There's some new toys here to play with, from Auralic and Ayre, to CablePro and Well Tempered Lab. It's been quite a burn in period, and you know how much fun that is!
Some call it burn in, break in, run in. Regardless of what you call it, there's time involved to get transformers and capacitors and inputs and outputs ready for your listening pleasure. It can be joy right out of the box, followed by a period of absolute horror, thinking you've made the gravest mistake of your life, as some products go on a roller coaster ride of good and evil until that final day when you say, at last, we've reached audio nirvana. Some products take 80-100 hrs, others up to 500 and 1000. I've known some cables to take several months. If you ask me why I'll shrug and say ask Santa. All I know is don't judge a new piece of product until it's fully broken in. Oh, you'll get the gist of it from new, although some new pieces really will sound dreadful. Quite!
And for this one, with those sensitive little ears, even a well worn item left idle for a time can use a "3 day period" of warm up. Call me the ghost of Enid Lumley yet it's true.
So soon they'll be a photo series of these new pieces, so stay tuned.
Also somewhat news worthy are the new retail hours that the Haven will be sporting come mid-January. It's been a by-appt operation so far, yet I know from talking to a lot of you that you'd like to be able to just drop in and have a listen or chat, without that feeling that you're bothering me or obligation to buy.
So I'll be posting soon when those days/hours will be, and the official Haven address. It's very easy to get here, and much easier than parking at just about anywhere. Pull down the lane and just stop the car, or there's a lot big enough for a semi to turn around in. And, you don't even have to lock your vehicle - imagine that.
Being a homeshop has its advantages, let me tell you. Yet I've never wanted it to be an issue as far as availability. So I'm opening it up for your perusal. Besides, the gear assembled here is amongst the best in the world, and clearly in the area, and set up in systems that work great together in real listening rooms like your very own. And you can see first hand what makes a particular piece of gear shine, how it interacts with another, and make very informed decisions which ultimately save you money.
More importantly, and don't take this the wrong way, you might need my help. It seems like every hobbyist I've met that has gone it alone gets something wrong, sometimes very wrong. Trust me, I've been there myself in the dark days. I've since been guided and trained by some of the brightest, biggest names in all of audio, and I'm still learning.
So let me help you. Whether you're investing a little or a lot, take the time to get it right, and come and see me.
Happy Holidays to all!
And Santa says : Don't forget the Flux Sonic stylus cleaner!
The perfect stocking stuffer.