PAMrep News For January 2018
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It is hard to imagine we are already in 2018 and another CES is just ahead! If you are attending CES, PAMrep will be as well. Please contact PAMrep if you are attending and lets plan to meet. Paradigm and Anthem Electronics are in the Venetian on the 29th Floor Suite 119. MartinLogan will be in town and available to meet but do not have a display suite. PAMrep looks forward to seeing you there and if you are not attending, bringing you a report of any new products that are announced.


Engineering Meets Artistry
Persona By Paradigm 

The Persona loudspeakers are a culmination of years of research into materials, fabrication, and performance while stretching for a designer friendly appearance to allow ultimate audio performance to integrate with visually stimulating beauty. The success of Persona is being expressed in dealer sales and press reviews. 

Check out these recent Persona reviews:
  • Audioholics 2017 Product of the Year Award "What struck us about these speakers wasn't their balanced sound character, or impressive build quality or aesthetics, but their stunning midrange clarity which had no equal."
  • Dealerscope 2018 IMPACT! Award "Acoustically, the Persona 9H can out-muscle heavyweights twice its price. The 1-inch tweeter, 7-inch mid/bass driver, and four 8.5-inch woofers are calibrated with Anthem Room Correction, powered by separate DSP-controlled 700W amps, and wrapped in a housing that oozes audiophile distinction."
  • Soundstage HiFi "If you're in the market for a state-of-the-art bookshelf speaker, look no further. You'd probably have to spend a whole lot more money to better the formidable performance of Paradigm's Persona B -- and even then, I'm not sure you could."
  • Soundstage HiFi "we knew that adding the Paradigm Persona 7F to our list of Recommended Reference Components was another conclusion foregone."
  • Audioholics "The midrange frequencies of the 5F speakers are easily the best of any speaker I have had in my home thus far. I cannot imagine a loudspeaker with more midrange clarity; in this range the Persona 5F were superb. The bass felt natural and not boosted or otherwise disconnected from the rest of the sound. It was powerful when it needed to be and extended quite deeply for a tower speaker of its size. The dispersion is wide and uniform, so they will have very good coverage across a large listening area instead of a single 'sweet spot.' The Persona 5F speakers have enough dynamic range to handle a good sized room too. They can get loud and have no problems doing so, and their imaging and soundstage is also terrific."
  • Soundstage! Ultra Reviewers Choice "During my time with Paradigm's Persona 7Fs, they consistently projected a wonderfully open, detailed, effortless top end capable of communicating vast amounts of space, balance, drive -- and, inevitably, emotion. These all-important sonic attributes were matched only by the awe-inspiring depths to which the 7Fs could dig; never, without a subwoofer in play, had I heard in my room bass so deep or so articulate, or that so powerfully evoked my own emotional responses. And yet neither the 7F's effortless top-end nor its prodigious bottom-end reproduction was its most appealing quality; that accolade must go to the 7F's unfailingly neutral and natural-sounding midrange. In the Persona 7F, Paradigm has created an all-out assault on the high end. During my time with them, the Persona 7Fs have proven themselves a benchmark product at their price point, which makes granting them a Reviewers' Choice award a foregone conclusion. A damned impressive speaker!"
  • "[Translated] Paradigm engineers succeeded in a real "tour de force": Persona 7F sounds so great that they can compete with speakers that are 2-3 times more expensive. Despite the considerable price, they can be safely given the title of Best Buy."
  • TED Mag@zine "[Translated]...a hearing with the help of these Personas is a very pleasant experience and I would not have believed, at the outset, that they could have responded as well. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, a beautiful success of Paradigm."
  • ToneAudio "Paradigm has created one of the world's finest loudspeakers the right way, by applying what they've learned from decades of research, design and manufacturing know how to produce a speaker with no compromises. There's nothing they don't do, nothing they won't play and from what I can deduce, nothing they won't partner with regarding electronics."
  • Sound & Vision Top Pick Award " astounding, so unequivocally brilliant in their performance that they will convince your ears that they don't exist, despite what your eyes will try to tell you."
  • The Absolute Sound "The Paradigm Persona 9Hs not only provided the best overall bass response I've had in my listening room, it did so when playing back deep bass at subwoofer frequencies and loudness levels."
  •  "From their exceptional dispersion characteristics to their wonderful tonal balance, exceptional clarity, and stunning detail, Paradigm's Persona Series speakers leave one wanting for nothing, even way down at the bottom end of the line with the 3F tower. Or, I should clarify: they leave this reviewer wanting for nothing."
  • The Absolute Sound 2017 Editor's Choice Awards "Good things do come in relatively small packages, although this is a nearly 300-pound speaker that is 51" high. It uses four new ultra-high excursion woofers, two 700-watt amps, and ARC-2 digital room compensation to produce incredibly deep, accurate bass at to 19Hz and going as low as 15Hz. It also features an advanced beryllium tweeter and midrange driver, and provides equally outstanding midrange and treble performance in every aspect. Detail, dynamics, depth, and imaging are all excellent. Sensitivity is 96dB, allowing use with even low-power triodes and providing an exceptional sense of life with more powerful amps."
  • CES Innovation Awards "The CES Innovation Awards is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products. Persona 9H won 1st place, and was named BEST OF INNOVATIONS for the High Performance Audio-Video Category."
  • And on it goes - read more here.
MartinLogan Impression ESL 11A 

