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Dynaudio ready Special Forty standmount loudspeakers

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

With forty years clocked up in the loudspeaker business, Dynaudio were at Munich High-End 2017 to launch a fortieth anniversary model: a standmount called The Special Forty. It does what it says on the tin.

The Special Forty’s 3cm tweeter is a fresh take on their Esotar design and the all-new 17cm mid/bass driver is claimed by the Danish company to be one of their finest to date. Both are made in house at Dynaudio’s Skanderborg facility and are stitched together by a first-order crossover.… Read the full article

NEW VIOLA AUDIO CHORALE INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Mono and Stereo|

Viola Audio Laboratories premiered their new Chorale integrated amplifier. It’s always encouraging to see, when high end audio component is designed properly. I’ll be getting a demo unit in near future. Look forward to hear THE healthy 150 watts…  

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NEW VIOLA AUDIO CHORALE INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Mono and Stereo|

Viola Audio Laboratories premiered their new Chorale integrated amplifier. It’s always encouraging to see, when high end audio component is designed properly. I’ll be getting a demo unit in near future. Look forward to hear THE healthy 150 watts…  

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IN THE GREAT COMPANY

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Mono and Stereo|Tags: , |

In the great company of one our’s industry rising stars. Enthusiastic, good hearted and tireless Stratos Vichos from Lab12.Read the full article

Roon announce Nucleus server

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

We’ve heard a good deal about Roon Ready endpoints this past year – devices made by third party manufacturers that play catch on a Roon (RAAT) stream. Roon Ready hardware partners number around 65.

Now it’s time to turn our attention to the device that dispatches the the ones and zeroes: the server box that runs Roon Core. Whilst any PC, Mac or NAS device will get the job done, Roon are soon to introduce their own hardware: a NUC-based server created in collaboration with Intel.… Read the full article

Achieving Home Theater Feng Shui

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

It’s an ongoing battle: Electronics vs Décor.  Unfortunately, in many cases, décor wins. As
a custom installer, I see husbands and wives fight over this topic all the time.
In the end, interior designers almost always agree with the feminine side of
things and electronics are banished from most areas of the home. But before you
have to settle for a soundbar and a miniature TV, you might want to do a little
research. There are solutions to this dilemma and it really is possible to get the
best of both worlds.

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Review: ELAC Uni-Fi UF5 floor standing speakers

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

ELAC is an audio technology company that has been around quite a long time, having recently celebrated their 90th birthday. The company began in Germany back in the 1920s developing early sonar technology and introduced its first home audio product, a turntable, back in 1948. By 1984, they had gotten into the loudspeaker game, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Review: Fostex TH-610, Massdrop TH-X00, and TH-X00 Ebony

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Fostex has a long history in the audio business. The company was founded in 1973, but its parent company Foster Electric Co., Ltd was formed way back in 1949. The company was originally a mass producer of OEM speaker and transducer products, but broke into pro and hi-fi facing mini monitors in 1978 with the Fostex 6301B and then into the growing category of home recording with a line of multitrack recording devices in ‘81. This was actually my first interaction with the brand (which I’m sure some other audiophiles will attest), sitting at home with a dark grey plastic track recorder that used all 4 tracks on a single side of an old cassette tape.… Read the full article

Review: (updated) darTZeel CTH-8550 integrated amplifier (with Siltech)

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

The $25,000 USD gold, and Ferrari-red, solid-state integrated amplifier from Switzerland exuded raw sex appeal as it sat in my listening room oozing quality. With it’s staggeringly addictive color scheme (a point of opinion, and contention I know), muscular casework and that rubbery, nubby-feeling volume Pleasure Control for tactile feedback, the darTZeel CTH-8550 could be a bit much for some people at times, but oh baby was it posh. Edward Ku at Element Acoustics had made the amp available to me for review, and I was looking forward to having a few drinks, and letting it take advantage of me.… Read the full article

“Affordable high-end” — is that like “jumbo shrimp”?

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

How many Simolians do you have to part with these days to get good sound? I mean, really? Is it even possible, or just a frustrating pipe dream?

That seems to have been Topic A in 2016, continuing hot on the heels of the previous year and probably going all the way back to Thomas Edison wrapping a sheet of tin foil around a grooved metal cylinder.

After writing 100-plus articles for Part-Time Audiophile, including tons of show coverage, this is the one thing that generates the most friendly — and, often, not-so-friendly — feedback.… Read the full article