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                                                                   Issue No.1

  The Ultimate PowerKord                                                  ™
                         Leave nothing up to chance with this
                               superb NEW 20th Anniversary
                             PowerKord™ from Russ Andrews
                                   The Silver Signature PowerKord™ see page 6

WIN THIS! £279
Tivoli iSongBook worth
See page 42

LIFE IN THE                   NEW 20th
          LANE                ANNIVERSARY
See page 12                   see page 5

                             Welcome to the first in what                to Russ’s own system. Many of you have
                                                                         asked in the past what system Russ
                             we hope is a long-running
                                                                         uses, and here at last it’s unveiled for all
                             series of ‘Connected to Music               to see. Safe to say it’s far from ordinary...
                             and Movies’ magazine.                                                                       First Words                     4
                                                                         As well as these features we’re bringing
                             The aim of this new magazine is to          you comments and suggestions, your              News                            7
                             keep you more in touch with what            letters, news from Kendal and some              Offers                         27
                             we’re up to here at Russ Andrews, in        very special anniversary products and           Customer Letters               28
                             between sending you our main, full          special offers. All in all it’s a bumper-
                             product catalogue. We intend to send                                                        Competition                    42
                                                                         packed read. And just in case you’ve
                             three issues a year, interspersed           mislaid your product catalogue (we              Coming next time               43
                             between our ‘Big Book’ full product         know how they seem to get
                             catalogue which you’ll be sent once a       mysteriously ‘tidied’ away!) there’s a
                             year in September.                          mini Russ Andrews Product Guide in
                             2006 marks the 20th anniversary of          the middle of the magazine.                     Features
                             Russ Andrews Accessories Ltd and            On a final note, some of you may
                             we’re starting the ball rolling in this     remember our old magazine                       From Inside the Industry       10
                             issue with very much a ‘20th’ theme. In     ‘Directions’ which we last published            Celebrating 20 Years           12
                             Russ’s ‘First Words’ he looks back at the   back in 2003. Many of you lamented its
                             reasons why                                                                                 The Magic of Musicality        32
                                                                         passing and told us so... which is
                                                                         precisely why we’ve produced this new           Russ’s System                  38
                                   “2006 marks the 20th                  title (you see, we do listen!). We hope
                                anniversary of Russ Andrews              that this magazine will bring you the
                                    Accessories Ltd and                  best bits of the old magazine, as well as
                                                                         more in depth articles and features
                                we’re starting the ball rolling          from Russ and others in the industry.
                                         in this issue”                  And if there is anything you’d                  Products
                             he set the company up... and, back in       particularly like to see featured in the
                                                                         future, you can let us know by entering         New Products                     5
                             the early days, how he questioned
                             everything the conventional Hi-Fi           our competition on page 42: You could           Product Guide                  17
                             industry was suggesting (making him a       win a Tivoli iSongBook worth £279! A
                             very controversial figure in the process    new magazine like this deserves a new
                             - though nothing changes!). And if          name, and many thanks
                             you’re up for a bit of history,             to Mr Gary Murphy for his
                             ‘Celebrating 20 Years’ looks back even      suggestion. We’ve sent
                                                                         him a Tivoli iSongBook as
                                                                         a reward for his idea! I
                             further to the days when Russ was a Hi-
                             Fi dealer. Check out those flares...
                             Mark and I had an enjoyable afternoon       John Armer, Editor
                             with some CDs having a look and listen
                                                                                                                                 April 2006 CONNECTED MAGAZINE 3
  First Words                                                                                                                                                              New Products

                                  Achieving truly
                                  enjoyable music                                                                                           New Products
  2006 marks the 20th Anniversary of Russ       coherent design philosophy and I knew         answer is that everything matters,
                                                                                                                                                   Anniversary speaker
  Andrews Accessories. But I actually           he would make them sound even better          everything affects the sound, but some
  started my quest into how to achieve
  truly enjoyable music from a
  Hi-Fi system back in 1972.
                                                as time went on.
                                                All of this work has been innovative and
                                                                                              things are more important than others.
                                                                                              At the beginning of the upgrade path
                                                                                              the least important thing is the
                                                                                                                                                   cable is stunning!
                                                ahead of accepted practice. Everything
                                                                                              equipment. Only after the fundamentals                       We asked our friends at KIMBER to
  I then achieved my ambition of putting        has been seen initially as revolutionary
                                                                                              of how and where you connect up and                          make a new speaker cable for us,
  together what was regarded as the best        and controversial, but has then gradually
                                                                                              use the equipment have been dealt with                       using more wires in the
  system of its day (see page 38). The result   been accepted. Among other things, I
                                                                                              will ‘better’ equipment be worth                             construction. The new cable,
  was deeply disappointing. It made a           was the first to discuss and design
                                                                                              spending money on.                                           which uses the same purity
  sound that I later described as ‘Hi-Fi’,      solutions to mains quality; the first to
                                                                                                                                                           copper and insulation as Kimber’s
  without any musical merit whatever. I felt    discover cable directionality; the first to   Get those fundamentals right, and a
                                                                                                                                                           8TC speaker cable, has a total of
  cheated and betrayed by the industry; I       identify the importance of component          system of inexpensive, modest
                                                                                                                                                           24 individual wires - rather than
  was a Hi-Fi dealer after all and I was        quality; and the first to discover the        equipment will give more pleasure and
                                                                                                                                                           the 16 used in 8TC. And as well as
  selling this stuff to others!                 importance of light, rigid stands for         enjoyment than the very best
                                                                                                                                                           extra wires, the weave is spaced
                                                Hi-Fi equipment.                              equipment just connected up in the
  At first, of course, I questioned my own                                                                                                                 more than 8TC so that the wires
                                                These have not been isolated                  usual way (see ‘The Magic of Musicality’
  judgement and listening ability, but then                                                                                                                cross each other at a steeper
                                                discoveries, but developmental steps on       on page 32). You see, when it really
  I began to suspect that the industry had                                                                                                                 angle, which means the cable has
                                                a long road to a full solution to the         comes down to it, I’m in this for the
  taken a wrong turn and lost its way. From                                                                                                                even greater immunity to RFI.
                                                problem. Each step has been essential to      emotional buzz that music and
  that moment on I have been working to                                                                                                                    Study the picture of the cable
                                                the overall understanding of what is          movies give.
  find out what went wrong and how to                                                                                                                      closely and you’ll see what we’re
  put it right.                                 happening in a Hi-Fi system and how to        We are right back where I started with                       on about.
                                                get the best out of it.                       my 1972 system. I now know how to get
  I questioned everything (making me a                                                                                                                     The sound from the new cable is
                                                                                              real musical enjoyment out of it - but it’s
  very controversial figure in the process)                                                                                                                so good that we’ve launched it as
                                                 “Each step has been essential to the         taken years to learn how! Of course, part
  and found that few people seemed to                                                                                                                      our official 20th Anniversary
                                                   overall understanding of what is           of the driving force behind my quest
  have any answers that worked. So I set to                                                                                                                Cable. Even when compared
                                                                                              has been to help others achieve this
  and researched everything for myself.         happening in a Hi-Fi system and how                                                                        against 8TC, the sound is full, rich
                                                                                              same ‘nirvana’.
  Very early on I discovered how influential           to get the best out of it.”                                                                         and musical. You’ll hear more
                                                                                              That’s why I have written a series of free                   detail and a lower noise floor; the
  the mains quality was, starting a research
                                                                                              information booklets to share the                            sound is even more dynamic. And
  programme that continues to this day.         Along the way, I have also discovered
                                                                                              knowledge gained from my research                            the soundstage is in another
  Over the years I have become involved in      that what works in the analogue domain
                                                                                              (available to download from our                              league, with a deeper, more three-
  the design of almost every part of a Hi-Fi    is equally and sometimes more
                                                                                              website); why I have developed my                            dimensional presentation.
  system including, crucially, cables. It was   important in digital, and similarly what
                                                                                              ‘Upgrade Steps’ to guide you through
  this background in cable design and           works for two channel music works for
                                                                                              the upgrade process; why I produce a                         Russ Andrews Crystal-24
  manufacture that enabled me to                surround sound and picture quality in
                                                                                              catalogue of tried, tested and fully                         speaker cable Code: 3400
  recognise the very special innovations        AV systems.
                                                                                              guaranteed products; and why I
                                                                                                                                                           terminated with bananas or spades
  that Ray Kimber had developed in both         The answer is not ‘mechanistic’: valves       continue to this day researching and
  construction and manufacturing                versus transistors or electrostatic versus    developing new products. I look forward                      2.5m pair              £425
  techniques when I first met him in 1985.      dynamic speakers. Nor is it ‘synergistic’-    to sharing my passion with you all for                       3.5m pair              £525
  His cables had an honest, consistent,         the right ‘combination’ of equipment. The     many years to come. I                                        4.5m pair              £625

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  New Products                                                                                                                                                                               News

                                                                               What’s new?
                                                                                Pro Sound                                                                             Welcome to Guy
                                                                                Channa Vithana reviewed our Pro HiFi-Link in the February issue of HiFi               Back in September we
   Silver Signature                                                             World Magazine, saying it is “a surprisingly serious attempt to get Hi-Fi             welcomed Guy Clapson as
   PowerKord™                                                                   sound from computer audio”    .                                                       our Business Manager.
   It had to happen, didn’t it! Our                                             Pro HiFi-Link is an external computer soundcard available in two                      Guy comes to us from ‘Boys
   Signature PowerKord™ has had the                                             guises, a standard version and our exclusive upgraded version that                    Stuff’, a company who
   silver treatment and it’s now                                                comes with its own, separate power supply. It was the upgraded                        specialise in gifts and
   available made with Kimber’s Hyper-                                          version that Channa turned his attentions to, praising its connectivity,
   pure silver cable. The Silver
                                                                                                                                                                      gadgets for men: but don’t
                                                                                ease of use and, most importantly, sound quality. Compared to his                     worry... we’re not going to
   Signature PowerKord™ is a big step-                                          computer’s on-board soundcard, he felt the best thing
   up in performance from the Silver                                                                                                                                  start selling remote control
                                                                                was the combination of “higher resolution and                                         tanks or home brewing kits!
   Reference PowerKord™ and is a
                                                                                the extinction of a rather nasty brittle                                              Guy will be keeping his eye
   must for high resolution systems. If
                                                                                distortion”.                                                                          on the business, on all
   you’ve lots invested in your system,
   this one really is a giant killer.                                           Awarded four globes (i.e.                                  Hi-Fi World                aspects from manufacturing
                                                                                extremely capable) Channa felt                               Feb ‘06                  to sales, from marketing to
   Russ Andrews Silver Signature                                                                                                                                      despatch.
                                                                                the Pro HiFi link was ‘keenly
   PowerKord™ Code: 1049                                                        priced’ too. How’s that for a
   3ft (0.9m)            £1500                                                                                                                                        Guy’s appointment will leave
                                                                                worthy upgrade                                                                        more time for Russ to
   Additional 1ft (0.3m) £350                                                   for your computer’s sound?                                                            concentrate on R&D and you
                                                                                Pro HiFi Link, Upgraded unit,                                                         should be seeing the fruits of
                                                                                £129.95                       Coaxial and Analogue Stereo             Signal enters   his labours - in the form of
                                                                                                                 Toslink digital output to connect     from PC via
                                                                                 See also KIMBER’s new                                                                new products - being
                                                                                                                    output        to Hi-Fi or RAVE   USB connection
                                                                                 USB cable on page 8...                                                 (on back)     launched in the coming
                                                                                                                                                                      months and years.

