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Gamut Product Demo at Kyomi Audio of Chicago

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

Gamut Product Demo at Kyomi Audio of Chicago

Saturday, March 18, 2017, marked the official return of an authorized Gamut dealer to the greater Chicago market. To celebrate the occasion, Gamut’s Chief Designer and CEO, Benno Baun Meldgaard and Michael Vamos, President of Gamut USA, were on hand for an event at Kyomi Audio, located in the Irving Park area of Chicago, approximately halfway between Navy Pier and O’Hare International Airport. Kyomi Audio’s owner, George Vatchnadze, is a touring and recording concert pianist as well as the Coordinator of the Keyboard Division of DePaul University’s School of Music.… Read the full article

The Sound Engineer’s Survival Kit

By | March 27th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

A sound engineer has the skills and ability to work across a number of areas. Sometimes it is in the recording studio, sometimes it is at a festival doing live sound, other times it is on location at a film shoot. In whichever setting or scenario, they must be prepared at all times for problems that may occur, and be able to think on their feet instantly. Here is a list of some “must have” items that can help in a sticky situation:

LED Torch

A very handy item when working in dark or low lighting situations.… Read the full article

NAD M50.2 Digital Music Player

By | March 26th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Convoy International, the sole Australian distributor for NAD Electronics, has released the much-awaited NAD M50.2 Digital Music Player.

The NAD M50.2 Digital Music Player ($6,699) offers high-resolution music listening, multi-room wireless streaming to BluOS-enabled speakers, 24/192 storage, and CD ripping. ‘With the M50.2, music lovers can simply network music throughout their home,’ said John Martin, of Convoy. ‘They can do this effortlessly as they digitise and centrally store their music library and then make it available to other BluOS-enabled components throughout their home, all in high resolution audio… and it can all be controlled with the tap of the finger on a smartphone or tablet.Read the full article

NAD M32 Direct Digital Amplifier

By | March 26th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

NAD’s new M32 top-of-the-line ‘true digital’ integrated amplifier, with MDC and BluOS compatibility, is now available in Australia through Australian distributor Convoy International.

NAD says its new M32 is not just a Class-D integrated amplifier, but a ‘true digital’ amplifier that operates entirely in the digital domain, with its only analogue signal appearing at the speaker terminals. Rated with a power output of 150-watts per channel, both channels driven into 8Ω, the M32 has a built-in phono stage, together with a comprehensive set of analogue and digital inputs and comes with four of NAD’s MDC (Modular Design Construction) slots for customisation and expandability, all of which are 24/192 capable.… Read the full article

AURALiC POLARIS Wireless Streaming Amplifier

By | March 26th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

Auralic POLARIS

These are exciting times for users of integrated amplifiers. Never before have so many features and efficient power been squeezed into a single box. Over the course of thirty years, I have been privileged to own or listen to several exemplary models. In time, I believe that the AURALiC POLARIS will be considered by many for inclusion on the short list of finest in the genre.

Auralic POLARIS

The POLARIS is officially called a streaming amplifier. The densely packed ten-pound unit is visually unassuming and gives little clue to the innovative technology inside.… Read the full article

More Robert Schryer in Montreal

By | March 26th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

Whatever our preference in sound, there are audio components or systems that are not only better than others at plucking our heartstrings, but of doing so on such a level of intimacy it’s as if the hardware were delivering the musical performance specially for us. I experienced such moments while listening to Coherent Audio’s audio setup, which featured a Baetis Prodigy music server ($US3000), a Triode Labs Au Pre preamp ($CDN2000), a Triode Labs 2A3 SET ($CDN3900), and a pair of dual-concentric Coherent Audio Model 12GR speakers with a sensitivity rating of 96dB and an impedance of 8 ohms.… Read the full article

Art's Friday Afternoon at the Audio Fest

By | March 26th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

One is bound to hear at any hi-fi show—even a superior one such as this—the live, acoustic version of the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” just as one is bound to hear, at any Catholic mass, a Hail Mary: no surprise at all, and under the best possible conditions the aural equivalent of comfort food. At the 2017 Montreal Audio Fest, I first heard it at the exhibit sponsored by France’s Atoll Electronique—and it reminded me of Ian Anderson’s gracious comment, when asked if he was dismayed at the undeniable similarities between that Eagles song and Jethro Tull’s own “We Used to Know,” from the album Stand Up: “[Hotel California] is a very, very fine song.”

And so it sounded—just about as impactful and non-tizzy as that record is capable of sounding—on a system comprising Atoll’s 150Wpc IN300 integrated amplifier with built-in USB DAC ($CDN4800), Atoll ST100 streamer which also functions as a preamp and is capable of driving active loudspeakers on its own ($CDN2500), and Davis Acoustics Cezanne HD loudspeakers ($CDN4500/pair, and not yet available in the US).… Read the full article

Schiit’s Jotunheim: endgame head-fi for five hundred bucks

By | March 26th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Since their 2010 inception, Schiit Audio have carved themselves out as industry disruptors. Their company name keeps the would-be Dad jokers amused whilst slowly extending a middle finger to anal-retentives. If you’re easily offended by the sloganeering – “This Schiit is bananas”, “Some seriously good Schiit”, “It’s the Schiit” – you’re not a Schiit customer.

Got a hankering for Femto clocks, MQA and DSD? You’re not a Schiit customer either. “Proudly NOT buzzword compliant” read their booth backdrop at CanJam SoCal 2016.… Read the full article

KEF LS50 Wireless: Audiophile speakers for non-audiophiles

By | March 26th, 2017|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , |

GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd Brand Development head Johan Coorg (left) and GP Industries Group Business Deelopment Director Asia Pacific Lawrence Chu holding a pair of KEF LS50 Wireless speakers at the launch.
GP Acoustics (UK) Ltd Brand Development head Johan Coorg (left) and GP Industries Group Business Development Director Asia Pacific Lawrence Chu holding KEF LS50 Wireless speakers at the launch.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

In today’s world where convenience is of utmost importance, would a pair of wireless speakers from a well-known speaker manufacturer do well?

 

Given that the KEF LS50 Wireless speakers have built-in amplifiers and offer a sound quality that audiophiles would be happy with, I am sure that they would attract a new segment of the music market.… Read the full article

Best business headphones and earphones

By | March 26th, 2017|Categories: TechRadar|

Getting a pair of top quality headphones or earphones for your business is essential if you make and receive a lot of voice and video calls. That#s why we've put together this guide of the best business headphones and earphones – making it easier than ever for you to buy with confidence.

There are a number of things to look for when buying headphones or earphones for your business. Sound quality is essential – you don't want to mishear anything on an important call.… Read the full article