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At Homegrown Audio, our budget is invested in making our products even better while keeping them affordable...not on high cost advertising. Below are some of the generous comments we have received from our customers and reviewers. Thank you for your continued support. Nothing helps our small company more!
 

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Some Additional Comments From Our Customers:

From Greece, with love. This year, my vote for Best Sound at Show goes to the Audio Analysis Loudspeaker room for a system based around the Omega full-range planar ribbon loudspeaker ($14,990/pair). These superb speakers bear a strong visual resemblance to the Apogee planars, but as the US distributor Michael Kalellis (MK Audio) explains it, form follows function in this case. The sound here was exemplary - fast, detailed and cohesive in a manner that captured the essence of live music - and illustrates what can be achieved even under show conditions if sufficient time is spent on system building. The emphasis today, driven by various magazine recommended component lists, is on components, which inevitably leads audiophiles down a path to "audio hell" - disappointment and constant tweaking of mismatched systems. Let me therefore spell out each link in this showcase system since it is all about synergy. Matching amplifiers were the Antique Sound Labs AQ 1009 845 DT monoblocks ($5,600/pair). Home Grown Audio (HGA, Inc.) provided speaker cables (X32 and X16 Bi-wire) and interconnects (model DNA $389.95 per 1-meter pair). Power cords were the Bybee Power Golden Goddess ($1,250). The front end consisted of the VPI Industries Super Scoutmaster Signature turntable feeding the Ray Samuels Audio Emmeline XR-10B phono stage ($4,500) and Stealth tube preamplifier ($2,495). CD playback was via the Audio Research Reference CD7. Finally, equipment racks were courtesy of MK Audio.

- Dick Olsher, enjoythemusic.com

 

"received the cables today. i am completely blown away by your product. granted i have never listened to silver interconnects before. no matter - i switched from kimber pbj, which i had thought was a good, neutral-sounding wire. had never heard the vertical element of space in my system before - not really. beautiful transparency, relaxing, solved a lot of bass problems - much tighter, cleaner. laid back, just beautiful sound. like my stereo took mushrooms. i'll definitely tell my friends. very impressive."

- M. Sage, Minneapolis, MN

"You have a winner! Just got my 2 pair of .5M Silver. "UNBROKEN-IN" they sound better than my Kimber KCAG and my NORDOST. I'll tell all my friends. Thanks. Do you want to sell many more.....RAISE the price to at least $150.00 per 1/2 M pair. The psychological effect will boost sales and your wallet( you're product sounds too good to be true now ....and IT SURELY IS! ). "

This IS the BEST interconnect on the market...BAR NONE. I'm comparing them to Kimber KCAG and Kimber Select(Silver) and Nordost's finest."

- B. Bean, M.D., Paducah, KY

"I just wanted to let you know that I am most pleased with your Super Silver interconnects. They sound as good as, and perhaps even slightly better than my Cardas Quadlink 5C (which are twice the price). I have started recommending your interconnects on the Audio Asylum wepage (www.audioasylum.com/cables), and hope that your business continues to grow. I also appreciated you letting me listen to your system for a bit. It was quite nice, to say the least. I certainly think those were about the best monitor speakers I've ever heard."

- T. Veith, Jacksonville, IL

[message 1] "... I'm excited to get my project wired with silver. If it makes even close to the difference I found when switching from my JPS Superconductor to your interconnect, the results will be excellent."

[message 2] "I received the silver wire yesterday and wired up my project this evening. This wire is so easy to work with! I wouldn't hesitate buying some in bulk and braiding up some speaker cables with silver spades... Your company is a refreshing and welcome change in a market that has become consumed by manufactures who have forgotten what (and who) they are building their products for."

- J. Harden, Mattoon, IL

"The amp/preamp interconnects you made for me in January sound great! Nice imaging, sound stage and transparency. Time to now repalce the rest of the interconnects. Thanks."

