3, Sounds Like New
I have what I believe to be Model 3 with Medallion upgrades. (72\"x28\"). They work and sound great but I thought I would have Roy at Sounds Like New rebuild/recap the interfaces before he retires. I may have waited too long. It appears he has closed. Do you know if he is still in the business? If not is there anyone else in the SE that can do it (I really don\'t want to ship these things). I don\'t think I want to try it myself. Thanks.
For years I have heard comments that Roy can be difficult to contact. I have no idea if \'Sounds Like New\' is still a going concern or not. Keep trying! In my opinion, if the speakers are working okay, I would leave them alone.
Hi David, I just had the pleasure of meeting Roy whilst I was in Florida this week(March 22 2008) and spoke with him again yesterday.He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and he still does rebuilds of interfaces and also conversions of the TNT 200 amp to monoblocs.He is extremely knowledgeable about the Acoustat line and does great work.Hope that you reach him if not please let me know. Regards Randall.
July 17, 2011
I am very much alive.
I am No-Where near retiring .... and over many years have
come up with astounding improvements, variations and restorations
for the Acoustat MK and Spectra Interfaces
and even more so the Trans-Nova amplifiers (TNT-200 and TNT-120)
and Trans-Nova Preamplifier (TNP).
I also renew the earlier and more rare, Acoustat MRP and RP-2 preamps.
To my chagrin ----
Folks don't realize I was many years younger than the
other principals at Acoustat, back in 70's and 80's Fort Lauderdale.
About half their age at that time.
I am happy to continue lovingly working with Acoustat products.
I do this with a fully functional laboratory and stockroom
of original .........and improvement parts.
But please realize that... in 2011....
this is part-time work.... in addition
to my regular full-time engineering/consulting work.
So it can take a few weeks in total, for me to work my
Acoustat "magic"...... as my client's have often
described the results.
I hope the above will help explain why I don't
provide a phone number, except to established clients,
and I prefer email contact instead. I also prefer my work
and "word-of-mouth" to speak for itself
....instead of having and spending time maintaining a website.
There are others that offer work on Acoustat products.
Fancy words .... Fancy websites.
But NONE of them worked for the Company.
And to correct the mess.....
Folks usually end up with me despite the glowing website tetimonials.
That's just sad.
I very much appreciate all of you, who continue to revere...
the magnificent design works of Dr. Strickland,
and our original Acoustat Engineering Team.
May we all enjoy the Music,
Roy A. Esposito / email@example.com
Just so you all know Sounds Like New will now only accept shipments that originate and can be delivered in the USA. They will not accept shipments that originate anywhere else in the world. A move designed to "HELP " their customers I was told.Most unhelpful/ unreasonable company I have ever dealt with.
I am responding to this posting.
I happened to have a spare Spectra U-Bias power supply board
that this gentleman needed when he contacted me.
He was advised CLEARLY and... up front.... that
I no longer ship TO or accept shipments FROM
addresses outside of the USA-48 states. I explained to him that
this was due to problems that happened every time I made an exception
in the past for international folks. So, I asked him to provide a USA
shipping address of a friend or associate.
I also explained that I am not a "company" .... per se...
and I do not normally offer any PARTS for sale but that it was
my aim to help out folks needing assistance with Acoustat products
in any way I possibly could.
And that I am merely an individual ex-Acoustat Engineering Team member
and former humbled assistant to
the Esteemed and Brilliant Dr. James Strickland PHD.
The Chief Designer of all things Acoustat.
I have made myself available to the Acoustat loving community for many years now....
as a very competant source for repairs, mods and improvements to the already
amazing products. I tried to work with this guy, but he insisted on me
shipping to Canada directly, insulted me repeatedly and then threatened me
with smearing my name on every forum he subscribes to.
This is the first I see of his threatened attacks
and I shall respond to each. I also have no doubt that
Acoustat owners I have helped to repair, restore. and upgrade
beyond their wildest hopes might respond with something to say in my defense.
