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THE SHOW NEWPORT 2015
Tara Bryan - Greg Beron - Jonathan "Sugarfoot" Moffett - Jeremy Bryan
Photograph by David W. Robinson, copyright (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

Mr. Moffett was in the MBL / UHA room for hours at THE Show Newport and spoke quite eloquently
to a packed room about what he experienced. Lets just say that he liked what he heard.

Jonathan Phillip Moffett
“Sugarfoot”
 Drummer / Songwriter/ Producer

Jonathan Moffett is a very accomplished musician, songwriter and producer.  His wide range of talents led him to perform in concert on twenty-three major tours including the world famous Jacksons’ “Victory” tour. He has recorded with great artists such as Madonna, Diana Ross, Elton John, George Michael, and the Jacksons.  Additionally, he played on several popular television shows such as The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Saturday Night Live, Arsenio Hall, Jay Leno and Rosie O’Donnell; various music videos, television commercials and popular movie song titles.
Jonathan was a success, and two more U.S. Tours with the Jackson’s followed in the winter of 1979 and the other in the Spring/Summer of 1981.  His career was off to an incredible start, 1982 was packed with two additional tours, one in the spring with Patti Austin and in the fall with the R&B funk group Cameo.  In 1982 and 1983, Jonathan joined Lionel Richie’s first solo artist efforts, which included the Tokyo Music Festival, Japanese Television Shows, Americas, Saturday Night Live, and Johnny Carson’s, Tonight Show.  In the summer of 1983, Jonathan rejoined Cameo for his second tour with them.

The Jackson relationship again resumed for the massive 1984 Jacksons’ Victory Tour, which occupied the greater part of that year.  After seeing Jonathan’s performance in a “Victory” tour concert, Madonna requested his services for her 1985 debut, “Virgin tour, which was to be the first of many.  Following the “Virgin” tour, he performed with R & B artist Tina Marie playing with her from December 1985 to January 1986.

With an impressive list of credits under his belt, Jonathan then began touring with Jermaine Jackson, and was showcased as Jermaine’s, Musical Director.  The tour lasted from the spring of 1986 through the fall of 1986. Jonathan completed that year with his third Cameo tour, premiering their worldwide hit “Word Up”!

In the spring of 1987, Jonathan rejoined Madonna for her Spring/Fall tour, “Who’s That Girl”.  Then it was into the recording studio with producer, songwriter Patrick Leonard for album projects that included Peter Cetera, Julian Lennon, and Madonna’s Like a Prayer.

The following year in 1988, Jonathan wrote, arranged, produced, and sang  background on a song for the Eddie Murphy/Arsenio Hall hit movie, “Coming to America”, for Paramount Pictures.  Then, that summer he began his first association with pop legend, Elton John, which continued through October 1989 encompassing two U.S. Tours, a European Tour, a U.K. Tour and the recording of Elton’s “Sleeping with the Past” album, which spawned his hit single, “Sacrifice”.

The Spring of 1990 began Jonathan’s third world tour with Madonna, her “Blond Ambition” tour and two more album associations with, “True Blue” and the “Dick Tracy” movie soundtracks, followed by Madonna’s “Truth or Dare” movie which was released in 1991.  1991 also included two tours with George?Michael in the U.S., Europe and South America.

The next two years were filled with numerous television appearances, studio recordings, videos and continued writing arranging and producing of Jonathan’s own personal solo projects.  The years 1993 and 1994 brought Jonathan back to the Jackson family with Janet Jacksons’, “Janet” tour and appearances on Saturday Night Live with Janet.


Picture at the after hours Analog Tape Event Newport 2015
10:45pm.

A Creative Forum for the Audio Arts

David Robinson Editor in Chief of
POSITIVE FEEDBACK ONLINE
Awards MBL & United Home Audio
a coveted Audio Oasis Award for T.H.E Show Newport 2015!  
Impressions: My Audio Oasis! Awards for THE Show Newport Beach 2015
07-12-2015 | By David W. Robinson | Issue 80

THE Show Newport Beach 2015, held on May 28-31, is in the books now…and what a show it was! Upwards of 9,000 people were in attendance…crowds everywhere…a terrific time for audiophiles from all over.
Looking back on all of the audio shows that I've attended over the past 26 years, I'd say that this year's THE Show Newport Beach was the best that I've ever been to. Why? Let me count the ways: A great setting, fantastic weather, the Irvine Hotel with its enormous and high-quality facilities, solid audio rooms, great live music at all hours, excellent service, really good food and drink at reasonable prices, first-rate displays of related lifestyle exhibits (loved the cars!)…and let's not forget an excellent fire-pit for cigars in the evenings.

All photos by David Robinson.
Jeremy Bryan of MBL North America
Once again MBL North America and UHA hooked up to provide one of the top rooms at THE Show 2015. MBL's Jeremy Bryan teamed up with Greg Beron and his United Home Audio Phase12S two-box reel-to-reel tape machines to feed a reference system of MBL gear.

Greg Beron of United Home Audio with his exceptional Phase12S reel-to-reel tape recorder
This included a quad set of 9011 monoblock amplifiers, the 6010D preamplifier, and the 1611F DAC and 1621A transport, feeding a pair of Radialstrahler 101F loudspeakers.

This was all known ground to me; I had reviewed the MBL Reference System back in Issue 73.

During the all too brief time that I was there, we listened to the Phase12S exclusively.

As usual with the UHA tape decks, it provided marvelous analog playback, allowing the MBL reference system to strut its stuff. Considering the show conditions, it was phenomenal:  The MBL Holodeck was in operation once more, with enveloping soundfield, great dynamics, and full-range sound, of the sort that I know very well.

A clear PF Audio Oasis! Award winner from the get-go…so ordered!



Newport 2015: United Home Audio and MBL
BY PART-TIME AUDIOPHILE ON JULY 12, 2015   
by Rafe Arnott

THEShow_LOGO2015Let me be the first to say that my “value system”, when it comes to hi-fi, is already considered one that is seriously flawed to many of my friends and family.
I have a sickness and I freely admit it, fortunately for me, my sickness is tempered by the restraints of what I consider an average income, and an average lifestyle. So when I tell people I’m writing about a sound system that is pushing the $300,000 envelope (without a turntable), they usually stare at me blankly for a second and then laugh, shaking their heads (same look I get when discussing the nuances of difference in sound between AC/mains cables with my son). I’d imagine this type of reaction is standard too for rare, or antique car and motorcycle enthusiasts, art collectors … and that buddy with 42 pairs of perfect Air Jordans.

My point is that when it comes to true appreciation of the finer things in life; the state of the art, old-world craftsmanship, fanatical attention to detail, all in the pursuit of beauty in any way, shape or form, money doesn’t really come into it. It’s passion. And passion, like love, doesn’t really obey day-to-day laws of life. Thank God.

The United Home Audio/MBL room at Newport Beach had that passionate sound to my ears, and it was immensely impressive. This was a system, that in my opinion, was put together by people who love music.

