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The Fusion SyndicateFrom the producer of The Prog Collective comes a new supergroup of unparalleled musical virtuosos who cut loose on this jazz-rock fusion album.
Features performances by members of the biggest names in fusion including Mahavishnu Orchestra, Yellowjackets, Brand X, Soft Machine, and Spyro Gyra plus Yes, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Hawkwind and more.1. Random Acts Of Science - Rick Wakeman (Yes), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets / Alan Holdsworth)
2. Stone Cold Infusion - Steve Stevens, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater / Liquid Tension Experiment), Mel Collins (King Crimson), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
3. Molecular Breakdown - Jay Beckenstein (Spyro Gyra), Billy Sheehan (Steve Vai), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), David Sancious (The E Street Band)
4. Particle Accelerations - Larry Coryell, Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater / Black Country Communion), Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea Elektric Band), Chester Thompson (Genesis / Brand X)
5. At The Edge Of The Middle - Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs), Jim Beard (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Randy Brecker (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Percy Jones (Soft Machine / Brand X)
6. Atom Smashing - John Etheridge (Soft Machine), Tony Kaye (Yes), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa)
7. In The Spirit Of - Steve Hillage (Gong), Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech), Theo Travis (Steven Wilson Band), Justin Chancellor (Tool), Asaf Sirkis (The Orient House Ensemble)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Another Green WorldFrom November 1975, 'Another Green World' represents the bridge between Brian's ground-breaking pop career and his early experiments with ambient music. This time around he was ably assisted in the studio by Robert Fripp from King Crimson, Phil Collins and Percy Jones from Brand X and, on viola, The Velvet Underground's John Cale. The album features 5 vocal and 9 instrumental songs including the title track which will be known to many as the theme to the BBC arts programme, 'Arena'.1. Sky Saw
2. Over Fire Island
3. St. Elmo's Fire
4. In Dark Trees
5. The Big Ship
6. I'll Come Running (To Tie Your Shoes)
7. Another Green World
8. Sombre Reptiles
9. Little Fishes
10. Golden Hours
12. Zawinul / Lava
13. Everything Merges With The Night
14. Spirits Drifting$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Before And After ScienceOriginally released on the Polydor label in December 1977, 'Before and After Science' continued to break new ground with sonic experimentation and bold forays into ambient music. Musical contributors include Phil Collins and Percy Jones from Brand X, Jaki Liebezeit from Can, Moebius & Roedelius from Cluster / Harmonia and Robert Wyatt. It features 10 songs including the single 'Kings Lead Hat', which is generally accepted to be Brian's homage to then-emerging Talking Heads.1. No One Receiving
3. Kurt's Rejoinder
4. Energy Fools The Magician
5. Kings Lead Hat
6. Here He Comes
7. Julie With
8. By This River
9. Through Hollow Lands (For Harold Budd)
10. Spider And I$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)Originally released by Island Records in November 1974, 'Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)' picks up stylistically where its trailblazing predecessor 'Here Come The Warm Jets' left off earlier in that same year. Here, a more assured Eno is at the helm, enlisting the help of his friends The Winkies, former Roxy Music band members Phil Manzanera and Andy MacKay, Robert Wyatt from Soft Machine and Phil Collins of Genesis / Brand X.1. Burning Airlines Give You So Much More
2. Back In Judy's Jungle
3. The Fat Lady of Limbourg
4. Mother Whale Eyeless
5. The Great Pretender
6. Third Uncle
7. Put A Straw Under Baby
8. The True Wheel
9. China My China
10. Taking Tiger Mountain$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Age Of Paranoia (Pre-Order)Release Date: May 18, 2018*
Vitamin X has been creating and touring their energetic brand of rock and thrash-soaked hardcore punk since the late 1990s, operating through die-hard DIY channels. The Amsterdam-based band has amassed an arsenal of albums, EPs, singles, splits, and more across a wide array of underground labels, including Havoc Records, Tankcrimes, Underestimated, AgiPunk, Refuse Records, and many others. Their two most recent albums were recorded by Steve Albini (Nirvana, Iggy Pop, Neurosis). Age Of Paranoia, the latest chapter in the band's lineage, was recorded by Igor Wouters at ARC Studios in Amsterdam and includes several special guest guitar solos by J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr., Witch) and Bubba Dupree (Void, Soundgarden, Dave Grohl's Probot, Brant Bjork).