All this guy had to do was apologize.....
for insulting me and
"Americans" in general, and I would have gladly helped him
under the original terms I outlined.
As Always...... I remain at your service for
amazing Acoustat repairs and updating into 2012 and beyond.
--- MK Series Interfaces featuring the optional AIR MOD since 2008
----Spectra Series Interfaces featuring distortion reducing
and performance enhancing upgrades
---- Trans-Nova Series 120 and 200 Amplifiers and Preamplifiers
featuring Mono-Block and Balanced Input Conversions
I have 100% satisfaction for my work and countless
letters and emails that prove it.
Just ask anyone who has seen and heard the results.
I invite anyone who is serious about having their
Acoustat products made the best they can be
Roy A. Esposito
I must say that I have had the pleasure of dealing with Roy Esposito and I can vouch for his excellent work and his high principles.I certainly am not from the USA and I live in BARBADOS which is NOT an address within the USA .Roy was extremely helpful and worked with me in order for me to get a pair of TNT 200 monoblocs.He also rebuilt another TNT 200 amp for me and also a pair of Acoustat interfaces all with the Air mod .My point is that it certainly was not as easy as dealing with products going to or coming from CANADA but Roy was exceedingly Helpful and I followed his advice and everything went as planned and directed by him.The end result was that I received my amplifiers and speaker interfaces all well rebuilt and excellent sounding units.He is the consummate professional and a highly talented engineer.I would have him do any mods or repairs for me again and hope that he continues his excellent work.
My Acoustat #8 speakers live in Thailand.
Roy is alive and well and very helpful.
While tinkering, I damaged one speaker.
Via Email, I contacted Roy; he immediately offered technical advice without compensation.
Later on, when I was confident the panels have a solution; I decided to upgrade the medallion transformers (number 8 = 4 transformers)
From Thailand, its quite a challenge.
Roy does this work mostly as a hobby and at very modest charges.
I had my freight forwarder deliver the medallions at Roy's place, than pick up upon completion.
With a little patience, they were delivered back to my house in mint condition, sounding amazing!
I would not hesitate to contact Roy for any sound related issues.
His work is impeccable.
It's been my pleasure to know and be a client of Roy Esposito the past 15 years. He has rebuilt and upgraded all of my Acoustat equipment including a preamp,two mono blocks and Model 3 speakers.Aside from his stellar workmanship and expertise ,Roy has always gone out of his way to help when needed. Listening to music on this system is a joy.I wouldn't hesitate to call Roy.Thanks Louis
HAVING TWO TNT200'S TO BE MONO-BLOCKED WAS THE BEST INVESTMENT I EVER DID THESE AMPS WILL DRIVE ANY SPEAKER WITH AUTHORITY. WAS SO IMPRESSED WITH ROY'S WORK THAT HE RESTORED AND UPGRADED MY MK 121 INTERFACES WITH HIS AIR-MOD. MY SYSTEM CONSISTS OF 2 TNT200 MONO AMPS , MODEL THREE MEDALLION UPGRADED SPEAKERS, AUDIO RERSEARCH PRE AMP AND PHONO PREAMP TUBE . ROY IS A MAGICIAN WHEN IT COMES TO RESTORATION OF ACOUSTAT PRODUCTS. THE SOUNDSTAGE HIS WORK CREATES IS BREATHTAKING. I HIGHLY RECOMEND HIS RESTORATION ON ACOUSTAT PRODUCTS. WHY DEAL WITH THE REST WHEN ROY IS THE BEST. IT JUST DOESN'T GET GET ANY BETTER THANKS BOB NACE
I'm just stating what you told me Roy. I offered to comply with your terms but then you refused to respond to any of my emails.Here is the content of my last email to you
" I'm sorry if I offended you with that ,but from my point of view as a guy who trades across the border every day I can't get my head around Americans who will not deal with people in Canada.Its just not that difficult. I can see your point of view and I appreciate that you are selling this unit to me but, there has to be some way so that you don't get burned and I don't have to drive to the US twice . Thats a 100 mile round trip,twice, not to mention the border wait times .This is not like we are shipping back and forth large interfaces or amplifiers, its just a circuit card and a small transformer. In my case the transformer fits in a small package that would easily go by Canada Post. I could send you the transformer and money order ( adjusted to cover any additional mail cost to Canada) by mail and you can send the HVPS by mail . I still need the U-bias supply and will still meet your terms but it is not the way I would like to go."