The setup consisted of a United Home Audio modified Tascam UHA-HQ Phase 12 OPS two-track 1/4? 15 IPS reel-to-reel ($20,000+ US, depending on options), MBL 6010D Vorverstarker preamplifiers with four of the absolutely massive MBL 9011 monoblock amps powering the crazy Doctor Who-looking Radialstrahler MBL101E MKII loudspeakers ($260,000+ US, all-in). Cabling was handled by Wireworld Eclipse Series 7.

They were playing all sorts of crazy-rare and I’m sure, priceless, 1/4? tapes of a bunch of jazz that I didn’t recognize off the top of my head, but man did it sound sweet, authoritative and ridiculously huge. People in the small audience who were there for the Saturday night listening session I was invited to, all looked like someone had just smacked them in the face when they least expected it, like if the elevator door opened and all of a sudden “THWACK!”

The sound just kept startling you with its scale and impact.

This is not a system for a condo or small home in my opinion, it needs some serious space to breathe and truly be appreciated. If you have the means, a big enough room to house the kit (and no close neighbors) and an itch to put your hair straight back, then pick up your phone and call UHA.



THE ABSOLUTE SOUND
FIFTEEN SWEET-SOUNDING SYSTEMS AT NEWPORT BEACH 2015 – PART 1
Blog
by Chris Martens  | Jun 08th, 2015

MBL North America – United Home Audio
Jeremy Bryan and the team at MBL North America almost always put on a good demonstration and the MBL room at Newport 2015 proved to be no exception. The system featured a pair of MBL 101E MkII loudspeakers fed by MBL’s 6010D ‘Vorverstarker’ preamplifier and a quartet of giant MBL 9011 monoblock amplifiers, with a United Home Audio reel-to-reel tape deck serving as the primary source component.


The term ‘blockbuster sound’ was probably coined with just such a system in mind, as the MBL rig proved fully capable of playing tapes of rock material at – or even beyond – rock concert volume levels. As always, the big Radialstrahler–type loudspeakers produced enormously spacious soundstages, quite good imaging (something not all omnidirectional loudspeakers can do), and a sound that freed listeners from the need to seek out a particular ‘sweet spot’ centred between the speakers (the MBLs work well for virtually any listening position in the room).


STEREOPHILE
T.H.E. SHOW NEWPORT 2015
The Newport Beach Show: Set-Up Day
By Jason Victor Serinus • Posted: May 29, 2015

Leave it to Jeremy Bryan of MBL to not only fill me in on the acoustic challenges in some of the air-walled lobby level conference rooms, but also tackle those problems with gusto. "They added the soffit to the ceiling after we booked the room a year ago," he declared. "The ductwork and fluorescent lights rattle constantly. We spent the better part of the day dealing with that. Look at all the magazines we piled up there to stop the rattling. And we've also got a big bass suckout—there's nothing below 30Hz—and a big spike around 42."

None of which stopped the system, which clearly need more warm-up time, from sounding fabulous on rare, seldom-heard pre-mastering phase tapes of Billie Holiday's "Lady Sings the Blues," Holly Cole, and the Mamas and the Papas. Trumpets sounded just great, especially when the volume was turned up.

The system was a modified MBL Reference Combination D system ($259,700 total) with MBL 9011 mono amps on the woofers plus additional MBL 9008 A mono amps ($60,600/pair) on the Radialstrahler loudspeaker system. Source was Greg Beron's UHA Phase 12 OPS (Outboard Power Supply) analog tape deck (starts at $20,000), cables Wireworld Eclipse Series 7, and tapes priceless.

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STRERO TIMES NEWPORT 2015
I also have to give kudos to the MBL room. This show was the only time I was able to enjoy an MBL setup because the volume was not ear-destroying loud.
Obviously not a box speaker, it has a well-deserved reputation for a fantastic spacious sound stage.
I apologize for no picture. I found the room after hours while my camera was in its room taking a nap. But it sounded too good to not deserve a mention.
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ENJOY THE MUSIC.COM
T.H.E. Show Newport Beach 2015 Report
The Home Entertainment Show 2015
MBL Reference Line
German company MBL always makes a good showing at events around the world. Their electronics are visually stunning and built like the proverbial tank. Their Radialstrahler speaker ensures equitable distribution of energy throughout the whole room, with the sound being pulsated in full 360-degree fashion. The lower middle tone range is where the mbl 101 E MK II really shows its special qualities. According to their website, "This is the range in which the loudspeaker connection to the air in the room is as problematic as it is decisive for the quality of the sound because it is the point that determines the naturalness and flexibility of the sound".
The MBL room was playin' Tell Me Something Good and the audience was moving and swingin’. In fact there was applause at the end!
Then came Lionel Richie All Night Long and the fun continued... High-End audio can be fun, so come and sing along, all night long.

The 2015 Axpona Show was great this year!
Visit United Home Audio at the Axpona Show in Chicago!
April 24-26, 2015

The Washington Room
UHA Phase 12-OPS (Outboard Power Supply) Tape Deck
MBL 116F Radialstrahller Speakers
Jolida / Luxor, Preamp, Monoblock Amps, DAC Transport
Synergistic Research, see and hear the debut of the all new Atmosphere Cables
along with the new atmosphere device to adjust soundstaging.

The Banks Room
UHA Phase12-OPS tape Deck
MBL 111F Radialstrahller Speakers
MBL 6010 Preamp: The 30th Anniversary of this legendary Preamp
MBL 9008 Monoblock Amps

The Audio Oasis Award from David Robinson Positive Feedback Online!

Stereophile
 Day 3: Countdown to the Finish
by Jason Victor Serinus * Posted: Apr 29, 2015
It was already past closing time when I reached the room shared by MBL, Synergistic Research, and United Home Audio. As tired as I was, one listen had me virtually kicking off my shoes and going along for the ride.
First up, courtesy of MBL's Reference Line Combination B-111 F Radialstrahler loudspeaker ($42,000/pair), 30 year-old 6010D preamplifier ($26,500), 10 year-old 9008A balanced monoblock amplifier ($60,600 total), 1621A CD transport ($28,000), and 1611F 24/96 DAC ($28,700)-and a whole lot more that I'll talk about below, was a Nat King Cole master tape. Once MBL's Jeremy Bryan adjusted the radiators that flanked the loudspeakers, the sound was phenomenal. I'm accustomed to hearing Cole croon softly, so hearing him ramp up this voice and energy several notches was a major delight.
Greg Beron of United Home Audio of Washington, D.C. then explained that he had taken a Phase 12 tape deck, and thrown into it every cost-no-object modifying goody that would work, using his 10-year old MBL Reference system for voicing. That includes Synergistic Research point-to-point wiring, dual-mono amps, no capacitors in the output, and an outboard power supply equipped with two overbuilt toroidal transformers. The outboard power supply eliminates all noise from transformers that would otherwise sit within the deck. Price is $8900-$25,000, depending in no small part on quality of tape head employed. (Entry-level uses stock heads, while costlier models use special tape heads made to Beron's specs. He says a low-impedance, low-output head sounds the best).
Which leads to the significant contribution from Synergistic Research. Start with a new PowerCell 10 UEF ($5995) with optional FEQ PowerCell equalizer ($995). Then add little HFTs all over the walls, the new Black Box that works on low frequencies (price TBD), and the company's fairly new Atmosphere Level 4 interconnects and speaker cables, as well as Element CTS power cords. This is the company's new cabling that doesn't use active shielding, which means you have less of those little blue lights that light up the room (and also make it much, much easier to find the bathroom door in the middle of the night). (Apologies if I got any of models, prices, or descriptions wrong; there was no price sheet supplied for anything besides the MBL gear.)
Next up came a ¼" tape version of an unidentified Wilson Audio disc. The huge brass thwacks were something to behold. Bryan turned the volume up and up, yet there was no pain. This without a single active woofer or separate subwoofer anywhere in the chain. The absolute control and beauty of the deep, subwoofer-less sound had the potential to send many a subwoofer manufacturer running out the door in shame.
We played lots more music, but I forgot to write down what. I was having too much of a good time.
Need I even say that, tucked away on the Lower Level, MBL, United Home Audio, and Synergistic Research produced one of the Best Sounds of this Show?

