Words of Praise for Audio Horizons

The following comment samples were made either directly to us or posted to the Audiogon Audio Horizons Discussion Forum. They are all unsolicited and unremunerated. Every one on them represents a spontaneous outpouring of enthusiasm by an Audio Horizons auditioner or owner.

We have organized comments by component and by cable so you can review only those that pertain to your interest, but since some owners purchased multiple products, their praise appears is more than one place.

Audio Horizons TP 2.1 Tube Preamplifier

"The preamp [TP 2.1nB] was fantastic right out of the box. . . . By far the most awesome dynamic headroom. The fastest preamp I've yet encountered. The most well-defined and detailed at both frequency extremes (a trait normally reserved for only the finest solid-state preamps). . . . It is simply the most life-like and most musical preamp I've yet encountered."
-Stehno, a dealer in Oregon

"After demoing about at least 25 preamps, ranging from $4000 to $12,000--and I took my amp to some of the tests myself comparing apples to apples--of the 25 I really listened to in the last 3 weeks, such as Hovland, Conrad Johnson, Cary, Blue Circle, North Audio, Bel Canto, Audio Research, Wyeteck, Moon, Classe, Pimare, and many others, AUDIO HORIZONS [TP 2.1nB] IS IN THE TOP 5 IN SOUND QUALITY, AND NO. 1 IN BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK."
-Pavpet, a Canadian audiophile.

"Not only is the Audio Horizons preamp [TP 2.1nB] a world class contender, it is such a genuine pleasure to deal with both Victor and Joseph. I have had a number of excellent preamps, but the Audio Horizons is one I will be keeping in my system a long time."
-Waltersalas

"Joseph Chow is a truly gifted engineer, as is reflected in the quality of his products. I own the TP 2.0 [TP 2.0nB]. It replaced a $16,000 preamp of great reputation, but in my system the TP 2.0 simply outperformed it. Don't let the modest price lead you to believe it is not a high end preamp. It is!"

"Two things were immediately apparent. The 2.0 is much, much quieter than the First Sound, and it also has more apparent gain, which is a good thing in my system. I should also mention the 2.0's superior channel separation. The 2.0 is quite impressive 'right out of the box'."

"Another characteristic of Joseph's preamp became evident. That is, there is a startling clarity of the musical presentation. I found myself paying less and less attention to ascertaining the 'sonic characteristics' of the 2.0, as I was totally immersed in the simple joy of listening. Perhaps this is the highest praise I can give at this point."

"Two quick words, and then I simply must return to listening: soundstage and dynamics. Both are stunning! The 2.0 is clearly superior to the First Sound Paramount SE (and the SE currently retails for $16,500, no kidding). In my opinion, this is a monumental achievement for Joseph. We have got to spread the word about his craftsmanship."
-Gamecock

"I have his [Joseph Chow's] preamp [TP2.0RnB] with all the upgrades and a nice remote volume. It works great! Just got mine about two weeks ago and love it to death. It is the finest preamp I have ever heard."

"I have owned many preamps in my reference system. I know a preamp can really make or break a system. It is, in my estimation, the real heart of a great sound system. Here is a list of great preamps I have owned:

  • Thor
  • Tom Evan Vibe/Pulse
  • Audio Note M5
  • Wavac
  • Jeff Rowland Concerto
  • Tom Evans Soulmate (very nice indeed)
  • Bruce Moore
  • Aloia
  • Belles 21A
  • Sonic Frontiers Line 3
  • CJ premier 16 LS16 S2
"The CJ, in my humble opinion, was the finest I have owned in my home. So musical and full of body and texture. It did this without losing detail.