I did not make any comments about Americans I just said I don't see how YOU can be so narrow minded about shipping , in this case to Canada. I even offered an alternative, suggesting that the item I wanted was a small circuit board worth less than $50.00 and could easily go by mail.I said I can understand your policy but that I don't have to like it. Instead of trying to resolve this even when I said I would comply with your terms you did the adult thing and refused to reply to my email. I'll let the facts speak themselves, you were unhelpful/unreasonable
I reside in Toronto, Canada and I have owned Acoustat Speakers since the early 80's. Many years later I was able to track Roy down in order to seek out some advice. From that conversation I was on the look out for a Acoustat MRP-1 and after locating one I sent it to Roy for service...as per his instructions...which required my driving the unit across the border and shipping it to Florida via FedEx 'Ground'.
The unit was shipped back to the FedEx Office in Buffalo where I retrieved it and brought it back into Canada.
The work performed was nothing short of a miracle...and since that time I have had Roy service my MK - 131 Interfaces, 'monoblock' 2 TNT-120 Amplifiers and 'upgrade' a TNT-200 Amplifier.
Roy explained in great detail the reasons for his no longer wanting to deal with 'International Shipping' and taking a moment to put myself in his position I had no problem in understanding his decision.
I believe that there is no person better qualified to work on Acoustat gear than Roy...and therefore it is worth the extra effort on my part to adjust to his request.
Roy has always proven to be a man of integrity and honesty and as a dedicated owner of Acoustat equipment I feel truly blessed that I am able to avail myself of his services.
Please allow me to echo several of the comments previously offered. Roy is without qualification a man of ethical integrity and will provide his customer with the highest quality work and more than fair prices. As one who worked with Roy at Acoustat in the early 80s, I know him to be great to work with and easy to get along with. I say this because as I was in sales and often asked of him and his group to accomodate some wild demands from the field, he would also do all within his power to support our end customers.
Because he cannot afford to do this work full time (simply won't pay the bills) he takes care of his customers during his "off-time." It is for that reason that you cannot call him during typical work hours for a chat. However, do not let that dissuade you from using his services. Although he is not doing this full-time, the slight amount of wait (and I do mean slight) to have him schedule your work is MORE than compensated by his quality and value of work. As I am no longer in the audio industry (am a Lutheran pastor), I do not have a great deal of disposable income to splurge on my system. The work Roy has done on my amp, pre-amp and ESPECIALLY on my Spectra 300 (he replaced the electronic circuit with transformers, like the old Acoustat thereby eliminating many components and increasing the quality of sonic presentation in every way) has been of the highest caliber.
I am inserting my email address if anyone would like to contact me directly if they have any further questions as to Roy's credentials. (If this web-site will allow me to do so.) It is firstname.lastname@example.org
I don't like to air my dirty laundry in public. Roy would not reply to my emails even after I said I would comply with his terms, even if I didn't like his terms.I even apologized if I offended him. But he chose to ignore me. No where on this page did it say he wouldn't deal with international shipping I chose to make people aware of that policy.
Andy, I do not know you nor you me. I am also not aware of the actual circumstances of your dealings with Roy. What I do know is that there are ALWAYS two sides to a story. As one who has dealt with the public in the retail audio field and then from the manufacturing end and especially now as a pastor, I have found that how one person perceives an event can often be quite different from another. For that reason I cannot address your specific issue. Having said that, there is no doubt in my mind that there is more here going on than you indicate. I say this not to impugn your character but to suggest that what you express is simply from your point of view (Naturally, of course).