The Absolute Sound
AXPONA CHICAGO 2015: CABLES, POWER PRODUCTS, ACCESSORIES, AND MUSIC
Show report
by
Jim Hannon
May 01st, 2015
Although the official launch of this unassuming passive device (price TBA) that gobbles up low-frequency standing waves is slated for the Munich Show, a production unit was quietly put to great use in the MBL room along with several other Synergistic Research products, including its
Atmosphere Level 4 Series cables, Element Series actively shielded AC cords,
Power Cell 10 UEF with FEQ Power Cell Equalizer, and
HFTs (High-Frequency Transducers). The Black Box effectively helped control bass resonances, and the outstanding MBL system (
MBL 111F speakers, 6010 D preamp, 9008 A monoblocks) produced a highly-compelling sound with lots of presence and air, terrific fine detail retrieval and dynamic explosiveness, and solid and articulate bass extension into the low 20Hz range. With an
UHA-Phase 12 OPS tape player serving as an analog front end, the soundstage was wide and deep, with great focus. Playing back a stunning Wilson Audiophile demo tape track on the last day of the show, this system won my vote for "Best Sound."

Best Sound (cost no object):
The MBL system (speakers and electronics) with a UHA Phase 12 OPS tape player and Synergistic Research cables and devices, was absolutely thrilling, with tremendous dynamic impact, presence, and detail.

The Absolute Sound
AXPONA CHICAGO 2015: AFFORDABLE SPEAKERS, HEADPHONES, AND LIFESTYLE COMPONENTS
Show Report
by  Julie Mullins   Apr 30th, 2015
After show hours, a handful of "well-connected" (or
branché) AXPONA attendees and exhibitors hung out in either of two MBL/United Home Audio rooms enjoying demos of the superb-sounding MBL 111F omnidirectional loudspeakers pumping out larger-than-life songs from fun mastertape mixes (sourced from dubs of safety masters) of everything from
St. Pepper's to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and played back to the max on the magnificent United Home Audio Phase 12 OPS reel-to-reel tape deck. Sure, there were some room issues (and a bit of overbearing bass), but who cared? This combo made for a visceral, full-tilt thrill ride of a listening experience.
POSITIVE FEEDBACK ONLINE
This report and crappy photography brought to you by cub Field Reporter, Gary L. Beard.
AXPONA 2015
Audiophiles are Fun People Too
In addition to renewing friendships and meeting several more industry insiders; this year, I finally met a few of my audio-friends from the orbs of Audio Circle as well as numerous fellow audio writer-types. I also briefly met for the first time, da boss (Positive Feedback Editor) in-Chief, David Robinson, as he sat in the darkened mysteriousness of the afterhours MBL/Jolida room. Nice to finally meet you Chief!
Like David, I also attended the ritualistic after hours listening sessions. As always, a sincere "Thanks!" goes out to Greg Beron of United Home Audio, as well as MBL and Jolida for the fantastic listening rooms and fabulous master tapes. Greg's Reel to Reel machines are analog treasures and those tapes make me smile every time I hear them.
Special mention for making an audio show fun:
United Home Audio/MBL.

From AV Showrooms.com
AXPONA SHOW REPORTS!
The United Home Audio, MBL, Jolida / Luxor and Synergistic Research Room.
Wait for the unsolicited response by an Axpona Show patron at the end of the video!

The Reviewers View
Peter Breuninger, Myles Astor and David Robinson Editor in Chief Positive Feedback Online.
They discuss two rooms at the begining of the video, the UHA / MBL room and also the UHA / Jolida / MBL room.


New! March 2015
UHA's latest award!
The United Home Audio Tape Decks win an
"EDITORS CHOICE AWARD 2015"
From
The Absolute Sound
March 2015 Issue #251

Given a truly high quality tape, the UHA-HQ Phase12 is simply the highest fidelity source component JV has heard:
phenomenal bass, matchless dynamics, unrivaled resolution, astonishing transient speed, and simply gorgeous tone color.

The biggest news since 1973 for UHA!
BIG NEWS!
The Absolute Sound Magazine chooses THE UHA PHASE11 Tape Deck
as one of the top 100 most significant products of the last 40 years!

The July / August TAS magazine is the 40th Anniversary edition celebrating
 fourty years of high end audio reporting.

The magazine published a list of
 the 100 of the most significant products of the last 40 years
and UHA is proud to be included in this elite group.




See the UHA Tape Deck Awards (so far) below!


THE CAPITAL AUDIOFEST 2014

UHA was in two rooms at the show.

The Cedar Room =
United Home Audio Phase11S-OPS Tape Deck / MBL Speakers / Luxor Preamp and Monoblock amps
Celtic Silver Cables

The Hickory Room =
United Home Audio Phase11S-OPS Tape Deck /   Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs,
LLC VERITAS Monoblocks, Cara Pre-amp, Merrill Audio Speaker and Interconnects
Sadurni Acoustics Staccato Horn Speaker
International Phonograph, Inc Reel to Reel Master Tape Copies.


THE ABSOLUTE SOUND
by Jacob Heilbrunn July 28, 2014
Cedar Room
The Capital Audio Fest seems to be progressing nicely. This year there were crowded rooms, palpable excitement, and, not least, good sound.
Several demos caught my eye.
As always United Home Audio featured excellent sound via its UHA-HQ tape deck. Reel-to-reel aficionado Greg Beron explained that he has now built a special outboard power supply for it to further improve performance. In addition, the demo featured the company's Luxor VTM 100 Monoblock tube power amplifier, which can be run with either EL34 or 6550 tubes. In bi-amped mode the amps seemed to supply plenty of current to the MBL loudspeakers.

