Fifty90 “…third year in a row…best values of the show and beyond”

Fifty90 “…third year in a row…best values of the show and beyond”

Fifty90 Speakers What more can I say about PranaFidelity that I have not said in past years? For all of you chuckleheads who keep complaining about the ever-increasing cost of high-end audio, get yourself a pair of Steve Norber’s Fifty90 speakers ($3’950/pr) and never look back. For at least the third year in a row, […]

Audio Oasis Award

Audio Oasis Award

Now here was a very pleasant surprise…and it was just directly across the hall from the PF hospitality room! In this room, Steven Norber and Ying Tan were running one of the intensely musical spaces at THE Show. The equipment included the PranaFidelity Vayu/fs speakers, the Purna preamplifier and amplifier, and some great sources:  A […]

“…unlimited in power, depth, dynamics and energy…”

“…unlimited in power, depth, dynamics and energy…”

I almost didn’t put the Prana Fidelity room in this article, mostly because the total cost of the system (including the R2R and turntable) was quite pricey. But, for as great as this room sounded, to get that level of performance with speakers that sell at this price deserves recognition. Prana Fidelity Vayu/fs ($6950) have […]

“and this impressive-sounding must be priced over $30,000/pair.”

“and this impressive-sounding must be priced over $30,000/pair.”

When I walked into the PranaFidelity room I didn’t know what to expect. Two very large loudspeakers flanked a refurbished and modified Ampex ATR-102 professional tape deck. Next to that was an equipment rack holding a Luxman D-08 CD/SACD player and a Basis Audio 2200 Signature Turntable with a Basis Audio Superarm and a My […]

PranaFidelity lures music lovers

PranaFidelity lures music lovers

I’m a sucker for reel-to-reel tape machines. Although I don’t own one — yet — I am absolutely fascinated when I see one. It seems tape is the next ancient technology, after vinyl, to be making a comeback. It’s easy to see why — if you’ve got a good-condition, low-generation master copy, the sound quality […]

RMAF 2014 Fifty90: “easily the best speakers under 5k”

RMAF 2014 Fifty90: “easily the best speakers under 5k”

Fifty90 Speakers As is his wont, Steve Norber of PranaFidelity was once again cheerfully and seemingly effortlessly bringing great sound to the RMAF Atrium. This year, he elected to demonstrate his Fifty90 stand mount loudspeakers ($3,950). Preamplification was from the purna/ca, which is available as a single-ended line stage for $4,500, balanced for $5,950, single-ended […]

“…this was my favorite room…”

“…this was my favorite room…”

Very few rooms stood out for me at the show. Admittedly I deliberately ignored the uber-expensive rooms. In the past I was rarely impressed by their performance even when I ignored placing any judgement on value for the money. I have always been impressed more by manufacturers who can make me smile and do it […]

“I could sit there for hours…”

“I could sit there for hours…”

Thanks to information here as to the only booth to be playing reel-to-reel I had tremendous fun listening to the system at Paranafidelity: The technics 1500 deck was unmodified and was playing using stock electronics: I wish I could remember the principal designer/demo person’s name. This was a guy that really enjoyed music with great […]

PranaFidelity, Groove Note Records, Basis Audio, Miyajima, Luxman, Audio Conductors, Ampex: Newport 2015

PranaFidelity, Groove Note Records, Basis Audio, Miyajima, Luxman, Audio Conductors, Ampex: Newport 2015

The PranaFidelity, Groove Note Records, Basis Audio, Miyajima, Luxman, Audio Conductors, Ampex room at Newport 2015. 22 photos. Had to come back to this room so it is here out of order – first visit the room was too busy… not to mention that Peter Breunoinger and Terry Eringi had just arrived

“…ease and authenticity”

“…ease and authenticity”

I’d like to wrap things up with my adventure in the PranaFidelity room. In the past I had only seen Steven Norber from a distance, but this was my first time meeting him. Steven is one of those audio celebrities who’s hard to ignore. He projects a unique form of energy, and he must have […]

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