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The Washington Room
UHA Phase 12-OPS (Outboard Power Supply) Tape Deck
MBL 116F Radialstrahller Speakers
Jolida / Luxor, Preamp, Monoblock Amps, DAC Transport
Synergistic Research, see and hear the debut of the all new Atmosphere Cables
along with the new atmosphere device to adjust soundstaging.

The Banks Room
UHA Phase12-OPS tape Deck
MBL 111F Radialstrahller Speakers
MBL 6010 Preamp: The 30th Anniversary of this legendary Preamp
MBL 9008 Monoblock Amps

The Audio Oasis Award from David Robinson Positive Feedback Online!

 Day 3: Countdown to the Finish
by Jason Victor Serinus * Posted: Apr 29, 2015
It was already past closing time when I reached the room shared by MBL, Synergistic Research, and United Home Audio. As tired as I was, one listen had me virtually kicking off my shoes and going along for the ride.
First up, courtesy of MBL's Reference Line Combination B-111 F Radialstrahler loudspeaker ($42,000/pair), 30 year-old 6010D preamplifier ($26,500), 10 year-old 9008A balanced monoblock amplifier ($60,600 total), 1621A CD transport ($28,000), and 1611F 24/96 DAC ($28,700)-and a whole lot more that I'll talk about below, was a Nat King Cole master tape. Once MBL's Jeremy Bryan adjusted the radiators that flanked the loudspeakers, the sound was phenomenal. I'm accustomed to hearing Cole croon softly, so hearing him ramp up this voice and energy several notches was a major delight.
Greg Beron of United Home Audio of Washington, D.C. then explained that he had taken a Phase 12 tape deck, and thrown into it every cost-no-object modifying goody that would work, using his 10-year old MBL Reference system for voicing. That includes Synergistic Research point-to-point wiring, dual-mono amps, no capacitors in the output, and an outboard power supply equipped with two overbuilt toroidal transformers. The outboard power supply eliminates all noise from transformers that would otherwise sit within the deck. Price is $8900-$25,000, depending in no small part on quality of tape head employed. (Entry-level uses stock heads, while costlier models use special tape heads made to Beron's specs. He says a low-impedance, low-output head sounds the best).
Which leads to the significant contribution from Synergistic Research. Start with a new PowerCell 10 UEF ($5995) with optional FEQ PowerCell equalizer ($995). Then add little HFTs all over the walls, the new Black Box that works on low frequencies (price TBD), and the company's fairly new Atmosphere Level 4 interconnects and speaker cables, as well as Element CTS power cords. This is the company's new cabling that doesn't use active shielding, which means you have less of those little blue lights that light up the room (and also make it much, much easier to find the bathroom door in the middle of the night). (Apologies if I got any of models, prices, or descriptions wrong; there was no price sheet supplied for anything besides the MBL gear.)
Next up came a ¼" tape version of an unidentified Wilson Audio disc. The huge brass thwacks were something to behold. Bryan turned the volume up and up, yet there was no pain. This without a single active woofer or separate subwoofer anywhere in the chain. The absolute control and beauty of the deep, subwoofer-less sound had the potential to send many a subwoofer manufacturer running out the door in shame.
We played lots more music, but I forgot to write down what. I was having too much of a good time.
Need I even say that, tucked away on the Lower Level, MBL, United Home Audio, and Synergistic Research produced one of the Best Sounds of this Show?

The Absolute Sound
Show report
Jim Hannon
May 01st, 2015
Although the official launch of this unassuming passive device (price TBA) that gobbles up low-frequency standing waves is slated for the Munich Show, a production unit was quietly put to great use in the MBL room along with several other Synergistic Research products, including its
Atmosphere Level 4 Series cables, Element Series actively shielded AC cords,
Power Cell 10 UEF with FEQ Power Cell Equalizer, and
HFTs (High-Frequency Transducers). The Black Box effectively helped control bass resonances, and the outstanding MBL system (
MBL 111F speakers, 6010 D preamp, 9008 A monoblocks) produced a highly-compelling sound with lots of presence and air, terrific fine detail retrieval and dynamic explosiveness, and solid and articulate bass extension into the low 20Hz range. With an
UHA-Phase 12 OPS tape player serving as an analog front end, the soundstage was wide and deep, with great focus. Playing back a stunning Wilson Audiophile demo tape track on the last day of the show, this system won my vote for "Best Sound."

Best Sound (cost no object):
The MBL system (speakers and electronics) with a UHA Phase 12 OPS tape player and Synergistic Research cables and devices, was absolutely thrilling, with tremendous dynamic impact, presence, and detail.

The Absolute Sound
Show Report
by  Julie Mullins   Apr 30th, 2015
After show hours, a handful of "well-connected" (or
branché) AXPONA attendees and exhibitors hung out in either of two MBL/United Home Audio rooms enjoying demos of the superb-sounding MBL 111F omnidirectional loudspeakers pumping out larger-than-life songs from fun mastertape mixes (sourced from dubs of safety masters) of everything from
St. Pepper's to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and played back to the max on the magnificent United Home Audio Phase 12 OPS reel-to-reel tape deck. Sure, there were some room issues (and a bit of overbearing bass), but who cared? This combo made for a visceral, full-tilt thrill ride of a listening experience.
This report and crappy photography brought to you by cub Field Reporter, Gary L. Beard.
Audiophiles are Fun People Too
In addition to renewing friendships and meeting several more industry insiders; this year, I finally met a few of my audio-friends from the orbs of Audio Circle as well as numerous fellow audio writer-types. I also briefly met for the first time, da boss (Positive Feedback Editor) in-Chief, David Robinson, as he sat in the darkened mysteriousness of the afterhours MBL/Jolida room. Nice to finally meet you Chief!
Like David, I also attended the ritualistic after hours listening sessions. As always, a sincere "Thanks!" goes out to Greg Beron of United Home Audio, as well as MBL and Jolida for the fantastic listening rooms and fabulous master tapes. Greg's Reel to Reel machines are analog treasures and those tapes make me smile every time I hear them.
Special mention for making an audio show fun:
United Home Audio/MBL.

From AV
The United Home Audio, MBL, Jolida / Luxor and Synergistic Research Room.
Wait for the unsolicited response by an Axpona Show patron at the end of the video!

The Reviewers View
Peter Breuninger, Myles Astor and David Robinson Editor in Chief Positive Feedback Online.
They discuss two rooms at the begining of the video, the UHA / MBL room and also the UHA / Jolida / MBL room.

New! March 2015
UHA's latest award!
The United Home Audio Tape Decks win an
The Absolute Sound
March 2015 Issue #251

Given a truly high quality tape, the UHA-HQ Phase12 is simply the highest fidelity source component JV has heard:
phenomenal bass, matchless dynamics, unrivaled resolution, astonishing transient speed, and simply gorgeous tone color.

The biggest news since 1973 for UHA!
The Absolute Sound Magazine chooses THE UHA PHASE11 Tape Deck
as one of the top 100 most significant products of the last 40 years!

The July / August TAS magazine is the 40th Anniversary edition celebrating
 fourty years of high end audio reporting.

The magazine published a list of
 the 100 of the most significant products of the last 40 years
and UHA is proud to be included in this elite group.

See the UHA Tape Deck Awards (so far) below!


UHA was in two rooms at the show.

The Cedar Room =
United Home Audio Phase11S-OPS Tape Deck / MBL Speakers / Luxor Preamp and Monoblock amps
Celtic Silver Cables

The Hickory Room =
United Home Audio Phase11S-OPS Tape Deck /   Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs,
LLC VERITAS Monoblocks, Cara Pre-amp, Merrill Audio Speaker and Interconnects
Sadurni Acoustics Staccato Horn Speaker
International Phonograph, Inc Reel to Reel Master Tape Copies.

by Jacob Heilbrunn July 28, 2014
Cedar Room
The Capital Audio Fest seems to be progressing nicely. This year there were crowded rooms, palpable excitement, and, not least, good sound.
Several demos caught my eye.
As always United Home Audio featured excellent sound via its UHA-HQ tape deck. Reel-to-reel aficionado Greg Beron explained that he has now built a special outboard power supply for it to further improve performance. In addition, the demo featured the company's Luxor VTM 100 Monoblock tube power amplifier, which can be run with either EL34 or 6550 tubes. In bi-amped mode the amps seemed to supply plenty of current to the MBL loudspeakers.

By Herb Reichert July 29, 2014
Cedar Room:
The United Home Audio room was big, dark, and loud. Twin pin spots illuminated the shiny MBL loudspeakers like alien spaceships against a backdrop of palms peeking through the shadows. Twin tape spools spun like car wheels atop the UHA Phase 11 open-reel recorder ($22,000). The sound was clear, spacious and direct and, (all joking and metaphors aside)-disembodied and otherworldly.

The Part Time Audiophile
Cedar Room
Capital Audiofest 2014: United Home Audio and the master tape experience
Posted on August 1, 2014     by Scot Hull

With the lighting moody and low, attendees could be forgiven for getting lost inside the 3-D sound field that floated around them.
Magical stuff and a must-see stop on the tour.

Greg Beron of United Home Audio has been a fan and a supporter of PTA for far too long for his taste to not be questioned, but it’s his championing of two other brands that show the mark he’s made on audio’s high-end. The first is his support for MBL of Germany. As long as I’ve known Greg, he’s been a radialstrahler enthusiast, and every MBL display I’ve seen has also seen Greg lurking about nearby. The second thing Greg is evangelizing? Analog tape.

For the last several years, Greg has been selling an analog tape machine he calls the UHA-HQ Phase Series. These decks, kitted out with distinctive Celtic knot work, have redefined what’s possible for tape, and Greg has been tweaking and modifying his heart out taking the platform as far as he can go. Prices start at $8,900 and the current flagship model, the Phase 11s-OPS, is an exercise in meticulousness. This $23k system includes an outboard dual-mono power supply (for the motor, and for the preamplifier section), upgraded parts, a direct-coupled output (no caps!), WBT RCA and Cardas XLR connectors, custom transformers, a custom umbilical, internal dampening, and Shun Mook footers. Say that ten times fast.

Greg is mum about where he gets his master tapes from, but the fact is that does have a source that’s supplying him with one-offs of some of the most incredible audio ever laid down — and he makes it a point to showcase them in his after-hours “Master Tape Listening Party”. These sessions can last until the wee hours, which is saying something — audiophiles aren’t particularly known for staying up all night. Maybe at some point in their youth, but … yeah. Still, these demos are crowded and musical explorations range from Classic Rock, to Classical, with quite a few steps in between. Metallica, for example, is in current rotation. Let’s just say that Greg’s tastes are wide-ranging, and his demos show that.

Here at CAF, Greg was pairing his MBL 116F loudspeakers ($32,500/pair) with a Jolida Luxor VT tube preamplifier ($7k, featuring a pair of 12AX7 tubes) and two pairs of Luxor VTM-100 mono amplifiers ($7,500 each). These amps were fitted with the new KT150 vacuum tubes (instead of the standard EL34 tubes), in a dual-chassis/external PSU arrangement.

The Hickory Room
By Herb Reichert July 25, 2014
Hickory Room:
They were still tweaking the system in the Merrill Audio room, but the bass reproduced by the beautiful Sadurni Acoustic Horn Speakers ($40,000/pair) with their Added Backwave System in the Merrill Audio room felt like it pressurized the entire volume of their large room. Using a beautiful modified Tascam open-reel machine playing master tape copies via Merrill Veritas Pre and monoblock amplifiers, the sound they were generating was natural and easy-flowing with detail that simply existed and drew no untoward attention to itself.

Capital Audiofest 2014 - Washington, DC
The Hickory Room
The Staccato Horn System by Sadurni Acoustics ($40,000/pair) was very imposing. Aesthetically, I found them more intriguing than beautiful. They'll belong to a specific, unmarried audiophile. The horns sounded very realistic playing reel to reel recordings of guitar. Vibes and bass, so difficult to record, received a virtuosi recording that sounded wonderful through the Stacattos. The macro dynamics from these horns sounded effortless.
United Home Audio Reel to Reel. Old is new again, and sounding superb!

The Part Time Audiophile
CAF 2014: Sadurni Acoustics and the Big Red Horn of Wonder
Capital Audiofest 2014: United Home Audio and the master tape experience
Posted on August 1, 2014     by Scot Hull
The Hickory Room

Here at CAF, the setup was a bit challenging. I’m not sure what size room really would suit these guys —
the footprint is rather large, but by end of the weekend, the crew had dialed it  in considerably. Well, as well as they could with the “super tweeters” blown. Yikes.

I stayed to hear a couple of tracks from Jonathan Horwich’s International Phonograph master tape sessions. His recordings capture an immediacy that escapes most LPs and digital formats — it’s all in how he gets his music, I’m sure, but the result is achingly, breathtakingly, present. Sadly, I’m completely unfamiliar with Jonathan’s catalog of local artists, but a call in there might snag gems unavailable anywhere else in audiophile circles.
Got tape? Call. Used here with the superlative UHA Phase 11s tape deck.

