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WATT Magazine Reviews the Black Magic TSM-MMM!
Fresh off the presses in Norway, we managed to get the text translated post haste and ready for you to read. Click here to check it out! We will also have the original (un-translated) version available to view very shortly!

Coming Soon!
We are looking forward to reviews from Watt Magazine (Norway) and Bound for Sound (USA) of the Black Magic TSM-MMM speakers which are going to be published in several weeks! From what we have been told, the small merlin made quite a large impression! We will post up links to each review as soon as they appear.

Visit Merlin on Facebook!
We now have a Facebook page for all our fans to visit with recent info, pictures, and other neat stuff. If you are on Facebook (or not - the page is viewable by all), stop by and like our Facebook page to keep pace with what we are up to! Make sure you select to "Get Notifications" when you "Like" the page so you do not miss any of our updates!

A New Tweeter for the TSM

A very significant improvement to the sound and performance of the TSM BME ... click here to read the details.

Merlin Black Magic!!!

Black Magic versions of all Master VSM and TSM models are now available. What is a Black Magic version? It is a Master VSM or TSM built with proprietary Cardas Clear wiring, cryoed versions of the new UpTone Musicap, a solder formulation change and connection treatments for the terminals, jumpers and RC networks. JP in Europe says, "After a lot more listening they sound incredible, just amazing. It is like a new speaker compared to the older versions..." and we, could not agree more!

View more customer comments on the Black Magic Merlin speakers (new and upgrades) by clicking here!

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"The biggest single improvement I have experienced in almost thirty years!!!"

With the demise of Hovland Company, Alex Crespi, the former head of sales, formed UpTone Audio and took over production of MusiCaps. Early in 2013, he decided to improve the twenty plus year old design to meet today’s technological demands. For the better part of a year, Alex sent Merlin samples for testing in our speakers. Many discussions followed regarding their sound. All of this resulted in changes to the core, size, winding tension, end spray, leads and dielectric. The result was not only a better sounding part but the biggest single improvement I have experienced in almost thirty years in audio.

Compared to the UpTone MusiCap, the earlier version was soft in the bass, slightly hollow and pushed in the lower treble. With the UpTone MusiCaps in place there is a more extended bandwidth, which relaxes the mid-range making it more clear, better resolved and bodied . . . much like bringing a camera into sharper focus. The extended bass, is fuller and better defined. The highs are extended as well with a transparency and silkiness we have not experienced in the past. The end result is a speaker that is more room filling, coherent and incredibly realistic.

As of 11/01/2013, Merlin Music Systems will be only using the UpTone MusiCap in our crossover networks.

As always, we offer these as an upgrade for earlier versions of the TSM and VSM.

Bobby A. Palkovich President, Merlin Music Systems inc.

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Things to know about Merlin Music Systems!
Learn more about our current products, their history and our design approach on our new Things You Need to Know page!

Learn more about the Merlin TSM on our updated TSM Info Page!
We have given our Merlin TSM page a thorough re-write and update! Along with being fully current, we have added detailed descriptions and insights on our mighty little monitor speaker! Check it out here!

Merlin TSM-MMM Review in Canada HiFi Magazine
A very through and detailed review of our TSM-MMM by Malcom Gomes. You can download view the whole issue (PDF) of Canada HiFi at their website www.canadahifi.com for free. To just read the review, click here!.

Merlin VSM & BAM Improvements & Upgrades
Another profound improvement and low cost! All new Super BAMs, Master BAMs and VSM's are now built with Cardas Clear geometry cable. The difference in the coherence, tonal balance, relaxed nature and sense of realism is not to be believed. An inexpensive upgrade for any BAM and/or VSM, especially when you consider the benefits. Call the factory for a quote and have your bam upgraded. Bobby says "its a must do!" Click here to view some customer comments.

TSM Speaker Upgrades
We are also happy to announce that we are offering Clear geometry cable as an upgrade to "all" previous versions of the TSM (and VSM too - see above). We have already performed this upgrade to a number of older models with exceptional results. Another must do! call the factory for prices. Click here to view some customer comments from Merlin TSM owners.

New Models - Better Performance - Less Money!
We have revised our whole product line-up with new proprietary wiring made for us by Cardas Audio. Along with improved performance, we have also been able to lower prices on some models as well from standardizing the wiring across all Merlin models - Click HERE to read the details!

Merlin @ 2012 RMAF
We had a great time at the 2012 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver CO where we showed the Master VSM (VSM-MXM) speaker system along with the Ars-Sonum Gran Filarmonia Integrated amp. Thanks to the recent improvements to the speakers and BAM (see improvement and upgrade news items below), a great amplifier, terrific cabling and a wonderful new digital front end, we had great sound and many wonderful comments from folks who stopped by our show room. You can view some pictures here with a summary of the system we used. We will post links to show comments as we find them and list them below:
Stereophile.com Show Report Comment by Stephen Mejias
PositiveFeedback.com RMAF 2012 Photographic Journey (Dave & Carol Clark)
PostiveFeedback.com RMAF 2012 Impressions by David Robison (scroll half way down)
Positive Feedback Online Audio Oasis Award
AudioCircle.com Dave C's Best of RMAF 2012
StereoMojo.com RMAF 2012 Show Report (scroll about half way down)
Show Attendee Comments on AudioCircle.com

More Show Attendee Comments on AudioCircle.com (scroll down more than half way)



Merlin Music Systems is the Authorized North American Distributor for Ars-Sonum gear, which is meticulously handcrafted in Spain! For more info and pricing, please contact us at 585-367-2390 or by e-mail.

