneck can hold virtually any shape. Anywhere. Anytime. Includes USB connectivity and power brick for portability and a 270° rotational head for precision control. A great gift for the audiophile in your family. Available in black: $59.
Legacy Audio i.V2 Dual Mono Amplifier (Ultra)
“The i.V Ultra amplifier has handily outdone all other amps reviewed, regardless of genre, which is unprecedented. I invite the community to peruse the entire listing of amps I have reviewed from the past 14 years; there is not a one of them, not a single one, that I would prefer to be hearing. It’s not just a matter of being somewhat better, or in some respects having advantage, but rather a wholesale superior experience.” Doug Schroeder, Dagogo – May 2020
Zesto Audio Leto Ultra II Line Stage On Display
September 26, 2021 – Big Ear now has the Zesto Leto Ultra II line stage on display along with the Zesto Andros Deluxe II phono stage.
Ken Micallef of Stereophile says, “Superbly clean and transparent, the Leto Ultra II’s midrange-to–upper treble focus and lucidity was off the charts, giving fresh insight to familiar LPs. Silky and smooth, its tone was also good. With its user-friendly, logical options, the Leto Ultra II is among the very best line preamplifiers I’ve heard, and it comes with a useful, innovative, fully defeatable tone control (the Presence feature), wrapped in an unusual, cosmetically striking frame.
Must be heard to be fully appreciated. Highly recommended.” – Full Stereophile Review
Weiss Engineering DAC and DSP Processors/Renderers
September 8, 2021 – There’s a lot to like about this Swiss DAC including the headphone output; simply world class. More proof that the best consumer stereo comes from professional audio guys like Daniel Weiss. Many of the world’s best recording studios feature products from ATC and Weiss. The DAC501/502 is the least costly of the top tier DACs and, unlike most, includes an excellent headphone output and a variety of useful DSP functions; equalization, room correction, de-essing, crosstalk canceling and more. RoonReady. Weiss is including factory supplied equalization curves for headphones, currently will all Audeze models available and plans to add more from other top headphone manufacturers. As Weiss receives new curves, they will automatically be installed on the Weiss through regular, automatic, software updates.
Puritan Audio Laboratories Mains Purification
August 23, 2021 – That’s power conditioning on this side of the pond. My experience with power conditioning has been uniformly negative over the decades. Yes, all power conditioners change the sound of your stereo but in most cases negatively. Other recent expensive units from popular cable makers may or may not work in your system and offer poor value if they do make a small improvement. Up to now we have found that the ifi PowerStation to do a good job at a reasonable price and will continue to offer that as an excellent entry level choice. Enter Puritan Audio Labs. Finally, reasonably priced units that clearly improve sound quality without breaking the bank. Unlike most power conditioners, Puritan includes DC blocking making these units a must for anyone experiencing buzzing transformers. Sorry to lay Srajan Ebaen on you, a master of stretching a short paragraph into pages of babble. But, hopefully, you’ll get to the point: “I personally see no compelling reason to spend more on AC power filtering even for our top system”. Puritan Audio Labs PSM156 AC-Purifier
August 11, 2021 – Big Ear Stereo will be the first dealer in the USA to audition and custom build ANKits DAC kits. Their world class DACs are very highly regarded and a tremendous value at any level; 2.1, 4.1, 4.1x or 5.1. In early October I’ll have the ANK DAC4.1x available for audition. ANKits DAC kits or our custom completed builds (I’ll have a menu of options) will be available for purchase through Big Ear Stereo.
August 7, 2021 – Fyne Audio, founded by engineers and management from Tannoy, has taken the Tannoy sound to another level. Big Ear will soon have the F702 floor stander ($10,995 retail) available for audition. Jim Smith of Get Better Sound sold his Tannoy Canterbury speakers ($30,000 retail with $10k Duelund external crossovers) after hearing the Fyne F703 ($13,995 retail). These are the speakers you will hear if you book one of Jim’s RoomPlay Reference sessions. Not yet well known but I expect this to be a very popular speaker line once the word gets out. The 700 and F1 series are built in Scotland. All Tannoy production has moved to China.