The MBL EXTREME SPEAKERS AT T.H.E. Show Newport 2014
T.H.E. Show Newport 2014
June17, 2014
The MBL rooms:

1. Stereo room with MBL, United Home Audio, and Shun Mook room treatments

2. Surround room with MBL, Sony, Stewart Filmscreen, Kimber Kable, Datasat, Kaleidescape, JL Audio, SMT, and Shun Mook room treatments

MBL has a tradition of doing rooms for audio shows that really knock you out. I've been consistently impressed with their accomplishment since 2007, which has grown particularly noteworthy since Jeremy Bryan was named president of MBL North America. MBL doesn't do second-rate, but their two rooms at THE Show 2014 were real show-stoppers.

First, I did a half-hour listening session in the stereo room. This had the extraordinary big 101 Xtreme reference speakers… one of the relatively few true world-class loudspeakers, in my experience… driven by the 9011 monoblock amps (four!), the 6010D preamp, and fed by the brilliant United Home Audio Phase11S reel-to-reel tape deck. Greg Beron of UHA was our gracious host, playing some excellent tapes of audio unobtainium for the general audiophile congress, assembled. Mainly rock and roll, which was a great relief to yours truly. I have had Greg's Phase11S in my listening room for an all-too-brief time, and used it to transfer some 15 ips half-track tapes to Double and Quad DSD via the Merging Technologies Horus/Pyramix 8.1 A/D system. I know the quality of Greg's work in this unit… MBL could hardly have done better in sourcing an exceptional RTR deck. (Note that Greg is a huge fan of MBL himself, and owns an MBL 101E Mk. II-based system for his own listening room. The affiliation is therefore a natural one.)

The results were amazing! The 101 Xtremes came to life, and really lit up the room with full, round, holographic music that nailed me to my seat. The sheer scale of the audio presentation was epic; only the very finest (and largest) systems in the world are in the same range as the 101 Xtremes. And none of these are omnidirectional in their projection, which make the Xtremes unique in my experience. It was amazing… stunning… to hear open reel tapes on the MBL/UHA combination

In the surround room next door, Jeremy Bryan hosted a very engaging set of 4K and 1080p videos, with surround sound provided by a set of MBL surround speakers, supported by video and audio processing by Sony, et al. As a long-confirmed and unapologetic videophile… I'm not just a hopeless audiophile, you see… I slurped in the astonishing and otherworldly 4K video samples before we shifted to some really fine 1080p material. The surround sound filled the room nicely, as we moved from scene to scene. Some classical, including remarkable ballet… some blast-o movies scenes. In it all, the components put together by Jeremy and company were a convincing blend for real surround sound spectacle… without losing the ability to deliver delicacy and nuance.

This is why I love going to audio shows: To score!

Which is what I did in the MBL rooms… many thanks to Jeremy Bryan and MBL for a smashing time!

And Audio Oasis! Awards for all involved.

by Spencer Holbert | Jun 06th, 2014
Categories: Solid-state power amplifiers,  Tubed power amplifiers,  Solid-state preamplifiers, Tubed preamplifiers,  Integrated amplifiers

MBL 9011 Monoblocks
Four MBL 9011 monoblocks ($106k/pr.) were driving the 101 X-Treme omnis ($263k/pr.), fronted by the top-tier UHA tape deck and the MBL 6010 D preamp. What can I say, many consider this system the crème de la crème of high-end audio. With 840W into 4 ohms, and almost 1400W into 2, the 9011s are as extreme as the X-Tremes. I would like to hear these one day in a proper room, not a hotel. At least at Newport, imaging lacked a certain specificity toward which I tend to gravitate. Besides that, this system was the most transparent of any at the show, thanks in large part to the amazing tapes on hand.

Best of Show
Best Sound (cost no object): A tie between the MBL X-Treme and the Polymer/FM Acoustics systems.

Audio Investigations.blogspot
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Newport Beach T.H.E. Show Ratings

Class A

MBL Extreme system, 4 MBL amps, 6 MBL subwoofers, MBL Preamp, UHA tape deck
(Mind blowing.  I listened to this system for a total of 6 hours without fatigue.)

Class B+

Yg Speakers, Kronos Turntable
(totl Kronos may be best turntable I've ever heard.  Both quiet and dynamic.  Brubeck played with jaws dropping and total silence from listeners.)

Class B

Usher Speakers, Usher Subs, Pass Labs X and XA Amps
(excellent but lacking ultimate deep bass)

Von Schweikert VR100 XS  (lacking ultimate deep bass, and often played too loud)

Wilson Sasha, Audio Research Electronics, guided by famous recording engineer who always set levels perfectly

Class B-

Walker Proscenium Turntable, Pass Labs 300 Xs Amps
(Totally quiet, non-resonant, and perfect decay of notes, but seemingly lacking leading transient dynamics.  Makes me think that other belt drive tables, like Linn Sondek, use resonance to add pseudo dynamics, and this is why Linn has only slowly adopted anti-resonance features which many people, including me, thought they should have had in the beginning.  Unfortunately with total resonance control like Walker Proscenium, belt drive can lack dynamic sound.  One anomaly in this hypothesis is how the Walker presented the decay of sounds perfectly.  One would think that if belt drives had a problem with dynamics it would show up mostly in the decay of sounds.  Perhaps the Walker is the one that actually reads records correctly, and all other turntables with more apparent dynamics editorialize.  Also the speakers in the Walker demo did not look impressive and I only heard two classical chamber music album sides, perhaps not good enough for fair assessment.  And the only better turntable I've heard is the Kronos.)

Class C+

Magico Speakers, VAC electronics, Tape
(room had echoes and weird imaging, phasey sound.  Room had buzz from AC--needed to remove heat from the massive VAC amps.   But Kraftwork tapes had massive and effortless slam, best slam I've heard outside the MBL Extremes)

Big Mac Amps
(Massive sound, but somewhat lacking HF detail)

(most other systems I heard)

Class C

Audio Note System

E.A.R System

(both E.A.R. and Audio Note systems sounded harsh, though at least Audio Note had high resolution from ladder dac.  I've never heard good sounding SET's, thay have always sound harsh to me.)

Class F

Sound Reinforcement at T.H.E. live concert

Special Mention

MSB DAC's....possibly best sounding DAC,  better resolution that sigma delta DACs

Disagreed with:

Michael Fremer...who said that Quad DSD is identical to tape (nb, I haven't heard quad dsd), that DSD is better than PCM, and that DSD files are superior to SACD, all wrong IMO

   IMO DSD at all speeds is inferior to R2R decoded Redbook CD on principles, and I have never heard either SACD or DSD to sound better than PCM, or DSD files to sound better than SACD discs

Furthermore, the DSD bandwagon has destroyed the market for real PCM dacs since cannot economically keep
      up with inferior sigma delta DACS at increasingly higher speeds.  However MSB does offer 2x DSD with
      their ladder dacs, a great achievement.

DSD is a sorry legacy of Sony's "leadership" in digital, which took a wrong turn with sigma delta converters, leading to DSD

He's just wrong on this.  Or I could be wrong.  There are no authorities in High End Audio.

[Updated with many additions and comments on June 4.)

Newport 2014
Audio Investigations.blogspot
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
The superiority of ladder DAC's
Here's another essay on the superiority of ladder DAC's.

At the 2014 Newport T.H.E. Show, two exhibits had ladder DAC: MSB and Audio Note.  They both seemed to have superior resolution to other systems, except for 15 IPS tape used for the "MBL" Extreme system.  (Other tape systems shown were not as good as the UHA--by far.)

Curiously MSB used cheap speakers, nevertheless achieved Class B performance.  Audio Note was Class C, likely because of high distortion SET amplification and NOS, it sounded a bit harsh.  (When I previously heard Audio Note at the 2009 T.H.E Show in Las Vegas, I put it in Class F--very harsh sounding.  Ironically, that was the top end Audio Note system of the time, whereas the 2014 T.H.E. show had a mid level Audio Note system--which I thought sounded better.)  Also, I believe that No-Oversamping-Or-Filtering is a bad approach which leads to harshness.

Audio Investigations.blogspot
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Analog is Better (4 hours of mastertape listening)
Tonight I spent 4 solid hours listening to low generation mastertape copies, on a state of the art music playback system at the Newport Beach T.H.E. show.  Never have I been more convinced that analog tapes like these (15ips, 2 track, current state of the art mods to Tascam deck by United Home Audio) have more musical information than any kind of digital recordings, and especially DSD recordings.  They sounded wonderful.  The playback system other than the tape deck was all MBL's best, including MBL's best omnidirectional speakers, and floating bias Class A/AB amplifiers.  I would say it was generally the best reproduced sound I have ever heard.  A solid group of dedicated audiophiles like me listened to most or all of the presentation.

I continue to believe that we need more than 16 bits at 48kHz as some objectophiles argue would follow from the Shannon-Hawkins corollary to Shannon's Information Theory, and tonight's listening was further personal confirmation.  I was not the only true believer...all the chairs were filled for the 4 hours I was there.

I have never heard any form of digital recording sound this good.  I think that either Shannon-Hawkins is wrong, misapplied to human musical perception, or misinterpreted.

Today I also heard the Audio Note exhibit which features a pure PCM DAC, with no oversampling or upsampling or filterning.  It sounded good generally, though I like my home system (using Onkyo RDV-1 as DAC) better.  Although this demonstration of an Audio Note system was far better than the one I heard in 2009 (which I could barely stand due to harshness and distortion) and I thought their current DAC was more revealing in some ways like mine than currently typical sigma delta DACs, there still was a whiff of harshness. I think my DAC, which uses PCM 1704 DAC and 8x oversampling, is better--it has no harshness at all.

I think that PCM dacs sound better than sigma delta DAC, including all forms of DSD.  But it is not necessary to remove overampling reconstruction filters (used in the very first PCM products, including the first CD player the SCD-1).  In fact, digital reconstruction filters are perfectly fine and likely better than analog equivalents (though we might be better off with higher rate digital--at least 48kHz--so as to make the reconstruction filtering easier).  The fly in the ointment, I believe, is with the sigma delta DACs, and the theory which says they are equivalent to PCM dacs.  Is that Shannon-Hawkins again?  So far, they don't sound equivalent to me.  Sigma Delta dacs have a characteristic smoothness which seems to be information lossy.  DSD has this same property, but adds just enough noise to make the resulting presentation about equivalent in brightness to pure PCM, but with a slightly fake quality.

Now, maybe an all MBL system like the one I heard tonight would sound equally good with high rez digital like 24/96?  I don't know, but the last times I heard sound equally good--was at previous mastertape demonstrations at the 2009 CES.  That guy had first generation safety masters which he himself had recorded of musicians like Frank Sinatra.  Digital, in all the various forms I have heard it, doesn't reach that level, but high bit rate PCM comes closer than DSD or sigma delta digital.

After hours Master Tape Event at T.H.E. Show Newport.
It was 11:30pm and there were 40+ people in the room with a standing room only crowd!

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Don't miss Washington DC's High End Audio Show!
UHA will feature a great system based around the MBL116F Speakers.
More details to come!

The AV Showrooms Axpona Show Report Video
By Peter Breuninger and Myles Astor
UHA / MBL / Jolida / Tara Labs win a Best of Show Gold Award from AV Showrooms!

Note: The coverage of UHA and all starts at about 15 minutes and also at the best of show conclusions.
However the entire video is fun stuff, watch it all!

UHA / Jolida Luxor / MBL / Tara Labs Room at Axpona 2014
Video by AV

AXPONA 2014: Loudspeakers and Electronics Under $15k
Show report
by Spencer Holbert | May 01st, 2014
Categories: Floorstanding, Stand-mount, Solid-state power amplifiers, Solid-state preamplifiers

Jolida Luxor Electronics
In the second room with the MBL 116Fs and United Home Audio Phase11S-PB tape deck ($26k with external power supply), Jolida made a serious showing—after they dialed in the room. Though on Friday and most of Saturday the phase was off and the sound wasn’t quite right, by Sunday this system shined. It featured the Jolida Luxor VT dual-mono preamp ($6k) and four Luxor VTM 100 Monoblocks ($7500 each) using the new KT150 output tube, which had absolutely no issues driving the MBLs. I find that the 116Fs tend to be pretty bright, so when Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Texas Flood was cued on the UHA deck, I was both ecstatic and nervous about how SRV’s piercing guitar would sound. Generally, SRV can be pretty overwhelming when listening at loud volumes for even short periods of time. (My first memory of this was during one of his concerts in Austin when I was a kid, just a few months before he died.) I was pleasantly surprised to find that the tubed Luxor amps mellowed everything enough to keep the brightness at bay, and the taut, punchy bass that reel-to-reel is so famous for was stunning. Even though the individual amps and preamps are under the $15k category price point, the overall cost of this system makes it a little too expensive to place in the top five.

Most Coveted Product: I dream of one day having the UHA Phase 11S reel-to-reel deck in my listening room. Nothing beats those tapes.

