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United Home Audio Phase12 OPS receives an
Editors Choice Award From The Absolute Sound For 2017!
The Absolute Sound Magazine March 2017 Issue 271.

"Given a high-quality tape, the UHA-HQ Phase12 is simply the highest-fidelity
source component JV  (Johnathan Valin) has heard: phenomenal bass, matchless dynamics,
unrivaled resolution, astonishing transient speed, and simply gorgeous tone color."

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UHA Phase12-OPS Tape Deck wins an Editors Choice Award for 2016!

The UHA Phase12 wins
Product of the year award for 2015

The Part Time Audiophile
Analog Tape:
Most Coveted Paul: I have next to nothing to play on a UHA deck, have no idea where I’d put it, and the price of quality blank 1/4” reel tape is scary by itself. But I still want one. Bad.

Scot: I got a few weeks to play with the entry-level UHA Phase tape deck and a handful of tapes, courtesy of tape evangelist Greg Beron. To be fair (to Greg), I’ve been arguing against the (apparent) absurdity of going back to tape for years. And for years, Greg has been wearing me down with demo after demo of his now-famous after-hours tape sessions at an audio show near you.

He was right; I was wrong.

With the right tapes, this is the best-sounding source available in high-end audio today. I may actually go get another job just to be able to save up for one of his magnificent machines.

The Absolute Sound
Recommended Components 2015
November 2015 Issue 257

THE Show Newport 2015!
Yes! We love this show and SOCAL!
Come Visit UHA & MBL in the Oak Creek Room on the main floor.
Don't miss our Legendary After Hours Analog Tape Event!
Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9pm and going till way past your bedtime.

Picture at the after hours Analog Tape Event Newport 2015

A Creative Forum for the Audio Arts

David Robinson Editor in Chief of
Awards MBL & United Home Audio
a coveted Audio Oasis Award for T.H.E Show Newport 2015!  

by Chris Martens  | Jun 08th, 2015

MBL North America – United Home Audio
Jeremy Bryan and the team at MBL North America almost always put on a good demonstration and the MBL room at Newport 2015 proved to be no exception. The system featured a pair of MBL 101E MkII loudspeakers fed by MBL’s 6010D ‘Vorverstarker’ preamplifier and a quartet of giant MBL 9011 monoblock amplifiers, with a United Home Audio reel-to-reel tape deck serving as the primary source component.

The term ‘blockbuster sound’ was probably coined with just such a system in mind, as the MBL rig proved fully capable of playing tapes of rock material at – or even beyond – rock concert volume levels. As always, the big Radialstrahler–type loudspeakers produced enormously spacious soundstages, quite good imaging (something not all omnidirectional loudspeakers can do), and a sound that freed listeners from the need to seek out a particular ‘sweet spot’ centred between the speakers (the MBLs work well for virtually any listening position in the room).

The Newport Beach Show: Set-Up Day
By Jason Victor Serinus • Posted: May 29, 2015

Leave it to Jeremy Bryan of MBL to not only fill me in on the acoustic challenges in some of the air-walled lobby level conference rooms, but also tackle those problems with gusto. "They added the soffit to the ceiling after we booked the room a year ago," he declared. "The ductwork and fluorescent lights rattle constantly. We spent the better part of the day dealing with that. Look at all the magazines we piled up there to stop the rattling. And we've also got a big bass suckout—there's nothing below 30Hz—and a big spike around 42."

None of which stopped the system, which clearly need more warm-up time, from sounding fabulous on rare, seldom-heard pre-mastering phase tapes of Billie Holiday's "Lady Sings the Blues," Holly Cole, and the Mamas and the Papas. Trumpets sounded just great, especially when the volume was turned up.

The system was a modified MBL Reference Combination D system ($259,700 total) with MBL 9011 mono amps on the woofers plus additional MBL 9008 A mono amps ($60,600/pair) on the Radialstrahler loudspeaker system. Source was Greg Beron's UHA Phase 12 OPS (Outboard Power Supply) analog tape deck (starts at $20,000), cables Wireworld Eclipse Series 7, and tapes priceless.


I also have to give kudos to the MBL room. This show was the only time I was able to enjoy an MBL setup because the volume was not ear-destroying loud.
Obviously not a box speaker, it has a well-deserved reputation for a fantastic spacious sound stage.
I apologize for no picture. I found the room after hours while my camera was in its room taking a nap. But it sounded too good to not deserve a mention.

T.H.E. Show Newport Beach 2015 Report
The Home Entertainment Show 2015
MBL Reference Line
German company MBL always makes a good showing at events around the world. Their electronics are visually stunning and built like the proverbial tank. Their Radialstrahler speaker ensures equitable distribution of energy throughout the whole room, with the sound being pulsated in full 360-degree fashion. The lower middle tone range is where the mbl 101 E MK II really shows its special qualities. According to their website, "This is the range in which the loudspeaker connection to the air in the room is as problematic as it is decisive for the quality of the sound because it is the point that determines the naturalness and flexibility of the sound".
The MBL room was playin' Tell Me Something Good and the audience was moving and swingin’. In fact there was applause at the end!
Then came Lionel Richie All Night Long and the fun continued... High-End audio can be fun, so come and sing along, all night long.

The UHA Tape Decks are featured in Men's Health Korea!
February 2014

New December 2014!

Receives THE ABSOLUTE SOUND Magazines

The biggest news since 1973 for UHA!
The Absolute Sound Magazine chooses THE UHA PHASE11 Tape Deck
as one of the top 100 most significant products of the last 40 years!
The July / August TAS magazine is the 40th Anniversary edition celebrating
 fourty years of high end audio reporting. The magazine published a list of
 the 100 of the most significant products of the last 40 years
and UHA is proud to be included in this elite group.

The Absolute Sound Magazine
July / August 2013
Issue 234
"Which audio products of the last 40 years or so have been the most significant, either by introducing
a technical innovation, influencing later designs, achieving great commercial success,
or establishing a new benchmark of performance? Below are the top 100 most significant products of the last
four - and - a - half decades as chosed by consensus of our writing team".

The UHA Phase11 wins AV Showrooms
Product of the Year for 2013!
New December 2014!
The UHA Phase11 wins AV Showrooms Product of the Year for 2013!

Positive Feedback Online
David Robinson, Editor-in-chief and Dave Clark, Editor  
award The UHA Phase11 Tape Deck
a Brutus Award for 2013!

United Home Audio Will be showing
with Nola Speakers, Audio Research and Nordost Cable
The Venetian Hotel room number 30-101
Don't miss what's new with UHA at CES!

Everyone is getting into Reel to Reel even main stream magazines are taking notice!
Microsoft Office Word Document

RMAF 2013
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2013
Hear the award winning UHA Reel to Reel Tape Decks in the following rooms at RMAF 2013!
Room # 550 Atrium Tower
UHA Phase11 Tape Deck $17,000.
Von Schweikert: Universe VR-100XS 4-piece speaker system, $140,000.
Constellation Audio Virgo II Preamp $24,000.
Constellation Audio Centaur Mono Power Amp $27,000 each.
Rack System:
Critical Mass Systems MAXXUM Precision Component Support Systems
$5,650 per component.
Positive Feedback Online
awards UHA, Constellation Audio and Von Schweikert Audio
an Audio Oasis Award for RMAF 2013!

Room #1030
MBL Room
UHA Phase11 Tape Deck $17,000.
Corona Line systems featuring the new Corona Line C11 Preamplifier, $8800.
The new C15 500 watt / channel Mono Amplifiers.
The 116F Compact Radialstrahler Loudspeakers $32,500.
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The UHA Phase11 Tape Deck wins a "Golden Ear Award for 2013
from The Absolute Sound Magazine September 2013!

United Home Audio was in the Persimmon Room on the main floor and
also in room 601 with International Phonograph Inc.

Persimmon Room
MBL 116F Radialstrahler Speakers
MBL 6010 Preamp
MBL 9007 monoblocks
Luxor vacuum tube Preamp and Luxor vacuum tube Monoblock Amps
UHA Phase11 Reel to Reel Tape Deck
Tara Labs Cables
Capital Audiofest, Day Two, Part Two
By Art Dudley
 Posted: Jul 29, 2013

After a nice little break of ten years or so, I recently began to think I'd like to hear Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon again. Perhaps sensing this, Greg Beron of United Home Audio used selections from that classic album to show off a remarkable system built around MBL 116F loudspeakers ($32,000/pair), sourced with a pair of UHA's famous Phase 11 open-reel decks ($17,000). Everyone in the audience expressed unambiguous delight, myself included. Extra points for lighting.

Capital Audiofest: Metro-D.C. Area Show Small, But Shows Solid Growth
By Michael Fremer
Posted: Jul 29, 2013
My friend Art Dudley was there covering the show for Stereophile, so if you want a full show roundup go there. I drove down Saturday morning to see what was new, if anything, in the analog world and I found more than I was expecting! (Photo: United Home Audio's reel to reel tape based presentation, using MBL speakers and electronics.)

