$2,000 Synergistic Research Galileo Universal Interconnect Cell
This XLR version of the Pre-Amp to Power Amp Set is an A stock set, in like new condition with original packaging.
We are selling this set as well as a Speaker Cell Kit for one of our wonderful customers. Actually, this customer is the one who introduced us to Synergistic Research's great line of products, more about that later. The Galileo Cell was one of Synergistic's most sought after products until they stopped making them last year. I believe that they did so because it was a very costly product to make with many different parts to it. I know that both customers and employees of Synergistic Research (SR) were sad to see it go because they felt that it was one of the best sounding products SR made. But it was always one of the things that sold in small volumes to people who already had good systems and good cables who were looking to add something even a step above. Of course that is a smaller market than what you have for something like a PowerCell which everyone needs.
Synergistic Research just came out with a new PowerCell design, the PowerCell 12 UEF, incorporating Uniform Energy Field Technology. Also available are the PowerCell 12 UEF S and PowerCell 12 UEF SE models with a glass top (this last model is the one that High End Zone customers are all buying) . The first ones are shipping from SR this week, so call us or email us to get yours if you don't have a local dealer.
It's a shame they stopped making the Galileo cells but Synergistic products basically last forever. Aside from a different unit that got damaged in shipping and some of the little tuning bullets needing to be replaced over time, I have never known anything of theirs to break down in many years of owning their products myself and selling vast numbers of them. I cannot say that for very many other companies. Ypsilon is another company that I've also never heard of anything from them breaking down. So it's super reliable stuff. And of course we are here to back the product we sell and so is Synergistic Research. All their products are made in the USA and repair is readily available there should it ever be needed. So I would not have any worry over buying this product just because they don't make this model any more. In truth, it probably makes it more valuable.
The Galileo Universal Interconnect Cell is designed to connect to the end of your source to pre-amp interconnect, and at the beginning of your pre to power amp interconnect. They are based on the technology found in SR's PowerCell, using their quantum tunneling technique.
All of our clients who use them and all the reviews we have read have all agreed that it is amazing what happens when this Galileo Interconnect Cell is put into your music's path.
Howard Kneller from Sound Stage Ultra "was immediately confronted with faster, cleaner, more detailed, more dynamic sound than I had ever heard from my system. Soundstaging, three-dimensionality, and image solidity also improved. What was left? Well, pretty much everything took a significant leap forward, but what really struck me was the improvement in refinement."
We're listing this as a 8/10 because it is used and has two very small flaws that only one out of the three of us in the office here noticed. In the pictures below I will show where they are. They are minor but as buyers of high end gear ourselves, we know how awful it feels to receive something and find a flaw that was not disclosed. We never want that to happen to you, our valued customer, on any of our listings. So we do our best, and sometimes pictures can't show flaws in glossy black items- but we are still going to tell you about it.
Another great thing about buying from High End Zone is that this simply affords you a little more protection and peace of mind. We go out of our way to serve our clients and we have 100% positive feedback from both our Audiogon and eBay clients for over 10 years. And in this particular case, since we are an authorized Synergistic Research dealer, if any issues were to arise with your gear, or you need any additional SR products, we will happily and efficiently assist you. Email us if you have any questions.
One of the two small flaws in this set is most noticeable in the following picture, even though two out of the other three pictures with this cell in it do not really show the flaw. The flaw is a small worn spot in the acrylic case on the left edge, almost in line with the "A" in GALILEO.
This set comes with everything pictured below, to these specifications:
Active EM Cells:
Count: 2 Active EM Cells
Internal Conductor Material: Copper/ Trace Silver Alloy, Pure Silver
Chassis Material: Acrylic
Silver Matrix Conductor, Modified Polyethylene dielectric
1 Standard MPC
Build Notes XLR:
Hand built in our California factory
22 point-to-point hand soldered connections
Build time: 1 day
2-step Quantum Tunneling Process
This Galileo Universal Interconnect Cell XLR set has been carefully used in not only a dedicated room, but actually a dedicated building that the owner had built to house his beautiful system. He treats his gear with as much care as I have ever seen from any owner.