                                                                               Recording News
    Ultra Purifier Platinum                  The new Purifier is perfect for   We’re continuing to work with engineers supplying our cables for use in
    Edition                                  big Hi-Fi and Home Cinema         recording studios worldwide, helping to improve the quality of the
                                             systems. Its design gives
    Russ couldn’t leave his Ultra Purifier                                     recordings you hear on your systems at home! Most
                                             incredibly effective broadband
    alone. Over the last few months                                            recently we’ve sent Kimber 8TC speaker cable for
                                             filtering: expect much
    we’ve been aware of him coming and       less of the grainy ‘mush’
                                                                               evaluation at Abbey Road, and we’ve also sent
    going with a new design and he’s         quality to the sound, and         Signature PowerKords™ to Michael Zimmerling for
    increased the Ultra Purifier’s already   better detail retrieval and       use in a new recording project. Michael has used our
    impressive mains noise reduction to      spatial resolution.               YellO cables and Silencers before in a project with
    give even better results. We’ve a                                          Mick Hucknall of Simply Red, and it’s good to know
    sneaking suspicion that he               Russ Andrews Ultra Purifier       that, like you, he’s upgrading his cables too.
    developed the new filter just for his    Platinum Edition
    own system, but we couldn’t let him      Code: 1427                        Russ and Ray Kimber also visited our friends at David       David Gilmour’s new
    keep the new design to himself!                                            Gilmour of Pink Floyd’s recording studio ‘Astoria’          album ‘On An Island’
                                                                               recently. Our mains cables, interconnects and Torlyte,
                                                                               which they use extensively, are all still very much in
                                                                               use for recording, mixing and monitoring.
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                                                           Hi-Fi Choice awards                                                                                                                                                                         News

  Russ and Business Manager, Guy,            Always a good opportunity for a chin-            (Best mains conditioner/ cable); and a
  braved the smog and visited Hi-Fi          wag with the industry, the trip                  Gold Award for Kimber Select KS2020
  Choice Magazine’s ‘Hi-Fi Awards 2005’      certainly wasn’t wasted, and resulted            digital interconnect. Phew! We now
  in London in October. Bringing             in us collecting a Bronze Award for              have four rather lovely award
  together the pick of the best Hi-Fi        Kimber 4PR speaker cable (Best                   certificates gracing our shelves... and
  components currently available, the        Speaker cable under £10/ metre);                 the welcome knowledge that others
  awards are grouped in product type         Silvers Awards for Kimber Timbre (Best           are enthusing about Kimber and Russ
  and price categories, and ranked - like    Interconnect under £100 per metre)               Andrews cables and accessories too.             IsoMike™ Tests 2005 A   Joe McQueen & Friends:          The Fry Street Quartet:        The Fry Street Quartet:
  the Olympics - in Bronze, Silver and       and the Russ Andrews Silencer Block                                                                     £15.95                 Ten at 86                         Haydn                        Beethoven
  Gold. (No medals though!)                                                                                                                                                  £15.95                          £15.95                         £31.95

                                                                                                                                                                                                    IsoMike™ CDs
                                                                                                                                                                                                    We’ve added several new CDs to the website, each of
                                                                                                                                                                                                    them recorded with IsoMike™ - Kimber’s new technique
                                                                                                                                                                                                    of recording hard-to-record music such as orchestras,
                                                                                                                                                                                                    jazz bands, quartets, solo pianos etc. The result is far
                                                                                                                                                                                                    more dynamic and detailed recordings, with a great
                                                                                                                                                                                                    sense of soundstage depth and space.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The CDs are dual-layer multi-channel SACDs that will
                                                                                                                                              IsoMike™ Tests 2005 B             Purity:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    play back on both regular and SACD players. And find
                                                                                                                                                     £15.95           An Inspirational collection   out more about IsoMike™ at

    Kimber Select KS2020
     digital interconnect         Kimber Timbre interconnect        Russ Andrews Silencer Block            Kimber 4PR speaker cable

                                             KIMBER USB
                                             Kimber have developed and launched two           computer, it becomes a digital audio
                                                 cables, designed to improve the              interconnect. Lossless or uncompressed
                                                          performance of devices linked to    musical files can sound even better if you
                                                          your computer with USB like our     upgrade this critical link - and Kimber’s new
                                                          Pro HiFi Link external soundcard.   USB cable should be the first choice.
                                             The new cables, B-BusTM and Mini BusTM, use
                                             large copper conductors - the largest
                                                                                              KIMBER USB cable Code: 2800
                                             permissible under USB specifications,            0.5m            £29
                                             and the signal conductors are plated with        1m              £33
                                             an unusually thick (6.1%) silver plating to      2m              £41
                                             enhance conductivity and signal support.         5m              £65
                                                       The ferrite noise reduction beads
                                                        help the cable to preserve the        Options
                                                        delicate data stream, even at         A - B (eg. Pro Hi-Fi Link, RAVE USB)
                                             longer lengths.                                  A - Mini B (eg. iRiver MP3 player)
                                             When a USB cable is used to link a device
                                             such as an external soundcard to your

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  From Inside the Industry                                                                                                                                                                                         From Inside the Industry

                                    Ten Minutes in
                                   the Sweet Spot
                                    We’re all responsible                          TAS is here to serve as a vehicle for     try to tell the story behind high-end      Times recommending that readers buy        challenge. But we have one huge
                                                                                   exchanging ideas and encouraging          audio in the advertising, the reader is    a quality system from specialist           factor in our favour that bodes well:
                                    for helping high-end                           debate. If you have ideas, express        directed to the organisation’s Web site,   manufacturers and retailers rather         I’m convinced that most non-
                                                                                   them. (Contact me at                      which describes the high-end               than mass-market dreck from a chain        audiophiles, when exposed to a good
                                    audio enjoy a wider                            listening experience, explains - in non-   store? I can.                              demo of even a modest system, would
                                                                                                                             techno-geek language - why high-end                                                   instantly fall in love with the
                                    appreciation says                              Expanding the high end beyond its                                                    The organisation’s representative
                                                                                                                             products are fundamentally different                                                  experience and make it a priority to
                                                                                   current market is of vital importance                                                would also set up high-end systems in
                                    Robert Harley, in this                                                                   from mass-market audio, and tempts                                                    hear their favourite music wonderfully
                                                                                   not just to those of us who earn our      him to visit a participating retailer      portable booths in public places           reproduced in their homes night after
                                    article reprinted from                         livings in the industry. It’s equally     with the promise of a life-changing        (including colleges) and invite            night.
                                                                                   important to those of you who enjoy       experience. The marketing and              listeners in one at a time. Travelling
                                    US publication                                 the products the industry creates. A                                                 mini-shows could tour the country.         We just need to get them in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   listening seat. I
                                                                                                                             graphic quality of the advertising and
                                                                                   strong and growing high end brings        Web site should be nothing less than       Progress would be slow and
                                    The Absolute Sound                             better performance at lower prices,                                                  painstaking, but, as John Giolas points
                                                                                                                             world-class.                                                                          Many thanks to Robert Harley for
                                                                                   greater innovation, wider selection of                                               out in this issue’s Roundtable, the only
                                    There’s been much talk and little                                                                                                                                              permission to reprint his editorial from
                                                                                   retailers and products, and a myriad      The organisation would need a public-      way to create converts is by exposing
                                    action about what I consider to be the                                                                                                                                         The Absolute Sound Issue 160, March,
                                                                                   other benefits. The goal is also          relations expert to educate mass-          them to the experience. No amount of
                                    single biggest issue in high-end                                                                                                                                               2006. For more information, visit
                                                                                   altruistic: Many more people will forge   media columnists about high-               advertising, slick literature, or
                                    audio: the increasing marginalisation                                                                                                                                
                                                                                   a deeper connection with music,           performance audio, so that our field is    descriptive text can substitute for ten
                                    of our industry. The fundamental
                                                                                   which can only make the world a           no longer the object of ridicule in        minutes in the sweet spot.
                                    problem is that only a tiny percentage
                                                                                   better place.                             newspapers and magazines. When the
                                    of people who enjoy music even                                                                                                      There’s something all of you can do to
                                                                                                                             mass media does cover high-end
                                    know about high-performance audio,             So how does the high-end industry                                                    help the cause: Play your system for
                                                                                                                             audio, they sensationalise it by
                                    never mind become customers. I’ll              go about bringing its products - and                                                 friends and colleagues. Emphasize
                                                                                                                             featuring exorbitantly priced products
                                    save the reasons for this state of             more important, the experience those                                                 that even entry-level high-end
                                                                                                                             and systems. The implication is that
                                    affairs for another editorial. Instead, I’ll   products deliver - to a mass audience?                                               delivers a fundamentally different
                                                                                                                             high-end audio is only for very
                                    tell you about what TAS is doing to            Allow me to let my imagination run                                                   experience than mass-market gear.
                                                                                                                             wealthy snobs or geeks. The
                                    counter this trend.                            free, unfettered by real world                                                       Don’t let your listeners be put off by
                                                                                                                             organisation’s PR person would even
                                                                                   obstacles. I envision an association of                                              the fact that your system is the result
                                    This issue’s Roundtable discussing the                                                   secure high-end systems from the
                                                                                   high-end companies and retailers that                                                of years of painstaking research. De-
                                    business challenges facing high-end                                                      member companies and install them
                                                                                   acts to promote not the individual                                                   emphasise the tweaky. Don’t mention
                                    audio is the first chapter in what I                                                     in the homes of columnists with huge
                                                                                   member companies, but the                                                            that layer of rhodium in your binding
                                    hope will be an open and energising                                                      audiences and little knowledge of
                                                                                   wonderful experience that high-end                                                   posts.
                                    forum in the pages of TAS exploring                                                      what the high-end is all about. I’m
                                                                                   audio provides. The association would
                                    ways to facilitate mainstream                                                            confident that after living with even a
                                                                                   pool its resources to advertise in                                                   Turning high-end audio from an
                                    acceptance of the high end. I                                                            modest high-end system, mass-media
                                                                                   mainstream mass media with the                                                       insular, hobbyist pursuit into an
                                    encourage you to write letters,                                                          journalists would “get it.” Can you
                                                                                   message that anyone who enjoys                                                       experience enjoyed by large numbers
                                    editorials, and proposals expressing                                                     imagine a review in the New York
                                                                                   music is in for a surprising and                                                     of music lovers is a daunting
                                    your views - for possible publication.
                                                                                   extraordinary experience. Rather than
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   A Brief History of...
  Russ Andrews                                                                                                     Words: Kirsteen Andrews

                        Russ was first             before he sought pastures new. The              memorable occasion was when they                                                                             and become a                 commonplace in the UK it was not
                        ‘switched on’ to           move, when it came, was a somewhat              provided the music system for a bizarre                                                                      freelance Research and       how things were done in America!
                        better sound at the        unexpected change in direction: he              performance art piece by German                                                                              Development (R&D)            Through the early 80s, Russ continued
                        tender age of 14           relocated to Edinburgh to become a              conceptual artist Joseph Beuys (widely                                                                       consultant. Work for         his R&D work for Nytech including
                        when he heard a            mature student of Chiropody. To                 regarded as one of the most influential                                                                      Nytech and then QED          work on their range of integrated
                        friend’s father’s          support himself, he took a part-time            artists of the second half of the 20th                                                                       followed, including his      amps ad tuners (CTA252, CTP102,
                        home-built Hi-Fi           job repairing Hi-Fi equipment and               century).                                                                                                    first research into          CPA602, CXA252 etc). He also worked
                        system. Already a          radios at Hi-Fi shop Audio Aids. His                                                                                                                         cables when he
                                                                                                   In late 1971, Russ took the opportunity                                                                                                   with Meridian on their range of
   music lover - he sang in both the               new-found interest in people’s feet,                                                                                                                         worked with a German
                                                                                                   to buy Hi-Fi Corner in partnership with                                                                                                   amplifiers (the 101 preamp, the 103
   church and school choirs and had been           however, proved no competition for his                                                                                                                       cable manufacturer to
                                                                                                   Graham Tiso. As if he wasn’t busy             Inside the shop                                                                             and 105 power amps) and their M2
   exposed to jazz and swing at home by            Hi-Fi passion when the following year                                                                                                                        develop QED’s Incon
                                                                                                   enough, he also taught a course at                                                                                                        and M3 loudspeakers.
   his father who played piano accordion           he was offered a partnership in Audio                                                                                                                        cables.
   in a dance band before the war (with            Aids. He jumped at the opportunity!             Telford college about how Hi-Fi
                                                                                                   equipment worked and how to build                 embark on his quest to discover how         A misunderstanding during a                 A Super idea
   Eric Law who later went on to become            It was whilst working at Audio Aids                                                               to achieve truly enjoyable music from
                                                                                                   your own. It was around this time that                                                        conversation with Michael Lewin (of         Whilst travelling in the States, Russ
   a famous band leader) - he vividly              that Russ realised how much better                                                                a Hi-Fi system.
                                                                                                   he put together what was regarded as                                                          Graham’s Hi-Fi) led to Russ’s discovery     had come across a spike filter.
   remembers the impact on him of this             equipment sounded when played in a
                                                                                                   the system of the day - a Thorens                                                             of cable directionality. His curiosity      Recognising the value of filtering out
   first exposure to Hi-Fi,“The sound              room on its own, and he went on to                                                                The Linn link
                                                                                                   TD124 turntable, Quad 33 and 303                                                              also led him to discover that               spikes and surges, he commissioned
   made my spine tingle and I knew this            build a dedicated dem room in the
                                                                                                   amps and Spendor BC1 loudspeakers -               A visit from Ivor Tiefenbrun (founder       improving the contacts on standard          the company to make a version that
   was something I just had to have”   .           shop. This concept of a ‘dem room’ to
                                                                                                   only to discover that it failed to deliver        and MD of Linn Products) introduced         mains blocks brought clearly audible        could be used at UK voltages but all
                                                   listen to equipment before making                                                                 Russ to the Linn Sondek LP12                improvements in sound quality.              the prototypes blew up! By happy
                                                                                                   truly musical sound. It was this
   1964-6 Russ builds his first                    your purchase gradually spread and
                                                                                                   experience that prompted Russ to                  turntable, a product that he quickly        He also started working for ARC             coincidence a friend, Richard McGinnis

