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Mono & Stereo, exclusive interview with Brinkmann Audio - Matthias Lück

You're invited to read a detailed exclusive interview with Matthias Lück (co-owner from 2018) from Brinkmann Audio. Lück has also co-developed the Nyquist Streaming DAC together with Helmut Brinkmann.

Brinkmann Audio was formed in 1985 by Helmut Brinkmann after he sold his previous company, Audiolabor. Helmut’s loyal customers urged him to continue developing audio gear and Brinkmann was born.

Growing up, Helmut had many professional musicians in his circle of family and friends and they, in concert with the live music they performed daily, were and still are his primary inspiration. In terms of High End Audio, Mr. Görlich, Jörg Jeklin, Günter Pauler and John Curl were significant while Erhard Breuer, designer of the eponymous tonearm which Helmut used to distribute in Germany, was a particularly strong influence.

Click here to download the 5 page interview.


A Higher Level of Analogue Performance - RöNt III Tube Power Supply

Brinkmann is proud to announce RöNt III: the third generation of Tube Power Supply for all Brinkmann turntables. This product debuts Brinkmann’s proprietary “Rectifier Valve Simulator” to combine higher performance with lifetime reliability. Like all Brinkmann Audio products, the RöNt is an evolutionary design, refined over 25 years of continuous production. In keeping with this non-obsolescent philosophy, some of the new model’s advancements are retrofittable to earlier versions.

The original RöNt debuted in 1995, resulting from Helmut Brinkmann's experimentation with vacuum tubes at every point in the audio signal path. Helmut found that the vacuum in rectifier tubes isolates their plates from the cathodes and isolates the power line from the drive circuitry. This enables the RöNt to function as an application-specific power line purifier for Brinkmann turntables, improving their sound in terms of clarity, transparency and dimensionality.

In 2007, Brinkmann introduced their bespoke "Sinus" Direct Drive and Belt Drive motors, designed and manufactured in-house exclusively for use in Brinkmann Turntables. Sinus motors required more current than the Pabst units utilised in earlier Brinkmann' tables, which necessitated the development of RöNt II.

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SRM-700S Solid State Energiser for Earspeakers

For decades Stax has designed and manufactured electrostatic energisers, to complement their fine range of electrostatic Earspeakers.

During this period, timeless designs like the SRM-T1, SRM-T1S, SRM-T2 and SRM-T8000 have established themselves as first class energisers. Driving Stax electrostatic Earspeakers to new levels of performance.

We are delighted to announce the new SRM-700S. This new energiser utilises the latest thinking from Stax engineers. The SRM-700S is a direct coupled pure Class A design.

A new custom made low-noise dual FET input stage has been developed, from the ground up. For the first time in Stax history a J-FET has been employed in the second stage. The output of the J-FET is excellent in low noise amplification. As well as providing a large current emitter follower circuit, which brings out the full performance of the Earspeaker.

Click here to download the 7 page news release.


SRM-700T VacuumTube Energiser for Earspeakers

For decades Stax has designed and manufactured electrostatic energisers, to complement their fine range of electrostatic Earspeakers.

During this period, timeless designs like the SRM-T1, SRM-T1S, SRM-T2 and SRM-T8000 have established themselves as first class energisers. Driving Stax electrostatic Earspeakers to new levels of performance.

We are delighted to announce the new SRM-700T. This new energiser utilises the latest thinking from Stax engineers. The SRM-700T is a direct coupled pure Class A design.

A new custom made low-noise dual FET input stage has been developed from the ground up. The second stage of the circuit utilises a 6SN7 GT vacuum tube. This tube is the original version of the famous 6FQ7 which has been used in Stax energisers for decades. The 6SN7 is a powerful linear tube, ideal for driving the electrostatic diaphragms of the Stax Earspeakers. The output of the 6SN7 is connected directly to the electrostatic diaphragms via a pair of high quality non-inductive winding resistors from VISHAY. These resistors are of the highest quality.

Click here to download the 7 page news release.


New Kiseki Models

We are delighted to announce two new Kiseki Models today.

 Analogue Heaven

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Pi Moving Coil Cartridge

For Brinkmann, “High Fidelity” stands as the ultimate pinnacle of achievable sound reproduction. Simply put, there is nothing better than “High Fidelity”: after all, a facsimile can never sound better than the original. While some will argue that perfect music playback is an illusion. Helmut Brinkmann however, leaves nothing to chance as he works on perfecting this illusion, thus making music playback as real as possible.

Brinkmann developed the Pi cartridge alongside their tonearms

With an ingenious mounting system for the different parts, Brinkmann have manage to optimise the cartridge’s chassis to control resonances and with the cartridge’s dynamic mass, ensure it works beautifully with Brinkmann’s tonearms.


Due to the Pi’s neutrality, it can be used with not just Brinkmann tonearms, but many other brands of tonearm as well. If unsure about compatibility, please speak to Nigel at Symmetry.

Click here to download the 2 page news release.


