The production of an audio recording is an artistic endeavour. To respect the artist’s intent one should listen to the recording through an audio playback system that reproduces that content with the utmost fidelity, i.e., without adding or subtracting any ‘information’ from the digital or analog source. This is the only way to hear what the artist, recording engineer and mastering engineer intended for you to hear, short of being personally present in the studio to listen to playback through the mastering studio’s audio system.
How do you know that a particular audio playback system is truly accurate? It is when a musician or a person who attends live concerts reacts to a good audio recording of acoustic sources by saying that it sounds so real. This is as objective as it gets. Nothing beats the human ear and brain. Good recordings sound good, bad recordings sound bad. You certainly cannot rely solely on technical specifications, because they are useful only as an indication that the components in question meet basic high fidelity audio standards.
Is it possible to put together a truly accurate high-end audio system without suffering the time-consuming (and often expensive) inconvenience of trying to mix and match components from different vendors? The answer is most definitely yes! And you can do this without paying price premiums for high-end brands, for exotic materials, or for proprietary components and manufacturing processes. Let us help you build a reference-quality system from our deliberately small but carefully selected range of digital-to-analogue converters, phono stages, pre/power/integrated amplifiers, loudspeakers, network audio players, interconnects and speaker cables, and acoustical products.
- REDGUM amplification
- Axis loudspeakers
- VoiceBox S mini-monitors (with optional one or two VoiceBox EBS bass extenders); or
- VoiceBox FLS floor standing monitors
- Magnepan Magneplanar loudspeakers
- Axis loudspeakers
- REDGUM interconnects and speaker cables
- UNISON acoustical products
- A digital playback device capable of sending the digital audio stream to a USB-connected REDGUM DAC. Examples:
- Audirvana Plus (or similar) running on an Apple Macintosh or Windows PC/laptop
- Volumio or Daphile running on a Raspberry Pi or Intel-based NUC
- An analog source with line-level outputs, e.g., turntable coupled with a REDGUM phono stage
- A digital source with analog line-level outputs.