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Customer email newsletter dated: May 18, 2010.


New and Unique Audio Technology May 18, 2010
Often when we hear about "new" products in this industry, usually "new" is just a revision to an older technology, rather than something that was created from a clean sheet of paper. But sometimes new is actually NEW. Here a few noteworthy new and unique products furthering the state of the art in high performance audio.
Veloce Audio Platino LS-1 Preamplifier wins TAS Golden Ear Award from Henry Pearson
TEO Audio Liquid Cables
The Synergistic Research Galileo Universal Cells:
Galileo Interconnect Cells:
Galileo Speaker Cells:
Available now through the Cable Library for in-home audition:

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Veloce Audio Platino LS-1 Preamplifier wins TAS Golden Ear Award from Henry Pearson

Veloce Audio has just received a well-deserved "Golden Ear Award" from Harry Pearson of The Absolute Sound for their Platino LS1 preamplifier. 

What makes the Veloce Platino LS1 different from other preamplifiers?  Simple - it is a full function, completely autobiasing tube linestage preamplifier with all of the signal handling and the tube autobiasing powered by "smart batteries." The Platino LS1 is capable of providing 70 hours of musical playback between charges, which is one very long listening session!  When the preamp is powered down, the internal batteries are automatically charged.  . Frankly in use you would not know there even was a battery supply unless they told you. Smart indeed.

What this means is that the LS1 is off the power grid during playback, eliminating any and all noise caused by household AC.

There have been a few other battery powered preamplifiers developed over the years, but none this user-friendly, or anywhere near this level of performance, which we would consider to be  at the current state of the art.  While other battery powered preamps have achieved some level of recognition, all of the previous designs have suffered from a common characteristic - lack of ultimate dynamics, particularly in the frequency extremes. The design of the Veloce unit not only overcomes these obstacles, but has managed to raise the bar for preamplifier performance to a new level.  The music emerges from a completely black background and portrays every nuance of volume, pitch, and timber in a way that envelops and involves the listener like no other.

Featuring both RCA and XLR inputs and outputs, remote control for both gain and L-R balance, 24db of gain that can be attenuated by 60 steps, and an elegant black and polished aluminum case with the 4 tubes showing thru the faceplate.  The LS1 incorporates truly original thinking and is exceptionally well engineered with careful attention to detail. There is even provision for the unlikely event that the batteries would become fail within the first five years -  a free replacement set, and environmentally friendly disposal of the old batteries are arranged by Veloce.

We are pleased to represent Veloce Audio thru our Ultra Systems showroom.  We have had one of the very first LS1 preamplifiers in our soundrooms for more than a year, and it never fails to impress , whether used with solid state or tube gear, in whatever system it has been installed.  At $14,995, the LS1 is a significant investment, but one that will pay sonic dividends for many years.  It is also an education on the importance of the preamp to the overall sound of the system. No one who listens to the Veloce will ever again believe that the preamp is just a glorified switching box. Truly this is the heart of the system.

We have also been fortunate enough to audition the companion Veloce phono stage together with the LS1 linestage.  This separate chassis add-on unit costs $3000, and also connects to the battery pack of the LS1 for off-grid operation.  With the addition of the new phono stage, Veloce is now an analog lovers dream preamp as well.

For more information about these exciting new products, please visit the Veloce website or contact your favorite consultant here at The Cable Company/Ultra Systems.

TEO Audio Liquid Cables
Over the years, cable designers have used a variety of materials to act as dielectrics for the conductors in audio cables - various liquids (especially the pioneering designer, Jim Aud, at  Purist Audio Design), exotic materials, and even air or a  vacuum -  to minimize the effects of the conductor/insulator interface. 

But here is something completely new. Teo Audio is actually using a  liquid metal conductor. The Teo cables use a molecular combination of rare metals in a mixture that is related to the material used inside childproof thermometers, where it replaced toxic Mercury. (The Teo liquid metal is also non- toxic.)

Maybe it is partially a psychological effect, but there is an undeniable liquidity to the sound as well. The best words to describe these cables would be "natural" and "musical".  Timbers, tonality, dynamics, "rightness" of pitch, recorded harmonics, and minute detail are all present, but never spot lit. The reason for this, according to Teo's designers, "As the drive current levels (amperage-current/electron mass) change in different audio systems, the response of this cable will change as the fluid is a free-floating molecular slurry and the individual molecules have the opportunity to directly react to the change in current mass. i.e. the current mass steers the fluid into specific alignments. Dynamically, in real time."  Got that?