The Part Time Audiophile
CAF 2013: United Home Audio
Posted on July 26, 2013
by Scot Hull Part-Time Audiophile
Ahh, MBL … With analog tape! United Home Audio‘s Greg Beron had a pair of after-hour master-tape sessions, one each night, leading to wee-hours-of-the-morning listening to some of the most sublime recordings you can find. One off masters, anyone? Yeah. It doesn’t get better than this. Candidate for Best-In-Show? You betcha.

The Phase 11 tape deck, one of TAS’ Top 100 Products, was shown here in lustrous white and a silver/grey. Why two? Well, two gets you seamless track-switching — remember, this is tape! Anyway, the duo was a pretty sweet setup. Pricing for the top-of-the-line 11 starts at $22,000, but there are several models to choose from, including the entry level Phase $8,900. For more info, try here.

Shown here with the MBL 116f omni-directional loudspeakers, everything was all wired up with Celtic Silver speaker cables (a UHA in house specialty) to Jolida Luxor monos (with outboard PSU) running the so-new you-that-can’t-have-them KT 150 vacuum tubes from New Sensor. These tubes are rumored to be even more “sweet” up top than the KT120s (where “sweet” = “beautiful”), and bring significantly better bass than the KT88 and EL34 variants. Top to bottom linearity, with a rich mid-range? So say they — I suppose this is something that will reveal itself in the fullness of time.
Readers comments from Part Time Audio Web site:
Al R. says:
July 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Best of show honors? Loud enough!
The larger speaker model ( the 116 ) does the holographic tricks the best, IMHO.
The smaller mbl’s (126 speakers) sure cast a nice holographic image in the international …. (?) Room … shared w/ Mapleshade .
Master tapes played. Caveat? Spkrs set too high!!! Inspite of a weird room, still good sonics!

Schley Mckee says:
August 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM
Best sound at the show by a mile.
There was lots of good hifi at this show and then there was this room, it was on a different world.
This wasn’t the mega buck MBL Reference gear this was the mid priced stuff for MBL but it was swinging way above it’s weight class! Analog tape, is it about bloody perfect or what???
I was fortunate to get the sweet spot for the after hours show and I was beaten by the dynamics, could literally see all around in the soundstage, instruments popped out of black 3D space.
Tonality was perfect top to bottom. I never heard The Beatles like that, they were in the room and Paul brought his bass for this performance!
Capitol Audio Fest 2013 Musings
 29 July 2013
By Mark Waldrep

I stopped by Greg Beron’s Unite Home Audio room last evening for a brief listen to some of his analog reel to reel machines, MBL electronics and speakers playing 15 ips stereo tapes. Greg hosts evening listening session after hours to allow visitors to relax and enjoy his system without the hustle and bustle of the day. He was playing Steely Dan’s Aja when I walked in. It sounded really great! I wasn’t even in the best location but was honestly impressed with the sound. It was warm and punchy with a decent amount of high end. Not bad at for a classic platinum pop/rock recording from the late 70s that has been identified by the library of Congress as a culturally important creative work. It didn’t hurt that this was music that I knew very well and associated with a very special time in my life.

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2013 Show Report
Part 1 Report By Kemper Holt

My first stop on Friday morning was the United Home Audio suite showing a debut of a new KT 150 output tube in a pair of JoLida Luxor mono blocks, sporting four KT 150s per amp. The Luxor's are a four-piece set with outboard power supplies. Greg Beron of UHA said the KT 150 is sweeter up top, with better bass than the already great sounding KT 120. The Luxor's were driving MBL 116 speakers via Celtic cables and the sources were two of UHA's Phase 11 RTR tape decks. It was a beautifully decorated room, and sounded even better. The Beatles and Eagles tracks I heard were dynamic, and voices and instruments were placed individually across the stage in 3-D glory. Greg and I both noticed the aural phenomena of improved perceived sound quality when he turned down the overhead lights. To the delight of many attendees, Greg hosted late night listening sessions with spectacular comments from those who stayed late. I visited this room many times to enjoy the music being played.

Room 601
MBL 126 Radialsthraler Speakers
Jolida Fusion Preamp
Jolida Music Envoy vacuum tube monoblocks
Jolida JD100 CD Player
UHA Phase11 Reel to Reel Tape Deck
Capital Audiofest, Day Two, Part One
By Art Dudley • Posted: Jul 28, 2013

Call it psychoacoustics if you will, but there seemed to be a connection between the prettiness of the gear (and of the naturally lit corner room) and the sheer beauty of the sound in the room co-sponsored by International Phonographic, Mapleshade Records, and Jolida (with loudspeakers from MBL and a modified vintage Tascam open-reel tape deck). The music, none of which I'd ever before heard, was uniformly excellent and compelling. And, again, the aesthetics contributed to my atypically long visit. To be blunt, some heavily tweaked systems look ridiculous; this one, with its Mapleshade support components, cables, and hardwood sound diffusers, looked (and sounded) pretty in an almost ethereal way. I just plain loved every minute I spent in this room.

Capitol Audiofest, 2013 NEW
by Scott Dorsey
Johnathan Horwich from International Phonographic was showing not only their line of jazz reissues, but also their program to provide direct dubs of master tapes on 1/4" 2-track tape at very reasonable prices. I am very pleased to find these services coming back; in the 1970s there were a number of companies like Direct-To-Tape Recording that provided recordings on 1/4" that were dubbed in real time and not at high speed. This is to absolute height of analogue release formats and is the best way to get the original sound of the studio at home without any digital generation. There are a few other companies starting to provide these services again, and I want to commend all of them including International Phonographic for making that experience available to a new generation of listeners.

CAF 2013: International Phonograph, United Home Audio, Mapleshade
Posted on August 4, 2013 by Part-Time Audiophile

If you’re into analog, you really ought to be into tape. Ever heard the term “master tape”? Well, these days you can get one-off masters or one-off from the one-off. The result? Wow. Dynamics. Breathtaking realism. None of the compression that plagues “modern” recordings. No arbitrarily bizarre remixing, remastering, or other shenanigans. Just the way it was meant to be … but I wax poetic.
But speaking of tape, Jonathan Horwich of International Phonograph is an excellent case in point.
Jonathan was showing off some of his collection on a United Home Audio Phase 11 tape deck, played back on Jolida electroics, MBL loudspeakers (with some help from Anthony Gallo subwoofers) and Mapleshade wires. Oh, and several hundred pounds of Mapleshade air-dried maple racks, blocks, and big brass footers.
The clarity of Jonathan’s recordings is other-worldly — this is frighteningly good stuff. Check out his catalog — but be warned, tapes cost $150 each.

May 31 - June 2, 2013
Press reports on the UHA tape decks at T.H.E Show Newport in the Hilton Hotel

Hilton Crystal Ballroom "A " Main Floor
UHA Phase11 Tape Deck with AVM Electronics
& Gauder Akustik speakers

The Newport Show
Robert Harley on Loudspeakers Above $12,000
Show report
by Robert Harley | Jun 04th, 2013

I heard Gauder’s third-from-the-top Berliner RC7 ($35,000 per pair) driven by AVM sources and amplification,
with a United Home Audio open-reel tape machine performing analog duties. The system easily filled the large room,
was extremely dynamic and effortless, exhibited a very natural tonal balance, and threw a huge and well-defined soundstage.
Featuring power conditioning by Silver Circle Audio

UHA Phase11 Tape Deck with MBL

MBL 111F Speakers and the new Corona preamp and monoblocks.

Impressions: My Audio Oasis! Awards for THE Show Newport Beach, 2013
by David W. Robinson
No surprise here; once again MBL's Jeremy Bryan hits a home room in his demo room. The setting was subdued… quite dark, in fact…
but it set the mood for the impressive system that I heard.
The United Home Audio Phase11 reel-to-reel deck with the very fine Reel-Tronix take-up reel in the MBL room… glorious to see and to hear!
Open reel playback was provided by the United Home Audio Phase11x RTR, which provided brilliant reproduction from
the selection of open reel tapes that were in play. I sat for quite a while, just soaking in the open reels.
The MBL Corona line acquitted itself very well, indeed! I found it hard to leave the room… always the sign that an Audio Oasis! Award was needed.

T.H.E Show – Newport 2013 - Part 2 (I through Z)
 by Steve Lefkowicz
Sporting some of their "budget" equipment, MBL's system came in just about $80,000. Some people's idea of budget is certainly different from others. But don't let the price fool you. This system is all MBL, and definitely sounds it. Once again playing a variety of music requested by the visitors to the room (and from reel to reel tape), this was easily one of the handful of rooms that could be considered among the best of the show.


New York Audio Show: The Big Apple Goes Big Time
Show report
by Alan Taffel | Apr 19th, 2013

The demo began with some two-channel material, but not from a CD or even a hi-rez file. Instead,
mbl enlisted a UHA-Q reel-to-reel deck and wowed the crowd with master-quality tape.
The sound was astonishing. Familiar tracks sounded the best I have ever heard them—anywhere.