Spencer Holbert 5-2-14
Have you heard the United Home Audio reel-to-reel deck in a good system?
One word: Unbeatable.
Of course, this is my lowly opinion, but man those tape decks are absolutely incredible. And yes, much better than 96/24. I spent hours listening to HD versus Tape, and the tape killed my SACD and the HD version. Just give it a listen before you discount it too much. Most of your favorite music was probably recorded on tape, so the digital version is only a facsimile of that tape.

Spencer Holbert • 5-2-14
I don't want to hate on digital too much. I love digital. It's convenient, and it's great to listen for hours without all the steps it takes to play analog.
But man, when you listen to the DSD Michael Jackson, and then you listen to the tape, it's night and day. All of a sudden you feel like you're in the studio watching him sing. You can hear every little detail, from finger snaps that were never there, to shuffling of his foot to keep time, to the little creaks of people moving about.
Tape is expensive. Tape is limited in catalog. Tape can be damaged and there goes $250.
But damn, it sounds phenomenal.

AXPONA 2014 - Andre Jennings on Analog
Show report
by Andre Jennings | May 01st, 2014
Categories: Phonostages, Turntables, Cartridges, Tonearms

UHA Phase11S
United Home Audio debuted the UHA HQ Phase 11S tape deck with external power supply paired with MBL 116F speakers and the new Tara Labs Evolution cables in two rooms. One room used MBL electronics C31 CD player, C11 Preamplifier, and four C15 mono amplifiers. The other room had the Luxor line of Electronics from Jolida, including the preamp and four mono amplifiers. I spent an evening in the first room listening to multiple tapes and mid-day Sunday in the other room. In both cases, the sound of these systems with tape playback was very enjoyable and dynamic.

AXPONA Chicago 2014 Show Report
Loudspeakers and Electronics $15k and Up
Show report
by Jonathan Valin | Apr 29th, 2014

Also commendable, though more troubled by room issues, were the mbl 116F (when driven by Jolida's Luxor tube electronics in the United Home Audio room...

Positive Feedback Online
may/june 2014
AXPONA: It's A Party for Speaker People! - Audio Expo North America 2014:
A Humorous Look at the Midwest's Finest Audio Show.
by Gary L. Beard

Dateline: Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, Illinois, April 25-27th, 2014

I spent part of Saturday evening in an afterhours Master Tape extravaganza hosted by United Home Audio. For their considerable efforts, I bestow my much coveted
for the relaxed vibe and incredible music. The MBL Radialstrahler 116F speakers and Corona series electronics sounded great of course, but the real stars of the evening were the incredible recordings; master tapes played back on one of UHA's signature TASCAM reel to reel decks.

The evening featured many types of music, but there was more than a fair measure of my first love, Rock n' Roll, and it ended a perfectly draining day two for me with an amazing recording of Santana's Abraxas... A truly terrific way to get out of the Five Minute Funk of room hopping...

Banks Room Lower Level: MBL North America and United Home Audio.

My thanks to Greg Beron of United Home Audio and Jeremy Bryan of MBL for an entertaining evening! Oh yeah, you guys can bring that gear to my house anytime... Really. Call me, I'll be waiting…
(I know they'll call... I think they like me... I wonder if they like Chicago deep dish pizza?)
Party on Speaker People! The Rooms of AXPONA

Positive Feedback Online
by Myles Astor
The Bling aka Eye Candy Award (3-way tie) goes to:

Triangle Arts Signature Turntable
Artisan Fidelity Turntable
UHA Phase 11S reel-to-reel deck

Products That I'd Most Like to Bring Home goes to:

Octave Research Jubilee amplifiers
Doshi Audio 3.0 series phono preamplifier
Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement cartridge
UHA Phase 11S reel-to-reel tape recorder

MBL Room with UHA Phase11S-OPS tape deck - Axpona 2014

New December 2013!
Receives THE ABSOLUTE SOUND Magazines

The biggest news since 1973 for UHA!
The Absolute Sound Magazine chooses THE UHA PHASE11 Tape Deck
as one of the top 100 most significant products of the last 40 years!
The July / August TAS magazine is the 40th Anniversary edition celebrating
 fourty years of high end audio reporting. The magazine published a list of
 the 100 of the most significant products of the last 40 years
and UHA is proud to be included in this elite group.

The Absolute Sound Magazine
July / August 2013
Issue 234
"Which audio products of the last 40 years or so have been the most significant, either by introducing
a technical innovation, influencing later designs, achieving great commercial success,
or establishing a new benchmark of performance? Below are the top 100 most significant products of the last
four - and - a - half decades as chosed by consensus of our writing team".

The UHA Phase11 wins AV Showrooms
Product of the Year for 2013!
New December 2014!
The UHA Phase11 wins AV Showrooms Product of the Year for 2013!

New 2013
Positive Feedback Online
David Robinson, Editor-in-chief and Dave Clark, Editor  
award The UHA Phase11 Tape Deck
a Brutus Award for 2013!

CES 2014!
United Home Audio showed at CES
with Nola Speakers, Audio Research and Nordost Cable
The Venetian Hotel
CES 2014: Loudspeakers under $15,000
Show report
by Chris Martens | Jan 21st, 2014
Best of Show
Best Sound (cost no object):
Nola Grand Reference loudspeakers, Audio Research amplification, and United Home Audio analog (tape) source components. This system could—and at times did—offer believable glimpses of the real thing, and who could ask for more?

2014 CES and T.H.E. Show: High Value Cables and Power Products
Show report
by Jim Hannon | Jan 27th, 2014
Most Coveted Product:
The UHA Phase 11 OPS tape deck was the most realistic front-end I heard, and when combined with the awesome Nola Concert Grand Reference Gold loudspeakers, Audio Research tube electronics, and Nordost Odin cables the sound was sublime.

CES 2014 Show Report: Analog
Show report
by Spencer Holbert | Jan 21st, 2014

But, as others have already noted, the United Home Audio front end in the Nola Grand room was incredible, especially when they played Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The dynamic range of UHA decks is simply amazing, the resolution stunning, and the sound of a superbly mastered tape can’t be beat. If you want to dabble in the reel-to-reel world, United Home Audio is the way to go.

Other Ultra-High-End Loudspeaker Highlights from CES 2014
Show report
by Jonathan Valin | Jan 13th, 2014

Carl Marchisotto of Nola introduced his $197k Concert Grand Reference Golds—twelve-driver, ribbon/cone floorstanders in a large, partially open-backed enclosure. The speaker was driven by ARC electronics and sourced by United Home Audio’s new OPS tape deck (OPS for “outboard power supply”). The Beatles’ “Mothers Nature Son” never sounded better than it did here (played back on reel-to-reel). The speaker was exceptionally smooth, coherent, and majestic, with better bass definition and control than past Nolas.

Positive Feedback ISSUE 71
january/february 2014
CES 2014
by Myles Astor
Top Twelve Sounds at CES and The Show:
NOLA Metro Grande Reference Gold/Audio Research/United Home Audio

Analog playback at its best: UHA Phase 11 deck spooled up with the latest and greatest sampler tape from Opus 3.
The new optional, outboard power supply for United Home Audio reel-to-reel machines.
Even more upscale are Carl Marchisotta's massive (71 inches tall and 275 lbs per side), all in one Concert Grand Reference Gold speakers. Shown in prototype form at last year's CES, Carl finalized in the intervening year, the speaker's design, parts selection and crossover design. The speakers were driven by an all ARC electronics system including the very impressive sounding Reference 75 amplifiers with music was provided Greg Beron's United Home Audio reel-to-reel deck. Big news on the United Home Audio front was the announcement of Greg's decks was the addition of an optional outboard power supply ($4000) that provides separate power transformers for his tape deck's motors and electronics. Sound here with the new Opus 3 sampler tape was good but this is one room that need to visit again before end of the show because sure the sound will continue to improve with another day or two of playing.
In addition, Greg Beron played for me a compilation tape of classical music from Ed Pong and colleagues at UltraAnalogue Recordings. Now two years or so, I had received a several of their tapes and found the Q/C to be wanting. In particular, the tapes had hum issues. Well it seems that Ultra Analogue Recordings has licked their quality issues as evidenced by the wonderful sound of this new compilation tape (also transferred at 250 nanowebbers, not nearly as hot as the tapes they sent me). The Debussy Clair de Lune piece featured simply lovely playing and sound!

CES 2014
Over the years, Carl Marchisotto at Nola has provided one of the most consistently good if not great sounds at every show.
This year was no exception. This is his new Concert Grand Reference Gold.
Golden price though, $197,000 per pair.
Easy contender for Best Sound.

CES & THE Show 2014
Flight of Fantasy: The 2104 Jimmy Awards
by Jim Saxon | February 3, 2014
...the award for Best Sound at the Show goes to Accent Music Technology Ltd., makers of the Nola Concert Grand Reference Gold ($197,000 per pair).
On the third day of the gathering, legendary loudspeaker designer Carl Marchisotto, assisted by Audio Research electronics and
a United Home Audio Phase 11 master tape player, put on the sonic equivalent of a Fourth of July light show. Voices and chords appeared all over the place: Michael Jackson called from offstage way over there; Santana toted his wailing guitar from deep right-center to main microphone; a member of an African chorus hovered spookily over Paul Simon’s shoulder; previously unheard saxophone toots emerged from deep in the mix of "Black Magic Woman"; Stevie Ray Vaughn’s guitar chords exploded and then wafted overhead. The whole time, my eyes were as wide as Little Joe’s watching Shane unload a six-shooter.
(Carl from Nola)
A million thanks to Uncle Carl for disdaining audiophile-approved lute and bodhran recordings. The Nola system played everyday music, with volume cranked up to 11. Amazingly, Carl and I were able to converse without shouting because the distortion was so low. We discussed how the imaging aspects of high fidelity have fallen behind close-up clarity as a goal of loudspeaker design. Minimonitors are winning market share, but is the thrill of hi-fi lost in the process? I recall hearing a pair of Quad ESL63s for the first time forty years ago. A jazz ensemble was standing behind, in front of and alongside the speakers. I was smitten for life and vowed then and there to "see" concerts at home. Over the years, however, I seem to have lost the way. As advanced digital processing churns out more and more information, the imagination is left to idle. Musical events are less viscerally entertaining than before. Imaging has shrunk to a highly revealing but flattened panorama.
Brave-hearted Mr. Marchisotto is out to change the tide. Not only his Concert Grand Reference Gold but all of the speakers in the Nola line project a high degree of holography. While some dimensionality is common to all good loudspeakers, the CGRG goes a lot further by constructing a sonic diorama. If the Holy Grail of hi-fi is the perception of a three-dimensional performance, Nola speakers assuage the mind’s eye better than any others at this time.

CES and THE Show 2014: Less Is Sometimes More
by Paul Bolin | February 7, 2014

Nola debuted the Concert Grand Reference Gold ($197,000 per pair), which features significant updates to the crossover and ribbon drivers. Electronics were Audio Research’s Reference 10 line stage ($30,000), Reference CD8 digital player ($10,000 when still available), and a Reference 75 power amp ($9000). All was wired and powered up with Nordost Odin cabling and Quantum power products. A new addition to the Nola room was a United Home Audio Phase 11 open-reel tape machine ($24,000) with UHA’s new Outboard Power Supply ($4000). While I was in the room copies of masters of The Beatles’ White Album were playing, and "Ob La Di Ob La Da" and "Dear Prudence" gave me the unmistakable sensation of sitting in the control room and watching the Fab Four play on the other side of the glass. The resolution of McCartney’s Rickenbacker bass guitar on "Prudence" alone was the stuff of which musical dreams are made. Eerie and spectacular in its immediacy.

Hi Fi News Magazine
March 2014
By Paul Miller
CES 2014
When Nola loudspeakers wanted the best
analogue source it turned to United Home Audio
and one of its Tascam-based UHA-HQ reel-to-reels.

    This souped-up tape deck is offered with
an outboard power supply (the OPS) to eliminate
EMI from the stock power transformer housed in
the chassis itself.

RMAF 2013
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013
Hear the award winning UHA Reel to Reel Tape Decks in the following rooms at RMAF 2013!
There will be after hours Master Tape listening events in the UHA Rooms at RMAF!
Friday and Saturday 8:30pm till...

Room # 550 Atrium Tower
Analog Source:
UHA Phase11 Tape Deck $17,000.
Von Schweikert: Universe VR-100XS 4-piece speaker system, $140,000.
Constellation Audio Virgo II Preamp $24,000.
Constellation Audio Centaur Mono Power Amp $27,000 each.
Rack System:
Critical Mass Systems MAXXUM Precision Component Support Systems
$5,650 per component.
Positive Feedback Online
awards UHA, Constellation Audio and Von Schweikert Audio
an Audio Oasis Award for RMAF 2013!
RMAF 2013
Room #1030
MBL Room
Analog Source:
UHA Phase11 Tape Deck $17,000.
Corona Line systems featuring the new Corona Line C11 Preamplifier, $8800.
The new C15 500 watt / channel Mono Amplifiers, $12,500 each.
The 116F Compact Radialstrahler Loudspeakers $32,500.

