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Funk Audio and Friends - Luminous Audio was used at RMAF 2013

Funk Audio and Friends - Luminous Audio was used at RMAF 2013

There was a lot of talking going on when I entered room 8012 in the Marriott’s Tower, but Rosa Passos and bassist Ron Carter sounded very mellow through Funk Audio powered loudspeakers ($19,875/pair) David Berning ZOTL Pre One preamplifier ($12,360), Silver Circle Audio Juice Box One w/Vesuvius power conditioner, and Luminous Audio cabling. Although I don’t know if the RCA LP of tenor Jussi Björling I heard next was inherently bright, it sure sounded such through a VIP Classic 1 turntable with 3D-printed arm ($4400) outfitted with a Soundsmith Hyperion cartridge ($7500), which I know is not inherently bright, and...

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Positive Feedback - Audio Ramblings - Axiom II Passive Preamp Fully balanced/XLR version

Positive Feedback - Audio Ramblings - Axiom II Passive Preamp Fully balanced/XLR version

Audio Ramblings - The Axiom Passive, Dragonfly DAC, and Quad Braid USB Cableby Dave Clark Axiom II Passive Preamp Fully balanced/XLR version from Luminous Audio ($349) It is always such a joy to find items in the high-price world of audio that are not so high-priced and still get you so much of what one can expect when handing out serious coin. Case in point: the Axiom II Passive Preamp Fully balanced/XLR version from Luminous Audio ($349 as configured, one has many options of inputs - RCA - pots and wiring).Now passives have a bad rap, and for many reasons,...

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Part Time Audiophile - LUMINOUS AUDIO AXIOM II “WALKER MOD”

Part Time Audiophile - LUMINOUS AUDIO AXIOM II “WALKER MOD”

Sometimes, I think I’m losing my mind. Other times, I know it’s gone and I just sit around fondly recalling all the good times we had together.Case in point — I could have sworn I posted this two or three months ago. What have I lost (along with my mind and memory), you ask? Why, a lovely little side trip down passive-attenuator lane.  Read more...

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Audiophilia - The Luminous Audio Axiom II Signature Passive Preamplifier

Audiophilia - The Luminous Audio Axiom II Signature Passive Preamplifier

Roy Harris -- I was attending a meeting of the Audio Syndrome — a local audio club whose members reside in the New York City metropolitan area. The president of the club was the host. The meeting encompasses a discussion followed by listening. Read more...

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Richmond Audio Society - Axiom review

Richmond Audio Society - Axiom review

recently purchased an Axiom preamp from Tim Stinson and wanted to share my impressions. If you are not familiar with Tim’s design you can check his web site http://luminousaudio.com/. I was always interested in a passive design for the obvious reasons: one less component to muddy up the sound, less cost, etc. But I’ve read that the sound for passives can be lifeless and the low end thin. Since Tim will let us try it before we buy it I brought one of the multi-input versions home. My initial impression was what I expected – cleaner and quicker. I also thought...

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