Serge Schmidlin's Audio Consulting or Audio Consulting's Serge Schmidlin?
Every time I visited Serge's place and listened to his system, with Meteor's Phono and Line stages and crazy, superb direct driven turntable and MIPA power amp and Rubanoid's speakers, I always, SAY, always felt the improvements going on in music rendition: from multiamping to mono amping, bass Rubanoids' so resonance-free sounding, and seldom heard depth of image and detailing...
The overtones and harmonics in acoustic instruments are so, sooo.. natural!
Best of the show contender:
"Jonathan Valin - The Absolute Sound"
"Stenheim showed its €50k Alumine Five four-driver three-way with Audio Consulting turntable, preamp, phono amp, and amp, Nagra digital, and Brandt cable from Geneva. This was quite a remarkable setup as I heard things through it that I hadn't heard as clearly on anything else, such as Paul's fingering of Sebastian (his twelve-string casket-style guitar) on my PP&M LP. A Best of Show contender, for sure."
"The Absolute Sound - Julie Mullins"
"I had the pleasure of visiting a wonderful-sounding room, a second one from Audioarts (that nearly made my top five) in Hall 1 with all-Swiss-made gear (along with some tasty chocolates) including a couple of exciting debuts: the Audio Consulting Meteor Mipa power amplifier and the Stenheim Alumine Five loudspeakers. The Meteor Mipa amp’s Zeppelin-like shape not only looks exotic, but it also reduces infernal standing waves. Other distinctive qualities of this high-efficiency amp are that it’s battery-powered with a chassis made of real wood (American maple) that can be painted in a variety of custom finishes. It’s slated to be in market by summer and to retail for around $45k. On Dean Martin’s breathy baritone and Peter, Paul & Mary’s smooth harmonies, this demo proved to be one of the more transparent I heard at the show—quite natural, realistic, and beautiful with striking resolution and finely filigreed detail."
Positive Feedback - Audio Consulting Silver Rock Toroidal Phono Amplifier
The Absolute Sound, March 2016 - Editor’s Choice Awards
“This unusual battery-powered Swiss phonostage uses toroidal-core transformers at the input and the output in a solid-state circuit in which the RIAA crossover is induced via coils.
The Silver Rock…is in fact, extremely fast, powerful, and extended, with simply phenomenal resolution of low-level detail.
On both instruments and voices, the Silver Rock Toroidal comes close to being the most realistic phonostage Jonathan Valin has heard…If you want to hear absolutely everything on an LP – and you want to hear it as if the performers are in the room with you – you’re gonna have to go a long, long way (and spend a lot more dough…) to beat out this little marvel.
One of Jonathan Valin’s two references.”
Thales tonearms of Switzerland created a unique geometry for vinyl LP audio reproduction.
It combines the pivoted tonarm with the tangential one in a simple and yet elegant way.
Read more about Thales tonearms here:
After using this tonearm here at our development centre and at shows we were really impressed about its performance.
Never before have we hear such resolution from deep bass to the highest trebles.
Soundstages are totally new in clarity and positioning of the instruments and performers.
The overall resolution has reached levels that we would never have expected from vinyl LP reproduced sound. more...
Speakerbook in Chinese language - Audio Consulting
"Most Coveted Product: A tie between Audio Consulting’s zeppelin-shaped Meteor phonostage made of lava rock and its R-evolution Minima turntable". read more ....
Audio Consulting Music System - You Tube Video
Audio Consulting was presented two Awards by Positive Feedback Magazine:
Positive Feedback - Writers' Choice Awards for 2014 - The Best of the Best!
"It is a clean sound, like only battery power provides; a pure sound, like only passives allow.
With links to the past in its naturalism and aspects of contemporary in its dynamics and resolution—still, it bears little resemblance to modern digital.
In fact, this type of reproduction only points out how artificial modern digital really is."
- Marshall Nack, Positive Feedback - read more..