Now enters Mr. Chow's preamp. It bested the CJ in every single way. From top to bottom, from front to back and all over. Reaches higher, goes deeper with much more authority. Better focus and clarity."
-Grannyring

"It's an awesome Preamp! I've been glued to just sitting and hearing so much depth, detail and in fact, instruments that I didn't even know were in play on recordings I am very familiar with! WOW . Thank you! . . . And yes, feel free to use my comments and Audiogon user name. You really have created a wonderful musical instrument!"
-Eddiejay

"As I voiced earlier - this is an incredible preamp - especially for the money. What is really nice is that you and Joseph are in a word excellent communicators and passionate about your product(s). Joseph comes across as an individual who really cares about music and strives to bring joy into the homes of people at an affordable price."
-Sawchukl

"I wanted to let you know how much I LOVE your preamp! Your product is already a true CLASSIC. I am amazed every time I listen to another CD, that I 'thought' I was familiar with, something new happens! It has the perfect blend of neutrality and tube sound with natural warmth, a very tough act to follow. I would not want it any other way."
-Rx8man

"I got a chance to do some listening while I was off for the holidays. I absolutely love what I hear. The Audio Horizons TP 2.0 and Audio Horizons TD 3.0 are very musical. . . . The Audio Horizons TP 2.0 tube preamp is a stellar performer. It is quiet, transparent and presents the music to you in a very smooth, liquid manner. I love this pre-amp."

"Why don't you actually put up one of the 3.0 DACs and 2.0 pre-amps for sale, with pictures, on Audiogon? This equipment is very high quality and sounds better than a lot of the highly regarded stuff for sale - and in this price range, it is going to be awfully hard to beat."
-Jaymark

"I have tried the 2.0n with many many different combinations of 6922's [tubes]. IMO this is an area that you need to publicize more as, depending on the tubes used, a listener can tune the sound to virtually any flavor that he finds appealing. It is absolutely amazing how receptive this preamp is to different tube combinations. . . . "

"As you already know, this is a fabulous preamp with incredible resolution. You were right on the money with your assessment of what Joseph can do with a signal to noise ratio. The sound staging is first rate and the recreation of any given musical performance is almost eerie in its accurate and musical presentation. . . ."

"You and Joseph have both been fabulous to deal with. It is almost beyond belief to have the opportunity to audition this unit for a full month with no money up front. . . . I can't say enough for your customer service as it is more than just first rate. It is beyond that in every way."
-Scifi

"I just returned from Las Vegas where I attended the 2006 CES and T.H.E. Show. This visit only confirmed my opinion about the excellence of the Audio Horizons TD 3.0 tube DAC and the TP 2.0 tube preamplifier. The performance/price ratio is the best I have heard anywhere. I hope Joseph will bring these products to the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest next year so that more audiophiles can hear them."

"I first became acquainted with the tube preamplifier in its production prototype form. Even as a prototype, it left my VTL 5.5 preamp in the dust. Soundstage, resolution, dynamics and musicality of the TP 2.0 prototype were much better than the VTL 5.5, which I sold subsequently. The production model is even better. Joseph continued to improve parts and layout. Just to give you a sense of the performance - the production unit [TP 2.0nB] I've used measures better than -115 dBv signal to noise in both channels."
-Cedar

Audio Horizons TP 8.0 Tube Phono Stage

"I am no wordsmith but do know what I am looking for in sonics. IMO, the [Audio Horizons TP] 8.0 [sMCpn]is the best phono stage that I have used and I have used a number of them from Audio Research [PH3], CJ [Conrad Johnson PV12], Mod Squad [phono drive], Curcio Sarah and [other fine phono stages]. The 8.0, even in its beta form, presents a more coherent complete presentation and that is with what I would call a moderately priced MC cartridge [the 0.35 mV Benz-Micro L2]."

"I have plenty of gain with this cartridge . . . just as you indicated. I am playing at between 10 and 11 o'clock and it is plenty loud. The soundstage is incredibly deep and very wide with great dynamics and air. Bass is there in spades. Musicality is superb. . . . In the MC mode, the phono stage is much quieter to my ears than in the MM. . . . I guess that the premium transformers really do their job here."

"One more thing that I forgot to include is the sense of 'realism' with this setup. There is no phony or artificial sound reproduction. The sense of authentic instrumentation is definitely present in all well recorded recordings."