                                                   has now become                                                                                    recognised as having superior musical       developing loudspeakers, a                  (an engineer at NASA), told Russ about
   Hi-Fi system.                                   accepted practice                                                                                 merit. Their friendship developed, and      relationship that lasted until the mid-     a suppression device they were using
   After leaving school, Russ gradually            within the industry.                                                                              it was through Ivor that Russ met and       eighties. Russ was involved in the ARC      in Aerospace. Russ bought parts from
   built his own system using a valve
                                                   The Audio Aids                                                                                    befriended Julian Vereker (founder of       101 then 102, 103, 050 and is               the manufacturer and built them into
   amplifier kit and speaker kit. At the
                                                   recording studio,                                                                                 Naim Audio). At that point Julian was       particularly proud of his work on ARC       a filter, which was launched in 1983 as
   time he was working for GEC
                                                   fitted with a couple                                                                              selling his incredibly expensive            801 where he and Alistair Clarke            Clamp 1 (later to become the
   telecommunications as a Test Engineer
                                                   of Revoxs and an                                                                                  NAP160 and 200 amplifiers solely into       (formerly of Mordant Short) designed        SuperClamp).
   involved in electronics and radio
                                                   Allen and Heath                                                                                   the pro-audio industry. Russ thought        and made the drive units themselves.
   servicing. The pay was good, and he
   became proficient at fault finding and
                                                   mixer, gave Russ his                                                                              they were so much better than               In the early eighties, Russ was involved    RATA Starter
                                                   first experiences in                                                                              anything else that he’d heard that he       in developing all QED’s products            When Ivor asked Russ to take over
   repair - so much so, that he was soon
                                                   recording. In                                                                                     began selling them (the first retailer to   including amplifiers, tuners, turntables,   import and distribution of Grace and
   completing his day’s allocation of work
                                                   addition to                                                                                       do so), advertising them and                cartridges and loudspeakers. He also        Supex tone arm cartridges he agreed
   within a couple of hours. He recalls that
                                                   recording local                                                                                   recommending them to everyone               spent many months travelling around         and commenced trading as Russ
   such efficiency didn’t go down very
                                                   groups they hired                                                                                 he knew!                                    the USA trying to set-up distribution       Andrews Turntable Accessories (RATA).
   well with co-workers in this heavily
                                                   out recording                                                                                     Following a weekend mountaineering          for ARC and Nytech through a                Working with Goldring, he started
   trade-unionised environment!
                                                   equipment for                                                                                     with Chris Bonnington (Russ’ other          network of dealers. The attempt was         work on his own range of moving coil
                                                   various concerts
   A change of direction                           during the
                                                                                                                                                     passion is climbing), Russ had a            unsuccessful partly because American        and moving magnet cartridges.
   Russ is not a man who likes to be                                                                                                                 serious car accident that left him with     customers favoured USA products             Throughout this period, Russ was
                                                   Edinburgh festival.      Outside Northumberland Street shop, 1976.
   bored, so it was only a matter of time                                                                                                            shoulder and head injuries. It was this     over European ones, but also due to         searching for and finding more and
                                                   One particularly         Left to right: Russ, Dave Watson, Jerry Ubysz, Roy McCullough.
                                                                                                                                                     incident that precipitated another          the fact that whilst selling direct from    more high quality components that
                                                                                                                                                     change in direction: to leave retailing     manufacturers to retailers was              were later to become the foundations

 Russ Andrews Timeline
   ‘Switched on’ to better Built first system Abandons Chiropody Bought Hi-Fi Corner                                        Set-up Russ                Started work as a        Developed the QED      Discovered cable       Early 80s R&D work        Moved to Lake District. Continued
                                                                                               Added Linn products to
   sound when heard a                         training, becomes       in partnership with      range and became first       Andrews Hi-Fi, 34          freelance Research and   Incon cables.          directionality and     with QED across their     R&D work with Nytech and started
   home-built Hi-Fi system.                   partner in a Hi-Fi shop Graham Tiso.             retailer to sell and         Northumberland St,         Development (R&D)        Designing loud-        worked on first        entire product range.     work with Meridian. Developed
                                              called Audio Aids.                               promote Naim                 Edinburgh                  consultant for Nytech.   speakers for ARC.      mains block.           Travelled round the USA   Russ Andrews SuperClamp.

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    History of Russ Andrews                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           History of Russ Andrews
                of the ‘Audiophile                    Already very aware of the detrimental
                Catalogue’. Amongst other             impact on a Hi-Fi system of poor mains
                products he sold were                 quality, Russ experimented with
                Sidereal capacitors, which            making mains cables by threading
                used Kimber wire; Kimber              earth wire through the centre of
                went on to take over                  Kimber 4TC and 8TC speaker cable. This                                                                                                                                                                                             Russ Andrews Signature
                Sidereal in the late 80s              was so successful at improving sound                                                                                                                                                                                                 Series pre- and power
    and re-launched them as Kimber Kaps.              quality that he started selling them –                 The new range: Two- and three-way                                                                                                                                                   amp and Quave
                                                      they were first specialist mains cables                loudspeakers, phono stage and                                                                                                                                                          loudspeakers
    The Torlyte® Years                                on the market. Ray took the idea on                    integrated amplifier
    The award-winning and well-reviewed               and developed the PowerKords, which                                                                       manufacturing staff were taken on and           the Crystal range of interconnects and               loudspeaker, Quave, manufactured by
    RATA RP range of cartridges were                  were launched in 1987. Aware of                       packed tome that proved popular with                the business relocated from Russ’s              the Russ Andrews SCART cables. The                   Castle. The system was launched at the
    launched in 1984 as was Russ’ range of            Kimber’s internal wiring cable, Russ                  customers, and the fore-runner of the               house to the village of Staveley, near          icing on the birthday cake, however,                 Hi-Fi News Show in London,
    equipment furniture, Torlyte®. Russ had           suggested that they use it to make an                 existing catalogues and information                 Kendal. Following the addition of a             came in November when the company                    September 2002, and was praised by
    been looking for a stiff, low mass                interconnect – and the PBJ was born                   booklets. Eldest daughter Rohan joined              factory shop to the front of the                received not one but two awards at                   many as producing ‘the best sound at
    material incorporating wood and had               (originally called PSB and now                        the company to provide much                                                                         ECMOD - an annual Mail Order                         the Show’.
    spoken to a local cabinet maker, Tony             superseded by Timbre).                                needed help.                                                                                        Industry Award ceremony, successfully
    Mulvaney. Tony suggested that a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Web assisted
                                                                                                            As the company grew it expanded                                                                     beating competition from the likes of
    torsion box might be the answer, he               The Olson Commission                                  from this hard-core of DIY enthusiasts                                                              Laura Ashley, RS Components, Scotts of               June 2003 saw Russ Andrews launch
    made one and together they worked                 At the end of the 80’s, Russ was given                and changed its catalogue to appeal to                                                              Stow and The White Company to win                    their new fully transactional website
    on developing the original Torlyte®               the opportunity to put into practice all              a less technical audience. Colour and                                                               the prestigious ‘Best Overall Consumer               which quickly proved a hit with
    designs. Torlyte® was initially only              that he had learnt when his friend (and               pictures were added and the focus of                                                                Catalogue’ Award.                                    customers. An impressive 45% of all
    available in a black finish and was sold          investor) Chris Bonar commissioned                    product information moved away from                                                                                                                      orders are now placed via the website,
    through QED as well as direct to                  him to build a ‘cost no object’ system.               technical explanation towards                                                                       Going Pro                                            which is continually being developed
    customers. By 1986 Russ had bought                There followed an intense period of                   explaining the benefits. In the new era                                                             Having been approached to re-wire                    to improve the customer experience.
    out Tony’s involvement and taken                  R&D, and the fruits of his labour – the               of digital, and bearing in mind the                                                                 the Astoria recording studio (owned                  Most recently, the site has become
    production in house.                              Olson II 3 way system - were unveiled                                                                     Ray Kimber with Russ at the
                                                                                                            expanded product range, it was                                                                      by David Gilmour of Pink Floyd fame),                multi-currency so that the Company’s
     In 1985, Russ met Ray Kimber whilst              to critical acclaim at the 1991 Penta Hi-                                                                 opening of the Staveley shop                                                                         many customers abroad can choose to
                                                                                                            decided to drop ‘Turntable’ from the                                                                Russ personally supervised the work
     attending the CES in Chicago and                 Fi Show in London. Naturally, Russ went               company name. Youngest daughter                                                                                                                          pay in Euros or Dollars.
                                                      on to develop a range of Hi-Fi                                                                                                                            and then began developing a range of
     recognised the unique innovations Ray                                                                  Kirsteen joined the company, and not                building, the new offices were                  Pro Audio cables which were launched                 The appointment of Guy Clapson
     was making in cable construction and             equipment derived from the Olson                      long after, the decision was taken to               officially opened by Tim Collins MP
                                                      system including CD players, preamps,                                                                                                                     in 2002. Other work in the Pro Audio                 (formerly MD at ‘Boys Stuff’) as
     manufacture. Russ continues to this                                                                    stop selling to retailers and instead               in April 2000.                                  field has followed including wiring up               Business Manager at the end of 2005
     day to be convinced by Ray’s coherent,           phono stages and loudspeakers. He                     become exclusively mail order direct
                                                      also produced a range of DIY upgrade                                                                      Meanwhile, Russ continued to focus              Russell Watson’s home studio, and                    will enable Russ to focus more on R&D.
     honest design philosophy and the                                                                       to customers.                                       primarily on ways to improve mains              supplying cables to Michael                          Amongst other projects
                     resulting superiority of         kits giving step-by-step instructions on
                                                                                                                                                                quality. By 2000 he had launched the            Zimmerling (recording engineer for                   he has been developing
                     Kimber cables. Less              how to upgrade the components in a                    Expanding the company                                                                                                                                    some new products to
                                                      selection of branded Hi-Fi equipment.                                                                     PowerBlocks, Silencers and Purifiers            Simply Red) and recording
                     than a year later, Russ                                                                To aid communication with customers,
                                                                                                                                                                that remain the core of the current             engineer/producer Ken Nelson                         be launched this year as
                     had taken on the UK                                                                    catalogue production was increased to
                     distributorship for
                                                      A mail order company                                  two issues a year, the Directions
                                                                                                                                                                range. His interest in sound recording          (Gomez, Coldplay).                                   part of our 20th
                                                      Finally, Russ brought together the high                                                                   was reawakened when he was                                                                           Anniversary celebrations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     - so stay tuned! I
                     Kimber Kable and Russ                                                                  magazine was launched, work started                                                                 On another front, Russ started work
                                                      quality components, cables, RATA                                                                          approached by Embrace to provide                with SJ Audio to produce an upgraded
                     Andrews Turntable                                                                      on Russ’ range of information booklets,
                                                      equipment range and upgrade kits                                                                          cabling for their recording of ‘Drawn           Russ Andrews Signature version of
                     Accessories Ltd. (RATA)                                                                and a website providing information
                                                      (along with volumes of technical                                                                          from Memory’.                                   their attractive pre and power
                      was incorporated as a                                                                 and a catalogue request feature was
Early Torlyte®                                        knowledge) in the Russ Andrews                                                                            In 2001, to celebrate the Company’s             amplifiers. To go with the amplifiers he
                      Limited company.                                                                      launched. In order to cope with the
Turntable Stand                                       Audiophile Catalogue: a densely                                                                           15th Anniversary, Russ launched yet             also designed a new quarter wave
                                                                                                            increase in business, more sales and

                                                                                                                                                                more products: the Silver PowerKords,

Russ Andrews Timeline
    Starts trading as Russ                         Russ Andrews Turntable    Becomes UK distributor for     Olson II 3 way system           First Edition of      Change of      Russ Andrews   Official opening of new      Russ Andrews Accessories     Introduce Pro Audio    Launch RAVE Hi-Fi.         It’s our 20th
                                   Torlyte® and
    Andrews Turntable                              Accessories Ltd. (RATA)   Kimber Kable. Russ makes       launched at Penta Hi-Fi Show,   Russ Andrews          name to Russ   Accessories    Staveley office. Launch      15thAnniversary! Launch      range of cables.       Kimber Kable’s 25th        anniversary!
                                   RATA tone arm
    Accessories (RATA).Becomes                     incorporated as a         first specialist Hi-Fi mains   London. Launch of RATA          Audiophile            Andrews        becomes        of The PowerBlock, The       Silver PowerKords, Crystal   Launch Russ Andrews    Anniversary. New Special   Lots of new
    UK distributor for Grace and                   Limited company.          cables. Kimber produce their   range of Hi-Fi equipment. DIY   Catalogue.            Accessories    exclusively    Silencer and The Purifier.   interconnects and Russ       Signature amplifiers   Edition 4TC and 8TC        products in
    Supex tone arm cartridges.                                               first interconnect.            upgrade guides produced.                              Ltd.           mail order.                                 Andrews SCART cables.        and Quave speakers.    speaker cables launched.   the pipeline...

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                 ARE YOU IN DANGER OF                                              PUTTING
                   LOSING THE PLOT?                                              SOUND INTO                                                                                          CONNECTED
                      WITHOUT OUR PRODUCTS,
                AND IF YOU LOSE THE MUSICAL LINE ...
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    Ringcap MkII and Ringmat Spacers. All these, including the Anniversary, make up the full
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    FOR CD, SACD and DVD SOUND (& PICTURES) You need our CDi Blue Statmat.

