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Aaudio Imports Introduces Reference-Level Air-Powered Turntable and Tonearm by Bergmann of Denmark

Sleipner Airbearing Turntable with Airbearing Tonearm

Precision Sleipner Airbearing Turntable with Airbearing Tonearm Delivers Superb Musical Reproduction with Silent, Friction-Free Technology

INTERNATIONAL CES 2012, LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2012 — Aaudio Imports, a leading supplier of world class high-end audio products, introduces at CES 2012 the remarkable Sleipner Airbearing Turntable with Airbearing Tonearm by Bergmann Audio of Denmark, a leading specialist in airbearing turntables and tonearms.

The Sleipner is a reference-level turntable powered by airbearing technology. It includes a linear tracking airbearing tonearm, a digital motor-controlled air supply, and a vacuum clamp to stabilize records. In Danish, “Sleipner” means smooth or gliding, and refers to what is sometimes called the best of all horses, the eight-legged flying stallion ridden by Odin, chief among the mythological Nordic gods. In English, Sleipner stands for a supreme achievement in turntable technology.

The Sleipner is built with a simple, timeless design, in keeping with Bergmann’s “Less is more” philosophy, and in keeping with Bergmann’s airbearing technology, which offers a number of advantages. The airbearing process is frictionless, for example, minimizing bearing noise and yielding exceptional stability. The airbearing tonearm glides friction-free and only makes contact with a record through the stylus tip and tonearm wire. The result is an emotionally engaging musical reproduction with an unexpectedly effective bass response that transmits nuances and details as natural elements of a vivid and transparent acoustic image.

The Sleipner’s plinth, or base, is a six-layer sandwich of different materials for optimal resonance control. The sandwich consists of three boards of powdered granite/epoxy binding material, two layers of aluminum, and one layer of bitumen, all covered in a 12-mm thick coat of hand-painted and polished polyvinyl. The plinth stabilizes the tonearm, and rests on a set of sturdy, adjustable Ceraball feet, which house vibration-controlling ceramic ball-bearings inside aluminum housings.

A 20.2-pound aluminum platter rests atop the plinth, and atop a 21-mm record mat made of two layers of polycarbonate and one layer of acrylic. The Sleipner’s air supply both supports and centers the platter and provides a thin, dry film of smoothly flowing air, creating a silent, friction-free movement.
The linear-tracking airbearing tonearm
 consists of a tubular carbon arm and headshell molded in one piece for optimal stiffness. The hollow arm is damped on the inside and houses connecting wires of pure silver. A highly precise, digitally controlled DC motor with an oversized power supply regulates record speeds, including settings for 33 and 45 rpm.

The Sleipner Airbearing Turntable with Airbearing Tonearm is available now from authorized dealers at a suggested price of $48,100 to $54,400 (U.S. MSRP), depending on finish and connectors.

About Audio Imports
Based in Parker, Colorado, Aaudio Imports is a leading supplier of truly world-class high-end audio products to top quality dealers. Its high-end manufacturers, selected from companies around the world, also stand out from the crowd, and include Acapella in Germany, Audiotop in Switzerland, Bergmann Audio in Denmark, Einstein Audio Components in Germany, Isoclean Power in Hong Kong, Lindemann and Millennium Audio in Germany, Stage III concepts in the U.S., Lansche Audio in Germany, Weizhi Precision in Taiwan, and Ypsilon Electronics in Greece. Aaudio Imports dealers are true music lovers, selected for their product knowledge, listening skills, and desire to seek out only the best for their customers. For further technical information, visit Aaudio Imports’ website at www.aaudioimports.com.

About Bergmann Audio
Bergmann Audio is a Danish manufacturer specializing in airbearing turntables and linear tracking airbearing tonearms. Every part is handcrafted in Denmark to optimize the airbearing principle, and achieve the exceptional sound and timeless designs for which Bergmann is known. For further technical information, visit www.bergmannaudio.com

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Aaudio Imports Debuts Highly Innovative Arcadia Speaker by B.M.C. Audio @ CES

First in New B.M.C. Product Category Boasts Bi-Polar Design, Custom Drivers, External Crossover, Ceramic-Based Cabinet

INTERNATIONAL CES 2012, LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2012 — Aaudio Imports introduces the new Arcadia full-range bi-polar loudspeaker by B.M.C. Audio of Germany at CES 2012. Arcadia is the first entry in a brand new product category for the Germany-based electronics manufacturer and the first model in an anticipated series of three new speakers.

Equally important, the Arcadia powerfully realizes B.M.C.’s philosophy of applying exceptional concepts to create technical innovations that further its components’ musical reproduction. The outcome is pure, accurate, emotionally resonant sound, a level of musical reproduction that captures the details and richness of live performances.

The Arcadia is as technologically advanced as it is stylishly designed.


