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SSV April 2021 Newsletter

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SOUNDS AND VISIONS: 
THE SSV NEWSLETTER
April 2021, Edition
Wishing “Happy Spring”
to Specialty Sound & Vision Partners!

Cambridge Introduces EVO
Following close on the heels of their awesome new DacMagic 200, Cambridge Audio proudly announces EVO:  the finest “All-in-One” system ever created! Aesthetically stunning, EVO offers a variety of side panels to flatter customers’ taste and décor, while the latest version of Cambridge’s acclaimed “Stream Magic” platform and revolutionary Hypex NCore Class D amplification (Rated at 150 watts per channel in Evo 150, and 75 watts per channel in Evo 75) deliver the best sound quality available in a compact system.

This is one of the most exciting products SSV has ever offered.
Learn about it here:
https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/usa/en/products/evo

Trinnov Launches NEW Website
Trinnov Audio has quickly become one of SSV’s best-selling brands. Author of the world’s highest-performance Surround Sound Processors, Trinnov’s “Amethyst” Stereo Pre-Pro and multichannel Power Amps define State-of-the-Art. Trinnov’s NEW Website https://www.trinnov.com has recently gone live and contains lots of product information,  blog articlesvideos and other cool stuff about this innovative company.
Feliks Audio Debuts Arioso 300B Integrated Amplifier
Feliks Audio, producer of Exquisite, Pure Tube Headphone Amplifiers, has just announced the NEW Feliks Audio “Arioso” Integrated Amplifier, a 300B amp which produces 8 glorious, single-ended Watts-per-Channel
Like their Headphone Amps, the Arioso features heirloom build quality and astonishingly realistic performance. The addition of Arioso rounds out the Feliks product line-up, making them a full-line manufacturer that should appeal to a broader range of dealers.

Please check out:
“The Audiophiliac” Steve Guttenberg’s Rave Review of the extraordinary Arioso:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I8dnZUtBv8&t=787s
…and of course, please visit the Feliks Audio website:
http://feliksaudio.pl/
SSV Acquires NY Metro Representation of DUAL Turntables
Dual, manufacturer of some of HiFi’s most legendary turntables, is returning to the United States and Specialty Sound & Vision is proud to represent them!Dual’s new line-up starts with a fully automatic, 3-speed Belt Drive—model CS429—which includes an Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge and switchable MM Phono Preamp for only $599.99 MSRP.  More expensive models feature precision Gimbal Tonearms, wood-veneered chassis and other upmarket features.By combining audiophile performance, plug-and-play functionality and aesthetic excellence, Dual is poised to dominate the entry-level turntable market.
Please contact SSV for pricing and introductory promotions.

Effective Immediately, Specialty Sound & Vision longer represents THORENS
LEON Brings Sound With Style to Adrian Grenier’s Brownstone
When Adrian Grenier, star of HBO’s “Entourage,” needed high performance audio for his Brooklyn brownstone, he chose Leon as the vendor that could combine high-end sound with ultimate style and craftsmanship. Working with Grenier’s team of architects, designers and integrators, Leon did what no other audio company could, creating unique, fully custom solutions which delivered stellar sound to every room in the house that perfectly complemented the décor. A long-time audiophile, Grenier appreciated what Leon provided:“You’re really coming at this from an artist’s perspective.  Leon is creating a piece of art with each of these products.” –Adrian GrenierLeon has extensive marketing materials available regarding this project (West Elm also participated and more info can be found on their website) with Photography credit going to our dear friend John FrattasiLeon Training
If you’ve added new staff, please have them attend Leon’s brief Training Webinar, certain to generate bigger sales and higher profits.
Enroll here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLh6ZFuTH6TNBFEXmv9U2O_KSxdb-57r4GXU6fTOLSwefwzg/viewform
JL Audio YouTube Training Videos
JL Audio’s Ed Meenan wants everyone to take advantage of these superb Training Videos, which are ideal for both education and social media promotion:

Two Subs Standard” one of Doug’s most successful initiatives has been advocacy of deploying two subwoofers instead of one, even if the customer is “Down-sold” to two less expensive subs, as opposed to one higher-priced model. Customers will invariable step themselves back up to the better model. The punchline:  Let’s sell twice as many subs!

