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O2A Quintessence SUBLIM Speaker Cables

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Ultra High End Review|Tags: , |

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Dominic Marsh has posted a review of the O2A Quintessence SUBLIM speaker cables (€1760) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions:

“Neutrality is the keyword here and the entire frequency spectrum is in correct balance from top to bottom, so it isn’t a cable designed to impress with its attention grabbing fireworks. It is all too easy to play track after track, album after album through these cables and you feel well sated at the end of your listening sessions.”

You can read the full review here.

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PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Ultra High End Review|Tags: , |

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Jim Austin has posted a review of the PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC ($1299) at Stereophile. His conclusions:

“Operationally, the NuWave DSD performed without flaw: It swallowed whatever I fed it in whatever format via whatever input, and it output music, without one glitch or pop. I tested all the inputs (except I2S over HDMI), but did most of my listening via USB, as I suspect most listeners will in the Tidal era.”

You can read the full review here.

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Schiit Audio Ragnarok Integrated Amplifier

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Ultra High End Review|Tags: , |

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Herb Reickert has posted a review of the Schiit Audio Ragnarok integrated amplifier ($1699) at Stereophile. His conclusions:

“The Ragnarok conveyed the music with a unique and very seductive force that I had never quite experienced before, at any price. It accomplished this with every speaker model I tried, but most conspicuously with KEF’s LS50s. ”

You can read the full review here.

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MoFi Debuts New Turntables and More in Munich

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Ultra High End Review|Tags: |

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MoFi™ has produced premium high-quality vinyl, CD, and SACD Original Master Recordings™ since 1977. Now, the independent record label is bringing its legendary sonic pedigree to a series of made-in-the-USA turntables and home audio components. MoFi is designing these products to get listeners as close as possible to hearing the sound of artists’ original master tapes. The public debut takes place at the High End Munich audio show starting on May 5.

“We’re building off the decades of experience MoFi has delivering the highest-fidelity editions of music’s most important albums,” said Jim Davis, President of MoFi.

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Schiit Audio Ragnarok integrated amplifier

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Stereophile|

This is a story about vulgar words and what is likely one of the most innovative and exciting, yet self-consciously idiosyncratic, audio components of the 21st century: Schiit Audio’s Ragnarok integrated amplifier ($1699).

I never use vulgar words—at least not in public. I rarely use the word shit as an adjective, a verb, or a noun. Therefore, when I first heard of an audio company founded by legendary audio engineer Mike Moffat (formally of Theta) and award-winning science-fiction author and audio polymath Jason Stoddard—a company named Schiit—I could permit myself to pronounce its name only as Shite.… Read the full article

PS Audio NuWave DSD D/A processor

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Stereophile|

Researchers at MIT recently discovered a “music channel” in the human brain. These neural pathways respond to all kinds of music—and only to music. “A listener may relish the sampled genre or revile it,” Natalie Angier wrote in the New York Times. “No matter. When a musical passage is played, a distinct set of neurons tucked inside a furrow of a listener’s auditory cortex will fire in response” (footnote 1).

“Why do we have music?” Nancy Kanwisher, one of the scientists behind the research, asked in an interview with Angier.… Read the full article

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2045 3D LCD Projector Review

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

2D Performance
3D Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $850


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Fantastic portability
Super bright
High-end features at a low-end price

Minus

No lens shift
Focus uniformity less than stellar
A bit noisy


THE VERDICT

What it lacks in size, it makes up for in features. The Home Cinema 2045 packs a wallop for the dollar, delivering a bright and accurate image from a wonderfully portable unit.


I’ll be the first to admit it: I have become very jaded in my view of home theater projectors.

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MAGNIFICAT – Nidarosdomens jentekor & TrondheimSolistene 2L

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Mono and Stereo|Tags: , |

Video from the recording of Kim André Arnesen’s MAGNIFICAT released by 2L on Hybrid SACD + Pure Audio Blu-ray, featuring 9.1 Auro-3D in addition to 5.1 surround and stereo. Nominated for the 58th GRAMMY Awards 2015 “Best Surround Sound Album”.

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Samsung Seminar

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

SAMSUNG HOSTS TECH SEMINAR ON QUANTUM DOT DISPLAY

By Dick Tan
As the industry leader for 10 consecutive years, Samsung’s ultimate goal with the seminar is to provide consumers with the information they need in order to properly evaluate picture quality
As the industry leader for 10 consecutive years, Samsung’s ultimate goal with the seminar is to provide consumers with the information they need in order to properly evaluate picture quality

 

Samsung, said to be the leading TV manufacturer globally for 10 consecutive years, recently held a technology seminar that further detailed the brand’s latest upgrades to its premium line of SUHD TVs. Speakers at the technology seminar expanded upon the latest innovations in its Quantum dot display technology and the major differences in the various display technologies. … Read the full article

MoFi™ Debuts StudioDeck and UltraDeck Turntables NEW

By |April 28th, 2016|Categories: Mono and Stereo|Tags: , , |

MoFi™ has produced premium high-quality vinyl, CD, and SACD Original Master Recordings™ since 1977. Now, the independent record label is bringing its legendary sonic pedigree to a series of made-in-the-USA turntables and home audio components. MoFi is designing these products to get listeners as close as possible to hearing the sound of artists’ original master tapes. The public debut takes place at the High End Munich audio show starting on May 5.
“We’re building off the decades of experience MoFi has delivering the highest-fidelity editions of music’s most important albums,” said Jim Davis, President of MoFi.… Read the full article