The Gingko Audio Sextet was introduced at the Capital Audiofest in Rockville, Maryland, in November 2019. Here are some first impressions from show attendees:
“This was a masterful demo; one that clearly demonstrated why you need the extension provided by a full range speaker or a well-mated satellite/subwoofer system. It is not just deeper, more pitch defined, impactful bass, but the addition of the bloom and body, the more correct voicing, and the expansive space and dimensionality that it affords.”
“There were two rooms running Ginko speakers and both systems were very good sounding. One was a $10,000 system running in one of the big rooms which sounded beautifully balanced, natural, and relaxed, without sounding lifeless. The small stand-mounted speaker in another room (I think it was $3,000) sounded very good too-very well balanced and natural sounding.”
“Gingko audio had small speakers in a small room and bigger speakers in a big room. I only spent a small amount of time in each room, but they both accomplished the naturalness and dimensionality that hits me hardest when it’s there and leaves me least engaged when it’s not.”
Gingko Audio’s Acoustic Resonance Clarifier (ARCH) won a 2018 Positive Feedback Writers’ Choice Award. These awards are given by the editors and writers of Positive Feedback to products that they evaluated in 2018 and selected for superior audio design. The article on this year’s winners can be found in Issue 100 of Positive Feedback.
"I was not prepared for the overall improvement the ARCHs made. Compared to the sound of the speakers and stands sitting on spikes, the improvement to overall transparency and clarity was immediately obvious. The mid-range was less colored, and imaging was better defined. Mid-bass response was enhanced and leading-edge transients were more pronounced. More energetic momentum and timing with a nice ease of flow and a silkiness urged me to get up and dance—and I’m not a dancer. The changes were not subtle, and truly enhanced the listening experience."
Gingko Audio will be at the Rocky Mountain Audiofest in October and the Capitol Audiofest in November. We plan to feature the same demo of the ARCH™ vibration control device that we featured at AXPONA 2017. For an explanation of the vibration measurements used to compare the ARCH’s performance vs. conventional speaker spikes, read our White Paper on why the ARCH works better!
We unveiled the new patent-pending ARCH Acoustic Resonance Clarifier™ at AXPONA 2017.
The unique shape of the patent-pending ARCH and its material construction make it an effective vibration control base for speakers and other audio components.
The ARCH is constructed from a lossy material that dissipates vibration across the audio frequency spectrum. Its design is a curved shape with two ends that rest on the floor at an angle, thus minimizing transferred energy from the cabinet to the ground. In addition, the ARCH flexes under the weight of the speaker as the latter vibrates, further reducing the transferred energy.
Although the ARCH was designed primarily for speakers, it may be used to good effects under other audio components. There are five different sizes of ARCH:
The original ARCH 1 set consists of 8 individual bases, each with a weight bearing limit of 30 lbs. Four ARCH 1 bases can support a speaker weighing a maximum of 120 lbs.
For speakers weighing between 120 lbs. and 240 lbs. each, the original ARCH 2 can be put under an ARCH 1 base to hold up to 60 lbs. Each ARCH 2 base can also hold up to 30 lbs.
For speakers weighing more than 240 lbs., we offer the original ARCH 3. Each ARCH 3 base can hold up to 100 lbs.
The Mini-ARCH has been improved for use under audio components such as preamps, digital sources, and turntables. Each Mini-ARCH base can support a maximum load of 5 lbs. For heavier components simply stack the Mini-ARCHs to support the weight.
The Super-ARCH 1 is a premium ARCH designed primarily for speakers and amplifiers weighing up to 120 lbs. Each Super-ARCH base can support a maximum load of 30 lbs.
The Super-ARCHs are finished in matte black and sold in sets of 8 pieces. The Mini-ARCHs are sold in sets of 12.
The original ARCH 1, ARCH 2, and ARCH 3 are sold unfinished in sets of 8. For information on finishing options and how the ARCH works, go to our ARCH Technology page. Read the White Paper on the ARCH’s performance compared to speaker spikes. Also read Audio Bacon’s review, which concluded “the ARCH undoubtedly punches above its weight at this price. Even better, Gingko Audio offers a 30-day money back guarantee on all their ARCH products, as long as you cover shipping (they’re super light!). There’s literally no risk for trying out the ARCHs for yourself.”
