DON'T SETTLE FOR CONVENIENCE
WHEN IT COMES TO THE SOUND OF YOUR MUSIC
I've worked for great men, pioneers of music and high end audio. I'm honored and grateful that I learned so much from them.
I write about music and hifi for The Daily Swarm, Positive-Feedback.com, and Big Black Disc (vinyl blog). I've worked my ass off building a solid readership over the years....
Here's part of the reason....
I’ve been in Hifi since I was 19. I’ve seen & heard my fair share on snake oil salesman. Today I met a true gentlemen (which my wife and other girlfriends says is a rarity today): Holger Stein of Stein Music in Germany. He brought over his bag of tricks, devices that are the result of 30 years in the study of physics. He also builds amplifiers and loudspeakers as well, which is good to know. Many what I would call “room tweak” products are designed and made by guys who’ve never built a circuit board, let alone an amplifier.
I wish I could tell you precisely how his products achieved such astonishing sonic improvements in my system, but I wholeheartedly have no idea about the physics of the devices themselves. All I know is what I’m going to be writing about for Positive Feedback SOON (the change is so dramatic I can’t stop listening right now).
I will say this: Steins overall approach comes in various configurations and stages to suit any system. He brought over his Blue Diamonds (pictured below on top of my Townshed Super Tweeter which sits atop my Zu Audio Omen Defs):
He also included his E-PADS and installed them on both my MacBooks (both run Amarra and are one of my main music sources), my Locus Design DampClamp on the VPI Traveler turntable (that was mind-blowing - what it did there) and my Audeze LCD3’s! NOW THIS MAY SEEN LIKE VOODOO SCIENCE. I assure you it’s NOT. I can’t tell you from a physics perspective how they work, but Holger Stein can! He’s also not one of these transparent as fuck characters that sell high end audio merely because it’s expensive.
The devices that were the ICING ON THE SONIC INTEGRITY CAKE were his Harmonizers (pictured below, in the corner of my room, behind my Zu Audio Omen Defs). This little boxes are battery-powered (and you can run them with the light on or off - extending battery-life). He said the batteries typically last two years. NICE.
They’re not cheap, but if you can afford it, and you’re not into merely squeezing the best performance out of your stereo system - but you’d rather squeeze the Hifi-ness away and make the system more MUSICAL: Look into the Stein products.
After experiencing what they did in my system (in short for now: Better dynamic punch and velocity, timbre sounds more natural (my system didn’t sound bad before, but the difference is WILD) and the soundstage is now far beyond the confines of my room walls! Most importantly: They drew me more deeply into the music. It was like somebody wired my brain straight to the music!!
Full review to follow in Positive Feedback