Quintessence Audio Ltd.

Quintessence Audio Ltd. For over 30 years, we’ve been providing extremely high-end electronics to people seeking only the best in quality sound, including speakers and sound systems for homes and offices.

Quintessence Audio Ltd. has served the Chicagoland area since 1977. Our commitment to customer service, quality product, and demonstration has allowed what began as a part-time, home business to become Chicago's premier, Hi-End Audio retailer.

Operating as usual

Something awesome this way comeSonus faber
11/24/2021

Something awesome this way come

Sonus faber

Last night Quintessence Audio Ltd. installed a Data Conversion Systems Ltd Vivaldi Transport, Rossini DAC and Clock to g...
11/11/2021

Last night Quintessence Audio Ltd. installed a Data Conversion Systems Ltd Vivaldi Transport, Rossini DAC and Clock to go with his Wilson Audio DAW's, Clearaudio USA Master Innovation with a DS Audio W2 system, Audio Research Corporation and Critical Mass Systems Maxxum rack.

What's next you ask? Cables. Stay tuned.

We installed the new Wilson Audio diodes (spikes) on a pair of Alexia 1's.  The customer was happy with the instant impr...
10/29/2021

We installed the new Wilson Audio diodes (spikes) on a pair of Alexia 1's. The customer was happy with the instant improvement in the sound. Oh yeah, his house is really cool too!

We installed the new Wilson Audio diodes (spikes) on a pair of Alexia 1's. The customer was happy with the instant improvement in the sound. Oh yeah, his house is really cool too!

Quintessence Audio Ltd. just received our demo Franc Wood Block equipment rack with the Carbon Fat inserts.  Ours is in ...
10/27/2021

Quintessence Audio Ltd. just received our demo Franc Wood Block equipment rack with the Carbon Fat inserts. Ours is in the Palisander Rio wood finish and it is much more beautiful in person then the pictures will show. Stop in for a peak. Thanks to our friends at Monarch Systems Ltd.

Although you can't see it here, we installed a Sonus faber Gravis VI subwoofer to compliment his Il Cremonese's.  Data C...
10/21/2021

Although you can't see it here, we installed a Sonus faber Gravis VI subwoofer to compliment his Il Cremonese's. Data Conversion Systems Ltd Rossini streaming DAC, Audio Research REF6SE, REF250SE's and REF Phono 3.

Although you can't see it here, we installed a Sonus faber Gravis VI subwoofer to compliment his Il Cremonese's. Data Conversion Systems Ltd Rossini streaming DAC, Audio Research REF6SE, REF250SE's and REF Phono 3.

A new pair of custom Transparent Audio speaker cables and bi-wire jumpers to go with his Sonus faber Minima Amator speak...
10/13/2021

A new pair of custom Transparent Audio speaker cables and bi-wire jumpers to go with his Sonus faber Minima Amator speakers and PrimaLuna EVO300 integrated amplifier.

Previously, the customer was skeptical of cables. We loaned him some demo's to justify the expense and now he's a believer.

A new pair of custom Transparent Audio speaker cables and bi-wire jumpers to go with his Sonus faber Minima Amator speakers and PrimaLuna EVO300 integrated amplifier.

Previously, the customer was skeptical of cables. We loaned him some demo's to justify the expense and now he's a believer.

We have to give props to a customer who buys a new home and orders a stereo before the furniture and artwork.  Boulder A...
10/02/2021

We have to give props to a customer who buys a new home and orders a stereo before the furniture and artwork. Boulder Amplifiers 866 streaming integrated amp, Wilson Audio Sasha Daw's in Ivory with Lemans Blue grills and Transparent Cable Reference Balanced Cables, Speaker Cables and Power Cords.

We have to give props to a customer who buys a new home and orders a stereo before the furniture and artwork. Boulder Amplifiers 866 streaming integrated amp, Wilson Audio Sasha Daw's in Ivory with Lemans Blue grills and Transparent Cable Reference Balanced Cables, Speaker Cables and Power Cords.

