Maeve O’Boyle, Scotland’s 25 year old singer / songwriter, speaks to STV
Learn more – here
Watch the live recording here
Maeve endorses AVA Media – The Maestro
From ToneAudio (US) – click on the images for full size images for easier reading
To read the full article (a good read to anyone who loves music) head over to ToneAudio (link to the full 25MB on line magazine) – flick down to page 60
22nd February 2013 (Bristol, UK)
Gordon (Toy Town records) says “This is a fantastic partnership. AVA Media are leaders in the world of hi-fi, power amplification and digital streamers. Their products are first class and sound amazing. As the producer of Maeve’s new album, I worked really hard to make sure the record sounded as real as possible. Playing the album through AVA’s Maestro 50 amplifier really blew me away… AVA customers are in for a treat!”
To learn more, please visit : Toy Town Records
AVA Media were very pleased to meet many new faces, as well as many existing customers
Almost all visitors to room 320 enjoyed the clarity and power delivered from the Maestro-50 amplifiers on demo. Every likes enjoys sound in a different way, and although many felt the Linn 140s delivered a full rounded sound, others liked the B&W640 series, other felt the deep bass reproduced from the Gurus amazing.
With many familiar faces, there were a few celebrities too: Maeve O’Boyle graced us with a live performance of three of her recent songs – simply beautiful. We also had the opportunity to demonstrate the UK designed and manufactured amplifiers with Jon Bentley of ‘The Gadget Show’ – he really liked the sound, the quality, and UK pedigree
We’ll come back with more notes and pictures of room 320, but for now we just wanted to thank you for coming along. For those that ordered the Maestro, we hope you’ve already had your unit delivered.
We’ve also been advised that the ‘Bristol’ offer – saving you 15% off any Maestro amplifier, including the brand new -150P and –50S models has been extended for a few days more – so don’t delay.
Image below is part of the rear connectivity of the Maestro-150P (the ‘Precision’)
Coming soon…. the Maestro-50S
This special edition version of the Maestro-50 True Digital Amplifier will be released at the Bristol HiFi Show
Boasting the same high quality sound performance as the Maestro-50, this special edition version is a perfect compliment to your SONOS Connect (previously ZonePlayer 90) network media renderer.
We look forward to seeing you there.
If you would like to learn more about the Maestro-50S – drop us a line
Maestro-50 customer reports:
“Whatever it is that they are doing at AVA Media, Manchester, I can conclude that it’s working. I’ve listened to rock, pop. classical, and jazz and everything sounds alive and unforced. The Maestro doesn’t seem to colour the music with either timing or clang. It’s as anonymous at ‘The black monolith in Kubricks 2001′ and that’s exactly how a good HiFi should be, in my opinion. It’s the music that talks.”
Read the full story here:
This tiny box, about the size of your hand, has been taking up all of our attention since we received the very first prototype ever made back in December. The production models are literally flying out the door and for a while we had 100% hit rate on customers visiting our shop ,,, we are still close to that rate even 4 or 5 weeks into stocking it.
So it’s small, very small. It comes in a machined from solid aluminium chassis (see above CAD), black anodised and laser etched logo and text, something unheard of at this price but rather associated with super high end products determined to get the absolute best shielding, stability and finish. So it feels and looks amazing, like ‘real’ quality, way over the expectation at that price.
It’s 50W but I’m told, actually 65W so it packs a punch and delivers even with some impressive floor-standers. There is no remote and just two inputs, both digital (spdif & Toslink) and they are manually switched so it is very minimalist. This is what really surprised me when I started using it … what a relief that it’s so simple … almost mechanical. Send a signal, it automatically comes out of standby and plays, I’m not searching for a remote because there isn’t one.
We are littered with music renderers (source products) in our homes, Sonos player, MacMini, Apple TV, Airport express, Smart TV, PS3, Boxee, LINN, naim, Simple Audio … and so on. I have an embarrassing amount of ways to stream both music & film ,,, lets face it, just one or two is enough so do I need more renderers, more APPs, more remotes … No!