It's not played loud for parties or anything like many people's systems are, this is just one audiophile's retreat from the world where he goes and carefully pulls out a record, cleans it with his Audio Desk record cleaner and plays it on his Lloyd Walker Black Diamond V turntable which is connected to a top of the line Audio Research phono stage, Allnic L3000 Preamp, Ypsilon SET 100 Ultimate power amps and the ultimate reference speaker system from Scaena, their top of the line $165,000 1.3 Master Reference system.
Please note that this photo which shows our client's system is from a configuration prior to the install of his Ypsilon SET 100s. This client, like many of our customers, upgrades his system as he is able and excited to - some of his upgrades have been fine attunement products like these SR Cells while others were major upgrades such as his leap from the Lamm M2.2 power amps to the Ypsilon SET 100 Ultimate power amps. Thanks to Audiogon we have found a new home for his Lamm Amps. If you are looking to upgrade your system with Synergistic Research refinements or Ypsilon Electronics then please do email us, we always appreciate the opportunity to earn new business.
This particular pair of Scaena speakers were in Harry Pearson's famous demo room on Long Island where they were his reference pair of speakers for 8 years through various upgrades and despite the fact that all the other manufacturers were trying to get Harry Pearson to take out the Scaenas and put in a pair of their best speakers. After the speakers left Harry's, they were upgraded yet again and installed into Terry's system in the fall of 2013. We were saddened when Mr. Pearson passed on the next year. He contributed as much as anyone to this hobby that we love. I bow my head in reverent appreciation for all that he has contributed to the appreciation of music and audiophile gear.
And now, back to the reason for this particular listing...
Our relationship with SR began as soon as our client learned about the PowerCell technology, he called us up and we became Synergistic Research dealers within the week- his enthusiasm was that contagious! Once our client installed his first PowerCell, he was immediately impressed by what a difference it made in his system. He soon began to buy other Synergistic components, and with every addition a new aspect of his amazing system would be revealed. Since then I have had a number of customers do that. It seems that everything they try from SR makes a big difference in their systems and they end up coming back to buy more. I am more than happy to sell you any of SR's products if you are near me or if you don't have a local SR dealer then please do email us. Of course, if you have a local dealer then please give them your business. The Galileo Cells that we are currently selling are a great way for you to experience the Synergistic Research difference.
We stand behind every sale and will be happy to assist you long after you make your purchase if you should ever need service or parts or upgrades or anything. That's a big advantage buying from High End Zone vs. buying from a private seller where you'd be on your own without the support of a dealer if you ever need help. And if you should find that you like this and want to try other Synergistic Research products later on then we will be happy to sell you new products also. We can't advertise any current model products here of course, but once you have a relationship with us as your SR dealer we'll be happy to provide you with whatever you need, just as we have done for the gentleman for whom we are selling this set for. He started off buying one SR PowerCell to try it out. Today he has at least 25 of their products in his system and he can't stop talking about how much they have done to improve the sound. I hope you will take a chance and try something in your system too because that really is the only way to know if it works for you. Even if you come in to our demo room or go to another dealer and hear what the Speaker Cells, Tranquility Bases, actively shielded cables, PowerCells and other SR technology can do, you still don't really know how they will sound to you in your own system and your own home unless you try them out. So here's a chance to try something out at lower cost than most of SR's other products.
We highly recommend everything SR makes, they are a quality company and I don't think that you can go wrong with any of their products, all of which are hand crafted in the USA. There are a lot of cable companies out there which basically just throw together cables from various materials. SR is not like that, their CEO is a true inventor who keeps coming up with brilliant new ways of making our systems sound better.
At CES in 2014 we visited the Synergistic Research room for the first time, and my son, who was 13 at the time, was with me and the Tranquility Bases were one of the things that impressed him the most in the 4 day show. He was blown away that a Base that a component sits on could make such a change in the audio from the whole system! Later in the show, when we were in the YG Acoustics room, they were demoing the same speakers and one of their guys was asking me to become a dealer for YG. He asked my son how he liked the sound and he said that he liked it but that the gentleman should go and hear the same YG speakers in the Synergistic suite because they sounded much better in there! I actually think that Synergistic had less expensive gear in their setup, and a smaller suite. But they definitely made the speakers sound better with their technology. I talked to 2 other guys who heard both rooms and agreed with me and my son on that. It's often hard to hear the differences between systems, especially between electronics and cables, at a show like CES. The rooms have poor acoustics and there are so many factors that influence the sound. We found this out first hand at T.H.E. Show Newport in early June 2016.