An Ultra HD Experience: Sensorium AV & MBL’s Multichannel Demonstration
By Ariel Bitran • Posted: Apr 18, 2013

The demo began with Hugh Masekela’s “Stimela” in stereo. (from the UHA Tape Deck)
I’ve never heard drums with such startling impact and realism. Like last year, I was blown away. Wooh Wooh!

Re: Ariel's listening impressions
Submitted by John Atkinson on April 24, 2013.
John Atkinson
Editor, Stereophile
The system was remarkably clean-sounding at these levels but as impressed as I had been by the Hugh Masakela cut from open-reel tape at the start, I was still exhausted by the end of the 45-minute dem.

Doubletree By Hilton O'Hare Airport
<March 8-10 2013
<click link for location and times:

Hear United Home Audio Tape Decks in these rooms at the show.
Don't miss the legendary UHA after hours Master Tape Events!

Room 931
Don't miss the after hours Master Tape Event from 8pm till 10pm Friday and Saturday.
UHA Phase11 Reel to Reel Tape Deck
"New" Luxor all tube balanced preamp and monoblock amps with outboard power supplies (made in the USA)
  MBL 116F Radialstrahler Speakers / Celtic Silver Cables.

Room 934
Don't miss the after hours Master Tape Event from 8pm till 10pm, Friday and Saturday.
UHA Tape Deck will be featured during the Master Tape Event only.
The United Home Audio Phase11 tape deck & MBL Reference System,
 featuring the 101MK2 Radialstrahler speakers, MBL 9011 amps and 6010 preamp.

Room 705
International Phonograph Inc. / Lamm / TAD Speakers / United Home Audio Phase11 Tape Deck.

The Absolute Sound
AXPONA Chicago 2013
My Kind of Town
by Jonathan Valin | Mar 12th, 2013

...the Best Source of the show wasn’t in the TIDAL room. As Robert will tell you (and as I’ve already written about—see http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/united-home-audios-new-tape-deck-and-next-gen-reel-to-reel-tapes/), Greg Beron’s 15ips, two-track United Home Audio UHA-HQ Phase 11 tape deck—which was found in a surprising number of rooms at this show—simply cannot be touched by vinyl or digital sources, no matter how good or how self-proclaimedly “HD” they are.

On Saturday night, after hours, Robert got to experience what I’d already heard—a dub of the mastertape of Sgt Pepper, here played back via Beron’s masterpiece on mbl 101 E Mk II and MBL electronics. Folks, there are bound to be naysayers out there, who not having had this experience will think I’m just an old Luddite going nuts about a technology that time has long since passed by. But trust me (please): There is nothing more astonishing and satisfying and downright thrilling than hearing a great piece of music in a less-than-great recording transformed into a you-are-there-in-the-studio sonic experience of the very first order. This is what Beron’s tape machine (and other reel-to-reels) is capable of with Sgt Pepper (or any mastertape).

...four exhibits struck me as exceptional: the TAD Reference 1s driven by Lamm electronics (and sourced by United Home Audio’s UHA-HQ Phase 11 reel-to-reel tape deck)...

The TAD Ref 1s are one of the great loudspeakers—and almost always impressive at shows. Here, playing back Jonathan Horwich’s 15ips, two-track tapes of Chicagoland jazz combos—they were awesome. Nothing else I've heard in the high end combines the sheer grip and wallop of these superb transducers.

Best Source: United Home Audio UHA-HQ Phase 11 two-track, 15ips tape deck ($17,000-$22,000)

New January 2013
Read Jonathan Valin's (The Absolute Sound Magazine) latest blog on the UHA Phase11
United Home Audio's New Tape Deck and Next-Gen Reel-to-Reel Tapes

Jonathan Valin speaking about hearing the Master Tape copy of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper.
I want to be very clear here, because, truthfully, I would’ve swooned if the mastertape of Sgt. Pepper had sounded terrible. Which, BTW, is pretty much the way the album (in stereo) has always sounded, no matter whose version you’re talking about. Anemic in the bass, dry and brittle and bath-tubey in the mids, crudely mixed (very left/right) with obvious manifold overdubs. Oh, there are some variations from cut to cut, but for the most part Sgt. Pepper didn’t make it to Number One on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Rock Albums of All Time—or Number One, with a dagger, in my heart—because of its audiophile-grade sound.
But the sound wasn’t awful. It was anything but awful.
If you think The Beatles couldn’t rock, I truly wish you had the same chance that I had—to hear this mastertape on this stereo via Greg’s Phase 11 machine. Folks, to say that this was a “better” sound, even “an extraordinarily better” sound, doesn’t cut it. This was a revolution.
I don’t know where to begin; the net effect was so overwhelming. Of course, the bass is the weakest thing on vinyl and digital. You hardly even know Paul is playing, much less rocking. But on the mastertape…on the mastertape, boys, it is an entirely different story. Here is Paul’s bass guitar the way you’ve always wanted to hear it—full, deep, incredibly powerful, and so clear and defined in pitch and articulation that it is easy to tell the McCartney was a heckuva player. Same for Ringo’s drum licks—some of which, like the bass, almost literally knock you on your ass with their slam—same with George’s garden of guitars. And the voices! It was like having John Lennon and Paul McCartney in my room with me. It goes without saying that there wasn’t a single cut that didn’t hold surprises in store—things I’d never heard and I’ve heard this album countless times.
Given the importance Sgt. Pepper has had in my life, the whole thing was so amazing it left me agog. I have never heard rock and roll reproduced more powerfully and realistically in my home or at a show in my entire life. And, guess what, it was just the start. Because thanks to Greg and Bruce I also got to hear a mastertape of the anti-Beatles, The Doors, performing “Crawlin’ King Snake” and that creepy “Hyacinth House” from L.A. Woman. When black bluesmen, like John Lee Hooker, sing “Crawlin’ King Snake” or “Back Door Man” the humor comes from the disparity between the “innocent” text and the sexual subtext. When The Doors’ Jim Morrison sings them, there is no subtext—and no humor. There was a reason why they called this guy "The Lizard King."

March 2013 - Eight UHA Tape Deck Awards (so far).

Greg Beron of United Home Audio
wins the rare Harvey "Gizmo" Rosenberg award for 2012!
By David Robinson
December 24, 2012
Greg, it is with great pleasure that I give you the Positive Feedback Online Gizmo Award for 2012!
This is a very rare award, only given to a single person per year. Our Gizmo Award is a memorial to our good friend and fellow audiomaniac, Harvey “Gizmo” Rosenberg. It is only given to a person whom I believe to have gone way about and beyond in their passionate pursuit of the audio arts. I adjudge that you have done so in your work with your Phasen series of RTR machines, and am therefore officially naming you as this year’s Gizmo Award winner!
For more on the Gizmo, see my comments 2012 GIZMO AWARD, all the way at the bottom of the page.
Note that I have not given this award at all since 2009, and missed some years before that. This is a unique award, and goes to you personally, not to your company or to a product.
This is for you.
Congratulations! This is a very rare recognition.

NEW! December 17, 2012
Positive Feedback ISSUE 64
november/december 2012

My Brutus Awards for 2012
by David W. Robinson
Now here is a thing of beauty! Greg Beron's superb United Home Audio Phase9 RTR machine paid me a visit for several months in 2012. Here you see it outfitted with another 2012 Brutus Award winner, the Reel-Tronix take-up reel (to the left above).
My earliest experience with audio was with RTR decks. In fact, my first stereo system was wrapped around my Sony TC-630, purchased as a junior in high school after working an evening job for nearly a year. I own two RTR decks now, and have two other loaners here at the moment…one a Mike Spitz ATR 102, while the other isn't. So I have a real fondness for open reel. This means that when Greg Beron was willing to send a review sample of his Phase9 machine, I immediately jumped on the opportunity.
The Phase9 is based upon a radical re-working of the Tascam BR-20, a RTR machine with very good availability of parts…a major consideration with RTR decks… and with a number of proprietary (and expensive!) improvements or complete redesigns made to the underlying frame. Fiendish attention is paid to the quality of the parts used…especially capacitors…the circuitry and wiring, and the Unity9 preamp. This last has been advanced towards direct coupling by simplifying and purifying the circuitry of the preamp, allowing a more transparent transmission of the music on tape. Greg claims to have sunk a small fortune into product development and the testing of expensive components, which he has exhaustively tested by ear. He is circumspect about the parts used, but let's just say that with the Phase9, you ain't in Kansas (or Tascamland) anymore, Toto. (For a list of improvements in the Phase9, see the appropriate section.)
The sonic dividends are spectacular. I can cut to the chase right now and say that listening to the Phase9 was outstanding in every way. All tape functions worked smoothly, without a glitch. Using some sample tapes from The Tape Project (thanks Dan and Paul!), Yarlung Records (ditto Bob!), and Opus3 (you too, Jan-Eric!), I got a chance to hear 15ips half-track sound the way that it can and should. Excellent transparency, loads of detail, low noise floor, a tremendous sense of ease, dynamic punch when needed, and gobs of natural musicality.

