Thursday, February 17, 2011

Listening to 78 rpm records at Sound Mind Audio in Dallas

On Saturday I will be traveling up to Dallas to visit with Terry Combs of Sound Mind Audio. We've been talking about meeting up for months to listen to his state-of-the-art vinyl rig which has been optimized to play 78 records. This will also be the subject of my next Vinyl Anachronist column for Perfect Sound Forever.

We've been waiting for Terry to get everything dialed in just right. First he had to ensure that the Benz Micro 78 cartridge was working properly, and then Terry was waiting for the brilliant tweeter for his Trenner & Friedl ART monitors to arrive.

In addition, I'm looking forward to hearing the Trenner & Friedl RA BOX speakers for the first time. The RA (pronounced "ra," not "R. A.") is a beautiful yet deceptively simple-looking design optimized for use with low-powered tube amplifiers. While it's not a typical GIANT full-range speaker, the RA BOX is supposed to deliver a GIANT sound that offers stunning dynamic contrasts as well as deep, deep bass. You can even set a pair of them up against the rear walls and they still sound wonderful.

I'll report back on my visit with Terry at the beginning of the week.

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