Age Of Paranoia offers sixteen volatile tracks, packed into a succinct, white-knuckled twenty-eight minutes. The album surges with rapid-fire punk angst, replete with ripping rock leads and raised-fist, group-chanting anthems. To complete the recording, the cover artwork is created by Marald (Baroness, Kylesa, High On Fire).
Well-known for their energetic and frenetic live shows which attract fans from across the metal, punk, and rock spectrums, Vitamin X has toured around the world several times, from Japan to the United States, from South America to Southeast Asia, and beyond. The band has played on MTV and many large festivals including Hellfest, Maryland Deathfest, and many others, and recently toured with Baroness and Harley Flannagan's Cro-Mags. Vitamin X will be presenting their new songs for the first time at festivals and shows throughout 2018; check out some live dates below and expect further updates throughout the year.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
PureRemastered From the Original Tapes by Steve Albini and Bob Weston.
Here's the EP that started it all. Released in 1989, Pure began The Jesus Lizard's incomparable run as America's leading and thoroughly unclassifiable noise-rock band whose influence looms just as large today, if not larger, than in its heyday. The band's 2009 reunion is one of the most-talked about tours of the year.
Part of Touch & Go's stellar Jesus Lizard reissue campaign, Pure has been meticulously remastered from the original tapes by Bob Weston (Mission of Burma, Shellac) and original engineer Steve Albini. This new pressing presents Pure in a sonic light that exceeds even the best expectations.
Vinyl EP packaged in an album jacket sporting the original Pure art, with a brand new 12 x 24 double sided color insert including never before seen photos, and extensive liner notes by the band and by journalists who were there when it was all happening.1. Blockbuster
2. Bloody Mary
3. Rabid Pigs
5. Happy Bunny Goes Fluff-Fluff Along$14.99Remastered Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ScreamGlow In The Dark Vinyl
Michael Jackson's Scream is the perfect collection of 13 all-time electrifying dance classics and fan favorites from The King of Pop on one album, including Ghosts, Thriller, Dirty Diana and more. The album also includes a brand-new bonus track: the five-song mash-up Blood On The Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up).LP 1
1. This Place Hotel (a.k.a. Heartbreak Hotel) - The Jacksons
3. Blood on the Dance Floor
4. Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
5. Dirty Diana
6. Torture - The Jacksons
7. Leave Me Alone
8. Scream - Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
6. Blood on the Dance Floor X Dangerous (The White Panda Mash-Up)$34.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Punker's AnthemOrange Country punk sensations Doggy Style return with a brand new album of all original music! Doggy Style was founded by Daddy X of Kottonmouth Kings and the band lives on with original vocalist Ed Shaggy Caudill! Features special guest vocal appearances by Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. and Gordon Cox of The Detours!1. Super Punkers
2. Get Hard
4. Beat Your Meat
5. Donut Shop Rock
6. Ladies From Neptune
8. Suicidal Maniac
10. City Life
11. Every Day
12. Miracle (Punker Girl Part 1)
13. Punker Girl
16. In The Pit$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Released From Love / You, Whom I Have Always HatedFeaturing brand new and expanded artwork, Released From Love & You, Whom I Have Always Hated are presented in a gatefold jacket with flooded black pockets, black paper inner sleeves, and a deluxe 12 page 11" x 11" booklet.