When MartinLogan launched the Impression ESL 11A, it was in the l ineage of the superb Ethos, Montis, and SummitX which are very hard acts to follow! The Impression 1-upped these by integrating numerous new performance featured and quality standards: 
  • The eye-catching new AirFrame Blade construction did more than create a stunning look, it reinforced the 11" x 44" XStat panel to deliver finest details the the listener. It provides electrical and acoustical isolation, minimizing intermodulation distortion caused by vibration and resonance.
  • Two 8-inch laser-engineered low-distortion aluminum cone woofers are housed in independently enclosed space in the lower cabinet and employs exclusive bass alignment technology to assure that the bass that the twin 275 watt amplifiers is delivered into the listening area. 
  • PoweredForce Forward bass technology employs an advanced crossover topology with phase-timed woofers to minimize destructive reflected energy. By virtually eliminating front-wall bass reflections and working in tandem with the panel, PoweredForce Forward Bass Technology gives you more placement flexibility, and enhances the true audio realism of your sound source.
  • ARC - The bass is further refined to perfection in the listening area with the deployment of Anthem Room Correction [ARC] enabling precise bass response at the listening position.
  • 5-Way audiophile WBT Binding Posts were added to assure the best in connections for the chosen amplifier used. Their pure copper connection plate is highly conductive and free from eddy current effects. These posts are insulated for shock protection, and fully damped against vibrations. They allow room for large-gauge professional speaker connections.
  • Intelligent Electronics Tray - The advanced twin 275 watt amplifiers, the power supplies, 24-bit Vojtko Digital Signal Processing (DSP) engine, ARC circuitry and Advanced-Topology Vojtko Crossover all are housed safely in a new tray design allowing the designers freedom of circuity layout and easy servicing.
The print and online magazines are loving the Impression ESL 11A and here are a few samples of their reviews:

Everything Audio Network "The MartinLogan Impression shows how the evolution path of electrostatic speakers has improved the technology to the point where it is nearly flawless in its performance. They now have low bass that matches the speed of the panel's immaculately, focused midrange/treble, and they can be played much louder than the original 'stats. The big selling point, however, is that gorgeous spread of sound. That space impression and the ability to convey the finer details of music - it all helps deliver on the promise of musical realism through the speaker."
HiFi-Advice "Martin Logan loudspeakers in general have always had unbelievable transparency and spatial rendering that has to be heard to be appreciated. However, with the Impression ESL 11A, the company has taken a significant step forward. This is not only the most coherent hybrid electrostatic loudspeaker yet, but they also produce the absolutely best bass that I have ever heard in my listening room, period!"
Audio "[Translated] All this made the MartinLogan Impression ESL 11A in the important disciplines of neutrality and detail reach sensationally with the great Renaissance. Their larger foil area, however, still gave them tiny advantages in spatial imaging. The more voluminous woofers were able to produce even richer levels with even deeper bass."
Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity "The MartinLogan ESL 11A is a world-class speaker. It is revealing, accurate and has the huge soundstage one expects of a dipole radiator. The speaker can sound good with modest source components, but to hear it at its best, use the highest-quality sources and amplifiers that you can provide."