So… what's not to like? I really hated to pack this up and send it back to Greg… I grieved… but then again, he's already working on the Phase11 for early 2013! I expect to see it sometime next year for a follow-up evaluation.
Exceptional stuff, and a 2012 Brutus Award winner, for sure.

Greg Beron with the prototype of his new Phase11 RTR at RMAF 2012

Partying with The Who?
The Who's North American Tour "Quadrophenia"
Washington DC, 11/13/2012
The who may not have all the original players but they haven't dropped a beat!
Roger Daltry and Pete Townsend absolutely rocked Washington DC doing the entire Quadrophenia
album plus other classic hits like Pin Ball Wizard and Baba O'Riley.
Just an awesome four hour performance start to finish and not a note out of place.
Pete Townshend, what a guitar wizard!
They even incorporated vintage footage of Keith Moon singing "Bell Boy"
and it sounded like Keith was on stage!
Later they did the song 5:15 from Quadrophenis and John Entwistle did a fantastic bass solo
with the band, archive footage of course but a seamless integration none the less.
Just fantastic!

The opening band for The Who, Vintage Trouble was fantastic, a blend of soul
and energetic rock really tore up the joint. Watch for good things in the future from these guys!
UHA's Greg Beron partying with Vintage Trouble at the after show festefities.
A late night party enjoyed by all.

See UHA at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2012
Denver Tech Center Marriott
Atrium Room 550

Hear the newest UHA Phase11 Tape Deck
Von Schweikert's new  VR-44 speakers
The new LUXOR line of high end audio electronics (by Jolida)

Special after hours listening event at 9:30 pm Friday night:
 Hear the Master Tape copy of "Tommy" by The Who start to finish!

UHA Tape Deck 2017 Show Schedule



Award for 'ANALOG SOURCES' 2012

"UHA's Greg Beron is nothing if not persistent. Each year he further perfects his 15ips reel-to-reel tape player
(a highly modified Tascam unit), and each year his latest deck raises the bar on realism in stereo playback.
The most recent top-line version of the UHA-Q, the Phase9, is unquestionably Beron's best yet. With the right sources
(i.e., select Tape Project tapes) it cannot be bettered by any other source, analog or digital.
The Absolute Sound March 2012 - Issue 221
UHA Tape Deck Awards.

News from Positive Feedback Online
Read the latest info regarding high end audio's new Reel to Reel Tape Movement
from Positive Feedback Online, by UHA's Greg Beron.
Positive Feedback Online / Reel to Reel… is Real

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Lots of T.H.E. Show Newport coverage below!
Positive Feedback Online
THE Show Newport Beach, 2012: My Audio Oasis! Awards
by David W. Robinson
The view in the Von Schweikert Research/Jolida Audio/United Home Audio room
Picture by David Robinson
Eureka, all over again!
This was a combination that I had encountered at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011. It had surprised me there…an audio ambush!
Not Von Schweikert Research, of course. I've had tons of experience with the VSR line since the days of the breakthrough VR-4 and VR-4 Silver back in the '90s. I have personally reviewed them, owned some of them, and have heard most of the rest at shows for many years now.
Greg Beron of United Home Audio with his brilliant UHA RTR machine, outfitted with Reel-Tronix take-up (left reel).
No, what had surprised me was the combination of the VSR-44 speakers (a re-visiting of the classic VR-4) with the reasonably-priced over-performing Jolida tubed electronics, being fed by a United Home Audio reel-to-reel machine, spinning a pile of nice titles from The Tape Project, Opus3, and others.
Bruce Brown of Puget Sound Studios and Greg Beron of United Home Audio
I don't have a complete system list for this room; this is what I do have.
System list:
Von Schweikert Research VR-44 loudspeakers, $22,000/pair passive; $25,000/active
Jolida Fusion preamplifier, $1099
Jolida JD 1000CRC Integrated Vacuum Tube Stereo Amplifier, 100 WPC, no price given
United Home Audio UHA-Q RTR machine; no information given on the model number; contact UHA for more information (audio@unitedhomeproducts.com).
Just like last October at RMAF 2011, the sound in this room was arresting: superior RTR recordings from The Tape Project, Opus3, and others. ¼" half-track tapes in abundance… unmistakable reference-grade elegance on the source side, of a certainty! Once you've spent some time with open reel tapes, you're not easily fooled by so many of the digital standards that claim to be exceptional (all PCM, by the way), but are not.
Bruce Brown of Puget Sound Studios and Greg Beron of United Home Audio

Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile
Newport 2012: United Home Audio presents Von Schweikert, Jolida and a lot of analog tape
Posted on June 24, 2012

One of the joys of the Internets is that all the things you have ever said, anywhere, about anything, are all right there to haunt you. Forever. All my once-favorite, now forgotten, punching bags can come for a visit years later and just sit on comments I no longer remember and, if asked, would probably vehemently disavow.
Like this one: “I don’t get analog tape.”
I forget where I wrote that, and no, this gap shouldn’t be taken as a license to go digging. But here’s the thing. Analog is cool. Here’s another thing. Tape can sound fantastic.
No, it doesn’t have to sound fantastic or anything like that. There’s nothing inherently superior about the format over, say, vinyl. But I have heard, over the last year since United Home Audio’s Greg Beron took a club to my thick skull, no less than a dozen rooms at various venues, all playing some near-master tapes and to say that the sound quality was “excellent” is to rival the British in how much understatement can be loaded into a single word.

Here’s my issue. I have serious philosophical problems with paying several hundred dollars for a single album. It’s really no more complicated than that — tape is expensive. It’s the most expensive way to hear your music, and to me, that’s just absurd. Sure, yes, you can buy all your tracks from Amazon or iTunes if all you wanted was cheap. Good means getting a $8 CD.Very good can mean ferreting out the $12 remastered version. Excellent means a $15 SACD or maybe a $20 vinyl LP. Some say — I don’t, but some do — that moving past this “generic” level requires you to go get yourself some of the fancy new issue/re-issue $30 LPs you can get from Acoustic Sounds, some super-duper SACD release, or best of all, a 45-rpm reissue, like those that Chad Kassem over at Analog Productions is making serious waves over. But these start at $50! $50 for an album is a lot of dough — but $250? Yikes! Run for the hills!
It’s probably not surprising that there’s another way to think about these things.
A very fine turntable can be had for $400. The Pro-Ject Carbon comes with a tonearm and cartridge, so you’re pretty much ready to go, and you can start playing all your super-expensive 45-rpm records right away and have yourself a ball.
And when you’re ready, you can upgrade that turntable, arm and/or cartridge. This, folks, is where the rabbit-hole starts. Take the blue pill, and somewhere along that path, you may find that your $15k turntable with the $5k tonearm and $4k cartridge just really isn’t doing it for you anymore and what you really need is a $27k turntable, a $12k tonearm and a $15k cartridge.
Suddenly, $250 for an album doesn’t seem like such a big deal anymore. Especially if you can avoid all that.
The argument for analog tape can run this way. I’m sure you know that most of the very best analog tape machines simply aren’t made new anymore. The stuff you’re most likely to see at an audio show, say, are modded refurb units of discontinued lines from yesterday’s mainstream audio brands. These units are cobbled together, the crappy bits discarded, the motors upgraded, the tape-heads completely reworked, the caps replaced, a new PSU crammed in, and the next thing you know (ta da!), you have a stunningly accurate playback machine. And best of all, comparing the price tag of this top-end custom analog tape machine to a top-end vinyl playback rig will require you to remove trailing zeros from the price tag. Yes, by comparison to the rarefied and esoteric world of audiophile vinyl playback, analog’s other white meat can seem downright cheap.
As the guys over at Affordable$$Audio keep reminding me, “cheap” is relative. Okay, “reminding” may be a bit gentle, but the point is well taken. So, buyer beware, analog tape isn’t for the faint of … wallet. That said, should you get bit hard by the analog bug, tape may well turn out to be the cheaper of the two paths.
And as far as paths worth exploring … well, I’m certainly curious. The quality of the tapes that you can get is pretty much mind-blowing. One off from masters? Check. No weird pressing issues, encoder/decoder deterioration? Check. Never having to worry about VTA, SRA and azimuth? Check! So, for those of you believing that sources are the most important link in your chain, that fervently worship at the altar of truly superior source material, that are relentlessly inspired to push your audio experience as high up the ladder as you can go, for those that just love the “fiddly-bits” in audio’s high-end, well, as much as it pains me to have to publicly change my mind, analog tape might have to find a place in that short list.
Enter United Home Audio.

