Sound Equipment Winter Park FL

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Absolute Sound, Inc. ~Founding Member~
(407) 629-1930
862 South Orlando Avenue
Winter Park, FL
Services
Furnishings, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Anthem, B&W, Cooper Lighting, Definitive Tech, Escient, Hitachi, JBL Synthesis, LG, Lutron, Marantz, Monster Cable, McIntosh, Middle Atlantic, Mitsubishi, Monster, Niles, Paradigm, Pioneer Elite, Rotel, Runco, Sanus, Stewart, Tributaries
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Troy Goetz, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Innovative Home Theaters
(407) 654-1427
3701 N. John Young Pkwy., Ste 103
Orlando, FL
 
Best Buy
4601 E Colonial Dr
Orlando, FL
 
Millennium Systems Design
(407) 999-5322
4403 Vineland RoadSte. B3
Orlando, FL
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Netstreams, Dali, B&K, Sim2, Escient, Niles Audio, Vudu, Draper, Marantz, Clipsal, Control4, Snell, Kinetics, Mitsubishi, Remote Technologies Inc (RTI), Samsung, Chief Mounts, and we mix it all together with a satisfaction gaurantee
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Tim Bartell, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

H.H. Gregg
(407) 299-8625
8010 W. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL
 
Innovative Home Theaters, Inc.
(407) 654-1427
3701 N. John Young ParkwaySte. 103
Orlando, FL
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Mitsubishi Diamond, SONY, Pioneer Elite, Runco, Meridian, Mark Levinson, BOSE, Lexicon, Revel, Thiel, Denon, Sunfire, Velodyne, Sherbourn, ARCAM, Bay Audio, Vidikron, James Loudspeaker, Klipsch, Toshiba, JVC, Sharp, LG, Samsung and more.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Ogilvie Brett, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Robert Ogilvie, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

H.H. Gregg
(407) 893-9891
3222 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL
 
Best Buy
597 W State Road 436
Altamonte Springs, FL
 
Millennium Systems
(407) 999-5233
4403 Vineland Rd. Ste B-3
Orlando, FL
 
Best Buy
(407) 248-2439
4155 Millenia Blvd
Orlando, FL
 

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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