Wouldn't you love a Tivoli Radio for christmas? Tivoli's make great gifts but why wait - if you check out our big Tivoli section you'll find everything you ned to know about all the different models, easy ordering information, galleries and for those interested a little more about these great little radios, historical info on Henry Kloss and Tivoli Audio. Totally Wired is New Zealand's best Tivoli dealership - we carry every available model and finish, know the range inside out and are avid Tivoli listeners at home.
Rotel The first thing you should understand is that Rotel are truly a specialist hi-fi company. They are a 40 year old, family owned organisation dedicated to the design and manufacture of the finest in affordable, high performance home theatre and high fidelity components. They stand or fall on the quality of their components and systems. So when we say specialist we mean specialist. The key difference from other specialists is that Rotel make a serious effort to provide entry level products that are affordable to even the struggling enthusiast.
Image Loudspeakers New Zealand made is your assurance of both quality and value with Image speakers; over 20 years of continuous production to an ever improving standard making use of better and better materials – a track record that few imports can match. Image has responded to feedback from New Zealand owners and dealers, fine tuning models and introducing new designs to fulfil changing expectations. All the while keeping the value for money equation balanced firmly in favour of the end user – you. No international freight, no importers margin. As an owner operated company Image have only one aim – to build the best speakers possible in New Zealand, for New Zealand
Cambridge Audio have recently evolved into a strong player in specific niches - their latest universal disc player - the 751 deservedly rakes in the plaudits and their approach to digital with the ID100 dock and DACmagic sets the standard for value for money performance in the world of no-compromise iPod replay.
From the most venerable British loudspeaker designers and manufacturers – Bowers & Wilkins, better known to most of us as B&W comes the new Zeppelin Air. As radical and uncompromised as their legendary Nautilus loudspeaker line, Zeppelin redefines the quality of sound you can enjoy from a self contained, iPod playing system. They also produce a single but definitive model of headphone - the P5 that is the ultimate partner for the quality conscious traveller.
Metz televisions are the intelligent choice for the quality conscious viewer. Metz from Germany produce premium class TVs. For 70 years Metz has been a highly successful company due to their traditional values along side technological accomplishments. Their products are known for their sustainable value and longevity. Metz belongs to the three ‘Ms’ that are quintessentially German, Mercedes, Metz and Miele. Now you can have a television that represents technical perfection.
Lutron Along with music, lighting control is major lifestyle improvement that you can have in your home. When building or renovating lighting control systems are a worthwhile option. The secret to great lighting is being able to control it. A little expert advice can make all the difference when it comes to developing a home environment that’s not only suitable but special. If you are renovating or building a new home contact us about getting a lighting plan designed for you.
Shamelessly appropriating the best ideas of other turntable designers and applying them with unparalleled rat cunning, Pro-ject redefine the entry level turntable - the new Essential model employs a motor driving a long silicon belt driving around the outside of the platter giving improved speed stability and ease of use when changing speed. The Uni-Pivot tone arm mimics units costing many times more than the entire turntable and delivers much better sound from the included Ortofon OM3 cartridge.
These things alone would be enough to make the Pro-Ject Essential the best sounding option at its price. But the addition of a USB and phono amplifier takes the value for money equation up another level again. Ignoring the USB capability for the moment, the new Pro-Ject connects directly to any amplifier and does not require an inbuilt or external phono stage continue their rapid evolution and refinement – the latest Xpression III is a remarkable feat of both value for money engineering and the shameless appropriation of cool bits of technology.
Slinkylinks An interlink and speaker cable of exceptional sound quality with broad compatibility. Hand made in New Zealand, with the best materials, ingenuity and care. Bottom line – we’ve never heard anything that offers such an improvement for so little. Many of our clients have finely tuned systems that have resolving power than most reviewers struggle to find. Essentially, if someone takes the time and some care with set up, the end results are almost always impressive. And consequently any small subsequent changes made within the system are clearly signalled. It is precisely this kind of person who will most appreciate what Slinkylinks can do – in the case of our own reference system at home, we’ve migrated to all silver terminations (Eichmann Bullet and Bayonet plugs) on every cable and this has more than rekindled our passion for analogue.
Ortofon has always been a company working with sound reproduction. It was founded in 1918 in Copenhagen and started up making soundtracks for movies. In 1948 the company developed its first moving coil cartridge, since then Ortofon has developed and manufactured more than 300 different cartridges. Today Ortofon is the world leader in cartridges. This is a result of significant design experience and great technological know-how. There will be 3 areas of interest for any analogue enthusiast - the entry level OM series cartridges and styli, the new 2M series of Moving Magnet cartridges, and the ever broadening range of Moving Coil cartridges, from entry level options to true state of the art.
