Ron Resnick

I was for many years a partner at a hedge fund in Manhattan, New York. I quit that several years ago to start a consulting company, to move to Beverly Hills and to enjoy life more. Now I attempt to trade stock options.

I have loved music since almost as early as I can remember. My father worked in the record business all of his life (Columbia Records, then Arista then Atlantic and WEA Music Group). He took me to many, many concerts when I was growing up.

High-end audio became my primary hobby in 1988. I was working in Manhattan, and so I enjoyed establishing relationships with Michael Kay of Lyric Hi-Fi, Andy Singer and Elliot Fishkin.

At Lyric Mike played for me the Infinity IRS V system driven by Jadis JA200s with the Goldmund Reference turntable. Listening to Reference Recordings’ Symphony Fantastique on that system was a religious experience of the audio variety! I was hooked!

I have never been an equipment swapper. I have tried to identify the pieces of equipment which I enjoy the most and purchase them, even if they are expensive, and then just take fanatically good care of them so they last a long time.

I enjoyed Luke Manley's VTL MB-750s for almost 20 years. I enjoyed Jim White's Aesthetix Io Signature phono preamp for about 16 years.

Starting initially with Magnepan MG-IIIAs I progressed through a series of Martin-Logan speakers. I had Martin-Logan Monoliths and then Monolith IIIs
and then Prodigys for many years. I have always loved vocals on electrostatic panels and ribbon panels.

I am in the process of renovating my listening space and my whole stereo. I am putting together the last 2 channel, analog only, audio system of my life.

Effective February 18, 2016, I am a Senior Contributing Reviewer for Mono and Stereo.
Beverly Hills, CA
The Place To List Your Gear
Vintage Audio Specialties American Sound AS-2000 and Nothing racks
SME 3012R
Bergmann Audio Odin
ZXY UNIverse Premium X-SB2
Air Tight Opus 1
Studer A820 Mk II
Denon TU-900
Aesthetix Io Eclipse with 2 power supplies
VTL TL-7.5 Series III
VTL Siegfried II
Gryphon Audio Designs Pendragon
Mogami interconnects
JPS in-wall wire, PS Audio outlets with two chemical grounds
self-propelled, sound absorbing cocker-poo dog

My dedicated listening space is 19.75' wide X 24.5' long X 14.5' high. The space opens to a kitchen on the left side and opens to an equipment room on the right side. The turntable, tape machine, pre-amplifiers, record cleaner and LPs are located in the adjacent equipment room.
The Place To List Your Reference Tracks
"The Rose" by Amanda McBroom, Growing Up in Hollywood Town (Sheffield Lab 13)

"Send in the Clowns" by Bill Henderson, Live at the Times (Jazz Planet Records/Classic Records)

"Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac (MFSL)

"First We Take Manhattan" and "Bird on a Wire" by Jennifer Warnes, Famous Blue Raincoat (Rock the House Records/Classic Records)*

"I've Got the Music in Me" by Thelma Houston, I've Got the Music in Me (Sheffield Lab 2)

“Pictures at an Exhibition” on The Power of the Orchestra, Rene Leibowitz, RPO, Chesky RC30

*Yes, I know this is a digital recording.
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Mono and Stereo - Senior Contributing Reviewer

turntable: Vintage Audio Specialties American Sound AS-2000; tonearms: SME 3012R, Bergmann Audio Odin; cartridges: ZYX UNIverse Premium X-SB2, Grado Epoch3; tape: Studer A820; tuner: Denon TU-900; phono stage: Aesthetix Io Eclipse; line stage: VTL TL-7.5 Series III; amplifier: VTL Siegfried Series II; loudspeaker: Gryphon Pendragon; interconnect: Mogami 2549 and 2791; speaker cable: TBD; stand: Vintage Audio Specialties Nothing; room: 20' wide X 25' long X 15' tall.


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