This title is not eligible for discount.LP 1
1. The Wheel Weaves as the Wheel Wills
2. Manifest Alchemy
3. In Meetings Hearts Beat Closer
1. Her Strongholds Unvanquishable
2. The Devils of Trust Steal the Souls of the Free
3. Terrible Lie
4. Beyond the Realms of Dream, That Fleeting Shade Under the Corpus of Vanity
5. He Returns to the Place of His Iniquity
6. Lurking Fear$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Nineteen Ninety Now InstrumentalsNineteen Ninety Now is finally here and a Hip Hop renaissance is about to begin! The art form is brought full-circle through this groundbreaking collaboration between underground giant Celph Titled and production legend Buckwild of D.I.T.C. fame! Showing that the lessons from the past can be combined with the innovations of the present, these two heavyweight artists have joined forces to create a neo-classic. By having uninhibited access to Buckwilds original mid- 90s production, Celph Titled was able to select and record to over 16 unreleased D.I.T.C. bangers, bringing his charismatic flow and lyrical prowess to each one. Guest appearances: D.I.T.C. (A.G., O.C., Diamond D), Treach of Naughty by Nature, Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks, Brand Nubian (Grand Puba & Sadat X), R.A. The Rugged Man, Chino XL, Demigodz (Apathy, Ryu, Esoteric), F.T. of Street Smartz. Key Selling Points
The beats on this album were originally produced by Buckwild between 1994 and 1995, but were never recorded to. The classic Hip Hop sound of the SP-1200 and Akai-S950!1. The Deal Maker
2. Out To Lunch
4. Fuckmaster Sex
5. Interlude 1
6. Bonus Beat 1
8. Interlude 2
9. I Could Write A Rhyme
10. Hardcore Data
11. Mad Ammo
12. Bonus Beat 2
13. Interlude 3
15. There Will Be Blood
16. Miss Those Days
17. Step Correctly
18. Interlude 4
19. Bonus Beat 3
20. Wack Juice
21. Interlude 5
22. Styles Ain't Raw
23. Interlude 6
24. Where I Are
25. Time Travels On
26. Interlude 7$9.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Misplaced Childhood (Deluxe Box Set)2017 Remaster Of The Original Album
Pressed On 4x 180-Gram Vinyl
Presented In A 12" X 12" Lift-Top Box
Includes An Entire October 1985 Concert Recorded Live At The Muziekcentrum Vredenburg In The City Of Utrecht
Includes A Beautiful 24-Page Booklet Containing A Replica Tour Program And Extensive Writing On The History Of The Album And How It Came To Be
Marillion helped revitalize progressive rock in 1985 when the band released its third studio album, Misplaced Childhood. The concept record became the British quintet's most commercially successful album, scoring Top Five hits with "Kayleigh" and "Lavender."
This is the 4xLP Vinyl version of a brand new (2017) REMASTER of their classic album, featuring an entire 1985 concert. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl, the four LPs are presented in a 12" x 12" lift-top box that includes a beautiful 24-page booklet containing a replica tour program and extensive writing on the history of the album and how it came to be.LP 1: Misplaced Childhood (2017 Remaster)
1. Pseudo Silk Kimono
4. Bitter Suite
5. Heart Of Lothian
6. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
7. Lords Of The Backstage
8. Blind Curve
9. Childhoods End?
10. White Feather
LP 2: Live At Utrecht, Pt. 1
1. Emerald Lies (Intro)
2. Script For A Jester's Tear
4. Chelsea Monday
5. The Web
LP 3: Live At Utrecht, Pt. 2
1. Pseudo Silk Kimono
4. Bitter Suite
5. Heart Of Lothian
6. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
7. Lords Of The Backstage
8. Blind Curve
9. Childhoods End?
10. White Feather
LP 4: Live At Utrecht, Pt. 3
2. Garden Party
3. Market Square Heroes$79.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SleepwalkerPressed On 180 Gram Black & White Swirl Vinyl
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music & Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA With Ron McMaster
Manufactured At R.T.I.
First Time Gatefold & Poster Presentation
Includes 12 x 12 Poster
In 1977, the superstar Kinks embarked on an incredible musical journey which surely was developing into the most successful era of their four-decade career. Thanks in part to their first Arista Records smash album Sleepwalker, Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Mick Avory and John Dalton expanded their early 70's sound into a unique brand of album oriented rock and storytelling like no other legacy band at the time.
With nine solid new rockers like the autobiographical Life On The Road and smash singles like Juke Box Music and the stellar title track Sleepwalker, the entire LP seemed like a greatest hits album at the time due to the way rock radio was so receptive to this tremendous new masterwork from The Kinks.
Filled with even more favorites like Mr. Big Man, Sleepless Night and Life Goes On, the Rock Hall Of Famers' The Kinks truly delivered one of the most important albums of the classic rock era with the brilliant Sleepwalker.
Therefore it is with much pleasure to continue our lengthy reissue program with another fine installment in The Kinks/ Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with their 1977 groundbreaking hit LP Sleepwalker. And what a better way to celebrate your holidays this year with this exclusive Friday Music release on limited edition Black & White Swirl Vinyl.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, CA, the amazing release is also manufactured at R.T.I.
To further enhance your Kinks musical enjoyment, we are also presenting this stellar album in a first time gatefold cover, as well as including a 12 x 12 front cover LP poster insert.