PrimaLuna is a no-compromise type of company. So their amplifiers are built to the highest standard possible but they are not interested in matching others in terms of features or power ratings. Don't take this the wrong way, but if you are going to buy an amplifier on the basis of a high power rating, you are selling yourself short. There is a whole lot more to music than making your ears ring and we would go so far as to suggest that there is a strong negative correlation between high rated power and actual musical quality. Once you hear how a 35 watt tube amplifier can fill a room, we are sure you'll understand.
As an example, the PrimaLuna Classic Integrated amplifier is really a very simple proposition - 35 watts, 4 line inputs and provision for one pair of speakers. That's it. No remote, no extra connections, no DACs or USB, no surround sound etc etc. It stands or falls on just one thing - sound quality. To get real sound quality, you have to build a product very well and this has a real benefit to you in reliability. PrimaLuna amps are beautifully made, with premium components and will last a lifetime. You get this because they are simple - not festooned with features.
All about Kimber cables. It’s the braiding that makes it work. The idea is so simple but so effective - by braiding cable you screen out RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) and greatly reduce the interaction of the positive and negative conductors because they effectively cross each other at right angles rather than running in parallel for the length of the cable.
This elegant thinking is at the heart of Kimber cable. But it’s only the start of the story. Ray Kimber is a bit of a brain. Actually he’s one of the most quietly spoken yet obviously and seriously intelligent people you are ever likely to meet. He’s explained the finer points of cable design to me in a way that made complete sense at the time. We use Kimber for many demonstrations in the shop - it’s the ideal partner for high value products and does a brilliant job. Kimber have some great value for money speaker cables and interconnects. Simply put, they sound better than anything else we can find in their price range, are well constructed and pliant with good plugs and work in pretty much any system.
Two things make the HRT Music Streamer special - its high performance and its low cost. While these are claims you will have heard before, seldom have we seen so many column inches devoted such diminutive and affordable products.
Reviewer Steven Stone called the Music Streamer "The biggest bargain I've heard in a long time... Try it and prepare to be amazed".
In the Music Streamer + review Steven wrote "I was floored by how good it sounded. No, not good, stunning."
"One area where the MS2 easily surpasses the previous model is in the bass. There’s an incredible precision and focus to bass sounds...it was easy to hear the differences in bass guitar tone between the Wrecking Crew musicians, McCartney’s Rickenbacker on a Beatles track, and that Peter, Paul and Mary’s Leaving On A Jet Plane has both an electric bass and an upright underpinning the song. Excellent stuff!" Mike Jones -Audioenz.
Here are 3 more little over-achievers for you - the new Firestone Spitfire MK2 Digital to analogue converter, the Cute Beyond Class A headphone amplifier and the new Fubar III Mk2 which combines the best bits of both. Firestone Audio have been quietly building a reputation for excellent performance and value for money. With recent upgrades within the range and a dramatic improvement in pricing due to both exchange rates and the economies of scale, it's the right time to learn about these very well made and capable components.
Eichmann Technologies design a range of innovative sound enhancing products in Australia for music and cinema enthusiasts around the world. At Totally Wired we have found the Eichmann products offer exciting and obviously audible improvements with any worthwhile system. You can choose individual Eichmann products or by combining the elements, progressively experience the cumulative improvement of taming both electrical and mechanical resonance. The AC power leads and standard setting Bullet Plugs are particular favorites.
Grado are famous for their remarkable headphone and phono cartridge designs. Company founder, Joseph Grado is credited as the inventor of the stereo moving coil phono cartridge. He is responsible for more innovations in phono cartridge design than any other person in our lifetime and was inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame in 1982. John Grado has risen from sweeping the floors of the factory as a twelve year old, to President and Owner of Grado Laboratories. Following on from Joseph Grado‘s acclaimed designs, John has led the development of the Prestige Series and Reference Series of headphones and phono cartridges. We carry much of the Grado Prestige headphone range in stock and as it#&8217;s said 'hearing is believing'.
SpeakerCraft Thirty years ago SpeakerCraft was formed by a group of dedicated individuals with a passion for sound. After inventing the in-wall speaker and manufacturing them for the most prominent companies in the business, Speakercraft developed their own brand based on the ever-expanding need for quality sound in the home. Today, they are the largest supplier of custom installed audio/video products in the world having manufactured and sold millions of loudspeakers. Their latest innovative designs utilise some of the most state-of-the-art components and materials, and we are proud to specify SpeakerCraft in all our installations.
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