Venture speakers and Atma-Sphere amps?

October 20, 2014


Though I’ve never crossed paths with them, for me, too, there is something seductive about Venture speakers that beckons to me. I really hope to audition the Ultimate References at some point, or even a pair of their little brothers.

I have to ask, though, by any chance did you spend any time listening to them paired to the Atma-Sphere MA-2 amps? I would think this combo could really sing, provided the amps are capable of adequately controlling the four pairs of woofers.

Alan Trahern

Unfortunately, the Venture speakers and Atma-Sphere amps weren't here at the same time, so I wasn't able to hear them together. I agree with you that this is an intriguing speaker-amp combination -- a potential sum greater than the considerable parts. -Marc Mickelson

Which protractor?

October 14, 2014


I attended Roy Gregory's seminar at this year's RMAF and thoroughly enjoyed the presentation (as well as last year's equipment-setup seminar). My question is about the protractor that he used. I cannot find it on the web, primarily as I can't remember the name or who manufactures it and in the equipment credits for the seminar it is not listed. Help please and thank you. Also, would the Feickert Alignment System also work?

Jeff Harris

The protractor Roy used is the Acoustical Systems SMARTractor. You can read more about it here.

You can certainly use the Feickert protractor to set up your cartridge, but there are some advantages with the SMARTractor, including the UNI DIN geometry, which is unique to it and what Roy and Stirling Trayle talked about in the seminar.

I'm glad you enjoyed the seminar. I did too. -Marc Mickelson

Five years of The Audio Beat

October 7, 2014


Congratulations on TAB's five-year anniversary. I'm proud to say I follow TAB. It's always a pleasure reading your work. Wishing you continued success.

Sheldon Simon

It has been invigorating and fun, in addition to a lot of work. My only regret is that this isn't the site's ten-year anniversary. -Marc Mickelson

"Add me"

October 2, 2014


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Tim Grindell

You're added! For others interested, e-mail rl@theaudiobeat.com and you'll be added to the list, which means you'll hear about all new articles first. -Marc Mickelson

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