New 2013!
The UHA Phase11 Tape Deck wins a "Golden Ear Award for 2013
from The Absolute Sound Magazine!

Read Jonathan Valin's (The Absolute Sound Magazine) latest blog on the UHA Phase11
United Home Audio's New Tape Deck and Next-Gen Reel-to-Reel Tapes

Jonathan Valin speaking about hearing the Master Tape copy of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper.
I want to be very clear here, because, truthfully, I would’ve swooned if the mastertape of Sgt. Pepper had sounded terrible. Which, BTW, is pretty much the way the album (in stereo) has always sounded, no matter whose version you’re talking about. Anemic in the bass, dry and brittle and bath-tubey in the mids, crudely mixed (very left/right) with obvious manifold overdubs. Oh, there are some variations from cut to cut, but for the most part Sgt. Pepper didn’t make it to Number One on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Rock Albums of All Time—or Number One, with a dagger, in my heart—because of its audiophile-grade sound.
But the sound wasn’t awful. It was anything but awful.
If you think The Beatles couldn’t rock, I truly wish you had the same chance that I had—to hear this mastertape on this stereo via Greg’s Phase 11 machine. Folks, to say that this was a “better” sound, even “an extraordinarily better” sound, doesn’t cut it. This was a revolution.
I don’t know where to begin; the net effect was so overwhelming. Of course, the bass is the weakest thing on vinyl and digital. You hardly even know Paul is playing, much less rocking. But on the mastertape…on the mastertape, boys, it is an entirely different story. Here is Paul’s bass guitar the way you’ve always wanted to hear it—full, deep, incredibly powerful, and so clear and defined in pitch and articulation that it is easy to tell the McCartney was a heckuva player. Same for Ringo’s drum licks—some of which, like the bass, almost literally knock you on your ass with their slam—same with George’s garden of guitars. And the voices! It was like having John Lennon and Paul McCartney in my room with me. It goes without saying that there wasn’t a single cut that didn’t hold surprises in store—things I’d never heard and I’ve heard this album countless times.
Given the importance Sgt. Pepper has had in my life, the whole thing was so amazing it left me agog. I have never heard rock and roll reproduced more powerfully and realistically in my home or at a show in my entire life. And, guess what, it was just the start. Because thanks to Greg and Bruce I also got to hear a mastertape of the anti-Beatles, The Doors, performing “Crawlin’ King Snake” and that creepy “Hyacinth House” from L.A. Woman. When black bluesmen, like John Lee Hooker, sing “Crawlin’ King Snake” or “Back Door Man” the humor comes from the disparity between the “innocent” text and the sexual subtext. When The Doors’ Jim Morrison sings them, there is no subtext—and no humor. There was a reason why they called this guy "The Lizard King."

Microsoft Office Word Document
UHA Reel to Reel Tape Deck Awards

United Home Audio was in the Persimmon Room on the main floor and
also in room 601 with International Phonograph Inc.

Persimmon Room
MBL 116F Radialstrahler Speakers
MBL 6010 Preamp
MBL 9007 monoblocks
Luxor vacuum tube Preamp and Luxor vacuum tube Monoblock Amps
UHA Phase11 Reel to Reel Tape Deck
Tara Labs Cables
Capital Audiofest, Day Two, Part Two
By Art Dudley
 Posted: Jul 29, 2013

After a nice little break of ten years or so, I recently began to think I'd like to hear Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon again. Perhaps sensing this, Greg Beron of United Home Audio used selections from that classic album to show off a remarkable system built around MBL 116F loudspeakers ($32,000/pair), sourced with a pair of UHA's famous Phase 11 open-reel decks ($17,000). Everyone in the audience expressed unambiguous delight, myself included. Extra points for lighting.

Capital Audiofest: Metro-D.C. Area Show Small, But Shows Solid Growth
By Michael Fremer
Posted: Jul 29, 2013
My friend Art Dudley was there covering the show for Stereophile, so if you want a full show roundup go there. I drove down Saturday morning to see what was new, if anything, in the analog world and I found more than I was expecting! (Photo: United Home Audio's reel to reel tape based presentation, using MBL speakers and electronics.)

The Part Time Audiophile
CAF 2013: United Home Audio
Posted on July 26, 2013
by Scot Hull Part-Time Audiophile
Ahh, MBL … With analog tape! United Home Audio‘s Greg Beron had a pair of after-hour master-tape sessions, one each night, leading to wee-hours-of-the-morning listening to some of the most sublime recordings you can find. One off masters, anyone? Yeah. It doesn’t get better than this. Candidate for Best-In-Show? You betcha.

The Phase 11 tape deck, one of TAS’ Top 100 Products, was shown here in lustrous white and a silver/grey. Why two? Well, two gets you seamless track-switching — remember, this is tape! Anyway, the duo was a pretty sweet setup. Pricing for the top-of-the-line 11 starts at $22,000, but there are several models to choose from, including the entry level Phase $8,900. For more info, try here.

Shown here with the MBL 116f omni-directional loudspeakers, everything was all wired up with Celtic Silver speaker cables (a UHA in house specialty) to Jolida Luxor monos (with outboard PSU) running the so-new you-that-can’t-have-them KT 150 vacuum tubes from New Sensor. These tubes are rumored to be even more “sweet” up top than the KT120s (where “sweet” = “beautiful”), and bring significantly better bass than the KT88 and EL34 variants. Top to bottom linearity, with a rich mid-range? So say they — I suppose this is something that will reveal itself in the fullness of time.
Readers comments from Part Time Audio Web site:
Al R. says:
July 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Best of show honors? Loud enough!
The larger speaker model ( the 116 ) does the holographic tricks the best, IMHO.
The smaller mbl’s (126 speakers) sure cast a nice holographic image in the international …. (?) Room … shared w/ Mapleshade .
Master tapes played. Caveat? Spkrs set too high!!! Inspite of a weird room, still good sonics!

Schley Mckee says:
August 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM
Best sound at the show by a mile.
There was lots of good hifi at this show and then there was this room, it was on a different world.
This wasn’t the mega buck MBL Reference gear this was the mid priced stuff for MBL but it was swinging way above it’s weight class! Analog tape, is it about bloody perfect or what???
I was fortunate to get the sweet spot for the after hours show and I was beaten by the dynamics, could literally see all around in the soundstage, instruments popped out of black 3D space.
Tonality was perfect top to bottom. I never heard The Beatles like that, they were in the room and Paul brought his bass for this performance!
Capitol Audio Fest 2013 Musings
 29 July 2013
By Mark Waldrep

I stopped by Greg Beron’s Unite Home Audio room last evening for a brief listen to some of his analog reel to reel machines, MBL electronics and speakers playing 15 ips stereo tapes. Greg hosts evening listening session after hours to allow visitors to relax and enjoy his system without the hustle and bustle of the day. He was playing Steely Dan’s Aja when I walked in. It sounded really great! I wasn’t even in the best location but was honestly impressed with the sound. It was warm and punchy with a decent amount of high end. Not bad at for a classic platinum pop/rock recording from the late 70s that has been identified by the library of Congress as a culturally important creative work. It didn’t hurt that this was music that I knew very well and associated with a very special time in my life.

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2013 Show Report
Part 1 Report By Kemper Holt

My first stop on Friday morning was the United Home Audio suite showing a debut of a new KT 150 output tube in a pair of JoLida Luxor mono blocks, sporting four KT 150s per amp. The Luxor's are a four-piece set with outboard power supplies. Greg Beron of UHA said the KT 150 is sweeter up top, with better bass than the already great sounding KT 120. The Luxor's were driving MBL 116 speakers via Celtic cables and the sources were two of UHA's Phase 11 RTR tape decks. It was a beautifully decorated room, and sounded even better. The Beatles and Eagles tracks I heard were dynamic, and voices and instruments were placed individually across the stage in 3-D glory. Greg and I both noticed the aural phenomena of improved perceived sound quality when he turned down the overhead lights. To the delight of many attendees, Greg hosted late night listening sessions with spectacular comments from those who stayed late. I visited this room many times to enjoy the music being played.

Room 601
MBL 126 Radialsthraler Speakers
Jolida Fusion Preamp
Jolida Music Envoy vacuum tube monoblocks
Jolida JD100 CD Player
UHA Phase11 Reel to Reel Tape Deck
Capital Audiofest, Day Two, Part One
By Art Dudley • Posted: Jul 28, 2013

Call it psychoacoustics if you will, but there seemed to be a connection between the prettiness of the gear (and of the naturally lit corner room) and the sheer beauty of the sound in the room co-sponsored by International Phonographic, Mapleshade Records, and Jolida (with loudspeakers from MBL and a modified vintage Tascam open-reel tape deck). The music, none of which I'd ever before heard, was uniformly excellent and compelling. And, again, the aesthetics contributed to my atypically long visit. To be blunt, some heavily tweaked systems look ridiculous; this one, with its Mapleshade support components, cables, and hardwood sound diffusers, looked (and sounded) pretty in an almost ethereal way. I just plain loved every minute I spent in this room.

Capitol Audiofest, 2013 NEW
by Scott Dorsey
Johnathan Horwich from International Phonographic was showing not only their line of jazz reissues, but also their program to provide direct dubs of master tapes on 1/4" 2-track tape at very reasonable prices. I am very pleased to find these services coming back; in the 1970s there were a number of companies like Direct-To-Tape Recording that provided recordings on 1/4" that were dubbed in real time and not at high speed. This is to absolute height of analogue release formats and is the best way to get the original sound of the studio at home without any digital generation. There are a few other companies starting to provide these services again, and I want to commend all of them including International Phonographic for making that experience available to a new generation of listeners.

CAF 2013: International Phonograph, United Home Audio, Mapleshade
Posted on August 4, 2013 by Part-Time Audiophile

If you’re into analog, you really ought to be into tape. Ever heard the term “master tape”? Well, these days you can get one-off masters or one-off from the one-off. The result? Wow. Dynamics. Breathtaking realism. None of the compression that plagues “modern” recordings. No arbitrarily bizarre remixing, remastering, or other shenanigans. Just the way it was meant to be … but I wax poetic.
But speaking of tape, Jonathan Horwich of International Phonograph is an excellent case in point.
Jonathan was showing off some of his collection on a United Home Audio Phase 11 tape deck, played back on Jolida electroics, MBL loudspeakers (with some help from Anthony Gallo subwoofers) and Mapleshade wires. Oh, and several hundred pounds of Mapleshade air-dried maple racks, blocks, and big brass footers.
The clarity of Jonathan’s recordings is other-worldly — this is frighteningly good stuff. Check out his catalog — but be warned, tapes cost $150 each.

May 31 - June 2, 2013
Press reports on the UHA tape decks at T.H.E Show Newport in the Hilton Hotel

Hilton Crystal Ballroom "A " Main Floor
UHA Phase11 Tape Deck with AVM Electronics
& Gauder Akustik speakers

The Newport Show
Robert Harley on Loudspeakers Above $12,000
Show report
by Robert Harley | Jun 04th, 2013

I heard Gauder’s third-from-the-top Berliner RC7 ($35,000 per pair) driven by AVM sources and amplification,
with a United Home Audio open-reel tape machine performing analog duties. The system easily filled the large room,
was extremely dynamic and effortless, exhibited a very natural tonal balance, and threw a huge and well-defined soundstage.
Featuring power conditioning by Silver Circle Audio

UHA Phase11 Tape Deck with MBL

MBL 111F Speakers and the new Corona preamp and monoblocks.

Impressions: My Audio Oasis! Awards for THE Show Newport Beach, 2013
by David W. Robinson
No surprise here; once again MBL's Jeremy Bryan hits a home room in his demo room. The setting was subdued… quite dark, in fact…
but it set the mood for the impressive system that I heard.
The United Home Audio Phase11 reel-to-reel deck with the very fine Reel-Tronix take-up reel in the MBL room… glorious to see and to hear!
Open reel playback was provided by the United Home Audio Phase11x RTR, which provided brilliant reproduction from
the selection of open reel tapes that were in play. I sat for quite a while, just soaking in the open reels.
The MBL Corona line acquitted itself very well, indeed! I found it hard to leave the room… always the sign that an Audio Oasis! Award was needed.

T.H.E Show – Newport 2013 - Part 2 (I through Z)
 by Steve Lefkowicz
Sporting some of their "budget" equipment, MBL's system came in just about $80,000. Some people's idea of budget is certainly different from others. But don't let the price fool you. This system is all MBL, and definitely sounds it. Once again playing a variety of music requested by the visitors to the room (and from reel to reel tape), this was easily one of the handful of rooms that could be considered among the best of the show.