In developing the Arcadia, B.M.C. Audio didn’t simply assemble a collection of off-the-shelf parts — it profoundly re-examined how speakers best work. As a result, the Arcadia is as technologically sophisticated as it is stylishly designed. The three-way speaker sparkles with daring innovations — from its bi-polar balanced configuration and ceramic-composite cabinet to custom-made drivers; plus an external crossover for each speaker system offering an impressive 28 jacks for ultra-flexible & upgradable connections for one or multiple amplifiers, the woofers and midrange drivers, and the Air-Motion tweeters.

Most conventional speakers, for example, project good depth of image in the center of the soundstage, but much less so at the sides. The Arcadia’s bi-polar design, which features the same driver set on the rear as it does on the front of the cabinet, dramatically improves the listener’s impression of depth at the left and right sides of the soundstage, making the soundstage more complete and realistic.

The Arcadia is also a balanced speaker. Both front and rear baffles feature two 6.1-inch Kevlar-Honeycomb-sandwich midrange drivers and an Air-Motion ribbon tweeter with a massive motor in conjunction with a light diaphragm for superb acceleration and high sound pressure capability. Two 11-inch Kevlar-Honeycomb-sandwich woofers with multi-magnet drives at the sides of each cabinet deliver impressive air movement.

The speaker’s striking cabinets are constructed of an exclusive, innovative ceramic-compound B.M.C. calls Megalith. In development since 2002, this is a dense, acoustically optimized amalgam of several aluminum-oxide-based ceramics with multiple grain sizes held together with complex acrylic binders. Unlike Epoxy or phenolic binders, the Arcadia’s acrylics remain stable for decades.

The cabinet’s advantages include an absence of base and midrange coloration, greater stiffness, and a lower internal energy loss than is possible with any cabinet made of wood. Resonance-free and rigid, the cabinet is also free from the effects of humidity and thermal elongation. In fact, the fusion of its parts is more like chemical welding, so that its elements react as a single, seamless piece. Three thin raised panels on each of the cabinet’s sides emphasize its graceful verticality, and create a slim profile that helps the speaker comfortably fit in most living rooms.

The crossover, uniquely, is external, and weighs 37.5 lbs. Being external frees it from internal sound pressures, and makes it easy to upgrade with future solutions designed to improve the sound even further.

B.M.C. Audio custom designed all the Arcadia’s drivers. They feature honeycomb-Kevlar cones that are light, stiff, and free of resonance and coloration. Rather than use the traditional single magnet per woofer, B.M.C. Audio embedded each Arcadia woofer with 6 magnets arranged in a ring. This yields an exceptionally dense magnetic field for long linear excursion range of 0.27 inches.

Also unconventional, B.M.C. Audio custom crafted all the Arcadia’s key elements, including its large air-inductors, inductance-free polypropylene capacitors, unique polystyrene ‘by-passers’. Metal-film resistor arrays replace the usual MOX or wire resistors for superior precision and sound quality.

Arcadia applies a sealed construction process, avoiding bass-reflex resonances and significantly improving bass precision. The power of the drivers, and the cabinet’s low energy loss, more than compensate for any loss of oomph in the sound. Each cabinet stands 47.2 inches high by 20.4 inches deep by 11.2 inches wide at the base, tapering to a narrow width of 7.7 inches at the top. Despite its relatively compact dimensions, each speaker weights 198 lbs., excluding the crossover.

Also notable, and unusual, is that the cabinet is made from a mold, which means the color is not applied later but added directly into the mix and solid all the way through for a non-glossy finish. A bonus of the process is that scratches can be buffed away without worrying about ruining the surface. B.M.C. applies a transparent lacquer for a high-gloss finish.

The Arcadia speaker is available from Aaudio Imports, its North American distributor, in a black or white satin or high gloss finish at a suggested price under $39,000/pair.

About Audio Imports
Based in Parker, Colorado, Aaudio Imports is a leading supplier of truly world-class high-end audio products to top quality dealers. Its high-end manufacturers, selected from companies around the world, also stand out from the crowd, and include Acapella in Germany, Audiotop in Switzerland, Bergmann Audio in Denmark, Einstein Audio Components in Germany, Isoclean Power in Hong Kong, Lansche Audio and Millennium Audio in Germany, Stage III Concepts in the U.S., Thomas Labusga of Germany, Weizhi Precision in Taiwan, and Ypsilon Electronics in Greece. Aaudio Imports dealers are true music lovers, selected for their product knowledge, listening skills, and desire to seek out only the best for their customers.

For further technical information, visit Aaudio Imports’ website at http://www.aaudioimports.com

About B.M.C. Audio
B.M.C. Audio, based in Germany, is a developer and manufacturer of innovative audiophile components that combine a radically different approach with unconventional technologies, modular designs and affordable prices for music lovers with the highest expectations.

