FOCUS AUDIO TUBE INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER
Canadian manufacturer Focus Audio may be best known for its high-end loudspeakers, but it also builds tube amplifiers to drive them. The Liszt Prelude amplifier was on the cover of UHF No. 95 (you can read the review here). Yes, we liked the way it sounded, and we liked the build quality too. Now, our Audiophile Boutique has managed to get hold a of a very limited number.
Full list price is now $8970 (our dollar has gone down since the test...and remember that's in Canadian dollars). Our basic price is 20% off, but we can offer you a special bundle too.
ORDER Focus Audio Liszt Prelude, $7176 Click to order it
You'll be needing interconnect cables, though. Buy a set of Atlas Mavros cables, one of the best we have ever heard, and which we use ourselves. These are single-crystal cables with Teflon dielectric and solderless non-compressing connectors. They're $1499 (and will be going up when we restock), but add a set to your Focus Audio amplifier, and get the set for just $99. Wow!
ORDER AMI-1, Mavros interconnects, one per amplifier purchase, $99. Click to add them
THORENS TD-309 TURNTABLE (NEW)
This German-built turntable is notable for more than its bright red color. Rather affordable for a table with high-end pretensions, it was very close to plug-and-play, making it a rather good buy for non-expert audiophiles. You can read our review in UHF No. 90 right here.
We have only one of these magnificent tables. It's factory sealed. Originally $2000, our one and only table is now $1499. Free shipping in Canada, 5% extra in the US. SORRY, SOLD
MASTERSOUND 845 INTEGRATED TUBE AMPLIFIER (DEMO)
You may remember this remarkable Italian amplifier. We reviewed it in UHF No. 92 (you can read the review here), and we were enthusiastic about what we called a reference-quality amplifier, which has its place in the very best systems. It uses four 845 tubes (hence its name), running in parallel, not push-pull. Offering 55 watts/channel, it sounds like much more.
This is the very one we tested, in fact. It has been to shows, and of course we reviewed it, but it was never sold. It's been checked out by Liberty Trading, the former Mastersound distributor, and is ready to ship.
The full list price is now $15,995 (Canadian). Recently offered for $9595, which is the dealer price, it's now $7575. Shipping is free in the Montreal area, minimum $300 elsewhere in Canada. CLICK TO BUY IT
NEW LOWER PRICE: MOON CD PLAYER WITH ACCESSIBLE DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTER (REFURB)
We need to clear them out to make room for other products. This could be your last CD player. Originally $3000 ($3200 for the CD3.3X, with a balanced analog outputs), the player includes a digital input, so that you can use its high-performance DAC (24-bit/192 kHz) with a computer or other source. These are refurbished players, factory-checked, with five year warranty. New box, manual, batteries, etc.
It features digital and analog power supplies using a toroidal power transformer, 10 stages of DC voltage regulation, a proprietary CD drive system with in-house developed hardware & software, CD drive system mounted on the M-Quattro gel-based 4-point floating suspension for vibration damping, allowing ambient and spatial cues in your recordings to come to life like never before. Internal upsampling with 24-bit/1.411MHz processing, BurrBrown PCM1798 high-resolution 24-bit/192kHz Digital-to-Analog Converter and 8x oversampling digital filter, S/PDIF digital input for use as a digital-to-analog converter with either a digital music server or external transport.
CD3.3X player, refurbished, originally $3200 new, recently $1950, now just $1650. CLICK TO ORDER ONE
CD3.3 player, refurbished, originally $3000 new, recently $1775, now $1450. CLICK TO ORDER ONE
Want to connect your CD3.3 to a TOSLINK source, such as an Airport Express or a computer? Add the TO-CA adapter, which turns TOSLINK to the S/PDIF coaxial compatible with the CD3.3, $15. Offered only with purchase of a CD3.3. CLICK TO ADD ONE
And...pick up a piece of our reference systems...
Recognize it? It's the original Moon 300D digital-to-analog converter. We use it alongside the Mac mini computer in our Omega reference system. The 300D did not yet have n asynchronous USB circuit, and so we added the superb Stello U3 interface.
It's now discontinued, we're sad to say. But you can get the two units, plus the superb Mavros digital cable you'll need to link them.
The full price of the combination would have been over $2,800. Get it now for $1,375.
We have to warn you that, if it doesn't go this weekend, the price will rise, not drop. Now's your chance to get superior digital sound from your computer.
ORDER DAC bundle for $1375. Click to buy it
Need a superior quality USB cable to go with your new DAC? We recomment the BIS Audio.
ORDER: BIS-USB3, 0.92m USB cable, $120 Click to buy it
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