News & Views

Introducing the Sennheiser HE-1 Headphone System
North American Debut of the Ayre QX-5
Record Store Day - Saturday, April 16, 2016
2015 Seminar Series Announced
Ayre Acoustics "Twenty"
Arcam Trade Program
March 14th, 2015 - Zanden Audio Visits Audio Consultants
Record Store Day - Saturday, April 18th 2015

Introducing the Sennheiser HE-1 Headphone System (Posted on: 9/22/2016 12:00:00 AM)

We invite you to an exclusive presentation of the world's finest headphone system the HE-1 by Sennheiser.  Consisting of an electrostatic headphone and a tube-based DAC/AMP enclosed in Carrera marble, the HE-1 transcends normal expectations of the headphone listening experience.

In addition to the HE-1, Sennheiser will be displaying a variety of their other high-end products with Sennheiser representatives there to answer your questions..
The event will take place at our 910 West Randolph location on Tuesday, September 27, from 5pm to 10pm.
You can drop by any time, but if you would like a personal demonstration of this remarkable system you must schedule a listening session by calling us at 847-864-9565.
Food and refreshments by Rick Bayless' Cruz Blanca.
Valet parking provided. 

North American Debut of the Ayre QX-5 (Posted on: 6/14/2016 3:17:03 PM)

We are proud to announce that Audio Consultants has been chosen to host the North American debut of the Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty digital hub. Alex Brinkman of Ayre Acoustics will be here on Saturday, June 18th at our Evanston location to introduce the QX-5.  

The QX-5 includes the finest DAC Ayre has ever designed. Building on the discoveries made with the Pono project and the incredibly successful Codex, the QX-5 takes advantage of the brand-new ESS 9038PRO DAC chip and a custom-made crystal oscillator for the clocking circuit to produce a DAC whose capabilities are much more than just an extension of Ayre’s previous designs.

The QX-5 is also the most versatile digital product Ayre has ever made. With 10 digital inputs, a remote volume control and a built-in headphone amp, it can be the centerpiece of an all digital source system. The QX-5 also features WiFi network streaming capabilities so you can access all the music you have on your computers and hard drives and stream from Internet music providers such as Tidal and Deezer.

To see, hear and learn about this wonderful new product drop by our Evanston store on Saturday, June 18th between 11 and 5, 1014 Davis Street, Evanston, IL 60201. 

Record Store Day - Saturday, April 16, 2016 (Posted on: 4/13/2016 12:00:00 AM)

 Audio Consultants in Libertyville invites you to Record Store Day 2016, on Saturday, April 16th. We will be offering an array of exclusive, limited-edition LP releases. None of these releases can be found at the big box stores or online. There will be giveaways from Transparent Audio and Ortofon. Business hours are from 10am to 6pm. For a complete Record Store Day list, visit And see us in the news here.

2015 Seminar Series Announced (Posted on: 6/18/2015 12:06:47 PM)

In addition to our yearly tour of the WFMT Studios, we are pleased to be welcoming Ayre Acoustics, Harmonic Resolution Systems, Aerial Acoustics and, as always, our very own Scott Soloway.  Check back for details. 

Ayre Acoustics "Twenty" (Posted on: 3/11/2015 1:31:59 PM)

When Charlie Hansen, owner and chief engineer of Ayre Acoustics, finished with the MX-R and KX-R models six years ago he didn't think he would be able to design anything significantly better. He now admits he was wrong.

The new MX-R Twenty and KX-R Twenty are not just noticeable improvements of their predecessors, they represent a major leap in sound quality. With Ayre's Diamond output circuit, improved PC Board layout and new power supply regulation, the only things that remain from the original designs are the chassis and the power transformer.

 As the owner of a Reference Series Ayre product, you can have your original model upgraded to the Twenty series for the difference in selling price between the old and new models. Turnaround at the factory is four days so you will not be without music for very long.

It took us literally just a a few seconds to hear how much better the new models are and we are sure you will feel the same way.

To arrange an audition or schedule an upgrade, please call any of our stores.

Arcam Trade Program (Posted on: 3/11/2015 1:29:40 PM)

From now until April 30th, bring in any AV receiver or processor, working or not, and get a trade value equal to 20% of the normal price of an Arcam AVR450, AVR750 or AV950. These receivers and processors are renowned for being able to bring depth, dimension and nuance to stereo music recordings while also giving you the excitement of the latest action movie blockbusters. Call any of our stores for further information on the upgrade program. 

March 14th, 2015 - Zanden Audio Visits Audio Consultants  (Posted on: 3/11/2015 12:00:00 AM)

You know a lot about the music on the LPs you listen to, but there's a good chance you don't know that many pressings were not made to the "official" industry standards and are almost never played back correcty .

On Saturday, March 14th from 12pm-5pm, you wil be able to bring in your LPs to our Evanston store and hear them played back properly for the first time. Eric Phiels of Zanden Audio Systems will be in the store with a trio of award winning audio components, including the Model 120 phone preamp. The Model 120, like all Zanden components, is meticulously crafted for sound that is both revealing and beautiful. But the revelation is the result of its five special settings to align the sound for the cutting standards of the major record labels.

So, call the Evanston store (847 864-9565) to reserve a time or simply drop in with an LP you think sounds great and one with great music but questionable sound and hear them played back on great equipment with and without Zanden's special settings. 

Record Store Day - Saturday, April 18th 2015 (Posted on: 3/11/2015 12:00:00 AM)

Vinyl records are more popular than they've been in twenty years. Record Store Day 2015 is the eighth consecutive international day dedicated to brick-and-mortar stores that specialize in vinyl records. For the first time, Audio Consultants Libertyville will be joining the festivities by stocking some of the exclusive records released just for Record Store Day 2015.  Come to Audio Consultants Libertyville on Saturday, April 18 to help us celebrate and check out some the great titles.  For information, call (847) 362 - 5594, or write us at Titles only at the LIBERTYVILLE location.