HRS Helix “Footer” Is A High-End Bargain!
The HRS Helix is designed to significantly reduce chassis noise from inside the components and from the impact of air-borne energy in the room.  The Helix is designed specifically for use with chassis that have stiffer (plate and billet) metal construction and yields targeted performance improvements when used in conjunction with HRS Isolation Bases.  Its low-profile design provides excellent performance gains while preserving the original look of the component.  The HRS Helix uses one of the custom materials used in our reference level Vortex products to present rapid transfer of energy and life like musical dynamics.  It yields an exceptional performance value when combined with the HRS E1 and R3X Isolation Bases.
As always, SSV is here to support you.  Please let us know how we can help!
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MARCH 2021 Newsletter

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MARCH NEWSLETTER
SUGGESTIONS FROM CLIENTS

JL Audio: “It’s getting better all the time!”
As SSV comes off another record JL Audio sales month (up over 50% from last year’s record February!), we’re happy to report that parts shortages have been reduced or eliminated and orders are rapidly being filled. We still recommend ordering early to avoid delays.
Training Resources: JL Audio’s two YouTube Channel includes these two videos that are ideal educational tools for JL Audio dealers and salespeople:
Home products overview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNzqZ3arjb4
Adding a home subwoofer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki4smnMWOlE
JL Audio Digital Asset Library: if you’re looking for marketing resources, product images and a host of other useful materials, the JL Audio DAM Site has everything you need! Let SSV be your Librarian. Contact us with your needs or ideas and we’ll provide the info….
Please invest the time to study these superb training videos.
On that note, you should remind (inform?) dealers of the JL Audio Digital Asset Library and that we have populated it with many new product images, including interior lifestyle pictures, and other very useful materials.

Cambridge Audio: DacMagic 200M IS HERE!!!
The much-anticipated DacMagic 200M is here and it’s the new standard in DACs under $500 MSRP. Supporting both MQA and Tidal Masters, the 200M offers native support for 32-bit/768 Hz PCM and DSD512 Files: decoding performance unrivalled at this price. Dual ESS Sabre DACs and three-position filter deliver state-of-the-art sonics. Connectivity includes USB, two S/P DIF and two Optical inputs in addition to apt-X Bluetooth and Cambridge’s renowned and robust streaming platform. Both Balanced XLR and Single-ended RCA Outputs are included, enabling the 200M to function as a full-function digital preamplifier. A Class A/B headphone amplifier adds state-of-the-art headphone playback.
The Cambridge Audio DacMagic 200M the most complete, most versatile and highest-performance DAC in its class and is destined to become the best-selling performance DAC in history! Demand is high so place your order today.
“The Audiophiliac,” Steve Guttenberg, Raves about the DacMagic 200M on his YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx7T-1APJ_o
With a reach of nearly 5 Million readers, here’s New Atlas’ DacMagic 200M announcement article:
https://newatlas.com/home-entertainment/cambridge-audio-dacmagic-200m/
Rolling Stone LOVES the ALVA Duo Phono Preamp!
Rolling Stone Magazine has awarded Alva Duo top choice in their roundup of phono preamps.
https://www.rollingstone.com/product-recommendations/electronics/best-turntable-preamp-1125565/

Leon Brings Super Sound and Custom Trim to the Frame TV
Samsung’s Frame TV is a hit, and Leon has a series of products purpose-designed to provide “Custom-Tailored Sound” and décor-friendliness—as well as increased profit—to this best-seller. Leon’s new Frame Bar perfectly complements the Frame TV’s aesthetics, adding the world-class sound for which Leon is renowned. Just announced: a range of custom, snap-on trim frames that bring bespoke beauty to  Frame TV installations, for a surprisingly low price!
Here are a couple of great Leon marketing tools.
Please share these Links with your clients:
Better Sound for The Frame TV with FrameBar
Staying Home Sounds Better with Leon