I have dealt with Roy under too many circumstances not to believe that there is some reason he is not accomodating you (if such is the case). Having tried to resolve numerous complaints from customers over the years it was always amazing how the custormer's view of the situation was so radically different from that of the store where they bought my product (Acoustat). You would think you somehow dropped in on the wrong conversation.
All this is offered not to call your integrity into question. I simply do not know all the facts. I DO know Roy well enough (both as co-worker and now as client) to state without qualification his high standards of ethics as well as his desire to support the joy of owning/using the equipment that he has invested so much of himself in over the years. He is too committed to this endeavor not to do all within his power to serve others with the same love as his. While you try to please everyone I know from experience that there are times when there is simply no way to do so. Perhaps this is one of those times.
I thought it was a miracle that I found Roy. He repaired 1 Acoustat for me, and upgraded both without asking. He wanted me to have the best he knew how, and he certainly does. Then he gave me advice how to set them up and where to send a speaker for repairs. When I found another pair (I run 4 channels) he also upgraded those. I now have the latest and they all work perfectly.
Roy was always friendly and a pleasure to deal with. How can anyone complain about him is beyond me. As for receiving and sending things to other countries, it is not easy and takes a lot of time. His work for us is in his spare-time so time is precious, and I for one, treasure his policy to help us with our Acoustats. Ivan
Have known Roy Esposito close to ten years. In that time Roy has worked on a pair of Acoustat Spectra 44 speaker interfaces, once to update interfaces which were approximately 30 years old, and once to convert the same interfaces to 120v instead of the original wall bricks Acoustat used on the Spectra 44 speakers. The sonic differences were FANTASTIC.
Both experiences with Roy were nothing but professional, and friendly. Communication was by E Mail most of the time. Roy prefers E Mail. From a business point of view this works very, very good.
There is less chance of a miss understanding, and a documented account of what was really said between both parties. Personally I like doing business this way. Roy s Phone number was made available to me after he worked on the first interfaces. When there is need to talk directly to Roy, he has always been friendly and helpful.
Roy has also done "Full Restoration Factory Updates" on three of my Acoustat TNT 200 Power Amplifiers. Two of these amplifiers having gone on to be converted to Mono Blocks with Balanced inputs.
If you have a pair of Acoustat TNT 200 Power Amplifiers. You will not believe the Magic that happens when they are given Full Restoration Factory Updates and converted to Mono Blocks.
I personally believe they can drive ANY Speaker system on the market. Past or Present.
Another thing. The power output for each amplifier is close to 1 KW.
Roy s work is [ALWAYS PERFECT] mechanically and electrically. Never has there been one single problem with anything Row has worked on. The work is scheduled, sent to Roy, and returned to me on a timely as agreed to schedule. Roy s pricing and shipping is fair and reasonable. Return shipping is included in the original quoted price.
Having dealt with shipping things to Canada or other places. I am with Roy 100 per cent.
Nothing personal. It has become a lot of work to get things in and out of foreign countries, yes I know Canada is not that far. However, the difference between shipping a pair of speaker to Canada as far as paper work is involved. Five pages of paperwork to Canada versus one to ship here in the USA.
As Bob Nace said, "WHY DEAL WITH THE REST WHEN ROY IS THE BEST." Could not agree more.
Roy Esposito: a true credit to Acoustat and Acoustat Full Restoration, Factory Updates.
Very, Very honored to know and do business with Roy.
You may also contact me at email@example.com if further information is needed.
On the recommendation of Charly Brewster, I contacted Roy about upgrading my 2+2 interfaces. I followed Roy's procedure for sending in the interfaces. He did exactly what he said he would do and in the amount of time he said it would take and his price was very reasonable.
Having an engineering background myself, I was very curious to examine the work he did. The quality of his work and the components he used were absolutely outstanding.