STEREOPHILE
By Herb Reichert July 29, 2014
Cedar Room:
The United Home Audio room was big, dark, and loud. Twin pin spots illuminated the shiny MBL loudspeakers like alien spaceships against a backdrop of palms peeking through the shadows. Twin tape spools spun like car wheels atop the UHA Phase 11 open-reel recorder ($22,000). The sound was clear, spacious and direct and, (all joking and metaphors aside)-disembodied and otherworldly.

The Part Time Audiophile
Cedar Room
Capital Audiofest 2014: United Home Audio and the master tape experience
Posted on August 1, 2014     by Scot Hull

With the lighting moody and low, attendees could be forgiven for getting lost inside the 3-D sound field that floated around them.
Magical stuff and a must-see stop on the tour.

Greg Beron of United Home Audio has been a fan and a supporter of PTA for far too long for his taste to not be questioned, but it’s his championing of two other brands that show the mark he’s made on audio’s high-end. The first is his support for MBL of Germany. As long as I’ve known Greg, he’s been a radialstrahler enthusiast, and every MBL display I’ve seen has also seen Greg lurking about nearby. The second thing Greg is evangelizing? Analog tape.

For the last several years, Greg has been selling an analog tape machine he calls the UHA-HQ Phase Series. These decks, kitted out with distinctive Celtic knot work, have redefined what’s possible for tape, and Greg has been tweaking and modifying his heart out taking the platform as far as he can go. Prices start at $8,900 and the current flagship model, the Phase 11s-OPS, is an exercise in meticulousness. This $23k system includes an outboard dual-mono power supply (for the motor, and for the preamplifier section), upgraded parts, a direct-coupled output (no caps!), WBT RCA and Cardas XLR connectors, custom transformers, a custom umbilical, internal dampening, and Shun Mook footers. Say that ten times fast.

Greg is mum about where he gets his master tapes from, but the fact is that does have a source that’s supplying him with one-offs of some of the most incredible audio ever laid down — and he makes it a point to showcase them in his after-hours “Master Tape Listening Party”. These sessions can last until the wee hours, which is saying something — audiophiles aren’t particularly known for staying up all night. Maybe at some point in their youth, but … yeah. Still, these demos are crowded and musical explorations range from Classic Rock, to Classical, with quite a few steps in between. Metallica, for example, is in current rotation. Let’s just say that Greg’s tastes are wide-ranging, and his demos show that.

Here at CAF, Greg was pairing his MBL 116F loudspeakers ($32,500/pair) with a Jolida Luxor VT tube preamplifier ($7k, featuring a pair of 12AX7 tubes) and two pairs of Luxor VTM-100 mono amplifiers ($7,500 each). These amps were fitted with the new KT150 vacuum tubes (instead of the standard EL34 tubes), in a dual-chassis/external PSU arrangement.


STEREOPHILE
The Hickory Room
By Herb Reichert July 25, 2014
Hickory Room:
They were still tweaking the system in the Merrill Audio room, but the bass reproduced by the beautiful Sadurni Acoustic Horn Speakers ($40,000/pair) with their Added Backwave System in the Merrill Audio room felt like it pressurized the entire volume of their large room. Using a beautiful modified Tascam open-reel machine playing master tape copies via Merrill Veritas Pre and monoblock amplifiers, the sound they were generating was natural and easy-flowing with detail that simply existed and drew no untoward attention to itself.

AUDIOPHILIA
Capital Audiofest 2014 - Washington, DC
by AUDIOPHILIA STAFF on JULY 28, 2014
in AUDIOPHILIA VISITS/SHOW REPORTS
The Hickory Room
The Staccato Horn System by Sadurni Acoustics ($40,000/pair) was very imposing. Aesthetically, I found them more intriguing than beautiful. They'll belong to a specific, unmarried audiophile. The horns sounded very realistic playing reel to reel recordings of guitar. Vibes and bass, so difficult to record, received a virtuosi recording that sounded wonderful through the Stacattos. The macro dynamics from these horns sounded effortless.
United Home Audio Reel to Reel. Old is new again, and sounding superb!

The Part Time Audiophile
CAF 2014: Sadurni Acoustics and the Big Red Horn of Wonder
Capital Audiofest 2014: United Home Audio and the master tape experience
Posted on August 1, 2014     by Scot Hull
The Hickory Room

Here at CAF, the setup was a bit challenging. I’m not sure what size room really would suit these guys —
the footprint is rather large, but by end of the weekend, the crew had dialed it  in considerably. Well, as well as they could with the “super tweeters” blown. Yikes.

I stayed to hear a couple of tracks from Jonathan Horwich’s International Phonograph master tape sessions. His recordings capture an immediacy that escapes most LPs and digital formats — it’s all in how he gets his music, I’m sure, but the result is achingly, breathtakingly, present. Sadly, I’m completely unfamiliar with Jonathan’s catalog of local artists, but a call in there might snag gems unavailable anywhere else in audiophile circles.
Got tape? Call. Used here with the superlative UHA Phase 11s tape deck.



The MBL EXTREME SPEAKERS AT T.H.E. Show Newport 2014
T.H.E. Show Newport 2014
AUDIO OASIS AWARD FROM POSITIVE FEEDBACK ONLINE
DAVID ROBINSON
June17, 2014
The MBL rooms:

1. Stereo room with MBL, United Home Audio, and Shun Mook room treatments

2. Surround room with MBL, Sony, Stewart Filmscreen, Kimber Kable, Datasat, Kaleidescape, JL Audio, SMT, and Shun Mook room treatments


MBL has a tradition of doing rooms for audio shows that really knock you out. I've been consistently impressed with their accomplishment since 2007, which has grown particularly noteworthy since Jeremy Bryan was named president of MBL North America. MBL doesn't do second-rate, but their two rooms at THE Show 2014 were real show-stoppers.

First, I did a half-hour listening session in the stereo room. This had the extraordinary big 101 Xtreme reference speakers… one of the relatively few true world-class loudspeakers, in my experience… driven by the 9011 monoblock amps (four!), the 6010D preamp, and fed by the brilliant United Home Audio Phase11S reel-to-reel tape deck. Greg Beron of UHA was our gracious host, playing some excellent tapes of audio unobtainium for the general audiophile congress, assembled. Mainly rock and roll, which was a great relief to yours truly. I have had Greg's Phase11S in my listening room for an all-too-brief time, and used it to transfer some 15 ips half-track tapes to Double and Quad DSD via the Merging Technologies Horus/Pyramix 8.1 A/D system. I know the quality of Greg's work in this unit… MBL could hardly have done better in sourcing an exceptional RTR deck. (Note that Greg is a huge fan of MBL himself, and owns an MBL 101E Mk. II-based system for his own listening room. The affiliation is therefore a natural one.)


