Originals Audio Furniture Designs By iHi-Fi

Covet Them For Their Looks . . .
                          Love Them For Their Sound

Do you appreciate audio that sounds very much like original performances?  Our audio furniture adds stellar styling to your listening ambience, as it shows off your taste in electronics, while enabling peak experiences of audio and video. We create iHi-Fi's Acoustic Response Originals in response to crowdsource fans to help you fully savor the best returns from your audio investment.

At iHi-Fi, we design and build timeless fine furniture for music lovers.  Extensive options enable you to easily personalize any standard design to match your preferences.  Our collections include Audio Racks, Consoles, Platforms, Speaker Stands, and Entertainment Centers.  All our Originals designs are continually available.  A few Special Editions are soul mates for specific models of advanced audio gear.  Some pieces may be available from stock, pre-built from time to time. 

The iHi-Fi Masiv Audio Rack with fascias option and matching custom Masiv Speaker Stands

If you choose to customize a piece and have it built-to-order, then our team of metal smiths and master furniture makers get right to work.  Under our watchful eyes, our team makes your pieces just as you want them.  We keep you posted on progress. When your build is complete, you'll enjoy owning a visual and acoustic marvel that you helped create.

Originals display your audio system handsomely as they also achieve a higher purpose.  This Acoustic Response furniture supports the very best music any audio components and speakers can possibly produce, no matter what technologies or features your system includes. Even if you believe your audio system is reaching peak performance, the beauty and versatility of iHi-Fi Originals are reason enough to covet them.  Perhaps you might hear a pleasant surprise.

What's great for music is also good for video.  Originals technology also helps your flat screen TV render a sharper, clearer picture with more vibrant and realistic colors. 

You may think, "How could mere furniture make music and video better?"  The short answer is, "We build-in several beneficial technologies."

Acoustic Response Technologies

Ordinary audio furniture is simply styled for the masses at a given price point.  We style the Originals remarkably as we engineer each design to improve both sound and picture and last through the ages. 

If you have an eye for finely-built furnishings, the Originals' visual impact speaks for itself.  Yet these pieces are so much more than eye candy.  Do you have an ear for music, some great recordings, and a high-fidelity audio system?  Then you may hear your music sound more like live performances than ever before, when you simply move your audio gear to Originals furniture.  The improvement depends on how much your audio was being compromised, pre-Acoustic Response.

Our performance technologies include --

•    Mass grounding 
•    Select, premium materials
•    Resonance suppression
•    Polymeric anti-vibration damping

The Masiv speaker stand design typifies elegance customizable to match your audio system

Originals Amplify Your Listening Pleasure

We don't feel satisfied with a new design until we craft handsome looks and engineer significant performance enhancement.  We crowdsource cream-of-the-crop features to assure we're harvesting the best design solutions from audio lovers.  The following built-in features improve your sound and picture.  You get all these benefits when you wisely select any iHi-Fi Originals design.

~  Mass Grounding -- Ironically, mass-market designs uniformly lack sufficient mass.  Your music suffers when your sensitive electronic components shake, even imperceptibly. Testing proves quality components sound audibly better the more still they remain. We build heavily enough to provide your audio gear inertia to stay firmly anchored all through the storms of vibration it weathers.

Your speakers, in particular, simply generate sound more accurately when moored to a solid base. If speakers have firm ground to push and pull against,  then their mechanical sound transducers more accurately track the amplified recordings' power waveforms, because less sonic information is corrupted or lost due to extra motion.

~  Select Premium Materials -- We build with the right materials to work best for audio and video --

•  Some wood species naturally sound better than most others.  Do you put audio performance first?  Choose from our many beautiful woods to achieve your desired look and better sound simply comes with that.  Our standard construction uses the best-sounding audio wood of all, Birch multi-ply.  For great looks along with peak audio, select Birch-cored construction, then choose outer laminations of your favorite hardwood.  The cross-laminated core is brutally strong and dimensionally stable.  The exposed edge detail displays a trending architectural feature. This material sounds as beautiful as it looks.

•  We offer traditionalists and purists solid wood -- end-blocked, plank, or butcher block construction with that deep, luscious luster of a fine finish on face grain. To make your Originals selection resemble furniture you already have, select your favored species from at least a dozen of the most popular fine-furniture hardwoods. You won't lose much because you still have our other features working for better sound. Wood being a work of nature, expect "matches" to look compatible but not exact.

