News & Views

New Products on Display
A Special Offer from Audio Consultants and Transparent Audio
B&W Headphones and Computer Speakers Have Arrived
New Products from Boulder and B&W
New Products on Display
800 Series Diamond
Ayre QB-9
Headphone Update
The Beatles and the Chicago Tribune at Audio Consultants
Classé Improves the SSP-800 Processor
The Last of the Elites
The Wilson Sashas Have Arrived
2009 Seminar Series
Bryston and Grammy Awards-- Coincidence?
See the proof with PS Audio's Noise Harvester
AudioConsultants welcomes Sonos and Audioengine
The B&W Loudspeaker Factory Tour

New Products on Display (Posted on: 11/1/2010 12:00:00 AM)

Amphion Helium 520 floor standing speakers – Libertyville

Amphion Helium Bookshelf speakers - Evanston

Arcam BDP1000 blu-ray player - Libertyville

Ayre D5 universal player - Evanston

Boulder 1021 Player - Hinsdale

Clear Audio Concept turntable – Evanston, Libertyville, Hinsdale and Chicago

dCS Debussy – Hinsdale

dCS Sacarlatti- Evanston, limited time only

Gallo Reference 3.5 – Evanston, Libertyville,

Grado GR10 Headphones- Evanston

Project Tube Box SE II phono preamplifier - Libertyville

Wilson Audio Sophia 3- Libertyville

Wilson Audio Sasha - Evanston

Coming Soon:  Arcam icube, Bryston BDP1  

Please call us to verify the location of a particular model as we regularly rotate our equipment between stores.


A Special Offer from Audio Consultants and Transparent Audio (Posted on: 8/13/2010 12:00:00 AM)

Audio Consultants and Transparent Audio invite you to take advantage of a special upgrade offer towards Transparent Audio power products.

Transparent Audio manufactures some of the finest power conditioners on the market.  Noise-free with no current limiting, Transparent Audio power conditioners will help the sound and picture of your home entertainment system achieve a whole new level of vitality while providing fail-safe, lightening-fast surge protection circuitry that never wears out.

In order to participate, simply trade in your existing power conditioner, regardless of manufacturer, towards the purchase of a new Transparent Isolator, PowerWave or PowerBank 6.  

You will receive a trade-in allowance of up to 70% of the original retail value of your power conditioner and be able to take advantage of Transparent's power conditioner upgrade program at any time in the future.

This is a limited-time offer valid until October 31, 2010.

B&W Headphones and Computer Speakers Have Arrived (Posted on: 5/27/2010 12:00:00 AM)

We have just received the B&W P5 Headphones and MM-1 Computer Speakers. Please call any of our stores or click here for more information.  

New Products from Boulder and B&W (Posted on: 3/25/2010 12:00:00 AM)

We are excited to have the newly updated Boulder 1021 CD player on display in at our Evanston location.  Click here to read more.  We are also eagerly anticipating the arrival of B&W headphones and computer speakers sometime in May.  

New Products on Display (Posted on: 2/4/2010 12:00:00 AM)

We recently added several new products to our already comprehensive display from Micromega, NAD, Peachtree, B&W and Sonos.  Please call any of our stores to inquire about any of our new arrivals.  

800 Series Diamond (Posted on: 1/18/2010 12:00:00 AM)

B&W will soon begin shipping the 800 Series Diamond.  Introduced at the 2010 CES Show in January, the 800 Series now features an all-diamond lineup along with other enhancements. Please call any of our stores to learn more about the 800 Series Diamond and to inquire about available current 800 series demos for sale.  To learn more, click here

Ayre QB-9 (Posted on: 12/14/2009 12:00:00 AM)

The Ayre QB9 was recently named product of the year in Stereophile magazine.  The QB9 is a USB only DAC that when used in conjunction with a properly set up computer rivals the sound of many all-in-one cd players.  We currently have a QB9 set up with a mac in our Evanston location and with a pc in our Libertyville location.  Please call any of our stores to find out more about the QB9 and to arrange for an audition.

Headphone Update (Posted on: 11/14/2009 12:00:00 AM)

We have just added several new models to our already extensive headphone selection: two flagship models, the Grado PS1000 and the Sennheiser HD800 and the Shure SRH440 and Shure SRH240 sound blocking headphones.  The new arrivals are currently in our Evanston location. In each of our stores you will find a dedicated area for headphone listening and a selection that includes full size and in-ear models, noise canceling headphones and wireless headphones.  We also carry headphone amplifiers, adaptors and extension cables.  Please call or visit any of our stores to listen to and learn more about our headphone selection.

The Beatles and the Chicago Tribune at Audio Consultants (Posted on: 9/5/2009 12:00:00 AM)

On September 1st, Mark Caro of the Chicago Tribune and a select group of guests spent an evening in our Evanston store listening to the newly remastered Beatles CDs.  Our very own Scott Soloway hosted the group who auditioned the new CDs on a system consisting of the new Wilson Sashas,  Ayre MXR amplifiers, the Ayre KXR preamplifer, the DCS Puccini CD player with uclock and Transparent Audio cables. To read more about the evening, click here.