The results were amazing! The 101 Xtremes came to life, and really lit up the room with full, round, holographic music that nailed me to my seat. The sheer scale of the audio presentation was epic; only the very finest (and largest) systems in the world are in the same range as the 101 Xtremes. And none of these are omnidirectional in their projection, which make the Xtremes unique in my experience. It was amazing… stunning… to hear open reel tapes on the MBL/UHA combination

In the surround room next door, Jeremy Bryan hosted a very engaging set of 4K and 1080p videos, with surround sound provided by a set of MBL surround speakers, supported by video and audio processing by Sony, et al. As a long-confirmed and unapologetic videophile… I'm not just a hopeless audiophile, you see… I slurped in the astonishing and otherworldly 4K video samples before we shifted to some really fine 1080p material. The surround sound filled the room nicely, as we moved from scene to scene. Some classical, including remarkable ballet… some blast-o movies scenes. In it all, the components put together by Jeremy and company were a convincing blend for real surround sound spectacle… without losing the ability to deliver delicacy and nuance.

This is why I love going to audio shows: To score!

Which is what I did in the MBL rooms… many thanks to Jeremy Bryan and MBL for a smashing time!

And Audio Oasis! Awards for all involved.

T.H.E. SHOW NEWPORT:
ELECTRONICS SHOW REPORT
by Spencer Holbert | Jun 06th, 2014
Categories: Solid-state power amplifiers,  Tubed power amplifiers,  Solid-state preamplifiers, Tubed preamplifiers,  Integrated amplifiers

MBL 9011 Monoblocks
Four MBL 9011 monoblocks ($106k/pr.) were driving the 101 X-Treme omnis ($263k/pr.), fronted by the top-tier UHA tape deck and the MBL 6010 D preamp. What can I say, many consider this system the crème de la crème of high-end audio. With 840W into 4 ohms, and almost 1400W into 2, the 9011s are as extreme as the X-Tremes. I would like to hear these one day in a proper room, not a hotel. At least at Newport, imaging lacked a certain specificity toward which I tend to gravitate. Besides that, this system was the most transparent of any at the show, thanks in large part to the amazing tapes on hand.

Best of Show
Best Sound (cost no object): A tie between the MBL X-Treme and the Polymer/FM Acoustics systems.


THE SHOW NEWPORT 2014 REPORT
by
Audio Investigations.blogspot
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Newport Beach T.H.E. Show Ratings

Class A

MBL Extreme system, 4 MBL amps, 6 MBL subwoofers, MBL Preamp, UHA tape deck
(Mind blowing.  I listened to this system for a total of 6 hours without fatigue.)

Class B+

Yg Speakers, Kronos Turntable
(totl Kronos may be best turntable I've ever heard.  Both quiet and dynamic.  Brubeck played with jaws dropping and total silence from listeners.)

Class B

Usher Speakers, Usher Subs, Pass Labs X and XA Amps
(excellent but lacking ultimate deep bass)

Von Schweikert VR100 XS  (lacking ultimate deep bass, and often played too loud)

Wilson Sasha, Audio Research Electronics, guided by famous recording engineer who always set levels perfectly

Class B-

Walker Proscenium Turntable, Pass Labs 300 Xs Amps
(Totally quiet, non-resonant, and perfect decay of notes, but seemingly lacking leading transient dynamics.  Makes me think that other belt drive tables, like Linn Sondek, use resonance to add pseudo dynamics, and this is why Linn has only slowly adopted anti-resonance features which many people, including me, thought they should have had in the beginning.  Unfortunately with total resonance control like Walker Proscenium, belt drive can lack dynamic sound.  One anomaly in this hypothesis is how the Walker presented the decay of sounds perfectly.  One would think that if belt drives had a problem with dynamics it would show up mostly in the decay of sounds.  Perhaps the Walker is the one that actually reads records correctly, and all other turntables with more apparent dynamics editorialize.  Also the speakers in the Walker demo did not look impressive and I only heard two classical chamber music album sides, perhaps not good enough for fair assessment.  And the only better turntable I've heard is the Kronos.)

Class C+

Magico Speakers, VAC electronics, Tape
(room had echoes and weird imaging, phasey sound.  Room had buzz from AC--needed to remove heat from the massive VAC amps.   But Kraftwork tapes had massive and effortless slam, best slam I've heard outside the MBL Extremes)


Big Mac Amps
(Massive sound, but somewhat lacking HF detail)


(most other systems I heard)

Class C

Audio Note System

E.A.R System

(both E.A.R. and Audio Note systems sounded harsh, though at least Audio Note had high resolution from ladder dac.  I've never heard good sounding SET's, thay have always sound harsh to me.)

Class F

Sound Reinforcement at T.H.E. live concert

Special Mention

MSB DAC's....possibly best sounding DAC,  better resolution that sigma delta DACs

Disagreed with:

Michael Fremer...who said that Quad DSD is identical to tape (nb, I haven't heard quad dsd), that DSD is better than PCM, and that DSD files are superior to SACD, all wrong IMO

   IMO DSD at all speeds is inferior to R2R decoded Redbook CD on principles, and I have never heard either SACD or DSD to sound better than PCM, or DSD files to sound better than SACD discs

Furthermore, the DSD bandwagon has destroyed the market for real PCM dacs since cannot economically keep
      up with inferior sigma delta DACS at increasingly higher speeds.  However MSB does offer 2x DSD with
      their ladder dacs, a great achievement.

DSD is a sorry legacy of Sony's "leadership" in digital, which took a wrong turn with sigma delta converters, leading to DSD

He's just wrong on this.  Or I could be wrong.  There are no authorities in High End Audio.

[Updated with many additions and comments on June 4.)

Newport 2014
Audio Investigations.blogspot
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
The superiority of ladder DAC's
Here's another essay on the superiority of ladder DAC's.

At the 2014 Newport T.H.E. Show, two exhibits had ladder DAC: MSB and Audio Note.  They both seemed to have superior resolution to other systems, except for 15 IPS tape used for the "MBL" Extreme system.  (Other tape systems shown were not as good as the UHA--by far.)

Curiously MSB used cheap speakers, nevertheless achieved Class B performance.  Audio Note was Class C, likely because of high distortion SET amplification and NOS, it sounded a bit harsh.  (When I previously heard Audio Note at the 2009 T.H.E Show in Las Vegas, I put it in Class F--very harsh sounding.  Ironically, that was the top end Audio Note system of the time, whereas the 2014 T.H.E. show had a mid level Audio Note system--which I thought sounded better.)  Also, I believe that No-Oversamping-Or-Filtering is a bad approach which leads to harshness.

Audio Investigations.blogspot
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Analog is Better (4 hours of mastertape listening)
Tonight I spent 4 solid hours listening to low generation mastertape copies, on a state of the art music playback system at the Newport Beach T.H.E. show.  Never have I been more convinced that analog tapes like these (15ips, 2 track, current state of the art mods to Tascam deck by United Home Audio) have more musical information than any kind of digital recordings, and especially DSD recordings.  They sounded wonderful.  The playback system other than the tape deck was all MBL's best, including MBL's best omnidirectional speakers, and floating bias Class A/AB amplifiers.  I would say it was generally the best reproduced sound I have ever heard.  A solid group of dedicated audiophiles like me listened to most or all of the presentation.