•  Our acoustic dampers are made from proven silicone polymer formulations, molecular-engineered specifically to suppress vibration efficiently and economically.  These dampers are not especially weight-sensitive.  They are much easier to implement and adjust, more effective, more compact, and virtually invisible, compared to clunky audio spikes or two-dimensional roller blocks.

•  Our silicones are stable. This avoids issues with vinyl-based material, like oozing, staining and weight limits. We hide our dampers inside the furniture's structures but if you look, you can find them.  They do not introduce rogue resonances as rubbery products do. 

•  We build with extruded frame stock made of tempered aluminum alloy (6105-T5).  The artfully revealed metal finish resembles an Apple laptop or a Halliburton briefcase.  Our frames are about as strong as steel but easier to fabricate.  They are rigid, yet hollow -- ready to be filled with loose, granular ballast.

•  We use only the highest quality fittings, stainless hex socket cap screws, and plated, tempered steel machine nuts.

~ Resonance Suppression -- You hear better music if your audio furniture doesn’t “sing along." So we avoid designing-in resonant spaces.  When enclosing space is unavoidable, we fill hollows with materials that prevent rogue resonance.

~ Vibration Damping -- Our proven, polymer-based anti-vibration technology counteracts losses from stray vibration that would mechanically interact with your music's analog waveforms as they are amplified and drive your speakers.  Damping sustains the transduced physical impulses in the shape that more faithfully represents the original recording that generates them.  Hence, better music.

We decouple the entire furniture piece from the floor.  Also, each shelf is isolated from the frame.  This arrangement cuts off structure-borne stray energy flowing between components or coming in from other sources.  Then you enjoy clearer, more authentic-sounding music and sharper video with more natural colors.

The iHi-Fi IsoVybra Audio Rack with Wood Base and matching custom Speaker Stands

Expect Brilliant Results 

Originals technology does not alter your sound or picture.  A veil of interfering rogue energy is simply subtracted. The restored realism transcends ordinary playback as your electronic systems finally achieve all they were meant to do, in the best renditions of recorded performances you’ll enjoy from them.

Results vary, depending on how much your music was compromised and how well listeners hear and see details.  Even untrained listeners sense new things in familiar recordings -- greater detail, better clarity, smoothness, and realism, and richer, better-defined highs, midrange and bass.  What’s good for audio also helps video sharpness and color rendering.

Audio enthusiasts with virtuoso listening skills may perceive a breathtaking elevation of music quality.  Every attribute music aficionados consider meaningful typically improves when fatiguing "audio grunge" is mechanically deleted -- from soundstage, to instrument timbres, to musical speed and accuracy, detail, spatial placement, and presence.  

No electronics are used.  Originals Acoustic Response designs include no boxes or wires.  The magic is built into the furniture, through and through.

The "nude" IsoVybra Audio Rack demonstrates a more technical or Industrial styling achievable sans optional wood trim.

We confidently predict --

•  You'll feel proud to display your audio and A/V systems on gorgeous furnishings of the Originals caliber.

•  You’ll appreciate the premium hardwood-and-metal look, fine furniture finishes, and master craftsmanship that emphasizes any wood’s organic beauty and individual character.

•  You’ll feel astounded and delighted to finally hear how good the system you already have can sound once even subtle rogue resonance and intangible stray vibration are removed to restore musical integrity. 

•  When listening analytically, you’ll sense an enrichment every audio lover yearns for -- music that sounds more faithful to original performances. When you move your gear onto Originals, we suggest two comparisons of your room's sound against high-quality headphone listening.  Use the same music in both trials -- one trial with your old setup and one after setup on your new furniture.  This should help you perceive what is being accomplished.

•    Your new sound will transcend listening fatigue.  You'll be able to listen longer and more often.

•    The better your sound system's quality, the more you'll feast your senses on fabulous music.  You will never again be satisfied with commonplace audio furnishings once you experience your audio and video gear looking fabulous and acting properly decoupled on Originals furniture.  

