WAM Engineering WallyTools
July 19, 2021 – Big Ear will soon be receiving 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, 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 doubts 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 Larsen 8.2 or 9 loudspeakers. 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.
ATC Loudspeaker Sale!
October 2020 – The ATC SCM50, SCM100 and SCM150 series speakers are now on sale for up to $8000 off retail.
Chord English Electric 8Switch
September 2020 – The English Electric 8switch is an audio grade 8-port gigabit streaming network switch.
Sonnet Digital Audio
August 2020 – Legendary digital designer, Cees Ruijtenberg of the Netherlands, has started a new company, Sonnet Digital Audio. Cees was formally the designer of the highly regarded Metrum line of digital converters. Their flagship non-oversampling R2R ladder DAC, Morpheus, is now the Big Ear digital reference and available for audition.