Greg was showing off his top of the line $14,500 United Home Audio UHA-Q Series Phase9PB deck. I’ve written about these decks before — shown here at Newport in a new, very schwanky all-white skin — but for those curious, pricing for a UHA-Q deck starts around $7,000. Check ‘em out — I plan to.
While I’m at it, Greg sent me this up to date list of sites that sell reel-to-reel tapes:
The Tape Project
Opus 3 Records
International Phonograph Inc.
Master Tape Sound Lab

From one end of the playback chain to another, leaping in a single bound, brings us to Von Schweikert. The $25,000/pair of the new VR-44s shown here are actually “active”, in that the there’s a 300w amp in each cabinet driving the two woofers. Want to use your own amps? A non-active version is available for $22,000. For some reason, there’s still not a lot of info online about this speaker (it debuted at RMAF last year, so maybe availability just started or something), but it’s big, authoritative, and refined-sounding.

Jolida electronics filled out the rest of the rack. An $1,100 Jolida Fusion preamplifier and a $3,300 JD-1000P “Limited Edition” amplifier provided the power. The JD-1000P LE is all new, and part of a “brand new sound” that Jolida rolled out in 2011. Here’s Greg talking about the new amp:
The Limited Edition amp is basically a JD1000P in a new chassis that has a more rounded smooth seamless look, more modern I guess. It also has special circuit modifications engineered by Jolida’s Vice President Jerred Dunkerson assisted with listening feedback by Jolida’s President Mike Allen and my humble self. It incorporates new types and values of resistors, capacitors, and a secret treatment of output tube circuitry that required about 25 different trials of electronic part values and types. This all occurred over a three-month period and was comprised of many long listening sessions, lots of trial and error when you are looking for a certain sound. Mike and I are quite critical and outspoken so Mr. Dunkerson probably wished he never started the project especially when the cussing and drunken brawls ensued. However in the end there was a design objective and a price objective, the price was not to exceed $3500. It finally landed at $3300 and we all three like the sound, all is good.

Also new in the rack is the prototype of the Jolida Fusion DAC/Transport, which should come in around $2,300. Again, from Greg:
There is no final info yet on the DAC / Transport, however the first production run should be here this year. Here is what little I know so far.
It will have a built-in transport for the disc users.
It will have 3 other digital inputs switchable, USB, Coax, Toslink
The new Burr Brown 1794 chipset 24×192, also with galvanic isolation, very cool.
Six vacuum tube output 12ax7, 12at7, 12au7, per channel in a fully balanced output design.
Both XLR and RCA out with a possible coax and toslink output as well.

SOUND & VISION Report: T.H.E. Show Newport 2012
The best stuff from last weekend’s L.A. audio show
By Brent Butterworth
Posted June 4, 2012

United Home Audio
Photo: Brent Butterworth
The hippest source device for audiophiles these days isn’t vinyl, it’s reel-to-reel tape. Several companies rebuild them to audiophile standards. This one is A Tascam VR-20 rebuilt by United Home Audio. It costs $13,500 in a version with hot-rodded playback heads and amps, or $17,000 with both playback and record tweaked out. “If I could just put on a CD and get this kind of sound, I wouldn’t bother messing with tape,” United’s Greg Beron said.
In the quest for great analog reproduction, the hottest source in Newport was the reel-to-reel deck.

Read the latest info regarding high end audio's new Reel to Reel Tape Movement
from Positive Feedback Online, by UHA's Greg Beron.
Positive Feedback Online / Reel to Reel… is Real

United Home Audio Reel to Reel
by admin on April 17, 2012 in Reel to Reel

There is a real (reel?) resurgence of old technology that is not limited to the humble (and in my opinion flawed) turntable. Reel to Reel tape decks are back and back in a big way.
United Home Audio is offering a range of reel to reel decks with outstanding audio performance that analogue lovers will lust after, and they leave turntables in their wake.
Having heard these machines at the CES trade show, I can say with absolute certainty that these machines are superb, both sonically and in terms of build quality.

Confessions of a Part Time Audiophile
Axpona Show Report 2012
Confessions of a Part -Time Audiophile web site

Martin Logan 5.1 surround system & The UHA Phase1 tape deck.
(Yes I said "Phase 1" owned by Ray Satcher in Jacksonville Fla.
The Phase1 was our first generation deck we developed 6 years ago,
the UHA decks are now improved 8 generations with the Phase9.)

Posted 3/14/12
Five Martin Logan CLX ART loudspeakers. $12k each/$24k a pair.
Five Martin Logan Depth-i subwoofers with CLX crossover (@47Hz) to make the CLX “full range”. $2200 each (crossover board is another $150).
Two Martin Logan Descent-i subwoofers. $3500 each.
One Krell EVO-707 3D Surround processor. $31,500.
One Krell EVO-403e three-channel power amplifier. $25k.
One Krell EVO-402e stereo amplifier. $18,500.
One Krell Cipher SACD/CD player. $12k.
 One fully tricked out tape deck: “Phase 1" from United Home Audio.
One full reference line cable loom from Transparent Cables. ~$250k.

In general, I think that Martin Logan is probably not my go-to for surround sound music. The lateral dispersion just wasn’t there, which meant that the sweet spots were rather few in number, and if you were out of line, you were out of luck. That said, image lock was not a problem for those in the sweet seats. I’ve never heard such precision in a sound stage. EVER. But … as with the AIX Records demo, images themselves weren’t always proportionate, especially when we went to sound in the surround. Of course, as with the AIX Records demo, I couldn’t have cared less! This was seriously cool! Pink Floyd DSOTM? Woohoo! Bring it!

But my favorite part of the demo were the stunning — and I’m not using the word lightly — stereo recordings from The Tape Project.
The one-off-master of Bill Evans may well have been the best reproduction I’ve ever heard, anywhere, of anything. It was breathtaking.

The UHA Phase1 tape deck Axpona 2012

CES 2012 at T.H.E. Show in the Flamingo Hotel main floor Red Rock 1 room.
United Home Audio was at CES 2012 and there was an absolitely incredible interest in R2R.

The response to R2R has hit a fever pitch at this show, we were mobbed by interest.
The room was busy constantly and at times there were three customers lined up
waiting to discuss R2R. So many people were eager to hear the new Master Tapes
and we even had offers from international customers to sell all the Master Tapes we brought right now for cash!

There are new recording companies gearing up to issue Master Tapes!
Representatives from these new recording companies were gravatating to the excitement
over R2R in the UHA room. They even had some great demo tapes and they were using the UHA decks to
 demo the tapes for distributors worldwide. They were equally surprised by the level of interest
in Master Tapes and left the show eager to get started on their own tape projects.
There was great sound in the room, natural texture and great layered dynamics!
Quintessence Shadow speaker $35K & PBN 400wpc Mono amps $15K each & Silver Circle Power Conditioner

NEW January 2012
The Absolute Sound Magazine

January 2012, Issue 219
PrimaLuna DiaLogue
Three Preamplifier
"Tube Seduction"
by: Jim Hannon

When the DL3 was coupled with the remarkable UHA-HQ Phase6 reel-to-reel deck and playing mastertape duplicates from The Tape Project, I was in sonic heaven!
The massed strings in Exotic Dances from the Opera were sumptuous and finely detailed, and rode on a cushion of air across a soundstage of such tremendous width and depth that it came surprisingly close to the dimensionality of my highly-modified reference preamplifier.  The highs were naturally extended and balanced without any grain or forwardness , allowing the timbre of instruments like woodwinds to remain seductive yet lifelike; at the same time, the DL3 tracked the demanding dynamics swings of the music with aplomb.

When I listened to Dave Alvin on Blackjack David [TP-002]. his voice and guitar had such immediacy and palpability that I felt, at times, that I was listening to a live performance.  It doesn't get much better than that!  While the UHA-HQ deck is the best front end I've had in my system, the DiaLogue Three kept pace the this outstanding analog source on multiple levels.

NEW 12/4/11
More Late Breaking News From RMAF!
Mr. Wechsberg only highlighted 3 room out of the 400+ rooms at the show!
RMAF 2011 - At a Snail's Pace
by Mike Wechsberg
Some audio magazines give you real time blogs from the floor of a show like the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, while others rush to publish as soon as the show is over. Well, here at PFO we writers are not paid to be fast, just accurate and interesting. So, here I am more than a month after the show writing yet another article about some old news. Editors David Robinson and Dave Clark have already posted the definitive PFO articles in pictures and words about this year's "fest" (just click their name's to read the reports). My motivation in writing this article is to convey some impressions about audio equipment, audio shows and the audio industry in general, that I hope give you something to think about.

I have attended all but two RMAF fests since they started in 2004. Each one has been better than the last in some way. This year I heard fewer mediocre sounding rooms than in the past. As these annual get-togethers continue in the same venue (Denver Marriott Tech Center) I think the returning exhibitors "figure out" the exhibit rooms and how to get decent sound in a small rectangular hotel room. Even on the first afternoon of the show, when the time to experiment with setup is short for everyone, I heard excellent sound virtually everywhere I went.