Audiolab DC Block: Perfect Power, Painless Price
Audiolab’s NEW Power Block removes DC, eliminates transformer hum and improves transformer efficiency while  providing additional mains conditioning and RF filtering. Best of all, DC Block accomplishes ALL of this at the remarkably low price of $149.99 and will be shipping in May.
Power block is the ideal accompaniment to Audiolab’s 6000 and 8300 series or any other high-performance components.
INTRODUCTORY OFFER: Take 10% DFI for all advance orders. Please contact SSV for additional details….
Something that I explain all the time is the way video product is sold.

Straight Wire: Mighty Good!
Anthony has been evaluating Straight Wire Power Cords and Expressivo Signal Cabling and finds them incredible performers and extraordinary values. For connoisseurs expecting “The biggest bang for the buck,” these are a winner!
Making money on Video sales. Video prices are continuously plummeting: Anthony just bought a 55’, 4K panel for $269 delivered! There might not be any profit in television sales, but there’s strong margin in video cable sales and Straight Wire are among the best—and most perfectly quality-controlled—available. Please ask us about Straight Wire HDMI cables, as well as their superb line of audio cabling.

HRS E1 Isolation Base: Now In Custom Sizes!
HRS’ E1 just got even more popular! Given its remarkable value and performance only bested by HRS’ more expensive bases, the E1 has quickly become one of HRS’ best-selling products. The company is now pleased to announce a Custom-Sizing Program for the E1, which will now come in widths from 9.5” to 23”, as well as any depth the customer might require. Thanks to Custom-Sizing, the E1 can no accommodate virtually all components, from Headphone Amps and Power Supplies through the largest Turntables and Amplifiers! Please contact SSV for pricing and availability.

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Sound & Visions December 2020 Newsletter

By Anthony's Blog

SOUNDS & VISIONS: THE SSV NEWSLETTER
Happy Holidays, Specialty Sound & Vision Partners!
Dear SSV Partners: Please note, the SSV Newsletter is now divided into two parts, “SSV News” and “$pecial Promotion$”

SSV NEWS
NEW SSV Dealer Marketing Resource
As both Specialty Sound & Vision and our Vendors continue to grow, we’ve been developing better ways to deliver marketing content and collateral to our Dealers. Our latest effort places the most important Marketing Resources on a discrete “Resources” tab on our Website:

Resources

LEON TcFIT: NOW HALF PRICE!!!
Since its introduction, TcFIT has been the best-selling product in Leon history. Designed to offer Leon’s “Custom Tailored” look for the Sonos Playbar, TcFIT includes a Frame, Bracket and bespoke Grille custom made for each television and application. Now, enjoy the bespoke beauty of TcFIT at HALF Dealer Cost. TcFIT for Sonos Playbar only, while supplies last.  Please call for details…

CAMBRIDGE AUDIO
Andrew Robinson Names Alva TT Product of the Year
Our Alva TT Direct Drive Turntable with Bluetooth aptX HD has been named 2020 Product of the Year in the Best Turntable and Best Design categories by popular YouTuber, Andrew Robinson!
“It has to be said that the Alva is just in a league all its own…”
Check out the winners here: youtu.be/odmAicAdFrw
CXA81 and CXN (V2) Featured in The Absolute Sound
Our CXA81 Integrated Stereo Amplifier and CXN (V2) Network Audio Streamer were reviewed in the December issue of The Absolute Sound, which is on newsstands now.
“At a little over $1000, the CXA81 could be the perfect start to a system that is one step up from entry-level high end…Highly recommended!”
“As for the CXN (V2)….Also highly recommended!”
Read more here: https://www.theabsolutesound.com/
CAMBRIDGE MARKETING ASSETS: Cambridge Audio’s “Partner Resources” offers images, info and anything else you need to support Cambridge Audio sales. Please contact us for access