•    Your friends will be impressed.  If you owned a pyramid, Originals designs would belong inside it one day.  Timelessly styled, and engineered per the laws of sound physics, they never go out of style or become obsolete.  These are heirlooms, the pieces your children will squabble over most.
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 All iHi-Fi Originals product designs, design documentation, and related marketing materials, including physical parts, assemblies, images, engineering drawings, brand names, identity marks, and website content, are original creative works of Joseph Riden Design.  This intellectual property is protected by US and international copyright and trademark laws.  iHi-Fi Originals design concepts may not be sold, bartered, traded, manufactured, reproduced, transmitted, copied, or stored in a public document retrieval system; nor may derivative works be made, without explicit written permission from the owner. Contact Joseph Riden via iHi-Fi.com to obtain licensing.

On a case by case basis, permission may be granted to an individual to create single instances of requested iHi-Fi Originals designs for their own personal enjoyment, providing they do not transfer their works to any other person or organization, or accept payment or compensation of any kind for their copy.

Improved Contacts Sound Better

  DeoxIT® Gold G100L Brush Applicator, 100% solution, 7.4 mL  


DeoxIT® Gold G100L Brush Applicator, 100% solution, 7.4 mL


Here we go again -- another simple and cheap improvement that makes all your music sound better, possibly way better, no matter how humble or grandiose your audio gear may be.  I was listening to some piano stylings by Fabrizio Paterlini when I heard this little crackle happening in the higher, softer passages.  What a spoiler when I wanted nothing to intrude on the experience.

I ordered what proves to be a new secret weapon in the war on audio grunge.  I was rearranging my listening room anyway, which meant pulling my system apart. So while I was re-connecting all the wires, I applied this contact enhancer fluid from an established producer who has a great reputation for results.  I felt skeptical but hopeful that it would chase the crackles away.

I brushed a thin film of this golden fluid, which very mildly smells a like an oil of some kind, onto each and every signal and power connection during the re-setup -- digital, analog, DC, AC, every connector contact.  The instructions assured me this product can be used on any and every kind of electrical power or electronic signal connector, emphasizing that it is OK on circuit boards and plastics.

At this moment, I’m replaying the same Paterlini music that had broken up subtly before.  Now it’s crystal clear.  No crackles! Revenge is mine.  However, that’s not the end of this happy-ending story.  I’m going through a lot of different kinds of music now and -- oh, wow.  This is one of those little wonders that suddenly makes everything better.  

And I do mean e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.  Musical timbres, speed, articulation, soundstage, clarity . . . everything I listen for is improved again and not just slightly.  I was dissatisfied with some soft highs in very subtle piano solo passages and the payoff for fixing the little crackles also helps 60’s rock and roll, electronic works, solo guitar. . . The works.

Not long ago, I started listening to Hang artists like Danny Cudd, David Charrier, and Dante Bucci.  What an interesting new instrument they play.  It's kind of a scaled-down, reworked, lap-sized Steel Drum.  It looks like an upside-down wok with dimples in it.  Or maybe a UFO.  It has a most interesting and complex set of timbres.  It blends well with other percussion.  I’m now hearing additional timbral qualities and signature timbral components that have been enabled by the improved signal path all the way through the system from sources to speakers. I'm almost ready to put some of this fluid in my ears.  But no, not quite.

Front row: Ghatam (right) and the first idea of the Hang from November 1999 (left); second row: first generation Hang built 2005 (right), second generation Hang built 2006 (middle), second generation Hang built 2007 (left) Michael Paschko www.hangblog.org

Front row: Ghatam (right) and the first idea of the Hang from November 1999 (left); second row: first generation Hang built 2005 (right), second generation Hang built 2006 (middle), second generation Hang built 2007 (left)

Michael Paschko www.hangblog.org

Sometimes an improvement sounds like more music is getting out of a system.  Like with a amp power increase.  What I’m hearing now may be the result of getting more into the system on the low-voltage front end, which is especially susceptible to restive connector contacts.  I think more music is getting through the system as well.  Bass also sounds faster and more crisp and lively than ever before.  Percussion and symbols sound holographic now.

Adam Hurst, the renowned concert cellist, has become a legend by working the cello’s timbral nuances in his expressions, producing some of the most emotional music I’ve found.  Now I hear more depth and breadth of expression than ever before in Hurst's Elegy, with every part of every note cleanly sounded no matter how he tortures his cello to make it weep.