New March 2013!
UHA Tape Decks receive
an Editors Choice
Award for 2013
(oh yeah, 2012 as well!)
NEW February 2013!
Read Jonathan Valin's (The Absolute Sound Magazine) latest blog on the UHA Phase11
United Home Audio's New Tape Deck and Next-Gen Reel-to-Reel Tapes

Jonathan Valin speaking about hearing the Master Tape copy of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper.
I want to be very clear here, because, truthfully, I would’ve swooned if the mastertape of Sgt. Pepper had sounded terrible. Which, BTW, is pretty much the way the album (in stereo) has always sounded, no matter whose version you’re talking about. Anemic in the bass, dry and brittle and bath-tubey in the mids, crudely mixed (very left/right) with obvious manifold overdubs. Oh, there are some variations from cut to cut, but for the most part Sgt. Pepper didn’t make it to Number One on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Rock Albums of All Time—or Number One, with a dagger, in my heart—because of its audiophile-grade sound.
But the sound wasn’t awful. It was anything but awful.
If you think The Beatles couldn’t rock, I truly wish you had the same chance that I had—to hear this mastertape on this stereo via Greg’s Phase 11 machine. Folks, to say that this was a “better” sound, even “an extraordinarily better” sound, doesn’t cut it. This was a revolution.
I don’t know where to begin; the net effect was so overwhelming. Of course, the bass is the weakest thing on vinyl and digital. You hardly even know Paul is playing, much less rocking. But on the mastertape…on the mastertape, boys, it is an entirely different story. Here is Paul’s bass guitar the way you’ve always wanted to hear it—full, deep, incredibly powerful, and so clear and defined in pitch and articulation that it is easy to tell the McCartney was a heckuva player. Same for Ringo’s drum licks—some of which, like the bass, almost literally knock you on your ass with their slam—same with George’s garden of guitars. And the voices! It was like having John Lennon and Paul McCartney in my room with me. It goes without saying that there wasn’t a single cut that didn’t hold surprises in store—things I’d never heard and I’ve heard this album countless times.
Given the importance Sgt. Pepper has had in my life, the whole thing was so amazing it left me agog. I have never heard rock and roll reproduced more powerfully and realistically in my home or at a show in my entire life. And, guess what, it was just the start. Because thanks to Greg and Bruce I also got to hear a mastertape of the anti-Beatles, The Doors, performing “Crawlin’ King Snake” and that creepy “Hyacinth House” from L.A. Woman. When black bluesmen, like John Lee Hooker, sing “Crawlin’ King Snake” or “Back Door Man” the humor comes from the disparity between the “innocent” text and the sexual subtext. When The Doors’ Jim Morrison sings them, there is no subtext—and no humor. There was a reason why they called this guy "The Lizard King."

Award for 'ANALOG SOURCES' 2013
"UHA's Greg Beron is nothing if not persistent. Each year he further perfects his 15ips reel-to-reel tape player
(a highly modified Tascam unit), and each year his latest deck raises the bar on realism in stereo playback.
The most recent top-line version of the UHA-Q, the Phase9, is unquestionably Beron's best yet. With the right sources
(i.e., select Tape Project tapes) it cannot be bettered by any other source, analog or digital.
The Absolute Sound March 2013

Greg Beron of United Home Audio
wins the rare Harvey "Gizmo" Rosenberg award for 2012!
By David Robinson
December 2012
Greg, it is with great pleasure that I give you the Positive Feedback Online Gizmo Award for 2012!
This is a very rare award, only given to a single person per year. Our Gizmo Award is a memorial to our good friend and fellow audiomaniac, Harvey “Gizmo” Rosenberg. It is only given to a person whom I believe to have gone way about and beyond in their passionate pursuit of the audio arts. I adjudge that you have done so in your work with your Phasen series of RTR machines, and am therefore officially naming you as this year’s Gizmo Award winner!
For more on the Gizmo, see my comments 2012 GIZMO AWARD, all the way at the bottom of the page.
Note that I have not given this award at all since 2009, and missed some years before that. This is a unique award, and goes to you personally, not to your company or to a product.
This is for you.
Congratulations! This is a very rare recognition.

NEW! December 17, 2012
Positive Feedback Online
Issue 64
november / december 2012
My Brutus Awards for 2012
by David W. Robinson
Now here is a thing of beauty! Greg Beron's superb United Home Audio Phase9 RTR machine paid me a visit for several months in 2012. Here you see it outfitted with another 2012 Brutus Award winner, the Reel-Tronix take-up reel (to the left above).
My earliest experience with audio was with RTR decks. In fact, my first stereo system was wrapped around my Sony TC-630, purchased as a junior in high school after working an evening job for nearly a year. I own two RTR decks now, and have two other loaners here at the moment…one a Mike Spitz ATR 102, while the other isn't. So I have a real fondness for open reel. This means that when Greg Beron was willing to send a review sample of his Phase9 machine, I immediately jumped on the opportunity.
The Phase9 is based upon a radical re-working of the Tascam BR-20, a RTR machine with very good availability of parts…a major consideration with RTR decks… and with a number of proprietary (and expensive!) improvements or complete redesigns made to the underlying frame. Fiendish attention is paid to the quality of the parts used…especially capacitors…the circuitry and wiring, and the Unity9 preamp. This last has been advanced towards direct coupling by simplifying and purifying the circuitry of the preamp, allowing a more transparent transmission of the music on tape. Greg claims to have sunk a small fortune into product development and the testing of expensive components, which he has exhaustively tested by ear. He is circumspect about the parts used, but let's just say that with the Phase9, you ain't in Kansas (or Tascamland) anymore, Toto. (For a list of improvements in the Phase9, see the appropriate section.)
The sonic dividends are spectacular. I can cut to the chase right now and say that listening to the Phase9 was outstanding in every way. All tape functions worked smoothly, without a glitch. Using some sample tapes from The Tape Project (thanks Dan and Paul!), Yarlung Records (ditto Bob!), and Opus3 (you too, Jan-Eric!), I got a chance to hear 15ips half-track sound the way that it can and should. Excellent transparency, loads of detail, low noise floor, a tremendous sense of ease, dynamic punch when needed, and gobs of natural musicality.
So… what's not to like? I really hated to pack this up and send it back to Greg… I grieved… but then again, he's already working on the Phase11 for early 2013! I expect to see it sometime next year for a follow-up evaluation.
Exceptional stuff, and a 2012 Brutus Award winner, for sure.

UHA at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2012
Denver Tech Center Marriott
Atrium Room 550
Impressions: Robinson's RMAF 2012 Audio Oasis! Awards NEW
by David W. Robinson
Von Schweikert Audio/Jolida/United Home Audio
Another Audio Oasis Award for UHA, this now makes 6 awards for the UHA deck!
The Von Schweikert VR-44 speakers, powered by the Jolida Luxor monoblock amps and the Fusion preamp… leading the charge, the United Home Audio Phase11 RTR machine!
You know, ever since discovering this combo a year ago, back at RMAF 2012, I've been more and more taken with the quality of the synergy that the three companies manifest when they're hooked up together. This is the third time that I spent time… which turned out to be extended time… in this room.

Greg Beron of United Home Audio with his Phase11 RTR deck
This room had the Von Schweikert Audio VR-44 speakers; at the other end of the line was the UHA Phase11 tape deck, being shepherded by Greg Beron. In between were the Luxor Dual Mono Preamp and the Luxor Monoblock amps with separate power supplies. All cabling was by Master-Built, a brand that I was not familiar with.
The sound was a delicious blend of open reel tapes of the highest quality on a world-class RTR machine, great tube pre-amplification and amplification, and the typical great sound that VS loudspeakers always provide. The VR-44s filled the room with well-integrated sound… nothing beamy, no obvious evidence of crossover points, with rich bass and nicely extended high frequencies. The Jolida preamp and amp were glorious! Great, clean sound, and none of the stereotypical "tube feel." No spurious noise, no microphonics, no rolled-off euphonia… none of that nonsense! And at (relatively) affordable pricing for audiophile kit! Impressive work, Jolida!
A Von Schweikert VR-44 speaker and Jolida Luxor amp with power supply: magic…
So, after three shows in a row, it's crystal clear to me that VS speakers really work and play well with Jolida electronics, and that superior open reel tape makes for an excellent diet in this system. Greg's Phase11 RTR is at the top-o'-the-heap of open reel machines that I've ever heard. The Phase11 will make a trip here within the next year, so that I can appraise the further advancements that Greg has made. It's really good… all of it is really, really good.

A UHA RTR in Celtic Red!
In fact, this was so good that I promised myself that I would return after hours, and catch a late-night listening session there, DJ'ed by Greg Beron. He shared several of his open reel treasures, while a group of us enjoyed an adult libation. This confirmed my take during business hours: the Von Schweikert/Jolida/UHA tandem is a PFO Audio Oasis! Award winner once more… and without breaking a sweat!
Video by the Audiogon reporters at RMAF 2012
The Von Schweikert / Jolida / United Home Audio room was
a "Staff Pick" in the Audiogon RMAF Special Edition Newsletter on 11/6/2012

Rocky Mountain Show Report
Robert Harley on Loudspeakers Under $20,000
Show report
by Robert Harley|Oct 16th, 2012
The Von Schweikert VR-44 Active loudspeaker benefited from a most unusual source: a jazz recording made exclusively for release on open-reel tape made directly from the master. The label, International Phonograph Inc., uses purist techniques and vintage microphones for its tape-only releases which are priced at $150 per title.
The sound had an uncanny sense of realism played back through the latest United Home Audio UHA-Q Phase 11 tape machine.

Confessions of a Part Time Audiophile
by Scot Hull
RMAF12: United Home Audio brings the +5 Tape Deck of Awesomeness
Posted on October 22, 2012
I’ve had this argument before with United Home Audio‘s Greg Beron. Why “tape” — isn’t this just a pointless throwback? Totally redundant to good vinyl? I mean, seriously, why another analog source — isn’t everyone going to digital anyway? These are all great questions in large part because I was doing the asking, but Greg is like Buddha. He just gives me this serene little smile and puts on one of his one-off “back channel” master tapes of, say, The Who’s Tommy (played to a packed room Friday night), and all I’m left with is a steamy cup of STFU. Yes! Because — here’s the bottom line for you. Tape rules. Assuming you can get good tape, of course, which is the rub.
First, let me say that there are ever more places to buy these master-quality tapes (check some of those links to “argument”, above) and ever more vendors exploring the possibility of releasing some or all of their old catalogs this way. Of course, some of these things might mean shelling out $300 or more per album, but if you’re an ultraphile, there really isn’t an option that can touch them. These aren’t mixed or remastered — these are the masters. For the vast majority of music released before, what, 1980-ish, it’s all tape — and here, you’re listening to a copy of that very tape. It simply doesn’t get better than this in terms of playback — better is “live”. So, that’s what Greg’s little machine is bringing you — the ultimate source material played back on a beautifully worked as-new machine.
Tape has several advantages, apparently, and one obvious one is cost. The ultimate in vinyl playback puts $45 LPs on a $100,000+ turntable, arm, cartridge combo that you still need a phono preamplifier for. Here, Greg’s top-of-the-line tape machine, the UHA-HQ Phase 11PB deck, will drop your $300 analog tape onto a $22,000 machine — and it will sound better than that $100k+ vinyl rig. That’s the freakin’ definition of value, folks.
I’m not sure what’s holding me back, other than the fact that I’m nearly broke. Yeah. Hmm. Well, besides that, the only hangup for me is music — I want more. Greg smiles at me, again, as if to say “patience is rewarded”. Soon, grasshopper ….
Audio Matters
Saturday October 20, 2012
Lots of reel-to-reel players on display and in use throughout the weekend. if you think LP's take effort to play, try loading tapes and selecting tracks in hurry. I did spend a really fun evening in the United Audio Room late on Friday listening to the complete three-tape presentation of The Who's Tommy, played through impressive Von Schweikert VR44s and a prototype Jolida tube monoblocks that were eye-catching in white finish with blue lights. The ample supply of beer and wine clearly helped proceedings with a lively audience and air guitar flourishes, shouts of 'yeah' and various jerky body movements accompanied the Moon-driven rhythms and Townsend riffs. Late stayers were treated to a similar run through a tape of Sgt Pepper too. Not sure how late everyone stayed but I would love to have heard some of the music on hand that I know better but I never got to hear their tape of Kind of Blue. The sonics here suggested to me that with tape you hear enough into the recording to recognize the limits of The Who's playing abilities back then - the rawness was all there. Good fun.
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2012
October 25, 2012
in Audiophilia Visits/Show Reports
by Anthony Kershaw
Von Schweikert VR 44 loudspeakers ($25K) with Jolida Luxor mono amplifiers ($8K) and UHA tape deck ($22K).
As usual, Mr. Schweikert was fastidious in his equipment matching. And the tape deck looked and sounded wonderful.

