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Stereo Times - Axiom II Passive Preamplifier with Walker Mod

Stereo Times - Axiom II Passive Preamplifier with Walker Mod

The Luminous Audio Technology Axiom II passive preamplifier with Walker mod opened my eyes to the fact that one doesn’t need to spend mega-bucks on a “High-End” preamplifier in order to get true High End performance. If you pair the Walker/Axiom II with a very good amplifier you will be amazed at the Axiom II’s degree of musicality and the wealth of detail that will ensue. Read more...

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CAF 2014: LUMINOUS AUDIO STEPS ON THE GAS, SWINGS A BIG BEAM

CAF 2014: LUMINOUS AUDIO STEPS ON THE GAS, SWINGS A BIG BEAM

Tim Stinson of Luminous Audio and Mike Bettinger of GAS Audio have teamed up to create a new phono preamplifier, the Arion, which will be sold under the Luminous Audio brand. Mike’s $5,995 design has been a good while in the making and tweaking — I first heard about the project at Mini-CAF a little while back, but this was my first chance to see and hear the finished product. Read more....

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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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