Custom Boathull Speakers

Boathull Speakers We recently contracted with a customer to build a set of small bookshelf boathull speakers utilizing a unique type of nonlinear wood construction that results in not only an acoustically superior enclosure but also a very aesthetically pleasing design. As you can see from the pictures above and below, the results are quite stunning. Tortuga Audio intends to further pursue this type of speaker construction focusing on …

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McIntosh Mac 4100 integrated amplifier

Discovering A Mac 4100 Vintage Vinylizer

Bob’s Beach House On an coastal barrier island near where I live there’s a narrow winding side road off the single main road that leads to an even narrower long twisty driveway surrounded by a riot of subtropical flora at the end of which sits a nondescript single story white house on a top of a $3.5 million patch of land that includes a beach looking west out into …

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2016 absolute sound editors' choice award for LDR3.V2

LDR3.V2 Passive Preamp Receives 2016 Editors’ Choice Award

LDR3.V2 Passive Preamp Awarded Tortuga Audio is pleased to announce that its LDR3.V2 Passive Preamp has made the list of The Absolute Sound’s Editors’ Choice Awards for 2016. Details regarding the Editors’ Choice Awards will be made available in the March issue of The Absolute Sound which is scheduled to be mailed out on January 28th. About the Editors’ Choice Awards The Absolute Sound’s Editor’s Choice Awards is an …

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the road ahead

Newsletter – New Year 2016

First Newsletter of 2016 I started writing this newsletter during the last week of the year while in Colorado with family over the Christmas break where it was cold. Wearing long pants, socks, and a sweater. And rarely more than 10 feet away from a red hot space heater staring me in the face. I normally live in south Florida where it was in the 80’s over the last week of …

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Humming Along To The Pin 1 Problem

The original title to this article was going to be “The balanced audio “pin 1 problem” visits Tortuga Audio and how we hummed along with it – and then stopped.” Too much? I thought so too. There’s a particular recurring problem in audio design that’s such a perennial PITA that it even has its own website:  pin1problem.com That, I would argue, is some accomplishment. You would think that a …

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LDRx vs. LDR3.V2 – A Tale of Two LDR Preamps

  Although we never set out to deliberately cause confusion we have nonetheless succeeded. What confusion you ask? The confusion that arises when prospective customers diligently comb through our website trying to understand the differences between two of our LDR preamps; the LDRx ($1795) and the LDR3.V2 ($1195). The essential confusion can be summed up by this typical prospective customer query: “It appears the differences between these two preamps …

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