The Gran Filarmonia is here!

Click on the picture above or here to view
Gran Filarmonia literature (PDF)

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New Filarmonia-J Now Available!
The Filarmonia-J features several
improvements, including the same direct
coupled circuit found in the Gran Filarmonia.

Click here to view Filarmonia-J product literature.

Ars-Sonum Fliarmonia SE
Stereophile Magazine Class A
Recommended Component!
[October 2007 Stereophile Magazine]

Igor Zamberlan from VIDEOHIFI.com reports
on the Filarmonia SE and gives some great
insight into the differences between the
VSM-MMe and VSM-MXe!

Click here to read John Marks review of the
Filarmonia Integrated in his 5th Element
Column In Stereophile Magazine.


 
 


 

 

The Ars Sonum Gran Filarmonia Review!
After taking a close listen to the Merlin Master VSM (see below), StereoMojo.com reviewer Malcolm Gomes gives the Ars Sonum Grand Filarmonia a close listen in this very thorough review!
Click here to check out the review!

StereoMojo.com Reviews the Master VSM
Malcolm Gomes at StereoMojo.com takes a very in depth look and listen to our Master VSM (VSM-MXM) Speaker System and is duly impressed! Click here to jump to the review @ StereoMojo,com!

Latest Merlin Reviews
Some comments & reviews from around the globe on the Merlin Master VSM & TSM. Malcom Gomes in Dubai at the Kahleej Times comments on the Merlin Master VSM, then Henry Chen and Editor Tzara Lin of the HiFi Monthly in Taiwan reviews the Master TSM (click here to view original review in PDF with pictures and test plots and click here for english translation).

Merlin & Ars Sonum @ RMAF 2011
Thanks to all of those how came by and listened to our show system. The Master VSM - Ars Sonum Gran Filarmonia combo was sounding terrific (some of our best show sound ever we feel)! Check out the show report comments below too see what others thought about the sound of our room!
- Positive Feedback On-line Show Report by Dave & Carol Clark
- Positive Feedback On-line Show Report & Audio Oasis Award!
- Marc Mickelson at TheAudioBeat.com
- StereoMojo.com Show Report
- PartTimeAudiophile.com shares his thoughts!
- Martin Logan's Owners Forum Comment

The Master VSM & Master TSM Now Available!
A step above our current (and still available) VSM & TSM MMi & MXr offerings, the Master series VSM & TSM are now available. The Master VSM features new Cardas Clear based internal wiring, Master BAM, Master RCs and Premium Clear Coat finish all standard. The Master TSM features the new Cardas Clear based internal wiring, Master RCs and Premium Clear Coat finish standard. Call or e-mail us for more details or click here to view NEW product lit on the VSM speaker systems.

- VSM Master Owner Reviews here at AudioReview.com!
- TSM Master Owner Reviews at AudioReview.com
-TSM Master Reviews on AudioGon.com

Dual Mono Dual Input/Output Master BAM
New dual monaural, dual ops (RCA & balanced inputs/outputs) Master BAM. Two full and separate channels on two chassis. Superior separation, less distortion, 50% longer battery life and the AC sounds virtually as good as battery ops does. Increased bandwidth, clarity, dynamics, expanse and just more live sounding. Contact us for upgrade information of existing dual ops S-BAMs.

New Master BAM and Master RCs Now Available!
 Please call or e-mail us for details on our new Master Bam and Master RCs. While the original Super BAM and RCs are still available, these new Master series Merlin products incorporate very special (proprietary) Duelund capacitors that significantly improve the performance of both the RCs and the BAM! Click here to visit our Merlin Product News web page with more details on these new products.

Bobby P's Tips'n Tweaks!
Click here to check out some neat inexpensive tweaks to get the best out of your Merlin speakers or battery BAM from the desk of Bobby Palkovic.

Lead Free 'e' Upgrades and Info!
After many requests from customers, we have reconsidered offering upgrades that will turn a set of MM or MX speakers to lead free MMe/MXe versions. Please call or e-mail us for details and pricing. Other related info:
Initial feedback/reports from lead free VSM and TSM owners.
Info on the new lead free 'e' RoHS compliant VSM and TSM speakers.

Merlin Customer/Owner Reviews!!!
To read what Merlin VSM & TSM owners say about their speakers, click on the links below. Lots of great reading here from a wide range of owners!
NEW! Merlin VSM-MMe/MXe Owner Reviews on AudioReview.com

Merlin VSM Owner Reviews on AudioReview.com
Merlin TSM Owner Reviews on AudioReview.com
 



Merlin TSM & VSM


The VSM-MXM (Master VSM) and TSM-MXM (TSM Master) pictured in Ruby Heart Red premium clearcoat finish. Click on picture above to view PDF product literature on the Merlin VSM.

Stereophile lists the VSM as a Class A Recommended Component!
We are very proud to see the VSM in their (October 2009) Class A (Restricted Extreme LF) speaker ranking!
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Merlin TSM-MMM

TSM Loudspeaker
The TSM-MMM pictured in Studio Black finish.
 

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