In 2016, Danacable’s Lazuli Reference headphone cable received a Product of the Year award from Headphone.guru:
"It has long been the mantra of high-end audio that cables are as much an audio component as any other part of your system, and this also applies to headphone cables. More so than any other component, it is the job of the headphone cable to get out of the way and do nothing to the sound, letting the music through and Dana Cables Lazuli Reference Headphone Cables do an exemplary job of this, allowing all the resolution, dynamics and silence to pass through without slowing, congesting, compressing or adding tonal changes to the signal. More so than any other headphone, a reference headphone deserves a reference cable which is why we have made Dana Cables Lazuli Reference Headphone Cables our Accessory of the Year."
– Gary Alan Barker
We will again be showing this setup at AXPONA in Chicago on April 21-23. Please be sure to stop by the Ear Gear Room to listen if you plan to attend AXPONA
At the RMAF 2016, we showed the prototype model of the new DanaTone Head-Space headphones amplifier to rave reviews. Dave Hanson of Enjoy The Music writes: “Arguably one of the most impressive products to debut at CanJam at RMAF was the yet-to-be-released DanaTone Head-Space amplifier (price TBD). Developed by Dana Robbins, who is best known for his fantastic lineup of cables, the Head-Space uses a proprietary selective current feedback technology to deliver tight and impactful bass, euphonic mids and well-controlled treble. The soundscape was quite spacious, with very precise variations in imaging depth, width and height. Through the HIFIMAN HE1000, the Head-Space exuded lush musicality without sacrificing an ounce of accuracy.”
On the Lazuli Reference cable, he adds: “I’ve done extensive testing with this cable (review forthcoming) and it offers the most beautiful, natural midrange and the absolute best bass of any cable I have ever tested. Combined with the Head-Space amplifier and the HIFIMAN HE-1000, the sound left very little to be desired.”
We will again be showing this setup at the NYC Audio Show on November 4-6. Please be sure to stop by to listen if you plan to attend the NYC Audio show.
So you’ve read all about Gingko Audio’s vibration control products – from the inexpensive Mini-Clouds to the Cloud 14A that is designed specifically for lighter components to the Platformula™ rack. This simple guide will help you pick the right Cloud™ for your application.
Each Gingko Audio vibration control product has a bottom plate with dimples on it to hold the balls. The balls provide suspension to support a load. Adding more balls creates stiffer suspension, while removing balls results in softer suspension. A stiffer suspension will make the music punchier, with more dynamics, while a softer suspension will make the music fuller, with more body. You can tune the music to your taste by adding or removing balls from the Cloud™ base. You will need a minimum of three balls to support a component. Each ball is designed to support an optimal weight of 10 lbs and a maximum weight of 20 lbs.
The number of dimples on the bottom plate vary across the Cloud™ Series. The Mini-Clouds come as sets of three bases with individual dimples. The Semi-Cloud has 9 dimples so it can hold a maximum of 9 balls for an optimal load of 90 lbs. The Cloud 10 has 15 dimples. The Cloud 11 has 10 dimples inside larger wells to prevent the balls from rolling off the dimples. Besides the suspended Cloud supporting the plinth, the Cloud 12 has a separate fixed platform to hold the motor pod to prevent the vibration from the motor to transfer to the main turntable.
Following the successful introduction of the Vibration Control System (VCS) Toolkit, we are offering a special edition of the Large Cloud22 Bases made of wood for a warmer, more musical sound, compared to bases made of acrylic. These Special Edition Large Cloud22 Bases will be available for US$ 159 a set through the end of August.
Gingko Audio has been developing vibration control products since 2000, from the award-winning Cloud 11 platform, which has been on Stereophile’s Recommended Components list since 2004, to the patented ARCH (Acoustic Resolution Clarifier).