Much attention has been paid over the years to the grain structure of the the metals used as conductors  in audio cables in order to minimize distortion due to electrons interacting with the metals' crystal boundaries. Could it be that Teo's liquid metal conductors have achieved the ideal of a grainless conductor?

There are currently 3 models of Teo interconnects (the PDL, the Super PDL, and the MHD-1 aka "The Standard"), and digital cables, and 2 versions of the speaker cables ( MHD-1 and Super PDL).   Please take a look at our website for the particulars about the TEO models. Because of the cost of the liquid metal ($100,000/gallon), Teo cables are not inexpensive, but happily not totally out of sight either. 1m interconnects are in the $1200- $2500 range, digital cables at about 1/2 the interconnect pairs, and speaker cables starting at just under $9k.  This is a special product and we encourage home audition  through our Cable Lending Library.

Sonically worth comparing to the best cable designs.

The Synergistic Research Galileo Universal Cells:
If we are talking new technology, we couldn't help but revisit this new product we first wrote about in March, especially as we now have more experience with them, and our appreciation for what they accomplish continues to grow.

In a sense a whole new product category, the Galileo Universal Cells are powered boxes that are placed in series between signal cables and components. These devices work as well with other cable brands as with Synergistic Research cables! Simply a great product - read on.

Using the Universal Cells the signal is being "conditioned" in ways that neither we, nor, we believe, the manufacturer, are entirely clear on. Regarding the science, on the Synergistic Research website there is a lengthy discussion about what is known about signal transmission compared to what is audible. It seems as if these 'cells may be in some way "calming" or "ordering" the electron flow. We don't know everything about how the 'cells are working, but it does not take a "golden ear" to understand just how profound is the impact on the sound of the system.

You can try to break it down:
- improvement of the overall harmonic structure,
- better truth of timbre,
- lower noise floor with sounds and images emerging more clearly,
- improved detail and clarity,
- better control,
- better soundstaging,
- more powerful bass response.

But these attributes do not get to the heart of the matter, which is a more natural sound, more like the real world, more like real life. This improvement is both more exciting, and more relaxing, at the same time. More exciting because you are hearing more of what was happening when the music was being created, and more relaxing because of the naturalness.

Bad recordings sounding better:

Somehow through all of this there is an undeniable side effect. Good recordings sounding better? OK, when the system is upgraded that makes sense. But why do mediocre recordings now sound so much better? Big bonus!
Galileo Interconnect Cells:
There are three "flavors" of interconnect cells, voiced for their specific applications:
- Preamp to power amp, connects to the preamp outputs.
- Source to preamp, connects to the preamp inputs.
- Source to integrated amp, connects to the source component outputs.

For each of these there is a version for RCA cables ($1499/pr) and a version for XLR cables ($1999/pr).

Special offer: for a limited time the Galileo Interconnect Cells are shipped with a free 1m pair of the new Synergistic Research Galileo Basik interconnects, the least expensive of Synergistic's Quantum Tunneled interconnects, which cost $250/1m pair. This is a nice bonus, which will also give you the option to use the 'cells with your current interconnects, or just use the Synergistic package - 'cells + Galileo Basik interconnects - as a total replacement for the interconnects you are using now.

Galileo Speaker Cells:
The speaker cells come in only one version ($2499/pr.), but this product does offer built-in flexibility:
- comes with a 16" (40cm) stereo set of "jumpers" to run from the 'cell to the speakers, but optional 32" (80cm) and 48" (120cm) jumpers are also available if needed due to the location of your speaker binding posts.
- the Speaker Cells have options to run a single set of jumpers for single wire speakers, but you can add additional jumpers to accommodate biwire or even triwire speakers. The additional jumpers cost $150 per 16" set, $170 for a 32" set, and $190 for a 48" set.

Special offer: similar to the deal with the interconnect cells, for a limited time the Speaker Cells are shipped with a free 6ft pair of the new Synergistic Research Galileo Basik speaker cables, the least expensive of Synergistic's Quantum Tunneled speaker cables, which cost $400/6ft pair. In addition to being a nice deal (free is good!) it will give you the option to use the 'cells with your current speaker cables, or just use the Synergistic package - 'cells + Galileo Basik speaker cables - as a total replacement for the cables you are using now.
Available now through the Cable Library for in-home audition:
If it is time for a major upgrade in your system, the complete line of Galileo Universal Cells is available for in-home audition. Contact us to try them with your current cables - we are interested to get your feedback on how it matches up - and/ or try with some of the Synergistic Research Tesla Series cables.

For additional information on these offers and frequent updates speak with your Cable Company consultant, or visit our websites: and www.ultrasystem.comFor hundreds of specials on used and demo cables, visit

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