When thinking about the above scenarios you start to see that Maestro is a simple box that just works with anything you have without ”butting in”! It just gives amazing performance from any of the products that have digital out and lets face it, that’s just about everything. So yes it’s a simple aluminium block with just one function … to amplify a digital signal to your speakers. So if that’s it’s function, does it do it well? I’ll answer that shortly! First lets just mention that this takes open digital code and converts it to an amplified analogue signal to your speakers. It does this without a DAC, well what we all understand a DAC to be … it does it with a different technology, something they call ‘pure-audio-stream’ with a pulse-code-modulated (PCM) to pulse-width-modulated (PWM) converter called a modulator .. I have no idea what that means but it apparently has no digital clock so it has no clocking problems, no jitter … I understand that!
So how good does it sound? Well with an airport express, an ipad, Spotify premium and a pair of LINN Majik 109 speakers (11450 Sek) … I can fool any visitor into believing the Maestro costs 30,000 Sek and that I am playing high quality files!
It’s probably the cleanest sound I have ever heard from any HiFi and that is what this tini box is, it’s a HiFi, the only HiFi you need in a home and it’s a really good one. It’s also one of the most pure sounding HiFi’s I have heard. This sounds silly but a dog sounds like a dog, like a real dog! I watched ‘Alla vi Barn i Byllerbyn” hence the comparison but honestly I never heard Childred, birds, and music sound so REAL like this. For me this delivers completely uncoloured sound ,,, crystal clear! I’d say it probably ranks extremely highly as one of THE best studio tools around … absolutely perfect for listening for detail and individual instruments and effects.
So it costs 2995 Sek, which is rather a bad joke, when you consider the chassis it comes in, never mind the amazing performance. Bearing in mind I make my living from sales of rather expensive equipment, is this a good thing? Well for the customer of course it is, for music … of course it is because the ordinary family with an ordinary budget will now experience music at home way above what they dreamed was possible and get more out of their music!
It’s not even made in China, but rather in a small family owned manufacturing factory in Manchester, England … I mean made there. I sent Gustaf to check! CNC machines, anodizing machines, design & IT, it’s all there … big raw aluminium blocks on forklifts queuing to be made into world class HiFi and IT solutions they provide.
2995 Sek, the size of my hand … actually fits in with everything I use and want, film, music, multi-room with minimal inputs, one retractable knob (also made from machines-in-house aluminium) head volume control, which for most uses, is not used (I’m always streaming from media players with tablet control and digital volume control or simply with my smartTV) and an input selector switch which again you hardly use.
I talked about showing off playing Spotify wirelessly comparing to 30,000 Sek boxes well what does it do when you play 24 Bit, 192 Htz direct from MacPro, MacMini or PC for example? It’s totally insane and I have no idea what to compare it with … it’s really really good!
Henryk, the founder from Musicimatic (Gothenburgs oldest Studio with some, NO sorry Henryk … it’s ALL amazing gear and an impressive list of artists recording there) commented:
”I can’t even lift my amplifier in the studio … it sounds amazing, must be trickery, what’s going on … put me down for one”
AVA Media are pleased to be attending the Bristol Show – 22nd-24th February 2013
We will be in Room 320, on the third floor, and also on the Ground floor Bristol 7a, with our UK distributor ‘Computers Unlimited’
We welcome you to visit us, and experience the exquisite quality of our Ripping Servers and True Digital Amplifiers.
We will be showing:
We look forward to seeing you there.
The show opens 10AM to 5PM on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th February and can be found at Marriot City Centre – Lower Castle St – Bristol – BS1 3AD
We’ll post more information here, as we approach the actual show itself, then with some live updates of the show once it opens.
A number of customers have asked if they can connect a USB device to the Maestro-50, and the answer is no. There is no USB input.
However, there is a new neat little device – the USB 24/96 which as is says on the tin is a 24bit 96Khz ready USB to SPDIF adapter.
It connects to any PC / MAC or Media Centre, via a USB cable, and all modern OS variations will see the device as a new sound card, installing it automatically without external drivers
It supports AC3 and DTS – and can resolve up to 24bit / 96KHz – or Studio as it is sometimes know.
So if you want to stream music from any device with a spare ‘USB sound output’ to the Maestro-50, or any digital amplifier the USB 24/96 may be just what you are looking for!
Shipping from stock, now!