United Home Audio is the expert source for everything Analog in the USA.
Turntables, tonearms, phono cartridges, phono preamps and of course
the award winning UHA reel to reel tape decks.
THE CAPITAL AUDIOFEST 2012 - Press Coverage
Stereophile Magazine
Capital Audiofest—Day One
By John Atkinson • Posted: Jul 14, 2012

United Home Audio’s second system, albeit at a much higher price point, worked better with the room.
MBL’s 116F speakers ($32,000/pair), driven by MBL 9007 monoblocks ($42,800/pair) and an MBL 6010 preamp ($26,500),
wired with Celtic Silver Dragon interconnects (UHA-Q Series 9PB deck, $14,500, to preamp),
Tara Labs Zero interconnects ($15,000/pair, preamp to power amps), and Tara Labs Omega speaker cables ($12,000/pair),
sounded, in a word, magnificent, de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat, from a Tape Project tape open-reel tape reproduced
with well-defined soundstage width and depth, uncolored mids, well-controlled lows,
and high frequencies that were optimally balanced for the large room.
Capital Audiofest 2012 Show Report
Coverage By Scot Hull of Part Time Audiophile
July 17, 2012
United Home Audio
United Home Audio had two systems setup in the large, square room, but I only was able to hear one on
Friday, the $32k 116F MBL driven by $42,800/pair MBL 9007 mono amplifiers and fronted by the $26,500 MBL 6010 preamp.
The imaging was superb and eerily 3-D, and totally immersive. If you haven't had the experience of a good MBL demo, it's like taking a bath in sound.
Crazy. And that wasn't even the story here. The story was the UHA-Q Series Phase 9PB Open Reel Tape Deck.
This $14,500 deck is a dual-mono rig and the current top of the United Home Audio line.
Over the course of the weekend, think I listened to the entirety of the Opus 3 Sampler Tape.
This is some of the most liquid, effortless, extraordinary sound I've ever heard at a show. Come to papa!

July 2012
By Lewis Dardick
United Home Audio as in prior shows presented a very natural / realistic sounding system, which was likely attributable in large part to the front end I heard consisting of the
United Home Audio UHA-Q Phase9PB open reel tape deck ($14,500). I don't remember my old reels sounding nearly this good. But it made me think about reentering the tape
extravaganza. I am sure that it didn't hurt that the deck was being driven by the MBL 6010 ($26,500) and MBL 9007 amps ($21,400 ea) into MBL 116F speakers.
All in all I kept on thinking about how smooth the system sounded with a three-dimensionality close to live music.

Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile
Capital Audiofest 2012:
United Home Audio
Posted on July 29, 2012 by Scot Hull

MBL is different. A lot of brands talk about a 3-D sound stage, or about it’s depth or width. When you hear a well-put-together MBL system, these modifiers suddenly seem to have actual meaning. This is what a reviewer is most likely referencing when he tosses such terms around. Look, don’t get all prickly - it’s just important to recognize who does what, and MBL “does” the 3-D imaging thing in a way that a non-omni speaker can only dream about. It’s really quite entertaining. As I alluded to, I found the imaging kinda freaky, like looking out of my window box to find the orchestra. Like, right there. Hanging. In space. In front of my seat. Like I said, freaky.

Enter the $14,500 dual-mono UHA-Q Series Phase 9PB Open Reel Tape Deck. This is the current top of the United Home Audio reel-to-reel line. And it was courtesy of this flashy machine, shown here in white and a stunning red, that I was treated to some of the most liquid, effortless, and extraordinary sound I’ve ever heard at a show. Feel free to quote me on that.
I almost feel compelled to point out that $14,500 is peanuts compared to some of the turntables I’ve run across lately — turntables that still need tonearms and cartridges in order to do what the UHA deck does.

So, here’s the net-net. Greg Beron has the best quality music I’ve heard at an audio show. Yes, I’ve heard the Tape Project demos, and yes, they’re quite good. Greg has those.
I mean that Greg has piles and piles of one-off masters. Yes! Let’s just say that this gives him an enormous advantage over his fellows and call it a day. Add that to a superlative rig, set up well, in a room that doesn’t bring the hate, and you’ll have what I had during the Capital Audiofest here in 2012 — true joy. Of course, some would call that expression a “shit eating grin”, but those people are crass and boorish.
It’s a good thing Greg is such a nice guy. I feel a bit like Oliver, “please sir, can I have another?” waiting for him to beat me around the head and face with a large, wooden spoon.

Click on the picture below to read the entire review, interesting stuff!

United Home Audio's second system below
The second system featured the $6,000/pair Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Concert Grand Speakers. A $1,299 Jolida JD 302 integrated at 50wpc.
a $5,500 Clearaudio Ovation turntable with a$1,200 Benz Micro Glider cartridge, wired into a $2,500 Fosgate Signature phono preamp. An $1,100 Jolida JD-100 CD player.
Silver Circle Power conditioner.
The $9,600 UHA-Q Series Phase 5 PB tape deck, special show finish.

The Part Time Audiophile
Posted 7/29/12
Coming off the MBL side of the room, this system was, well, rather different. It was warm, for one thing, with a lush sound that was quite cozy and easy to listen to.
With the lights turned so low, we had some serious mood sneaking around. Hello, baby. How you doin’?

UHA Tape Deck 2015 Show Schedule

News from Positive Feedback Online
Read the latest info regarding high end audio's new Reel to Reel Tape Movement
from Positive Feedback Online, by UHA's Greg Beron.
Positive Feedback Online / Reel to Reel… is Real

Lots of T.H.E. Show Newport coverage below!

Positive Feedback Online
THE Show Newport Beach, 2012: My Audio Oasis! Awards
by David W. Robinson
The view in the Von Schweikert Research/Jolida Audio/United Home Audio room
Picture by David Robinson
Eureka, all over again!
This was a combination that I had encountered at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011. It had surprised me there…an audio ambush!
Not Von Schweikert Research, of course. I've had tons of experience with the VSR line since the days of the breakthrough VR-4 and VR-4 Silver back in the '90s. I have personally reviewed them, owned some of them, and have heard most of the rest at shows for many years now.
Greg Beron of United Home Audio with his brilliant UHA RTR machine, outfitted with Reel-Tronix take-up (left reel).
No, what had surprised me was the combination of the VSR-44 speakers (a re-visiting of the classic VR-4) with the reasonably-priced over-performing Jolida tubed electronics, being fed by a United Home Audio reel-to-reel machine, spinning a pile of nice titles from The Tape Project, Opus3, and others.
Bruce Brown of Puget Sound Studios and Greg Beron of United Home Audio
I don't have a complete system list for this room; this is what I do have.
System list:
Von Schweikert Research VR-44 loudspeakers, $22,000/pair passive; $25,000/active
Jolida Fusion preamplifier, $1099
Jolida JD 1000CRC Integrated Vacuum Tube Stereo Amplifier, 100 WPC, no price given
United Home Audio UHA-Q RTR machine; no information given on the model number; contact UHA for more information (
Just like last October at RMAF 2011, the sound in this room was arresting: superior RTR recordings from The Tape Project, Opus3, and others. ¼" half-track tapes in abundance… unmistakable reference-grade elegance on the source side, of a certainty! Once you've spent some time with open reel tapes, you're not easily fooled by so many of the digital standards that claim to be exceptional (all PCM, by the way), but are not.

Bruce Brown of Puget Sound Studios and Greg Beron of United Home Audio
with the UHA Phase9PB tape deck at THE Show Newport 2012.
Photo courtesy of David Robinson PFO.

Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile
Newport 2012: United Home Audio presents
Von Schweikert, Jolida and a lot of analog tape
Posted on June 24, 2012

One of the joys of the Internets is that all the things you have ever said, anywhere, about anything, are all right there to haunt you. Forever. All my once-favorite, now forgotten, punching bags can come for a visit years later and just sit on comments I no longer remember and, if asked, would probably vehemently disavow.
Like this one: “I don’t get analog tape.”
I forget where I wrote that, and no, this gap shouldn’t be taken as a license to go digging. But here’s the thing. Analog is cool. Here’s another thing. Tape can sound fantastic.
No, it doesn’t have to sound fantastic or anything like that. There’s nothing inherently superior about the format over, say, vinyl. But I have heard, over the last year since United Home Audio’s Greg Beron took a club to my thick skull, no less than a dozen rooms at various venues, all playing some near-master tapes and to say that the sound quality was “excellent” is to rival the British in how much understatement can be loaded into a single word.

Here’s my issue. I have serious philosophical problems with paying several hundred dollars for a single album. It’s really no more complicated than that — tape is expensive. It’s the most expensive way to hear your music, and to me, that’s just absurd. Sure, yes, you can buy all your tracks from Amazon or iTunes if all you wanted was cheap. Good means getting a $8 CD.Very good can mean ferreting out the $12 remastered version. Excellent means a $15 SACD or maybe a $20 vinyl LP. Some say — I don’t, but some do — that moving past this “generic” level requires you to go get yourself some of the fancy new issue/re-issue $30 LPs you can get from Acoustic Sounds, some super-duper SACD release, or best of all, a 45-rpm reissue, like those that Chad Kassem over at Analog Productions is making serious waves over. But these start at $50! $50 for an album is a lot of dough — but $250? Yikes! Run for the hills!
It’s probably not surprising that there’s another way to think about these things.
A very fine turntable can be had for $400. The Pro-Ject Carbon comes with a tonearm and cartridge, so you’re pretty much ready to go, and you can start playing all your super-expensive 45-rpm records right away and have yourself a ball.
And when you’re ready, you can upgrade that turntable, arm and/or cartridge. This, folks, is where the rabbit-hole starts. Take the blue pill, and somewhere along that path, you may find that your $15k turntable with the $5k tonearm and $4k cartridge just really isn’t doing it for you anymore and what you really need is a $27k turntable, a $12k tonearm and a $15k cartridge.
Suddenly, $250 for an album doesn’t seem like such a big deal anymore. Especially if you can avoid all that.
The argument for analog tape can run this way. I’m sure you know that most of the very best analog tape machines simply aren’t made new anymore. The stuff you’re most likely to see at an audio show, say, are modded refurb units of discontinued lines from yesterday’s mainstream audio brands. These units are cobbled together, the crappy bits discarded, the motors upgraded, the tape-heads completely reworked, the caps replaced, a new PSU crammed in, and the next thing you know (ta da!), you have a stunningly accurate playback machine. And best of all, comparing the price tag of this top-end custom analog tape machine to a top-end vinyl playback rig will require you to remove trailing zeros from the price tag. Yes, by comparison to the rarefied and esoteric world of audiophile vinyl playback, analog’s other white meat can seem downright cheap.
As the guys over at Affordable$$Audio keep reminding me, “cheap” is relative. Okay, “reminding” may be a bit gentle, but the point is well taken. So, buyer beware, analog tape isn’t for the faint of … wallet. That said, should you get bit hard by the analog bug, tape may well turn out to be the cheaper of the two paths.
And as far as paths worth exploring … well, I’m certainly curious. The quality of the tapes that you can get is pretty much mind-blowing. One off from masters? Check. No weird pressing issues, encoder/decoder deterioration? Check. Never having to worry about VTA, SRA and azimuth? Check! So, for those of you believing that sources are the most important link in your chain, that fervently worship at the altar of truly superior source material, that are relentlessly inspired to push your audio experience as high up the ladder as you can go, for those that just love the “fiddly-bits” in audio’s high-end, well, as much as it pains me to have to publicly change my mind, analog tape might have to find a place in that short list.

Enter United Home Audio.

Greg was showing off his top of the line $14,500 United Home Audio UHA-Q Series Phase9PB deck. I’ve written about these decks before — shown here at Newport in a new, very schwanky all-white skin — but for those curious, pricing for a UHA-Q deck starts around $7,000. Check ‘em out — I plan to.
While I’m at it, Greg sent me this up to date list of sites that sell reel-to-reel tapes:
The Tape Project
Opus 3 Records
International Phonograph Inc.
Master Tape Sound Lab

From one end of the playback chain to another, leaping in a single bound, brings us to Von Schweikert. The $25,000/pair of the new VR-44s shown here are actually “active”, in that the there’s a 300w amp in each cabinet driving the two woofers. Want to use your own amps? A non-active version is available for $22,000. For some reason, there’s still not a lot of info online about this speaker (it debuted at RMAF last year, so maybe availability just started or something), but it’s big, authoritative, and refined-sounding.

Jolida electronics filled out the rest of the rack. An $1,100 Jolida Fusion preamplifier and a $3,300 JD-1000P “Limited Edition” amplifier provided the power. The JD-1000P LE is all new, and part of a “brand new sound” that Jolida rolled out in 2011. Here’s Greg talking about the new amp:
The Limited Edition amp is basically a JD1000P in a new chassis that has a more rounded smooth seamless look, more modern I guess. It also has special circuit modifications engineered by Jolida’s Vice President Jerred Dunkerson assisted with listening feedback by Jolida’s President Mike Allen and my humble self. It incorporates new types and values of resistors, capacitors, and a secret treatment of output tube circuitry that required about 25 different trials of electronic part values and types. This all occurred over a three-month period and was comprised of many long listening sessions, lots of trial and error when you are looking for a certain sound. Mike and I are quite critical and outspoken so Mr. Dunkerson probably wished he never started the project especially when the cussing and drunken brawls ensued. However in the end there was a design objective and a price objective, the price was not to exceed $3500. It finally landed at $3300 and we all three like the sound, all is good.