Audiolab: NO Shortages and Holiday Specials
A massive three-day fire has destroyed the Nobeoka City, China factory of semiconductor producer Asahi Kasei Microsystems. Audio manufacturers around the world will experience shortages; fortunately, Audiolab is one of the few vendors that doesn’t rely upon this supplier. Audiolab is in-stock and will be available throughout the coming months, with Special Pricing Through December! (See details in Special Promotion$ section of this Newsletter)

JL Audio Sales: Backorders Being Filled
As you’re probably aware, growing demand for JL Audio Subwoofers have caused unavoidable product delays; fortunately, JL is filling backorders much more quickly than most other vendors and it looks like ALL backorders for NY Metro Dealers should be filled this month. Going forward, please place orders early to ensure timely arrival.
Download the NEW JL Audio Brochure here https://jlaudio.widen.net/s/0mzmsrvwiz

Simaudio/Moon: New Price Sheets and Airplay 2!
–  Simaudio has released New Price Sheets, which SSV mailed on Monday, 14 December. There are a number of price increases, all effective 31 December. Please use this as a “Call to Action” to close business.
–  AirPlay 2: all Moon MiND- and DAC-based components now feature Apple AirPlay 2! Older components can be upgraded at Special Pricing through 31 January, 2021. Please ask.

Thorens
Introducing the TD102A
newest fully automatic turntable from Thorens, the TD 102A.  The 102A will feature a carbon fiber tonearm, switchable phono pre-amp and installed AT VM95E cartridge.  It will have an MSRP of $899.99 and be available in the US during February. Please see Part 2 of this Newsletter for Special Introductory Pricing.

TD124DD First Review!
We’ve received the first Thorens TD124DD Review, from Germany’s
Stereo Magazine and it’s a rave! https://stereo-magazine.com/review/thorens-td124dd-review?fbclid=IwAR1AyDZIeLrIRA81rQCrs2qMyINcWM2Q1-oLNwOnXxxIT3Kw9_KZfA0CJLE
With a US MSRP of $14,000, the Limited Edition TD124DD includes a NEW Ortofon SPU cartridge (SPU TD 124), Gloss Plinth, state-of-the-art Tonearm designed to match the aesthetic of the original EMT as well as a Flight Case and individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Sure to be a Collectors’ Item! Please contact SSV for availability and demo programs office@ssvreps.com

Wisdom Audio: ICS3 and SUB1 Installation Manuals
We have just received a series of six (6) Installation Guides for Wisdom’s ICS3 “Minimum Aperture” speaker and SUB1 “Snorkel Sub” and assembly is progressing according to plan. Please ask us!

$pecial Promotion$
Audiolab 6000-Series Holiday Promotion Continues!
SSV is pleased to announce a Special Holiday Promotion of Audiolab’s most popular components!  The promotion concludes at the close of business on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2020. Included is a newly augmented sell-through credit on 6000A  Play: Promo retail has been reduced to $999.99 and Sell through credit increased to $107.00
This promotion is based upon sell-through, so Price Protection does not apply.  Please contact SSV for Details. office@ssvreps.com
Sell through claims must include documented customer purchase info for the promo period and reflecting Promotional Price.  All claims for sell through must be submitted by Friday, January 29, 2021.

Cambridge Audio ALVA TT: NEW Lower MAP
Complete with Moving Coil cartridge, phono preamplifier, aptX HD Hi-Res Streaming and British-Made one-piece tonearm, Cambridge’s ALVA TT was a steal at $1,699. MAP has been lowered   to $1,199 making the ALVA one of the best buys in Analog!
EAT Prelude Promotion: Full Margin at $995!
EAT’s “Best Buy” turntable is now an even better deal!
Mix and Match any five (5) EAT Components and Preludes are invoiced at Full Dealer Margin based upon a $995 MSRP. Buy six (6) or more Preludes and receive a “REVOLV Record Care Bundle” including Record Cleaning Fluid, Record Brush and Electronic Stylus Gauge with every Prelude purchased. Limited availability.
With many sub-$1K turntables unavailable, this deal should be a slam dunk!