For 2022, we are introducing our newest solution, the Cloud22™, which uses wool as a vibration control material. The Cloud22 bases complement the classic Cloud 11 platforms and, together with the ARCHs, provide a comprehensive Vibration Control Solution (VCS) to mitigate much of the vibrations affecting an audio system’s performance.
The Cloud22 bases are available in sets of four, in two sizes: Small Cloud22 Bases for amplification components weighing up to 60 lbs.; Large Cloud22 Bases for amplification components weighing up to 120 lbs. They can also be purchased as part of a VCS Toolkit that includes ARCH products for speakers, digital source components, power conditioners, and other audio equipment:
As an introductory offer, through June 30, 2022, the Starter VCS Toolkit can be purchased for $499 (instead of $599) and the Premium VCS Toolkit for $749 (instead of $899).
We at Gingko Audio are fond of saying “the BEST vibration control devices are the ones you can return if they don’t work for you!” That is why we are the only vibration control manufacturer providing a 30-day money back, no questions asked guarantee. So the cost of trying is small, typically only about 10% of the product prices. We only ask that you return them in undamaged conditions and pay for shipping and bank charges we incurred on your behalf.
Built on the patented ARCH design and made of layers of maple, the Equipment and Speaker ARCH offers a number of improvements over the previous product line.
The smooth-layered maple material has superior vibration control performance and is conducive to high-quality finishes.
The larger curvature yields a lower profile while extending the weight loading range: The 1/2″ thick model can support loads of up to 25 lbs. per ARCH; the 5/8″ thick model can support loads of up to 50 lbs. per ARCH. Lighter equipment and speakers (under 15 lbs.) can continue to use the Mini-ARCH.
The 1/2″ thick Equipment and Speaker ARCH is available at $159 for a set of four in a standard black finish; the 5/8″ thick model is available at $179. The product comes with stainless steel M6 bolts, washers, and nuts for convenient replacement of M6 spikes under speakers, at an additional $20. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for custom sizes of speaker spike threads.
Built on the patented ARCH design and made of layers of maple, the Cable ARCH offers superior performance as cable lifters for high-end audio systems. The modular implementation allows for three usage options.
No insert – the cable rests directly on the slot provided in the ARCH base.
The cushioning tube is placed in the slot, and the cable rests perpendicularly on the tube.
The wood dowel is inserted into the cushioning tube, which is then placed in the slot; the cable rests perpendicularly on the tube.
The Cable ARCH is available in a standard black finish, at $249 for a set of four. Special finishes (mahogany, cherry, natural, white) are available at $299 for a set of four; these finishes require a 3-week lead time.
The Clarissa LE speakers were premiered at AXPONA in April 2019 to universal praises. We drove them using three different integrated amplifiers: A 100-watt Class D Cyrus One HD from the UK, an 8-watt tube TRV-A300XR from Triode Corp of Japan, and a 150-watt solid-state Majestic from Wells Audio in California. An international lineup of digital and analog sources from Poland, Austria, Mexico, and the USA was also presented. Cables were from Danacable, racks were from Pangea, and vibration control devices were from Gingko Audio.
Here is a video report by AV Showrooms of the demo:
The Clarissa LE are available for order immediately, with a typical lead time of 3 weeks. They are reasonably priced at $1500 each, with dedicated stands priced at $600 a pair. Two finishes are available, gloss piano black and matte red cherry.
From Lyle Workman, film and TV composer (Superbad, 40 Year Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall):
I must admit I was a little skeptical, but in a A/B test with and without the Cloud under my turntable and with a second set of ears for another opinion, the difference was very noticeable, instantly. We found improvement in clarity and separation of instruments and vocals in the music. There was less mush in between the highs mids and lows. Simply put, it made the music better in every regard. The cloud is a wonderful upgrade to my system and highly recommended.
On April 13-15, Gingko Audio and Danacable will be at AXPONA, in Room 1524, at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. We are partnering with Triode Labs of Japan, Denafrips DAC of China, and Wells Audio of California. We will showcase the world premiere of the full line of Denafrips R2R DACs in a real-time simultaneous comparison of the Denafrips DACs, every hour on the hour. Come and see this unique unveiling of one of the best DACs in the world at down-to-earth price levels.