Over the three days I got to spend quite a bit of time in a few rooms. One of these was the room shared by Von Schweikert Audio and Jolida, Inc. I haven't been a fan of Von Schweikert speakers over the years, but the combination of VR-5 Anniversary Edition Loudspeakers with Jolida tubed electronics playing the Beethoven 9th Symphony on a United Home Audio open reel tape machine was spectacularly realistic and involving. The sound had great dynamic range and just the right blend of tonality, detail and spaciousness. I was exhausted at the end of the recording, just like I am whenever I hear this music in a concert hall. The equipment in this room was not cheap, but the cost was far from the most expensive setups at the show yet this room left me with one of the strongest impressions. Bravo to the folks who put this room together.

United Home Audio, Jolida, Von Schweikert Audio,
win a RMAF 2011
from Positive Feedback Online!
By, Dr. David W. Robinson
Editor-in-Chief, Positive Feedback Online

A grand system: Jolida Fusion System Preamp and Fusion 200 WPC Monoblock Amps, Jolida Fusion 200 DAC Transport prototype,
Von Schweikert Audio VR-5 Anniversary loudspeakers, and United Home Audio UHA Phase 9 tape deck.

I have been following the Von Schweikert line for a very long time now. As a matter of fact, I've owned several of the VR speakers over the years (VR-4, VR-4 Silver, VR-6),
and have evaluated/reviewed several others (the very fine VR-9's, and the VR-5's).
Albert had the VR-5 Anniversary Edition on display; I was familiar with them, but I had not heard them with Jolida electronics before.

The results with the United Home Audio UHA Phase9 open reel tape deck and the Jolida Fusion preamp and monoblocks were really impressive.
There is always something very special about open reel tapes… this is where I started in audio, while still in high school…
and the overall effect was smooth, richly harmonic, dynamic, and commendably transparent.
(I have to admit that I am completely unfamiliar with this company and this tape deck, and had no time to dig in on it while at RMAF 2011.)
I sat there for a while, just soaking in the music. It was so good that I forgot to check the titles of the classical recordings that we were listening to!
The VR-5 AE's were providing rich, involving sound, with little to fault in terms of musical values. Reasonably compact speakers…
 but full-range performance! This is the real thing, amigos…Albert Von Schweikert and company have produced a real marvel here.

 I'm going to have to look into Jolida… that's a lot of bang for the audio buck!

And I guess that I really should see if United Home Audio is interested in a review of their Phase9 sometime, eh?

Jolida Fusion preamp: $1099
Jolida Fusion monoblock amps: $6000/pair
Von Schweikert Research VR-5 Anniversary Edition loudspeakers: $27,000
United Home Audio UHA Phase9 tape deck: $17,000

Anything that gives me such a an exceptionally pleasant, relaxing audio experience at RMAF rates an Audio Oasis! Award in my book…done!
The Jolida Fusion Monoblock: 200 Watts of 211-based power!
Triangle Art Turntables!
Holiday Package offer!
Offer ends December 31, 2011
or while supplies last!
Reference $14,000, sale only $10,500!
Signature $10,000, sale only $7500!

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2011
United Home Audio new Phase9 tape deck
Jolida's new Fusion 211 tube monoblocks and Fusion Preamp
Von Schweikert VR-5 Anniversary MK2 speakers
Celtic Silver Pendragon Cables

(Photo from TAS web site taken by Jonathan Valin)
If you would like to see more and larger photographs of many of the loudspeakers reviewed, go to:

RMAF 2011 Report - Analog Sources
Posted by: Jacob Heilbrunn at 3:03 pm, October 19th, 2011
 Jacob Heilbrunn's RMAF 2011 Report
(Photo from TAS web site)
The VTL room included mastering engineer Piper Payne playing some of the Tape Project’s reels,
which, more often than not, sounded dynamic and translucent via Luke Manley and Bea Lam’s imposing Siegfried II monoblocks,
which are priced at $65,000 a pair, along with the $20,000 7.5 Series III preamplifier.Tape was also featured at Alon Wolf’s Magico Q1 demo.
The Nagra tape machine fed the $25,000 Q1, which sounded smashing—exceedingly nimble and transparent.
 But the most memorable cut for me was listening to Lee Morgan’s “The Sidewinder” at United Home Audio’s room
on a $17,000 Phase9 Tascam machine, which boasts, among other things, capacitors with silk as the dielectric.
It sounded amazing.
The “Sidewinder” recording, which Morgan cut for Blue Note, was a surprise bestseller in 1964 and features some of his
most sizzling playing. I was quite smitten with the $6000 200-watt Fusion monoblocks that Michael Allen,
head of Jolida, Inc., has developed and based on the venerable 211 power output tube.
RMAF 2011 Report - Loudspeakers Priced at $20,000 and Up
Posted by: Jonathan Valin at 2:02 pm, October 19th, 2011
Jonathan Valins RMAF 2011 report

From MBL I went down to the second floor and heard the $30k Von Schweikert VR5 Anniversary multiway floorstanders,
driven by Jolida electronics and sourced by Greg Beron’s UHA Phase 9 reel-to-reel 15ips tape deck.
The sound was excellent.
Tonality, spaciousness, dynamics—all first-rate. Of course, in a way this room was unfair.
Greg was playing back Tape Project mastertapes, including a freshly minted Beethoven Ninth,
and when they’re good those tapes are hard to beat.
Jonathan Valin's Best in Show
Best Sound (over $40k)
Vandersteen 7 (with ARC Ref 250 amp)
Lansche 5.1, Cessaro Affascinate I SE,
YG Acoustic Kipod II Signature (with Esoteric electronics),
Vandersteen 7 (with Aesthetix electronics)

Best Sound (under $40k)?
Audio Physic Avanteras
Magico Q1 (on Sunday),
Wilson Audio Sashas (with D’Agostino Momentum amp and McGrath tapes),
Coincident Speaker Technology Pure Reference Extremes,
Von Schweikert VR5 Anniversary (with The Tape Project tapes),
Schimmel Voxativ Ampeggio

Greatest Bargains
Trigon Elektronik “Energy” integrated amp, Synergistic Research “The Music Cable”

Most Significant Product Introduction?
Audio Research Reference 250,
Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement moving-coil cartridge
Schimmel Voxativ Ampeggio loudspeaker,
Synergistic Research “The Music Cable” and Enigma II power supply,
Clearaudio Master Innovation turntable,
UHA-Q Phase 9 reel-to-reel tape deck.
Stereophile Report from RMAF 2011

Filed Under: RMAF 2011By: John Atkinson• Posted: Oct 20, 2011  

The United Home Audio room at RMAF featured Von Schweikert speakers driven by Jolida electronics,
this time the Von Schweikert VR5 Anniversary Mk.2s ($30,000/pair), Jolida Fusion preamp and Fusion 200W tube monoblocks ($6000/all three).
But my eye was drawn to the UHA Phase 9 tape deck, which was playing some Series 3 releases from The Tape Project,
specifically Nat Adderley and his band performing "Work Song." One of the better-sounding rooms, I thought.

United Home Audio, Jolida, Von Schweikert Audio,
win a RMAF 2011
from Positive Feedback Online!
By, Dr. David W. Robinson
Editor-in-Chief, Positive Feedback Online

A grand system: Jolida Fusion System Preamp and Fusion 200 WPC Monoblock Amps, Jolida Fusion 200 DAC Transport prototype,
Von Schweikert Audio VR-5 Anniversary loudspeakers, and United Home Audio UHA Phase 9 tape deck.

I have been following the Von Schweikert line for a very long time now. As a matter of fact, I've owned several of the VR speakers over the years (VR-4, VR-4 Silver, VR-6),
and have evaluated/reviewed several others (the very fine VR-9's, and the VR-5's).
Albert had the VR-5 Anniversary Edition on display; I was familiar with them, but I had not heard them with Jolida electronics before.

The results with the United Home Audio UHA Phase9 open reel tape deck and the Jolida Fusion preamp and monoblocks were really impressive.
There is always something very special about open reel tapes… this is where I started in audio, while still in high school…
and the overall effect was smooth, richly harmonic, dynamic, and commendably transparent.
(I have to admit that I am completely unfamiliar with this company and this tape deck, and had no time to dig in on it while at RMAF 2011.)
I sat there for a while, just soaking in the music. It was so good that I forgot to check the titles of the classical recordings that we were listening to!
The VR-5 AE's were providing rich, involving sound, with little to fault in terms of musical values. Reasonably compact speakers…
 but full-range performance! This is the real thing, amigos…Albert Von Schweikert and company have produced a real marvel here.

 I'm going to have to look into Jolida… that's a lot of bang for the audio buck!

And I guess that I really should see if United Home Audio is interested in a review of their Phase9 sometime, eh?

Jolida Fusion preamp: $1099
Jolida Fusion monoblock amps: $6000/pair
Von Schweikert Research VR-5 Anniversary Edition loudspeakers: $27,000
United Home Audio UHA Phase9 tape deck: $17,000

Anything that gives me such a an exceptionally pleasant, relaxing audio experience at RMAF rates an Audio Oasis! Award in my book…done!
The Jolida Fusion Monoblock: 200 Watts of 211-based power!