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                                                                                                                                                     lowers the substantial static charge which
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                                               ³                         ´                                                                           ReVeel® and ReleeS®, £22.50

                                                                                                         Improve the playback/ record quality of
                                                                                                         the laser lens by removing dust that can
                                                                                                         accumulate on the lens surface.
                                                                                                                                                    Chances are, you can
                                                                                                         DVD lens cleaner, £9.95
                                                                                                                                                    probably get even
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                                                                                                                                                    better performance
                                                                                                                                                    from your
                                                                                                                                                    Home                                            The Harmony 525 can replace up to 15 of
                                                                                                                                                    Cinema                                          your existing remotes and is the cleverest
                                                                                                                                                    just by                                         one-for-all remote we’ve found. Why?
                                                                                                                                                    ensuring it’s set up correctly. The Digital     Because you only need to press one
                                                                                                                                                    Video Essentials DVD has test patterns to       button and it’ll automatically switch on
                                                                                                         Breathe new life into your LPs, and                                                        your TV, power your DVD out of standby
                                                                                                                                                    ensure you’re getting the clearest picture
                                                                                                         restore those charity shop bargains with                                                   and route the sound through your Home
                                                                                                                                                    from your LCD, plasma or CRT TV - even HD
                                                                                                         ReVive record cleaner. As well as                                                          Cinema amplifier - if you want it to. Simply
                                                                                                                                                    ones. As well as pictures, it also tests your
                                                                                                         cleaning the surface, ReVive digs deep                                                     plug it into your computer, answer a few
                                                                                                                                                    Home Cinema’s sound - and gives room
                                               ³                                                         into the grooves to remove mould                                                           questions and the remote does the rest.
                                                                                                                                                    set-up tips too.
                                                                             ´                           release agent and lower harsh sibilance.
                                                                                                                                                    Home Cinema set-up disc, £18.99                 Harmony 525, £59.99
                                                                                                         ReVive standard pack, £44.95

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                                                                                                                        More great mains products...
  Russ Andrews
  Classic PowerKord™
  £75 for 3ft with
                             Classy cable to upgrade                                                                    SuperCube
                                                                                                                        adaptor & filter
                                                                                                                                                                       Ultra Purifier
                                                                                                                                                                       mains conditioner
  Wattgate™ 320 IEC
  + £10 per additional ft
                             your CD or DVD player                                                                      Perfect if you need to
                                                                                                                        extend the number of
                                                                                                                        sockets in a mains
                                                                                                                                                                        The latest
                                                                                                                                                                        incarnation and the
                                                                                                                                                                        best of our standard
                                                                                                                        extension or only have a                        mains filters. Ultra
                                                                                                                        CD player and amplifier                         Purifier removes
    Not sure where to start upgrading          version, and enjoyed the improved                                                                                        noise from the
                                                                                                                        to plug in. SuperCube is
    your Hi-Fi of Home Cinema system?          clarity and the way the musical                                                                                          mains supply, letting
                                                                                                                        a 2 way adaptor fitted
    You could do a lot worse than                                            .
                                               delivery was “rich and lovely” But they                                                                                  you hear a cleaner
                                                                                                                        with our SuperClamp
    replacing the mains lead to your CD or     were particularly struck by the                                                                                          sound with less
                                                                                                                        filter which removes
    DVD player with our Classic                midrange and the way in which vocals                                                                                     harshness and
                                                                                                                        sound-degrading spikes
    PowerKord™.                                were more ‘solid’ and instruments                                                                                        sibilance. Pictures
                                                                                                                        and surges. Expect a
    We were the first Hi-Fi accessories        sounded more real.                                                                                                       are noticeably
                                                                                                                        lower noise floor and
    company to develop a specialist mains      Don’t think that the cable                         Also consider...      more detail retrieval.                          sharper, too.
    lead way back in 1986. The key to our      will improve only sound                            YellO Power cable
    mains cables’ performance is Kimber’s      systems - the high quality                         £29.95 for 1m
    unique cable weave which has been          conductors, pure insulation                                              PowerLink
                                                                                                  Lower purity          extension
    proven to remove a degrading form of       and high-grade plugs                               copper and
    mains pollution - Radio Frequency          improve the pictures                                                     £65 for 4 way 1m
                                                                                                  insulation, but the   £85 for 6 way 1m
    Interference (RFI). And as well as         in your Home Cinema                                same effective
    filtering RFI from the mains supply, the   system too, helping                                cable weave           Our entry-level mains
    cable ‘weave’ means that the cable         them to appear                                                           extension is fitted with
    does not act as an antenna for             sharper and crisper.                               Reference             Kimber mains cable and
    pollution either. Quite simply, reduce                                                        PowerKord™            offers the choice of 4 or
    RFI and your sound will be cleaner,                                                                                 6 high pressure sockets.
    clearer and more musical, and pictures
                                               Use on:                                            £115 for 3ft
                                                                                                                        A fast and effective way
                                               • CD and DVD players                               The same purity
    in your Home Cinema will be more                                                              copper and            to improve your
    realistic and sharper too.                 • Hi-Fi amplifiers                                                       equipment’s connection
                                                                                                  Teflon™ insulation,
    The Classic PowerKord™ features eight      • Home Cinema                                      but with twice as     to the mains supply and
                                                amplifiers                                                              its sound and picture
    of Kimber’s hyper pure copper                                                                 many conductors
    conductors, each of them insulated
                                               • TV displays - CRT,                               for better bass       quality to boot.
                                                LCD and plasmas
    with Teflon™ and woven in Kimber’s                                                            performance
    trademark braid. The woven cables          • Computers
                                                                                                                        Mini Purifier                               PowerBlock
    themselves are hidden underneath the                                                                                mains conditioner                           extension
    flexible black protective sheathing and
    the cables terminate with a high
                                                                                                                        £149 with SuperClamp          FREE          £251 for 8 way
                                                                                                                        £249 with MegaClamp          MegaClamp
    quality MK UK mains plug and your
    choice of either a standard IEC plug or,                                                                             A compact, space saving       Offer        Our very best mains
                                                                  BEST MAINS LEAD                                        version of our Ultra         see page 27   extension features the
    for better performance, WATTGATE™
                                                                    UNDER £100
    W320i IEC. International plugs are                           Russ Andrews Classic Powerkord
                                                                                                                         Purifier, Mini Purifier                    best DeoxIT™-treated
    available at no extra cost.                                                                                          cleans your mains                          sockets, Kimber internal
                                                                                                                         supply and takes up very                   wiring, and your choice
    Classic performance                         Final word...                                                            little room. Choose from                   of mains cable to
                                                                                                                         two versions - with the                    connect you to the
    What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision               A unique high performance mains                                           SuperClamp, our basic                      mains. Listen out for a
    magazine raved about this cable’s          cable, offering great value and an                                        surge protection, or with                  smoother sound with
    performance, awarding it their             ideal way to start improving your                                         the MegaClamp                              more detail, and look
    ‘Best mains lead under £100’ award in      Hi-Fi or Home Cinema system                                               version, for unparalleled                  for clearer pictures with
    2004. They opted for the WATTGATE™
                                                                                                                         mains spike and                            less blurring on
                                                                                                                         surge protection.                          moving images.
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                                                                                                                 More best selling interconnects...
 analogue                                                                                                        KIMBER HDMI
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sep ‘05
 interconnects                                                                                                   video interconnect
                                                                                                                 £85 for 0.5m
 £318 for 0.5m pair
 + £66 per additional 0.5m
                             the Best                                                                            £100 for 1.5m
                                                                                                                 High purity conductors and
                                                                                                                 effective cable geometry
                                                                                                                 allow stunning pictures
   Kimber Select interconnects represent        tightly focussed in a realistic                                  from HDMI-enabled
   the pinnacle of interconnect design.         soundscape. Above all, expect an                                 equipment. Kimber HDMI
   The whole Select range (which also           amazing sense of ‘music’ from your                               cables are engineered to
   includes speaker cables) is the fruit of a   recordings and hear just how good                                work as well at lengths over
   long period of research and                  your system really can sound.                                    10 metres as they do at one
   development by Kimber Kable,                                                                                  metre, a great choice for
   resulting in truly class-leading Hi-Fi and
                                                Use on:                                                          connecting your ceiling-
   Home Cinema cables.                          • Midrange and High End                                          mounted projector.
                                                 Hi-Fi Systems                           Also consider...
   Like other Kimber interconnects, Select
   interconnects are woven to reject                                                                             KIMBER V-21                    KIMBER GQ-Mini Cu
                                                                                         KIMBER KCAG
   interference (to reduce distortion
                                                                                         £253 for 0.5m
                                                                                                                 aerial cable                   mini interconnect                 10%
   caused by RFI) but, unlike the other
                                                                                         Kimber’s three wire     £14.95 for 2ft                 £54 for 0.5m                        OFF
   interconnects, this woven cable is then                                                                       + £2.95 per additional ft      + £8 per additional 0.5m          see page 27
   spaced around the outside of Kimber’s                                                 braid in Hyper-pure
                                                                                         silver conductors.      Use Kimber’s high              Connect your iPod or
   proprietary core material - X38R -
                                                                                         Slightly more natural   quality V-21 cable to          other MP3 player to
   which enhances this weave and
                                                                                         than KS-1011 but not    replace even the short         your Hi-Fi or Home
   absorbs micro-vibration built up in
                                                                                         as three-dimensional    runs of aerial cable           Cinema system with
   the cable. Reduce vibration and less
                                                                                                                 between your wall              Kimber’s GQ-Mini Cu.
   energy gets mixed in with the
                                                                                         KIMBER Select           socket, video, DVD or          With its effective
   musical message.
                                                                                         KS-1021                 Freeview box and               4-wire braid and hyper-
   The conductors are made from the                                                                              your TV screen will
                                                                                         £491 for 0.5m                                          pure copper, you can be
   purest copper that Kimber use - a                                                                             bring improvements
                                                                                         A hybrid cable using                                   confident that the
   specially manufactured, solid core                                                                            in sound and
                                                                                         a mixture of copper                                    sound from your player
   Hyper-pure copper, and insulated with                                                                         picture quality.
                                                                                         and silver conductors                                  will be about as good
   pure Teflon™ insulation. These
                                                                                         improves on                                            as it gets!
   conductors are locked in place with a
   woven yarn which also helps to reduce                                                 KS-1011. More
   static charge. The conductors                                                         resolution and a
                                                                                         smoother, more          KIMBER DV-30                   KIMBER Timbre
   themselves are terminated with WBT’s                                                                          digital interconnect           analogue interconnect
   NextGen phono plugs which makes it                                                    natural sound
                                                                                                                                                                            March ‘05
   easy to fit onto the sockets on the back                                                                      £52 for 0.5m                   £76 for 0.5m
                                                                                                                 + £16 per additional 0.5m      + £13 per additional 0.5m
   of your equipment and lock the cables
   in place.                                                                                                                                    Hyper-pure copper,
                                                                                                                 Need to connect
                                                                                                                                                clear Teflon™
   Select Performance                                                                                            your DVD player to
                                                                                                                 your Home Cinema               insulation and
   After all this care taken with the
   design, how do the cables perform?           Final word...                                                    amp? Choose                    UltraPlate™ plugs
                                                                                                                 Kimber’s                       coupled with Kimber’s
   Prepare to be impressed. Connect your
                                                A wonderful analogue interconnect,                               DV-30 digital                  3 wire braid mean you
   CD player to your amplifier with
                                                equally at home in mid range                                     interconnect and               can expect lots of
   KS-1011 and expect bags of detail, and
                                                systems and better. Expect a                                     you’ll hear lots of            detail and a natural,
   a crisp, clear sound. Voices and
                                                superbly transparent sound with                                  detail with full,              realistic sound. An
   instruments sound lifelike, and you can
                                                impressive detail and a direct line to                           extended bass.                 effective way to
   be confident that musicians appear
                                                the emotional content of your music                                                             breathe new life into
                                                                                                                                                your system.

