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Polk MagniFi Mini Home Theater Sound Bar System Review

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

We had the chance to listen to the Polk MagniFi Mini at the
CEDIA show in Dallas, Texas last September and were impressed by the volume
coming out of a speaker no bigger than a clock radio. But unfortunately a crowded room
full of people and other equipment playing at the same time it was really hard to
get a realistic appreciation of the full capability of the MagniFi Mini. So
when Polk Audio asked if we would like to do a full review on the little unit,
of course we jumped at the chance.

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The Pear Audio Blue SE Turntable and Coronet 1 Tone Arm

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Analog planet|

By the time the iconoclastic turntable designer Tom Fletcher passed away in 2006 he’d given to his friend Pear Audio Analogue’s Peter Mezek the “keys” to all of the Nottingham designs along with his blessings to continue producing them in his Slovenia factory. You may see copies elsewhere, but Pear Analogue’s are the only authorized editions.

Kyron Kronos in Sydney this Weekend

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Famous high-end hi-fi manufacturer Kyron Audio will display its award-winning Kronos system for the first time in Sydney at this week’s 2017 Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show, running from 28–30 July.

Designed and hand-assembled in Australia, the Kronos system has won numerous awards for both sound and design, winning a 2014 Sydney Design Award, Sound + Image magazine’s Best Loudspeaker over $20,000 and numerous ‘Best Sound’ awards at Australian and International audio shows. 

The Kronos speakers have no enclosure: the speakers distribute sound to the front and the rear.… Read the full article

PSB SubSeries 300 Subwoofer Review & Test

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and independent laboratory test of the PSB Loudspeakers SubSeries 300 Subwoofer by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free download.

This equipment review consists of a full subjective evaluation of the PSB Loudspeakers SubSeries 300 Subwoofer written by Gary Williams together with a complete set of independent laboratory tests conducted by Newport Test Labs and a test report written by Steve Holding.

The following downloadable pdf is an exact replica of the original pages on which the review appeared in Australian Hi-Fi Magazine, May/June 2016 issue (Volume 47 Number 3).… Read the full article

Gold Note P-1000: Total control over your music

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |


[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]


The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers and Balanced Audio Technology VK-255 SE stereo amplifier.

GamuT Audio Zodiac with SACD rack_web

The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeaker next to one of our racks of SACDs.


The Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with a pair of Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers and the PRE G2 preamp on the Walker Audio Prologue Rack.


GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers; Evolution Acoustics MM2 loudspeakers with Wave Kinetics isolation feet; Nova Rendition II loudspeakers outfitted with Walker Audio Reference HDLs on the upper and lower bi-wires, and Townshend Audio Super Tweeters, all contacts treated with Walker Audio Extreme SST Contact Enhancer.… Read the full article

AV to Benefit from NASA Research on Battery Safety

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries power millions upon millions of electronic devices—from phones and laptops to headphones and Bluetooth speakers—without incident but every now and then something goes awry. Who can forget Samsung’s massive recall (and eventual discontinuation of) the Galaxy Note 7 following reports of spontaneous combustion.
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Best Buy Knocks $50 Off Tablo Dual DVR

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Nuvyyo today announced that Best Buy is offering a limited-time $50 discount on its new “cord-cutter” Tablo Dual DVR.
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James Unveils High-Performance Tower Speakers

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

James Loudspeaker today introduced a series of high-performance floorstanding speakers that leverages technology used in its flagship BE-Series of in-wall speakers.
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Off-beat Enclosures Prove To Be On-beat For Hi-Fi

By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: |

Love this article on enclosures from 1956. Good stuff.


By | July 24th, 2017|Categories: Mono and Stereo|Tags: |

Few photos and info about the ultra exotic high end system and system “matching” for the “heavy” user in Thailand. Kondo Gakuoh 300B Push pull 300B power amplifiers with 8 WE300B Engraved base tubes. The owner is still deciding between the Kondo G-1000 or M-1000 MKII preamplifier. I’m more then sure, that you recognise the VOX Olympion and Vox Elysion speakers.

Analog sources: 

– Kondo Ginga with Durand Telos tonearm and Clear Audio Gold finger cartridge. 
– Acoustic Signature Invictus with Clear Audio Goldfinger
– Studer A820 reel to reel
Power cables are Ansuz – Diamond and Kondo Avocado, RCA Ansuz Diamond, XLRs Nordost Odin II and spakreas cables are Ansuz Diamond.… Read the full article