"The 8.0 is impressive and everything that I hoped it would be. It is even more impressive given the rather moderate price tag and the wealth of options that any given purchaser can elect to include. It really gives a consumer the ability to purchase a first class phono stage at a price point that is appropriate for him or her."
-Scifi

Audio Horizons TD 3.0 Tube DAC

"I got a chance to do some listening while I was off for the holidays. I absolutely love what I hear. The Audio Horizons TP 2.0 and Audio Horizons TD 3.0 are very musical. . . . The Audio Horizons tube DAC, fed by a decent transport, gives a refined, spacious, liquid presentation of recorded digital music. Your ears get the collection of tonal and spatial cues that leaves you within striking distance of a live performance. The Audio Horizons tube DAC is a giant killer!

"Why don't you actually put up one of the 3.0 DACs and 2.0 pre-amps for sale, with pictures, on Audiogon? This equipment is very high quality and sounds better than a lot of the highly regarded stuff for sale - and in this price range, it is going to be awfully hard to beat."

-Jaymark

"I just returned from Las Vegas where I attended the 2006 CES and T.H.E. Show. This visit only confirmed my opinion about the excellence of the Audio Horizons TD 3.0 tube DAC and the TP 2.0 tube preamplifier. The performance/price ratio is the best I have heard anywhere. I hope Joseph will bring these products to the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest next year so that more audiophiles can hear them. . . .

"My conclusion about the TP 3.0 tube DAC is the same - an unbeatable combination of performance and price. Initially, I switched to the Audio Horizons solid state DAC, after using various solid state DACs from other manufacturers. At $1295, the Audio Horizons DAC 2a was more musical, dynamic and quieter than other DACs in its class. The TD 3.0, however, is in a class of its own. Dead quiet, musically involving. I strongly recommend using the upgraded components and tubes that Joseph offers. At less than $2500, my TP 3.0 competes with any DAC."

-Cedar

Audio Horizons TB 5.0 Tube Buffer Stage

"Wonderful communication, packed perfectly, awesome product!"
-burlaptocashmer

"I just wanted to let you know you how much I am enjoying this unit [the TB 5.0n]. . . even with limited hours on it. Last night some of that smooth relaxed sound was starting to come forth. There was improvement in just 24 hours play time. I use the IsoTek System Enhancer CD to help accelerate things. This has to be one of the absolute best alternatives to purchasing a tubed pre (which would easily cost $2,000 up!)"
-Strateahed

"I have been trying to rebuild my Hometheater system, so I brought over my Proceed AVP2 for Joseph to mod. He informed me that since it has mostly surface mount parts there are not too many parts that can be replaced. However, he suggested trying out his tube buffer to improve the sound of the AVP2.

"I was absolutely amazed at how much improvement the [TB 5.0n] tube buffer made. It completely transformed the dry, flat and nasal sounding AVP2 to a wonderfully musical, expressive, open, wide sound field with rich harmonic textures."

-Drt

Audio Horizons Interconnects

"Victor and Joseph possess infinite wisdom in the art of satisfying the consumer, and they rate an A+ for their caring and patient manner. Joseph's stunning Dimension speaker cable is a sensational bargain."
-Opus88

"I love the interconnects. Thus far my listening has revealed your IC's to be world class in bass performance. I have listened to many cables in my system, some costing up to $1400 per meter, and the Series X are the best in this regard. The instrument focus is most amazing. The stage clearly delineates each instrument in front of me. The depth this cable brings to my music is something I have not yet experienced. Fantastic!"
-Grannyring

"Congratulations on the excellence of your premium interconnects. I've used the interconnects for several months now. Prior to the Audio Horizons [Transparency] interconnects, I used Synergistic Research Resolution Reference X2 interconnects and, before that, various MIT interconnects. The Audio Horizons delivers a purer sound, without coloration or edginess. Cables make a difference. I've listened to some of the most highly regarded interconnects and heard the improvement in my system. I found Audio Horizons Trasnparency to be the best."
-Cedar

