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Be Careful What You Wish For

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Three years ago I wished for DSP-enhanced powered speakers. I got my wish…
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Airpulse Debuts with Hi-Res Speaker System

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

British speaker designer and noted bass player Phil Jones, creator of the popular Acoustic Energy AE1 studio monitor and PJB (Phil Jones Bass) line of professional speakers and head amps, has introduced a pair of powered two-way speakers with a built-in 192-kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converter/preamp.
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Smart Speakers Spark Increased Music and Radio Listening

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Voice-powered smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and—later this year the Apple HomePod—may not be the pinnacle of sound quality as S&V’s Leslie Shapiro lamented in a recent blog, but they are spurring more music and radio listening at home.
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High-End Dealer Jeffrey Catalano Talks Horns, Tubes, & LPs with Herb Reichert

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

This video is about Jeffrey Catalano and his shop High Water Sound, located in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport, right under the Brooklyn Bridge. Though it was my first time meeting Jeffrey, I had long been familiar with his name—often associated with good sound at audio shows and a true appreciation for music. He distributes a selection of artisanal, analog pieces, including TW-Acustic turntables, Cessaro horn speakers, and Tron Electric amplifiers.

While filming and touring High Water Sound, I learned that Herb and Jeffrey go way back— in fact, so far back that Jeffrey knew Herb before Herb was named “Herb”, and that in 1977 they both found and lived in the then -abandoned space that the shop currently occupies, prior to its many renovations.… Read the full article

High-End Dealer Jeffrey Catalano Talks Horns, Tubes, & LPs with Herb Reichert

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

This video is about Jeffrey Catalano and his shop High Water Sound, located in Manhattan’s South Street Seaport, right under the Brooklyn Bridge. Though it was my first time meeting Jeffrey, I had long been familiar with his name—often associated with good sound at audio shows and a true appreciation for music. He distributes a selection of artisanal, analog pieces, including TW-Acustic turntables, Cessaro horn speakers, and Tron Electric amplifiers.

While filming and touring High Water Sound, I learned that Herb and Jeffrey go way back— in fact, so far back that Jeffrey knew Herb before Herb was named “Herb”, and that in 1977 they both found and lived in the then -abandoned space that the shop currently occupies, prior to its many renovations.… Read the full article

Astell&Kern AK70 Portable Music Player

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Astell&Kern AK70 Portable Music Player

By now, unless you’ve been spending your time in a cave with no Internet access, you’ve heard of Astell&Kern. Although the company did not invent the portable personal music player, Astell&Kern has been a leader in portable audio ever since it introduced its first product, the AK100. Since then the maker has released a series of portable players that range from the AK Jr ($499) to the AK380 ($3499). Astell&Kern’s latest offering is the AK70 ($599), which is its least expensive player with balanced output connectivity.… Read the full article

Epson Unveils $2,200 Projector with HDR and 4K Enhancement

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Epson today introduced a three-chip LCD projector featuring high-dynamic range (HDR) capability and 4K enhancement for $2,199.
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Lovely Recordings Hosted by Michael Rains

By | June 26th, 2017|Categories: Audiostream|

Greetings from the antipodes, NZ more precisely. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and finally managed to make myself do it.

What is a Music-First Audiophile™?

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

The Music-First Audiophile™ is not like other audiophiles.

The Music-First Audiophile™ buys an audio system to elevate the sound quality of music s/he likes.

The Music-First Audiophile™ understands that this might not be what others like.

The Music-First Audiophile™ compiles an audio system for his/her own enjoyment, not to impress others.

The Music-First Audiophile™ does not tell others that their preferences are ‘wrong’; that their findings require double-blind test confirmation; that their understanding of theory negates another’s direct experience.

The Music-First Audiophile™ knows that subjectively good sound can vary from genre to genre.… Read the full article

What is a Music-First Audiophile™?

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

The Music-First Audiophile™ is not like other audiophiles.

The Music-First Audiophile™ buys an audio system to elevate the sound quality of music s/he likes.

The Music-First Audiophile™ understands that this might not be what others like.

The Music-First Audiophile™ compiles an audio system for his/her own enjoyment, not to impress others.

The Music-First Audiophile™ does not tell others that their preferences are ‘wrong’; that their findings require double-blind test confirmation; that their understanding of theory negates another’s direct experience.

The Music-First Audiophile™ knows that subjectively good sound can vary from genre to genre.… Read the full article