"Jürgen Saile at HIFISTATEMENT"
Serge Schmidlin and Autor Jürgen Saile
".. Immediately after the first few bars we could hear just how much potential this system has. I have just one word: amazing! This system plays with more dynamics than I have ever heard and I’ve heard quite a lot. But not only that - tonality, airiness, imaging, and the illusion that real musicians are playing in the room are all at their finest. Nonsense - at their very best! These properties are, of course, not only evident listening to the Qin, but on all subsequently played tracks – irregardless of whether playing a record or a CD - a stunning performance was delivered. Drums played on a hifi system usually sound like “feet that fell asleep.” Whoever does not want to believe this should take a seat right near my drummer. It sounds like a shooting gallery with impressive reality and that reality very close by. Of course, a big horn speaker system could also have its say." JÜRGEN SAILE - HIFISTATEMENT ...more.
"Chapeau to Serge Schmidlin and Audio Consulting of Switzerland for reaching such an high level of musical bliss... making it so easy to be appreciated and enjoyed.
Difficult things made easy is something which only happens to the best... the very best.
- Stefano Bertoncello's Blog - ".... more
Another demostration that proved to be worth the travel away from the MOC and NOT provide free shuttle service was the new Swiss-built Steinheim Reference loudspeaker. The venue was the hotel Kempinski located downtown Munich on Maximilianstrasse. The room also featured Audio Consulting of Switzerland's new Meteor Autoformer Passive preamp, Silverock phonostage and electronics from Nagra. All in all, it appeared the entire layout came out of Switzerland. I never really got the chance to sit and listen as I wanted due to time constraints and all the small talk surrounding the debut of these products. But I will admit, I'm a long time fan of Audio Consulting and think they've got my pick (alongside Audio Note) for what's sounds actually closest to pure and natural. And I do not think these guys were far from achieving that once again. My only wish was that I could have had a chance to sit in that sweet spot. Awesome!! - Clement Perry - ." ...here
Stenheim, Nagra and Audio Consulting were exhibiting at the Kempinsiki Hotel
During the Munich High End Show 2014, and together with Stenheim and Nagra, Audio Consulting was exhibiting this year at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski.
Silver Rock Toroidal Phono Amplifier in an new chassis
The Meteor AVC passive preamplifier was reviewed by Jürgen Saile at HIFISTATEMENT:
Silver Rock Meteor AVC
"Die beste passive Linestufe, die ich bisher gehört habe. Wenn ein Eingang ausreicht, kann sie einen Vorverstärker voll ersetzen. Sehr dynamische und mühelose Wiedergabe. Für Puristen. Mit dem nötigen Kleingeld. - JÜRGEN SAILE - HIFISTATEMENT"
Audio Consulting Meets Scaena
The new "Meteor" inductive volume control really is a quantum leap in this technology:
Some time ago, one of our customers and Silver Rock enthusiast made an inquiry for a cost-no-object toroidal TVC. Moreover, the customer wanted to have the HF resonance set as high as possible, and thus a very wide bandwidth as well as less than 100 ohms DCR. After several trials, we decided to go for an toroidal autotransformer volume control device.
Mind you, even AVC do have HF resonance and it took us a few more prototypes to get there.
In the end, we came up with a device that is resonance free up to 2 MHz, where it slowly starts to attenuate the signal with a 6 dB slope.
To our knowledge, this is the first magnetic volume control device that uses toroidal magnetic cores. It takes two and a half days of hand labour (no machine in the process whatsoever) to produce such a coil.
This AVC was meant for the purist, and thus has only stereo input and stereo output.
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"In this sense, I can define Audio Consulting devices and systems designed by Serge Schmidlin as the most live, vivid and close to give back "the air" of the original sound event, through an audio reproduction, than I have ever had the lucky and the honour to listen to.
And the air, if you notice that, is the element into which the music spread." - by Giuseppe Castelli - ...more
"Statement: Ich muss leider gestehen, mit dem RCA Reference spielt meine Anlage auf einem höheren Niveau. Ich hätte nicht gedacht, dass mit der CD eine derartige Fülle an Klangfarben und homogener Wiedergabe möglich ist." - JÜRGEN SAILE HIFISTATEMENT - ...more
".... So far, with the Silver Rock in the system, it's been one of those "died and gone to heaven" type experiences. I can only imagine what the rest of his components would do. It's hard to believe folks that just starting out with battery-powered phono stage, could infuse this much magic into my own rig. Yes, and it's only the start! " - Stereo Times - ....more
We have tried to further improve the Rubanoide by using a super tweeter. This turned out to be much more difficult that we originally thought. We tried many Ribbon based designs as well as some compression drivers. They never really blended in with the fabulous Rubanoide.