Thorens
Promo #1
FREE TAB1600 Extended through 31 December!
Thorens NEW TD103A turntable ($1,299.99 MSRP) has arrived and we’ve got a strong Introductory Promotion: for every TD103A you sell, a TAB1600 Isolation Base ($249.99) will be provided at NO COST! This program enables you to show a $250 Package Discount while maintaining your full margin! Conditions apply, so please contact us at office@ssvreps.com for details.

Promo #2
Introductory Pricing on TD102A
Thoren’s newest fully automatic turntable, the TD 102A, will feature a carbon fiber tonearm, switchable phono pre-amp and installed AT VM95E cartridge.
It will have an MSRP of $899.99 and be available in the US during February. We’re featuring an INTRODUCTORY DEALER DISCOUNT for all orders placed before 31 December. Please contact us at office@ssvreps.com
for details.As always, SSV is here to support you.  Please let us know how we can help!
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Torus Blog

By Anthony's Blog

“Did You Just Buy A New TV?”

…or, Why You Need A Torus Power Conditioner

 

Can a product actually be “…too good for its own good?” Sometimes, a component does its job so well, it’s possible to take it for granted. Case in point: Torus. Torus line conditioners are among the highest-performance brands SSV represents but, because they never call attention to themselves, it’s easy to forget about them.

I’m ashamed to admit that Torus has occasionally slipped my mind, even though I have FOUR of their units supplying perfect power to my various audio and theater systems, with never so much as a hiccup out of any of them. It took a visit to one of my dealers to remind me of just how much of a difference Torus Power products can make.

A couple of weeks ago, I visited Craig and Elena Abitz of Installation Specialties in Albertson, NY. Craig has been a long-time supporter of both SSV and Torus. He told me that, recently, he upgraded a loyal client’s system with a Torus unit. When the customer’s wife came home, he and Craig were watching a movie. She stopped, looked for a couple of minutes and asked: “Did you just buy a new TV?” He hadn’t. The simple act of plugging the television into a Torus Power product had profoundly improved its image quality. That story drove home just how impressive Torus Power Conditioners truly are.

More than a decade ago, when SSV represented another (now defunct) brand of power conditioners, one of my most technical—and skeptical—dealers proclaimed their product “…a black box filled with snake oil.” I have to agree that many power products offer dubious performance claims which cannot be supported, either by measurements or technical specifications. No one will ever accuse Torus of such pseudo-science: the company’s technology is both straightforward and unimpeachable.

It is also expensive. The lowest-priced Torus model—suitable for a couple of low-amperage source components—retails for $799, while Torus’ largest and most sophisticated units flirt with $28K. The reason they’re pricey? You can’t cheat physics. The “Core” (pun intended) of every Torus product is an oversized, over-spec-ed and overweight toroidal transformer engineered and manufactured by Torus, the most capable of which weighs over 600 pounds. These pricey transformers are the only universally accepted means of lowering noise, eliminating ground loops and protecting electronics from power surges, voltage spikes and more catastrophic power problems without introducing problems of their own. No snake oil here!

Further proof of their technical “Chops,” Torus is managed by a team of engineers who, upon request, often help design and specify power systems for their clients of whom are recording studios. These enterprises are notoriously frugal, yet they seek Torus’ engineering expertise for one reason: they deliver results.

Whether it’s cabling, resonance control or power conditioners, the “Accessory” category, more than any other, is rife with products and manufacturers whose performance claims can’t be proven; however, it would be unfortunate, as well as incorrect, to assume that all accessories are snake oil. Nothing could be further from the truth. HRS (Harmonic Resolution Systems) resonance control products and Straight Wire cables—both of which are proudly represented by SSV—deliver the goods in terms of manufacturing, materials and measurements. In the category of power conditioning, Torus reigns supreme. Let us show you why.