5 Songs to Enjoy on Your Hifi System During Quarantine

Well, we're going on a couple months now of significantly less social contact with the outside world. We haven't been able to dine in at our favorite restaurants or head to the ballpark to soak in the atmosphere of a baseball game in the spring. And while these are indeed strange times spent being mostly stuck at home, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy it...and that's exactly what our team here at LMC Home Entertainment has always been determined to help you do—make the most out of your time at home! That being said, we present to you our small collection of songs for you to enjoy on your hifi system while you socially distance. So sit back, relax and escape for a moment by diving into this playlist. PS - We recommend listening on:   1. Sara Bareilles - (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay Originally co-written and performed by soul singer Otis Redding, we think Sara Bareilles's spin on this classic is something special. The energy is fun and soulful, and it's a joy to listen in on Sara's rapport with her audience as she effortlessly navigates the peaks and valleys of her impressive vocal range. This is a well done, wonderfully dynamic live recording. If you're looking to get lost in that in-concert atmosphere, we highly recommend this track to get you there. 2. John Barry - The Ipcress File .                   The Ipcress File is a 1965 British espionage film directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Michael Caine. John Barry, who had worked on all of the Bond films up to this time, composed the music score for the soundtrack. The theme has some fairly obvious similarities to those of the Bond films, but prominently features the cimbalom, a musical instrument commonly found in Central-Eastern European nations and cultures. The song's melody is haunting, as a good spy film's main theme ought to be, and the recording has great dynamics and imaging. 3. Ray LaMontagne - Empty                     Everybody loves a good melancholy song now and then. Ray Lamontagne's Empty is our go-to broody tune, in which the American singer-songwriter reflects on the memories of a lost love. This entire album is brilliantly recorded. More often than not, Folk/Americana music shines on hifi systems as the crispness of the acoustic guitar strings and generous panning of instrumentation to the sides typically makes for a beautifully immersive soundstage. This song is a great example of all the things we love about a good folk tune on a great 2-channel system. Empty will break your heart in the best way. 4. Russell Sherman - Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 "Waldstein": III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato                     Another excellent live recording. This one is for the classical music fans. Russell Sherman's recorded performance of one of Beethoven's piano sonatas has excellent dynamics. On a great hifi system, with eyes closed, you will be transported to the concert hall. As for the composition itself, there's not a whole lot we have to say to sell you on Beethoven...it's Beethoven. Enjoy! 5. Dave Thomas Junior - Silence                     If we had to pick one word to describe Silence, it would probably be...swimmy. Is that a word? The song by Dave Thomas Junior gained popularity after being featured in an episode of the show Afterlife starring Ricky Gervais. The tune's most prominent presence is a clean electric guitar with a healthy serving of reverb and delay effects, giving the song its ambient mood. Just as gratifying as the atmospheric energy is the track's closeout, which is a satisfying resolution. We're fans of the New York songwriter's work for sure, and we think you'll like it too. Thanks for reading our list. We hope you enjoy these tracks as much as we've been enjoying them! If you have any recommendations of songs that you'd like to see make our upcoming lists, leave a comment on here and let us know. Stay happy and healthy friends!

Welcome Dan D’Agostino!

We’re very excited to announce that LMC Home Entertainment is now a proud dealer of Dan D'Agostino! On top of carrying the exceptional products of the audio legend Dan D’Agostino, we’re also neighbors—he and his factory are just up the street from our Scottsdale location. We’re thrilled to have them here, and we invite you to come hear and see for yourself in Scottsdale...we think you’ll be blown away! To schedule your demo, give us a call at (480) 403-0011.   "No name is more closely associated with high-end audio amplifiers than that of Dan D’Agostino. During his career of more than 35 years, D’Agostino pioneered countless advances in the design of amplifiers, preamplifiers, CD players, and surround-sound processors. He is known as the audio industry’s most passionate promoter of high-quality, high-powered amplification. Makers of the world’s finest loudspeakers rely on D’Agostino-designed amplifiers for their most important demonstrations. Dan D’Agostino was founder and chief engineer of Krell Industries through 2009. Since the inception of DDMAS in 2011, energized with a new organization and new state-of-the-art designs, the products that bear his name not only achieve new levels of sound quality, they also look like nothing else in the industry. The new designs combine an elegant aesthetic flair coupled to inventive circuit topologies and innovative materials. Starting with the Momentum Mono amplifier, the D’Agostino product line now extends upwards to the awe inspiring Relentless Mono amplifier and outwards to the new Progression Integrated amplifier. The Relentless Mono Amplifier is an all-out assault on the amplifier category. Capable of driving any speaker to its fullest capability, the extraordinary power output of the Relentless Mono is only matched by its sublime low volume sound quality. The Progression Integrated amplifier connects the high-performance core of D’Agostino products to the exciting world of streaming audio with Tidal, Quobuz, and Spotify services as standard offerings. As impressive as these designs may sound on paper, the only way you can truly appreciate their warmth, detail and unmatched beauty is to experience them at your nearest Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems dealer."