WAM Engineering WallyTools
July 19, 2021 – Big Ear has received a full compliment of WallyTools turntable alignment devices; WallyTractor, WallySkater, WallyReference and WallyFulcrum with WallyZenith and WallyAzimuth coming soon. When used in conjunction with our AnalogMagik, Feickert Adjust+, SMARTractor, various Best Tractors, high quality USB microscope with high precision stand, large collection of test records, electronic laboratory equipment, other turntable set up equipment and over 40 years of turntable set up experience, we feel that we’re closer to perfection in this art as is currently possible. This is still a time consuming process when done right, limiting this service to customers who have purchased their turntables through Big Ear. WallyTools are highly recommended by Michael Fremer and represent the current state of the art in turntable/arm/cartridge alignment tools. WAM Engineering WallyTools
Please watch this very recent YouTube video with Greg Weaver interviewing J.R. Boisclair of WAM engineering. In it, Mr Boisclair reveals how badly made many phono cartridges are regardless of price. Apparently, based on the data presented, there is no correlation between price and quality. The good news; once all the WallyTools are here, I’ll be able to determine if the cartridge you purchased will pass our stringent quality controls. If not, it will go right back to the manufacturer for replacement, ensuring that when the job is complete, you will have zero doubt as to the integrity of your purchase and that all parameters are set as close to perfect as possible. J.R. Boisclair Interviewed by Greg Weaver
Soundsmith Phono Cartridges
July 7, 2021 – Big Ear is very excited and proud to now be representing phono cartridges from legendary cartridge builder and renaissance man Peter Ledermann. As our focus, based on sound quality, value and very low noise, is now exclusively with MM and MI phono cartridges (busting more audiophile myths), Soundsmith is the perfect addition to our lineup. Our goal is to display/demo both high (Zephyr MK III) and low (Paua mk II) output examples of their mid-price offerings. Stay tuned…
Black Ice Audio Launches New Website
July 1, 2021 – Big Ear’s best value line of tube electronics, Black Ice Audio, just launched their new website. Expect informative articles and interesting content. Black Ice Audio
Zesto Audio Vacuum Tube Stereo Components
June 2021- Big Ear is very proud to be Zesto Audio’s latest representative. This small, US, family run business, much like Big Ear, manufactures some of the best vacuum tube audio products on the planet. We have the highly acclaimed Andros Deluxe II phono stage on display followed soon by the Leto Ultra II line stage. https://positive-feedback.com/reviews/hardware-reviews/zesto-audio-andros-deluxe-ii-phonostage/
Legacy Audio Classic HD Speakers and Metro XD Subwoofers Now On Display
May 2021 – Experience the sound of one of my favorite speaker companies, Legacy Audio, with their Classic HD speakers ($5995) and a pair (one subwoofer is not sufficient for audiophile sound reproduction) of Metro XD subwoofers ($2623 each). Legacy speakers and Coda solid state amplification; a match made in heaven.
Black Ice Audio F159 Hybrid Phono, F360 Remote Controlled Hybrid Line Stage and Fusion Transport/DAC Now On Display
May 2021 – If you are considering similar products from Ayon Audio, PrimaLuna, Rogue Audio & Quicksilver Audio or even high value, high end solid-state designs and would prefer to have better sound quality and more features at much lower prices, please consider auditioning these products designed by legendary audio engineer Jim Fosgate. Folks using most SME and all Rega tonearms which lack the ability to adjust the critical azimuth (crosstalk) parameter should seriously consider the Fusion F159 phono stage ($1495) with it’s sophisticated crosstalk reduction circuitry praised by Michael Fremer. The Fusion F360 remote controlled, hybrid line stage ($1995) contains Fosgate’s unique soundstage expander and really unique bass control (ignore the audiophile police that strictly forbid such things). If one has serious limitations regarding proper speaker and listening chair positioning, this the best solution I know of to get the most fun out of your listening experience.
SME Model 20/3 Now On Display
April 2021 – We just received our display/demo SME 20/3 turntable with SME Series 5 tonearm. I’ll be installing the Ortofon Cadenza Bronze cartridge initially. Perhaps an Ortofon Windfeld Ti or Grado Statement3 down the line. After either owning, modifying or setting up high end turntables for 40 years, the SME line has become my personal favorite for a number of reasons.
Herron Audio M2 Amplifiers
December 2020 – We’ll be adding the Herron M2 mono block amplifiers to our other Herron components, VTPH-2A phono stage & VTSP-360 line stage, for a complete Herron Audio System, driving various Legacy or Fyne speakers. These four components will always be in one of my personal stereo systems.
December 2020 – We’re proud to become the only stereo dealer in Arizona to represent the legendary line of SME turntables. We will display and demonstrate The Absolute Sound’s 2020 Turntable of the Year, the SME Model 12A.
December 2020 – We’re proud to become the only stereo dealer in Arizona to become Wireworld cable suppliers. Although we still believe that Big Ear cable products are the best bang for the buck, Wireworld makes cable products that we are very impressed with.
Coda Technologies 06x Phono Stage, 07x Line Stage and Continuum No. 8 Amplifier
December 2020 – These outstanding products have been ordered and will be available shortly for audition. Anyone interested in components from Pass Labs or D’Agostino (IMHO ridiculously overpriced) should audition these Coda products (better sound, better value). I’ve always been a tube guy and these are solid state products I could happily live with in my reference system.
ATC SCM100ASLT Active Loudspeakers
October 2020 – Big Ear is proud to announce that it will be only one of two US retailers to display and demonstrate the amazing ATC SCM100ASLT active loudspeakers. They will arrive and be ready for audition in late December 2020.
Chord English Electric 8Switch
September 2020 – The English Electric 8switch is an audio grade 8-port gigabit streaming network switch.