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  Easy Upgrades in bite sized chunks
    The chances are that the
    Hi-Fi or Home Cinema
    system you’ve assembled
                                           Step1 Mains                                                                                      Step2 Interconnects
    is capable of delivering               YellO Power                                    Silencer Block                                    KIMBER Tonik                              KIMBER D-60
    far better sound and                   mains cable                                    mains extension                                   stereo interconnect                       digital interconnect
                                                                      Awards Issue 2005                               Sept ‘02                                              Apr ‘03
    picture quality.                       £29.95 for 1m                                  £150 for 4 way
                                                                                                                                            £45 for 0.5m pair                         £154 for 0.5m
    All you need to do is sort out the
                                           Replace the power                              Use our Silencer Block                            Ditch the freebie                         Use between your
    ‘infrastructure’ - and that means
                                           cable on your CD or                            mains extension and                               interconnects that                        DVD player and
    cleaning up your mains supply,
                                           DVD player with                                it’ll filter mains noise,                         came with your CD                         Home Cinema amp
    improving your cables and
                                           YellO Power and its                            reduce RFI and                                    player and connect                        to hear surround
    paying some attention to the
                                           unique weave will                              improve your                                      your amp with                             sound, Kimber’s
    supports your kit is sitting on.
                                           eradicate Radio                                connection to the                                 Kimber’s Tonik.                           reference D60
    Sounds easy? We’re well aware          Frequency                                      mains supply... three                             Enjoy a smoother,                         delivers a stunningly
    that a range of cables and             Interference (RFI),                            upgrades in one!                                  clearer sound with                        crisp, lifelike sound
    accessories can be baffling, and it    delivering finer                               Listen for a more                                 oodles of detail and                      with lots of impact.
    can be confusing knowing               pictures and a                                 refined, musical sound                            a more musical                            And it’s a stunning
    exactly where to start. Here we        bolder, more                                   and enjoy more three-                             presentation.                             cable to use
    break the whole upgrade process        involving sound                                dimensional images                                                                          between a transport
    down into four bite-sized chunks.                                                                                                                                                 and DAC too.
    Each of the four chunks could
    correspond to quarters of the
                                                                                                                                   Step 5
    year, if you like.
                                                                                                                                 Put your feet
    For each quarter, we’ve selected
    two of our products - one a
    budget performer and another if
                                           Step4 Equipment Supports                                                              up and enjoy!      Step3 Speaker Cable
    you’re feeling a little more flush -                                                  Torlyte® Rack                                     KIMBER 4PR                                Crystal-24
    for you to choose from. Give your      Oak Cone Feet                                  support                                                                                     speaker cable
                                                                                                                                            speaker cable
    system a treat with one of these
    products every three months, in        3 mini £13.95 18mm dia.                        from £175 a shelf                                 £39 for 2.5m pair                         £425 for 2.5m pair
    the order we suggest, and you          3 small £15.95 25mm dia.                       from £285 a base                                  + £5 per additional 0.5m pair
    can be confident you’ll be             The fastest upgrade                            Inside each Torlyte®                                                                        Sound per pound,
                                                                                                                                             It costs a little more
    improving your sound and               ever? Use Oak Cone                             panel is a complex                                                                          our newest speaker
                                                                                                                                             than bellwire, but
    pictures in the most cost-             Feet under all of                              honeycomb structure                                                                         cable is incredible
                                                                                                                                             connect your amp
    effective way possible. And you’ll     your equipment                                 which lends great                                                                           value. Superb RFI
                                                                                                                                             and loudspeakers
    gain a whole lot more enjoyment        (even your speakers)                           rigidity to this ultra-                                                                     cancellation and
                                                                                                                                             with 4PR and we
    from your music and movies,            and the sound will                             light stand. The                                                                            Teflon™ insulated
                                                                                                                                             guarantee your
    to boot...                             be much more solid,                            ultimate Hi-Fi support,                                                                     Hyper-pure copper
                                                                                                                                             sound will be
                                           and more three                                 Torlyte encourages a                                                                        combine to extract
                                           dimensional. DVD                               beautifully transparent                                                                     even the most subtle
                                                                                                                                             Kimber’s high purity
                                           playback is                                    sound, with a wide,                                                                         details, ambient cues
                                                                                                                                             copper and unique
                                           improved too, with                             deep soundscape                                                                             and sheer emotion
                                                                                                                                             weave combine to
                                           less blurring on                                                                                                                           from your CDs, DVDs
                                                                                                                                             give a more accurate
                                           moving images                                                                                                                              and LPs.
                                                                                                                                             and musical sound.

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                                                                                            Biwirable Speakers                      More best selling speaker cables...
                                                                                            Our experience with Kimber
                                                                                            Kable shows that if you have            KIMBER KWIK-12                  KIMBER 4PR
 KIMBER 8TC                                                                                 biwirable speakers, you’re                                              speaker cable
                                                                                                                                    speaker cable
 speaker cable                                                                              better off wiring them with a
                                                                                                                                    £3.95 per metre                 £39 for 2.5m pair
                                                                                            single run of cable and then                                            + £5 per additional 0.5m pair
 £267 for 2.5m pair
                                                                                            replacing the supplied links
 terminated                                                                                 between the binding posts               Kimber’s installation           The original speaker
 + £39 per additional 0.5m pair                                                                                                     cable makes a great-            cable, 4PR helps you
                                                                                            with our high quality 4TC
                                                                                            jumper cables. It’s cheaper than        sounding speaker cable.         get a more natural
                                                                                            wiring with two runs of cable,          Use it on budget systems        and musical sound
                                                                                            and the improvements can be             or on the rear speakers of      from whatever
                                                                                            better: some amplifiers find the        your Home Cinema                system you use it
                                                                                            load of two runs of cable difficult     system. The tough white         with. Superb
                                                                                            to handle.                              sheathing means that it’s       value and a
                                                                                                                                    easy to run under carpets       great performer
                                                                                            4TC jumper cable set:                   or even to be tacked
                                                                                            Pre-cut & stripped         £9           gently to your skirting
                                                                                            Terminated one end         £27

                                   Stunning                                                 Terminated both ends       £45          KIMBER 4VS                      KIMBER 8VS
                                                                                                                                    speaker cable                   speaker cable
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oct ‘01
                                                                                                                                    £59 for 2.5m pair               £162 for 2.5m pair

      Jun ‘00
                                   speaker cables                                                                                   + £9 per additional 0.5m pair

                                                                                                                                    Using slightly thicker
                                                                                                                                    and purer copper
                                                                                                                                                                    +£18 per additional 0.5m pair

                                                                                                                                                                    Twice as many
                                                                                                                                                                    conductors as 4VS,
                                                                                                                                    conductors than                 the multi-award
                                                                                                                                    4PR, 4VS also features          winning 8VS sounds
  The cables that link your loudspeakers      insulated with Teflon™ and woven
                                                                                                                                    Kimber’s VariStrand™            fuller, more dynamic
  to your amplifier are important if you      together to reduce interference. The
                                                                                                                                    cable stranding to              and even more
  want to ensure that your music signal       Special Edition 8TC cables have a
  reaches your loudspeakers without           different colour of insulation since        Also consider...                          help give a more                natural than its
                                                                                                                                    even balance.                   smaller sibling. Great
  degradation or loss.                        Kimber found that lighter colours          Crystal-24 - £425 for 2.5m pair            Great dynamics                  to use in Hi-Fi
  The first cable that Kimber developed       deliver even better sound quality than
                                                                                         See page 5                                 and a smooth,                   systems or Home
  back in 1979 was 4PR. Ray Kimber was a      darker ones. And for cable termination,
                                                                                         KIMBER 8VS - £162 for 2.5m pair            refined sound.                  Cinema systems alike.
  sound engineer and became frustrated        we offer either bare (cut and stripped)
                                              cable, or Kimber’s Bananas or spades.      terminated
  at the way that lighting rigs affected
                                                                                         Full, open and transparent sound
  the sound quality at concerts. The high-    What about the sound?                                                                 KIMBER Monocle-XL
                                                                                         right across the board
  powered lights introduced crackles,         Kimber 8TC is a low resistance cable                                                  speaker cable
  pops and buzzing into the sound             which allows a wide dynamic sound -
  signal. Ray solved the problem by                                                      muscular too, with plenty of control.      £852 for 8ft pair
                                              great for music and movies alike. The      But there’s one area in which the cable
  ‘shielding’ the speaker cables from         purity of the conductors ensure that
  interference in an innovative way - by                                                 really shines - musicality. This cable’s
                                              your music remains natural, clear and      superior RFI rejection helps you to        A truly high-end cable,
  weaving the cable. As well as reducing      clean with a smooth treble and realistic                                              Monocle XL spaces and
  the problem from the lighting, Ray                                                     appreciate great rhythm and timing,
                                              midrange. Bass is well extended and        letting you hear just how good             dampens its
  found that the new technique actually                                                                                             conductors to give
  allowed the music to sound better; it                                                  musicians can sound, and involving you
                                              Final word...                              much more in the music.                    wonderful
  was more natural, more detailed and                                                                                               performance. Expect
  more musical.                               A very fine sounding (and                  Use on:                                    natural instruments
  Kimber’s 8TC speaker cable is the           attractive) speaker cable, perfect
                                              for midrange Hi-Fi and Home
                                                                                         • Mid range and High-end                   and voices in a deep,
                                                                                                                                    wide soundstage, and a
  pinnacle of their standard woven                                                        Hi-Fi systems                                                                                                                     OFF
  speaker cables and builds on the            Cinema systems. Well-suited to use                                                    real sense of the
  original design of that original 4PR. 8TC   with floor standing loudspeakers -         • Front speakers of Mid range and          musical message.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          see page 27

                                              but don’t let that put you off using        High-end Home Cinema systems
  uses 16 Hyper-pure copper conductors,
                                              them with bookshelf speakers!

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   Letters                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Letters