If you have an audio system that runs on electricity, you might want to consider investing a couple hours in totally disconnecting the wiring and re-connecting it while treating every single connection, from the 30-pin connector on your iPad to the speaker power terminals and wall plugs. 

You’ll love this contact enhancer if you care how music sounds and like big improvements in your music, across the board, cheaply and easily.  It only takes a little extra resistance in audio connections to degrade your music.  Contact enhancement works, yes it does, and it’s quite easy to do. Simply brush it on the contacts sparingly, then cycle the connector few times.  You’ll probably notice connectors plug in more easily, with lighter pressure.

The particular product I use is G Series Deoxit Gold from CAIG labs -- www.caig.com.  Which is not to say that other products don't work. This fluid  is the one that reviewed best among several choices during my web research before ordering. It appears to be "the kind."

I paid $32.95 plus shipping for a small bottle (7.4 ml) of 100% concentrate with a handy brush applicator cap.  At the end of my treatment of 5 audio components and two sets of speakers, I could barely see that any liquid had been taken from the bottle.  I may be able to pass this on to my heirs.

It only takes a little schmutz to make an analog or digital signal contact resistive and spoil your listening experience.  Fortunately, it only takes a little contact enhancer to clear that up for a long time.  What you get for the effort will most likely be far more than your cost and effort.

In case you're wondering, I don't sell this contact enhancer or have any connection with CAIG labs.  I'm just glad I found this great little problem-solver and want to pass on the good news.

Enjoy the Listening.

iHi-Fi.com is your online high-end audio store.  Shop from anywhere in the USA without leaving home.  Receive expert advice and audition whatever you buy with return and refund privileges. All the computer audio gear at iHi-Fi.com delivers exceptional to stunning performance at value prices. Authorized Dealer for Audioengine, Acoustic System International, Bravo Audio, and HighEnd Novum.   Custom Audio Furnishings design, manufacture, distribution and sales.

Audioengine D2 Wireless DAC Price Drops

D2 24/96 Wireless DAC Sender.  D2 connects wirelessly up to 100 ft. with solid wireless performance.

D2 24/96 Wireless DAC Sender.  D2 connects wirelessly up to 100 ft. with solid wireless performance.

Big news about the D2 24/96 DAC -- Audioengine has reduced the retail price $100, from $499 to $399.  They also dropped the cost for the D2 Receiver Kit $75, from $325 to $275.  So if you've been waiting for the prices to come down on these items, that would be now.  This the time to get what you want because there will probably not be another price reduction coming on these items for some time.

Think of the possibilities.  

I work with a laptop on my lap, not at a desk.  So I use a D2 to send music wirelessly from a side table, across the room from my easy chair workstation, to a pair of Audioengine A5+ Powered Speakers and an S8 Powered Subwoofer.  The cost for this setup has dropped by $100, desk or no desk.

There are advanced applications where the D2 really shines -- AV setups and Whole House Music.  You can send and receive the same stereo program without loss of music quality to as many as three D2 receivers.  Each D2 is a Sender and Receiver Pair.  The D2 performs very well as the basis for whole house music with 3 audio zones or as the Front and Rear speakers in a multi-channel AV installation.  Even the S8 Subwoofer (with LFE) can be driven if you select at least one pair of A5+ Powered Speakers, which have an Output for a Sub.

The wireless channels are similar to Wi-Fi and rock solid reliable without dropouts or noise and a range of up 100 feet.  I've used my D2 to transmit music flawlessly through 3 steel-reinforced concrete walls.

You'll also save $75 each on any Add-on D2R Receiver Kits you need to complete your advanced setup.  So again, the time is now.  Shop iHi-Fi (an authorized Dealer) and receive the same factory warranty and money-back, 30 day audition period as from Audioengine.  I will personally provide setup support and suggestions on how to achieve the very best sound from your setups.

Carpe Diem!

iHi-Fi.com is your online high-end audio store.  Shop from anywhere in the USA without leaving home.  Receive expert advice and audition whatever you buy with return and refund privileges. All the computer audio gear at iHi-Fi.com delivers exceptional to stunning performance at value prices. Authorized Dealer for Audioengine, Acoustic System International, Bravo Audio, and HighEnd Novum.   Custom Audio Furnishings design, manufacture, distribution and sales.

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