Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Crimson Website!

Crimson Products Ltd., makers of the world-renowned Crimson CS710 Pre-Amplifier, the CS640E-III and CS620E-III Power Amplifiers as well as the amazing Crimson RM Music Link Audio Cables, have launched a new website for 2014.

If you haven't had a chance to check it out, please do! You can find it at www.crimsonelectronics.com.

Happy New Year!

Friday, November 15, 2013

A beautiful autumn day in Los Angeles!

(click to enlarge!)

I took this picture of L.A. a couple of weeks ago from the Hollywood Bowl Overlook up on Mulholland Drive. It was an exceptionally clear day. For those unfamiliar with the city, I'll give you a guided tour; you'll definitely have to enlarge the photo by clicking on it, though.

The Hollywood Bowl is in the right foreground, the 101 Freeway is on the left (oddly, traffic seems to be moving!), The Capitol Records building is just left of center, the stretch of buildings just beyond the trees is Hollywood Blvd./Sunset Blvd., and the line of buildings towards the horizon is Wilshire Blvd.

But what is Austin Hifi doing in L.A.?

Well, as you may or may not recall, Austin Hifi now as a Los Angeles outpost! And we've come bearing Crimson Amps, Preamps and Audio Cables!

The Crimson CS710 Preamplifier with a pair of Crimson CS640E-III Power Amplifiers. (click to enlarge!)

And we'd like for you to listen to them, either in our system or yours! Drop us an email or call us at (512) 236-9100 and we'll do the rest!

And don't forget that if you're not in L.A., you can audition all the Crimson gear (including setting up an in-home demo) by contacting the following Crimson dealers:

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

From left to right: two Crimson 640E-III amplifiers, a Crimson 710 preamplifier and a LINN LP-12 turntable. (Click image to enlarge!)

We don't generally make a big deal about the size of Crimson Electronics Amps and Preamps. We'd be importing them whether they were the size of a matchbox or an icebox because they deliver music better than any other high-end electronics, size notwithstanding.

But I think this picture really illustrates how the Crimsons can be unobtrusively tucked into a room while still delivering ultra-clean high-end remote-controllable sound at 175 watts per channel. The footprint of the Crimson Amps and Preamps together is less than that of the LINN LP-12.

If you'd like to hear Crimson Electronics Amps and Preamps in your home, email us at: info@austinhifi.com or call (512) 236-9100.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bob Neill, Amherst Audio and Tocaro Loudspeakers in Massachusetts!

Bob Neill of Amherst Audio.  

The fantastic Tocaro 42 Loudspeakers in natural finish: $14,000, stands included. Now playing at Amherst Audio!

Bob Neill is many things to the audio world. He's the proprietor of Amherst Audio in Amherst, Mass., where he stocks Audio Note, Blue Circle, Resolution Audio, J.M. Reynaud (of which Bob is also the North American importer!) and, of course, Crimson Electronics Amps, Preamps and Audio Cables as well as Tocaro Loudspeakers.

Bob also writes about audio. He's a frequent poster at Audio Asylum (with over 2000 posts!) and has written scores of reviews (of both gear and of recordings) for both Positive-Feedback and Enjoy the Music.

It's probably not a coincidence that Bob Neill discovered Tocaro and Crimson. And it's actually more likely that Tocaro and Crimson found Bob Neill (hey, that's what happened to us at Austin Hifi, too!)

Bob is one of those people who, long ago, embarked on what we like to call a Quest for Truth in Audio. For him, the quest, which parallels his more open-minded approach as a dealer, is not the pursuit of a personal sound characterized by qualities that particularly please us (tube warmth, PRaT, sound staging/imaging, etc.). "Rather," he says," it is an escape from the self in order to find something that treats us the way real live music does: surprises us, shocks us, excites us, pleases us, charms us, pisses us off, etc. The experience of listening to a ‘true’ system should be like meeting a stranger: as impersonal and unsolicitous as a string quartet that makes us go to it rather than having it come to us, changing itself to please us.”

This is not the usual way to evaluate an audio system, he concedes. “So a 'truthful' system usually starts out by putting us off because we are used to having things our way, especially when we pay decent money for it. We want everything to be familiar. But once you find a system that gives you the impersonal truth, one that cares more about getting the sound of instruments and voices right than about pleasing you, you will likely become as addicted to it as you are to live music itself; and become more sensitive to and intolerant of colorations and pleasing distortions in systems that go the other way. And eventually, it will become entirely natural. It will have weaned you from the confines of yourself!"