So, please join Friday Music in welcoming back The Kinks and their legendary Sleepwalker LP.1. Life On The Road
2. Mr. Big Man
5. Juke Box Music
6. Sleepless Night
7. Stormy Sky
8. Full Moon
9. Life Goes On$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
All N All40th Anniversary Limited Edition
180 Gram Translucent Gold Vinyl With Gatefold Cover
In 1977, the hit making machine of Maurice White, Verdine White, Phillip Bailey, Ralph Johnson and Co. drove the EWF brand into new stratospheric heights. With the help of a collection of amazing songs that reached new boundaries, netting the funk and soul superstars multi- platinum heights with their multiple Grammy Award winning All 'N All.
All 'N All leads off with the unbelievable funk groove smash Serpentine Fire featuring the voice and stellar persona of the late great Maurice White. Further smashes drove the album to the top of the charts with monster hits like Fantasy and I'll Write A Song For You, both featuring the super vocals of Phillip Bailey, plus the Grammy Award winning instrumental Runnin' and the great Maurice White smash hits Love's Holiday and Be Ever Wonderful. This masterpiece included enough hits to be called a greatest hits album in its own right, making this multi-platinum LP one of the most revered in their long lasting and huge catalog of EWF recordings.
For this 40th Anniversary Limited Edition, the LP is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Donny Hathaway/ Aretha Franklin/Chic) for the first time on audiophile translucent gold vinyl, the All 'N All LP will truly become one of the most important and historical 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles in quite some time.
We further enhance this limited edition smash with the original stunning gatefold cover featuring the original LP sized artwork elements for the first time in decades, as well featuring a double sided 12 X 24 poster, featuring photos of the band, lyrics and a new quote from the late great Maurice White for this special anniversary Friday Music release.1. Serpentine Fire
3. In The Market Place (Interlude)
5. Love's Holiday
6. Brazilian Rhyme (Interlude)
7. I'll Write A Song For You
8. Magic Mind
10. Brazilian Rhyme (Interlude)
11. Be Ever Wonderful$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Mr. HoodKMD (Kausing Much Damage, or a positive Kause in a Much Damaged society) was a
Hip Hop group in the early 90s perhaps best known for launching the career of
acclaimed MC/Producer MF Doom (known during his KMD tenure as Zev Love X). After
guesting on 3rd Bass' ''The Gas Face,'' the trio (Zev, brother Subroc, and Onyx)
released the acclaimed and overlooked ''Mr. Hood'' full-length.
Their political outlook was similar to the group Brand Nubian, who guested on Hood; however, the style was
more comical and included a great deal of clips from old children's recordings, mostly
notably a sample of the Seaseme Street character Bert on the single ''Who Me?''
This is the official Elektra Records/Traffic Entertainment Group re-release with original
artwork and track listing in it's entirety. Cutting edge, ahead of it's time production and
skits from KMD and Stimulated Dummies (John Gamble and Mr. Dante Ross). Features
the singles ''Peachfuzz'', ''Who Me?'' and ''Nitty Gritty'' (feat. Brand Nubian). This is one
Rap album that is not to be missed.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Mr. Hood At Piocalles Jewelry
2. Who Me?
3. Boogie Man!
4. Mr. Hood Meets Onyx
5. Subroc's Mission
7. Figure Of Speech
8. Bananapeel Blues
1. Nitty Gritty
2. Trial 'N Error
3. Hard Wit No Hoe
4. Mr. Hood Gets A Haircut
5. 808 Man
6. Boy Who Cried Wolf
8. Preacher Porkchop
9. Soulflexin'$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Death To False MetalFirst Time On Vinyl
Mastered For Vinyl And Lacquers Created By Kevin Gray
Pressed On 180 Gram Black Audiophile Vinyl At RTI
Gatefold Jacket With A Matte Finish
11 X 22 Matte Insert
Limited And Hand Numbered
Death To False Metal is not a traditional collection of studio leftovers or songs from the vault, but a wholly original follow-up to Weezer's just-released Hurley. The album was created using the basic tracks of 10 previously unreleased recordings-nine never-before-heard songs plus one cover-to assemble a brand new and truly modern-sounding record. The result is an evolution for the band, a giant step forward with a nod to the past.
''These were great songs, great recordings, but for some reason they didn't make the final cut for previous records,'' Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo stated. ''Some just weren't right for the albums we were recording at the time-just a bit ahead of their time or too 'rock.' Now, the time is right to introduce them. Together, they are the album that should logically follow Hurley.''