Additionally, Roy has helped me isolate a system problem by answering questions and providing suggestions, all without taking a cent for his work above and beyond what I had contracted him to do. He really does want to help people enjoy the music.
In my dealings with Roy, He has been honest, courteous, professional, and straight forward with me. I can recommend Roy without any reservations whatsoever. He is just that good at what he does.
I have known Roy Esposito since 1979 when we worked together at Acoustat in Fort Lauderdale. Roy helped develop all Acoustat products. The TNT-120 was his idea. Besides Jim Strickland, he is the foremost expert in the world on the technology, repair and enhancement of all Acoustat equipment. He is a world-class electronics diagnostician with incredible intuition. Out of this intuition and diagnostic skill come his modifications which make vast improvements to the sonic quality of the already legendary Acoustat sound.
His workmanship is peerless both in appearance and quality. He has taken on several incredibly challenging modifications for my Acoustat equipment and performed flawlessly.
Mr. Tomlinson’s complaints seem to be about shipping to and from Canada and Roy’s communication. I don’t know what happened between them and maybe Mr. Tomlinson can fault Roy for his shipping policies. I do know that Mr. Tomlinson cannot fault Roy for his work.
Roy is a true credit to the Acoustat community; we are lucky to have him.
It is amazing, after so many years Acoustat is still in may peoples living rooms performing better than most things on the market.
Thanks to Roy, my system is one of them.
I for one am very proud to call Roy Esposito one of my friends. I have known Roy since the late seventies when he was at Acoustat. He has always been there to help me with any problem I may have, and the results are always excellent. Roy has updated many Acoustat products for family and friends and they are all very please with his work. My brothers Model Three Acoustat's have never sounded so good. Ata boy Roy. !Aside from all this about his tech background, he is first and foremost a gentleman and we always look forward to spending time with him. Hey Roy lest get together for Dinner real soon !!!!!
David L Hardin
My personal email firstname.lastname@example.org
This thread has really brought something home to me. It is incredible how many people are still using Acoustat speakers and electronics. Perhaps we should put together something by which we can share our experiences with the products. It would be fascinating to me to get some idea of the places where they are used. Although I was only with the company for approx. two years I know that during that time we shipped a lot of speakers to Asia and I personally assisted in securing a TNT-200 for a gentleman in Sweden (I have a small collection of Opus records as a token of his appreciation from that endeavor). Roy would undoubtedly find it even more fascinating due to his substantial contribution to the design and development of the TNT-200 as well as other products. If any of you would be interested in pursuing this please email me at: email@example.com.
btw- for geographical purposes I am located in a small town 1 & 1/2 southwest of St. Louis, MO.
I have a pair of Acoustat 2+2's which Roy Esposito has done his magic on. I have been reading this forum. To recap, I have seen posts that say: "Roy is hard to reach" \\ "Roy is about to retire"\\ "Roy is hard to deal with"\\ and things about Roy's work.
I want the group to hear my experiences with Roy. He was referred by another former Acoustat employee-- David Hardin, whom I have known for 35 years!
I emailed Roy at the email address here on the forum and asked him for information on the interface mod. I received a response within 24 hours with an explanation of what was involved, prices and some possible modifications. I elected to do the whole thing included his "air" mod. He told me that if I got the "air" mod I would probably want to cut it out for classical music and he would provide me a switch for that operation.
Well, I sent the interfaces to him and within 2 weeks they were returned with a plastic bag full of parts he pulled out and replaced. He sent a very nice note with some instructions and a phone number (which I am not going to share on the forum) in case I should need him. I hooked the interfaces up withour realizing that I had a bad speaker cable. I could not make one of the interfaces work and called him on a Saturday. We spent all weekend on the phone working through all possible interations. He asked me to send them back, which I did. While they were gone, I pulled out my amplifier to audition a new set of speaker cables with another speaker. Roy went completely through the interfaces for a week and could find nothing. I asked him to send them back to me and hooked them back up with the new speaker cable and guess what.. They worked.
