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  1. verdantaudio

    Magico announces new M9 flagship

    Finally, this is just a pic of us at CAF and you can see our Blackthorns side-by-side with the Bambusa MG-1s. It also shows off the other core brand for me, Art Audio. AA has some gorgeous looking and sounding equipment.
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    Magico announces new M9 flagship

    Here is a pic of the initial assembly. Unfortunately, I don't have a pic of just the raw inside of a cabinet and at the moment. I don't have any cabinets here that are not assembled at the moment. That would let you see the bracing and by extension airflow. The brace is spaced between the...
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    Magico announces new M9 flagship

    Here is a pic of the solder points on XO
  4. verdantaudio

    Magico announces new M9 flagship

    First two in a satin carbon fiber finish. Latter in gloss black and you can see a profile of the nomex honeycomb core.
  5. verdantaudio

    Magico announces new M9 flagship

    Love this for purely selfish reasons. My flagship Blackthorn cabinet is made out of similar material. I use a Nomex vs aluminum honeycomb core with CF. I am sure this will be brilliant.
  6. verdantaudio

    Thoughts on KR P-135 Preamp

    I know it isn’t the newest preamp on the market, but I recently became aware of how novel this unit is. A customer reached out looking for info on this and an Art Audio preamp. The thing that is so cool is that it is built around a 45 tube. Has anyone heard this unit. I am thinking about...
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    What is your favorite tube type?

    My wife likes to leave the lights on in the bedroom so she can see better on the stairs. Ignoring the fact that the stairs have their own circuit and light switch. Today, I came home to both sliding doors open and the air conditioning turned up because she said it was warm in the house. I...
  8. verdantaudio

    What is your favorite tube type?

    I have been surprised in the difference in warmup time between the PS Audio BHK and my Art Audio Conductor. There was no noticeable warmup time for the BHK, it takes a good 10-15 minutes with the Art Audio. Once warmer I like the Art Audio better but it is an interesting contrast.
  9. verdantaudio

    Best bang for the buck used speakers under $50k ?

    I will be picking up the Bamboo cabinets on Friday. The cabinets themselves are done but need to get multiple coats of finish on them. The two products will be the Bambusa AL and Bambusa MG. The distinction will be that the $2000 product will use an Aluminum driver with a phase plug vs a...
  10. verdantaudio

    Need a new streamer

    Have you thought about a Roon Nucleus or Nucleus+? You can attach an external hard-drive and Tidal and Qobuz integrate via Roon. I was such a big fan of Roon, I reached out to become a dealer and added the Nucleus+ to my system and the thing is super stable. is fanless, etc... I only stream...
  11. verdantaudio

    What is your favorite tube type?

    With so many tubes that do different things and have different sound profiles, what is your favorite? EL34s wonderful PRaT, KT88/6550s smooth and dimensional sound, lush mids of a 300B, detail of a 2A3 or the huge soundstage of an 845? I am curious which is your favorite. What do you like...
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    Best bang for the buck used speakers under $50k ?

    Kach22i - first round of finished cabinets will be done next week. If all goes well I will be doing testing in late August, early September and may have these to listen too at Capital AudioFest. Targeting a $2K and $4K price point based on different driver and crossover configurations.
  13. verdantaudio

    Thanks for the invite

    There are so many cool materials available that can do great things. It is a shame more companies aren't willing to take a risk and use something other than MDF. If there was broader acceptance of these composite materials, consumers might start actually looking for them and seeing the...
  14. verdantaudio

    I might be crazy

    Are you going to run speakers from a second zone in the HT out to the deck? I did in my old house (pre divorce) and was quite happy with the result.
  15. verdantaudio

    Thanks for the invite

    One other though, when I say outperformed or underperformed my reference stand mount, I am explicitly talking about observable details. I just rant this same test but in a much more precise way...sort of. As a matter of curiosity, I built a pair of Nightshades using Blackthorn parts to...
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    Thanks for the invite

    So, testing went like this... I built the same box based on interior volume and dimension via a series of materials; MDF, Baltic Birch, Fiberglass over Nomex and CF over Nomex and I had a cabinet produced using CF reinforced ABS. This was pricey so I did one of each. The only deviation is...
  17. verdantaudio

    Capital Audiofest - Room 525

    Come see us in room 525 at Capital Audiofest where we will be showing the Blackthorn 1 speakers along with amps and preamps from Art Audio and our partner Kimber Kable.
  18. verdantaudio

    Best bang for the buck used speakers under $50k ?

    I am going to book Capital Audiofest I think. I will let you know what room I am in and will be showing off the Blackthorns (CF over Nomex cabinet) and TBD on the Art Audio Quartets or the Opus 4s. I may also have a less expensive Bamboo speaker I am working on. TBD though. It has to be...
  19. verdantaudio

    Thanks for the invite

    Cool...thank you!
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