Featuring tracks the band originally began recording from the late '90s to late '00s, Death To False Metal was a labor of love for Cuomo and his co-producer Shawn Everett, as well as the entire band. Each track was individually evaluated by the production team of Cuomo and Everett to figure out how to make each of the songs reach their full potential, and ultimately fit harmoniously on the album. After that process, they then brought in each band member in to complete the parts needed. Some of the ten songs received a major overhaul, while others got the equivalent of a sonic tune-up.
''Turning Up The Radio'' is the result of Cuomo's 2008 collaborative YouTube project, ''Let's Write A Sawng,'' for which he invited fans to submit ideas. As they went through the steps of composing a tune, eventually, 15 people became involved. This track is one of only two songs not solely penned by Weezer for Death To False Metal.
''Blowin' My Stack,'' ''Losing My Mind'' (which features some of the most raw and personal emotions in a Weezer song), ''I'm A Robot,'' and a rock cover of the massive R&B hit ''Un-Break My Heart'' were all first recorded prior to the release of 2005's Make Believe. ''I Don't Want Your Loving'' was originally laid down as a demo for 2002's Maladroit. The abrasive punk-metal ''Everyone'' hails from post-1998 Pinkerton period, as does the pop song ''Trampoline.'' The piano-based ''Odd Couple'' and new-wave-style ''Auto-Pilot'' were laid down prior to 2008's Weezer (aka ''The Red Album'').
The title Death To False Metal comes from a phrase that Cuomo and his younger brother used when they were kids. Musical integrity was a matter of life or death then, and now the new album is a reminder of how important music is for both Weezer and their many fans. At a time when many of their contemporaries seem to have forgotten how to rock, Weezer is ready to teach them. Cuomo and fellow axe-slinger Brian Bell crafted nine epic guitar solos-one for nearly every song on Death To False Metal-and with the band's signature hooks in full effect, Weezer's school of rock is back in session.1. Turning Up The Radio
2. I Don't Want Your Loving
3. Blowin' My Stack
4. Losing My Mind
6. I'm A Robot
8. Odd Couple
10. Un-Break My Heart
11. Mykel & Carli$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dumb NumbersDumb Numbers Is A Brand-Spankin' New Band Featuring A Pretty Unbelievable Cast...
With his debut album, Australian songwriter Adam Harding has teamed up with Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., Folk Implosion), Dale Crover
(Melvins), Murph (Dinosaur Jr.), Bobb Bruno (Best Coast), CR Matheny (Emperor X) and others to create an impressive breadth of material.
Dumb Numbers walks a line between the aggressive and the emotional. In just 36 minutes the album manages to move from feedback-drenched pop(Last Night I Had A Dream) to Melvins-leaning rock (Lost Inside),
to monastery doom metal (Without), to sentimental piano pieces (The Broken Promises), to balls-out guitar shredding (Redrum). Such a wide range of sounds contained on one album would usually result in an artistic train-wreck, but expert musicianship and an undenable cohesion tie these songs together. The result is an unpredictable and masterful debut album.1. Breaking The Split-Screen Barrier
2. Last Night I Had A Dream
3. Strange Beauty
4. Lost Inside
6. The Broken Promise
7. Evil Has Grown
9. Last Night I Fell in Love with the Stars$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
iFi Audio Retro LS3.5 Speakers
Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.
Treble That Is Literally, Smooth As Silk
Mid-Range And Bass That Leaves The Listener In Awe
The Open Cell Structure Is Unmatched For Sound Absorption
As Close To "No Post" As It Gets
The LS3.5 is iFi's 3.0 reboot of the classic BBS LS3/5A which is still now, half a century after its launch still in high demand and revered. iFi has taken the design back to its basic underpinnings and then re-engineered the LS3.5 ground-up for the 21st century. From designing the drivers (not OEM) to the cabinet terminals, where we were dissatisfied, we manufactured our own. This is the iFi level of attention to detail.
