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Skiing Ninja crossovers for Onix Rocket RS450 Speakers

Skiing Ninja crossovers for Onix Rocket RS450 Speakers

Specifications:

  • Point to point connections. No wiring in the signal path. Sonicap Capacitors
  • When appropriate, capacitors are bypassed by a 0.1 Sonicap
  • Alpha Core 16ga copper foil inductors
  • Mills resistors
  • Full Onix IT-001 12ga OFC RED wire
  • Heat Shrink tubing applied to applicable connections
  • Vampire silver solder used for all connections
  • 60 durometer rubber washers to eliminate vibrations from the crossover to cabinet
  • SPAX screws are supplied for easy installation

Ok, I admit it, I’m fascinated with the art of modifications. Maybe it goes back to my teacher mindset, where lesson plans are routinely improved upon over the years. Sometimes it’s just a tweak. In other instances, a large modification is in order. Whatever the case may be, mods are an outlet by which owners can improve upon their rig without giving up a favorite piece.

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Onix Rocket RS450 Towers

Onix Rocket RS450 Towers

One of the best parts of reviewing equipment is getting to know the various manufacturers. In conversations and reading their emails and posts, one truly gets the sense of how much work and emotional equity is placed in their product. They talk of the hundreds of hours in matching components. Then comes the endless listening sessions, followed by debates and tweakings. In the end comes not just a product, but more importantly, a dream fulfilled. read more…

Underwood Modified XCD-5 from Onix CD-5

Underwood Modified XCD-5 from Onix CD-5

  • Level 1 Upgrade from new Onix unit $750, currently owned unit (CD-88, CD-99 or CD-5) is $400
  • Level 1+ Upgrade is $870 new.
  • 3 Year Warranty honored by Onix (AV123)
  • 770-667-5633 1-10pm Eastern Time

Last month I review the Onix CD-5 and came away very impressed, especially for $399. During the review process, I was surfing Audiogon when I saw an ad for an Underwood modified CD-5. Being the inquisitive soul that I am, I contacted Walter Liederman owner of Underwood HiFi, and about 3 weeks later the modified XCD-5 arrived. read more…

Onix CD-5 Compact Disc Player

Onix CD-5 Compact Disc Player

Specifications:

  • Burr-Brown PCM 1738 24-bit/192kHz DAC Philips VAM1202/19 transport
  • Frequency Response: 20hz-20khz(+/-0.5db) Harmonic Distortion: 0.003(1khz)
  • Signal to Noise: 120db
  • Channel Separation: 110db
  • High-Gloss Black front plate and solid chassis Two digital outputs; 1 x coaxial and 1 x optical Standard analog output
  • Detachable power cord Dimensions: W17 x D14.5 x H3 in. Weight: 15 lbs. pkg.
  • Manufactured in China
  • Price: $399, $349 if “family” av123 purchased

Recently, I was chatting with a coworker about cd players. Now, this is a very tech-savvy guy, with all sorts of electronic toys and a background in audio. So it floored me when he couldn’t see the value in a cdp over $200. I spent the better part of an hour discussing high-quality components versus bottom line items. He still couldn’t see the value. Finally, I decided that the only way to get him to see the light was to change the comparing to something he was in tune with… computer equipment. Well, it worked, he finally could appreciate the value that quality gear represented. read more…

Initial Impressions: Onix Strata Mini

Initial Impressions: Onix Strata Mini

Introduction: I have owned various AV123/Onix products over the past several years. Recently had the honor and distinct pleasure of meeting Mark Schifter, President, CEO and founder of AV123 when I hosted an AV123 Chicago Get Together (GTG) in December 2006, where the Mini was brought in for the GTG as one of the featured items. I was also lucky enough to have the Mini’s for the evening after the GTG was over for some one-on-one extended listening time before they had to be returned to their rightful owner. read more…

Onix SP3 Integrated Tube Amplifier

Onix SP3 Integrated Tube Amplifier

If you think audiophiles are boring just yell out “tubes are dead” and watch the energy bow the windows. It’s one of the most passionate discussions outside of speaker wires in the stereo world. I first became a believer in tube sound in 1987 when I picked up a used Conrad Johnson PV-7 preamp. To this day I kick myself every time I think that I was ignorant enough to trade it in. During this past summer my yearning for a tubular reunion came to a head. Knowing that integrated tube amplifiers were the easiest solution and fit in well with this e-zine’s mantra of affordability, I went onto audiokarma.org and began checking into the various possibilities. After a few days of reading, I contacted the good people at AV123 and inquired as to reviewing the Onix SP3. Sean was more than happy to assist, and a week later a rather heavy 60pound package arrived.

Specifications

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20KHz
  • Class AB
  • Power Rating: 38W x 2
  • Manually adjustable bias
  • Input Impedance: 250K Ohms Output Impedance: 4 or 8 Ohms Input Sensitivity: 380 mV
  • S/N Ratio: >90dB / T.H.D – 1% (standard tube spec) Dimensions (WxHxD): 11.9″ x 8.1″ x 13.25″
  • Weight: 56 lbs. Tube Complement:
  • 4 X 5881
  • X 12AX7
  • 2 X 6922
  • 2 X 12AU7
  • Warranty: 3 years parts and labor
  • Price: $999

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