Sound Equipment Skokie IL

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Best Buy
5425 Touhy Ave
Skokie, IL
 
Best Buy
2301 Howard St
Evanston, IL
 
Best Buy
9530 Greenwood Ave
Niles, IL
 
Precision Audio Video
(773) 720-1542
5632 N. Artesian
Chicago, IL
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Ensemble Custom Solutions, Inc.
(847) 298-2600
638 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Ensemble works with vendors that we have chosen for their superior product quality, proven track record, and commitment to customer support.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Ryan Appel, CEDIA Certified Instructor, PMP, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Justin Spino, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Paul Walczak, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

The Big Picture Home Theater Co.
(847) 256-1882
1211 Wilmette Avenue
Wilmette, IL
Services
Audio / Video, Furnishings, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Sony, Samsung, Sim2 & JVC video; Stewart & Vutec screens; B&K, Integra, & Cambridge electronics; Control 4, Niles & Universal control; Revel, Triad, Vienna Acoustics, Monitor Audio, Leon & Sonance speakers; Sanus and Salamander furniture
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Patrick McFadden, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Audio Consultants
(847) 864-9565
1014 Davis Street
Evanston, IL
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Home Entertainment Design, Inc.
(847) 729-3700
1854 Johns Drive
Glenview, IL
Services
Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Chris Michael, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I

Ensemble Custom Soluions, Inc.
(847) 298-2600
638 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Best Buy
4100A N Harlem Ave
Harwood Heights, IL
 

Grand Prix Audio Formula Shelf

grand prix audio

Formula Shelf and Apex Footers

as reviewed by Greg Weaver

 

 

 

It has been nearly three years since I reviewed the superlative and, to these ears, unsurpassed, Grand Prix Audio Monaco Modular Isolation system. Since that time, I have gradually been able to improve upon its original spectacular effectiveness, one-step at a time.

The first improvement came when I was asked to review the Redpoint Model D turntable. Alvin Lloyd was kind enough to send me a Formula Shelf to evaluate in its roll supporting the 135-pound behemoth music maker from Peter Clark. Even though the three-quarters of an inch thick clear acrylic top shelf of my original system would have been adequate to support the weight of the Model D, it somehow seemed the appropriate opportunity to make the move to the cost-no-object, unique cellular structure and cross-linked resin system Formula shelf.

The distinctive core material used in the GPA Formula Shelf was developed originally for nuclear facilities, aerospace, and aviation isolation applications. The distinctive looking carbon fiber shell, combined with this proprietary core, exhibits a high strength to weight ratio, and provides substantial resistance to the transmission of vibration across a broad frequency range.

To stop at calling the GPA Formula Shelf merely effective would be like proclaiming the Arctic Circle can get "chilly" in winter. Replacing the clear acrylic top shelf under the Model D, the formula shelf's impact and contribution was more significant than I could have imagined, even given my previous experience with all things GPA. I was afforded even more space than previously, in all three dimensions, as well as more accurate sizing and more clearly defined localization of instruments. The original velvety black quietness became even quieter! The overall background calm established from which the music emanates was even darker with the formula shelf in place... I sent my check!

Interestingly, at the same time he had sent the Formula Shelf, he included a set of the Apex footers. Each of the three just under an inch and a half tall Apex footers is fabricated from two hand-laminated, high-pressure vacuum-cured layers of Carbon fiber. Those two layers, both the outer skin and the core/base of the device, are decoupled via a proprietary damping polymer.

The super-dense polymer (also used in the upright columns of their Monaco SE) separating the core/base segment of the Apex from its outer skin was developed in collaboration with one of their former racing aerospace partners. Alvin claims that it exhibits a far higher energy dissipation ratio than any of the metals or compounds commonly used for other component isolation footers, and is just one of many claimed technological advances Grand Prix Audio enjoys over its competition.

By presenting three dissimilar materials boundaries to the e...

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