Usually, we like to feature our products when we post images, but seriously?  Look at this house!A Quintessence Audio Lt...
09/28/2021

Usually, we like to feature our products when we post images, but seriously? Look at this house!

A Quintessence Audio Ltd. customer from Chicago recently built a mountain home in Asheville, NC and we helped him get everything setup and sounding great. He upgraded to a new Audio Research Reference 80s to go with his Wilson Audio Sabrina's

Usually, we like to feature our products when we post images, but seriously? Look at this house!

A Quintessence Audio Ltd. customer from Chicago recently built a mountain home in Asheville, NC and we helped him get everything setup and sounding great. He upgraded to a new Audio Research Reference 80s to go with his Wilson Audio Sabrina's

New Critical Mass Systems Center Stage 2M are now on display at Quintessence.  Every aspect of audio performance is impr...
09/23/2021

New Critical Mass Systems Center Stage 2M are now on display at Quintessence. Every aspect of audio performance is improved in each of these models - attack, bloom, decay, pace, rhythm, timing, timbre, low frequency extension, mid-range emotion, high frequency expression, soundstage width, depth, height, forward extension, imaging, layering, blackness, low level ambience - every important aspect of realism is improved.

New Critical Mass Systems Center Stage 2M are now on display at Quintessence. Every aspect of audio performance is improved in each of these models - attack, bloom, decay, pace, rhythm, timing, timbre, low frequency extension, mid-range emotion, high frequency expression, soundstage width, depth, height, forward extension, imaging, layering, blackness, low level ambience - every important aspect of realism is improved.

Quintessence Audio Ltd. would like to thank Trent Suggs, the new owner of Audio Research for taking the time out of his ...
09/21/2021

Quintessence Audio Ltd. would like to thank Trent Suggs, the new owner of Audio Research for taking the time out of his really busy schedule to spend the day with us and our customers. It is really great to see such an iconic company in good hands. The new I50 integrated looks and sounds amazing! We will have our demo -in blue- in October.

Also, thanks to HiFi Turtle for the product review and interview with Trent.

https://youtu.be/_PEh1J5EG2A

Some beautiful Dynaudio North America Contour 30i's in Walnut to go with the biker gang.Quintessence Audio Ltd.
09/15/2021

Some beautiful Dynaudio North America Contour 30i's in Walnut to go with the biker gang.

Quintessence Audio Ltd.

Some beautiful Dynaudio North America Contour 30i's in Walnut to go with the biker gang.

Quintessence Audio Ltd.

This week we received our demo Ethernet Switch from Synergistic Research.  This was a significant improvement to streami...
09/10/2021

This week we received our demo Ethernet Switch from Synergistic Research. This was a significant improvement to streaming on all systems that we tested. dCS, Boulder, Lumin, Moon, Goldnote, etc. will all benefit from this product. Lower noise floor, better dynamic range, better focus, improved bass extension and impact.

Locate the switch close to the streamer and all you need is a high quality Ethernet cable to go between this and your streamer or streamer/DAC.

We have sold out of our initial order but more are coming.

$2295 and comes with a $599 Foundation Power Cord.

Available for in store auditions.

I want one!  Audio Research has announced that they are coming out with a new line of products.  The first one is a 50 w...
09/09/2021

I want one!

Audio Research has announced that they are coming out with a new line of products. The first one is a 50 watt per channel integrated amp. It has 4 inputs -3 single ended and 1 balanced, an optional DAC and an optional phono (available 2022). It comes with 2 matched pairs of 6550WE tubes. It is available in 6 different color combinations.

We have ordered our store demo in the blue and we are very excited to get it. ETA is October.