 Go on, get it off your chest...
                                                                                             Anyway, please keep up the excellent         flat: it seemed to have lost all its      disappeared. In fact this was the case    Mains problems can be very frustrating
     We love getting your                                                                    service and although this was my first       impact and there was suddenly             for most of the components (the           but ultimately solving the problems is
     letters and e-mails and                                                                 (small) order I feel confident it will not   excessive sibilance. Over the next few    DVD player was the one exception).        essential if you’re seeking that magical
                                                                                             be the last (much to my wife’s               months the situation gradually            This really threw me - why would          sound quality. Problem circuits, even
     will select the most                                                                    despair!).                                   deteriorated, the bass disappeared                                                  ones that are completely separate from
                                                                                                                                                                                    plugging a component in reduce
     interesting ones for                                                                    Mr B Hamblin, West Sussex, UK.               and a general mush descended upon                                                   the circuit your Hi-Fi is plugged into,
                                                                                                                                                                                    noise? [equipment sometimes have
     print here.                                                                                                                          the rest of the range. I spent months     filters built into them - some people     can seriously degrade the sound of
     So go on, get in touch                                                                                                               swapping cables around, swapping          even report that having their             your Hi-Fi. Remember, they are all
                                                                                             I am delighted that you have discovered
                                                                                                                                          components around (from my                microwave ovens on can reduce mains       connected together at the meter!
     and you could win a                                                                     our products and that they will work just
                                                                                                                                          second system), turning off
                                                                                             as effectively as we claim. And if they                                                noise - Ed.]                              Bad connections in your house wiring
     Classic PowerKord™ for                                                                                                               appliances around the house,
                                                                                             don’t work for you, we will give you a                                                 Leaving everything unplugged, I           mean that the whole of your circuit can
     the Star Letter!                                                                        full refund. Who needs stuff that
                                                                                                                                          cleaning the only earth bonding                                                     act as an aerial for noise and RFI. It’s
                                                                                                                                          point I could find, I even sent the       plugged the Silencer back in on its
                                                                                             doesn’t work?                                                                          own. The noise sniffer went silent        really worth getting an electrician in to
                                                                                                                                          amp back to Musical Fidelity for a                                                  check all of the circuits and
                                                                                             Anyway, don’t you worry about your                                                     again. Even with the apparently silent
                                                                                                                                          health check, all to no avail.                                                      connections for tightness. It’s safer and,
                                                                                             wife, if you follow Russ’s upgrade path                                                mains however, the system still
                                                                                             she will probably start listening to music   Finally, as a last throw of the dice, I   sounded terrible when plugged             if there is a problem, the chances are
                                                                                             with you (and without you)!                  took the Noise Sniffer on loan last       back in.                                  that solving it will mean your Hi-Fi or
                                                                                                                                          week and bought an extra Silencer. A                                                Home Cinema will perform better.
  In-Focus upgrade                                                                                                                        couple of days before the Noise           Moving around the house, I found
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Find out more information on your
                                                                                                                                          Sniffer arrived the circuit breaker for   massive amounts of noise on every
  I wanted to write to you to say                    to pay these days for detail and        Noise on the mains                           our electric shower tripped in one of     single socket!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mains wiring by downloading our FREE
  how impressed I have                                     transparency is putting up                                                                                                                                         guide on mains: The Power and the
  been with your company                   STAR          with too much high frequency        I thought I’d drop you an e-mail, partly     our two consumer units. When I            The sockets in our house are served       Glory from
  during my recent accessory              LETTER production and I have found                 to tell you a story about how a mains        pushed the trip back in and turned        by three separate ring mains spread       downloads
  order. In particular, the ease                     myself gravitating to vinyl playback    problem brought me very close to             the consumer unit back on, the            over two consumer units. With some
  and efficiency of how my order                      and only choosing well-recorded        giving up on Hi-Fi altogether, and           shower switch in the bathroom             experimentation, I found that if I
  was processed and dispatched                        CDs where the top end is often a       partly to ask for further advice.            flashed and left a nice black mark on     plugged a Silencer into the garage
  but also the quality of customer              lot smoother. Immediately I put the          Up until about 12 months ago, our            the wall behind it. Not being             ringmain right next to the consumer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Success with a Signature
  service; you really seem to be going          Focus Rings on, any ‘edge’ to the sound      system, to our ears, sounded fantastic.      electrically minded, I left the circuit   units, it killed the noise on all three   I just thought I’d drop you a line to
  out of your way to help ensure                just disappeared. Psychological? -           The first thing the wife and I did once      breaker in its tripped state.             ringmain circuits.                        say how satisfied I am with the
  complete customer satisfaction.               Frankly I don’t care - it sent me rushing    we got back from work was to stick on        In the meantime, I tried out the Noise                                              Signature mains cables I purchased
                                                                                                                                                                                    This was the revelation I had been
                                                to my CDs playing selected tracks one        a CD. Quite often, we would still be         Sniffer. The first thing I did was pull                                             for my Hi-Fi. They have transformed
  Frankly, I am a little tired of all the                                                                                                                                           hoping for! I felt a huge sense of
                                                after another - everything sounded           listening until the early hours of the       out the Silencer and plug the noise                                                 the sound to another level (it sounds
  current marketing management buzz                                                                                                                                                 relief once the system was plugged
                                                clean, clear and somehow more                morning.                                     sniffer into the same socket. I was                                                 like a different system). I must admit I
  words - everyone these days it seems                                                                                                                                              back in as a lot of the impact and
                                                dynamic and certainly with no loss of                                                     rather surprised to find that there                                                 was a bit sceptical at first because I
  is “committed” to delivering something                                                     The backbone of the system is a                                                        bass had returned.
                                                detail. I would say there is a slight loss                                                seemed to be no persistent noise at                                                 was using your old type High Current
  or other, or to “adding value” or                                                          Musical Fidelity A308 amp, an Arcam
                                                of ‘sparkle’ in the absolute top end but                                                  all, even with the volume turned up       Further investigation showed that an      mains cables (now called Reference
  providing a “world class” service etc. In                                                  FMJ DV27A DVD-Audio player and
                                                I think this is worth sacrificing for the                                                 to full (there was the odd crack as the   incorrectly rated switch had been         PowerKords) and I thought how can
  your case you have simply and quickly                                                      Ruark Talisman II speakers. The amp
                                                overall smoother presentation. I have                                                     fridge turned on or a light was           fitted to the shower. It had been         the Signatures be better than what
  got on with what you advertise -                                                           and DVD player are powered by Classic
                                                found I can listen to my hi-fi for long                                                   turned on, but otherwise virtual          gradually deteriorating over time and     I’ve already got? I took the plunge
  providing good hi-fi accessories.                                                          PowerKords™, linked by Crystal-Cu
                                                periods (well, once I’ve got my wife                                                      silence).                                 it was only then that it dawned that      and to say what a night and day
  In respect of the item (the Focus Rings)                                                   attenuated interconnects and sited on                                                  this was the cause of the noise. The      difference the new cable was is an
                                                and kids away from the TV) with no
  I was knocked out by the positive                                                          a Torlyte® rack. The speakers are            I then unplugged all the system           circuit breaker for the shower was        understatement. I’ll just say FAB - the
                                                weariness or fatigue. How can a piece
  effect they have had on the sound of                                                       connected with 4TC. A Silencer is            components and plugged the Noise          located directly adjacent to the          noise floor was reduced by a fair
                                                of felt have such a positive effect on a
  my speakers. Despite recent                                                                plugged into a socket adjacent to the        Sniffer in to one of the vacated          circuit breaker for the garage            margin and the sound is now so
                                                £10,000 hi-fi system? Is it possible that
  significant upgrades to my system and                                                      system. The system is left switched          sockets. This time there was massive      ringmain which I guess is why             much cleaner. I can turn the system
                                                in fact a great many audio design
  being delighted with my current set                                                        on 24/7.                                     amounts of noise. I then plugged just     plugging the Silencer into the garage     up louder without fatigue... oh and
                                                engineers simply have pork chops for
  up, I still get tired at times of the over    ears?                                        One day, about 12 months ago, we             the television back in. The noise         ringmain killed the noise everywhere.     not forgetting the tighter bass and
  bright presentation. It seems the price                                                    stuck on a CD and the system sounded         disappeared. I unplugged the                                                        more detail - LOVELY!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                    Mr C Winstanley, by e-mail
                                                                                                                                          television and tried the same thing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mr L Campbell, by e-mail
                                                                                                                                          with the amp. Again the noise
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                                                                                                                                          To be honest, I’m surprised how many        YellO cables in a Home                      Since then more orders have followed
   A case for attenuation?                       bright, you often find that you have a       marvellous upgrade, this improvement
                                                                                                                                          PC performance enthusiasts are willing                                                  including YellO cables for my main
   About two years ago I had to downsize
                                                 very limited use of your volume control.     to end them all, this wonderful all-for-
                                                                                                                                          to spend hundreds, maybe thousands          Cinema                                      powered speakers and focus rings for
                                                 Try one of our attenuated interconnects      free revelation?
   my speakers from large Tannoy floor                                                                                                    on a high-end system and still connect      Having read an article on various cables    my speakers. With almost all of my
   standers to Wharfedale Pi-10’s; now as        to cure the problem. Your amp has an         I got my ears syringed!                     it with the supplied mains cables. I’ve     in one of the national magazines for        system being powered with Russ
   a result of moving house I have to use        input sensitivity of 175mV and your CD       Mr H Lane                                   lost count of the number of people I’ve     home cinema fans about 2 1/2 years          Andrews cables I turned my attention
   them as bookshelf models, previously          player has an output level of 2.3V rms, so   Newbury, UK                                 met who run high current-demanding          ago, I requested a brochure from Russ       to My ISCAN HD+ (an audio visual
   they were wall mounted. The system            you’d benefit from an interconnect with -                                                systems with cheap, almost empty            Andrews. It was a very professional         switching and processing hub which
   prior to moving sounded a little hard         16dB of attenuation. As well as sounding                                                 Power Supply Units (PSUs) and I’ve yet      advert for the company and well             enables HD quality visuals on both
   particularly with female vocals, now          smoother and more three-dimensional,                                                     to meet anyone who uses anything but        written but I simply did not believe the    standard and flat screen displays as
   the hardness is more evident.                 you can also have more use of your           Russ Andrews mods on a                      the standard kettle lead to power it.       claims Russ made about any of his           well as true high definition pictures and
                                                 volume control. Try a Kimber Tonik                                                                                                   cables or mains filters. I could not see    switching for projectors). This enables
   I use an Arcam Alpha 7 CD player and
                                                 analogue interconnect, at £55 for 0.5m       computer audio system                       I spent £160 on a decent PSU and
                                                                                                                                                                                      how spending money on cables could          me to use the same equipment from
   Arcam Alpha 8 amplifier and have                                                                                                       found to my dismay that the 12V rail
   discussed the problem with the                (or better if your wallet can take it!).     I don’t know if this is sacrilege but I                                                 be a justified upgrade.                     multiple sources on both the plasma
                                                                                                                                          wasn’t pulling enough current
   manufacturers who said the CD player                                                       don’t own a hi-fi! I’ve used Russ           (essential for SLi systems). Simply         Over the following two years or so, the     screen and projector. I was doubtful
   and amplifier are compatible and              From time to time we get a letter            Andrews for years exclusively for my        adding the Reference PowerKord™ was         company sent me various letters and         that Russ’s power cables would
   should not cause a problem. They              from a customer that ‘does the               DVD and TV setup and slowly been            enough to give it a boost and as a          brochures, all of which were read but       improve the perfect operation of this
   suggested I could use the treble tone         rounds’ in the office... they certainly      applying the few tips and tricks I’ve       result my system has been stable            disregarded. A few months ago,              unit but they did! The pictures on both
   control, saying the Tannoys were a soft       help to brighten up the day!                 learned to my PC. I have a basic            ever since.                                 following a further review of cables by     the projector and plasma were notably
   sounding speaker whilst the                                                                subwoofer and 2-speaker system for                                                      Home Cinema Choice magazine I               better in both clarity and sharpness. My
                                                                                              listening and until now I’ve been           Adding a PowerKord to my TFT                                                            set up was very good before I invested
   Wharfedales are more clinical, and if         A free Upgrade!                              concentrating on the music; but as my       computer monitor was like going back        relented and rang in my first order,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in Russ’s cables but now it has that
   using the tone control didn’t help I                                                                                                                                               which consisted of two YellO mains
                                                 I am sad. No doubt your records will         collection has grown I’ve become            to the clarity of a CRT: just adding that                                               “almost there” quality with which I am
   may have to consider changing the                                                                                                                                                  cables and a pack of Noise
                                                 show that I am a staunch admirer of          increasingly dissatisfied with the          cable was enough to make everything                                                     extremely pleased.
   speakers. I also mentioned using                                                                                                                                                   Reducing Shorties.
                                                 your products since first cottoning on       quality of the sound.                       look crisp, vibrant and at first a little
   attenuated interconnects and their                                                                                                                                                                                             The result was, for the very first time, an
                                                 to them 6 years ago. It was then that I                                                  overwhelming. I haven’t had this much       Wow! I thought I knew pretty much all
   opinion of them was very negative.                                                         The reason I’ve yet to buy a full-size                                                                                              almost lifelike sound stage, which I had
                                                 bought my first PowerBlock and a                                                         fun since I first saw a movie on DVD!       there was to know about my chosen
   Overall I am satisfied with the system                                                     system is that while I own some 500                                                                                                 only ever experienced before at
                                                 couple of PowerKords™.                                                                                                               hobby. I used the full pack of Shorties
   and would appreciate your                                                                  CDs, I’ve transferred them to MP3 at        I’m going to have to invest in a RAVE                                                   dealer’s demo rooms, with kits worth
                                                 Since then, purchases have continued                                                                                                 to cover the “Ins” that were unused on
   suggestions for solving the problem.                                                       192kbps simply for the ease of              amplifier sooner rather than later to                                                   many thousands of pounds. As an
                                                 apace with my system now bristling                                                                                                   my Yamaha 9.1 channel receiver, the
                                                                                              listening while at my PC. Also, with rare   really enjoy my music. I’ve got the                                                     ardent sceptic I was happy to read
   The system is contained in a solid unit                                                                                                                                            result of which was a much precise
                                                 with an array of KIMBER KABLE                CDs like Tangerine Dream’s “The Keep”       system as quiet and stable as I can get                                                 what Russ said but was not convinced
   with the speakers on top, and there                                                                                                                                                sound with far less background ‘mess’
                                                 connecting every primary orifice. But I      or “Near Dark” I’m reluctant to take the    it: now I want to just sit back and enjoy                                               and thought I knew better. Having now
   does not appear to be any sign of                                                                                                                                                  in movie soundtracks.
                                                 have to say that notwithstanding each        original out of its slipcase for fear of    my increasing music collection!                                                         used Russ’s products I certainly do not
   vibration. The speakers are on
                                                 improvement from each new cable, all         scratching it.                                                                          I then used the two cables to power my      doubt any of his claims any longer. If
   homemade isolation platforms made                                                                                                      Mr F Khan, London
                                                 pale into insignificance in the light of                                                                                             receiver and to power my high-end           anyone is in two minds about their
   from one-inch thick MDF board and                                                          Typically I listen to swooping orchestral
                                                 my latest upgrade. And the beauty of it                                                                                              Denon DVD player and the results were       next upgrade I can’t suggest strongly
   fitted with sound absorbent pads, I                                                        soundtracks with a great deal of punch      Mr Khan kindly sent us pictures of his
                                                 is - it was free! Treble is sweeter and                                                                                              astounding. The sound field was much        enough that you give RA a try and
   have also attached metal cones to the                                                      such as Eliot Goldenthal’s ‘Interview       modded PC - see them and read more at
                                                 has lost that raspy edge, deep bass has                                                                                              sharper than I had ever managed to get      sooner rather than later. Anyone who
   base of the speakers.                                                                      with the Vampire’ or late-night jazz
                                                 lost that mildly flatulent lump, mid                                                                                                 it to produce before and the difference     does will be amazed at the results.
                                                                                              (think Miles Davis’‘Round Midnight’ or      CustomerSystems
   Mr S Hamblin, Somerset, UK                    range sparkles with astonishing realism                                                                                              was so dramatic that even my wife and       Many thanks for converting me even if
                                                 and the soundstage would do justice          Tim Garland’s ‘Soho Story’) as well as                                                  older children noticed the clarity in the   it did take two and a half years for me
   You are suffering from the age-old ‘CD-       to the Albert Hall.                          music by Claude Challe, Moby and                                                        sounds, and the almost lifelike             to see the light!! (Special thanks for
   overload’ problem...where the CD player’s     So why am I sad? Simple. For the first       even Tommy Dorsey. So I’m very much                                                     reproduction of both music and              way over the top customer service
   output overloads the input of your            time I am hearing my system and your         in a dilemma: I want to be able to enjoy                                                movies. I was basically hooked as           and care).
   amplifier. And yes, this occurs even with     cables do what they have been doing          my music collection but I don’t want to                                                 a result.
   equipment from the same manufacturer,         purely for their own benefit over the        lose my ability to create and choose                                                                                                Mr S Wiggins, by e-mail
   though they don’t like to admit it! As well   last few years and only now are their        playlists and play Jeff Buckley or
   as making your system sound hard and          full powers revealed. So what is this        Johnny Cash back to back.

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                                       The Magic of                                                                                                                  Your system must at least half convince you that
                                                                                                                                                                       the musicians are right there in front of you,

                                         Musicality                             Edited from The Music & The Magic
                                                                                                 by Russ Andrews
                                                                                                                                                                     playing in the room. Don’t you wish your system
                                                                                                                                                                               could do that? Well, it can...

                                                                                                                         It took a while, but I eventually
                                                                                                                         worked out how to listen quickly and
                                   The object of a Hi-Fi system               overall sound. With enough                 accurately. I realised that my
                                                                              comparative listening experience you       preoccupation with the reputation,
                                   is to reproduce music in a
                                                                              can hear each individual voice the         reviews, specifications etc of the
                                   realistic, lifelike way.. It must
                                                                              way a choirmaster can hear each            equipment was getting in the way.
                                   at least half convince you that the
                                                                              voice in his choir. Anyone can do it,      These things were completely
                                   musicians are right there in front of                                                 irrelevant because the only thing that
                                                                              it’s a skill we all have.

