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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

8/17/16

Pryma 0|1 Headphones – Are These Sexy…?


Yes…

Headphones can indeed be sexy, and these are it…!
Portable music is all the rage these days, regardless of your audiophile status.  Everywhere you go, somebody is cruisin’ with “cans” on their ears.

Beats…  Bose… blah-blah…  The brands are almost endless, but today we are going to talk about the Pryma 0|1 headphones. 
Firmly entrenched in the audiophile world, the Prymas sound excellent!  Made by Italian speaker manufacturer Sonus Faber, known for products that are beautiful as well as sounding exceptional, the headphones follow suit.  The sound may not be completely neutral, or “exact” to the source music, but they tend to add a hint of warmth to a recording.  Not enough to be off-putting, but just a slice to add… beauty.  The effect will likely make you enjoy listening all that more, without even realizing why. 

As for the looks, a solid and uniquely shaped earcup surrounded by a nickel band gets things started.  The headband locks in place with stainless steel buckles.  There is all manner of leather, microfiber, and carbon steel (a strong, yet elastic material), all sewn together in an Italian suit kind-of-way.  Truly a vision to behold.  To top it off, the parts are all detachable, allowing the buyer to customize parts, creating any of a number of individual looks.
Starting at $499.00, these headphones will make your ears and eyes happy.  If you buy a pair, just keep in mind that you are copying Beyoncé.

What the...?
Yep….  In the video of the song Sandcastles from Lemonade, you will catch her at the piano wearing a pair of Prymas.  I guess they really do sound good…?   (wink)

Sexy indeed…!


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

8/14/16

Audio Reference Technology – Italian Audio Artistry


Luigi Basagni is not an Italian chef, but rather an audio engineer.  Growing up with a love of music and the requisite engineer’s desire to make everything better, Luigi set out to make good sounding stereo systems great.

Audio Reference Technology was born…

Luigi’s vision?  Investigate and improve how the signal was transported between existing equipment; the cabling between the CD players, amplifiers, speakers…  Power delivery and isolation were also part of the development focus, as was vibration control.  After over 30 years in business, today you’ll find a full array of signal and power cabling and connectors, not to mention several tuning accessories, all created with the goal of making the sonic result “real”.
With strictly in-house parts and manufacturing (no pre-made parts are outsourced), Basagni and his team leave no stone unturned in the engineering process, whether it be conductivity, insulation or termination.  Everything has been addressed and fine tuned to the A.R.T. methodology.

But just what is that A.R.T. sound?   ……..
James Liu, A.R.T.’s Director of Business Development sent over several review samples including the Power Distributor and associated cable clamps, Super SE Mains 1.5M power cable, and a couple boxes of the Base Stands.  I spent several months with these products and ran everything through the usual battery of tests and comparisons.  Configurations and setups were changed, some components were swapped out, the audio room was painted (kidding)… 

Through it all, there were certain sonic characteristics at play.  The first thing that struck me, and stayed with me for the duration, regardless of the music genre, was the presentation of the bass.  The weight and decisive manner of the lower octaves was striking, with no detectable smear or loss of detail.  It didn’t come off as spotlighting, just an addition of correct foundation and pace.  I also noted improvements in what I will refer to as tone, texture and presence throughout the frequency range.  A.R.T. refers to it as a “natural and relaxed” sound, and I am inclined to concur. As can happen when attempting to evaluate quality audio gear, many of my testing sessions evolved into hours enjoying music.  I am guessing this is what Luigi and Co. intended…
A bit of food for thought:  If you own a tube-based system that already leans toward a honeyed sound, this might not be the cable direction for you.  I’ll let your ears decide.  However, anyone with solid state equipment should give the Audio Reference Technology gear a try.  I think it can be an excellent addition and you will likely be pleased with the results.  Keep in mind, this is rarified, high-quality (read: not inexpensive) equipment, so your budget will need to be considered.  The 1.5 meter Super SE Mains power cable MSRPs at $2950.00.

Oh… just one more thing…  Did I mention Italian?
As with seemingly all things emanating from Italy, you get the visuals to go with…  The car not only has to perform among the best, it needs to look amazing while doing so.  Some might say this is what luxury and artistry is all about.  A.R.T. products certainly adhere to that mindset…

Artistry and performance, the Italian way...! 
Well done Luigi..!



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


8/6/16

World’s Most Expensive Suite – The Mark Hotel in NY


Thank goodness…!  Now you don’t have to fly all the way to Switzerland to stay in the world’s most expensive hotel suite. 

Until recently, the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Geneva overlooking Lake Leman and the Mont-Blanc Alps had bragging rights with a $60,000/night price tag.  Now the city of New York takes the crown, courtesy of The Mark Hotel in Manhattan.

12,000 square feet on two stories will get you started.  A private elevator whisks you up in peace and quiet, unless you are having guests.  You can easily handle the overflow crowd with five bedrooms, a library lounge, two full bars, a conservatory and the obligatory 2,500 sq-ft rooftop terrace.  The dining room can seat up to 24, and you can book Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten to prepare the grub. 
Impressed yet?

Let’s pile on with electronic control panels in each room, HDTVs everywhere, Italian bedding in all bedrooms.  The master boudoir kicks it up further with a sitting room, his-and-her master bathrooms and dressing areas with custom walk-in closets, heated floors for those chilly NY nights, and an infinity soaking tub for infinite relaxation...!
If you are not awestruck yet, I can’t help you, but keep in mind that the attentive staff at The Mark promises any expectations will be taken care of.

And just one more thing…  Price…?
$75,000 / night

Sweet dreams…

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