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Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
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Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Review
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I recently discovered and fell in love with Quilt, based out of Boston. They mine late 60's psychedelia and inject their own original vision. Their latest album, Held In Splendor is simply a marvel of interlocking guitar parts, unusual harmonies, complex melodies, and great songs. Another good recording, the tracks seem to float in space, unvarnished by electronic haze, and the Mini Passive was completely out of the way.

David Eugene Edwards is one of my very favorite musicians of recent times, and a genius of untold proportion. He has plied his trade through two main bands, 16 Horsepower, and now, Wovenhand. I went back to his earlier 16 Horsepower discography and such albums as Sackcloth ‘n Ashes, Secret South, and Low Estate. The albums hold up incredibly well, and the Tisbury maintains the intense gothic folk rock vibe. The menacing banjos, stand up bass, and electric guitar flourishes were also quite engrossing.

Moving to a stack of pre-recorded 7.5 ips reel-to-reel tapes, the creamy analog richness of these reels, albeit some with analog tape hiss, was utterly addicting. Classic titles like Joan Baez’s Joan and Blessed Are, Ian & Sylvia’s Play One More, Judy Collins' In My Life, and a host of others were communicated with an extremely appealing grace and a natural lushness.

Any sonic grievances? Nothing major. The only thing I found was that the Mini Passive ever so slightly shrunk to overall soundstage compared to much more costlier passives, like the Music First Classic V.2, which by the way, costs about twenty five times more! The unit is also very light, so heavy cables may be a bit of a sticking point, although I prefer low mass designs.  Other than that, there was nothing to complain about. Plenty of usable volume range. Sure, a remote would be nice, but most of the time, I never missed it.

Tisbury Audio Mini Passive


Tisbury Audio is a wonderful new addition to the world of HiFi. The Mini Passive is a great component at a great price that is purist all the way. If transparency, getting as close to the source as possible, and reducing electronic noise in your system is a priority, the Tisbury Mini Passive is a great choice.  On top of all that it is a very attractive piece of kit as they say across the pond, and it’s small footprint will not gobble up shelf space. This is one easy recommendation. I look forward to seeing what new products Tisbury brings to market in the future.


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