                                   you, playing in the room. Don’t you                                                   mattered was what it sounded like.
                                   wish your system could do that? Well,
                                                                              Learning to listen
                                   it can if you get the fundamentals –                                                     people who know nothing
                                                                              Way back in the early 1970s when I
                                   the context – right. At the beginning      was an eager young Hi-Fi dealer, I            about Hi-Fi have a distinct
                                   of the upgrade path the least              demonstrated a pair of speakers to a           advantage because their
                                   important thing is the equipment.          couple. I played them the hot new          instinctive good judgement isn’t
                                   Only after the fundamentals of how         speaker of the day, the B&W DM3. She
                                                                                                                          undermined by the reputation
                                   and where you connect up and use           listened for a short while and then
                                   the equipment have been dealt with         said,“What’s that nasty fizzing noise?”        of the products, reviews...
                                   will better equipment be worth             In my naïve enthusiasm I explained
                                                                              that it was high frequency extension,      I analysed my listening technique. I
                                   spending money on. That’s why I
                                                                              blah blah…She cut me off in mid Hi-        was using the usual defensive Hi-Fi
                                   advise following my ‘Upgrade Path’. It                                                tricks of concentrating too hard on
                                                                              Fi babble and said,“I don’t care what
                                   will enable you to sort out the most                                                  one small part of the sound to hear
                                                                              it is, it’s a row and I’m not going to
                                   important things in the right order to                                                how it changed on A/B comparison.
                                                                              listen to it!”
                                   ensure you achieve the biggest                                                        Record surface noise was a popular
                                   improvement for your money at              After the couple left, I sat quietly in    one, or an instrument or voice. It’s a
                                   each stage.                                the dem room and thought about             bit like judging a painting by looking
                                                                              the failed dem. Three things became        only at individual brush strokes with a
                                   But your Hi-Fi is a complex ‘system’       clear. First, she was absolutely right     magnifying glass – it tells you nothing
                                   and any change you make will               about the treble – it was a row. And       useful about the painting itself. You
                                   change your view of the music. So          second, people who know nothing            have to stand right back from it to do
                                   how do you judge whether the               about Hi-Fi have a distinct advantage      that. And so it is with Hi-Fi. If you can
                                   change is just ‘different’ or whether it   because their instinctive good             trick your mind into mentally
                                   is a real improvement? Well forget         judgement isn’t undermined by the          standing back and listening to the
                                   the old Hi-Fi propaganda that we           reputation of the products, reviews,       overall sound – the big picture – you
                                   can’t trust our ears, that aural           specifications, price or techno            hear everything quickly and easily.
                                   memory is very short and fools us all      ‘babble’. Third, and most importantly, I
                                   the time. Nothing is further from the      had to learn how to do that for            When you are doing A/B comparisons
                                   truth. Every item (and component)          myself.                                    for yourself, try not to put yourself in
                                                                                                                         the ‘hot seat’. Create situations where

                                   has a voice of its own within the

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   The Magic of Musicality                                                                                                                 The Magic of Musicality

    A customer once phoned me
    after a weekend listening
    session of some new speaker
    cable. He had spent most of
    the Saturday, whilst his wife
    was out shopping, swapping
    from the old to the new cable
    and back again. He had
    thoroughly confused himself,
    so he no longer knew which
    was which let alone whether
                                                                                  What musicality does for your
    one was better! His wife
    arrived home so he stopped
                                                                                  enjoyment and listening pleasure
    switching back and forth (it
                                       you are a ‘bystander’. Everything that
                                                                                  is, quite simply, magical
    always irritated her) and put
                                       is good or bad, right or wrong, about a
    the new cable in one more          sound is often more easily heard from
    time. She stuck her head           outside the listening room by                          Listen for musicality                        sound is, because you won’t bother
                                       someone who is not concentrating on                    There is, however, a more important          listening after the novelty has
    round the door and said,                                                                                                               worn off.
                                       the sound. They hear the big picture                   aspect of real live music that is usually
    “That’s much better, what          because it’s so obvious when you                       destroyed by a Hi-Fi system. It is called    The importance of this distinction
    have you just done?”“Oh,” he       stand back from it. The trick is not                   musicality. It is the rhythm and timing      between a ‘good’ sound and a
                                       concentrating, not trying too hard.                    that puts emotional meaning into the         ‘musical’ sound was noted by Mr
    said, “I’ve just put in that new                                                          music. Musicians either have it or they      Cosker from London:“I’ve had a
    Kimber Kable I bought”    .        Recognising realistic sound                            don’t. In fact a musician with great         PowerBlock for some seven or eight
    “Brilliant,” she said,             Try listening to the natural world                     rhythm and timing can make mistakes          weeks now, and I’m amazed. It’s the
                                       around you. Ask yourself why a real                    and get away with it. Think Frank            first time I can say I actually like my
    “Well done!”                                                                              Sinatra… or Louis Armstrong.
                                       door closing sounds so different to a                                                               system, rather than just being
    He told me he was gob-             recorded one. What aspects of the                      Take time to listen for musicality           impressed by it. It’s taken away that
                                       sound are missing from the                             because it’s the easiest way to judge        feeling of listening through slightly
    smacked. How come his wife,
                                       recording? Go out and listen to an                     any equipment, cables, upgrades,             gritted teeth!”
    who knows nothing about            audience clapping. Listen to the                       accessories or systems quickly and           I can’t over-emphasise the concept of
    Hi-Fi and was in the kitchen       energy, dynamic range, impact,                         accurately. It isn’t just a matter of        musicality. It’s fundamental to the
                                       loudness, frequency range, cleanness,                  whether music makes you want to tap          reason for owning a Hi-Fi system – to
    putting the shopping away          tonal character and also the room                      your foot, it’s something you feel           play music. What musicality does for
    could hear so clearly what he      response to the sound; the echo,                       inside. And, after all, music is what it’s   your enjoyment and listening
    couldn’t hear in the Hi-Fi         reverberation and decay. A Hi-Fi                       all about. If the rhythm and timing are      pleasure is, quite simply, magical. I
                                       system should be able to reproduce                     lost it doesn’t matter how good the
    room? The reason was that as       all these aspects of every sound. Sadly,
    a ‘bystander’ she was able to      they often miss most of it leaving a                                                                If you would like to read more you can
                                                                                                                                           download ‘The Music & The Magic’
                                       flat, lifeless travesty of the original.

    hear the big picture.                                                                                                                  from our website :
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   Interview with Ray Kimber                                                                                                                                                                 Amendments to Spring/Summer Catalogue ’06
                                                                                                                                                More GQ Mini
                                                                                                                                                interconnects from
   What Ray has to say...                                                                                                                       Kimber Kable
                                                                                                                                                We launched Kimber’s new GQ-Mini
                                                                                                                                                interconnects back in our                And a couple of corrections!
                                                                                                                                                Spring/Summer 2006 catalogue, and        Kimber phono plugs for
                                                                                                                                                judging by the number we have sold,      interconnects, page 21 :
   Last time Russ met Ray, we thought            Ray: Some colours have much higher             biggest change in the industry in the last
                                                                                                                                                you really like them! As well as the     We said:
   it would be a good idea to prime              WAF! [For those of you who don’t know          twenty years... and has it been a good
                                                                                                                                                copper versions, Kimber also make a      “Available to buy separately, connect to
   him with questions and record the             WAF stands for ‘Wife Acceptance Factor’ -      thing?
                                                                                                                                                hybrid version using both copper and     speaker cables with solder”.
                                                 Ed] Colour doping affects the dielectric       Ray: Digital audio, but... has it been a
   interview so we’d be able to share                                                                                                           silver (it’s called GQ-Mini HB) and an   We should have said:
                                                 characteristics. Some colours have less of     good thing? Consider by comparison if
   his answers with all of you.                                                                                                                 all-silver version - GQ-Mini Ag,         “Available to buy separately, connect to
                                                 a detrimental effect on the sound. It’s a      the knife or sword is a good thing?
   Sufficient to say, he doesn’t give too                                                                                                       although we didn’t feature them in       interconnect cables with solder”.
                                                 fine difference though, not large.             The answer would be much the same
   much away about their new                                                                                                                    the catalogue.
                                                 Russ: Do you have any new products in          for both. How is it used, by whom
   projects, but there’s some                                                                                                                   The good news is that we’ve now          Sennheiser HD650 headphone and
                                                 the pipeline that you can tell us about?       and on what.
   fascinating reading nevertheless!                                                                                                            added these new cables to our            cable pack, bottom of page 28:
                                                                                                Russ: At the end of the day, Hi-Fi is all       website. So if you are connecting your
                                                 Ray: No, we don’t tell people about new                                                                                                 We got the price wrong on this... the
                                                                                                about music reproduction. What music            iPod or other MP3 player or portable
                                                 products on the pipeline. We’ve lots of                                                                                                 correct price should be £323.95, and
   Russ: A big thing in the UK is the imminent                                                  have you been listening to recently?
                                                 products and developments on the go                                                            player to your main Hi-Fi system,        not £325 as printed.
   launch of Sky TV’s High Definition TV                                                                                                        you’ll be able to extract even
                                                 at any one time, but not all of them will      Ray: I’ve been listening to lots of IsoMike
   service. And to get the best quality HD                                                                                                      better performance!
                                                 make it as finished products so we tend        recordings. I’ve also just bought a new
   picture, you’ll need a high quality HDMI
                                                 to keep quiet about all of our research        car that can receive Sirius Satellite radio
   cable! Your HDMI cable has received a 5
                                                 until the finished items are launched.         - you subscribe and receive 100
   star award in What HiFi Magazine... just
                                                 However, it might be reasonable to             channels of commercial-free radio. So,
   what is it about the design of the Kimber
                                                 assume that the experimental cables            I’ve been listening to all kinds of music -
   HDMI and DVI cables that make them so
                                                 built for IsoMike™ projects could see          disco numbers from my younger days,
   much better than the competition?
                                                 light of day as products.                      Classical music, Show Tunes, Big Choirs,
   Ray: Well, they’re designed and spec’d                                                       Pipe Organ, that sort of thing. [Sirius
                                                 Russ: What was the most recent recording
   by us. The DVI and HDMI cables are a set                                                     Satellite radio is only available in the US].
                                                 with the IsoMike™?
   specification so we use better materials                                                     I’ve just bought a Reference Recordings
   and improve the Quality Control.              Ray: There are two, recorded over a            CD by Felix Hell - he’s a fantastic organist
   Russ: OK, so which cable design are you       couple of days. The first features tenor       and it’s a great recording, so welcome
   most proud of?                                sax player Joe McQueen. The title of the       back Reference Recordings - and I’ve
                                                 recording is ‘10@86’, referring to the         also been listening to a Grieg SACD.
   Ray: I think it’s the basic counter-          number of tracks and Joe’s age: he’s 86.       Another one is ‘Area 31’ from Chesky
   rotating braid, a design which is close on    There’s also a hidden track after track        records - Area 31 are a New York
   30 years old. It has stood the test of time   10... Joe sings and we’ve used a spot          chamber ensemble and they’ve
   - cable woven in the way ours are yield       mike on him then mixed the vocal in            recorded two concertos, which are a
   low induction and immunity to Radio           the centre.                                    fusion of jazz and classical.
   Frequency Interference. The materials
                                                 The second is of the Fry Street Quartet        JAV recordings specialise in Pipe Organ
   and processes have improved over time
                                                 playing Haydn. This was a very special         CDs and I’ve been listening to their
   so we’ve improved the original designs
                                                 recording and we took extra care to get        recording of The Widor Mass at Saint
   and added new ones, but the basic
                                                 it right: we set up nearly 2000 reflective     Supplice, Paris. This disc is amazing.
   woven concept remains the same.
                                                 panels over seats in the hall.                 [More information here:
   Russ: I know you’ve been using different                                           
   coloured insulation for your interconnects    CDs are available at
   and speaker cables recently eg.Timbre
   interconnects and the Special Edition 4-      Russ: 2006 marks the 20th anniversary of       Russ: And what DVD movie have you
   and 8TC speaker cables. Does the colour       Russ Andrews Accessories and twenty            been watching?
   of the insulation affect the performance of   years of selling Kimber Kable exclusively in   Ray: “Crash” is next up, but haven’t had
   a cable?                                      the UK. And a lot has changed since 1986!      time to watch it yet!
                                                 What do you think has been the single

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   Russ’s System                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Russ’s System

                                                                                                                                                         Russ Andrews system, which was first               music. If the timing
                                                                                                                                                         demonstrated at the 1991 Penta Hi-Fi               is wrong, the music
                                                                                                                                                         show in London. That system has                    is boring, whether
                                                                                                                                                         undergone continuous upgrade since                 live or reproduced.
                                                                                                                                                         then and still provides Chris with                  “Laserdisc players
                                                                                                                                                         enormous musical pleasure.”                        were not primarily CD players and that’s
                                                                                                                                                         Russ built a second identical system for           the advantage. They were designed to
                                                                                                                                                         himself, which became a test bed for               play a heavy 12” laser disc, weighing in
                                                                                                                                                         Chris’s system. “Everything is tested on           at twice the weight of a vinyl LP, rotating
                                                                                                                                                         my system first. If it works to improve            at 2000 RPM to recover video
                                                                                                                                                         my system, I implement it on Chris’s.”             information from the disc. Playing a
                                                                                                                                                                                                            lightweight CD at 450 RPM is hardly a

