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RMAF 2016: OPPO Aims at the Head and the Heart

By | October 28th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |


OPPO Digital may have made its name with its famed disc-spinning products, but today the company has a fast-growing catalog of diverse gear.

Many of those units were on display at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, with headphones, compact speakers and DAC/can-amps taking center stage.

OPPO used the event to introduce an updated version of its already well-regarded HA-2 portable headphone amplifier/DAC. Dubbed the HA-2SE ($299), the unit continues the premium look of its successor, with leather casing and beveled aluminum edges.… Read the full article

Tannoy Turnberry GR Loudspeaker System

By | October 28th, 2016|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

English Classic Revival

by Dick Tan


Tannoy's Turnberry GR dual concentric point source speaker system
Tannoy’s Turnberry GR dual concentric point source speaker system

Tannoy, one of the U.K.’s most prestigious manufacturer of speaker systems today makes a vast variety of speakers that serve both the highly demanding professional as well as the difficult to please consumer hi-fi market.


With a history that can be traced back to 1926 when Guy R Fountain founded the company to produce early public address (PA) systems, Tannoy has the most enviable reputation of being perhaps the only hi-fi company whose name is synonymous with the public address means of loudspeaker communication.… Read the full article

JVC HA-SW01 and HA-SW02 Wood Series Headphones

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Same, but Different

by Venoth Nair


The wood backplates of the HA-SW02 adds a cool retro vibe to these headphones. Note the sockets that allow transmission cable upgrade
The wood backplates of the HA-SW02 adds a cool retro vibe to these headphones. Note the sockets that allow transmission cable upgrade

The headphone market has grown astronomically over the past few years with many major manufacturers including high end Hi-fi stalwarts also taking shots at the now highly competitive segment. And with many consumers now into portable media and online streaming due to the current lifestyle which is fast paced and constantly moving, it’s seems only natural that headphones become the preferred choice for dispensing some good old’ audio enjoyment as opposed to say portable speakers.… Read the full article

Elac Debut A4 Dolby Atmos Speaker System

By | October 28th, 2016|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

No Holes Required

by Dick Tan
ELAC's Debut A4 Dolby Atmos/DTS-X speaker module
Elac’s Debut A4 Dolby Atmos/DTS-X speaker module

Are you ready to join the Dolby Atmos/DTS-X object based surround sound revolution? Yes, but the idea of workmen roaming all over your home, drilling big holes in your ceiling/wall is, quite honestly, enough to pour huge buckets of cold water over the idea.


What if you can still achieve your Atmos /DTS-X dreams without having to mutilate your ceiling? Well, then you should take a good look at Elac’s Debut A4 three dimension Dolby Atmos speaker modules.… Read the full article

Dolby Atmos: The ins, outs and sounds of a 5.1.2 system

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: TechRadar|

Dolby Atmos promises to be the future of sound, and yet it’s something that very few people are talking about. In more or less words, it’s a new audio format that will allow you to hear sound in a 360-degree bubble. With its object-oriented audio engineering and its up-or-down-firing speakers, Atmos is changing the way home theaters are set up and, more importantly, how sound is distributed in the room.

In the past, we’ve explored how exactly Dolby Atmos is the future of cinema sound, as well as how the technology is hacking our ears.… Read the full article

Bowers & Wilkins, Moon by Simaudio, Long Island Saturday

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Stereophile|

Retailer Audio Den (2845 Middle Country Road, Lake Grove, NY 11755) is holding an evening with Doug Henderson, President of Bowers & Wilkins, and Costa Koulisakis, Vice-President Customer Experience of Moon By Simaudio, on Saturday, October 29. There will be three opportunities to attend this event: 5:00pm, 6:30pm, and 8:00pm.

Doug Henderson will be demonstrating the Bowers & Wilkins 803 D3 loudspeaker, which shares the turbine head and reverse-wrap cabinet featured in the 802 D3 that Kalman Rubinson reviewed in April 2016.… Read the full article

VPI Player Released

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: AV Hub|

VPI has released a new entry-level turntable, the VPI Player, which takes over from the VPI Nomad and comes with a cartridge, a built-in phono stage and a built-in headphone amplifier!

Despite being entry-level, the new VPI Player is a significant step up from the outgoing Nomad,’ said Cameron Pope, of Krispy Audio, which distributes VPI in Australia, ‘the main change being the aluminium platter, which rotates on an oil bath bearing with a PEEK thrust disc and machined graphite impregnated brass bushings using a Thompson Engineering 60 Rockwell case hardened shaft.Read the full article

Anthem MRX 1120 A/V Receiver Review

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Audio Performance

PRICE $3,499



Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support
Anthem Room Correction (ARC)
11 amp channels in one box


ARC doesn’t calibrate dual subwoofers individually


One of the finest-sounding AVRs I’ve had the pleasure to audition, though it’ll cost ya.

Much like a luxury sports car, the flagship AVR is expected to have every bell and whistle under the hood in order to appeal to the well-heeled crowd that’s willing to drop a few thousand dollars on a piece of electronics.

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Exclusive: More News About the Tom Petty Box Sets

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Analog planet|

According to mastering engineer Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, all of the albums in both box sets were massacred from the analog master tapes with the following exceptions:

Start the Presses! Pheenix Alpha Rises From Toolex Alpha’s Ashes!

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Analog planet|

The famous high-tech Swedish Toolex Alpha record presses are again being manufactured as Pheenix Alpha in a Stockholm suburb by former employees of the original company using the original blueprints. This according to a recent article in a Swedish newspaper.

According to the story, the last Toolex Alpha left the factory in 1990 bound for Melodiya in the then Soviet Union, though it was believed to have been manufactured a few years earlier.