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 […]

Flattering and Humorous Commentary…

Flattering and Humorous Commentary…

So, I cut out of office early yesterday i had little excuse to miss the show this year as I did last year. heck its only 1.5 miles from the office to Hotel Irvine. I didn’t try to hear every room but I know I walked every floor. If it was digital only or at […]

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 […]

“…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 […]

Best of Show

Best of Show

Vayu/fs Speakers “With a number of digital and analog tracks of reference quality, the PranaFidelity package delivered remarkable bass definition and tonal accuracy, making it a contender for the best-sounding system at a not-so-stratospheric price.” Steven Norber designs and builds loudspeakers and electronics under the name PranaFidelity — all known for their ability to offer […]

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