Fully analog only system that was a joy to installClearaudio USA Innovation Compact Wood with a Jubilee Panzerholz cartr...
09/08/2021

Fully analog only system that was a joy to install

Clearaudio USA Innovation Compact Wood with a Jubilee Panzerholz cartridge, PrimaLuna EVO400 tube integrated amplifier and a stunning pair of Sonus faber Maxima Amator speakers.

#hifi #vinylrecords

Fully analog only system that was a joy to install

Clearaudio USA Innovation Compact Wood with a Jubilee Panzerholz cartridge, PrimaLuna EVO400 tube integrated amplifier and a stunning pair of Sonus faber Maxima Amator speakers.

#hifi #vinylrecords

This is a great example of how to use a small space.  In this case it is a basement.  Beautifully decorated mid century ...
09/04/2021

This is a great example of how to use a small space. In this case it is a basement. Beautifully decorated mid century modern man's cave. Now, with fantastic sound thanks to Sonus faber, MOON by Simaudio and Data Conversion Systems Ltd.

We discussed the next upgrade to the system which may include running new Transparent Audio speaker cables and a Clearaudio Innovation turntable with a DSAudio DS003.

This is a great example of how to use a small space. In this case it is a basement. Beautifully decorated mid century modern man's cave. Now, with fantastic sound thanks to Sonus faber, MOON by Simaudio and Data Conversion Systems Ltd.

We discussed the next upgrade to the system which may include running new Transparent Audio speaker cables and a Clearaudio Innovation turntable with a DSAudio DS003.

Thank you Tom for letting us come into your home and setup the AMG Viella turntable with the 12" turbo arm and a Koetsu ...
08/27/2021

Thank you Tom for letting us come into your home and setup the AMG Viella turntable with the 12" turbo arm and a Koetsu Rosewood Signature Plaitinum. We enjoyed listening to your Jazz collection that night.

Thank you Tom for letting us come into your home and setup the AMG Viella turntable with the 12" turbo arm and a Koetsu Rosewood Signature Plaitinum. We enjoyed listening to your Jazz collection that night.

Our most popular turntable right now, a Clearaudio USA.  Great looking color combination with a DS Audio DS003 cartridge...
08/24/2021

Our most popular turntable right now, a Clearaudio USA. Great looking color combination with a DS Audio DS003 cartridge and phono pre amp

Clearaudiohifi

Our most popular turntable right now, a Clearaudio USA. Great looking color combination with a DS Audio DS003 cartridge and phono pre amp

Clearaudiohifi

Quintessence Audio Ltd. had a great time last night putting together and calibrating a  Clearaudiohifi Master Innovation...
08/19/2021

Quintessence Audio Ltd. had a great time last night putting together and calibrating a Clearaudiohifi Master Innovation. Brilliant engineering and design on this table. Everything is designed with a purpose and manufactured to amazing precision. On top of that, IT"S BEAUTIFUL!

What an incredible system with a DS Audio DS W2 optical cartridge and matching equalizer. The rest of the system includes Audio Research LS28 (soon to be a REF6SE) and a pair of REF160M's, Wilson Audio Sasha DAW's and a Critical Mass Systems Maxxum rack that matches the DAW's.

The empty space on top is reserved for a Data Conversion Systems Ltd Rossini Transport, DAC and Clock.

Musical Surroundings

After setting up the Wilson Audio Yvette's, the customer sat down and put on his favorite album and all he could says wa...
08/14/2021

After setting up the Wilson Audio Yvette's, the customer sat down and put on his favorite album and all he could says was "wow".

After setting up the Wilson Audio Yvette's, the customer sat down and put on his favorite album and all he could says was "wow".

Setup of the Boulder Amplifiers 866 streaming integrated amp only took a few minutes, but the customer will enjoy it for...
08/07/2021

Setup of the Boulder Amplifiers 866 streaming integrated amp only took a few minutes, but the customer will enjoy it for years to come.

Setup of the Boulder Amplifiers 866 streaming integrated amp only took a few minutes, but the customer will enjoy it for years to come.