I continue to believe that we need more than 16 bits at 48kHz as some objectophiles argue would follow from the Shannon-Hawkins corollary to Shannon's Information Theory, and tonight's listening was further personal confirmation.  I was not the only true believer...all the chairs were filled for the 4 hours I was there.

I have never heard any form of digital recording sound this good.  I think that either Shannon-Hawkins is wrong, misapplied to human musical perception, or misinterpreted.

Today I also heard the Audio Note exhibit which features a pure PCM DAC, with no oversampling or upsampling or filterning.  It sounded good generally, though I like my home system (using Onkyo RDV-1 as DAC) better.  Although this demonstration of an Audio Note system was far better than the one I heard in 2009 (which I could barely stand due to harshness and distortion) and I thought their current DAC was more revealing in some ways like mine than currently typical sigma delta DACs, there still was a whiff of harshness. I think my DAC, which uses PCM 1704 DAC and 8x oversampling, is better--it has no harshness at all.

I think that PCM dacs sound better than sigma delta DAC, including all forms of DSD.  But it is not necessary to remove overampling reconstruction filters (used in the very first PCM products, including the first CD player the SCD-1).  In fact, digital reconstruction filters are perfectly fine and likely better than analog equivalents (though we might be better off with higher rate digital--at least 48kHz--so as to make the reconstruction filtering easier).  The fly in the ointment, I believe, is with the sigma delta DACs, and the theory which says they are equivalent to PCM dacs.  Is that Shannon-Hawkins again?  So far, they don't sound equivalent to me.  Sigma Delta dacs have a characteristic smoothness which seems to be information lossy.  DSD has this same property, but adds just enough noise to make the resulting presentation about equivalent in brightness to pure PCM, but with a slightly fake quality.

Now, maybe an all MBL system like the one I heard tonight would sound equally good with high rez digital like 24/96?  I don't know, but the last times I heard sound equally good--was at previous mastertape demonstrations at the 2009 CES.  That guy had first generation safety masters which he himself had recorded of musicians like Frank Sinatra.  Digital, in all the various forms I have heard it, doesn't reach that level, but high bit rate PCM comes closer than DSD or sigma delta digital.


After hours Master Tape Event at T.H.E. Show Newport.
It was 11:30pm and there were 40+ people in the room with a standing room only crowd!




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Don't miss Washington DC's High End Audio Show!
UHA will feature a great system based around the MBL116F Speakers.
More details to come!

The AV Showrooms Axpona Show Report Video
By Peter Breuninger and Myles Astor
UHA / MBL / Jolida / Tara Labs win a Best of Show Gold Award from AV Showrooms!

Note: The coverage of UHA and all starts at about 15 minutes and also at the best of show conclusions.
However the entire video is fun stuff, watch it all!


UHA / Jolida Luxor / MBL / Tara Labs Room at Axpona 2014
Video by AV Showrooms.com

THE ABSOLUTE SOUND MAGAZINE
AXPONA 2014: Loudspeakers and Electronics Under $15k
Show report
by Spencer Holbert | May 01st, 2014
Categories: Floorstanding, Stand-mount, Solid-state power amplifiers, Solid-state preamplifiers

Jolida Luxor Electronics
In the second room with the MBL 116Fs and United Home Audio Phase11S-PB tape deck ($26k with external power supply), Jolida made a serious showing—after they dialed in the room. Though on Friday and most of Saturday the phase was off and the sound wasn’t quite right, by Sunday this system shined. It featured the Jolida Luxor VT dual-mono preamp ($6k) and four Luxor VTM 100 Monoblocks ($7500 each) using the new KT150 output tube, which had absolutely no issues driving the MBLs. I find that the 116Fs tend to be pretty bright, so when Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood was cued on the UHA deck, I was both ecstatic and nervous about how SRV’s piercing guitar would sound. Generally, SRV can be pretty overwhelming when listening at loud volumes for even short periods of time. (My first memory of this was during one of his concerts in Austin when I was a kid, just a few months before he died.) I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tubed Luxor amps mellowed everything enough to keep the brightness at bay, and the taut, punchy bass that reel-to-reel is so famous for was stunning. Even though the individual amps and preamps are under the $15k category price point, the overall cost of this system makes it a little too expensive to place in the top five.

Most Coveted Product: I dream of one day having the UHA Phase 11S reel-to-reel deck in my listening room. Nothing beats those tapes.

Spencer Holbert 5-2-14
Have you heard the United Home Audio reel-to-reel deck in a good system?
One word: Unbeatable.
Of course, this is my lowly opinion, but man those tape decks are absolutely incredible. And yes, much better than 96/24. I spent hours listening to HD versus Tape, and the tape killed my SACD and the HD version. Just give it a listen before you discount it too much. Most of your favorite music was probably recorded on tape, so the digital version is only a facsimile of that tape.


Spencer Holbert • 5-2-14
I don't want to hate on digital too much. I love digital. It's convenient, and it's great to listen for hours without all the steps it takes to play analog.
But man, when you listen to the DSD Michael Jackson, and then you listen to the tape, it's night and day. All of a sudden you feel like you're in the studio watching him sing. You can hear every little detail, from finger snaps that were never there, to shuffling of his foot to keep time, to the little creaks of people moving about.
Tape is expensive. Tape is limited in catalog. Tape can be damaged and there goes $250.
But damn, it sounds phenomenal.



THE ABSOLUTE SOUND MAGAZINE
AXPONA 2014 - Andre Jennings on Analog
Show report
by Andre Jennings | May 01st, 2014
Categories: Phonostages, Turntables, Cartridges, Tonearms

UHA Phase11S
United Home Audio debuted the UHA HQ Phase 11S tape deck with external power supply paired with MBL 116F speakers and the new Tara Labs Evolution cables in two rooms. One room used MBL electronics C31 CD player, C11 Preamplifier, and four C15 mono amplifiers. The other room had the Luxor line of Electronics from Jolida, including the preamp and four mono amplifiers. I spent an evening in the first room listening to multiple tapes and mid-day Sunday in the other room. In both cases, the sound of these systems with tape playback was very enjoyable and dynamic.

THE ABSOLUTE SOUND MAGAZINE
AXPONA Chicago 2014 Show Report
Loudspeakers and Electronics $15k and Up
Show report
by Jonathan Valin | Apr 29th, 2014

Also commendable, though more troubled by room issues, were the mbl 116F (when driven by Jolida's Luxor tube electronics in the United Home Audio room...

Positive Feedback Online
ISSUE 73
may/june 2014
AXPONA: It's A Party for Speaker People! - Audio Expo North America 2014:
A Humorous Look at the Midwest's Finest Audio Show.
by Gary L. Beard

Dateline: Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, April 25-27th, 2014

I spent part of Saturday evening in an afterhours Master Tape extravaganza hosted by United Home Audio. For their considerable efforts, I bestow my much coveted
THE MOST FUN YOU CAN HAVE AT AN AUDIO SHOW AWARD
for the relaxed vibe and incredible music. The MBL Radialstrahler 116F speakers and Corona series electronics sounded great of course, but the real stars of the evening were the incredible recordings; master tapes played back on one of UHA's signature TASCAM reel to reel decks.

