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GoldenEar Triton References: in Dealers Now and Ready for Audition

By | July 26th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

A little bird (okay, okay, it was Sandy Gross) told me that the long-lusted-for (by yours truly) flagship GoldenEar loudspeakers, the Triton Reference ($8,498US/pair), are now “out in the wild”.

Highly anticipated, GoldenEar has now shipped its new Triton References to over 100 of its GoldenEar dealers in North America and to distributors in 24 export markets, and they are now available for demo and auditioning. GoldenEar introduced the Triton Reference at CES 2017 to a fantastic reception and rave press reports.

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Gold Note P-1000 Release

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Gold Note P-1000 Release

The following is a press release issued by Gold Note. July 25, 2017 | FIRENZE, Italy – Gold Note – the Italian High-End manufacturer based in Firenze – is introducing P-1000, the first line preamplifier they ever made, available from September at a MSRP price of 5.850,00€/6.520,00$ (6.500,00€/7.250,00$ for the P-1000 with digital input and DAC available on demand). P-1000 is an innovative ultra balanced Class-A preamplifier powered by a new proprietary Six Gain Stage design featuring Relays & Optical ALPS Encoder volume control.… Read the full article

Gold Note P-1000 Release

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Gold Note P-1000 Release

The following is a press release issued by Gold Note. July 25, 2017 | FIRENZE, Italy – Gold Note – the Italian High-End manufacturer based in Firenze – is introducing P-1000, the first line preamplifier they ever made, available from September at a MSRP price of 5.850,00€/6.520,00$ (6.500,00€/7.250,00$ for the P-1000 with digital input and DAC available on demand). P-1000 is an innovative ultra balanced Class-A preamplifier powered by a new proprietary Six Gain Stage design featuring Relays & Optical ALPS Encoder volume control.… Read the full article

Moon by SimAudio Introduces A New Entry-Level Integrated Amplifier

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

SimAudio recently announced the release of a new entry level integrated amplifier, now ready for public consumption. The Moon 240i puts out 50W per channel into 8 ohms and comes packed with plenty of digital options as well. The rear panel offers 5 total digital inputs (two optical, two coaxial and USB) capable of 32/384kHz and DSD256.

Also included is a moving magnet phono stage and 3 SE line-level inputs, one of which is located on the front panel in the form of a 1/8″ minijack for the likes of mobile phones or DAP players.… Read the full article

Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amp Review & Test

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and test of the Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amp by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free download.

This equipment review consists of a full subjective evaluation of the Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amp written by Stephen Dawson together with tests conducted by Stephen Dawson.

The following downloadable pdf is an exact replica of the original pages on which the review appeared in Australian Hi-Fi Magazine, July/August 2016 issue (Volume 47 Number 4).

Download pdf here: Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amp Review and Test

Brand: Meridian
Model: Explorer2
Australian Price: $449… Read the full article

JBL Everest 2.0 BT Headphones

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

JBL has released four new Everest 2.0 Bluetooth headphones. All four models use the existing Bluetooth standard, which is due to be superseded in just a few months by Bluetooth 5, which will offer greater range and more extended battery life—although it’s not yet clear whether these advances will in any way apply to audio streaming. This would normally not be particularly newsworthy, except that JBL is owned by Samsung, which has already included Bluetooth 5 in its newest Galaxy phones.… Read the full article

Three Duruflé Requiems

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Three Duruflé Requiems

A glance at the sheet music for Duruflé’s Requiem suggests a complex, contorted, and inaccessible work. Time signatures, for instance, shift on a measure-by-measure basis. Yet when you listen to this choral masterwork—the most poignant and exquisitely beautiful Requiem extant—it sounds strikingly simple and inviting. That’s exactly what Duruflé was after, which is why he based the piece on Gregorian chant. Yet he also strove to modernize that style’s rigid incantation to a more modern, natural delivery. This meant adapting rhythms to the text—rather than vice versa—resulting in a score that’s difficult to perform yet, when done right, sounds like …… Read the full article

Three Duruflé Requiems

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Three Duruflé Requiems

A glance at the sheet music for Duruflé’s Requiem suggests a complex, contorted, and inaccessible work. Time signatures, for instance, shift on a measure-by-measure basis. Yet when you listen to this choral masterwork—the most poignant and exquisitely beautiful Requiem extant—it sounds strikingly simple and inviting. That’s exactly what Duruflé was after, which is why he based the piece on Gregorian chant. Yet he also strove to modernize that style’s rigid incantation to a more modern, natural delivery. This meant adapting rhythms to the text—rather than vice versa—resulting in a score that’s difficult to perform yet, when done right, sounds like …… Read the full article

Grado Labs Introduces Their Finest Cartridges: EPOCH and AEON

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Received some rather interesting news out of Brooklyn, NY today. Grado Labs has some brand new phono cartridges!

The Brooklyn Company Kicks Off The Lineage Series With Sapphire And Cocobolo

Grado Labs is proud to announce a major step forward in phono cartridge design, the all-new Lineage Series. The first two cartridges to join the series are the Brooklyn built Epoch and Aeon. For the first time in the family’s sixty-four year history, sapphire, gold, diamond, and cocobolo wood join forces to produce the finest hand-built cartridge ever.

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Brinkmann Audio Nyquist D/A processor

By | July 25th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

What? Johnny-come-lately turntable manufacturer Brinkmann Audio now makes a DAC? Are they desperate? What sampling rates does it support—162/3, 331/3, 45, and 78? I guess the vinyl resurgence is over! Why else would Brinkmann make a DAC?

If that’s what you’re thinking, consider that Helmut Brinkmann began designing, manufacturing, and marketing electronics well before he made the first of the turntables for which his company is best known in the US.

The Nyquist is a thoroughly (almost) modern streaming DAC and headphone amplifier in a surprisingly small case, its compactness partly due to its outboard power supply.… Read the full article