This week we upgraded a customers Data Conversion Systems Ltd Bartok streaming DAC to a Rossini.  As great as the Bartok...
07/23/2021

This week we upgraded a customers Data Conversion Systems Ltd Bartok streaming DAC to a Rossini. As great as the Bartok is, the Rossini is more involving, 3 dimensional and has a lot more detail. Supporting electronics are Boulder Amplifiers 1110 pre and 1160 power amp, Wilson Audio Alexia speakers and Transparent Audio Reference level line conditioning, balanced and speaker cables.

This week we upgraded a customers Data Conversion Systems Ltd Bartok streaming DAC to a Rossini. As great as the Bartok is, the Rossini is more involving, 3 dimensional and has a lot more detail. Supporting electronics are Boulder Amplifiers 1110 pre and 1160 power amp, Wilson Audio Alexia speakers and Transparent Audio Reference level line conditioning, balanced and speaker cables.

Not a bad home office system!  MOON by Simaudio 850P pre amplifier, 680D streaming DAC, 860a power amp and a pair of Wil...
07/21/2021

Not a bad home office system! MOON by Simaudio 850P pre amplifier, 680D streaming DAC, 860a power amp and a pair of Wilson Audio Yvettes. As soon as the rest of the furniture goes in, Quintessence Audio Ltd. will go back to dial in the speakers and spike them.

Not a bad home office system! MOON by Simaudio 850P pre amplifier, 680D streaming DAC, 860a power amp and a pair of Wilson Audio Yvettes. As soon as the rest of the furniture goes in, Quintessence Audio Ltd. will go back to dial in the speakers and spike them.

This is the story our journey with our customer and friend Marty. This story starts as just a turntable upgrade and took...
07/17/2021

This is the story our journey with our customer and friend Marty. This story starts as just a turntable upgrade and took 5 months to complete. All of us at Quintessence Audio Ltd. enjoyed working with Marty and we are excited about the final product.

Marty decided that he wanted to upgrade to the Clearaudio USA Innovation with the Jubilee cartridge. One problem, it did not fit on his stand. We considered several options but ended up deciding to take another approach and he suggested moving the system to the basement. If we did that, we had a blank slate and could do whatever we wanted. He mentioned to me that in a few years he wanted to buy his dream system. Then he thought, why should I wait. He asked, if we move to the basement and have a blank slate, what would you recommend for a dream system? Well...

The first step was to have the room analyzed by Vicoustic to come up with a plan to treat the room for optimized sound. Room acoustics are often overlooked by customers and can have the most significant impact on the sound of the system. We not only wanted a room that sounded amazing, but looked great. Vicoustic will analyze the room and send a 3D rendering showing what the room will look like after we install the panels. Vicoustic treatments are not your room treatment from the 80’s and 90’s. Instead of placing cylinders within the room, Vicoustic becomes part of the room and transforms the room with a modern look, even allowing the flat panel TV to be sonically treated. Current Construction did the installation for us including the backlighting of the panels.

Next was to come up with a plan for the dream 2 channel system. He was going to continue to use his existing Data Conversion Systems Ltd Bartok DAC and Rossini Clock and his Sonus faber Cremonese speakers. For the pre amp and amplifier we recommended Boulder Amplifiers 2110 and 2160. Dedicated electrical lines were run for the electronics. A great system like this one deserves great cables. For all the balanced cables, line conditioning and speaker cables we went with Transparent Audio new Gen6 Ultra.

Next was the home theater portion. Marty wanted a 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos system. We used 2 Sonus Faber Gravis V subwoofers and a Vox center up front in red to match the Cremonese's. We used 4 Sonus Faber Olympica Nova Wall's for the Atmos speakers and 2 more for the surround channels. For the surround back we used a pair of Sonus Faber Olympica Nova 1's on stands. The processor is a McIntosh Laboratory Inc. MX123 and a MC255 for the center, surround and surround back. The MI254 was used for the Atmos speakers. Transparent in-wall cables were used for all of the surround speakers.

