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Listening Event at Paragon Sight & Sound

By | October 19th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Listening Event at Paragon Sight & Sound

The following announcement is based on press information provided by Paragon Sight & Sound. Join the team at Paragon Sight & Sound in Ann Arbor, MI, along with special guests from Clearaudio, Rogers High Fidelity, and Doshi Audio for a night dedicated to analog music on Thursday, October 25thfrom 6–10 p.m. Featuring the incomparable Clearaudio Statement V2 turntable, the evening’s program will also include additional Clearaudio turntables, tube electronics by Rogers High Fidelity, and the Doshi Audio V3 Series of electronics.… Read the full article

The Steven Wilson Remixes

By | October 19th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|


Calculating how many times key entries in the Yes catalog have been remastered, remixed, repackaged, and reissued can sometimes feel akin to tallying how many official live albums The Grateful Dead have released over the years—well, okay, maybe not quite that many, but still…. It can also be somewhat arduous to keep up with all the ongoing Yes release permutations without a scorecard, let alone decide which ones are worth purchasing.

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Review: The Stunning Xavian Perla Esclusiva Loudspeakers

By | October 19th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

Review By Noam Bronstein

Some gear comes in and out of our lives casually. It’s different with speakers sometimes. When a speaker gets under your skin, it triggers a more emotional attachment. Some call it “speaker fixation” – the notion that you build your entire system around the speakers you love. And if done right, I think this can be a 100% valid approach: mate the right speakers to the right room, and you’ve nailed the biggest system interaction, or variable.… Read the full article

Ted's Cameras Starts A New Era In Photo Retailing

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Officially opened on 18 October, the Ted’s World Of Imaging store occupies 800 square metres of floor space and combines a contemporarily styled retail area with an exhibition gallery, workshop and events space (which will be available for hire), a photography studio (also available for hire), professional printing services and an education centre.

Photo: Ted’s Cameras

Ted’s believes its new store will set a benchmark as the complete photographic experience centre for anyone with a passion or interest in photography. Ted’s Cameras CEO, Nic Peasley, says, “After almost 50 years, Ted’s is staying young by rejuvenating its operations and changing what it means to be a photographic retailer.… Read the full article

RMAF 2018 Photo Essay Part 5

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Continuing on with our coverage…

In this report, all photos by Dave Clark, words by Carol Clark, except those in parentheses, which are by Dave Clark who will do his best to be nice.

RMAF 2018

Pangea Audio Octet.

RMAF 2018

Pangea Audio won a PF Writer’s Choice Award in 2017 for their Vulcan rack. They also showed speaker stands, interconnects, and power cables. ELAC Vela BS 403 bookshelf loudspeakers and Discovery Connect DS-C101W-G. Vincent SA 32 preamplifier and SP332 amplifier.

RMAF 2018

Larsen loudspeakers.

RMAF 2018

The Larsen loudspeakers are beautifully crafted.… Read the full article

Tidal Audio Akira loudspeaker

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Doug White, of Philadelphia-area retailer The Voice That Is, has been a fixture at US audio shows the past few years, where he always gets great sound using loudspeakers from Tidal Audio. (There is no connection between the German audio manufacturer and the music-streaming service owned by Jay Z and Sprint.) In early 2017, Herb Reichert, Jana Dagdagan, and I visited White and spent a delightful afternoon listening to Tidal’s then-new Akira loudspeakers. I promised myself to review the Akira, which costs a wallet-straining $215,000/pair, when my schedule opened up.… Read the full article

Gwenifer Raymond’s “You Never Were Much of a Dancer” Is Finger-Picking Good!

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

In an era where virtuosity is seemingly shunned, here comes 32 year old Welsh-born finger picking Gwenifer Raymond who, listening to this album, you’d swear must have been born on the Appalachian trail somewhere south of the Mason Dixon line.
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Gwenifer Raymond
You Never Were Much of a Dancer
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Tompkins Square TSQ 5531 LP
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Cred Eng: 
David Hawkes
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David Hawkes
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In an era where virtuosity is seemingly shunned, here comes 32 year old Welsh-born finger picking, multi-instrumentalist Gwenifer Raymond who, listening to this album, you’d swear must have been born on the Appalachian trail somewhere south of the Mason Dixon line.
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64 Audio Targets Audiophiles with Custom In-Ear Monitors

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

In-ear monitor (IEM) specialist 64 Audio has introduced four custom in-ear monitors, including a special-edition model produced in collaboration with Grammy-nominated bassist Nathan East.
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RMAF 2018 Photo Essay Part 4

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.


Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 


PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.


Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player, DEQX PreMate +, Mytek Brooklyn, Mytek Manhattan II, and an Oppo BD-105.… Read the full article


By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Simaudio’s new MOON 390 all-in-one network player offers a complete high-end listening solution. Featuring a DAC, preamplifier, headphone amplifier, phono stage and network streaming capability the MOON 390 is a truly flexible music system. Simply connect it to a power amplifier or active loudspeakers to hear an exceptional audio performance.

Simaudio has built upon its heritage of outstanding audio products by incorporating the functionality of its awardwinning preamplifiers and DACs with the latest high-end streaming architecture to create the MOON 390.… Read the full article