The evening featured many types of music, but there was more than a fair measure of my first love, Rock n' Roll, and it ended a perfectly draining day two for me with an amazing recording of Santana's Abraxas... A truly terrific way to get out of the Five Minute Funk of room hopping...

Banks Room Lower Level: MBL North America and United Home Audio.

My thanks to Greg Beron of United Home Audio and Jeremy Bryan of MBL for an entertaining evening! Oh yeah, you guys can bring that gear to my house anytime... Really. Call me, I'll be waiting…
(I know they'll call... I think they like me... I wonder if they like Chicago deep dish pizza?)
Party on Speaker People! The Rooms of AXPONA

Positive Feedback Online
by Myles Astor
The Bling aka Eye Candy Award (3-way tie) goes to:

Triangle Arts Signature Turntable
Artisan Fidelity Turntable
UHA Phase 11S reel-to-reel deck

Products That I'd Most Like to Bring Home goes to:

Octave Research Jubilee amplifiers
Doshi Audio 3.0 series phono preamplifier
Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement cartridge
UHA Phase 11S reel-to-reel tape recorder


MBL Room with UHA Phase11S-OPS tape deck - Axpona 2014

New December 2013!
The UNITED HOME AUDIO PHASE11
Receives THE ABSOLUTE SOUND Magazines
2013 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD!

The biggest news since 1973 for UHA!
BIG NEWS!
The Absolute Sound Magazine chooses THE UHA PHASE11 Tape Deck
as one of the top 100 most significant products of the last 40 years!
The July / August TAS magazine is the 40th Anniversary edition celebrating
 fourty years of high end audio reporting. The magazine published a list of
 the 100 of the most significant products of the last 40 years
and UHA is proud to be included in this elite group.

The Absolute Sound Magazine
July / August 2013
Issue 234
"Which audio products of the last 40 years or so have been the most significant, either by introducing
a technical innovation, influencing later designs, achieving great commercial success,
or establishing a new benchmark of performance? Below are the top 100 most significant products of the last
four - and - a - half decades as chosed by consensus of our writing team".

NEW DECEMBER 2013!
The UHA Phase11 wins AV Showrooms
Product of the Year for 2013!
New December 2014!
The UHA Phase11 wins AV Showrooms Product of the Year for 2013!

New 2013
Positive Feedback Online
David Robinson, Editor-in-chief and Dave Clark, Editor  
award The UHA Phase11 Tape Deck
a Brutus Award for 2013!

CES 2014!
United Home Audio showed at CES
with Nola Speakers, Audio Research and Nordost Cable
The Venetian Hotel
CES 2014: Loudspeakers under $15,000
Show report
by Chris Martens | Jan 21st, 2014
Best of Show
Best Sound (cost no object):
Nola Grand Reference loudspeakers, Audio Research amplification, and United Home Audio analog (tape) source components. This system could—and at times did—offer believable glimpses of the real thing, and who could ask for more?

2014 CES and T.H.E. Show: High Value Cables and Power Products
Show report
by Jim Hannon | Jan 27th, 2014
Most Coveted Product:
The UHA Phase 11 OPS tape deck was the most realistic front-end I heard, and when combined with the awesome Nola Concert Grand Reference Gold loudspeakers, Audio Research tube electronics, and Nordost Odin cables the sound was sublime.

CES 2014 Show Report: Analog
Show report
by Spencer Holbert | Jan 21st, 2014

But, as others have already noted, the United Home Audio front end in the Nola Grand room was incredible, especially when they played Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The dynamic range of UHA decks is simply amazing, the resolution stunning, and the sound of a superbly mastered tape can’t be beat. If you want to dabble in the reel-to-reel world, United Home Audio is the way to go.

Other Ultra-High-End Loudspeaker Highlights from CES 2014
Show report
by Jonathan Valin | Jan 13th, 2014

Carl Marchisotto of Nola introduced his $197k Concert Grand Reference Golds—twelve-driver, ribbon/cone floorstanders in a large, partially open-backed enclosure. The speaker was driven by ARC electronics and sourced by United Home Audio’s new OPS tape deck (OPS for “outboard power supply”). The Beatles’ “Mothers Nature Son” never sounded better than it did here (played back on reel-to-reel). The speaker was exceptionally smooth, coherent, and majestic, with better bass definition and control than past Nolas.

Positive Feedback ISSUE 71
january/february 2014
CES 2014
by Myles Astor
Top Twelve Sounds at CES and The Show:
NOLA Metro Grande Reference Gold/Audio Research/United Home Audio

Analog playback at its best: UHA Phase 11 deck spooled up with the latest and greatest sampler tape from Opus 3.
The new optional, outboard power supply for United Home Audio reel-to-reel machines.
Even more upscale are Carl Marchisotta's massive (71 inches tall and 275 lbs per side), all in one Concert Grand Reference Gold speakers. Shown in prototype form at last year's CES, Carl finalized in the intervening year, the speaker's design, parts selection and crossover design. The speakers were driven by an all ARC electronics system including the very impressive sounding Reference 75 amplifiers with music was provided Greg Beron's United Home Audio reel-to-reel deck. Big news on the United Home Audio front was the announcement of Greg's decks was the addition of an optional outboard power supply ($4000) that provides separate power transformers for his tape deck's motors and electronics. Sound here with the new Opus 3 sampler tape was good but this is one room that need to visit again before end of the show because sure the sound will continue to improve with another day or two of playing.
In addition, Greg Beron played for me a compilation tape of classical music from Ed Pong and colleagues at UltraAnalogue Recordings. Now two years or so, I had received a several of their tapes and found the Q/C to be wanting. In particular, the tapes had hum issues. Well it seems that Ultra Analogue Recordings has licked their quality issues as evidenced by the wonderful sound of this new compilation tape (also transferred at 250 nanowebbers, not nearly as hot as the tapes they sent me). The Debussy Clair de Lune piece featured simply lovely playing and sound!


STEREO MOJO
CES 2014
Over the years, Carl Marchisotto at Nola has provided one of the most consistently good if not great sounds at every show.
This year was no exception. This is his new Concert Grand Reference Gold.
Golden price though, $197,000 per pair.
Easy contender for Best Sound.

