Rilo Kiley- Under The Blacklight

Under the Blacklight, Rilo Kiley's 2007 major-label debut on Warner Brother Records, the follow up to 2004's More Adventurous, their indie label hit. Bought this with my SoundStage Direct Gift Certificate, first off arrived very quick even with USPS media mail, nicely packed and in perfect shape. Well first this is my favorite album in the past year or so, very L.A., kinda of a modern version of Fleetwood Mac 70's, The groups main two member are former child actors Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett. This album has country, twang, disco, funk and late 70's rock all on one album, several songs about sex, and many more about relationships. A great album to throw on in the car and drive to. The vinyl is more reveling than the CD which I listened to a 100 times, the vocals sound more alive and the bass is a lot more full. LP comes with a free CD Copy Of Album

up coming LP releases part 1

up coming major releases

CHICAGO/CHICAGO II 2LP April 21, 2009  WEA LP* (2LP)

RAMONES/IT'S ALIVE 180g 2LP March 3, 2009  AUDIO FIDELITY 180g LP* (2LP)

U2/NO LINE ON THE HORIZON 180g 2LP Limited to 7500 copies March 3, 2009  UNIVERSAL 180g LP* (2LP)

PEARL JAM/TEN 180g 2LP March 24, 2009  SONY 180g LP* (2LP)

THE BEE GEES/ODESSA 180g 2LP Limited to Only 3,000 Copies Worldwide!  March 24, 2009  WEA 180g LP*

BLACK SABBATH/DEHUMANIZER 180g LP February 24, 2009  WB/RHINO 180g LP

BLACK SABBATH/MOB RULES 180g LP  February 24, 2009  WB/RHINO 180g LP

BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN AND HELL 180g LP  February 24, 2009  WB/RHINO 180g LP

BLACK SABBATH/LIVE EVIL 180g 2LP February 24, 2009  WB/RHINO 180g LP* (2LP

CARLY SIMON/NO SECRETS 180g LP March 2009 1/2 Speed Mastered at Friday Music Studios

 RAY CHARLES/WHAT'D I SAY 180g LP  May 2009 half-speed mastered  WEA/FRIDAY MUSIC 180g LP

ALICE COOPER/SCHOOL'S OUT 180g LP  1/2 Mastered  May 2009  WEA/FRIDAY MUSIC 180g LP

SEALS & CROFTS/SUMMER BREEZE 180g LP May 2009  WEA/FRIDAY MUSIC 180g LP

up coming LP releases Part 1

Upcoming major releases

CHICAGO/CHICAGO II 2LP April 21, 2009  WEA LP* (2LP)

RAMONES/IT'S ALIVE 180g 2LP March 3, 2009  AUDIO FIDELITY 180g LP* (2LP)

U2/NO LINE ON THE HORIZON 180g 2LP Limited to 7500 copies March 3, 2009  UNIVERSAL 180g LP* (2LP)

PEARL JAM/TEN 180g 2LP March 24, 2009  SONY 180g LP* (2LP)

THE BEE GEES/ODESSA 180g 2LP Limited to Only 3,000 Copies Worldwide!  March 24, 2009  WEA 180g LP*

BLACK SABBATH/DEHUMANIZER 180g LP February 24, 2009  WB/RHINO 180g LP

BLACK SABBATH/MOB RULES 180g LP  February 24, 2009  WB/RHINO 180g LP

BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN AND HELL 180g LP  February 24, 2009  WB/RHINO 180g LP

BLACK SABBATH/LIVE EVIL 180g 2LP February 24, 2009  WB/RHINO 180g LP* (2LP

CARLY SIMON/NO SECRETS 180g LP March 2009 1/2 Speed Mastered at Friday Music Studios

 RAY CHARLES/WHAT'D I SAY 180g LP  May 2009 half-speed mastered  WEA/FRIDAY MUSIC 180g LP

ALICE COOPER/SCHOOL'S OUT 180g LP  1/2 Mastered  May 2009  WEA/FRIDAY MUSIC 180g LP

SEALS & CROFTS/SUMMER BREEZE 180g LP May 2009  WEA/FRIDAY MUSIC 180g LP

Low Cost Dip-of-the-Toe Into Tube Waters

Specifications

Frequency Response: 5Hz – 50 KHz (-1dB)
Distortion: < 0.15% @ 1kHz
S/N Ratio: >75dBa
Input Sensitivity: 500mV
Vacuum Tubes: 6J1×2
Crosstalk Separation : >75 dB

 

  • Enhanced sound staging and details. Warms up sterile digital music and solid state amplification. Does not remove any musical information.
  • Connects to your existing system in many ways, including; Between your CD or DVD Player and your Receiver/Amplifier, Between your Pre-Amp and your Amplifier, in your Receiver/Amplifier pre in/out loop,
  • Gold Plated RCA inputs/outputs.
  • No ‘thump’ power switch.
  • Small and attractive styling with brush aluminum plating. Easy to use and maintain.
  • Custom, hand-made, oversized transformer, all point-to-point hand wiring.
  • 5 x 7 x 5 ¼”, 6 lbs

Information above courtesy of Grant Fidelity

This product does exactly what its sellers say it will do. It adds some tube sound to a solid state stream and it makes digital sources in particular much more rich in terms of sound quality, soundstage and depth. It even added some soundstage depth to analog sources like a turntable on my system.

First off, this is a Chinese built tube processor that uses small 6J1 tubes (You can also tube roll with 6AK5 or 5654 tubes.) to simply process the sound between your source and your amplifier. In my case, I'm using it with a Pioneer SX-650 vintage receiver and I'm basically using the tape loop to take sound out of the receiver, run it through the B-283 and back in using the tape monitor switch. It's a pretty simple set up and the results are nothing less than astonishing. The unit is similar to ones made by Yaqin but it has a few nicer touches than the ones marketed under the Yaqin brand name and, best of all, it comes with the support and assistance of Ian and Rachel at Grant Fidelity in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

My unit arrived here in Roswell, Georgia, USA, in less than a week from Canada. I did pay for express shipping-—a $10 charge for U.S. destinations—not bad as the unit sells at $150 US as one of the "Hot Deals" on Grant Fidelity's website. MSRP is $219 US. Ian at Grant answered questions via e-mail and phone and made the buying decision a no brainer. He was more than helpful and that service was the final selling point for me on the unit. Not to mention that they will allow you to upgrade from here to a full-on tube amp!

My unit is still in the burn-in phase, but I noticed, using an iPod as a source through the AUX inputs on the receiver, an immediate improvement in soundstage depth. The sound moved from the middle front of my system to the back of the system–coming almost from behind the wall. The depth and breadth of the soundstage was markedly improved on this digital source and the same held for using FM radio as a source on my system. 

I did a quick test with my Technics SL-D303 turntable and Grado Green cartridge and noticed a similar shift and improvement in soundstage. That is beyond what Ian promises, by the way. He insists that the biggest improvements come on digital sources and they make no promises on analog sources such as vinyl. I understand that position and I'm sure results will vary but I have noticed an improvement with an analog source. It's not as dramatic or pronounced as it is with digital, but it's there nonetheless. Of course, your experience may vary as they say.

For $150US, I've made a nice upgrade to my system. One I am pleased with and one that will likely lead me farther down the slippery slope of tubes!

Grant Fidelity B-238 Tube Processor