Below is a list of our recommended products. This list features products from Marantz, DALI, Magico, Screen Innovations, GoldenEar, Parasound, and JL Audio.
Marantz Marantz AV8802A/AV7703
The Marantz AV8802A Preamp Processor is one of the finest sounding products I have ever heard. If you like clean, clear, dynamic and airy sound, this one is for you! The reason the 8802A sounds so good is the redesigned HDAM (discrete Operational Amplifiers), ultra-low jitter design, audiophile grade capacitors, 32bit 192khz flagship DAC’s, XT32 room correction and careful execution of the entire analog signal path. You can spend 3x more but do not assume it sounds better.
The AV7703 is heavily related to the AV8802A and also has HDCP2.2 and DTS:X. It’s impossible to beat the sound quality of the 7703 especially at this price! On the 7703 platform, Marantz has integrated the HEOS engine platform without a price increase. The HEOS engine alone retails for $349 and the hardware is now included in the processor. OF COURSE we take trades. We make it affordable and painless to upgrade. Call or email me for details.
DALI Epicon 2
The Epicon 2 bookshelf speaker is one incredible loudspeaker. Don’t be fooled by its size. You will hear an unbelievably large soundstage that is holographic and textured. If you pick some of the best speakers ever made, most of them use Danish drivers. In fact, the Director of Engineering of DALI use to be the head engineer of Scan Speak Denmark.
Parasound Halo A51
The Parasound Halo amplifier series is one of my favorites. The A51 theater amplifier for instance can control any difficult speaker load. It will beat-up on some of the most expensive amplifiers independent of the price. So you own some $15K boutique mono-block amplifiers? Don’t assume this the DC coupled, wide bandwidth design will finish second even with 3 other channels attached. It’s that good.
While the entire Magico line is garnering impressive accolades. I’m very impressed with the S1’s simplicity and world class sound quality. They don’t mandate the best of the best to electronics to control them and with a fast subwoofer, they come dangerously close to their bigger brothers costing nearly 3X more. Highly recommended!
Screen Innovation (Black Diamond material)
Screen Innovations Black Diamond material is not just another grey high contrast screen. It’s the world’s FIRST optical front projection screen to break the 15:1 contrast barrier. The screen REFLECTS the projected image while effectively absorbing incident light from other angles. The result is vivid, sharp pictures with up to 7 times higher contrast and 2 times brighter images than conventional front screens. A newly released Black Diamond motorized screen is also shipping. Many of the projector manufacture executives own the Screen Innovation Black Diamond. This screen is the best-of-the-best.
GoldenEar Aon Series
GoldenEar is one incredible speaker company! Admittedly, I am a GoldenEar bigot because everything in their product offering sounds phenomenal. When you checkout the price, it becomes a no-brainer for anyone on a budget. You really need to spend at least three times as much to come close to this brands performance. The folded ribbon tweeter is sonically pure and textured while the planar low frequency radiators are perfectly executed to extend the base below what other speakers struggle to accomplish. This product is simply a no-brainer. Buy anything they sell and you will love the sound.
JL Audio F113 Subwoofer
The JL Audio F113 is a 130 pound 2500 Watt subwoofer that delivers tight accurate base that is both World Class and musical. The output will fill even large rooms without breaking a sweat. Look to JL Subwoofers if you want the very best. I’m really looking forward to a new 12” sub that is close to being released at ½ the price.