Everything old is new again! SkyFi Audio is a second-hand hi-fi specialist based in Ridgewood, New Jersey. I visited them recently to check out some truly great audiophile models from high-end's past.
For my Sky-Fi Audio listening sessions I started with Magnepan Tympani 1-D speakers. They're super thin panels, but 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall and nearly as wide, so they really do produce a wall-to-wall sound.
The speakers date from the early 1980s. As I listened to them and other vintage systems at Sky-Fi Audio, I started to think about how little progress has been made. Even high-end audio from decades ago can still sound great!
In this system the Tympanis were matched with a Marantz Model 7 preamp, Bryston 4B power amp, and a Garrard 301 turntable.
Sky-Fi Audio works in partnership with New York dealer Stereo Exchange.
Close up of the Garrard 301's controls.
The Wilson Watt speaker and the matching Puppy woofer is my all-time favorite Wilson speaker system.
Listening to this pair at Sky-Fi with a Krell KBL preamp, Spectral DMA 360 power amps and a Nakamichi Dragon CD changer brought old memories roaring back! I haven't heard a contemporary system that made me feel the way this system did. Wow!
The Quad ESL electrostatic speaker debuted in 1957, but they still serve as reference speakers for many an audiophile. They love it for its uber transparency and beautiful midrange tone.
This pair Quads at Sky Fi has been upgraded and fully serviced. The ESL 57s were paired with a Conrad-Johnson PV8 Preamp, Luxman MQ-3600 power amp, and a Thorens TD125 MKII turntable.
All the gear passing through Sky-Fi Audio is checked out.
Everywhere I turned I spotted the coolest gear!
They don't make CD players with silky smooth opening disc trays like the CDP-707ESD's any more. The solid copper chassis and the laser transport is made of cast aluminum, Sony didn't use plastic parts in its high-end players.
The ST-707ES tuner and DTC-75ES DAT (Digital Audio Tape) player still appeal to Sony's vintage fans.
There was so much more to see at Sky-Fi Audio, but for now we'll take another peek at that gorgeous Quad ESL electrostatic speaker!