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Playback Pioneers 2018: Bob Stuart / MQA

By | May 27th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Best in show awards as they relate to sound quality – this publication gave them up several years ago. Experience tells us that they’re a silly side effect of a play act undertaken by commentator and (unwitting) exhibitor. Show-based awards flatter both parties whilst remaining meaningless for the rest of us.

This audio reviewer’s self-imposed brief for Munich High-End 2018 was not only to take a snapshot of what’s new and to go long on video in the process but also to un/cover and profile companies whose work stands out as markedly different.Read the full article

AXPONA 2018: Spatial Audio open baffles will open your mind

By | May 27th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller

Spatial Audio, Linear Tube Audio, and Fern & Roby each arrive at a new reference this weekend at Axpona, and I’m glad I was able to hear it.

Cone drivers bolted into wooden boxes are a dime a dozen. On the tip of my tongue I’m lucky if questioned to name more than a handful of open-baffle speaker companies that are more than a garage business.Read the full article

Bank holiday sales 2018: these are the best deals today

By | May 27th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

The bank holiday sales are back again today and many retailers are absolutely nailing it so far. This bank holiday's deals are much better than the holiday we had at the start of the month with top-notch discounts on a huge range of items including TVs, laptops, gaming, smart speakers, cheap broadband, mobile phone deals and lots more. And considering the weather has taken a turn for the thundery today, we think it's time to get the kettle on and take advantage of the new cheapness while you wait for the sun to make a comeback.… Read the full article

Quickies:  The ESS 422H Heil AMT Headphones, the Linear Tube Audio Micro ZOTL 2.0, and Greensleeves on LP

By | May 26th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

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ESS 422H Heil AMT/Moving Coil Hybrid Headphones: New Current Production

Back in February when I reviewed these brand new headphones with their amazing drive system, they did not look like the current cans on the shelf today. They were pre-production and were supposed to be exactly like they are now in every musical parameter. Actually, some were, and some were not. I had the ones that were pretty close to current, but rolled a bit on top. 

The current issue ESS 422H feature real wood sides and are made of a brushed metal less heavy than the cans from early issue.… Read the full article

Sweet Vinyl – Axpona 2018

By | May 26th, 2018|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

Neli and Mike Davis. Married. Audiophiles. Out-of-control. One of the world’s few experts on ultra ULTRA high-end audio. Enthusiasts. Importers. Dealers. Exhibitors. Reporters. Researchers. Focus: Extreme High-Fidelity. Extreme Expertise. Extreme Service. Extreme Satisfaction. Only the World’s Finest Stereo and HiFi Equipment.

Phone: 1.303.546.6503
Email: [email protected]Read the full article

Stereo Haven – Axpona 2018

By | May 26th, 2018|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

Neli and Mike Davis. Married. Audiophiles. Out-of-control. One of the world’s few experts on ultra ULTRA high-end audio. Enthusiasts. Importers. Dealers. Exhibitors. Reporters. Researchers. Focus: Extreme High-Fidelity. Extreme Expertise. Extreme Service. Extreme Satisfaction. Only the World’s Finest Stereo and HiFi Equipment.

Phone: 1.303.546.6503
Email: [email protected]Read the full article

AXPONA 2018: After hours with The Audio Company

By | May 26th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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The Von Schweikert ULTRA 11 tour has made its way around to Axpona. Along with familiar faces in both Esoteric and VAC.

Exhibitors at audio shows are known for hosting after-hours listening parties, in part to relax and mingle with attendees in a less pressured environment, along with an extra chance to flaunt their wares.

For me this is a welcomed encore performance put on by The Audio Company at 2017’s Capital Audiofest (read about it HERE). It’s a brilliant move to have a system like this making its way around the globe, as it truly is a one of kind experience.… Read the full article

Colour me smitten with Meze’s 99 Classics

By | May 26th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

I split my time between two lovely places: Devon ( green undulating countryside, rocky coast) and Norfolk, my partner Nikki’s home (big skies, brooding salt marshes). Getting a music fix in Norfolk and with decent sound quality is problematic. My 2 channel system – Ayre and Harbeths – Isn’t luggable and besides, requisitioning someone else’s lounge room for loudspeaker listening risks a bloodbath (think Games of Thrones’ Red Wedding).

Cue the need for a semi-portable system, one that doesn’t require sell-a-kidney levels of funding but nevertheless satiates my habit in whatever oasis of peace I can find.… Read the full article

The Foreigner

By | May 25th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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The Foreigner, a superior action-thriller from Martin Campbell, the director of two of the best Bond outings ever—Casino Royale and GoldenEye—not only delivers both excitement and dramatic complexity but offers a surprisingly moving performance from its star, Jackie Chan. Presented in a Blu-ray of impressive picture and sound quality, it makes for memorable home theater.

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Where we're going with Headphone Measurements

By | May 25th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Loyal readers of InnerFidelity will naturally be concerned that with Tyll’s retirement the regimen of headphone measurement here will be diluted or even abandoned. Not so. In fact we have plans not just to continue to measure headphones but to expand and improve both the measurements themselves and the way you can access the results. This is a work in progress so we ask your patience while we put in place the new hardware and software that will enable it. But here is an initial insight into what’s in store.… Read the full article