Classé Improves the SSP-800 Processor (Posted on: 8/28/2009 12:00:00 AM)

The Classe SSP-800, the best sounding processor we know of,  is being updated with a new Dual DSP processing engine.  For those customers who have already purchased a new SSP 800 containing the original DSP module, Classe will will provide a free upgrade kit.  All current production SSP-800s are being built with the Dual DSP processing engine.  As of October 1, 2009, the price of the SSP 800 will increase from $8000 to $9000.  Please call or visit any of our stores to listen to and learn more about the SSP 800.

The Last of the Elites (Posted on: 8/3/2009 12:00:00 AM)

As you may know, Pioneer is leaving the television business and is winding down production. Several Elite models are already unavailable, with others becoming more and more difficult to come by. If you are thinking about a new Pioneer television or monitor, please call any of our stores for availability. 

The Wilson Sashas Have Arrived (Posted on: 7/11/2009 12:00:00 AM)

We are pleased to announce that we have just received a pair of Wilson Sasha WP at our Evanston store.  We think you will be quite impressed with them.   Their arrival also means that our Watt Puppy 8 demo pair is for sale.  Please call for details.  For more information on the Wilson Sasha WP or Watt Puppy 8, click here.

2009 Seminar Series (Posted on: 6/15/2009 12:00:00 AM)

The lineup for our 2009 Seminar Series has been confirmed. This year we will be welcoming representatives from Rives Audio, Boulder and Crestron as well as our own Scott Soloway. And of course, we will have our yearly tour of the WFMT studios led by Rich Warren. 

Click here to sign up for the 2009 Seminar Series.

Bryston and Grammy Awards-- Coincidence? (Posted on: 6/13/2008 12:00:00 AM)

Bryston has good reason to be proud. The following 2008 Grammy Award winning artists all utilize Bryston electronics in their professional/personal audio systems:

Herbie Hancock
Album of the Year

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance

Alicia Keys
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
Best R&B Song

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Mary J. Blige
Best Gospel Performance

See the proof with PS Audio's Noise Harvester (Posted on: 5/15/2008 12:00:00 AM)

We at Audio Consultants have never considered ourselves to be a "tweak boutique", but every now and then a product comes along that leaves us all scratching our heads. One such device is the Noise Harvester from PS Audio. At first, the little device screamed "gimmick", but as soon as we plugged it into the wall and watched its blue light start flickering, we were all shocked at the noticeable reduction in noise. The claim is simple: the Noise Harvester converts line noise to light and "drains" it through a small bulb, removing noise from the audio system. We experimented with it in many different circuits, with a few different levels of systems, and the result was always a dramatic lowering of the noise floor. Performance improvement for the dollar, the Noise Harvester is an amazing value. Learn more here:

PS Audio Noise Harvester

AudioConsultants welcomes Sonos and Audioengine (Posted on: 4/1/2008 12:00:00 AM)

We are pleased to announce that we are now dealers for two new brands of products optimized for use with music on your computer. The Sonos Multi-Room Music System products allow you to network your digital music collection and internet radio wirelessly throughout your home. Their bundled systems are surprisingly inexpensive, straightforward to configure, and use a delightful hand-held controller that will be intuitive to anyone familiar with an iPod.

At long last, we have found a solution for small, inexpensive powered monitors to connect to your computer... but not sound like computer speakers! The Audioengine A2 and A5 speakers surprised us with their musicality, ease of use, and value. Bring in your laptop or portable player and try them yourself, we think you will be amazed!

The B&W Loudspeaker Factory Tour (Posted on: 3/30/2008 12:00:00 AM)

If there's one thing we fight over around here at Audio Consultants, it's who among us gets to attend the B&W factory tour in England. Unlike most other loudspeaker companies, B&W actually manufacturers both the enclosures and drivers in their designs (two other such companies are Thiel and Magnepan). And as you may already know, B&W makes a lot of speakers! They are famous for their two-pronged approach to speaker design and construction: they have a research and development facility in Steyning where engineers are given free reign to experiment and innovate, and they have a state-of-the-art factory just far enough away in Worthing. By keeping these two facilities separate, B&W allows their engineers and designers the freedom to focus purely on optimum performance, regardless of manufacturing challenges. Having such a versatile factory filled with highly capable and devoted employees makes this luxury possible.

It's one thing to know this about B&W, but it's another thing entirely to see their crews in action. Normally, you the customer would just have to take our word for it. But recently, in honor of B&W's 40th anniversary, Home Theater magazine took a tour of the B&W facilities and took extensive photographs behind the scenes. For a rare glimpse into perhaps the most impressive loudspeaker manufacturing facilities in the world, click here.