Audiophile 101: The Ultimate Accessory Guide!
March 3, 2020
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Your dream audio installation is a forever in-process part of your life. Honing the fine art of mixing and matching, while passing judgement on what’s fad or the future of the audio world. …it’s all a very inspired process… And then we have the accessory side of things. As you will soon understand in a few lines paragraphs time, these great accessories can make that experience even more personal, right from handcrafted headphone stands to Spike Shoes and alternatives to that lengthy cable burn in process. Read on…

The Stand by Erzetich Audio

Erzetich is a brand with a truly intriguing story and approach to the creation process. The Stand aka headphones parking spot is distinctive, being handmade with linden wood sourced from the woods of Trnovo near the Italian border . Enhanced with a black painted aluminum profile, this $177 piece is perfect for your reference cans and a conversation starter as well.

VIABLUE QTC Spikes

Proudly made in Germany, the VIABLUE QTC Spikes are ideal for preventing disturbing vibrations from loudspeakers or devices to the underlying surface. The spikes consist of 2 coated metal bodies connected with a 20 mm fine thread, with a 2 mm height adjustment. Once fixed, the spikes ensure that the bodyweight of device is pooled to one small point of contact, creating maximum pressure to the underlying surface and eliminating all disturbances. The VIABLUE QTC spikes set includes 4 QTC spikes, 4 QTC discs and 4 diameter decreasers, and retails at $145

Blue Horizon Proburn

Take audio cables worthy of your setup, and the burn in is a crucial aspect, key to improving the bass, and to ensure that a more natural, more open expression of whatever genre of music you listen to. Purpose made, burn-in CDs are an almost standard solution, but the Proburn doesn’t just synthesise music. It also sends a series of ultra-low and ultra-high frequencies through the cables which penetrate both the core of the conductor and the cable’s dielectric. The end result? Using a $749 Proburn could enable you to burn in your cables in around 24-48 hours, rather than the standard month-plus timeframe.

VPI MW-1 Cyclone Record Cleaning Machine

Think VPI and bespoke, super luxury turntables come to mind. The MW-1 Cyclone flagship was designed by Matthew Weisfeld, son of VPI co-owner Harry Weisfeld. Surrounded by a beautiful aluminum housing, the $1,499 MW-1 is the first and only record cleaning machine that vacuums dirt off the record clockwise and counter clockwise to really clean out the grooves.

Blue Horizon Prolevel

Think Turntable bubble-level, and the general attempt is a spirit level that you place on the platter. Blue Horizon upped the ante a bit, as the Prolevel slips over the spindle and grips it via a clamping mechanism using spring-loaded plungers situated within the main aluminium housing. The end result is an absolutely level playing ground, pun intended.

VIABLUE XS Antenna Adapters 90°

This is a situation you all too often find yourself in, having to fit in your interconnects at a slightly awkward right angle. VIABLUE’s 24 carat real gold-plated XS Antenna Adapters are just the answer, with the high conductivity promising 100% pure signal transmission.

Blue Horizon RIAA Filter

That initial process of burning in a phono stage is one of the undoubted joys of the whole process. Yet it’s also a tad cumbersome. The super compact Blue Horizon RIAA Filter lets you directly connect your CD player to your phono stage and put CDs on repeat. Easily select between Moving Coil and Moving Magnet cartridge designs, and each channel can be conditioned independently ensuring great control and an easy performance boost. Interestingly, IsoTek also has a Full System Enhancer CD that features a dedicated Phono Stage burn-in track.

AudioQuest’s Noise-Trapping DBS

This patented Dielectric Bias System puts all of a cable’s dielectric into a strong, stable electrostatic field which organizes the molecules of the insulation continuously from the time the cable is terminated. AudioQuest’s Black DBS and Carbon DBS packs feature the inclusion of an RF Trap ensuring that radio frequency noise will not be induced into the signal conductors from the DBS field elements.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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