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Wall of Sound Sonneteer Sedley Review

WallOfSound “There was a simple clarity in what was coming from my speakers that was worth paying attention to, but I was also simply forgetting myself and enjoying the music more and more.” Jon Eben Field of Wall of Sound reviews the Sonneteer SedleyUSB phono stage and we think he kind of likes it. To really get a grasp of Jon’s poetry you will need to read the article in full, but to give you an idea, and in his words, “What I loved about the Sedley is how its creation of a vibrant soundstage, articulated sense of instrumentation, and attentiveness to the vocal midrange allowed me to just groove to the music; when something like this happens, reviewing really becomes fun.”

This truly warms our hearts as it really is just all about the music. It sounds like we have woken parts of tunes that have been asleep for a while, “On the truly wonderful Soul Brothers, that has Ray Charles and Milt Jackson teaming up for some blues and soul influenced jazz styling, the Sedley brought the quintet into incredibly detailed focus. I was especially amazed at the sound of Jackson’s vibraphone presence in the recordings. But I focused on “How Long Blues” because I heard something that I had missed on previous listening sessions with the album.”

We also know that a lot of dealers own Sonneteer in their own home and here is one reviewer who seems more than tempted too, “the Sedley is a versatile unit that is well worth its asking price. If I had more discretionary funds at the time of this review, it would not have left my abode. Let it be said of the Sedley, “thy record never can be missed.” “. The Bard be praised.

Pre-Heartbeat: Another sneak

Heartbeat Pre-1If it has been a little quiet in the Sonneteer news lately, that’s the sound of us working on something new.

We have offered little bits of project heartbeat before and quite a lot of it is singing many a tune in our labs. Notably there have been a couple of amplifiers playing unclothed and a ‘rats nest’ of wires showing what seemed to be a digital interface of sorts.

Here is a glimpse of a another bit. We managed to grab a photo as Remo, our technical Director was off looking for his glasses. Our forensic team has been analysing the picture and we hope for a report back soon. If anyone can figure any of it out in the mean time we would be happy to hear from you through the normal contact channels.

In Canada and the USA

maple-leafs-1362558-640x480We at Sonneteer warmly welcome, as our new partners in Canada and the USA, our good friends, Arcadia Audio who can be contacted on Tel: +1 (416) 994-5571 and email: info@arcadiaaudio.com

If you are a dealer and need information on anything to do with Sonneteer in North America then please make Arcadia your first port of call. If you are an end user already with Sonneteer equipment, please continue to be in contact with your dealer. If they are unaware of the changes and you need help please advise them. We will remain to be at your service here at Sonneteer should you need any assistance too. Deatils are on our contact us page.

Go North West, for Sonneteer at another Audio Show.

North West Audio ShowIf you are in the vicinity of Carnage Hall Cheshire on the 28th of June then please pop over and listen to some great music sounding at its best. Yes indeed, Hosted by NuNu Distribution, their UK partners, Sonneteer of Surrey(also in the UK) will be there with their beautifully looking and sounding systems to delight your aural senses. Apart from the beautiful setting, the great sound, and lovely people, the best thing about it all is it’s free. So please come along to hear the Alabasters and Ortons singing and the Sedleys dancing to the best tunes put to record.

For more information on the show please go to Audio Show and for more about Sonneteer please visit our website sonneteer.co.uk.

Analogue Audio, still big in Japan 2015 with Sonneteer.

AAF-logoThe Analogue Sound is carving out a big niche for itself globally, claiming back some territory in the now highly confused digital audio space. While the rest of the world decides if it’s streaming, downloading, or optical disc-ingKIMG0080 the music loving world is still dancing to the sounds of spinning Vinyl. The good ol’ fashioned Audio Fair is definitely back in Vogue and no more so than in Tokyo. June 13 and 14, 2015 showed that audio enthusiast are still willing to attend events in their thousands. More importantly to us our partner in Japan, Allegro with Mr Kyoji Arai decided to take the Sonneteer range along. The Sonneteer Alabaster amplifier and Sedley phono stage, famously a dual Audio Excellence award winner in the land of the rising sun, both graced the ears of the attending crowds. For more information please go to Analogue Audio Fair Tokyo and if your Japanese is no better than mine then Google translate does a great job for you.(It worked automatically on our Chrome browser).

Sonneteer Sedley, the HiFi Choice.

HIFI CHOICED SedleyFeb2015 image1 You may have missed it and we nearly did, but the Sonneteer Sedley had another stunning review recently. This time it was HiFi Choice of the UK’s turn. The Sedley in its full USB version was in their hands, but their focus was on vinyl record playback in comparison with one or two others on the market.