Surge Eliminated, No Ground Contamination, & Noise Filtered 
Electrical  In Your Client's Outlets

The SurgeX Branch Surge Elimination products can be used to provide complete protection without ground contamination while providing AC noise filtering around your client's job without the fuss of locating individual surge devices! 

Easy Installation: They install right at the electrical panel. A
licensed electrician can quickly and efficiently install the PF420 and SX-20NE-RT or SX-20NE-RT-AR at the entry point of the electrical system. Typical costs of installation are small - $100-$200. 

Performance Improvement & Reduced Service Calls: SurgeX branch circuit devices provide complete freedom from harmful electrical surges and noisey electricity while helping to reduce issues such as system lock-ups caused by ground contamination, audio and video disturbances like grainy granular audio background noise or unwanted pixelated noise in video displays.   

Plug-in and go: Since the electrical power on these circuits is now Surge Eliminated and Filtered, you can simply plug in directly to the related outlets without any additional devices needed for protection or filtering. Plug in your rack and it is already protected. Add displays without concern for locating surge protection devices. 

Protect as many circuits as needed: SurgeX Branch Circuit products come in two general flavors. The PF420 provides filtering and Surge Elimination for four individual 20/15 amp circuits. The SX-20NE-RT and SX-20NE-RT-AR offer filtering and Surge Elimination for a single 20/15 amp circuit. Simply mix and match to cover the circuits needed. Typical installations may only require one PF420 with its four circuit design. Often the integration only requires 3 circuits and the remaining circuit is used to perhaps protect another expensive device such as the clients premium freezer/refrigerator.

Anthem STR Preamp
igh Performance Remarkable Value

More than a straight wire with gain.... 

The Anthem STR Preamp brings game changing digital prowess, State-of-the-Art  signal processing, and ARC to the game. 

Designed, engineered, and Crafted in Canada , the STR Preamplifier combines the benefits of an advanced preamp with the power of a processor, as well as functions like leading-edge DAC, onboard Anthem Room Correction (ARC™), customizable bass manager for mono or stereo sub outs, MM and MC phono inputs-far more than the average preamplifier.

  • High-resolution preamplifier section
  • Anthem Room Correction (ARC™) optimizes in-room response for perfect sound
  • Bass management for two subwoofers, in mono or stereo
  • Up-sampling of lower-resolution sources to 32-bit/192kHz
  • Asynchronous USB Audio Input supports 32-bit/384kHz PCM, and DSD 2.8 / 5.6 MHz sources
  • Coaxial, optical, and AES/EBU inputs up to 192kHz
  • MM and MC phono, balanced XLR, and single-ended analog inputs
  • Six pre-RIAA curves plus adjustable settings for playing older records accurately
  • Analog Direct mode
  • Adjustable analog input levels to match sources, minimize noise and prevent distortion
  • Graphic front panel display for easy setup and navigation
  • Balanced output for all channels including the two subs
  • Home Theater Bypass Mode works without having to turn power on and includes RCA/XLR input for two subs
  • Create up to 30 virtual inputs for setup flexibility
  • Controllable via Ethernet, RS-232, or supplied IR remote
  • Available in Silver and Black Finishes
  • Crafted in Canada
  • Only $3999

Contact PAMrep here.

Stealth Acoustics Brings A New Level Of Performance To Invisible Speakers!

The Stealth Acoustics LRx83 is a three-way, full-range loudspeaker that creates a new standard in invisible loudspeakers while surpassing the performance of many traditional in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. There is no compromise in going invisible - just complete integration into the wall or ceiling surface!
The perfect combination is the LRx83 with the new Stealth Acoustics SA-2400 MKII Amplifier with DSP circuitry. 
The SA-2400 MKII 
delivers a solid 310 watts per-channel into an 8Ω load and 450 watts per-channel into 4Ω. The SA2400MKII's internal DSP functions may be programmed for each channel independently or together and include 11 bands of fully-parametric EQ, variable High and Low Pass filters with selectable slopes, fully-programmable limiter stage and delay functions. All parameters may be programmed using front panel controls or via a USB connected computer utilizing the free Stealth Signal Management System software.

