Sounds & Vision: July ’20 Newsletter

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Hello Specialty Sound & Vision Dealers,

Please take a moment to check out our latest newsletter….


Pandemic/ What Pandemic?

In his masterpiece “The Waste Land,” T S Eliot wrote “April is the cruelest month….”. He was right: we hit a COVID-induced sales slump in April but business bounced back in May and sales grew again in June. .

Looks like people are investing in their homes and we’re actually ahead of 2019 in most categories, especially reasonably priced, two channel gear. Let’s talk about brands that might work for you.


LEON TcFIT Universal Shipping NOW!

Leon’s original TcFIT has been the most successful product in company history. Our new, “Universal” version is poised to reach an even greater audience! A new, adjustable frame (Patent Pending) enables TcFIT Universal to work with all SONOS soundbars, as well as other brands. The ability to custom-match virtually any television and soundbar is a unique and powerful advantage that no other audio company offer. Please contact us for details.


Cambridge Awards Keep Coming and Sales Keep Growing!

Cambridge’s value-packed AXA35 Integrated has just been named “Best Budget Integrated” by Gear Patrol while our AXR85 AM/FM Stereo Receiver (we’re one of the few companies that offer these) has been featured in the nationally syndicated “Sound Advice” newspaper column and praised by Journalist Don Lindich “…It’s very satisfying to own and use, and does an especially good job with FM radio. I have recommended the AXR85 to many people who have emailed me for recommendations, and everyone has been very pleased with their purchase.” Thanks Don!

Meanwhile, the CXA81 keeps generating positive reviews, including one from Anthony, who bought an ’81 for his shore house and LOVES it! Meanwhile, Analog Guru Michael Fremer (who has reviewed virtually every state-of-the-art turntable) was mightily impressed by our Alva Bluetooth Turntable and highly recommended it in his “Analog Planet” website.


JL Sales Skyrocket

JL Audio subwoofers might not boom but sales sure have! June sales were up approximately 30% versus 2019, which had previously been a June record.

Installer’s Note: JL Audio now offers a 100’ microphone extension cord, which facilitates DARO Calibration when the equipment rack isn’t near the subwoofer. Please order Model CAL-MIC-EXT, sku # 90488

Explore their powered subwoofers »


Dynaudio Architectural Scores Big!

Dynaudio’s Performance and Studio series of architectural speakers have been gaining widespread acceptance from NY Metro dealers, including some of the largest integrators in the territory. Sonics, build quality and a useful assortment of models have made Dynaudio Architectural a smashing success. Please ask us why.

Learn more here »


Thorens TD 1600 Series Is Here!

Founded in 1883, Thorens is the world’s oldest consumer electronics company and has quickly become one of SSV’s best-selling and fastest-growing product lines.. The company’s new TD 1600 and TD 1601 suspended-subchassis ‘tables evoke the heritage of the classic TD 160 series while delivering state-of-the-art performance. Highly recommended.


SBooster: The Ultimate Pandemic Purchase

What if you could transform the performance of ANY product with an outboard “Wall Wart” power supply? SBooster utilizes a massive toroidal transformer and a bank of high quality capacitors to generate pure 60Hz power, free of noise and voltage fluctuation, to massively upgrade any Turntable, DAC, Phono Preamp or other component that relies upon a dinky wall-wart. We’ve tried these on EAT Turntables, EAT and Simaudio Phono Preamps and the results we NOT subtle! At $399, this is a product that’s inexpensive enough to sell all your customers without an audition, and good enough that they’re sure to love it!

Visit Upscale Distribution for more »



As always, SSV is here to support you!

July’s SSV News…Get It While It’s Hot!

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Introducing Denise Ebanks 

Anthony is proud to announce SSV’s new Office Manager, Denise Ebanks.

Many of you have already spoken to Denise and she’s grown into her new position with surprising speed and skill. A veteran of the motion picture industry, Denise is responsible for the improved aesthetics of our email and Social Media communications. Her mastery of SSV Operations has empowered Anthony to spend more time supporting sales activities. Please join me in welcoming Denise to the SSV Team!

Leon: TcFIT for Sonos Arc Ships Friday!

While we await the NEW TcFIt Universal, Leon proudly offers the Modified Tonecase FIT for Sonos Arc.

Using “C” Bracket Adaptors enables the current-generation TcFIT to accommodate Arc. Depth is 4.85” (5.35 with Grill). Best of all, Modified TcFIT and TcFIT-OS (for TVs exceeding 75” in diameter) are offered at identical pricing to our standard models, $650 MSRP/750 MSRP (for OS)

JL Audio: Free Freight Ends Friday!

Just a heads up that JLA’s “free freight on any order” offer for HOME products will expire at the end of this month (Friday, 31 July 2020). Most dealers are reporting strong Summer business and JL Audio Sales in NY Metro continue to skyrocket. JL sacrificed to support its dealers during the “Lean Months” but as the crisis abates, it’s time to return to business as usual. Dealers with pending sales might want to place one last order by close of business Friday to save with JL’s “free freight” offer.