"I have had a chance now to get a real handle on the premium power cords and interconnects. Let me come right to the point, both products are outstanding. As you know, my first experience with Joseph's cables was the premium power cord. I had purchased one as part of the upgrade package for my vintage Kenwood L-01T tuner. I thought that both the upgraded tuner itself and the power cord were outstanding sonically. . . . It offers superior performance at a real world price. I had a similar experience with Joseph's interconnect. I compared it with . . . [My very expensive] interconnects in my system. In absolute terms, I found the [expensive] . . . cables to be a touch more refined. But at [several thousand dollars] . . . per meter pair versus $195 for Joseph's , I could not justify the extra expense. In a blind listening test, I'm not sure I could easily distinguish between the two. I plan to sell the [X] . . . interconnects and purchase Joseph's for my entire system. In short, Joseph's cables are a serious attack on the state of the art, and all at real world prices. With his home trial program, there is absolutely no good reason not to give them a listen. Potential customers can get the fine sound they seek and save a lot of their hard earned money in the process."
-Gamecock

"I love the interconnects. Thus far my listening has revealed your IC's to be world class in bass performance. I have listened to many cables in my system, some costing up to $1400 per meter, and the Series X [now replaced by the Transparency] are the best in this regard. The instrument focus is most amazing. The stage clearly delineates each instrument in front of me. The depth this cable brings to my music is something I have not yet experienced. Fantastic!"
-Grannyring

Audio Horizons Power Cords

" Once again, I'd like to thank you for the opportunity to audition your Transparency Power Cord. It has truly been an ear-opening experience. I was fairly certain that it would be good, but I had no idea it would be THIS good. It totally tranforms my CDP...or my phono stage...or my preamp . . . or my amp. . .

"Well, you get the idea. Wherever I put it, it's much better than what was there.

"Would you mind if I keep the Transparency Cord I now have until I receive the others? I just don't want to give it up; besides, now I have one [a well known more expensive cable] and two [a different well known more expensive cable] up for sale because yours is so clearly superior that it is a very easy decision. You certainly make a superior product. Congratulations. "

-Darosenb

"I have had a chance now to get a real handle on the premium power cords and interconnects. Let me come right to the point, both products are outstanding. As you know, my first experience with Joseph's cables was the premium power cord. I had purchased one as part of the upgrade package for my vintage Kenwood L-01T tuner. I thought that both the upgraded tuner itself and the power cord were outstanding sonically. . . . It offers superior performance at a real world price. I had a similar experience with Joseph's interconnect. I compared it with . . . [My very expensive] interconnects in my system. In absolute terms, I found the [expensive] . . . cables to be a touch more refined. But at [several thousand dollars] . . . per meter pair versus $195 for Joseph's , I could not justify the extra expense. In a blind listening test, I'm not sure I could easily distinguish between the two. I plan to sell the [X] . . . interconnects and purchase Joseph's for my entire system. In short, Joseph's cables are a serious attack on the state of the art, and all at real world prices. With his home trial program, there is absolutely no good reason not to give them a listen. Potential customers can get the fine sound they seek and save a lot of their hard earned money in the process."
-Gamecock

"The Transparecy power cord holds it's own with some of the best for a lot less money. Such a bargain. Thanks for the R&D!!!!!!!"
-Fanklapdog

"After 20 hours, the improvement was so pleasing I bought more of the power cords for my other components (transport, DAC, line preamp, phono preamp). The improvements spanned the entire audio frequency range: tighter, more controlled, and punchier bass; detailed, clear and delicate mid/hi frequencies. The construction quality of these power cords is impressive, too."
-Cedar

"I was amazed at the improvement to the Mark Levinson ML380S after I put in your right angle power cord. The sound opened up and seem to become smoother and more refined. Bass became tighter and more punchy. The power cord certainly enhanced the positive effects of the preamp upgrades."
-Drt

Audio Horizons Speaker Cable

"Victor and Joseph possess infinite wisdom in the art of satisfying the consumer, and they rate an A+ for their caring and patient manner. Joseph's stunning Dimension speaker cable is a sensational bargain."
-Opuss88

Owners who would like to add their comments may do so by writing to audiohorizons@yahoo.com