Then we tried a new design that is a planar membrane based and features efficiency equal to the Rubanoide's. It totally blends in, and for the first time we noticed a tremendous improvement without any drawbacks ...more
We have been looking for high percentage silver containing silver solder for quite a while. All we could find was 4% silver and 96% tin. Higher silver percentages were also accompanied by copper and even gold.
We have clearly made the experience that the less there is metals the better the sound. Thus we have custom produced our own silver solder with 10% silver content and 90% tin and NO copper or gold ....more
... also if "little" he's not... he's a giant, actually... and still a Prince of taste and kindness and bon vivre, a truly sincere, open-minded and both young and passionate, old-timey gentleman.
Since 2000, is still walking in awe on it, experimenting and building and learning and improving, trial & errors, illuministic and illuminated as he can be, a visionary unafraid of world, detractors and market sirens and dogmas, yet a scientist and not a voodoo wannabe!
What I heard yesterday represents the Zenith - my personal and maybe, to a broader/broadest/universal extent - of the detailing and "rightness" of reproduced sounds and music at home.
Nonetheless, Rubanoid's speakers with their Japanese coffee-colour handmade paper and gorgeous wood short horns simply disappeared and became the time and sound and air bubble where maestro Bailes performed his seldom heard lute music; the growling low notes and the music arrived straight at our hearts in a truly seldom heard way! ...more
"To me, some transistor equipment sometimes sounds too much like hifi and too little like music. This is totally my personal opinion that you, of course, may disagree with. Here, however, a piece of equipment is only successful if it can really make music. And nowhere is a tube to be found! Its sound reproduction is very clear, especially in the upper frequencies. But also an acoustic bass is reproduced with a lot of color and nuance. Particularly for a "grandma", bass sounds are not a black hole, a clear distinction between open and fretted strings must be heard. When connected to speakers with the right efficiency, reproduction on the MIPA is tremendously exciting and fast. The music gets very intense – reading the newspaper at the same time is not possible!" - JÜRGEN SAILE HIFISTATEMENT - ....more
Stereo Times, Key Kim
R-evolution “Stealth” turntable
We offer this wire for the DIYer that wants to create his own speaker, line or digital cable.
Budapest - from 28 to 31 August, 2011
LECTURE: Music therapy and high fidelity
Dr. SCHMIDLIN, Serge, Director of the Audio Consulting Institute, Switzerland,
expert of high fidelity and high end
StereoTimes, Clement Perry
Clement Perry (Stereo Times), Serge Schmidlin (Audio Consulting), background new
R-evolution Stealth Turntable - the article will be published soon.
Clement Perry, Stereo Times:
"For starters, my first stop was Geneva, Switzerland a full day before flying to Munich. This trip was by way of an open invitation from Audio Consulting of Switzerland designer Serge Schmidlin (photos above). At the '09 High End show (here), I awarded his eclectic battery-powered electronics Best Sound. The sound, as I mentioned to anyone who'd listen, was indefatigable: totally devoid of any electronic haze and/or interference whatsoever. In addition to giving it Best Sound, Audio Consulting of Switzerland immediately became my new reference standard. In a world of insanely expensive gear I would view Schmidlin's wears as "reasonably obtainable" (I've heard far more expensive rigs, one belonging to the Frenchman Jean Yves Kerbret, whose setup sounded every bit as good but at one million dollars...I don't think so!). See my full report on this amazing system and my sonic impressions at the conclusion of my show report."
Rosewood Signature Platinum
|Test LP 4/2010|
"Serge Schmidlin has built a sensationally good phono preamp. This is a phono preamp with almost magical properties of sound. "