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 “$pecial Promotion$”
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:
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…
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.
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 email@example.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!
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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 email@example.com for details.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for details.As always, SSV is here to support you. Please let us know how we can help!
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“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.