Great News! PAMrep has both of these for your on-site demonstration! Let's give it a listen!

Anthem STR Preamplifier and Power Amplifier Tour
Anthem STR Preamplifier and Power Amplifier Tour

In this SoundStage video, Blake Alty, Marc Bonneville, and Nick Ho talk about Anthem's new STR Preamplifier and Power Amplifier, which have been designed for no-compromise performance and possess features not normally seen in high-end separates.

Peachtree Audio decco125 SKY
Streaming DAC Amplifier Plays Your Client's Favorite Services Like Spotify, Pandora, & Tidal

New and perfect for all kinds of audio in 2018, the decco125 Sky features a streaming app control system allowing control of your client's favorite streaming services including Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, Tune-in, iHeart and more. Even more fun, it fits into the new Peachtree Audio ecosystem allowing multiple devices including decco125 Sky, forthcoming DeepBlue Sky speakers and wireless cards for nova150 and nova300. 

decco125 SKY uses the popular Muzo app to select and play streaming content. 

Not to leave out vinyl music lovers, the decco125 SKY also includes a phono section to connect your client's favorite turntable. With 125 x 2 power inside, the vinyl or streaming music they love will sound great! At just $1199, it is a unique solution for a main or secondary system using speakers of your choice.

In 2nd quarter of 2018, several additional SKY products will launch including DeepBlue SKY [wireless self amplified speaker system with a built-in sub and 2-way stereo sound], wireless cards and antenna for the nova150and nova300, and then a few more surprises. All of the SKY products can join the Peachtree Audio SKY system and play together or separately as desired. 2018 is going to be a very good year to be a Peachtree Audio dealer!

Contact PAMrep for more information!
MIT Z Duplex Power Noise Elimination
MIT Z Duplex Power Noise Elimination

MIT Z Power Products - P arallel Tuned Filters

The solution to unwanted system noise: parallel filtering.
The Z Series of power products from MIT uses patented parallel "AC Filterpoles"™; a tuned LCR technology. MIT Filterpole technology eliminates reflected energy by efficiently attracting all forms of AC noise from the mains and discharging it to ground, converting it into harmless thermal heat. 

Designed to be easily installed in new or existing wall outlet receptacles, the Z Duplex is the perfect solution for that newly installed or upgraded home theater. The result? Once the Z circuitry is working to clean, condition and protect your AV system, you will instantly enjoy "blacker" blacks, deeper color saturation, and increased shadow detail; movie sound tracks come through with much clearer dialog. Foley sounds and background music become more distinguishable, with theater-like quality. Because Z Filterpole technology lowers the noise floor, you will enjoy pinpoint audio image placement within a lifelike soundstage, all with clear and authoritative bass. 

Setting Your Goals for "Great Audio Sales

Technology Insider Group offered a great article entitled " Setting Your Goals for "Great Audio Sales" that was written by audio veteran Doug Henderson - Principal of the independent rep firm Audtek. 

Quote: "You are not serving your customer well if you don't give them a complete picture of what is possible at all price levels. You are certainly selling your business short if you don't highlight performance at every opportunity." 

Read the entire article here and while you are there you may want to sign up for their great newsletter!

Flat Panel TV's are thinner today than ever measuring less than 2-inches off the wall. However the thin structure of the television compromises their sound as they use smaller speakers without the cabinet volume necessary for performance and to be competitive, they are cheaper parts. Typically these underperforming speakers are also facing the rear, underpowered, and sound just as thin as the TV. 

Good news! Motion SLM speakers deliver a clean, easy to install solution for delivering the audio performance that has been sacrificed with ultra-thin TV. The performance secret to Motion SLM speakers is the remarkable twin 4-inch, slim fiber cone woofers and twin 4-inch high-velocity passive bass radiators combined with MartinLogan's Folded Motion tweeter to create the sound quality and punch of a big speaker system. And in keeping with the thin TV, the SLM speaker system is only 1.45-inches thin and with its bracket is only 1.83-inches.

There are 3 models. The Motion SLM and SLM XL designed for mating to any size of Flat Panel TV allowing left - right or left-center-right combinations or if a soundbar approach is more suited to the space, the Motion SML X3 is a perfect solution.  

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