Crestone Peak, Ponderosa

Musical Surroundings

Phone: 510-547-5006


Location: Oakland CA, United States

Exhibitor Type: U.S. Distributor

Since 1991, Oakland, California-based Musical Surroundings has specialized in the distribution and manufacture of turntables, tonearms, phono cartridges, preamps, and analog accessories.

Our products: AMG // Clearaudio // DS Audio // Hana // Musical Surroundings // Record Time

You can find us in the Crestone Peak room on the Mezzanine level.

Musical Surroundings is premiering the Hana ML low output phono cartridge ($1,200), the Musical Surroundings Nova III phono preamp ($1,500), and AMG Viella V12 Turbo turntable with Fortissimo 2nd tonearm mounting tower. The DS Audio Master 1 optical phono cartridge system, reviewed by Michael Fremer in the October issue of Stereophile, is one of our 3 analog sources, along with the Clearaudio Innovation Wood turntable and Olympus stand in special white lacquer finish with Universal tonearm and Goldfinger Statement cartridge.

The new Hana M Series deluxe moving coil cartridges are built upon the foundation of the critically acclaimed Hana Sound, handbuilt in Tokyo. Available in both low and high output, they use high purity copper wire and the ML low output features a new low impedance coil. A nude Microline stylus enhances trackability and resolution, and the Alnico magnet based generator is cryogenically treated for enhanced purity. The M Series uses an injection molded POM (Delrin®) body with threaded fittings for improved mechnical coupling and brass cap for added mass and resonance control.

The Musical Surrounding Nova III phono stage is made in California featuring discrete dual-mono ciruitry, Super Matched Pair/Low Noise input devices, and multiple gain settings with 65dB maximum gain. A newly designed power suppply uses Super Low Noise voltage regulation, isolated DC to DC converter, and dual inductor de-coupling. The power supply incorporates ten 1000 µƒ capacitors for a total of 10,000 microfarads of regulation, polypropylene bypass capacitors, and improved grounding system. A second circuit board features micro-processor control of both Mute and Michael Yee's proprietary Subsonic filter. The Nova III is available in both black and silver finish and can be field upgraded with our Linear Charging Power Supply ($650).

System components include Sonus Faber Aida 2 loudspeakers just reviewed in the October issue of Stereophile, Audio Research Ref 6 preamplifier, Ref 3 phono stage, Ref CD9 compact disc player/DAC, and their new M160 monoblock amplifiers that are featured on the cover and reviewed in the October issue of Stereophile. Cabling will be provided by Kubala-Sosna and stands by HRS (Harmonic Resolution Systems).

Passive display on the Mezzanine level will include Clearaudio turntables and record cleaning machines, AMG Giro turntable, DS Audio optical phono cartridges, Musical Surroundings phono preamps, and Hana MC phono cartridges.