It's still winter here in "ol Dunedin town" and we are struggling on with the seemingly endless chilly weather. Oh when will it turn and how we yearn for the return of those longer, warmer days of Spring & Summer. The lounge of our 100 year old home originally featured a huge brick open fireplace. Unfortunately a previous owner had inserted a steel wood burner into the once cavernous space. Call me old fashioned, but the steel contraption had to be removed and the original open brick fireplace restored to its former glory. Like so many of our restoration projects, it turned out to be much more time consuming, complex and expensive than originally envisioned. Thankfully, we do have access to a good supply of wood, so we don't need to be miserly and can once again finally enjoy our old fashioned open fire. There is nothing quite like sitting in the lounge with the lights off in front of the blazing fire with its long tongues of flame licking upwards. It is just so cozy and the lounge has once again thankfully been reinstated as the central focal point of our home. So there I was sitting in a comfy chair with my feet up on the hearth, the fire blazing away, freezing cold and dark outside and I started thinking about Sherlock Holmes and how I had enjoyed reading the series all those years ago. I already own several abridged stories in the series, but I felt myself developing a yearning for the real thing again and ended up purchasing the complete unabridged 1200 page tome.
My quest this time around was to extract as much detail as I could and hence why I purchased the original complete works. I guess it is akin to the re mastered version of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" we all know the stories and songs, but it is the quest for greater detail which inspires some of us to revisit our favorite things.
The one caveat that comes with reading the complete works of Sherlock Holmes or listening to re mastered recordings, is that to extract as much detail as possible, I must be alone. Any distraction and I tend to loose my focus. Arhhh the things we connoisseurs do for pleasure! Hence my late night sessions, when all are asleep. Now all I need is my pipe, tweed hat and magnifying glass to at last become fully immersed in the Sherlock Holmes experience...hahaha
We have recently released the Audiant VP3 phono preamplifier, which you can read the first 2 reviews of in this newsletter. The one enduring aspect of our new phono stage is that it gives you the ability to perfectly match the preamplifier to your cartridge and turntable. So much effort has gone in to its' development, we know it will delight all who audition it and importantly enable you to come ever closer in your quest for greater detail when listening to your favourite music.
It also reminds me of why we do what we do and why after 41 years in business, Perreaux remains so sought out worldwide. Our products appeal to those who seek the ultimate levels of musical detail and realism. We know that like us, you really appreciate the extra attention we lavish on every detail.
We also bring you an excellent writeup by audio guru, Gary Steel. His "Organised Sound 5" article is a crscking read and really hit a chord with me. I hope you take the time to read it. We also include a recent review of the Eloquence 250i 40th Edition integrated amplifier, Why buy an Audiant 80i and restoring a vintage preamplifier and more.
I really hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter.
All things considered, "it's elementary, Dr Watson"