Ginko Audio ARCH Acoustic Resolution Clarifier

Ginko Audio ARCH Acoustic Resolution Clarifier

I've involved myself again in another non-glamorous, but important area that may contribute significantly to the sound quality of your system. Could yet another tweak supporting my equipment, another type of footer, if you will, really make a sonic difference? We used to think that cables were just wires that connected equipment. There may be some still on the fence, but many audiophiles consider cables an important component. I think they make a significant contribution to the quality of the sound and cable companies have proliferated like weeds.

Why the fascination with these tweaks? For a relatively small investment, you can upgrade your system and often make noticeable differences. Yet, at times, the purported benefits don’t match the hyperbole and the sound degrades rather than improving. 

The genesis for this review began with a feedback problem I was having with my turntable. I contacted Vinh Vu of Ginkgo Audio about my problem. He suggested he come over and see what he could do to help. I knew from their website Ginko had experts in vibration and resonance control; they produced their well regarded Cloud shelf series for turntables to help alleviate resonance problems. While discussing his pending visit, Vu asked if I knew about his ARCH system of footers. I replied that I didn’t and he asked if I’d be interested in giving them a try. Why not?

THE Desert Island Disc (Audiophilia LP giveaway)

THE Desert Island Disc (Audiophilia LP giveaway)

I'm often asked what's my favorite LP. I always respond with it's too difficult to choose. Yet, to myself, Bill Evans' Waltz for Debby sometimes shoots to the front of my cerebral cortex or Dorati's LSO Firebird on Mercury. Muddy Waters Folk Singer on MoFi, too. Reiner/Chicago has to have a couple of LSCs in there, right? But, you know, there is one, no matter the year, the month, the day, the mood, which always places itself first among equals, pushed to the front of my line by its brilliance and unquantifiable musical kismet. A perfect musical storm. Arnold: Overtures with the composer, Malcolm Arnold conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Reference Recordings. 

The primary reason I'm writing this article is to give a copy of this brilliant album (newly remastered and pressed by Reference Recordings) to one of our readers, not simply to give you my nominee for heavenly vinyl status. That said, I'm sure many of you have one for stardom. Please comment below. I would like to read your choice.