Groove Moves

In addition to the increased advertising in publications discussed in the last issue of Groove Moves, Brinkmann is undertaking a complete overhaul of their website and is also developing all-new marketing materials. Both of these changes will debut in early 2021 and should have an enormously positive impact on sales. Stay tuned!

Taurus Review

Coming Soon - The editors of the absolute sound have informed Brinkmann that Allan Moulton’s review of their Taurus Turntable, 12.1 Tonearm, Pi Cartridge and RöNt Tube Power Supply will appear in the February, 2021 issue of TAS. We have every reason to expect an enthusiastic review!

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Brinkmann Audio Nyquist Mk II Streaming DAC review

The long running battle of analog versus digital is not showing any signs of stopping any time soon. Proponents of either side have been going at it for many years, but personally I don’t see why we cannot enjoy both without sacrificing the sound quality and the enjoyment of our beloved music regardless of the format. Those who are against digital often say that it sounds cold and sterile compared to vinyl, but is it actually true in every single case? The answer is, of course, no. Brinkmann Audio Nyquist Mk II Streaming DAC is a prime example of how to properly handle digital formats without sacrificing sound quality and presenting music with a natural uncoloured sound that would appeal even to the most zealous analog proponent.

Built by hand in Germany by Helmut Brinkmann and his team of engineers, the Nyquist, now in its second incarnation, follows Brinkmann’s long-standing philosophy that everything has an effect on sound and that these influences are real, even if all of them cannot be explained scientifically.Which is why all Brinkmann components are built using specifically chosen materials, carefully inspected by Helmut Brinkmann himself to make sure everything functions exactly as intended to provide the most enjoyable audio experience. The Nyquist Mk II is no exception.

Fairly compact in design, the Nyquist Mk II has a distinct look similar to other Brinkmann components, such as Marconi Line Preamplifier, with transparent glass top, heat sinks on both sides, two large knobs, 3 buttons and a small display in the middle.

In order to eliminate unwanted vibrations and completely isolate the unit, it comes with 12 kg granite base, which has the exact same width and depth as the DAC and fits perfectly underneath it. Brinkmann recommends not to have anything else between the DAC and the granite base as both of them are tuned as a single unit. The granite base can of course be placed on other isolation devices.

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Lambda the Next Level

Lyra have been designing and hand crafting moving coil cartridges for over 30 years. Constant evolution of the designs has ensured Lyra are the cartridges of choice for the connoisseur and lovers of analogue playback. Lyra is pleased to announce it’s latest works of art: Etna λ Lambda and Atlas λ Lambda.

A seldom-mentioned yet key factor in defining the performance and sound of a phono cartridge is the suspension and damper system. A cantilever’s materials, dimensions and constructions all affect the sound in unique ways, and unless the dampers and suspension are engineered to be a suitable match to the cantilever chosen, the sound and performance will not be optimal.

For Lyra’s post-2008 New Angle models (Delos, Kleos, Etna, Atlas) Lyra developed tapered dampers to pre-load the cantilever downwards when it is in the rest position, so that the application of vertical tracking force (VTF) will bring the coil angle into alignment with the magnets when the cartridge is in the playing position.

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Taurus Ultimate Direct Drive Turntable

More than a decade ago, Brinkmann inaugurated the Direct Drive Renaissance with the introduction of Oasis.


The first thoroughly modern direct drive turntable, Oasis partnered Helmut Brinkmann’s bespoke, proprietary motor with a massive platter, "Soft" speed control and the myriad engineering flourishes which define Brinkmann Audio’s design ethos. Oasis combined the extreme pitch accuracy and durability of the best direct drive systems with levels of musicality and liquidity which had previously been the exclusive domain of belt drive. Brinkmann's legendary Bardo soon followed and has been their best-selling turntable ever since.

Over the past few years, Brinkmann developed the versatile Spyder, effected evolutionary improvements to their epochal Balance and introduced Nyquist, widely considered the world’s finest Digital-to-Analog Converter. The lessons learned creating these state-of-the-art components suggested ways in which Brinkmann could advance their direct drive concept to a higher level of performance.

Brinkmann proudly introduces Taurus: the finest direct drive turntable they know how to build.

Click here to download the 7 page news release.


Kiseki PurpleHeart NS Moving-Coil Phono Cartridge

Many years ago, when my original Kiseki PurpleHeart Saphhire moving-coil cartridge finally expired after several years of faithful service, a lot of the magic in my audio system disappeared. 

I purchased it several decades ago, based on the strong recommenda-tion of my local dealer at the time, dB Audio, and a quite favor-able mini-review in a moving-coil cartridge survey in TAS (Issue 34, Summer 1984). HP found it to be “a great cartridge” and remarked on its ability to produce a “very, very wide and deep soundstage,” as well as its excellence at reproducing low-level in-formation in complex passages. He also praised its neutrality and transparency. 

