September 2018
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Introducing Linn Selekt DSM: Hi-fi with the Human Touch

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Linn Selekt DSM

Music streaming pioneer, Linn, today announces the launch of Selekt DSM, an all-new Linn network music player that promises to bring the feeling back to digital audio.

Delivering a tactile and beautiful musical experience, Selekt DSM will make any system sound better and help you fall in love with music all over again.

Gilad Tiefenbrun, Linn Managing Director said, ‘We love the clarity of digital music, but we also love the tactility of physical records. It’s easy to feel we’ve lost touch with the immersive experience of playing a vinyl record – the LP selection, the lift-lower, the anticipation during those first pops and clicks – and that playing music requires only a swipe and a tap.Read the full article

Beyond the Arthouse

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The monthly announcements of upcoming Criterion releases often list films I can’t pronounce, let alone recognize. But in truth, the esteemed specialty label splits its attention between lesser- known cinema and popular movies, and this recent Blu-ray menagerie holds a pair of Oscar-winners, an enduring 1985 hit, and a singular genre classic.
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Best Audio Gear of the Year (So Far)

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

As summer gives way to fall, it’s a great time to take stock of the audio goodness bestowed upon us in the form of 25 top performing audio products we have reviewed so far this year — all recipients of Sound & Vision’s prestigious Top Pick designation. In the following pages we offer plenty to chew on: eight speakers systems, five AV receivers, three subwoofers, three amplifiers, two soundbars, two music players, a music server, and a turntable. In other words, there’s something for everyone.
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Can I Get High-Def Via a Component Connection to My Legacy AVR?

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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Q I would like to use an Oppo BDP-93 as the Blu-ray player in my system connected to an Arcam AVR350 A/V receiver. Since the Arcam is a legacy AVR with no HDMI switching, I will need to use the Oppo’s component video output. Here’s my question: Will I be able to get high-definition resolution from Blu-ray discs with this setup? I have read that Blu-rays have embedded ICT (Image Constraint Token), which forces the player to downscale the video resolution to DVD quality.

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Wax Rax RC-2 Vinyl Record Cart

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Wax Rax RC-2 Vinyl Record Cart

The larger your record collection, the more likely many of your favorite albums will remain buried, waiting years or possibly decades for another chance to grace your turntable again. With hundreds, or even thousands of records squirreled away on shelf after shelf, it’s easier than ever to forget about all the hidden gems you own, and the countless albums languishing in obscurity, unplayed for way too long, especially when they’re not right in front of you.

With the Wax Rax RC-2 Vinyl Record Cart, Brooklyn New York based metal worker and designer, David Stanavich, a veteran of high end furniture and architectural fixture fabrication, has come up with an ingenious way to highlight a healthy chuck of your collection so you can rediscover those long lost favorites whenever, and wherever you want.Read the full article

Schiit introduce Modi 3 DAC, still $99

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Who makes the best value DACs in the world today? No stronger case could be made than for California’s Schiit Audio whose range of decoders mixes multibit with delta-sigma designs across a broad spectrum of price points. Their flagship Analog 2 Yggdrasil (US$2399) reminds us that high value can also be among multi-thousand dollar audio components.

At the opposite end of the their DAC range sits the Modi, which today officially steps out as a third generation budget decoder to put a bullet in the Modi 2 and Modi 2 Uber.… Read the full article

For Glenn Gould. Stewart Goodyear

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For Glenn Gould. Stewart Goodyear

On a Sunday afternoon in January of 1955, 23-year-old Glenn Gould played his U.S. debut recital at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. This highly idiosyncratic program included music by Gibbons (Lord Salisbury’s Pavan), Sweelinck (Fantasia in D), Bach (five Sinfonias and the Partita No. 5), and Berg (Piano Sonata) as well as the Webern Variations and Beethoven’s E Major Sonata, Op. 109. Stewart Goodyear performed this exact program at the Phillips museum in 2016 and recorded most of it, substituting for the Beethoven and Webern pieces two Brahms Intermezzi and, to close poignantly, the “Aria” from the Goldberg Variations.… Read the full article

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

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2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

Lindemann Audio Musicbook:25 DSD network music player $4995 Has Lindemann made being an audiophile a little too easy? Well, call me lazy but the handsome one-box solution known as the Musicbook:25 DSD allows me to dial up my tunes with the ease and alacrity of a short-order restaurant—the only thing missing are the fries. Equipped with an analog preamp, slot-load CD player, DAC (resolutions of up to 384kHz PCM and DSD256 with native DSD playback), and an integrated streamer with Tidal and Qobuz onboard, the Musicbook:25 has a mind-bending level of convenience and coddling that purist audiophiles instinctively run away …… Read the full article

Add Alexa to your hi-fi with Amazon’s Echo Link / Amp

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

“Alexa, play The Twilight Sad”. “Alexa volume up”. “Alexa stop”. “Alex, play Thomas Fehlmann’s Gute Luft”.

Amazon’s Echo Dot is one way to get into voice-controlled music playback for a song and, for some, finding their Dad grumbling about the good old days of physical formats and infrared remotes. The EchoDot’s downside is its smartphone-speaker-like audio quality. Connecting the hockey puck’s analogue output to a superior sounding audio system doesn’t help much either. It only exposes the weakness of the internal DAC.… Read the full article

Goldenear AON 3 Review

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , |

8ScoreApprox $1000GoldenearMLY Enterprises PHDisclaimer The Goldenear AON 3 speakers were loaned to use for review and were returned after to MLY Enterprises Inc. We thank MLY Enterprises for giving us this opportunity. The loudspeaker we will be looking at today is the Aon 3 from Goldenear, a company based in Maryland, USA. The Aon 3 […]

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