CES 2011
Posted by: Jonathan Valin at 12:12 am, January 12th, 2011

Posted by: Jonathan Valin at 12:12 am, January 12th, 2011
Nola made its usual top-flight showing with the superb $55k Baby Grand Reference ribbon/cone hybrid that I reviewed last year.
Driven (as usual) by ARC and sourced by Greg Beron’s fantastic United Home Audio reel-to-reel tape deck,
the Baby Grands sounded fantastic—fast, detailed, dynamic, deep-reaching, transparent, with a vast soundstage.
Of course, none of this was a surprise,

Speaker Liquidation Event
Starts 12/13/10

Visit us at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011, Room 30-101.
"Golden Ear Award" winning UHA-HQ Reel to Reel Tape Decks
NOLA's huge and awesome "Baby Grand" Speakers
Audio Research
Nordost Cables

October 2010
UHA HQ Reel to Reel tape decks at the Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2010

Posted on The Absolute Sound web site
www.avguide.com by:
Jacob Heilbrunn
at 6:06 pm, October 25th, 2010

RMAF 2010 Most Important Trend
The resurgence of reel-to-reel, promoted by the Tape Project and dealerships such as
Maryland’s United Home Audio
has to be the most surprising development in high end audio.
The tapes offer extraordinary resolution, free of grain and boasting immense
soundstage depth and an immaculate treble, when they’ve been well-recorded.
Posted on the Absolute Sound web site by:
Jonathan Valin
6:06 pm, October 26th, 2010

I’ll conclude with Carl Marchisotto’s $25k Nola Metro Grand Reference,
which combines an open-baffle ribbon tweeter with an open-baffle Alnico-magnet midrange and two
6.5-inch magnesium woofers in a ported floorstanding enclosure. Like so many other exhibitors,
Carl was using a tape player (one of Greg Beron’s United Home Audio modified Tascams) as a source...

On the orchestral tracks I listened to (dubbed from LP by Berone), the sound was just terrific.
 Open, detailed, dynamic as all get-out, and quite realistic. Another one of the best sounds at RMAF.

Positive Feedback Online
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2010 - This is a Dogma- Free Zone
by Myles B. Astor

Jolida & UHA:
This room, using the Tape Project tapes played back through the $15,000 United Home Audio Phase VI modded
Tascam deck was easily one of the best, modestly priced audio systems at RMAF
Interestingly, the $3750 von Schweikert VR-33 speakers, sounded their best in the Jolida room being driven by the $2000
Jolida JD P1000 100 wpc tube amplifier and $1000 JD3000B balanced circuit tube preamplifier. The electronics acquitted themselves well with little evidence
of the soft upper octaves and muddy bass often associated with entry level tube electronics.

Marilyn and Carl Marchisotto brought to Denver their $25,000 Metro Grand Reference speakers replete with their
 Alnico extra long stroke 6½ inch midrange drivers and an Alnico ribbon tweeter. As is Carl's custom, he used ARC electronics to drive his speakers;
 the speakers really demonstrated excellent dynamic range, soundstaging and low frequency extension. T
eaming up with Marilyn and Carl at RMAF was Greg Beron of United Home Audio whose highly modded Tascam reel-to-reel decks provided tunes.
United Home Audio Tascam decks are now available in four color schemes including Black/Gold, Red, Silver and Turquoise.

The Stereo Times
By Clement Perry

Pimp My Deck! UHA designer Greg Beron has a sure winner in his fancy modified decks. Bravo!

The Nola / United Home Audio (UHA) room, that featured Audio Research electronics, was among the larger suites at this years RMAF.
It was easy to be lured into the warm and sumptuous sound being produces by a pair of
UHA decks that were being operated by an I pod based remote.
It was among the better sounding setups as well. Something about hi-rez analogue tapes that's
very easy on the ears without the usual suppression of the upper frequencies.

RMAF 2010 Room 2021
with NOLA Speakers, Audio Research, Nordost Cables

RMAF 2010 Room 2020
with Jolida, Von Schweikert Speakers, Celtic Silver Cables

The Absolute Sound Magazine
The Tape Project and The UHA-HQ Tape Decks Review
By Jonathan Valin
...recommends several machines - including huge studio quality Amprex and Studers, as well as smaller "prosumer" machines from Technics and Otari.
I myself highly recommend the modified TASCAM decks from United Home Audio which I gave a Golden Ear Award to in issue 202.
...on the best Tape Project titles, it is without question the most realistic source component I've tried. It is also exceedingly easy to use and a snap to setup.
...you will get more dimensional imaging, finer low-level resolution, somewhat truer timbres, simply phenomenal dynamics, astonishinly wide and deep
soundstaging, and greater overall realism on select 15ips tapes, and on the best of them, such as the Arnold Overtures, you will, as I said above,
get a sound that comes closer to the sound of a full orchestra in a real hall than any other recorded medium i've heard.

The UHA-HQ Phase5 Reel to Reel tape deck
wins a "Golden Ear Award" for 2010
from The Absolute Sound Magazine!


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See United Home Audio at The Capital Audiofest!
We'll have a $100,000 MBL system and a huge room!
Hear the amazing UHA-HQ Reel to Reel tape decks
playing second generation Master Tapes by "The Tape Project"
The first DC area audiofest at the beautiful Glenview Mansion!
The Capital Audiofest

Friday June 11
11:00AM - 7:00PM: Event Open
7:30PM - 9:30PM: Music Event
10:00PM Closed (Security Provided)

Saturday June 12
11:00AM - 7:00PM: Event Open
7:30PM - 9:30PM: Music Event
10:00PM Closed (Security Provided)

Sunday June 13
8:00AM - 11:00AM: Swap Meet
11:00AM - 6:00PM: Event Open
The date for this unique and exciting event is set for June 11-13, 2010 at the historic Glenview Mansion located on the grounds of the Rockville Civic Center in Rockville, MD. The venue is approximately 5 minutes from downtown Rockville, MD, 10 miles north of Washington DC and 45 minutes south of Baltimore, MD and has plenty of parking. The Glenview Mansion is a charming historic structure that was constructed in the 19th century by a local family and is surrounded by lovely parkland and well groomed grounds. The structure is very well constructed with stone, brick, plaster, old growth wide-plank hardwood floors and has high ceilings throughout. These qualities are near perfect for the reproduction of music and is a favorite venue for local performances. We believe it to be an ideal setting to hold the first ever hi-fi audio show in the Washington DC Capital area.
Special events in the UHA room at the Capital Audiofest:

1.) UHA and Jolida will raffle off a Jolida FX-10 amplifier, stop by to register.

2.) UHA will be playing a precious few 0 generation Master Tapes recorded directly to 1/4" tape at 15ips, these tapes are not copies,
these are the original 0 generation tapes. We have both jazz and classical, you won't want to miss this demo.

3.) We will be playing "The Tape Project" 1.5 generation Master Tapes.

4.) We will be playing tapes we recorded using the Phase6 reel to reel tape deck from a $100,000 vinyl system, incredible reproductions.

Original 0 generation Master Tapes
Click on the link below to see the actual video of one of the Master Tape Recordings we will play!


No dubbing, no mastering, no manipulation, no re-takes,
just a one pass recording using Neumann TLM-50's.

The TLM 50 is a studio microphone with an unusual omnidirectional characteristic.
The same way as in the legendary M 50, the capsule is mounted flush into the surface of a sphere.
This unique design gives the microphone a smooth rise in frequency response and an increased directivity in the upper frequency range.
There the directional characteristic is almost comparable to a pressure gradient microphone. In the lower audio
 spectrum it performs more as a pressure transducer with a linear response down to the lowest frequencies.

In 1991 the TLM 50 received the MIX MAGAZINE TEC-Award.

Jonathan Valin's blog on The Absolute Sound web site.
The Ultimate Source Component?

Well, now, looky here what Jonny's got!

Yup. The very item I (and a lot of other folks) called the best source component at RMAF (and would've named the best source component at CES, if we'd given an award for best source component at CES)--United Home Audio's cherry-red UHA-HQ Tascam 15 ips, two-track, analog tape deck--is now sitting right next to the best source component I've (yet) heard in my system, the Walker Proscenium Black Diamond Mk II record player.

It's been a long, long, long time since TAS reviewed a reel-to-reel tape deck, and I'm not sure we've ever reviewed 15 ips, two-track, first-generation dubs of gen-u-ine mastertapes. But thanks to Greg Beron of United Home Audio, Carl Marchisotta of Nola Speakers, and Paul Stubblebine of The Tape Project that is about to change.