The Retro LS3.5 is in many ways a synthesis of the best of the BBC LS3/5A and dash of the Le Petite. We eliminated their respective drawbacks using the very latest technological advancements available. So think of the iFi LS3/5A as BBC LS3/5a+Le Petite with an injection of factor X.
iFi's brand-new tweeter that is smooth as silk, literally
Silk is smooth, so why not make a tweeter from the ground-up using it at the core? The iFi 28mm tweeter is horn-loaded and uses a neodymium magnet. It is very much a 21st century product - that is, at the advanced edge of tweeter technology. The silk dome combines the lack of resonances at the top of the operating range (as found on metal domes) with excellent dynamics in band. The small neodymium magnet structure shifts cavity resonances outside the audible range. Being horn-loaded, it matches perfectly with the wideband driver to create a mammoth sound field.
The tweeter is used only at the very top end of the audible range; the whole range from 59Hz - 8kHz covering the fundamentals of all instruments except those with very low bass notes and all the formants (the tone forming harmonics of instruments) is covered by the wideband driver, without any electrical or mechanical crossover.
This avoids any damage to the phase/impulse response for this critical range. The simple arrangement of the crossover for the tweeter (first order at appx. 10kHz acoustic crossover) and the tweeters waveguide, which insets it for time-alignment with the wideband driver further preserves phase/impulse response.
Ground-up paper cone wideband driver
Natural material for a natural sound. The paper cone 115mm wideband driver by iFi performs more akin to a full-range driver.
In many ways the wideband driver is very traditional, both magnet and basket. Stamped steel baskets can dissipate energy much faster than cast ones. It harks back to the "golden era" of driver design in the 1970's. Modern finite element modeling and modern materials have improved the driver in many areas (especially efficiency and bandwidth) over classics like the KEF B-110 which was originally used in the LS3/5A.
The wideband driver rolls off after 8kHz. And it reaches down to 59Hz (with correct placement).
Time-Aligned to perfection
The iFi LS3.5 has a coherency that is based upon the simple fact from the outset, the tweeter and driver are perfectly time-aligned. Simply put, this means if one was looking at a cross-section of the LS3.5, the acoustic centre of the tweeter and the wideband driver as precisely vertically-aligned. This means sound waves from both units arrive at ear of the listener at the same time (as opposed to at different times). This is an oft overlooked weakness of many speakers, but not in the iFi LS3.5.
Multi-chamber Voigt design with tuned enclosure
There are two-chambers in one. The enclosure is maybe best considered a variant of multiple reflex, also, by breaking up the larger volume into two smaller different volume/size sections resonance frequencies are spread and tuned to higher frequencies, where the Amino-plastic open cell foam we use for damping has optimal absorption.
The Acoustic Active Tuning with minimal damping drawn from the musical instrument manufacturing sector further assists with dissipating resonance frequencies higher - just think of the LS3.5 as a musical instrument.
This is why the LS3.5 is a speaker that makes music.
Bamboo is best
Bamboo is a grass - hence it is a sustainable material and exceptionally environmentally friendly. It is 2x lighter and 3x stronger than wood. The aforementioned Voigt design coupled with the "stiff as steel" bamboo enclosure and the extra reinforcement by the division plus the acoustic tuning - all combined, makes for a remarkably low sonic signature of the box. This is critical as the use of the single paper driver needed for the wide bandwidth cannot be counted upon to block resonances from inside the box passing through the way a heavy and slower plastic cone is able to.
Hence for environmental and sonic reasons, it made perfect sense to use it as a speaker cabinet material. The LS3.5 is 5x more costly to manufacture than standard MDF cabinets. A simple knuckle tap shows its complete lack of colouration - which is easily audible from the first note.
Advanced Amino-plastic open cell foam
For the very minimal internal damping duties, we scoured the world for the most advanced acoustic materials and settled on the Advanced Amino-plastic open cell foam material. The open-cell surface guarantees that sound waves are not reflected as an echo but can penetrate the cell structure unhindered. The sound energy is reduced in the cell structure, giving an excellent sound absorption capacity.
From our listening tests the ability to ensure the deepest and cleanest bass along with a mid-range that is spell-binding placed it heads and shoulders above all others.
Despite its much higher cost, we just had to have it in the LS3.5.
Binding posts that carry the signal unhindered
Leaving no stone unturned, we sourced a binding post that had the purest copper count, had the maximum surface area contact and had to be gold-plated for long-term enjoyment. Rest assured that even the banana speaker connectors we developed from the ground-up!
The silver-plated copper speaker cables and the gold-plated copper speaker connectors means the sound quality is simply unbeatable and means the LS3/5A can play with the "big boys".$809.00Speakers (Pair) Buy Now