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.
Audio Consulting comes back to a product we used to sell a lot 10 years ago:
The 600 Ohms LCR RIAA
New Dealer - Algorythme / Audio-Consulting USA
The brand new address for Audio Consulting ready for use equipment.
Two speaker systems ready for demonstration in a 100 square metre room.
Analogue and digital front ends.
2nd WORLD CONGRESS OF ARTS THERAPIES
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."
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"Serge Schmidlin has built a sensationally good phono preamp. This is a phono preamp with almost magical properties of sound. "