If you'd like to read more of Bob's writing about audio, or would like to know more about Amherst Audio, look him up on the web:

...or pay him a visit in Amherst Mass!

Now you can hear Tocaro Loudspeakers (with Crimson amps, preamps and cables!) at the following U.S. dealers:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Crimson Electronics and Tocaro Loudspeakers in Los Angeles!

Tocaro 40 Loudspeakers with Crimson 710 Preamp and 640E-III Amplifiers plus a Linn LP-12! (Click the picture to see it larger!)

Until now, if you wanted to hear a pair of Tocaro Loudspeakers, you had to go to the Austin Hifi Headquarters in Austin, Texas. So we're pleased to announce that you can now hear the whole Tocaro Loudspeaker/Crimson Electronics shebang in Los Angeles, California.

So c'mon over and have a listen! Just call us at (512) 236-9100 or email: info@austinhifi.com and let us know you'd like to come by.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Crimson Loudspeaker Cable Tops Ten-Brand Cable Shootout!

"...when we did the evaluation a second time, the results were identical!"

On Saturday, March 17, 2012, the San Antonio, Texas-based River City Audio Society embarked on the arduous task of a ten-brand loudspeaker cable shootout. Here's the post from RCAS' John Shurman about the shootout:

Hello RCAS! The meeting this past Saturday was one of the best. Superb. When I first discussed this concept with Bob, I expressed my concern that this wild idea could end up being a giant logistical, tabulation and formatting nightmare. As I needed someone to format and make the actual forms, I finally figured out what grand-kiddos are good for; I pulled them away from my refrigerator and big-screen TV and put them to work hand-making the tabulation forms, cutting the chipboard to use as clipboards and asked them to round up the zillion pens we would need. After they ran screaming from the house, I realized that I still needed to work out how to get all of the results together and display them on the wall for all to see. Because I have honorary stock in the Post-It company, they provided the giant Post-It which I stuck to the wall. As you can see from one of the posted pics, I was having a heck of a time reading the numbers on the forms. Between my bad eyes and all the RCAS members who must be doctors (judging by their handwriting) I was struggling.

Jesting aside, here is the list of hardware used and the results which we came up with. Definitely open to interpretations and opinions from all, but in whole, it was truly enjoyable and produced some intriguing results which should produce further discussions.

Hardware:

  1. Speakers: Mark and Daniel Maximus Mini Monitors (provided by Luther).
  2. Amplifier: Final Labs Music 3, a 35 wpc tube amp with EL-34 tubes (provided by Luther).
  3. Front End: Oppo BDP-93 in conjunction with an external HDD with data in FLAC format transmitting via USB (provided by Don).
  4. Magnificent custom blind test cover (provided by Luther).

Speaker Cable Test Results (MSRP figures are with terminations and estimated labor for the DIYs):

  1. Crimson Loudspeaker Cable: $600 (United Kingdom) provided by Austin Hifi, Austin, Texas (Creston Funk & Mark Heaston)
  2. Analysis Plus Oval 12: $230 (United States) from Audio Systems, Austin, Texas (Mark Lyon)
  3. (tie) Nordost Red Dawn: $1000 (United States) (this version is now discontinued) -AND- Monster Cable 13 AWG (United States)
  4. (tie) Naim NACA4: $350 (United Kingdom) -AND- 20 AWG DIY by Joe: $200 (cable stock from clairvoyantcables.com)
  5. Cardas Golden: $2200 (United States) provided by Galen Carol, San Antonio, Texas
  6. Goertz Silver Alpha: $1000 (United States)
  7. IXOS 806 11 AWG: $100 (United Kingdom)
  8. Belden 10 AWG DIY: $75 (United States)

(Note that there are only eight places because third and fourth place were ties!)

The aspect which some members have already touched upon in previous messages that surprised me the most is that when we did the evaluation a second time, the results were identical. Unscientific, but yet maybe something was going on?

I can't wait to dig into this even further within the mini-meets!

Happy Listening, John Schurman, River City Audio Society

Thanks to John and everyone at River City Audio Society for allowing us to publish this!

We encourage you to have a cable shootout of your own: You can request a demo from any of our fantastic Crimson Audio Cable Dealers or email us at info@austinhifi.com. For prices and a dealer list see our Crimson Audio Cables webpage.