- G. Smith, Traverse City, MI

"Dear Kevin, I got the interconnect kit you sent last week and got the cables in the system. WOW! What an incredible transformation! I had borrowed some $500 MIT cables from the store the week before, and I have to say that yours were significantly better in my system (a conrad johnson PV10 preamp and some Quicksilver monoblocks). I just bought the amp and preamp and was actually just beginning to think that I had made a mistake with this combination, but your wires brought them to life, and then some. The sound is smooth, clear, and full of life. The highs are suddenly sparkling, the bass is taut and musical, and the soundstage is positively cinematic. More importantly, the cables bring out all the magic that is in music. But don't take my word for it, just ask my wife. She is a talented musician with a very sharp ear, but she thinks all this hi-fi stuff is a profound waste of the family's money. Last night I was playing a solo pocket-trumpet piece by Don Cherry with the music-room door closed. She and the kids came bursting through the door, to find out where I had gotten a trumpet. Her comment: "I thought it was real music; it didn't sound recorded at all." And this through a closed door! "Now," she said,"I see why you do this." By the way, your kit instructions were a model of simplicity and explicitness; building the interconnects couldn't have been easier (and I didn't even burn myself!). And the components are all first-rate. My wife says it looks like jewelry (I think you've made a convert out of her, which is pretty close to walking on water). All things considered, I have to say that I have never seen a higher price-performance ratio in any piece of hi-fi gear. Thanks very much for making such a great product and for bringing quality and sanity to a hobby that has lately veered off into economic lalaland. I'll be buying more of your stuff. Any plans to make a speaker cable? Good luck with the business. I hope it takes off like a rocket. It deserves to. All the best,"

- M. Cherrington, Acton, MA

"Just a short message to say that I received my kit on Monday. Thanks for the quick delivery. The cables were easy to assemble and sound great. Thanks again!"

- B. Novak, Saskatchewan, Canada

"Hi, I love my new interconnect cables! The kit was easy to assemble too! ... Thank You!"

- M. Costello, Bradenton, FL

"Hi Kevin, I wanted to wait and break the cables in before I wrote anything in regards to a review of sorts. I’m not going to get into descriptive Audiophile lingo here. I like a very neutral, natural presentation that these do not mess with. Let me start out by saying the kits are VERY cost effective and really easy to assemble according to the very good instructions. They make a very professional “classy” looking silver cable. The supplied Gold RCA‘s are nice, and again easy to work with. All well made stuff according to the parameters of a competing design goal. How do they sound? Although this may not be absolute conclusive because they do not connect my whole system, they compare just as good as the Kimber PBJ, and Silver Streak. Price wise, kit or assembled they are a bargain compared to the Kimbers. I have used Kimber for the last 12 years. As I said the quality is there. Hey, this stuff is 5/9’s Silver and Teflon. Silver Streak only has one leg of their interconnect being silver. I had purchased a 1/2 meter Silver Solution Kit and a 1 1/2 meter of Super Silver Kit. I think the cables sound really nice. I have a very detailed SET tube system and anything being detrimental to the sound would show up immediately. The 1 1/2 meter Super Silver is in between the SET Mono Blocks and the Suwoofer Amp Crossover. Everything sounds really dynamic and detailed through my Coincident Triumph Signatures. I have not tried the cables between my CD Trans. and MSB DAC. I hate to mess with anything when it sounds so good. The bottom line is they are a very good purchase decision. The quality and cost is all there. If you like the Kimbers substitute these at a huge savings without substituting any quality."

- D. Najuch, Brockton, MA

"Are you going to come out with speaker wire? I bought your pure silver interconnects and love them. I would like to match the system with speaker wire of the same caliber."

- M. Anders, Littleton, CO

"I purchased your silver interconnect last December and promised to post my review of your cable... I have done so and here is the address of that site at http://soback.kornet.net/~audiopia/. [Review is in Korean - if someone can read this I'd love to hear about it -Kevin] ... I highly recommend your silver interconnector cable and hopefully some of our audiophile readers would be interested in your products. I still enjoy your cable and I will keep recommending your products. I want to do business with you again."


