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Music makes us happy.   It sneaks past our busy minds; goes straight to the soul and works its magic from the inside out. Few things have such a powerful, positive effect on our mood.  It worked when we were kids and it works now.  We're all still kids at heart, no?

An unsolicited suggestion – sit down and just listen to music sometime. Give yourself the space and time to relax into it – resist the reach-for-my-phone reflex, loosen your grip on the day’s events.  Focus on the music rises and it starts to make you feel good, relaxed, turned on, grounded. What a great thing…

And now the pitch, but a softball:  if you like music and haven’t heard it through a good quality system, you’re missing a huge amount of the enjoyment.  In the kitchen while you’re cooking, at your desk (we’re computer audio experts btw) or in your living room, media room or den – hear ‘good’, and you won’t want to go back, even playing in the background. Few things you can buy will make a more positive contribution to your life.  We truly believe this.  Let us show you -- we can do so at a variety of price points.  

For home theater, quality surround sound puts you in the cinema, stadium, or concert hall. It ups the ante on realism,  bringing you several steps closer to the actual event or movie. We’re all for progressively bigger screens here at Outreach, but quality surround sound is equally important to elevating the experience.  And a good home theater is a great magnet that brings the family together

We are also expert at distributing music around and outside the house – our focus as always is on sound quality and ease-of-use.

HIGHLIGHTED PRODUCTS

HEGEL

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Hegel makes some of the best solid state electronics on the planet..   Further, they are focused on value which translates into leaders at their price points.   Case in point, the H390 integrated amp pictured here.   It won the EISA award for best amplifier of the year in 2019-2020 among many other accolades.


H390 EISA


A hallmark of Hegel sound is energy.  The vast majority of components seem to subtly (or more) drain life from the music -- and that sucks!   Hegel components take control of speakers with what we like to call 'the sound of power' -- you know it's right when you hear it, the music sounds and feels alive.   Utilizing unique circuit topologies such as Sound Engine 2, highs are notably smooth.  And Hegel amps are among the quietest you'll find which translates into striking transparency and immediacy..   

Hegel is state-of-the-art performance without the stupid pricing that afflicts much of the audio industry at this level.   Designed in Norway, the equipment is rock-solid reliable and will last for years and years.  You can upgrade your speakers, but it's very unlikely that you'll need to upgrade these amps.   We have several pieces on display here at Outreach.

PARADIGM

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Paradigm is a ‘tentpole’ brand at Outreach A/V because they’re at the peak of the value curve in every category of product they build.   Pictured above is Paradigm's assault on the state of the art:  the Persona series of speakers.  Both the tweeter (high frequency driver) and midrange (mid frequency driver that typically handles voices, along w/many instruments) are made from beryllium, the fourth lightest element on the periodic chart.  The ideal driver is as light as possible for quick reaction to the musical signal, and rigid enough to keep its shape and not breakup and distort the signal.  Beryllium is the ideal material for the task, and Paradigm is the only manufacturer that makes a beryllium midrange.  Cutting edge design that results in unparalleled transparency and resolution of the music.  But true to Paradigm's DNA, the Persona speakers are priced way below the top speakers of other manufacturers.

Throughout the line that spans in-wall speakers to subwoofers (Paradigm subs absolutely rock!) to complete home theater packages, Paradigm builds best-of-class speakers.   We carry the whole line at Outreach.


Reviews


Paradigm Persona home theater system

'It’s fair to say the Paradigm Persona series is the best speaker package I have reviewed to date, and there really is nothing I can recommend that even comes close.

Paradigm Prestige surround system

'These speakers feature all-new drivers in sturdy cabinets with real wood finishes. They had stellar bench test results and the audible performance was clean, natural, beautifully balanced and true to the source.'

Paradigm Prestige 95f speakers

'The Reference Prestige 95F is a beauty of a loudspeaker, especially in its optional Midnight Cherry finish, the quality of which easily exceeded even my high standards. With a sophisticated, cultured sound and bass extension to die for, the flagship of Paradigm’s new Prestige line is as arresting to listen to as it is to look at.'



NAD

NAD M10

Now in their 40th year of operation, NAD has been making top quality audio gear for about as long as anybody.  There are trendier brands out there,  but the longevity of NAD is indicative of deep commitment to quality, and increasingly rare in the current climate, value.   From the start, the designs have always been extremely quiet with excellent power reserves providing prodigious headroom.   Your money goes into the guts that matters –  transformers, output stages, all discrete circuitry – producing components that sound more powerful and engaging than than their cost and specs suggest.  In head-to-head competitions they regularly outpoint the competition.  

Pictured is the M10 streamer/amplifier.   Its elegant industrial design and small footprint (less than a square foot), make it an easy to place package that has phenomenal capability and power to drive your speakers.  It can stream from virtually any music service including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and many more.  Your favorite radio stations; check.  Music on your phone, tablet or computer; check.   This is a unique, cutting-edge, thoroughly modern component that fits today's listening habits -- it'll make you happy guaranteed.   Winner of many awards including the coveted Expert Imaging and Sound Award 2019-2020 for best smart amplifier.  

M10 EISA

We have several NAD components set up to addition, make an appointment, and come on by!

Reviews

NAD M10 REVIEW

'There is no sense in being coy summing up the M10. NAD’s all-in-one doesn’t so much arrive to the market as explode onto it.'


NAD T758v3 RECEIVER REVIEW

'NAD’s modular-upgrade strategy endows V3 of the T758 with bleeding-edge room correction and audio streaming without impairing its excellent sound.'   A Sound+Vision top pic.