Every component can be negatively affected by unwanted vibrations. With a system of this caliber, we wanted to make sure we could retain all of the sound. Critical Mass Systems was the obvious choice. We used a QXK rack with Black Sapphire filters all around with the exception of the amp stand where we used Black Platinum.

We had many delay's along the way because of Covid, the Polar Vortex, Inventory shortages, the Suez Canal blockage (no joke), etc, etc. But after 5 months and a lot of patience, Marty got his dream system. For music, the system has an amazing sense of space and incredible fine detail. We played Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and I have to say, it sounded incredible! His LP collection has grown significantly since we originally did his system and he listens to a significant amount of music. After we went through the full calibration of the surround system, we put on the movie Mortal Combat. Sounds were swirling all around the room and then the rain started to fall…right over our heads! It was really awesome! Dynamic range, bass impact, 3 dimension sound -it was all there. No need to go to the theater anymore.

And all he wanted was a better turntable!

Yesterday I was fortunate to help McIntosh Laboratory Inc. setup their reference system at the Chicago Auto Show.  They ...
07/14/2021

Yesterday I was fortunate to help McIntosh Laboratory Inc. setup their reference system at the Chicago Auto Show. They are promoting their new audio system available in the new Wagoneer and Grand cherokee.

All McIntosh products are available at Quintessence Audio Ltd.

We are really excited to have the brand new DS Audio DS003 cartridge and phono pre amp on display.  This is the little b...
07/07/2021

We are really excited to have the brand new DS Audio DS003 cartridge and phono pre amp on display. This is the little brother of the Grand Master -also on display. Be one of the first to hear this new set-up. Available now at Quintessence Audio Ltd.

Musical Surroundings

Address

5701 Dempster St
Morton Grove, IL
60053

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11am - 6pm
Wednesday 11am - 6pm
Thursday 11am - 9pm
Friday 11am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

(847) 966-4434

Products

Dynaudio, McIntosh, Audio Research, Sonus Faber, Wilson Audio, SimAudio, Moon, Lumin, Cardas, Kubala, Nordost, Clearaudio, AMG, DCS, Accuphase, Atoll, Koetsu, Musical Surroundings, Vicoustic