You can read about UHA's fabulous tape machines at www.unitedhomeproducts.com/reel_to_reel_hq_tape_decks.htm. (The one I've got is a "Level 5" deck, I think.) And you can read all about The Tape Project's fabulous catalog of 15 ips. two-track, reel-to-reel first-generation dubs of mastertapes--which includes little numbers like Bill Evans' Waltz for Debby, Sonny Rollins' Saxophone Colossus, Thelonius Monk's Brilliant Corners, Linda Rondstadt's Heart Like a Wheel, The Band's Stage Fright, David Oistrakh (with Horenstein and the LSO) performing the Hindemith Violin Concerto, and Reference Recordings' Nojima Plays Lizst, among other heavyweights--at www.tapeproject.com/catalog/catalog.htm.

It's almost too much for a poor boy to handle!

Greg will be arriving this Friday to give me a refresher course on tape recorders and tape recordings. Several of The Tape Project tapes should arrive on Thursday, with more slated for the coming months. As soon as I can I will post a picture of the Tascam lit up and in action. And as soon as I am able I'll begin to blog in detail about the Tascam, how to use it, and how it sounds. Until then, I'll just be sitting in front of it, drooling.

We all like talking about the sound of mastertapes--and guessing about how closer our systems take us via records and CDs and SACDs to their sound. Now, finally, after forty years of guessing, I will be in a position to actually tell you (and tell myself) if Turntable A or CD Player B is, indeed, coming closer to the sound of the mastertape! What an extraordinary treat!

Another blog on The Absolute Sound web site.

"and fed by the best sources I’ve heard—the Walker Proscenium Black Diamond Mk II record
player with Da Vinci Reference Grandezza Mk II cartridge and the
“Level 5” United Home Audio TASCAM 15ips, two-track tape deck playing back fabulous
second-generation mastertapes from The Tape Project."

Picture Jonathan took in his house.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2009 NEWS:
Jonathan Valin from
Tha Absolute Sound gives
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2009
Best Source Component Award to
The UHA-HQ Reel to Reel Deck!

Jonathan Valin's
Best Sound of Show:
 Vandersteen Model 7, with the Nola Baby Grand Reference, the MBL 111F,
The Nordic Tone, the Lotus Group Granada,
the Anat Reference II (Parish room only), and the GamuT S-9 runners-up

Best Introduction (or Speaker I Hadn’t Heard or Don’t Remember Hearing Before):
 Lotus Group Granada, The Nordic Tone, the Haniwa HSP2H07 (tie)

Best Source Component:
 The UHA-HQ 15ips 2-track tape deck from United Home Audio ($10k)
and Tape Project tapes in the Nola room.

Best Bargain:
Well…in my neck of the woods a bargain ain’t exactly a bargain,
but I did hear Odyssey Khartagos sounding mighty damn sweet in somebody’s room

Biggest Improvement Over Previous Shows:
Focal Grande Utopia and Vivid G1 Giya (tie)

Biggest Improvement During the Show:
 Wilson Sasha W/P


TAS, avguide.com web site forum postings:

Rex (not verified) -- Tue, 10/06/2009 - 17:40

How did the Nola Baby Grands perform when fed by your personal CDs?
Did they even have a CD player set up?


Jonathan Valin -- Wed, 10/07/2009 - 01:27
To tell you the truth I was so entranced by the sound
of the tapes I don't know if Carl had a CD player.


 UHA-HQ Reel to Reel
Tape Decks are now available
Starting at only $3998!
The Baltimore / Washington D.C. Metro
Audio Society meeting Dec.5th 2009
at United Home Audio 12:00pm.
Paul Stubblebine from "The Tape Project"
conducted a seminar on
The Tape Project Master Tapes!
It was a great seminar!
Click on the picture for details
The new Clearaudio Concept turntable is available for demo at UHA
Only $1500 with arm and cartridge!
The new ARC MASTER universal cartridge alignment tool!
The finest setup tool available!
Easy to use!
You must check out these
Awesome sound!
Jazz / Classical / Rock
New titles every week!

NEW !  Blu-spec CD's


UHA is always pushing the analog envelope!
Check out these new High Mass Feet!
UHA Clearaudio Upgrades
Stock foot left new UHA HMF right.

Clearaudio Pure Groove record cleaning fluid!
Only available in the USA at UHA!
The best vinyl cleaning fluid on earth!
Clearaudio Pure Groove Record Cleaning Fluid
Latest NEWS FLASH as of December 2008!
Jan 2009 TAS magazine
MBL X-TREME Speakers wins TAS Product of the year!
New review on the Nola Viper Reference!
December 2008
Review: Ken Kessler
Lab Report: Keith Howard
Click below for the review
Don't miss us at the 2008 RMAF
Room 2006
We will show the HQ Reel to Reel source it's a must hear!
Judge for yourself, is it better than vinyl?
Equipment in the UHA Room will feature;
The UHA HQ Reel to Reel tape deck.
New! Aesthetix Callisto Eclipse, Aesthetix top of the line new
cost no object preamp,  $19,500.00 w remote.
New! Aesthetix Atlas Monoblocks, first time seen at any show!
300wpc at 8 ohms, 600wpc at 4 ohms, $13,000!
4.) SPEAKERS:   
 The Amazing MBL 116 Radialstrahler Speakers, $26,250.
Celtic Silver Cables, when we asked the guys in the store what cables
should we take to the show? What would offer the biggest bang for the buck?
Everyone said Celtic Silver, then so be it!

Lots of new equipment at UHA!

1.) NOLA Speakers
2.) Acoustic Zen
3.) <This link's target cannot be found>
4.) Dynavector Phono
5.) UHA introduces "THE" new
"High Resolution Audio" format.
You have to see / hear this to believe it!
Listening to 1st generation analog studio master tapes is as close
as you can get to a live recording!
Better than vinyl, after all the LP was made from a master tape.
You found out for yourself that vinyl was better than CD
now UHA takes you one step further!
(Yes what is old is now new, again.)

Very interesting!
Read the latest blog regarding the setup of the amazing
MBL 101 X-treme system in Jon Valin's home.
They actually carried them up three flights of stairs!
This is the precurser of his review to come in The Absolute Sound.
MBL 101 X-treme Radialstrahler Loudspeaker

If you want a private audition contact Greg Beron at 866-482-8346.
This is the state of the art in speaker systems offered at $199,000 a pair.

NEW at UHA !
Packages starting at only $3100
including arm and cartridge!

Only available at UHA!
The new UHA SOLID BLACK Turbtable!
By Acoustic Solid
Only $4800!
(without arm, with 211 arm pictured $5900)
Beautiful piece, looks & sounds
like a $10,000 table!
February 2008 The Absolute Sound Magazine
What is being said about the UHA / Jolida / MBL room at the RMAF?

By Jacob Heilbrunn, The Absolute Sound Magazine
From TAS Magazine February 2008 page 50.

"With the MBLs it was less of a surprise–they seem to specialize in a powerful,
dynamic sound, and United Home Audio’s demo was nothing less than riveting.
So powerful are the MBLs that they almost pin you to the wall."

Comments were regarding the UHA reasonably priced system as follows:
Jolida electronics using a $950 CD player!
MBL 121 speakers $13,500
Clearaudio Ambient TT and a $200 Benz Cartridge!
Jolida $450 Phono preamp!
  Celtic Silver Cables interconnests $899
Celtic Silver Speaker cable $999

The affordable Jolida and MBL room featuring Clearaudio TT and Celtic Silver solid silver cables.

CES Consumer  Electronics Show 2008
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2007
CES Consumer Electronics Show 2007
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2006

the strange, the weird.
New Aesthetix Callisto Signature Line stage.
First pictures anywhere!
New IO Signature, first pictures anywhere!

Here for demo!
You must hear these!

Acoustic Zen loudspeakers
Here for demo!

Hear the newest design of the Phantom "2" just in from Graham Engineering!
Here for demo!
Graham Phantom II model

The Aesthetix Calypso preamp
and also the MBL 9007 amps!
You asked for them so we got em!

In store for demo the awesome
Clearaudio Titanium$7500
Second best cartridge in the world!
Also here for demo (by appointment)
the finest cartridge in the world!
Solid 24k gold case the Goldfinger $10,000
You will not believe what these cartridges can do, they represent the finest in analog sound available.
These cartridges will transform your system, it will take your focus from "the equipment" and make
your listening experience all about the glorious sound of "the music".
They have transformed our listening rooms into a believable representation of the concert halls of classical performances,
the jazz clubs, and even the rock stadiums, it's a you are there experience!
Life's too short not to have this same experience in your home.

Is here for audition, and yes it is the best you will ever hear!
For an appointment call 866-482-8346.
You've had almost too many components in your system to remember over many years,
it's time to get off the audio merry go round! You've been looking for that ultimate sound
for years and you have tried it all within reason. The fact is for what you spent you could
have had the best, let us show you an MBL system in your budget. We have complete MBL
Radialstraller systems with integrated amp and CD player for under $20K.
Call and we can discuss your system configuration today.

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Is one of only three Tara Labs Elite Dealers
 in the world capable of selling
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The best in the world is now available at UHA!
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8' pair $13,000.00

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