Locrian Audio, Dallas, TexasThe Locrian Audio team and our business partners are happy to have become sponsors at WBF. We have appreciated (and enjoyed) the coverage of all aspects of our hobby the forum and its members have provided so far, the thoughtful participation of its members and the collaborative efforts to improve understanding of all elements of sound reproduction at home for better enjoyment of music produced by our favorite artists. We promise we will do our best to contribute in this collective effort.
About UsLocrian Audio was founded in April 2023 by Basile Theodoropoulos, a long-term audiophile, and is a specialized dealer based in Dallas focused on assembling "end-game" audio systems. We established Locrian Audio to present another view of the high-end audio with components not readily available in the US market, where we allow space for experimentation, comparisons in a controlled environment without the pressure of sales people. We gravitate around open baffle and omnidirectional speakers and electronics with realistic dynamics, natural sound and are built to last. We would love to jointly listen to your favorite music in our systems and get the pleasure of a new listening experience.
We are the US distributor for German Physiks omnidirectional loudspeakers and IO Sound Design open baffle speakers. Furthermore, we are dealers for Ypsilon Electronics vacuum tube and hybrid amplification products, Accuphase, the digital line from EMM Labs, Shelter Cartridges and Tri-Planar tonearms. We have available for audition multiple loudspeakers from German Physiks, most of the Ypsilon Electronics products, Shelter and key digital components from EMM Labs and Accuphase, including the C-47 phono and AC-6 MC cartridge.
Curated SystemsTo celebrate our sponsorship and the launch of Locrian Audio at What’s Best Forum we would like to offer the opportunity for WBF members to experience some of our unique products. For that purpose, we have created four curated bundles that are 25% off list price. The discount applies for the entire bundle or any two products within the bundle. They have been designed to address different listening room sizes and listening philosophy.
1. “No holds” SystemThis is a no-compromise solution, and it is comprised of EMM Labs DA2V2 DAC, Ypsilon Electronics PST-100 MK2 preamplifier and Hyperion mono amplifiers, connected to German Physiks PQS 302 Loudspeakers. Cabling is all custom-made pure silver from Ypsilon Electronics.
We love this system because it replicates the large scale of orchestral events without any signs of stress, even for the most demanding musical material and at high SPL, when needed. It reflects the “being there” feeling, independent of the size of the orchestra, musical genre, and performance venue, being live or studio recording. The system can be further complemented with the EMM NS1 streamer which allows full access to world internet radio and Qobuz and/or Spotify. For the analog lovers, we propose to add the Accuphase C-47 phono stage, which sounds immediate and natural while it provides multiple optimization functions and connections for multiple tonearms. We like multiple cartridges but our go to model is the Shelter Harmony, which performs well above its price point. It is extremely versatile, handles accurately all genres and reproduces graciously average recordings. For those that opt to use their current speakers, the Ypsilon Aelius Silver monos may be an outstanding alternative and realize some savings.
2. Purist SystemThis is built around the German Physiks single driver, horn-loaded omni-directional Unicorn mk2. It is complemented by the Ypsilon Phaethon Silver Edition integrated amplifier and the EMM DA2 V2 DAC. Cabling is all pure silver, custom made, and provided by Ypsilon Electronics. The Accuphase DP-1000 SACD transport can be added and/or the EMM Labs NS1 Streamer. For analog, the Accuphase C-47 phono will be our first pick. For those that prefer to go with separates, they can replace the Ypsilon Phaethon SE with the Accuphase A-80 class A stereo amplifier and the Ypsilon Electronics PST-100 MK2 preamplifier.
We love this system because of its energy, pace, natural sound and beautiful rendering of jazz, blues, chamber, and world music. Absence of speaker crossover and the linearity of the DDD driver make it an excellent choice for those audiophiles pursuing a simple yet outstanding high-end offering. Most audiophiles, that have heard the system, have admitted is the closest they have heard to live music.
3. Italian ExtravaganceThis is another “No-holds” system built around the IO Sound Design Naked model, a skeletonized open baffle speaker. It has an extreme design with the Italian flare pushed to its limits in terms of engineering, workmanship, and sound performance. It is the only directional speaker offered in our bundles. It is paired with Ypsilon’s PST-100 MK2 preamplifier, DAC 1000 and Aelius mono amplifiers. The speakers are also well matched with the Ypsilon Phaethon SE. We love this system for its open and natural sound, efficiency, and diversity. We are certain that this system will generate lots of comments by those who see it, both for its looks and sound performance.
4. “Apartment Living”This is built around the German Physiks HRS-130 speakers, which provide a perfect all-around performance for all music genres with the quick pace, natural timbres, and wide and deep soundstage. The HRS-130 is a very slim loudspeaker design with a 10-in down-firing bass unit that can be placed in any living space without over imposing with its presence. It allows proper full sound reproduction even at low volume levels. We pair it with the with the Accuphase E-800 integrated amp. Digital is provided by the E-800’s own module and the EMM Labs NS1 streamer or the EMM Labs MA1 DAC and the NS1 streamer, at a higher price point. We love this system because it can easily be placed in any living room or small dedicated listening room without fuss and attains a truly high-end sound without obstruction to the rest of the house décor. Cabling is provided by Accuphase.
Locrian Audio Brands
Amplification – Integrated Amplifiers, Preamplifiers, Power AmplifiersAccuphase
Tone arms: Tri-Planar, Reed, Ikeda
Cartridges: Shelter, Air Tight, Accuphase
Phono: Accuphase, Ypsilon
SUT: Ypsilon, Ikeda, Shelter
DigitalCD Transport: Accuphase (includes SACD)
CD Players: Accuphase, Ypsilon
DAC: Accuphase, EMM Labs, Ypsilon
Streamer: EMM Labs
LoudspeakersGerman Physiks Omnidirectional Speakers
IO Sound Design
Our Contact DetailsBasile Theodoropoulos
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