Monday, 10 March 2014

Sonority stands for Sonus Faber Elipsa

We have been fans of the Sonority range of Isolation Platforms for a long time. Sonority have taken a different approach to isolation by using an arrangement of ceramic ball bearings and cups ( which allows quite a lot of movement) no spikes. the principle being to control resonance by introducing a very low frequency movement and using very low resonance materials (laminate and tungsten carbide) to deter higher frequencies. The results are quite astonishing ... particularly on CD players and Pre Amplifers .... huge increases in dynamics and a general 'live' feel to the music are usual.

Our most recent success have been a pair of Triple layer speaker platforms ... we've done a few of these now and have always been amazed by the improvements.

The top two laminates are separated by the ball bearing arrangement and then sit on integrated cones on the base ... this base then just sits directly on the floor.

To say that everything is improved sounds like an exaggeration, as there is usually some trade off with isolation ... but not in this case, bass is cleaner and better defined and appears to dig much deeper .. imagery is much more precise with much more extention and naturalness in the treble.

This pair which were bespoke made for Sonus Faber Elipsa cost £1750 ... which seems like a lot, but is actually great value if you try and work out alternative ways of bringing about this kind of upgrade.

If you want to try you and of the Sonority products ... give us a call on 01270 580734

Friday, 7 March 2014

On the Jig today .... Linn Sondek / Basik / Rega R100

In for a bit of TLC today, a very nice and very early Linn Sondek. Still with original, Acos Lustre based, Linn Basik arm.

This LP12 is so early that it even has the routed slot in the top of the plinth, towards the back, for the original lid support (before they went to a sprung hinge) It also does without the Nirvana Kit and Electronic Valhalla Board which were early 80s additions

Quite surprisingly the owner is still using a Rega R100 cartridge .. which I suspect will has been in it from new. Replacement styli for these have been unavailable for at least 20 years.

I quite enjoy working on these early Sondeks as they are fairly straight forward to set up and very rewarding as the improvement sonically, from a simple strip down and rebuild, is quite dramatic. Years of every screw, nut and bolt slackening off, can really take it's toll.

Just a basic service here will cost around £50 plus any parts.

For more information call Philip on 01270 580734