Also new in the rack is the prototype of the Jolida Fusion DAC/Transport, which should come in around $2,300. Again, from Greg:
There is no final info yet on the DAC / Transport, however the first production run should be here this year. Here is what little I know so far.
It will have a built-in transport for the disc users.
It will have 3 other digital inputs switchable, USB, Coax, Toslink
The new Burr Brown 1794 chipset 24×192, also with galvanic isolation, very cool.
Six vacuum tube output 12ax7, 12at7, 12au7, per channel in a fully balanced output design.
Both XLR and RCA out with a possible coax and toslink output as well.

SOUND & VISION Report: T.H.E. Show Newport 2012
The best stuff from last weekend’s L.A. audio show
By Brent Butterworth
Posted June 4, 2012

United Home Audio
Photo: Brent Butterworth
The hippest source device for audiophiles these days isn’t vinyl, it’s reel-to-reel tape. Several companies rebuild them to audiophile standards. This one is A Tascam VR-20 rebuilt by United Home Audio. It costs $13,500 in a version with hot-rodded playback heads and amps, or $17,000 with both playback and record tweaked out. “If I could just put on a CD and get this kind of sound, I wouldn’t bother messing with tape,” United’s Greg Beron said.
In the quest for great analog reproduction, the hottest source in Newport was the reel-to-reel deck.

United Home Audio Reel to Reel
by admin on April 17, 2012 in Reel to Reel

There is a real (reel?) resurgence of old technology that is not limited to the humble (and in my opinion flawed) turntable. Reel to Reel tape decks are back and back in a big way.
United Home Audio is offering a range of reel to reel decks with outstanding audio performance that analogue lovers will lust after, and they leave turntables in their wake.
Having heard these machines at the CES trade show, I can say with absolute certainty that these machines are superb, both sonically and in terms of build quality.

Axpona 2012 Report
Confessions of a Part Time Audiophile
Confessions of a Part -Time Audiophile web site

Martin Logan 5.1 surround system & The UHA Phase1 tape deck.
(Yes I said "Phase 1" owned by Ray Satcher in Jacksonville Fla.
The Phase1 was our first generation deck we developed 6 years ago,
the UHA decks are now improved 8 generations with the Phase9.)

Posted 3/14/12
Five Martin Logan CLX ART loudspeakers. $12k each/$24k a pair.
Five Martin Logan Depth-i subwoofers with CLX crossover (@47Hz) to make the CLX “full range”. $2200 each (crossover board is another $150).
Two Martin Logan Descent-i subwoofers. $3500 each.
One Krell EVO-707 3D Surround processor. $31,500.
One Krell EVO-403e three-channel power amplifier. $25k.
One Krell EVO-402e stereo amplifier. $18,500.
One Krell Cipher SACD/CD player. $12k.
 One fully tricked out tape deck: “Phase 1" from United Home Audio.
One full reference line cable loom from Transparent Cables. ~$250k.

In general, I think that Martin Logan is probably not my go-to for surround sound music. The lateral dispersion just wasn’t there, which meant that the sweet spots were rather few in number, and if you were out of line, you were out of luck. That said, image lock was not a problem for those in the sweet seats. I’ve never heard such precision in a sound stage. EVER. But … as with the AIX Records demo, images themselves weren’t always proportionate, especially when we went to sound in the surround. Of course, as with the AIX Records demo, I couldn’t have cared less! This was seriously cool! Pink Floyd DSOTM? Woohoo! Bring it!

But my favorite part of the demo were the stunning — and I’m not using the word lightly — stereo recordings from The Tape Project.
The one-off-master of Bill Evans may well have been the best reproduction I’ve ever heard, anywhere, of anything. It was breathtaking.

The UHA Phase1 tape deck Axpona 2012

CES 2012 at T.H.E. Show in the Flamingo Hotel main floor Red Rock 1 room.
United Home Audio was at CES 2012 and there was an absolitely incredible interest in R2R.

The response to R2R has hit a fever pitch at this show, we were mobbed by interest.
The room was busy constantly and at times there were three customers lined up
waiting to discuss R2R. So many people were eager to hear the new Master Tapes
and we even had offers from international customers to sell all the Master Tapes we brought right now for cash!

There are new recording companies gearing up to issue Master Tapes!
Representatives from these new recording companies were gravatating to the excitement
over R2R in the UHA room. They even had some great demo tapes and they were using the UHA decks to
 demo the tapes for distributors worldwide. They were equally surprised by the level of interest
in Master Tapes and left the show eager to get started on their own tape projects.
There was great sound in the room, natural texture and great layered dynamics!
Quintessence Shadow speaker $35K & PBN 400wpc Mono amps $15K each & Silver Circle Power Conditioner

NEW January 2012
The Absolute Sound Magazine

January 2012, Issue 219
PrimaLuna DiaLogue
Three Preamplifier
"Tube Seduction"
by: Jim Hannon

When the DL3 was coupled with the remarkable UHA-HQ Phase6 reel-to-reel deck and playing mastertape duplicates from The Tape Project, I was in sonic heaven!
The massed strings in Exotic Dances from the Opera were sumptuous and finely detailed, and rode on a cushion of air across a soundstage of such tremendous width and depth that it came surprisingly close to the dimensionality of my highly-modified reference preamplifier.  The highs were naturally extended and balanced without any grain or forwardness , allowing the timbre of instruments like woodwinds to remain seductive yet lifelike; at the same time, the DL3 tracked the demanding dynamics swings of the music with aplomb.

When I listened to Dave Alvin on Blackjack David [TP-002]. his voice and guitar had such immediacy and palpability that I felt, at times, that I was listening to a live performance.  It doesn't get much better than that!  While the UHA-HQ deck is the best front end I've had in my system, the DiaLogue Three kept pace the this outstanding analog source on multiple levels.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011
United Home Audio new Phase9 tape deck
Jolida's new Fusion 211 tube monoblocks and Fusion Preamp
Von Schweikert VR-5 Anniversary MK2 speakers
Celtic Silver Pendragon Cables

(Photo from TAS web site taken by Jonathan Valin)
If you would like to see more and larger photographs of many of the loudspeakers reviewed, go to:

RMAF 2011 Report - Analog Sources
Posted by: Jacob Heilbrunn at 3:03 pm, October 19th, 2011
 Jacob Heilbrunn's RMAF 2011 Report
(Photo from TAS web site)

The VTL room included mastering engineer Piper Payne playing some of the Tape Project’s reels,
which, more often than not, sounded dynamic and translucent via Luke Manley and Bea Lam’s imposing Siegfried II monoblocks,
which are priced at $65,000 a pair, along with the $20,000 7.5 Series III preamplifier.Tape was also featured at Alon Wolf’s Magico Q1 demo.
The Nagra tape machine fed the $25,000 Q1, which sounded smashing—exceedingly nimble and transparent.
 But the most memorable cut for me was listening to Lee Morgan’s “The Sidewinder” at United Home Audio’s room
on a $17,000 Phase9 Tascam machine, which boasts, among other things, capacitors with silk as the dielectric.
It sounded amazing.
The “Sidewinder” recording, which Morgan cut for Blue Note, was a surprise bestseller in 1964 and features some of his
most sizzling playing. I was quite smitten with the $6000 200-watt Fusion monoblocks that Michael Allen,
head of Jolida, Inc., has developed and based on the venerable 211 power output tube.
RMAF 2011 Report -
Loudspeakers Priced at $20,000 and Up

Posted by: Jonathan Valin at 2:02 pm, October 19th, 2011
Jonathan Valins RMAF 2011 report

From MBL I went down to the second floor and heard the $30k Von Schweikert VR5 Anniversary multiway floorstanders,
driven by Jolida electronics and sourced by Greg Beron’s UHA Phase 9 reel-to-reel 15ips tape deck.
The sound was excellent.
Tonality, spaciousness, dynamics—all first-rate. Of course, in a way this room was unfair.
Greg was playing back Tape Project mastertapes, including a freshly minted Beethoven Ninth,
and when they’re good those tapes are hard to beat.
Jonathan Valin's Best in Show
Best Sound (over $40k)
Vandersteen 7 (with ARC Ref 250 amp)
Lansche 5.1, Cessaro Affascinate I SE,
YG Acoustic Kipod II Signature (with Esoteric electronics),
Vandersteen 7 (with Aesthetix electronics)

Best Sound (under $40k)?
Audio Physic Avanteras
Magico Q1 (on Sunday),
Wilson Audio Sashas (with D’Agostino Momentum amp and McGrath tapes),
Coincident Speaker Technology Pure Reference Extremes,
Von Schweikert VR5 Anniversary (with The Tape Project tapes),
Schimmel Voxativ Ampeggio

Greatest Bargains
Trigon Elektronik “Energy” integrated amp, Synergistic Research “The Music Cable”

Most Significant Product Introduction?
Audio Research Reference 250,
Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement moving-coil cartridge
Schimmel Voxativ Ampeggio loudspeaker,
Synergistic Research “The Music Cable” and Enigma II power supply,
Clearaudio Master Innovation turntable,
UHA-Q Phase 9 reel-to-reel tape deck.

Stereophile Report from RMAF 2011

Filed Under: RMAF 2011By: John Atkinson• Posted: Oct 20, 2011  

The United Home Audio room at RMAF featured Von Schweikert speakers driven by Jolida electronics,
this time the Von Schweikert VR5 Anniversary Mk.2s ($30,000/pair), Jolida Fusion preamp and Fusion 200W tube monoblocks ($6000/all three).
But my eye was drawn to the UHA Phase 9 tape deck, which was playing some Series 3 releases from The Tape Project,
specifically Nat Adderley and his band performing "Work Song." One of the better-sounding rooms, I thought.
United Home Audio, Jolida, Von Schweikert Audio,
win a RMAF 2011
from Positive Feedback Online!
By, Dr. David W. Robinson
Editor-in-Chief, Positive Feedback Online

A grand system: Jolida Fusion System Preamp and Fusion 200 WPC Monoblock Amps, Jolida Fusion 200 DAC Transport prototype,
Von Schweikert Audio VR-5 Anniversary loudspeakers, and United Home Audio UHA Phase 9 tape deck.

I have been following the Von Schweikert line for a very long time now. As a matter of fact, I've owned several of the VR speakers over the years (VR-4, VR-4 Silver, VR-6),
and have evaluated/reviewed several others (the very fine VR-9's, and the VR-5's).
Albert had the VR-5 Anniversary Edition on display; I was familiar with them, but I had not heard them with Jolida electronics before.

The results with the United Home Audio UHA Phase9 open reel tape deck and the Jolida Fusion preamp and monoblocks were really impressive.
There is always something very special about open reel tapes… this is where I started in audio, while still in high school…
and the overall effect was smooth, richly harmonic, dynamic, and commendably transparent.
(I have to admit that I am completely unfamiliar with this company and this tape deck, and had no time to dig in on it while at RMAF 2011.)
I sat there for a while, just soaking in the music. It was so good that I forgot to check the titles of the classical recordings that we were listening to!
The VR-5 AE's were providing rich, involving sound, with little to fault in terms of musical values. Reasonably compact speakers…
 but full-range performance! This is the real thing, amigos…Albert Von Schweikert and company have produced a real marvel here.

 I'm going to have to look into Jolida… that's a lot of bang for the audio buck!

And I guess that I really should see if United Home Audio is interested in a review of their Phase9 sometime, eh?

Jolida Fusion preamp: $1099
Jolida Fusion monoblock amps: $6000/pair
Von Schweikert Research VR-5 Anniversary Edition loudspeakers: $27,000
United Home Audio UHA Phase9 tape deck: $17,000

Anything that gives me such a an exceptionally pleasant, relaxing audio experience at RMAF rates an Audio Oasis! Award in my book…done!

The Jolida Fusion Monoblock: 200 Watts of 211-based power!
NEW 12/4/11
More Late Breaking News From RMAF!
Mr. Wechsberg only highlighted 3 room out of the 400+ rooms at the show!
RMAF 2011 - At a Snail's Pace
by Mike Wechsberg
Some audio magazines give you real time blogs from the floor of a show like the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, while others rush to publish as soon as the show is over. Well, here at PFO we writers are not paid to be fast, just accurate and interesting. So, here I am more than a month after the show writing yet another article about some old news. Editors David Robinson and Dave Clark have already posted the definitive PFO articles in pictures and words about this year's "fest" (just click their name's to read the reports). My motivation in writing this article is to convey some impressions about audio equipment, audio shows and the audio industry in general, that I hope give you something to think about.

I have attended all but two RMAF fests since they started in 2004. Each one has been better than the last in some way. This year I heard fewer mediocre sounding rooms than in the past. As these annual get-togethers continue in the same venue (Denver Marriott Tech Center) I think the returning exhibitors "figure out" the exhibit rooms and how to get decent sound in a small rectangular hotel room. Even on the first afternoon of the show, when the time to experiment with setup is short for everyone, I heard excellent sound virtually everywhere I went.