           Russ’s System
                                                                                                                                                                                                            demanding task.
                                                                                                                                                         The CD player
                                                                                                                                                                                                            “Once we’d listened to thePioneer
                                                                                                                                                         The front end of the system is a heavily           Laserdisc player it became obvious that
                                                                                                                                                         modified Pioneer Laserdisc player -                CD transports were woefully inadequate
                                                                                                                Words: John Armer Pictures: Mark Young   remember those? “By the early 1990s I              but laserdisc players - with their (in CD     Sony 9000ES DVD / SACD player
                                                                                                                                                         held the opinion that the CD medium                terms) over-engineered transports
             One question we hear                cartridge, Quad 33 preamp and 303                   By the mid 1980s Russ was heavily                   was fundamentally flawed and would                 offered a far better solution. We heard       under the lid. And the turntable is a
             time and time again                 power amp, and Spendor BC1                          involved in research and development,               never produce the enjoyable, subtle,               the improvement in timing, rhythm and         heavily modified SOTA Star Sapphire -
            from customers is “What              loudspeakers. The result, remembers                 producing the first Hi-Fi power cables,             three-dimensional music of a kind I was            musicality brought about by the               with a new power supply, of course -
                                                 Russ, was “deeply disappointing. It made            Torlyte® and cartridges. He remembers               used to hearing from LP. I was sure that
          system does Russ use?” We                                                                                                                                                                         transport and set about upgrading the         and mounted in a Torlyte® plinth and
                                                 a sound that I later described as ‘Hi-Fi’           that the real test for his Torlyte® speaker         the trouble with CD replay lay in the
  thought that the occasion of our                                                                                                                                                                          power supply and post-DAC audio               fitted with an SME V arm.
                                                 and was without any musical merit                   cabinet concept was to replace the Linn             transport - the turntable. Speed
  20th Anniversary was a good time                                                                                                                                                                          circuitry.”
                                                 whatsoever.” Did he keep the system for             Isobarik speaker cabinets with ones                 accuracy and control are crucial to
  to shed a little light on a system             very long? “What do you think! It was               made from Torlyte®.“They sounded                                                                       As well as completely redesigning the
                                                                                                                                                         preserving the all-important timing
  that has been more than twenty                 this dissatisfaction that led me to Ivor            better immediately; the sound from                                                                     output stage, the CD player has its own,
                                                                                                                                                         relationship that is fundamental to all
  years in the making...                         Tiefenbrun (founder and MD of Linn                  them was clearer, less muddled and                                                                     separate power supply, housed in a box
                                                 Products) and Julian Vereker (founder of            easier to listen to. It proved that Torlyte®                                                                                 underneath the
                                                 Naim Audio). They had started building              worked.”                                                                                                                     player.
  Home built valve amps
                                                 turntables and amps that had a lot more                                                                                                                                           And what of other
  Russ’s first system was, he recalls, an old
  home-built valve system that he later
                                                 to offer in terms of musicality.”                   A cost-no-object system                                                                                                       formats? “Oh
  sold (along with his sports car) to raise                                                          The late 1980s were a lean period for                                                                                         there’s an SACD
  enough money to get married.“Looking                                                               Hi-Fi. It was at that time that he started                                                                                    player - based on
  back, it had a lot of the qualities I listen                                                       to build his present Hi-Fi system. It came                                                                                    the Sony 9000 ES.
  for in a Hi-Fi system today” says Russ.“It                                                         about in less than conventional way:                                                                                          But it’s been
  sounded musical” (No regrets though, it
                      .                                                                              “Our friend and main investor, Chris                                                                                          heavily modified.”
  was a terrific investment, Sue and I are                                                           Bonar, commissioned me to build ‘the                                                                                          The tell-tale
  still happily married!)                                                                            best Hi-Fi system in the world, cost no                                                                                       bonnet bulges are
                                                                                                     object’ which gave me free reign to put                                                                                       an indication of
  By 1972, he achieved his ambition to put                                                                                                                                                                                         the extensive
                                                                                                     into practice all that I had learned. I
  together what was regarded as the best                                                                                                                                                                                           modifications
                                                                                                     commenced a period of intensive R&D
  system of the day - a Thorens TD124                                                                                                                    Heavily modified Pioneer Laserdisc player, bursting out of its case                              Sota star sapphire turntable in Torlyte® plinth
                                                                                                     work - the result of which was the
  turntable with SME arm and Shure V15
                                                 System of the day, 1972 style: Thorens turntable,
                                                 Quad amps and Spendor speakers
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   Russ’s System                                    loudspeakers.“I use two 100W                Russ Andrews Olson II                                                                                                                                            Russ’s System
                                                    monoblocks; one for each bass unit.
                                                    And two of my own Russ Andrews 50W          loudspeakers                                                           another identical         NextGen Ag plugs - they are stunning”   .     of the room becomes invisible, which is,
                                                                                                The leather-clad speakers are just as                                  driver; behind each       And silver feeds the speakers, too; there     ultimately, the goal.
                                                    Mosfet stereo power amps drive the
                                                                                                special as the rest of the system. The 10”                             midrange driver is        are two pairs of KS-3038 speaker cables
                                                    midrange and tweeters. Each of them
                                                                                                midrange drivers are separate from the                                 another.“The design is    connecting the mid range drivers and          And in the future?
                                                    have their own, separate power
                                                                                                15” bass drivers but the cabinets are                                  descended more from       tweeters, and a pair of the legendary         I ask Russ what his plans are for the
                                                                                                coupled with Oak Cone Feet. And the                                    a speaker design by       Black Pearls snake round the back,            future.“I’m constantly upgrading the
                                                     It comes as no surprise, from the man      tweeters are a pair of Visaton ribbons                                 Olson than the Linns.     connecting the bass.                          system. I need to fit Silver Signature
                                                    who pioneered research into the effect      per speaker (fitted together with one                                  The distinctive front     A striking visual feature of the system is    PowerKords™ next - certainly to connect
                                                    mains pollution has on Hi-Fi systems,       firing upwards:“it improves the sense of                               baffle and the concept    the Torlyte®. Three racks are needed to       the PowerBlocks to the mains; that
                                                    that improved power supplies have a         air and space”) alongside a Pioneer                                    of driver behind driver   house the electronics, with space to          would be relatively simple.”
                                                    major role in his system.“Like many of      supertweeter.“The midrange drive unit                                  comes from that
  Silver Reference line level preamp in wood case                                                                                                  KS-3038 feeding the                                                                         And, as well as being a component
                                                    the internal components in the system,      is special; we developed it with the                                   design. The bass
                                                                                                                                                           midrange...                                                                         fundamental to the enjoyment of music,
                                                    we’ve had the power supplies made to        manufacturers and it’s silver-wound.                                   operates full range;
   The amplification                                                                                                                                                   we roll the mid on at                                                   the system is a research
                                                    our own specifications. At the heart of     And, like the bass drivers, there are two                                                                                                      tool.“Everything we sell
   The amplification and speakers all                                                                                                                                  about 200Hz and then
                                                    them are massive 1000VA transformers        of them per speaker.”                                                                                                                          has been tested through
   started life following the original                                                                                                                                 it’s full range and the
                                                    that are very carefully hand-wound. And     In a way reminiscent of Linn Isobariks,                                                                                                        the system. Everything. If
   commission from Chris. I asked Russ if he                                                                                                                           ribbon tweeters are
                                                    the design of them is special to create a   the drivers are doubled up. Inside the                                                                                                         it passes, I know it’s really
   started with a particular component and                                                                                                                             rolled on at about
                                                    faster transformer. The result is more      box and behind each 15” bass driver, sits                                                                                                      good enough. And only
   he ponders.“Probably the power amps                                                                                                                                 6kHz. It gives near
                                                    dynamic music.”                                                                                                                                                                            then do we put it on the
   came first but remember the system                                                                                                                                  active performance”   .
   was designed as a whole so I’m sure                                                                                                                                                                                                         website and include it in
   they all ended up finished at the                                                                                                         ...with KGAG ‘jumpers’ connecting                                                                 the catalogue.”
                                                                                                                                             the tweeters and supertweeters
   same time.”                                                                                                                                                                                   Timber! Equipment casework, supports
   The active preamp was designed from                                                                                                              The infrastructure                           and feet                                       The System
   the outset to cope with the high output                                                                                                          In a system as revealing as this, it comes                                                  • Russ Andrews CLD 1750 CD player
   levels of digital sources - at a time when                                                                                                       as no surprise that great care has been      store more than a few favourite, oft             with external power supply
   manufacturers were largely ignoring this                                                                                                         taken to eradicate mains pollution. Three    listened-to CDs. Indeed, wood is a             • Modified SOTA Star Sapphire
   problem.“Most preamp circuits were                                                                                                               Russ Andrews PowerBlocks are fed from        feature of the whole system; from the              turntable with SME V arm and
   designed with soft, slow analogue                                                                                                                a Kimber ring main and PowerKords™                                                              external Russ Andrews power supply
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Oak Cone Feet that support the
   sources in mind and so when faced with                                                                                                           are used throughout; Russ Andrews            speakers and equipment, to the racks.          •   Modified Sony 9000ES SACD/ DVD
   digital sources, suffered from dynamic                                                                                                           Reference PowerKords™ connect the                                                               player
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Even the equipment boxes are made
   overload distortion. The sound you                                                                                                               equipment to the blocks. I asked Russ        from wood, for sonic purposes as well as       •   Modified Accuphase Tuner
   typically would get would be full on,                                                                                                                                      why there          aesthetics.                                    •   Russ Andrews Silver Reference
   punchy and ‘loud’ - but it gets very tiring                                                                                                                                weren’t more                                                          phono stage with separate Russ
                                                                                                                                                                              Silver                                                                Andrews power supply
   after just a brief listen. Mine has an ultra-                                                                                                                                                 Having a listen
   wide dynamic range, a very high slew                                                                                                                                       PowerKords™:
                                                                                                                                                                                                 The system sits at one end of a large
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                •   Russ Andrews Silver Reference
                                                                                                                                                                              “I will get                                                           preamp with separate Russ Andrews
   rate and flat frequency response - well
                                                                                                                                                                                                 room and the listener sits about 20ft              power supply
                            into the MHz                                                                                                                                      round to it, but
                            range - and is                                                                                                                                    have you seen
                                                                                                                                                                                                 away from the speakers. A thick Chinese        •   2 Russ Andrews Silver Reference
                                                                                                                                                                                                 rug on the floor helps absorption, and             monoblock power amps, 2 Russ
                            much more                                                                                                                                         how much                                                              Andrews Silver Reference stereo
                                                                                                                                                                                                 an antique screen is mounted on the
                            musical.” Like the                                                                                                                                cabling there                                                         power amps with separate Russ
                                                                                                                                                                                                 wall opposite the fireplace to eliminate
                            CD player, the                                                                                                                                    is... can you                                                         Andrews power supplies
                                                                                                                                                                                                 reflection. So how does it all sound?
                            internal wiring is                                                                                                                                imagine the
                                                                                                                                                                              cost!” In          Like the system, the sound is big, very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                •   Russ Andrews Olson II 3 way
                            Kimber’s hyper-                                                                                                                                                                                                         loudspeakers
                                                                                                                                                                                                 big... but never overwhelming. The
                            pure silver AG                                                                                                          PowerKords™ and
                                                                                                                                                                              SuperPurifiers     delicacy that the system can reproduce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                •   Pioneer SuperTweeters
                            wire; the
                            capacitors are
                                                                                                                                                    PowerBlocks a-plenty
                                                                                                                                                                              and                is just as impressive as the dynamics,         •   Russ Andrews Reference and Silver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Reference PowerKords, PowerBlocks
                            Kimber Kaps - “by                                                                                                       MegaClamps mop up the mains noise            speed and loudness. And if you’ve never            and SuperPurifiers
                                                                                                                                                                                                 understood the concept of rhythm and
                            a very large                                                                                                            and reduce mains spike activity.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 timing - musicality, a minute listening to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                •   Kimber KCAG and Select KS1030
                            margin, the very                                                                                                        With all internal cabling being Kimber                                                          interconnects
                                                                                                                                                                                                 this system and you’ll get it.
 Connecting the preamp:
                            best capacitors we                                                                                                      KCAG, it’s no surprise that silver is used                                                  •   Kimber Select KS 3038 and Black
                            could find.”                                                                                                            to connect the boxes too.“I use Kimber       The lasting memory is that the music is            Pearl speaker cables
 Kimber Select KS1030
 and KCAG                   Four separate                                                                                                           Select KS-1030s to connect the CD            just ‘there’, in front of you. Never at any    •   Torlyte® Racks and Turntable Stand,
                            power amplifiers                                                                                                        player, preamp and power amps. A             stage does it seem to come from the                Oak Cone Feet on stands and
                            drive the                                                                                                               recent addition has been the new             speakers or the equipment; the pile of             equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                                 electronics facing you at the other end
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