Reviews & Testimonials
TAVES 2016 Impressions
By Rick Becker of Enjoythemusic.com
"... Their products have always looked great to me, and the music I heard here proved this to be one of the Best Rooms at the show...."
By Robert Deutsch of Stereophile.com
"... And the sound—with.....—was outstandingly good: one of the best at the show...."
By Richard H. Mah of Parttimeaudiophile.com
"... The Angel City Audio room was a pleasant surprise, and one of my favorite sounding rooms in all of TAVES. Angel City Audio is a distributor based in California, under their umbrella are brand names such as Melody, NuForce, and their own line of speakers also called Angel City Audio (ACA)...."
ACA Seraphim SE (Skogrand Edition) Reviewed on Positive Feedback Online
"... The ACA Seraphim SE is the world's first pair of speakers to feature Skogrand SCIW Beethoven cables for its internal wiring. Each speaker pair contains 23 meters of this premium cabling which has a single grain crystal, solid core Ohno Continuous Case copper conductor inside a 1.00 air dielectric...." Read it here....
ACA Seraphim Reviewed on Stereomojo.com
"I have heard very few speakers around this price point which don't have some areas of weakness which you would have to consider very carefully. With the Seraphim you get it all and then some." Read it here....
ACA Seraphim Reviewed on Positive Feedback Online
"... OK - so enough of how great they look. How do they sound?
In a few words... Tight. Accurate. Phenomenal. Intricate. Three Dimensional..."
Melody P2688 Reviewed on Dagogo.com
"[I]n the case of the Melody P2688 line stage, I was in the presence of rarified greatness in line stages" Read it here....
Owner Testimonial - P2688
"I will die with this machine." -Richard K
Home Theater Review names the AN300b one of their Best of 2013
"How can a $5,999 amp be a top value? When it can compete with $60,000 A-list gear, that's how." Read it here....
Melody PM845's Reviewed on HomeTheaterReview.com
"Concerning tonal purity, transparency, micro-details, and power, these are some of the best amplifiers I have had in my listening room." Read it here....
Owner Testimonial - Pure Black 101 and M845's
"I've owned several other SET's including other 845, 211, and 2a3 amplification and I can say without reservation that the midrange presence I get between my Zu speakers and Melody stack is up there with the finest. Listening to simple, vocal driven stuff like Michael J. Sheehy or Kelly Joe Phelps their voices are just projected in to the room in a really awesome and uncanny way. It is easy to just close your eyes and become immersed... The presence really is unbelievable."
Melody AN300B Reviewed on HomeTheaterReview.com
"To my amazement, the Melody AN 300B dramatically out-performed my highly regarded front-end pieces that cost $27,000 more." Read it here....
Melody AN300B Reviewed on Dagogo.com
Phillip Holmes puts Melody's high end 300B integrated through its paces. Read it here...
Owner Testimonial - Melody Pure Black 101
"With judicious upgrades to the stock tubes, this line level preamp is a timeless asset to any component music system, with tone, resolution and dynamic grace that especially fits in any system assembled for holistic presentation of convincing musical realism." Read More...
Owner Testimonial - ACA Trinity
"Basically, what you have here are speakers that are as good as some speakers at three to four times the price. The closest competition I can think of would be one of the floor standing Thiels or possibly one of Focal's floor standing units." Read More...
ACA Trinity Speakers Reviewed by Positive Feedback Online
Victor Chavira takes a look at the Trinity in this month's issue and concludes: "If your budget is within a thousand dollars of The Trinity's price...you must seek out Hugh at Angel City Audio and arrange an audition before spending on something else." Read it here...
Melody Pure Back 101 and M845's Reviewed
When Philip Holms reviewed the GR Research LS9's, he was driving them with a Melody Pure Black 101 preamp and a pair of Melody PM845 monoblocks. Now the other "half" of his review has been published, this time witha focus on the front end... "The build quality of the Melody gear is borderline faultless. Having been in manufacturing, I can tell you that real engineering went into designing the chassis." Read the full review.
Melody AN211 Reviewed by Dagogo
"If it isn’t obvious at this point, it should be: I believe the AN211 is a fantastic amplifier that gave me almost all the same emotional excitement and satisfaction as some extremely expensive tube amplifiers I’ve heard at several shows, and did so without my having to shell out a down payment on a house." Read More...
Owner Testimonial - Melody MK88
"It replaced about $8k in separates and to be honest, they won’t be missed. At just under $2k this thing is a steal and highly recommended. I’m very
glad I simplified my system in this way and couldn’t be happier with my price performance ratio." Read More...
ACA/GR Research LS9 Speakers Reviewed
Dagogo.com has published Philip Holmes' review of the GR Research LS9 speakers. (built by ACA of course!) Among the highlights is this excerpt: "It’s remarkable how much detail the LS9 can convey without breaking a sweat. Power compression in speakers is something you really don’t notice until you hear a speaker that doesn’t have it." Read the full review.
ACA Trinity Speakers Reviewed by Dagogo
We've been pretty excited about the results of our first new product, and feedback at shows has been superlative. Today, the Trinity makes its press debut on Dagogo.com with a review by Adam LaBarge. Take a look and see how it fared.
Owner Testimonial - GR Research LS9
"I am egregiously behind on relating a painful, yet ultimately fulfilling (even beyond my expectations) audio journey as well as my sincerest thanks to the
primary person as well as others who turned a nightmare scenario into an awesome reality of aural ecstasy." Read
Owner Testimonial - ACA Trinity
"The story begins in Jan 2011 when I started looking for a new set of speakers. I wanted to put in a 5.1 speaker system so I got a new Yamaha RX-A3000 AV receiver to replace the old NAD separates. I had a pair of 20 yr. old Klipsch Forte II, so I thought I'd get a LR&C set of bookshelf speakers and a subwoofer and I'd be home." Read More...
Melody Pure Black 101 Reviewed by Enjoy The Music
The Melody Pure Black 101 has been praised before, even being called "one of the top 2 or 3 valve pre's at any price." In response Melody has made it even better, with parts upgrades and (finally!) remote control. Ron Nagle gives a glowing review in EnjoyTheMusic.com's March issue
Melody MK88 Reviewed by Audioreview.com
Most of Melody's lineup is about bringing new levels of performance to a given price point. So what happens when they decide to invade the sub-$2k space? Audioreview.com's Adam LaBarge takes a look at the new Melody MK88.