NAD C368 HYBRID DIGITAL AMP REVIEW

'To Say That I am Impressed with the Features and Performance That THE NAD C368 Offers at this Price Point is an Understatement. With the Msrp of $899 for the Basic C368 Configuration Plus $399 for the Bluos Module Upgrade, the High Value Offered by the Product is Hard to Beat.'





BLUESOUND

Bluesound

Bluesound is multiroom audio done right.   From its standalone music players and soundbars to it network streamers, it's the finest value in whole house audio today.   Quality-wise, it clearly outshines Sonos, and does so at similar price points.  Further, and unlike Sonos, Bluesound supports high resolution audio and MQA (Master Quality Audio), formats that provide the best musical signal possible.    As a music streamer or amplifier to feed your existing system or speakers, sound quality equals far more expensive components.  And the system has grown out at this point to include a soundbar and wireless surround sound.

As important, the Bluesound app is mature at this point; stable and easy-to-use unlike many music control systems out there.  It integrates seamlessly with most music services such as Spotify and Tidal, bringing all your music into one place, easily accessed.    All the components have a clean, sleek and unobtrusive industrial design -- they fit into any household environment.    NAD is the engineering mind behind Bluesound and they've show the rest of the industry how multiroom/whole house audio should be done. 

Bluesound has won 2016 What Hifi award for best multiroom system, the third year in a row it's done so.  Call to scehdule a demo of this impressive system..

ANTHEM

Anthem AVM60

Anthem started life as Sonic Frontiers, a maker of high performance vacuum tube and solid state stereo gear.  Although their focus now is home theater, the emphasis remains on sound quality.  You can find more features per dollar, but not better sound.  And hey, 95% of the non-essential features on most home theater gear goes unused anyway.  Go with Anthem -- they put the money into the signal path and amps, the stuff you hear, the stuff that makes movies, tv and sports exciting and immersive.  Further, the Anthem Room Correction (ARC) system in their home theater equipment (and Paradigm subwoofers) is second to none in dealing with inevitable room modes that muddy bass response and the presentation as a whole.  You don’t have to be a gearhead to immediately hear and appreciate the difference.   The AVM60 11.2 Atmos Prepro is unrivaled at its price point, and there is high value throughout the receiver line.

Reviews

ANTHEM AVM60 PROCESSOR REVIEW

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'The AVM 60 has everything you want in an A/V preamp/processor—and less. The stuff that Anthem has left off their more affordable pre/pro model contributes to simplicity and usability, and most buyers will end up thanking them in the long run.'

ANTHEM MRX 1120 RECEIVER REVIEW

'One of the finest-sounding AVRs I’ve had the pleasure to audition'

SCAENA AUDIO

Scaena

These are as a fine a loudspeaker system as you can buy.  The band or orchestra appears in three dimensions in front of you as if carved in the air. Add in concert-like dynamics and power, deep, clean bass, and very low distortion – it is a transporting experience.   

I'll be frank, at every audio show I attend, I check out all the heavy hitters:  Wilson, Focal, Magico, et. al.   All are big and bigger boxes, all are obviously good speakers, but none disappear and give the sense of live performance like the Scaenas.  I go with an open mind, but this is what I've found year in and year out.   This is why I'm a dealer and an owner.     Regarding the 'live' experience, see the comments by Andrew Quint below, noted reviewer for The Absolute Sound.

Details:  the speakers are’ Iso-Linear Arrays’.  Line arrays (multiple stacked drivers) are common at concerts, and the Scaenas capture the excitement of live music.  Advantages to this design include a dispersion pattern that minimizes deleterious floor and ceiling reflections in the room and greater signal to noise ratio over single driver designs.  Scaena takes the design further by foregoing the big, resonant, vibrating box these designs are often housed in.  Instead, each midrange driver is in its own small, inert molten glass 'pod' (hence the 'Iso') shaped to eliminate vibration and optimally project the driver's sound.  A programmable digital crossover seamlessly blends the powerful woofers into the system.

Come by and we'll tell you more.  Or better yet, we'll shutup and you can just listen.  As you will see, they work extraordinarily well in a home theater setup as  well as for music only.

Regular winners of ‘Best of Show’ awards, they are also the coolest-looking speakers on the planet, available in any color you can imagine.   

Reviews

SCAENA REVIEW

‘It reminds me, in its speed and transient accuracy, of an electrostatic from the midbass to the lower highs, but with power, three-dimensional imagery, and “presence” I have never quite heard the likes of before.’

Best of Show, Axpona 2016 - The Absolute Sound.

The Chicago Axpona show is rapidly becoming the most important domestic audio exhibition.  Scaena won over every other major brand.  Note that the base Scaena configuration is a third the price of the show setup, but has a the same sonic characteristics.    

Andrew Quint's Best Of Show

Best Sound (Cost No Object)

The monumental Scaena La Maitresse Ultime (Sunny Umrao and his crew were still not close to tearing it down two hours after the show ended) featuring the $125,000 isolinear array plus multiple subwoofer. Orchestral music was presented with a scale and sense-of-occasion as close to a live experience as I’ve heard.

SUPRA CABLES

Supra

Note the header on the website: ‘No Nonsense’.   We like that here at Outreach. This means high quality design, materials and construction, without the frankly stupid pricing that permeates much of the A/V cable industry.  Whereas some cables are ‘voiced’ to provide a particular sound, Supra cables transmit the music (and video) signal purely and neutrally without loss or noise.  This is exactly the job of a cable – nothing less and nothing more.  Let the rest of your components do the talking.

Designed and built to precise standards in Sweden.

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