“Unboxing it, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve been sent a hefty power amp by mistake…Build quality is very impressive, especially considering Sonneteer’s price tag.”, they started. “the Sedley is a very level headed performer that seems unruffled by what ever you throw at it.”. A bit school report like, but as parents we are proud of that.

Getting more serious with the music they went on, “On Asgeir Trausti’s Lyndarmal Keyboard notes extend from the soundstage and hang in the air with natural grace.” Now that’s what we call a Sonneteer. “Bass is well rounded and without the bloom of the Edwards phono stage and yet more substantial than that of the pro-ject.” and as nature intended.

Then even more serious, “Configured to MC mode…the Sedley really excels as the soundstage and instruments within it gain more weight….which makes some of the budget phono stages on test sound somewhat hollow in comparison.”

For more on the Sedley go to http://sonneteer.co.uk/home/sedley/

and more review extracts go to http://sonneteer.co.uk/home/news/pressing-news/

The Heartbeat amps in prototype form. Another sneak from Sonneteer.

20150310_114038So we’ve had a couple of amps going for a few weeks. Thought we might share a glimpse with you. You saw the rats nest some time back of other bits. Mainly small signal level stuff. Well at least the amps are on a proper board. Who knows what they may all end up in?

We are playing about a bit and they don’t sound the same. Can you spot the differences?

More soon. Happy Easter from all of us at Sonneteer.

New spin on an old romance: Latest Sonneteer creation lets you print your own records in your own home!

Latest stereolithography 3D printer technology lets music lovers to recreate their favourite LPs. The LP Creation Software available for free, but you still have to buy the music!

We are back to the old with the latest 3-D printing technology created by the amazing chaps at Sonneteer allowing you to produce your own records at home. You can 3D print anything from the Beatle’s 1st Album to your own version of “Now that’s what I called…” compilation LPs to your heart’s content.

vinyl comeback

Vinyl’s coming back, but not as we know it!

Sonneteer, writing on their website said: ‘We recently revisited our old record collection and sadly we have found that some of the older LPs were in a bit of a bad state! With LP’s there are no ways to repair them, and with so many of them being out of print there are no ways to replace them ether!… Or is there? We wondered. “We could use a laser cutting machine to…” but apart from Sonneteer’s (ever so slightly eccentric) co-founder Remo Casadei, who else would be dreaming of having such a machine in their own home? We then looked at some other manufacturing processes available and thought, why not just print it?

We had long considered using 3D printing technology in the past to create some of our products like the Bard Wireless audio system, whereby the technology requires the cases to be made in polymer to allow wireless transmission. However, all the earlier “3D” AM (Additive Manufacturing) machines weren’t actually true 3D, they were in fact 2-D printing machines, capable of printing one layer on top of another and the results were refined enough. So we set out in search of a better way to achieve the results we wanted.

 

laser cut vinyl

Once formed, the second laser “cuts” the music “grooves” and you can then play it on your record player like a normal record – via the Sonneteer Sedley phono stage of course!

Insert: 3DDS in action (note twin laser tubes)

After spending several months discussing with 3-D printer makers around the world, we pinned down a two-tier process called “3-D-D Stereolithography”, or “Three-Double-D”. This new twin laser process would basically construct the main object body via the first guided laser beams to quickly solidify the liquid polymer into the basic shape (i.e. the record body), and then use the second ultra-fine laser beam to create the details (i.e. the sound tracks grooves) at a precision far greater than any gas-laser cutter can ever achieve. Also, as all the shaping and cutting are done at room temperature the final object will not suffer from temperature related distortion issues, and for the same reason, no annealing process is required to prevent future crazing either.

What about the software? Well, it is surprisingly simple as the open-sourced free software basically loads a music file just like any computer music player but with a difference: You also get a PRINT button! So now not only can you press PLAY to listen or preview your creation, you can also press PRINT which sends the file to the printer to, literally, print yourself a hard copy! The free to download software accepts most popular audio formats such as MP3, WMA etc., and the Pro version accepts high resolution formats such as WAV, DVD-A, DSD etc. Being open source means any developer can also incorporate their own ideas offering additional features for the future too!

One thing most curious, even though the files are digital, the output grooves are actually analogue as they are carved by a continuously moving single laser beam, and then mechanically low-pass filtered in the solidifying polymer. After hundreds of hours of listening by our panel of judges, they all agreed that the playback sounded distinctively analogue too!

So, are the printed records black in colour too? Sadly not yet as the highest resolution polymer currently comes only in indigo, but who says the technology will stop here? This is the only beginning and Sonneteer believe apart from printing black LPs, we will soon be printing picture discs too!

 

3DDs software in operation. You can set different LP thickness too… 180g Vinyl here we come!

3DDs software in operation. You can set different LP thickness too… 180g Vinyl here we come!

We’d like to thank Remo Casadei, Technical Director and one of the Sonneteer founders for help with this article.

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