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NiWatt Pre-Production Kickoff Sale is Over

Thanks to all who participated.  Stay tuned for our upcoming tour of the NiWatts and the release of our Eiger rim drive turntable shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, here are some other tasty items for your consideration …

Galibier Design - Bargain Bin TaleaDurand Talea Mk-I Tonearm: $SOLD$

Galibier Design - Bargain Bin TaleaOne of my customers is selling a first generation Talea tonearm (click photos for expanded view).

This is a local customer and I have inspected and set up the arm.  Condition is 9/10.

Contact the customer using this link.

I view both Talea generations to be the equal of the current Kairos tonearm – this because of the wood arm wand on the Taleas.

If the Kairos had a wood wand, I suspect that it would be the superior tonearm, but I have to say, that I think Joel took a step backwards in moving to the composite arm wands in both the Kairos and the Telos.

I get why he did it. Maintaining quality control with the wood wands is not a simple or inexpensive task. Considering that the Telos is a cost no object design, I’m surprised he didn’t retain the wood wand on the Telos.

Galibier Design - Bargain Bin TaleaTake these musings as one person’s opinion and nothing more, but know that this particular Talea is a wonderful tonearm.

When you factor the price of an interconnect into a Kairos ($500 to $1K), this Talea (with its included interconnect) becomes a great deal at its asking price.

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ZYX Omega Lapis Lazuli MONO Cartridge: $SOLD$

Galibier Design - ZYX Mono CartridgeA good customer of ours has far too many cartridges and is parting with his ZYX cartridge. The following is his description:

Priced very fairly for a quick sale. (MSRP is $5695).

Ships FREE anywhere in the good ol’ U.S. of A. PayPal is welcome and adds the usual small fee. Other payment methods are also welcome. 

Here we have a young, beautiful example of the gorgeous Omega Lapis Lazuli MONO cartridge from the artisans at ZYX in Japan. Purchased new from Mehran at SORASound, the one and only authorized distributor in North America.  The full model designation includes X-SB, which means the coils are ultra-pure 6N crystal copper (preferred by virtually all audiophiles) and it also includes the optional ($200) Silver Base, which is actually a top plate for the cartridge (seen in the photos).       

How does the ZYX Omega sound? Well, it sounds incredible, to be honest.

Here is what Myles Astor said in Positive Feedback: 

“In a nutshell, the ZYX Omega G is one of the most musically engaging and satisfying cartridges that I’ve heard in quite some time. Many times I found myself unconsciously reacting to the music on the albums exactly like I would at a concert or jazz club. Head bobbing. Shoulders swaying. Wanting to applaud after an exceptional solo.”

This cartridge is still in its infancy!  I opened the sealed box in October of 2016.  Due to extensive travel, it has seen less than 6 months of active duty, and it has maybe ~100 hours on it. It may not even be fully broken in at this point.

So by now you’re probably wondering, why am I selling my ZYX Omega MONO? Definitely NOT because I’ve found something better! This is still the very best mono cartridge I have ever heard. But the simple fact is that I need cash to fund other audio ventures, and . . . something’s got to go!

And the late Harry Pearson liked it even more:

“Its most startling characteristic is a degree of purity unheard of in a a moving coil design.”

“You’ll hear how precisely rendered are any of the sound it decodes, this it does with a purity and low distortion that elude everyone else’s design, and that means virtually all of the competition.”

“It has the widest soundstage of all the cartridges we evaluated, and ,thus, the very best separation figures (and even makes sonic “sense” of that wide separation)”

“And because of its carzy-glue-like way of sticking to a groove, it has the lowest audible distortion thus the purity and the sense of sparkle aplenty.”

Any questions? Just ask, and I’ll try to answer quickly (click link to send an e-mail).

Many thanks for looking!