WAMM Master Chronosonic on demo now at LMC

The WAMM Master Chronosonic is the most time-domain correct loudspeaker in Wilson’s history. It plumbs new depth in terms of technology and execution. From drivers to cutting-edge composites, from crossover technology to perfecting geometries. Most importantly, the adjustability in the time domain is precise down to five millionths of a second for any installation—accuracy heretofore only achievable in the theoretical domain. LMC is the first North American dealer to purchase this exceptional loudspeaker system and place them on demo in our Scottsdale showroom.

GreenSky® Financing Solutions now offered at LMC

LMC Home Entertainment is now offering GreenSky® Financing Solutions program 4124 for financing higher ticket projects:
  • Credit limits up to $55,000*
  • Pay off in 12 months and pay no interest
  • Simple application with no credit card, references or or bank account information required
  • Apply in the showroom, via your smart phone or click the link below.
  • Lending decisions often delivered in seconds
  • Take 4 months to make purchase decisions
  • Online account access to manage payments and statements
Click this link to apply and use your project name as the reference: GreenSky® Financing Solutions *Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required during the promotional period. Making minimal monthly payments during the promotional period will not pay off the entire principal balance. Interest is billed during the promotional period, but all interest is waived if the purchase amount is paid in full before the expiration of the promotional period. Financing for GreenSky® consumer loan programs is provided by federally insured, equal opportunity lender banks.

ARC REF160M Tube Power Amplifier Launch Event

LMC & Audio Research invites you to a special audio event featuring the new ARC REF160M Tube Power Amplifier on Thursday November 15th 6:00PM - 9:00PM at our Scottsdale showroom. The REF160M is a truly groundbreaking design in every facet. Audio Research left no stone un-turned in the development of this instant classic and awards and accolades from around the globe have been unprecedented! This IS the power amp tube loving audiophiles have long dreamed of… The Director of Sales for Audio Research, Aldo Fillippelli will be on hand to answer questions and discuss Audio Research’s commitment to the future of American Made High-End Audio.  

Linn Selekt Product Launch Event

Please join us for the launch of Linn Selekt DSM at our Scottsdale showroom on Wednesday, October 17 at 6pm and experience the revolution in digital music interaction. It is easy to feel we have lost touch with the immersive experience of playing music. Take a vinyl record for example – the LP selection, the lift-lower, the anticipation during those first pops and clicks…   Playing digital music requires only a swipe and a tap… until now!   The Linn Selekt DSM brings the feeling back, revolutionizing our interaction with digital music.  It’s a tactile and beautiful musical experience, better in every sense. It will make your system sound better and it will help you fall in love with your music all over again. We will be joined by Michael O’Rourke from Linn who is always informative and entertaining! If you are able to join us please RSVP to Linn RSVP.    

McIntosh 2018 Trade Up Program

TradeUP to a NEW McIntosh - As a testament to McIntosh's durability and value retention, for a limited time you can trade in select McIntosh 2-channel products from as far back as the 1960s and receive up to 75%* of their original MSRP to use towards the purchase of new 2-channel units. Do you want more power? Or advanced digital music capabilities? Or just something new? But are unsure what to do with your existing McIntosh products? With our TradeUP Program, there is an easy way for you to upgrade to current 2-channel models at a significant savings without the hassle of selling your existing products. Simply trade in your qualified McIntosh mono or stereo amplifier, preamplifier, integrated amplifier or receiver and get up to 75%* of their original MSRP to use towards the purchase of a qualified new mono or stereo amplifier, preamplifier, integrated amplifier or receiver. Source components, multi-channel and home theater products are not eligible. How it works: TradeIN units must be in reasonable physical condition, must work and must not have been modified or altered from their original design. The TradeIN and TradeUP units must be of like product types, meaning amplifiers must be traded for amplifiers, preamplifiers for preamplifiers, integrated amplifiers for integrated amplifiers, and receivers for receivers, with only the following exceptions:
  • An integrated amplifier may be traded in for a new integrated amplifier, receiver or for a component set that includes both a preamplifier and a power amplifier
  • A receiver may be traded in for a new receiver, integrated amplifier or for a component set that includes both a preamplifier and a power amplifier
  • A component set that includes both a preamplifier and power amplifier may be traded in for a new component set that includes both a preamplifier and a power amplifier, or for an integrated amplifier or for a receiver

Fall 2018 Demo Promotion

This fall LMC Home Entertainment is offering savings on a wide selection of speakers and electronics that are on demonstration at our Valley showrooms. It is time to refresh some of our floor models and make way for the new models coming out this fall. This equipment is in great condition and comes with a full factory warranty. Although the selection is wide, the quantity for any given model is very limited so please hurry in for the best selection. We have demo models available from McIntosh, Sonus faber, Audio Research, Linn, Wilson Audio, Wisdom, Mbl, Meridian, Martin Logan, Magnepan and Totem. For even more selection and savings ask about our previous model / preowned inventory. This promotional event runs from September 1st through November 30th, 2018. Please stop by one our showrooms or contact us by phone if you would like to learn more about this special event.