The speakers picked up a new life that I had never heard in the 20 or so years I have owned these speakers (yes I am the original owner). I put the old cables back in the system to see the cable difference and low and behold found where the problem was. It was the cables. I have now had the interfaces for Several months and must say that they have improved my system more than any money I have spent less than $2000 in my system. The speakers have a better top end, more controlled bass and much more stable image. The image is also deeper and wider and the tonal balance is just unbelievable. All of the things I like about electostats are here and I must say that I no longer use my subwoofler. Roy has continued to stay in touch with me to make sure the interfaces are fine and he has been a good resource for incremental, low cost improvements as well.
The story does not end there. I bought a TNT 200 for my son's system. I had intended all along to send it to Roy to look at. I put it in my system to listen to and after a couple of days it blew up. No smoke but the mosfets went while I was listening. I called Roy and told him what had happened and wanted to know if it would still be a candidate for his restoration service. He told me to send it and he would rebuild it for the restoration price.
He got the amplifier and found that it was worse than he had expected. He replaced everything and I do mean everything except the output transformer. He called me with in a couple of weeks and told me it was ready to ship but that he wanted to listen to it for a while if it was alright due to the level of work he had to do. The output transformer began to hum while he had it. He tore that thing apart and got it fixed as well. He did not charge me an extra dime for the work and once it was suitable in his system, he sent it to my son. My son tells me that it is quite as can be and sounds wonderful. Roy and my son talked a couple of times and Roy gave him some hints as to hook up and configuration.
Roy has been nothing but a great person to work with. He is friendly, timely and knows the Acoustat product line as well as anyone I have ever met. his work is first rate. The interfaces he sent me has just pristine work. The work is meticulous.
I CAN NOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT ROY! He is a fine engineer, a wonderful craftsman and more customer friendly than I deserved. If any of you out there have an Acoustat product that you feel could use a refresh, could benefit from updating or modification, I would suggest, no URGE you to send Roy an email. He will respond promptly unless he is in the Hospital as he once was during some of our conversations. I am confident that you will be pleased with your dealings with him and your Acoustats will be new and better sounding.
If you want to call me, just call 770-503-7724
You guys do all know that this board is based in Denmark.Most of the replies here are from people in the USA.For you,the shipping policies for Sounds Like New are not a problem, for the rest of the world it is and now they are aware of it.I've moved on, I can build HV power supplies for my MK2123 so I don't need anything from Roy.I'm sure he is a nice guy and a great engineer but his shipping policies are not helpful for anyone outside the USA.
My experience with Roy Esposito and Sounds Like New, mirrors that of the many other happy customers above. Roy has mono-blocked by TNT-200's, and twice modified the interfaces on my Model 2+2's. Roy is uniquely experienced (from his work at Acoustat and with its founder Jim Strickland) and is a consummate craftsman. Everything he has done for me has always been returned in pristine cometic condition and with peerless sound quality. Roy has never told me anything about his services or his modifications that has not been true. I feel lucky to have found him because I know my system would have never made it to its current level without his involvement.
Keep in mind that he is not a 24/7 hi-fi repair shop. He is a singular engineer working in his lab. Sometimes this work can take time . . . but remember: "Good things come to those who wait."
Andy, your sense of entitlement is disappointing but not a surprise. The freedom we American's enjoy allows us to set company policy as we see fit. If you don't like it, you're free to shop elsewhere. To trash a guy because he chooses not to expose himself to the risk of international shipping is irresponsible.
Against my better judgement, I shipped an amp to Europe and it arrived it 3 pieces. The buyer demanded his money back and of course, I paid. I never received restitution from the shipper because the buyer didn't document the damage in the fine detail demanded.
Roy's decision is not unwarranted.
I have been a customer of Sounds Like New for over 15 years. In that time Roy Esposito has serviced numerous Acoustat items for me. These items include the interfaces for several 2 + 2’s, model 6’s, Spectra 66 and a pair of model 8’s. Roy was actually able to have new medallion transformers manufactured to upgrade the interfaces to my model 6 speakers. He has also serviced several TNP preamps, and custom modified one TNP for a special project. Roy has serviced all 22 of my TNT power amps and also mono blocked most of them.