For further technical information, visit B.M.C.’s website at http://www.bmc-audio.de/en/

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Aaudio Imports Introduces Majestic Three-Way Speaker System by Lansche Audio of Germany

Lansche Audio's new No. 7 Speaker

New Model No. 7 Boasts Acoustic Fidelity, Flexibility
And Innovation Plus Legendary Corona Plasma Tweeter

INTERNATIONAL CES 2012, LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2012 — Aaudio Imports, a leading supplier of world-class high-end audio products, introduces the Model No. 7 Three-Way Passive Loudspeaker System by Lansche Audio of Germany, featuring Lansche’s legendary Corona Plasma Tweeter, at CES 2012, beginning here today.
The No. 7 Speaker unites acoustic fidelity, uncompromising quality and technical innovation with an extraordinary flexibility to achieve the best possible audio experience regardless of room characteristics. It delivers musical performances that sound as direct and natural as when they were originally performed, with no restrictions in dynamic range, frequency spectrum or the pleasure of feeling transported to a live musical experience.

The new No. 7 Speaker includes a new, improved version of the Corona Tweeter, a new aluminum front baffle, integrated adjustable footers for perfect leveling, and bi-wiring terminals. All are housed in a pair of majestic, masterfully crafted cabinets, 69 inches high by 17 inches wide by 24 inches deep, that are as dramatic in appearance as they are dynamic in sound.

The speakers reproduce midrange frequencies using two 4-inch cone drivers from Audio Technologies. They also use four 8.7-inch long-throw drivers for bass, the Corona Plasma Tweeter for higher frequencies, and two passive bass reflex ports in the rear. The 4-inch drivers’ low mass integrates crucial midrange frequencies with the plasma tweeter, while the 8.7-inch woofers consist of coated fabric cones of glass fiber and polyester.

A hallmark of Lansche technology, the Corona Plasma Tweeter, employs an 8mm-long electric arc to directly activate the surrounding air as a sound transmission medium. It comes closer than any other tweeter to the ideal of a point-shaped sound source with zero mass. The tweeter’s arc of resonance-free, voltage-modulated air helps it avoid the limitations of conventional tweeters to achieve outstanding impulse, phase and amplitude response, and an exact, three-dimensional sound. As a result, the No. 7 delivers faithful, coherent musical reproduction with incredible precision, speed and economy.

The rear of each speaker includes a connection panel with input terminals that accept banana plugs and spades for midrange and high frequencies, six terminals for making treble and bass adjustments, an IEC AC power jack, and a fuse. Two jumpers and two cable bridges per speaker are included with each pair of No. 7 Speakers. Bass reflex ports and an on/off switch rest in the middle of each back panel, and pairs of cooling vents are on the sides.

The particular acoustics of a room influence the sound of every speaker. A room’s design, the positioning of the speakers, the influences of furniture, curtains, and other objects can negatively affect the quality of a listening experience. One of the great virtues of the No. 7 is that it can be adjusted to the acoustic properties positioning restrictions of any room in which it is employed. For example, a sparsely furnished room without sound-absorbing elements such as carpets tends to produce an exaggerated treble response. A room with many sound-absorbing elements will make the treble seem duller. The two jumpers on the speakers’ rear terminal panel are for adjusting both the treble and bass responses. To change one, the user can simply pull out a jumper and reinsert it into a more appropriate of the available six terminals.

Lansche’s No. 7 Loudspeaker is available now from Aaudio Imports at suggested prices of $100,000/pair in a Satin Veneer 
finish, and $108,000/pair in a High Gloss Veneer
 or Piano Black Lacquer finish.

About Audio Imports
Based in Parker, Colorado, Aaudio Imports is a leading supplier of truly world-class high-end audio products to top quality dealers. Its high-end manufacturers, selected from companies around the world, also stand out from the crowd, and include Acapella in Germany, Audiotop in Switzerland, Bergmann Audio in Denmark, Einstein Audio Components in Germany, Isoclean Power in Hong Kong, Lansche Audio and Millennium Audio in Germany, Stage III Concepts in the U.S., Thomas Labusga of Germany, Weizhi Precision in Taiwan, and Ypsilon Electronics in Greece. Aaudio Imports dealers are true music lovers, selected for their product knowledge, listening skills, and desire to seek out only the best for their customers. For further technical information, visit Aaudio Imports’ website at www.aaudioimports.com.

About Lansche Audio
Based in Konstanz, Germany, on the shores of Lake Constance, Lansche Audio was founded by Rudiger Lansche in 1998, shortly after beginning manufacture of the Corona Plasma Tweeter. The tweeter is exclusive to Lansche and legendary for its extraordinarily accurate three-dimensional sound. Through considerable research, Lansche developed midrange and bass drivers fast enough to keep up with the Corona’s lightning-quick response. Speaker models No. 3, Cubus, No. 4.1, No. 5, No. 8.1, No. 7 and No. 5.1 followed, providing Lansche with a powerful line of highly expressive high-performance speakers. Lansche also implemented steady design improvements in the Corona Plasma Tweeter making it, in Lansche’s opinion, the best tweeter in the world. For further technical information about Lansche Audio, visit www.ib-lansche.de

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