I hadn’t planned on such a splurge, but I trusted the dealer, and after hearing it I had to have it. My Kiseki was set up expertly by John Hunter (who eventually moved on to Sumiko and later to REL). To say I was in heaven with its performance would be an understatement. Here was a moving-coil cartridge of moderate-ly low output (0.4mV) that had a captivating harmonic richness without any sacrifice in overall transient speed and clarity, along with an ability to dig deep into the groves to extract fine details.

Click here to download the 3 page article from The Absolute Sound magazine July/August.


Trilogy 906

I left hi-fi retail in 2015 and moved to Devon, bringing with me the best system that our limited budget would allow, and made a few purchases on the advice of respected industry friends to ensure that I could continue to enjoy my record collection for as long as possible. Included in the equipment which followed us here was a Trilogy 907 phono stage, a very handsome two box device with all the delicate audio parts in one very elegant small box, finished in a lovely gloss black, with a power supply in a second box. I kept that at the heart of my system until last year, when I sold it on. It had an excellent sound and was very configurable to match almost any cartridge via a set of dip switches on the underside. My only reason for changing it was that I had reviewed a rival unit for The Ear and just felt that it had a very slight sonic edge and was also more versatile as far as easy configurability was concerned. The other reason was that bane of the life of everyone who has this hobby/obsession (delete as appropriate) - I just fancied a change.

Fast forward to January 2020 and an incoming message from a friend who runs Tangerine Audio, saying he had just taken on a dealership for the Trilogy 906 because he rates it so highly, and would I like to review one for The Ear? Tangerine Audio’s main line of business has been the manufacture of after-market parts for the venerable Linn Sondek LP12, their top plate, armboard, sub-chassis and cross-brace are key components of my own LP12, and are held in very high regard by many other owners of LP12 decks. If the Trilogy 906 has the Tangerine Audio folk excited, then I really should take notice.

The Trilogy 906 has been around for a while now, so this is not a review of a hot new ‘must-have’ gizmo, but rather another chance to look at a device which has slowly but surely built a fine reputation since its launch. British audio engineer Nic Poulson founded Trilogy back in in 1990 and has dedicated the last three decades to building a roster of audio products which reflect his own belief in performance, reliability, pride of ownership and value for money. He also has a fine eye for elegant design and the 906 phono stage is a small but attractive single box.

 Click here to download the review from The Ear.


Voltaire Integrated Sound System

Munich - Although the cancellation of Munich High End 2020 came as a great disappointment to us, we’ve actually found a Silver Lining: Helmut’s efforts to make the NEW “Voltaire” ISS (Integrated Sound System) a masterpiece continue and we would not have had a finished unit to demonstrate at Munich. Our founder is now cloistered in his lab making painstaking design and component decisions, so we’re hoping to demo Voltaire at late-2020 shows. Voltaire will be worth the wait…promise!

Click here to download the review from The Absolute Sound.


Raves For A Full Brinkmann System

In the January, 2020 issue of The Absolute Sound, Jacob Heilbrunn tests a Brinkmann Edison Mk II Phono Preamplifier, Nyquist Mk II DAC and Marconi Mk II Line Preamplifier …and loves them! Even though our Brinkmann components cost a small fraction of the components to which Jacob compares them, he found the Brinkmann system a match for the world’s most expensive gear, concluding, “It represents formidable German engineering allied to a profound sense of musicality that will be difficult for most listeners to resist.” Thanks, Jacob: we couldn’t agree more!

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Brinkmann Nyquist Mk II DAC, Marconi Mk II Linestage, Edison Mk II Phonostage

In New York, over a decade ago, I first came across the Brinkmann Balanced turntable. It was hooked up to a tube power supply—an act of dedication that inspired confidence in the company’s mission to extract the very best possible sound from vinyl records. It remains the only turntable I’ve seen that was powered by tubes.

Helmut Brinkmann’s eponymous company is probably best known for its turntable line, but it has produced a variety of front-end equipment for several decades. Now this German company is mounting a fresh effort to make a mark in that sphere with a passel of new products, including its Nyquist DAC Mk II, Edison Mk II phonostage and Marconi Mk II linestage—all of which, incidentally, contain new old stock Telefunken PCF-803 tubes that were originally used in color television sets back in the 1960s. Brinkmann rates them as having a life expectancy of around twenty years. Brinkmann’s gregarious American representative, Anthony Chiarella, dropped off all three of the Brinkmann units at my house and listened to them for an afternoon before leaving them with me for review.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Brinkmann gear, but I did know that the company’s emphasis on tubes is very much a good thing. I’ve heard a lot of solid-state equipment in recent years, but have never been fully convinced that it can quite attain the ethereal regions that tubes seem to reach and deliver. There is a certain nuance and alacrity, transparency and silkiness, that tubes offer. Don’t get me wrong: Solid-state keeps getting better almost every day in every way. But as with vinyl, the case for using tubes isn’t going away. If anything, it’s getting stronger.

Click here to download the review from The Absolute Sound.