Mystery ‘Bags’ Spotted at Bristol S&V

A number of not so eagle eyed (well, they were there in the middle of the floor) spotted that we were resting our speaker cable on small black bags. We were making no comment about them, but a few curious visitors asked what they were for, and did they do anything? So, having explained that they were not there for decoration, we invited the curious to have a listen, to see if they could hear the difference they made. The reactions were mainly those of astonishment, how? we were asked could supporting speaker cable make such a big difference. PEEK, was our inscrutable reply.

As an example, here is the reaction of  Mike, a tech blogger who heard the demonstration: click here Infinite Loop

We expect that these new isolators will be available shortly, and be priced at less than £20 each.

 

Bristol Sound & Vision ’15 – Perspective

Bristol show 15-3 editedThe system passed it’s ultimate test, we found it hard to switch it off at the end of the show.

Three great days that ‘busted’ the myth once and for all, ‘it’s the room what done it’. Even up to 3 or 4 years ago we thought that the room was a major influence on the sound that a system produced, and definitely a limiting factor on the size of system you could successfully use in a smaller room. This, with the exception of easily identifiable unusually designed rooms, is definitely not the case.

We had the advantage of superb components, a system provided by The AudioWorks, but this in itself is a double edged sword – superb components generate energy, and uncontrolled energy is the ‘room problem’.

The response to the music we were reproducing in a small hotel bedroom was widely praised. Of course a common reaction was, ‘those are great speakers’ (which of course the Tannoy Kensingtons are) but we had the opportunity to demonstrate that everything, including a set of isolation cones, was playing its part.

The system was:

Accuphase DP-550 CD /SACD player

Accuphase E-600 Integrated Class A amplifier

Tannoy Kensington GR loudspeakers

Audiomica Geminedes Loudspeaker cable

Audiomica Pearl Consequence interconnect

MusicWorke ReFlex Ultra mains block

MusicWorks ReVive power cables

MusicWorks ReVo & P-Cones

Sound & Vision Show

The Bristol Show, Feb 20th to 22nd

MusicWorks products together with Audiomica Cables will be joined by the latest electronic components from Accuphase, promising a ‘hotel room of earthly delights’. Join us in room 313. We will be partnering with some very special loudspeakers which we will announce very soon.

So if you want to hear some of the best audio equipment in the world (note, definitely not the most expensive) being nurtured by the best ancilliaries, don’t miss this important event.

New – ReVo Mini – Isolation Table for Small Component Systems

The new ReVo Mini has ultra modern aesthetic, which is derived from the requirement to extract the maximum performance from

revomini regasmaller component systems. Based on the state of the art ReVo table, we have managed to engineer a vastly cost reduced version that keeps a large part of the performance of the full ReVo.

Designed to accommodate half and three quarter width equipment, the ReVo Mini is a fully modular system that allows the user to purchase exactly what they need, then add to the table at a later date.


ReVo Mini base module: 2 Tier equipment table £199

ReVo Mini extension module: add on isolation module £99

Clear acrylic front / back panels, with black shelves. Black acrylic with black shelves, and white acrylic with white shelves are available for a 10% premium.

 

MusicWorks ReVo ‘The Best of The Best’

The 100th edition of Hi Fi Plus magazine, on news stands now, includes a section featuring contributor’s most influential products of the last 10 years. The ReVo table is selected by one reviewer as one of his two pioneering products of the decade!

How could we disagree with such fine judgement?

Sound and Music

In the old days of analogue photography you could get a soft focus effect by smearing a small amount of vaseline on the lens of your camera. Put on a great blob of the stuff however, and the picture became unrecognisable. No matter how much you tried to focus, or how much better you made the resolution of the film, all you would do is make the picture look different, never better. You might like the colours in your photograph, but you could never get a good picture of the event you photographed.

Hi fi systems are the acoustic equivalents of the ‘vaselined’  lens, some of the very best systems have a light smearing, the worst are covered in layers of the stuff. The musical event is lost in the incoherence imposed by the system, and  in the worst cases, you are just left to choose the sonic equivalent of which colours you like best – a treble v midrange v bass debate, or which sounds nicer. At the level of a ‘which sound is best’  debate MusicWorks products will be a hit and miss affair – do you prefer the sound one way or another, or maybe there is no discernable difference at all.

On the most musically coherent systems, the MusicWorks approach can provide huge benefits. Music is organised energy, and the MusicWorks approach maximises the coherence of this energy, keeping the musical intent, subtlety and communication intact. When describing the MusicWorks effect people often say it is like getting closer to the performers. This is not that (necessarily) the music gets louder, but is more to do with the feeling you get when you hear more of the direct sound and less reflected, the music becoming more intimate and personal. The reflections (time / amplitude / frequency distortions) you hear further back in a concert hall are very similar to the halo of incoherence that occurs when hi fi systems introduce timing errors.

So, are MusicWorks products for you, and your system?

Well, if you have speakers from a manufacturer who considers phase coherence important, then you have a very good starting point. If you have fast, coherent speakers & electronics, with good intrinsic dynamic range, better still. With this sort of system, in combination with judicious use of MusicWorks products you can have a hi fi system capable of conveying a huge amount of musical subtlety, and communication across a wide range of musical genres.

The fast  ‘coherent’ hi fi alluded to above start at less than £2,000, so you do not need to look at spending megabucks on a high end system to get stunning musical results. If you do spend more on appropriate components however, the results are even more rewarding.

 

A Little Touch of MusicWorks..

We are developing a new product designed to allow the curious to experience ‘MusicWorks Magic’ at a very affordable price. Based on the ReSponse Isolator, the new product will allow effective isolation of equipment that is currently set up on more conventional equipment tables, or is simply resting on the floor. The ReSponse Mini (name may change if we get more inspired) should retail at under £50, and we hope to unveil and demonstrate these isolators at Audio World ’11 this weekend.

If we can think of a suitable game or competition at the show, we may even give some away.

MusicWorks at Audio World ’11

MusicWorks products will be on demonstration at the Audio World ’11 show 26th & 27th March at the Park Inn, Heathrow. We will be in Syndicate 16, as well as having products on show in Syndicate 15 courtesy of MIT Cables distributor, Audiobility.

For more information on the show, visit: http://www.chestergroup.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=84&Itemid=215

Applicability of MusicWorks Products

Entry level MusicWorks products are designed to work very well in a wide range of systems. Our top products however are really most applicable when used with wide bandwidth components where phase coherence and fast transient handling are part of the design. This does mean that, depending on system components and set up, occasionally one of our more basic products may provide better value, and indeed performance, than a premium MusicWorks product.

As many of our dealers stock only entry level MusicWorks components it may be difficult to obtain a demonstration locally of other products. If this is the case, please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel you would like to hear a product that your local dealer does not stock.