Trinnov: YouTube Reviews

On his YouTube Channel “Spare Change,” reviewer Shane Lee has posted a series of extremely informative videos, one of which features Trinnov USA Managing Director Jon Herron’s insights regarding future upgrades. Our Thanks to Robert Zohn and Value Electronics for connecting Trinnov with Shane! Here’s the link:

Marten: First Review of Oscar Trio

The first North American review of Marten’s Oscar Series has just been published in Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, and it’s a major triumph! Reviewer Piero Gabucci concludes: “…I always ask myself the same question; could I live with this speaker if it were my last and my answer with the Marten Oscar Trio; wholeheartedly yes! Highly recommended.” Please read the full review:

Thorens: Michael Fremer LOVES the TD 1601!

Hot off the press! In the July 15 edition of Analog Planet, vinyl avatar Michael Fremer raves about Thorens’ NEW TD 1601, calling its isolation “Perfect.”  One of the best sub-$10K turntables and a steal at the price! Read it here:


Good times or bad, SSV is always here to support you! Please let us know how we can help.

Dealer Training Opportunities During COVID-19 Closures

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Specialty Sound & Vision Announces Dealer Training Opportunities During COVID-19 Closures


“In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of…product training!?!”

With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, NOW is the perfect time for you and your team to develop deep knowledge of the products you sell.

We’ve compiled a catalog of training materials for our brands and we’re ready to facilitate trainings for your dealership. If you and your team are looking for worthwhile ways to fill your time, please contact us with your requirements: we’re happy to develop a training geared to your company’s needs.

Sounds and Visions – June 2019

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Sounds and Visions

The Newsletter of Specialty Sound and Vision – June 2019

EAT Summer Savings: “6 for $600” Massive Clamp Promotion!

EAT’s “Massive Clamp” has proved a runaway best-seller. An 800 gram hunk of beautifully machined Stainless Steel critically damped at its base and periphery, the Massive Clamp makes a remarkable improvement, to ALL “Unsprung” turntables (VPI, Clearaudio, etc.) including EAT! Performance is comparable to clamps costing $500 or more but the Massive retails for just $195. For a limited time, VANA is offering a “6 for $600” promotion: order six clamps for $600 Dealer Cost. With Prompt Pay, your gross margin exceeds 50-points on one of the best analog enhancements ever! A surefire “Call to Action,” this promotion is a great opportunity to engage your customers.

Dynaudio Performance Series: Shipping This Month

Performance Series, Dynaudio’s NEW, value-priced line of architectural speakers, will ship in June. For those dealers who have admired the state-of-the-art Studio Series in-walls and in-ceilings but wished for something more affordable, Performance series is ideal! Offering Dynaudio performance at prices that compete with commodity products, Performance Series also offers enhanced margins, making them a no-brainer for all your architectural needs.

Cambridge Audio AX Series

Cambridge Audio’s Topaz series defined performance and value in entry-level high end. Now, Cambridge Audio introduces the AX series, a new range of hi-fi separates. Designed and engineered in the UK, AX has something to offer every music lover, hitting the perfect balance between performance and affordability. Currently consisting of a CD player, an integrated amplifier and two stereo receivers, the AX range takes design and innovation cues from Cambridge Audio’s award-winning CX and Edge product ranges and brings Cambridge quality to a uniquely affordable price range. The AXA35 Integrated Amplifier and AXC35 CD Player ($349 ea, MSRP) will be shipping in June, with two new Stereo Receivers, the AXR85 ($399 MSRP) and AXR100 ($499 MSRP) following shortly thereafter.

Like Topaz before it, the AXR Series is the benchmark in affordable audio.

Introducing AudioLab, Thorens and Goldring

Thanks to our long association with JAM Industries, we are proud to be representing:

Thorens: one of audio’s legendary brands, Thorens makes superb turntables at every price point, including a series of Fully Automatic Turntables, a rarity that many of our dealers and their customers demand!

Goldring: among the world’s finest and most well-known cartridge brands, Goldring offers a complete line of Moving Magnet, Moving Iron and Moving Coil cartridges from $99-1,500

Audiolab: complete line of audiophile electronics, DAC products and earbuds.

Please ask us how these superb product lines can fill gaps in your merchandising mix.

Brinkmann’s NEW Turntable and Integrated Debut at Munich

Among the highlights of Munich High End 2019, Brinkmann debuted two products which are destined to become high End Classics.

A stunning synthesis of Balance and Bardo turntables, Taurus combines the massive plinth of the former with the platter and bespoke Direct Drive motor of the latter and also features a wireless speed selector and the ability to add a second arm at will. Due in Q3 2019, $14,999 MSRP

More than just a state-of-the-art amplifier, Voltaire is a new category of component: the Integrated Sound System or ISS. Brinkmann’s ultra-performance hybrid features 150 high-current watts per channel combined with the ability to drive very low impedances. A port on the back panel accommodates either the Nyquist DAC module or a bespoke phono module, enabling Voltaire to become either a full digital or analog system in a single chassis. Due in Q4 2019, price TBA.