It goes without saying that I have been extremely happy with the work performed by Roy Esposito. Over the years, I have found Roy to be very professional and a pleasure to work with. Roy’s level of service and insight to all Acoustat products has exceeded my expectations, and goes beyond what is typically available when servicing audio equipment.
Sounds Like New is highly recommended to service all of your Acoustat needs.
I`ve known Roy probably longer than 10 years. In the past he has always done an incredible job on repairing, upgrading, and modifying my model 3 Acoustat interfaces. I`ve been exceedingly happy with the results time and again. In fact I`ve told Roy he should change the name of his company to "Sounds Better than New". I`m just so grateful to know him.
QUOTE: Andrei Tudoran2012-04-13 03:15
It is amazing, after so many years Acoustat is still in may peoples living rooms performing better than most things on the market.
Thanks to Roy, my system is one of them.
Yes Andrei it is amazing that speakers almost 30 years old are still performing and bettering many more expensive NEW speakers i have been with Acoustat since 1984 i have owned Spectra 22s - 33s - 2+2s - and what i have now my third pair of 1+1s i live in a condo so for the room that I have this is the model for ME i belong in a group of Acoustat proud owners and would like to thank guys like Roy Esposito in the U.S.A. and Jocelyn Jeanson in Quebec Canada for keeping the best bargain in audio ALIVE if you wish you may see the making of Acoustat 1+1 all steel version the small speaker that weighs 200 pounds here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mracoustat/ pages 6 - 7
As I know that Roy will always try to help, answer emails and talk advice, even tell repair is not needed (as to me), may I recommend that a bit of a remuneration is nice and creates good fellowship. PayPal is happy to send it.
You are absolutely right, nobody should work for free, even for FRIENDS nobody.
I have a pair of Acoustat 2+2 interfaces and a TNT 200 amplifier that Mr. Esposito at Sounds Like New performed his Service and Upgrade packages on. I am pleased to report that all units work fabulously, I was wowed. Turnaround time and price was very reasonable.
With Roy, I was met with enthusiastic Professionalism and Dedication to Acoustat products and his customers. I have no doubt that any issues that may have arisen during our exchange, would have been handled effectively and efficiently, to our both satisfaction. I had several questions that I felt were too complicated for e-mail, that he was happy to help me with him over the phone.
In fact, I am so happy with the results, that I look forward to having Roy service and upgrade my Spectra 22 and Spectra 44 interfaces. This month, yes!! Thanks Roy!
I have a pair of 2+2's that I have owned since new. I have had various Magnapan products, a pair of Koss electrostats ( model 1a) among the products I have owned over the years. The Acoustats have always been a good listen. On recommendation of one of my friends who is a professional in the audio industry, I sent my interfaces to Roy. Long story short. They came back much better laid out physically than he got them. His work was fastidious in its execution. Now to the sound.
The oft noted narrow sweet spot grew a little. The "air" made them work really well on rock. Try money on Dark Side of the Moon to see what I mean. With "air" disengaged Pearlman performing Beethove's Violin Concerto is just unbelievable in its warmth, definition and clarity. My friends will tell you that my listening session run into the hours at a time as it relaxes me. I have never had a speaker in my system that made that so easy. They just disappear. The sound stage is so large that it goes well past the left edge of the left speaker and well right of the right speaker while being seamless aal the way to center stage. The image is a mile deep.
In all the time I have had these Thayer have never sounded this good. They have always held their own with some of the best made but these are better than the Maggie 3.7's I have been listening to recently. They are better than all the Martin Logan's I have listened to just to name a couple.
Way to go Roy.
Oh, I forgot
That experience covers just over a year of listening since Roy performed his magic. The sound is better than ever. They like tubes a lot as well.