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Hi-Res Listening Stations Expand. . .

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

The news is not simply that Best Buy/Magnolia stores’ 82 Hi-Resolution Listening Stations which they developed in the US in conjunction with Sony, have proven so successful, and generated so much interest in hi-res, that the company has added 250 more listening locations around the country. It’s also that we now have data that shows a major reason for the expansion: Far more people care about sound quality than many would have you believe. In fact, we audiophiles represent far more than a thin slice of the listening public pie chart.… Read the full article

Binge Watch This: Stranger Things

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

Do you like sci-fi? How about 80s horror films, a-la Stephen King? Are you a huge fan of the Goonies and Stand by Me? Did you play Dungeons and Dragons as a kid? If you answered yes to any of these questions and haven’t watched the Netflix original series Stranger Things, then stop everything right now and go watch this show. I’m serious. It’s that good. Binge-watching to avoid spoilers is worth clearing your schedule this weekend. Still not convinced?
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I’m Radioactive!

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: |

How many people can say they’ve swallowed a radioactive pill? It’s a very strange feeling to be comfortably sitting just outside the “hot” room at the nuclear medicine basement area of the UCLA Medical Center about to ingest a small radioactive capsule that’s been pulled from a lead cylindrical container. But that’s what I experienced on Wednesday afternoon as I attempt to rid my body of any remaining cancerous thyroid tissue. The doctor’s have explained to me that this treatment is a very “targeted” therapy.… Read the full article

Amazon May Add Music Streaming to Echo

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Amazon is working on a couple ad-free music streaming service, one of which would be exclusive to its wildly popular Echo Bluetooth speaker/personal assistant.
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Rudy Van Gelder (1925-2016)

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Stereophile|

Rudy Van Gelder, pioneer recording engineer, creator of “the Blue Note sound” (and the many sounds that imitated it through the years), died at the age of 91 this week. Every true jazz fan and true audiophile has grown to venerate Van Gelder—at least the work he did in the 1950s and ’60s for the innovative labels of the day: not just Blue Note but also Prestige, Impulse!, Riverside, New Jazz, and scattered others.

Van Gelder frequented the jazz clubs of New Jersey in his youth, and his goal, once he started recording musicians, was to capture the dynamics, warmth, and spaciousness of live music.… Read the full article

Phase Tech Updates dARTS Calibration System

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Phase Technology, the company that invented the soft-dome tweeter nearly 50 years ago under the United Speakers Systems banner, will demonstrate a new version of its sophisticated dARTS room calibration system at the upcoming CEDIA trade exhibition that opens in Dallas on September 15.
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The Classic Records Reissues – Part 1

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Audiophillia|

What would we audiophiles do without our top ten lists? At the distant end of this series, Audiophilia will publish a ranking of our favourite Classic Records reissues. From the quality of the selections auditioned thus far, the task is proving to be a daunting, yet compelling, one.

The Importance of Being Earnest

I could kick myself! When first hearing the reissues, I realized very quickly that I had squandered a first-hand resource. While a student in London, one of my flute professors was the great Harold Clarke.Read the full article

The 5th Wave

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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Earth is being reshaped by mysterious alien invaders. Their first wave took out electricity, the second caused earthquakes and tsunamis, the third was a virus leading to mass death, the fourth is the invasion of the planet, and the fifth…you’ll have to see the movie—no spoilers from me!

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Avantgarde Acoustic Zero 1 XD Speaker

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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I’m going to date myself here, but the first thing I thought of when I laid eyes on the Zero 1 XD was the stark white interior of the spacecraft in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Am I crazy, or would it fit right in? In sharp contrast to a traditional horn-based speaker (think JBL or Klipsch)—and even the spectacular floating horn designs for which Germany’s Avantgarde Acoustic is known—the speaker’s ultramodern appearance is unique with its molded baffle and slim rectangular enclosure.

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Spiky, Lyrical, and Transcendently Beautiful Prokofiev

By |August 26th, 2016|Categories: Stereophile|

Almost 20 years separate the First and Second Violin Concertos of Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953), but they share a language of such ravishing beauty and unexpected transitions that they seem like first cousins. Among their many recordings, violinist Vadim Gluzman reading with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra (ENSO) under Neeme Järvi’s on a BIS hybrid SACD, entitled Prokofiev • Violin Concertos, Etc, easily holds its own against classic recordings by Heifetz, Milstein, and, more recently, Vengerov with Rostropovich.

Gluzman’s meaty and substantial tone is gorgeous throughout.… Read the full article