Weekend Environments - A Sanctuary of Sound
Are We Listening to Gear or to Music?

Are We Listening to Gear or to Music?

May 29, 2021

What we hear and how we hear it is a topic of curiosity that Mino Christante and Luke Zitterkopf explore as they draw the fine line between listening to audio component performance or simply listening to music. What is the difference?

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The Way We Were: is it the end for audiophile shows?

The Way We Were: is it the end for audiophile shows?

May 22, 2021

Not so very long ago, you could hop on a plane and attend an audio show to learn more about the world of high-end audio. Those days are over, and perhaps forevermore as the cost of cancelled shows takes its long-lasting toll on the audiophile industry for the magazines that depend on them, and for the established big names that maintained their status through shows and subsequent magazine articles and reviews. Join Mino Christante and Luke Zitterkopf of Aluminous Audio as they discuss  the fall of the house of cards as well as new frontiers in the discovery of that next awesome audio component.

Tiptoe Through the Nettles: Audiophile Reviews versus Reality

Tiptoe Through the Nettles: Audiophile Reviews versus Reality

May 8, 2021

Tiptoe with audiophile industry veteran Mino Christante through the often painful nettle patch of reviews versus the hard reality: how to get to the bottom of better sound for your system in researching audio components. Luke Zitterkopf of Aluminous Audio joins in the discussion of the quickly changing field of players, as audio shows go extinct, magazines that depended on shows and large advertising dollars to drive their reviews yield scant returns, and audio forums grow evermore unreliable in providing useful information for discriminating audio enthusiasts. 

Mino Christante distributes worldwide the Aluminous Audio Gravitas Speaker System, and the IVCM Isolation Vibration Component Module foot component for Aluminous Audio. More can be found at: http://www.aluminousaudio.com.

 

Backseat Drivers: Audiophile Consulting for Better Sound in your System

Backseat Drivers: Audiophile Consulting for Better Sound in your System

May 1, 2021

Audio consulting seems like risky business to audiophiles who are happy with their sound system performance. Explore the possibilities of continuous improvement with audiophile manufacturing veteran Mino Christante of Shunyata Research, and Luke Zitterkopf, designer of the Aluminous Audio Gravitas Speaker System.

Mino Christante is worldwide distributor for the Aluminous Audio Gravitas Speaker System, as well as the IVCM, Isolation Vibration Component Module foot for audio components large and small.

Visit Aluminousaudio.com for details.

Subatomic Subwoofers: How crossovers and woofers can work together for great sound

Subatomic Subwoofers: How crossovers and woofers can work together for great sound

April 24, 2021

Get the low-down on how subwoofers can play a vital role in both a room and the crossover technology of a loudspeaker. In a world where it is often better to be seen and not heard, the subwoofer must impact the listening environment in profound ways without overpowering the listener. But how much is too much? Join Mino Christante and Luke Zitterkopf in a discussion of the role subwoofers play in the creation of a memorable audiophile sound experience.

Mino Christante is worldwide distributor of the Aluminous Audio Gravitas Speaker System and the IVCM Isolation Vibration Component Module from Aluminous Audio. Learn more at aluminousaudio.com.

The Battle of Midrange: Can Monitor Speakers Really Deliver?

The Battle of Midrange: Can Monitor Speakers Really Deliver?

April 18, 2021

Mino Christante was a fly on the wall and a fly in the ointment at Shunyata Research for 15 years, testing over 1500 audiophile product prototypes under the tutelage of Caelin Gabriel. Now, Christante hosts "Weekend Environments - A Sanctuary of Sound"- a weekly podcast. Follow Mino as he explores the concept of weak midrange among monitor speakers and how this perspective came about.

Luke Zitterkopf joins in the discussion, explaining how the Aluminous Audio Gravitas Speaker System benefits from monitor design, dispelling the myth that monitors are weak in midrange, and how that perception emerged throughout the development of monitor speakers over the years.

Mino Christante distributes worldwide the Aluminous Audio Gravitas Speaker System. Learn more at aluminousaudio.com .

 

Bridge over Troubled Audio: Isolating Vibration in audio components to enhance sound performance

Bridge over Troubled Audio: Isolating Vibration in audio components to enhance sound performance

April 11, 2021

Accompany audiophile influencer Mino Christante on an imaginary trek across a rope bridge and find out how your audio system can enjoy immense improvement with the addition of pioneering feet component technology from Aluminous Audio. The Isolation Vibration Component Module brings deep nuance to your listening environment whether you place it under a turntable or amplifier.  Luke Zitterkopf developed the component feet while designing his extraordinary speaker system, the Gravitas. Find out more at Aluminousaudio.com 

 

Mino Christante is the worldwide distributor of the Isolation Vibration Component Module (IVCM) Velvet Foot Component and the Gravitas Speaker System, from Aluminous Audio.

 

Say Yes to the Mess:Audio components that work together

Say Yes to the Mess:Audio components that work together

April 2, 2021

Mino Christante has been in the audiophile industry over 15 years, most recently as former research assistant and prototype evaluator for Shunyata Research. Mino interviews Luke Zitterkopf of Aluminous Audio as they confer over the plethora of audio components and some important considerations on finding audio components that perform well together and why.

 

Mino Christante distributes the Aluminous Audio Gravitas Speaker System and the VelvetMini and VelvetReference Foot Components worldwide. Learn more at: https://www.aluminousaudio.com .

The Sound of Mythic Proportions: Speaker Placement for Great Sound

The Sound of Mythic Proportions: Speaker Placement for Great Sound

March 26, 2021

Luke Zitterkopf and Mino Christante pontificate on speaker placement in "tuning the room" for optimum sound system performance. The Gravitas Speaker System of Aluminous Audio comprises four sound sources rather than two, offering greater versatility in arriving at desirable listening results, even when good sound in certain rooms is just short of impossible to achieve.

Mino Christante distributes the Aluminous Audio Gravitas Speaker System worldwide.

The speaker that took 4,000 years to build

The speaker that took 4,000 years to build

March 17, 2021

Mino Christante narrates a tiny audio documentary on the Gravitas Speaker System by Aluminous Audio. Some people work on a design for a speaker and take their time. But not everyone takes 4,000 years. In this 6 or so minute micro-documentary, Mino Christante explains the origins of the Gravitas, design considerations that make it special and other aspects of the speaker system that could possibly blow your mind.

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