CES & THE Show 2014
Flight of Fantasy: The 2104 Jimmy Awards
by Jim Saxon | February 3, 2014
...the award for Best Sound at the Show goes to Accent Music Technology Ltd., makers of the Nola Concert Grand Reference Gold ($197,000 per pair).
On the third day of the gathering, legendary loudspeaker designer Carl Marchisotto, assisted by Audio Research electronics and
a United Home Audio Phase 11 master tape player, put on the sonic equivalent of a Fourth of July light show. Voices and chords appeared all over the place: Michael Jackson called from offstage way over there; Santana toted his wailing guitar from deep right-center to main microphone; a member of an African chorus hovered spookily over Paul Simon’s shoulder; previously unheard saxophone toots emerged from deep in the mix of "Black Magic Woman"; Stevie Ray Vaughn’s guitar chords exploded and then wafted overhead. The whole time, my eyes were as wide as Little Joe’s watching Shane unload a six-shooter.
(Carl from Nola)
A million thanks to Uncle Carl for disdaining audiophile-approved lute and bodhran recordings. The Nola system played everyday music, with volume cranked up to 11. Amazingly, Carl and I were able to converse without shouting because the distortion was so low. We discussed how the imaging aspects of high fidelity have fallen behind close-up clarity as a goal of loudspeaker design. Minimonitors are winning market share, but is the thrill of hi-fi lost in the process? I recall hearing a pair of Quad ESL63s for the first time forty years ago. A jazz ensemble was standing behind, in front of and alongside the speakers. I was smitten for life and vowed then and there to "see" concerts at home. Over the years, however, I seem to have lost the way. As advanced digital processing churns out more and more information, the imagination is left to idle. Musical events are less viscerally entertaining than before. Imaging has shrunk to a highly revealing but flattened panorama.
Brave-hearted Mr. Marchisotto is out to change the tide. Not only his Concert Grand Reference Gold but all of the speakers in the Nola line project a high degree of holography. While some dimensionality is common to all good loudspeakers, the CGRG goes a lot further by constructing a sonic diorama. If the Holy Grail of hi-fi is the perception of a three-dimensional performance, Nola speakers assuage the mind’s eye better than any others at this time.



CES and THE Show 2014: Less Is Sometimes More
by Paul Bolin | February 7, 2014

Nola debuted the Concert Grand Reference Gold ($197,000 per pair), which features significant updates to the crossover and ribbon drivers. Electronics were Audio Research’s Reference 10 line stage ($30,000), Reference CD8 digital player ($10,000 when still available), and a Reference 75 power amp ($9000). All was wired and powered up with Nordost Odin cabling and Quantum power products. A new addition to the Nola room was a United Home Audio Phase 11 open-reel tape machine ($24,000) with UHA’s new Outboard Power Supply ($4000). While I was in the room copies of masters of The Beatles’ White Album were playing, and "Ob La Di Ob La Da" and "Dear Prudence" gave me the unmistakable sensation of sitting in the control room and watching the Fab Four play on the other side of the glass. The resolution of McCartney’s Rickenbacker bass guitar on "Prudence" alone was the stuff of which musical dreams are made. Eerie and spectacular in its immediacy.


Hi Fi News Magazine
March 2014
By Paul Miller
CES 2014
When Nola loudspeakers wanted the best
analogue source it turned to United Home Audio
and one of its Tascam-based UHA-HQ reel-to-reels.

    This souped-up tape deck is offered with
an outboard power supply (the OPS) to eliminate
EMI from the stock power transformer housed in
the chassis itself. www.unitedhomeaudio.com


RMAF 2013
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013
Hear the award winning UHA Reel to Reel Tape Decks in the following rooms at RMAF 2013!
There will be after hours Master Tape listening events in the UHA Rooms at RMAF!
Friday and Saturday 8:30pm till...

Room # 550 Atrium Tower
Analog Source:
UHA Phase11 Tape Deck $17,000.
Speakers:
Von Schweikert: Universe VR-100XS 4-piece speaker system, $140,000.
Amplification:
Constellation Audio Virgo II Preamp $24,000.
Constellation Audio Centaur Mono Power Amp $27,000 each.
Rack System:
Critical Mass Systems MAXXUM Precision Component Support Systems
$5,650 per component.
Positive Feedback Online
awards UHA, Constellation Audio and Von Schweikert Audio
an Audio Oasis Award for RMAF 2013!
RMAF 2013
Room #1030
MBL Room
Analog Source:
UHA Phase11 Tape Deck $17,000.
Preamp:
Corona Line systems featuring the new Corona Line C11 Preamplifier, $8800.
Amplifiers:
The new C15 500 watt / channel Mono Amplifiers, $12,500 each.
Speakers:
The 116F Compact Radialstrahler Loudspeakers $32,500.




New 2013!
The UHA Phase11 Tape Deck wins a "Golden Ear Award for 2013
from The Absolute Sound Magazine!



Read Jonathan Valin's (The Absolute Sound Magazine) latest blog on the UHA Phase11
United Home Audio's New Tape Deck and Next-Gen Reel-to-Reel Tapes

Jonathan Valin speaking about hearing the Master Tape copy of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper.
I want to be very clear here, because, truthfully, I would’ve swooned if the mastertape of Sgt. Pepper had sounded terrible. Which, BTW, is pretty much the way the album (in stereo) has always sounded, no matter whose version you’re talking about. Anemic in the bass, dry and brittle and bath-tubey in the mids, crudely mixed (very left/right) with obvious manifold overdubs. Oh, there are some variations from cut to cut, but for the most part Sgt. Pepper didn’t make it to Number One on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Rock Albums of All Time—or Number One, with a dagger, in my heart—because of its audiophile-grade sound.
But the sound wasn’t awful. It was anything but awful.
If you think The Beatles couldn’t rock, I truly wish you had the same chance that I had—to hear this mastertape on this stereo via Greg’s Phase 11 machine. Folks, to say that this was a “better” sound, even “an extraordinarily better” sound, doesn’t cut it. This was a revolution.
I don’t know where to begin; the net effect was so overwhelming. Of course, the bass is the weakest thing on vinyl and digital. You hardly even know Paul is playing, much less rocking. But on the mastertape…on the mastertape, boys, it is an entirely different story. Here is Paul’s bass guitar the way you’ve always wanted to hear it—full, deep, incredibly powerful, and so clear and defined in pitch and articulation that it is easy to tell the McCartney was a heckuva player. Same for Ringo’s drum licks—some of which, like the bass, almost literally knock you on your ass with their slam—same with George’s garden of guitars. And the voices! It was like having John Lennon and Paul McCartney in my room with me. It goes without saying that there wasn’t a single cut that didn’t hold surprises in store—things I’d never heard and I’ve heard this album countless times.
Given the importance Sgt. Pepper has had in my life, the whole thing was so amazing it left me agog. I have never heard rock and roll reproduced more powerfully and realistically in my home or at a show in my entire life. And, guess what, it was just the start. Because thanks to Greg and Bruce I also got to hear a mastertape of the anti-Beatles, The Doors, performing “Crawlin’ King Snake” and that creepy “Hyacinth House” from L.A. Woman. When black bluesmen, like John Lee Hooker, sing “Crawlin’ King Snake” or “Back Door Man” the humor comes from the disparity between the “innocent” text and the sexual subtext. When The Doors’ Jim Morrison sings them, there is no subtext—and no humor. There was a reason why they called this guy "The Lizard King."



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