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Welcome to Connoisseur Corner - Luxe Consulting and Executive Services

Marty Feldmann, The Connoisseur, is the highly sought after consultant who assists businesses and individual clients with the acquisition of the finer things life has to offer. Whether you are planning a weekend getaway to wine country, selecting audio equipment to outfit your home, planning your dream vacation or purchasing your ultimate transportation, Marty is your personal connection to the good life…

Marty can be contacted at: 916.952.9529 Marty@ConnoisseurCorner.com

7/27/10

No Holes with Blacksocks.com


OK gents…how many times have you put on a pair of socks in preparation for work or a night out on the town, only to look down and find a hole worn in the toe or heel? Then you toss them into the trash and replace with another pair. A couple weeks down the road the scenario repeats itself and before you know it, the sock drawer is getting a bit depleted.

Do you really want to run to the store to buy….socks?

Blacksocks.com has just the thing to remove that trip to the store from your life and add a little convenience…your very own Sockscription.

The premise is as follows – place your order for the type of socks you require and then select a delivery schedule of 3, 4 or 6 times per year. At the end of the year you are contacted as to whether you want to renew. You pay up front for the socks and all shipping is free of charge. Blacksocks.com also happens to carry undershirts and underwear that you can add to your subscription.

Convenience, a quality product and excellent customer service – what more can you ask for? Maybe it’s time for your very own Sockscription.

7/26/10

Audi A7 Official Reveal


In an answer to the Mercedes Benz CLS and BMW 5-Series GT, German automaker Audi has released official data and photos for the upcoming A7 5-door sportback.

In dealerships this fall (I’m told late September, subject to change), the A7 retains the sporting fastback look of the original show car version seen at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. In walk-around the exterior design proportions are mostly successful. The interior is of course up to Audi’s luxurious and well-constructed high-bar standards.

A few powertrain options will be available, with the main unit to be the 295 hp supercharged V-6 seen in other Audi models. This should give sprightly performance with a 0 – 60 time in the mid 5 second range. Quattro all-wheel drive is present as well along with the available S-tronic dual-clutch transmission.

The A7 interior sports the latest version of Audi’s excellent MMI infotainment system along with an available Bang & Olufsen 15 speaker stereo to rock your world.

Audi has certainly been on a roll of late with each new release gaining momentum in the marketplace. Let’s see how the A7 measures up to the competition. Stay tuned…

Chocomize: Custom Chocolate Bars


Chocolate lovers look away…or risk being hooked! You can now create your own signature chocolate bar!

The good folks at Chocomize are giving you the ultimate power in candy bar creativity. You start with a selection of one of three Belgian chocolates: Dark, Milk or White. Then you dive in to a list of over 100 ingredients to paint your chocolate canvas. Categorized under Nuts and Seeds, Fruits, Herbs and Spices, Candy, Decorations and Other, there is a seemingly endless combination of flavor profiles. In fact, a calculator-toting individual at Chocomize apparently did the math and came up with over 30 billion possible combinations.

That’s “billion” with a “B”…

I hope you are hungry, as it will take a while to get through them all and find your favorite. Roasted pistachios, wasabi peas, sour cherries, cayenne pepper, basil, mini marshmallows…I’m just scratching the surface here. You can even cross the Crazy Border and try some beef jerky, Cheerios or potato chips in the bar!

Hmmm…

To top it all off, a portion of all proceeds from Chocomize will go to one of three charities. Certainly a nice gesture in these times.

What are you waiting for? Build your recipe and order up – then let me know if you find that magic combination…your chocolate nirvana.

7/23/10

Diamonds and Tweeters Oh My..!


We’re talking audio speakers today, which is where the “tweeter” comes into play. Webster informs us that a tweeter is…”a small, high-fidelity speaker for reproducing high-frequency sounds”. In a loudspeaker you will generally find a tweeter working in conjunction with a woofer, which handles the lower frequencies. This is an oversimplification of course but gives you a general idea…

When speakers are designed, every aspect of that speaker influences the final sound, and this includes the material from which the speakers are constructed of. The dome of a tweeter – think of it as the little curved part – can be made of many different materials. Fabrics such as silk, various metals… they all lend certain characteristics to the overall sound.

What does this have to do with a girl’s best friend..?

I am here to tell you that diamonds are in fact being used by some speaker manufacturers for the dome surface of their tweeters. The hard surface of the diamond-coated dome lends itself to lower distortion levels. If the speaker is engineered well, this can lead to a more precise representation of the signal sent to it from the CD, vinyl, mp3, etc…

For you real geeks out there, click here for a nice white-paper on the subject to melt your brain with.

Several manufacturers have taken to using diamond tweeters. A couple of the more accessible are B&W whom I talked about previously (pictured above), as well as Usher Audio. Follow the links for more information and then take a listen and see what you think.

Maybe diamonds are an ear’s best friend…

7/15/10

New BMW X3 Arrives!


The second generation of what will soon be the middle of BMW’s SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) lineup, the X3, has made its official debut.

Slightly larger than the previous edition the X3 (factory code F25) will be available in two configurations... The entry-level X3 xDrive28i has a normally aspirated 3.0 liter inline 6 cylinder engine providing 240 horsepower and 230 lb-ft of torque. If you need more grunt, look to the X3 xDrive35i with its turbocharged and direct injected 3.0 liter six good for 300 horses and 300 lb-ft of torque. The bigger engine will get the X3 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, while the smaller engine will be about a second behind.

Other tech bits include the third generation of BMW’s fine xDrive all-wheel drive system as well as the latest version of iDrive navigation. The expected luxury touches are present as well, depending on how you choose to outfit your buggy.

Overall the exterior and interior design show better than the previous edition. The most noticeable improvement however, will be the overall ride and performance. The previous X3 was universally ridiculed for a ride that was “too harsh”. BMW engineers took this to heart and spent a great deal of effort getting a more compliant feel while still retaining that famous BMW handling.

To be built at an expansion of the BMW Spartanburg, South Carolina plant, the X3 will be in dealerships Q4 of this year.