- J. Choi, Seoul, Korea

"cables arrived the other day..nice packaging, nice design. i installed two of the four so far...from cd to preamp then to the amp. so far very nice sound. probably some more break in will fine tune them even more. very nice work."

- R. Eichler, Spokane, WA

"I got your cables today. I'm amazed at the great quality. The sound is suberb. I'm using Audio Electronics SE-811 mono blocks, an Audio Electronics AE-3, a pair of Celestion A2 and a Pioneer Elite PD-65. Your cables have improved the sound tremendously. ...I did not know that cables could make this much of a difference."

- E. Guillergan, Forest Hills, NY

"Hi! Ordered from you previously. Enjoying your cables!! Expected to be bright before burn in, surprised how sweet they sounded!!"

- C. Phoa, Sunnyvale, CA

"best wishes and happy new year from Andy Thomas your cables arrived this week...and it has taken unitl tonight (due to flue bug) for me to try one of the sets....first impression...wow! i have started by trying one set between my new krell 250cd player and preamp ...replacing an expensive mit 330 interconnect...which cost over 350 dollars new.....your silver cable is even out of the box outdoing it with better highs...more liquid ...better cymbal....waiting on bass to totally take shape as i start to wear your cable in...im impressed. ...i will keep you updated on my findings...but first listen for your price ....incredible....smooth...not harsh...detailed...liquid.. important question...can we order cable like this that is ballanced with xlrs?....and have you tried to make this into speaker cable? I am anxious to know more about your company...you remind me of myself ...starting a unique product...homegrown. Here is to us self starters. looking forward to hear what happens as it breaks in....more to come and thanks for letting me audition these... best wishes...andy"

- A. Thomas, Columbia, SC

"Just thought I would let you know that I have received the Interconnects on the 31st and have been enjoying them ever since. I'm really impressed with the build quality and especially impressed with the sonic differences between them and the old interconnects (Kimber). Thanks again ... and PLEASE let me know when you start making speaker cables. Happy New Years and all the best to your company."

- E. Aube, Quebec, Canada

'I received the super kit today assembled it and the interconnects sound awesome. They compare quite favorably with my Purists which set me back about $250. The supers actually sound better in some respects. I'll have to do some more comparing after the supers break in a bit as suggested, it looks like the Purists may get the boot. I have to say that I'm quite surprised. At any rate I'll be recommending these to friends. At this price you can't go wrong."

- T. McDowell, Albuquerque, NM

"I finally received some kits and put together a pair, and I do say I am quite impressed. They easily toast a pair of comparably-priced Monsters and are a great inexpensive, aggressive, accurate set of wires."

- C. Own, Evanston, IL

From Greece, with love. This year, my vote for Best Sound at Show goes to the Audio Analysis Loudspeaker room for a system based around the Omega full-range planar ribbon loudspeaker ($14,990/pair). These superb speakers bear a strong visual resemblance to the Apogee planars, but as the US distributor Michael Kalellis (MK Audio) explains it, form follows function in this case. The sound here was exemplary - fast, detailed and cohesive in a manner that captured the essence of live music - and illustrates what can be achieved even under show conditions if sufficient time is spent on system building. The emphasis today, driven by various magazine recommended component lists, is on components, which inevitably leads audiophiles down a path to "audio hell" - disappointment and constant tweaking of mismatched systems. Let me therefore spell out each link in this showcase system since it is all about synergy. Matching amplifiers were the Antique Sound Labs AQ 1009 845 DT monoblocks ($5,600/pair). Home Grown Audio (HGA, Inc.) provided speaker cables (X32 and X16 Bi-wire) and interconnects (model DNA $389.95 per 1-meter pair). Power cords were the Bybee Power Golden Goddess ($1,250). The front end consisted of the VPI Industries Super Scoutmaster Signature turntable feeding the Ray Samuels Audio Emmeline XR-10B phono stage ($4,500) and Stealth tube preamplifier ($2,495). CD playback was via the Audio Research Reference CD7. Finally, equipment racks were courtesy of MK Audio.

- Dick Olsher, enjoythemusic.com