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Finally...Wood Block CARBON Rack (the first one with new horizontal beams wooden covers) on its place. Thank you Monarch Systems Ltd. exclusive distributor of franc audio accessories in North America and Quintessence Audio Ltd.
Amazing set up by Quintessence Audio Ltd. 🙌
A 2 in 1 Home Cinema and Hi-Fi Room. This 7.2.4 Cinema Room is easily convertible into a Stereo Room by placing Multifuser DC2 hung to the TV set. 💡 Confused? 👉 Check it on the Portfolio: https://vicoustic.com/project/2-in-1-home-theater-and-hifi-room This Project was designed by Vicoustic and installed in a Chicago home by Quintessence Audio Ltd. and Focal Naim America. Products used were #multifuserdc2 #victotem #wavewood #cinemaroundpremium #flexiwaveultra #vicoustic #acousticpanels #acoustics #acousticdesign
What have we here? The coolest turntable clamp available: the Ultra carbon TC-40, 40mm tall and nearly 2 lbs., sitting atop the Clearaudio Ovation turntable with a 9" universal tonearm and a Hana Umami cartridge. If you’re in Chicagoland, all of this spinning awesomeness can be found at Quintessence Audio, 5701 W. Dempster Street in Morton Grove. C’mon, you know you want to hear it. Trust us, it’s worth it! Quintessence Audio Ltd. Clearaudiohifi Hana cartridges #hifi #turntable #analog #vinyl #vinylaccessories #highend #highendaudio Franc Audio Accessories #ultracarbon
The top photo is the concept. The bottom photo is the actual room after installation. Vicoustic designed this project and presented it in a realistic way to Quintessence Audio Ltd., in Chicago. We took into consideration the room's reverberation time, first order reflection points and bass response. Time to request your project: https://vicoustic.com/project-request
New year, new showrooms. This one is from Quintessence Audio Ltd., our Chicago-based audio-dealer.
Who needs TV ! Can’t get over how amazing this sounds . Makes me smile every time I listen.
#SabrinaX is available in three standard and three upgrade WilsonGloss® finishes, which can be coordinated with five grille colors. Metalwork is available in either clear or black anodize. Price (U.S. MSRP) Standard Colors—$18,500 Upgrade Colors—$19,500 Available now worldwide for immediate audition. DEALERS DISPLAYING SabrinaX IN THE UNITED STATES: - Arizona, Scottsdale & Tempe: LMC Home Entertainment: Legendary Music & Cinema - California, Pasadena: Audio Element - California, Berkley & San Fransico: Music Lovers Audio & Video - California, Santa Monica: The Audio Salon - California, San Diego: Alma Music and Audio - California, Newport Beach: Excel Audio - Colorado, Wheat Ridge: Crescendo Fine Audio - Florida, West Palm Beach: Audio Advisors - Florida, Coral Gables: Audio Salon - Florida, Ormond Beach: Salon One Audio LLC - Georgia, Atlanta: HiFi Buys - Illinois, Morton Grove: Quintessence Audio Ltd. - Kansas City, Merriam: Deva Audio - Maryland, Bethesda: JS Audio - Michigan, Ann Arbor: Paragon Sight & Sound - Minnesota, Minneapolis: Audio Perfection - Missouri, Kansas City: & Nebraska, Omaha: The Sound Environment - New York, New York City: Innovative Audio Video Showrooms - New York, New York City: Lyric Hi Fi - New York, Mt. Kisco: Entertainment Technologies - New York, Amherst: Speaker Shop - Tennesee, Nashville: hifibuysnashville - Texas, Dallas: Audio Concepts - Texas, Austin: Sound Sanctuary Austin - Utah, Sandy: Utah Audio - Washington, Seattle & Bellevue: Definitive INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION: - Australia: Advance Audio Australia - Canada - Montreal: SON OR FILTRONIQUE - Canada - Markham, Toronto: Audio Excellence Canada - Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway: PS AUDIO Scandinavia - England: Absolute Sounds - France: Europe Audio Diffusion - Germany: Audio Reference GmbH - Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China: Jadis Electronics Limited極品音響器材有限公司 - Indonesia: Sinar Mas - Italy: Audio Natali - Japan: Stella Inc. - Korea: K-ONE AV CORPORATION - Netherlands: Reference Sounds - Poland: FAST sp. z o.o. (AudioFast) - Spain: Sarte Audio Elite - Switzerland: Audio-Video Spalinger AG - Taiwan: Everest Audio - Thailand: Deco2000 - Viet Nam: Hoa P**c Audio Equipment Co,.Ltd
We are so happy to be working with Chicago's premier high-end audio retailer, Quintessence Audio Ltd. If you're in the Chicago area, be sure to stop by for an incredible audio experience!
Today I'm officially no longer with Quintessence Audio. I would like to thank Mick and Patrick for years of being the best employer anyone could ask for. I begin a new endeavor as Marketing and Sales Director for Synergistic Research. I would also like to welcome John Fehr to the Quintessence family, I'm sure he'll be a great team member. But most importantly I'd like to thank all of the clients and friends I've made over my years there. I will miss you all (okay maybe not a few of you 😉) Kind Regards David Weintraub
Great service and great people to deal with.
Announcing three more AXPONA systems that were winners. See the post here https://bit.ly/2J5wqay AXPONA Audio Expo North America, Voxativ Acoustic Technologies GTT Audio & Video, Quintessence Audio Ltd.