Manley, Audio Space, Blue Circle and More in Affordable$$Audio

Monday, November 10, 2008

Affordable$$Audio, a magazine focused on the low-end (with some high-end thrown in too), has published its November issue. Included are reviews of the following:

  • Acoustic Revive Acoustic Conditioner RWL-III panels ($995 each)
  • Elemental Designs A6-6T6 monitor speakers ($365/pair)
  • Audio Space Reference 3.1 tube integrated amp ($3,390)
  • Manley Labs Stingray tube integrated amp ($2,250)
  • Stager Silver Solids interconnect cables ($129/1 meter pair)
  • Blue Circle power line products ($180-280)
  • Yamamoto Sound Craft audio bases ($12-410)

Download the entire issue (12 MB PDF), and check out Brad Mitchell’s interesting article on the financial upside of equipment modifications. The article, entitled “Go Forth and Modify,” caught my interest with this sentence:

… if your preamp retails for $1,000, then there are about $85 of actual parts that make the music.

If you’re on the fence about modding your gear, this is a must-read.

Patrick November 11, 2008 at 7:43 pm

A$$Audio is NOT focused on the ‘low-end’ but on getting hi-end sound at less than stratospheric prices……vive la difference!!!

Mark Wieman November 11, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Great point, Patrick. I meant ‘low-end’ as it applies to prices, not sound. I’m the king of bargain hunters, but I don’t tolerate low-end sound. I know Affordable$$Audio doesn’t either.