Audio Esoterica

Issue 2 - 2021

Audio Esoterica is a spectacular new high quality publication for the discerning audiophile. Only the very best high-end components are featured, in dramatic photographic layouts that emphasise product design and engineering excellence while the industry’s leaders provide insider insights to Australia’s most experienced audio journalists. Audio Esoterica is all about the very best that the high-end audio world has to offer.

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hand-crafted in minnesota

Legendary US high-end manufacturer Audio Research has released the first product in an all-new series. The new Audio Research I/50 integrated amplifier, with its high-current, 50-watt-per-channel output stage, is functionally simple, visually engaging, and musically sublime and, according to Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes Audio Research in Australia, “takes music listening to a whole new experience.” Hand-crafted in Minnesota, every I/50 is auditioned by Audio Research’s sonic designer, Warren Gehl, before being shipped. The design is deliberately modular, so you can order it as a classic hybrid integrated amplifier or add one or both of two modules — a phono stage and a DAC. A headphone amplifier is already built in, and there are three single-ended inputs and one XLR input. Unique ‘LexieTube’ displays provide information about input selection and…

2 min
improving the best!

Linn has released the latest iteration of its flagship turntable, the Klimax LP12. This latest version of a literally timeless classic vinyl-spinner features ‘Radikal’—a new, hyper-accurate speed management technology, along with a new whisper-quiet power supply and a state-of-the-art motor. The new LP12 can also be the home for Linn’s new flagship cartridge, the Ekstatik. “This marks the conquest of a new summit of performance, at the top of the industry-leading Sondek LP12 range,” said Nigel Ng, of Advance Audio, which distributes Linn in Australia. “With new Klimax LP12, listeners will experience their favourite albums — both cherished classics and those freshly unwrapped — as if it were for the first time. The new Klimax LP12 sustains rotation closer to 33.333 rpm than any turntable ever before and thus produces the…

1 min
welcome no. 2!

Mark Levinson has released only the second turntable it has ever built, and the great news is that the new No. 5105 is around $30,000 less than the company’s flagship No. 519 turntable. The No. 5105 features 25mm thick, bead-blasted, black-anodized, solid aluminium front panels that are machined and contoured to flow seamlessly into the sleek tinted glass display that’s recessed into them. It has a 50mm-thick solid aluminium plinth machined from a single billet that is suspended on three adjustable aluminium feet, each with a mixed-material internal suspension system. Spinning over the top of the plinth on an oil-free bearing made of a mix of composite material with integrated lubrication and a maintenance-free sintered brass bushing is a solid aluminium belt-driven 6.3kg platter topped with a carbon-fibre slip-mat. A custom 254mm high-gloss…

22 min
b&w 804 d4

B&W is likely the world’s most venerated loudspeaker manufacturer, because it’s pushed the boundaries of performance, sound quality and aesthetics ever since it was established in Britain in 1966 by John Bowers and Roy Wilkins. During the more than half-century it’s been building loudspeakers, B&W has produced some decidedly weird-looking designs (look up B&W’s Nautilus speakers on Google!) and even the company’s more conventional 800 Series Diamond flagship designs are too ‘out there’ (or maybe just too large) to suit many buyers. This B&W 804 D4 is the company’s entrylevel floor-standing loudspeaker in the 800 Series Diamond and includes all the technology developed for this series but presents them in a more traditional enclosure design and size. OUT OF THE BOX Although B&W says that its 804 D4 is more conventional in appearance than…

21 min
mark levinson no. 5101 & no. 5805

Mark Levinson (the man) is widely credited as being the founder of the highend audio business. He was a talented multi-instrumentalist who, immediately prior to starting-up his eponymously named company, was the bassist for the famous Canadian jazz pianist Paul Bley. Levinson decided to build audio equipment in his spare time because, in his own words, “I heard that the sound we played as musicians did not sound like what came out of speakers, and decided to narrow the gap. That led to decades of involvement in audio recording and equipment design and manufacturing.” You certainly could not doubt Levinson’s credentials for entering the audio business, because his great uncle was none other than Heinrich Hertz, the physicist who first demonstrated the electro-magnetic wave! Levinson’s first commercial product was a preamplifier called…

18 min
wilson audio sabrinax

Wilson Audio, which operates out of Provo, Utah, first gained fame for building the first speaker system in the world that had a six figure price tag. And that tag was in US dollars, which were worth a lot more back then than they are now. But here’s the thing: everybody who heard them agreed that they were worth every penny of the asking price. But of course you can’t expect to stay in the loudspeaker business for long selling only $100,000+ loudspeakers, so Wilson Audio, first under the watchful eye of its founder and chief designer, the late David Wilson, and then more recently under the equally watchful eye of his son Daryl, trickled down the technology used in its flagship model to create a series of much more affordable…