Over the three days I got to spend quite a bit of time in a few rooms. One of these was the room shared by Von Schweikert Audio and Jolida, Inc. I haven't been a fan of Von Schweikert speakers over the years, but the combination of VR-5 Anniversary Edition Loudspeakers with Jolida tubed electronics playing the Beethoven 9th Symphony on a United Home Audio open reel tape machine was spectacularly realistic and involving. The sound had great dynamic range and just the right blend of tonality, detail and spaciousness. I was exhausted at the end of the recording, just like I am whenever I hear this music in a concert hall. The equipment in this room was not cheap, but the cost was far from the most expensive setups at the show yet this room left me with one of the strongest impressions. Bravo to the folks who put this room together.

SECRETS of Home Theater and High Fidelity
The speakers are the new VR-5 Anniversary Mk2, $30,000. The Jolida amps are 200 wpc mono blocks.
The United Home Audio UHA Phase9 open reel deck was making beautiful music with a selection of classical and rock tracks.

The Capital Audiofest 2011 was a hit!
Capital Audiofest  2011
UHA-HQ R2R Project CEO Greg Beron answers questions about the
UHA decks from Jonn Atkinson of Stereophile Magazine at the Capital Audiofest 2011.  
John Atkinson writes on the Stereophile web site,
"Listening to a Decca orchestral recording of Suite Espanole,
I was reminded how good analog tape playback could be.
Even a mono Thelonious Monk cut from 50 years ago sounded fresh."

NEWS on Greg Beron's R2R decks!
June 8, 2011
T.H.E. Show Newport report by
Audio Video Revolution
T.H.E. Show  Newport-2011

All of the systems below were mega buck (if you have to ask you can't afford it) systems except one!
Von Schweikert Speakers $3750, Jolida JD-1000 amp $2400 and 3000B preamp $1200!
Ok, the United Home Audio UHA-HQ Phase8 R2R tape deck was $15,000 but it just goes to
show what a good source can do to electronics at any price.
Most Memorable Rooms, in no particular order:

Von Schweikert speakers with Jolida electronics and United Home Reel to Reel
YG Acoustics speakers wth dCS, Bryston, and Tenor electronics .
Sanders Sound Systems electrostatic speakers with Sanders own amplifiers.
The Audio Salon room featuring Magico Q5 speakers with Spectral electronics.
Fidelis AV/Gene Rubin Audio Room with Harbeth speakers and LFD amps.
Veloce battery powered electronics with YG Acoustics Carmel speakers .
Audience room with a complete Audience system, using a modified Oppo as a source.
Ayon Audio room with Marten speakers. “The Bugatti of Audio” indeed.

Biggest Trends:
The use of multiple source components, old and new, including music servers, CD players, turntables, and reel to reel.
The proliferation of high performance, lower cost gear. I believe there has never been more value oriented products on the market in high end audio.

April 2011
Posted by: Jim Hannon
Publisher of The Absolute Sound Magazine
April 6th, 2011
The Best System I’ve Ever Heard in a Studio

Jim Hannon visits the studios of Paul Stubblebine Mastering and Michael Romanowski Mastering.
Paul and Michael use an incredible array of custom room treatments for The Tape Project mastering studio,
and it undoubtedly is a major factor in their ability to produce such incredible-sounding tapes.
"One of the keys to the great sound was that Bob Hodas, working in conjunction with Paul and Michael, effectively took the room out of the equation. He said, “"We settled on a basic room size and then on several occasions throughout the construction process measured the room to determine what acoustic treatments would be required and where the speakers wanted to be placed.” Bob contends that for any given room there is really one "best" spot for the speakers and listener. The goal was to create a room that was controlled but still produced an open and natural feeling. Without getting into too many specifics of his secret sauce, Bob used a combination of absorption and diffusion on the walls to pick off some first order reflections, while maintaining the room energy and hung some bass traps in the ceiling that according to Bob, “work in a broadband fashion.” He employed a Meyer SIM3 analyzer to examine the impulse response of the speakers and then the room’s reflection patterns. Phase and frequency response were studied in 1/48th octave resolution, and final adjustments were done with some highly modified Meyer parametric filters. Bob says that using this method, facilitated by the flexibility of the Focal Grand Utopia EM modules, he could fine tune the system to exactly what Paul and Michael wanted in order to hear the detail and linearity needed for their mastering work."

While this system costs a mint, it demonstrates how close one can get to the sound of a live performance (or the sound of the master tape) with great source material, a formidable playback chain, and a room that doesn’t choke the life out of the music, yet gets out of the way. I found myself leaving with a newfound respect for all the source and system elements, particularly the Focal Grande Utopia EMs and the VTL Siegfrieds, and what Bob, Paul, and Michael have achieved with the room acoustics.

 "you can get surprisingly close to capturing many of their remarkable sonic attributes with a first-rate quarter-inch deck,
such as the marvelous United Home Audio UHA-HQ Phase Six with its upgraded electronics. When playing Tape Project tapes
(among others) through this retro tape-based front-end, my own home system has never sounded better. In fact,
the UHA tape playback system will be the subject of an upcoming review I’m preparing for The Absolute Sound,
so that I’ll hold my comments for now and share them with you when the review comes out later this year."

CES 2011
Posted by: Jonathan Valin at 12:12 am, January 12th, 2011

Posted by: Jonathan Valin at 12:12 am, January 12th, 2011
Nola made its usual top-flight showing with the superb $55k Baby Grand Reference ribbon/cone hybrid that I reviewed last year.
Driven (as usual) by ARC and sourced by Greg Beron’s fantastic United Home Audio reel-to-reel tape deck,
the Baby Grands sounded fantastic—fast, detailed, dynamic, deep-reaching, transparent, with a vast soundstage.
Of course, none of this was a surprise,

UHA HQ Reel to Reel tape decks at the Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2010

Posted on The Absolute Sound web site by:
Jacob Heilbrunn
at 6:06 pm, October 25th, 2010

RMAF 2010 Most Important Trend
The resurgence of reel-to-reel, promoted by the Tape Project and dealerships such as
Maryland’s United Home Audio
has to be the most surprising development in high end audio.
The tapes offer extraordinary resolution, free of grain and boasting immense
soundstage depth and an immaculate treble, when they’ve been well-recorded.
Posted on the Absolute Sound web site by:
Jonathan Valin
6:06 pm, October 26th, 2010

I’ll conclude with Carl Marchisotto’s $25k Nola Metro Grand Reference,
which combines an open-baffle ribbon tweeter with an open-baffle Alnico-magnet midrange and two
6.5-inch magnesium woofers in a ported floorstanding enclosure. Like so many other exhibitors,
Carl was using a tape player (one of Greg Beron’s United Home Audio modified Tascams) as a source...

On the orchestral tracks I listened to (dubbed from LP by Berone), the sound was just terrific.
 Open, detailed, dynamic as all get-out, and quite realistic. Another one of the best sounds at RMAF.

Positive Feedback Online
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2010 - This is a Dogma- Free Zone
by Myles B. Astor

Jolida & UHA:
This room, using the Tape Project tapes played back through the $15,000 United Home Audio Phase VI modded
Tascam deck was easily one of the best, modestly priced audio systems at RMAF
Interestingly, the $3750 von Schweikert VR-33 speakers, sounded their best in the Jolida room being driven by the $2000
Jolida JD P1000 100 wpc tube amplifier and $1000 JD3000B balanced circuit tube preamplifier. The electronics acquitted themselves well with little evidence
of the soft upper octaves and muddy bass often associated with entry level tube electronics.

Marilyn and Carl Marchisotto brought to Denver their $25,000 Metro Grand Reference speakers replete with their
 Alnico extra long stroke 6½ inch midrange drivers and an Alnico ribbon tweeter. As is Carl's custom, he used ARC electronics to drive his speakers;
 the speakers really demonstrated excellent dynamic range, soundstaging and low frequency extension.

Teaming up with Marilyn and Carl at RMAF was Greg Beron of United Home Audio whose highly modded Tascam reel-to-reel decks provided tunes.
United Home Audio Tascam decks are now available in four color schemes including Black/Gold, Red, Silver and Turquoise.

The Stereo Times
By Clement Perry

Pimp My Deck! UHA designer Greg Beron has a sure winner in his fancy modified decks. Bravo!

The Nola / United Home Audio (UHA) room, that featured Audio Research electronics, was among the larger suites at this years RMAF.
It was easy to be lured into the warm and sumptuous sound being produces by a pair of
UHA decks that were being operated by an I pod based remote.
It was among the better sounding setups as well. Something about hi-rez analogue tapes that's
very easy on the ears without the usual suppression of the upper frequencies.

RMAF 2010 Room 2021
with NOLA Speakers, Audio Research, Nordost Cables

RMAF 2010 Room 2020
with Jolida, Von Schweikert Speakers, Celtic Silver Cables

September 2010
The Absolute Sound Magazine
The Tape Project and The UHA-HQ Tape Decks Review
By Jonathan Valin
...recommends several machines - including huge studio quality Amprex and Studers, as well as smaller "prosumer" machines from Technics and Otari.
I myself highly recommend the modified TASCAM decks from United Home Audio
which I gave a Golden Ear Award to in issue 202.
...on the best Tape Project titles,
it is without question the most realistic source component I've tried.
It is also exceedingly easy to use and a snap to setup. will get more dimensional imaging, finer low-level resolution, somewhat truer timbres, simply phenomenal dynamics, astonishinly wide and deep
soundstaging, and greater overall realism on select 15ips tapes, and on the best of them, such as the Arnold Overtures, you will, as I said above,
get a sound that comes closer to the sound of a full orchestra in a real hall than any other recorded medium I've heard.

You've been reading quite a bit about the UHA-HQ decks:
1.) You've read The Absolute Sound Magazine review.
2.) Heard about The Tape Project Seminar by Paul Stubblebine at UHA.
3.) Seen the Golden Ear Award in The Absolute Sound Magazine.
4.) Read about the "Best Source Component of Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2009".
Now it's time for an audition!
We provide the ability to listen to our decks 6 days a week at UHA.
Buy with confidence, at UHA we actually invite you to listen before you buy.
June 2010!
The UHA-HQ Phase5 Reel to Reel tape deck
wins a "Golden Ear Award" for 2010
from The Absolute Sound Magazine!

First Capital Audiofest 2010

The United Home Audio room at The Capital Audiofest
Click image below for more info and pictures

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2009 NEWS:
Jonathan Valin from
Tha Absolute Sound gives
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2009
Best Source Component Award to
The new UHA-HQ Reel to Reel TapeDeck!

Jonathan Valin's
Best Sound of Show:
 Vandersteen Model 7, with the Nola Baby Grand Reference, the MBL 111F,
The Nordic Tone, the Lotus Group Granada,
the Anat Reference II (Parish room only), and the GamuT S-9 runners-up

Best Introduction (or Speaker I Hadn’t Heard or Don’t Remember Hearing Before):
 Lotus Group Granada, The Nordic Tone, the Haniwa HSP2H07 (tie)

Best Source Component:
 The UHA-HQ 15ips 2-track tape deck from United Home Audio ($10k)
and Tape Project tapes in the Nola room.

Best Bargain:
Well…in my neck of the woods a bargain ain’t exactly a bargain,
but I did hear Odyssey Khartagos sounding mighty damn sweet in somebody’s room

Biggest Improvement Over Previous Shows:
Focal Grande Utopia and Vivid G1 Giya (tie)

Biggest Improvement During the Show:
 Wilson Sasha W/P


TAS, web site forum postings:

Rex (not verified) -- Tue, 10/06/2009 - 17:40

How did the Nola Baby Grands perform when fed by your personal CDs?
Did they even have a CD player set up?


Jonathan Valin -- Wed, 10/07/2009 - 01:27
To tell you the truth I was so entranced by the sound
of the tapes I don't know if Carl had a CD player.

The Baltimore / Washington D.C. Metro
Audio Society meeting Dec.5th 2009
at United Home Audio 12:00pm.
Paul Stubblebine from "The Tape Project"
conducted a seminar on
The Tape Project Master Tapes!
It was a great seminar, too bad it snowed all day!
Click on the picture for details
Mike Allen UHA / Paul Stubblebine TTP / Greg Beron UHA

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All three lines are available for demo, Basic, Nobel, and Reference.

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The MBL Reference system
Featuring the Radialstrahler 101E speakers and MBL Reference electronics!
With Tara Labs famous "The Zero" interconnects and "Omega" speaker cables!
Also the ultimate source system the Clearaudio Master Reference Turntable, Master Reference Tangential arm,
and the Aesthetix IO phono preamp with dual tube rectified power supplies.
The analog rig is now running the unbelievable Clearaudio Goldfinger cartridge, the best cartridge in the world!
This cartridge has raised the sound quality of this system to such realistic levels, it is truly a
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Check out our friend PETER ULRICH
 formerly of Dead Can Dance fame!
His new release is now out on City Canyons Records !
Here's a link
The Mysterium  / Peter Ulrich
Also check out Peters previous release "Pathways and Dawns"
The music is great and the recording is a 9.5 out of 10!
I just listened to the new cd "Enter the Mysterium" and I am quite impressed by it
very dynamic and the always changing soundscapes keep you on the edge of your seat!

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