We occupied a penthouse suite where we played the music of our guest's choosing while using a full loom of Verastarr cables, along with Acoustic Zen Maestro speakers, Ypsilon electronics (including the world premiere of the Aelius II monoblocks) and the Aurender W20 music server. We were ready for Press Day and appreciated the reviews we received of our room, some of which are here:
"This room was my show favorite."- Don Schaulis, Stereo Times
"Many aspects of the Acoustic Zen/Aurender/Ypsilon system from High End Zone of New Mexico were exemplary. On my 24/192 file of Mason Bates' "Alternative Energy," found on the recent SF Symphony SACD Mason Bates: Works for Orchestra, I actually heard greater depth than on my reference system."- Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile
If you did not make it to our room, please enjoy a virtual listen by watching this AV Showrooms video. And, if you are ready to dive into the digital music realms with Aurender, John Stancavage's review of our room for Part-Time Audiophile will give you lots of good information. He shares that our "sound was very clean, dynamic and liquid. Even though it was digital, it seemed to have the depth and texture of analog, without the extra warmth or pops and clicks."
Speaking of reviews, here is another quote from a review about the Speaker Cells, as well as the sister product, the Galileo Universal Interconnect Cells, which we are also selling for our client.
"I have to agree with Howard Kneller: Synergistic Research's Galileo Universal Cells are remarkable products that live up to Ted Denney's claims. They aren't cheap, and in a system like mine, which cost about $10,000, they might seem an extravagance. But if you love your existing equipment enough to have no desire to buy more, the Galileo Universal Cells might be just the tickets to get the most out of what you've already got. The Galileo Universal Speaker Cells will make the cables you have sound better; with Synergistic Research's own products, they'll take you to the moon. Unhesitatingly recommended."- Colin Smith on Sound Stage Ultra
As I mentioned before, there are two small flaws in this set. I mentioned one above and here is the other, a small worn spot in the label that you may see below the "PRE" here:
Obviously the flaws present in this set are small and purely cosmetic, the set is fully functional!
Synergistic Research's website shares that the "Benefits from Galileo Universal Interconnect Cells include a significant increase in soundstage size & layering, increased resolution with improved air & musicality, a more present musical mid-range, a lower noise floor for blacker backgrounds for increased inner detail, and more powerful low frequency extension & control. Available in both single-ended and XLR terminations, Galileo Universal Interconnect Cells improve the performance of all interconnect cables."
While this set will provide a substantial benefit to any system, it is best paired with other SR products. If you would like to purchase both SR Cell sets that we have listed or you are interested in the latest PowerCell and or Black Box, please contact us and we will happily discuss a package deal that's just right for you and your system.
If you are the one who decides to purchase this item, thank you and enjoy! Our full store policies are included below the pictures, but for now I would like to let you know about a few of them. For payment, we are happy to accept a cashier's check, a bank wire or PayPal. If PayPal is your preferred payment method then please add the following percentage of your purchase and shipping price to your total to cover the PayPal fees: 3% for domestic buyers or 4% for international buyers. Also, since this is a consignment sale where the equipment does not belong to us but to our customer, we need to ask that the buyer promptly inspect and test the item upon receipt and report any problems found so that if there is a problem found we could withhold funds from paying our customer to deal with the problem. We don't think there will be any problem, but once we have paid him we won't have any recourse if any problem is found. So, please take the time to unpack and test as soon after the equipment arrives as possible. Our policy states that we will hear from you within 10 days of receipt if any discrepancy is found. However, what we really want is to receive your email saying how much this enhances your listening experience right away, just as soon as possible so that we know you are satisfied. But if there is any problem at all then we want to hear about that right away as well, so that we can make it right for you and make this a successful transaction for all concerned!
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Here is the shipping info for the
$2,000 Synergistic Research Galileo Universal XLR Cell
20" W X 20" D X 7" H
Weight: 7 lbs
Origin: We ship from Gila, NM 88038 / USA
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