December 2018
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Bluesound Gets Apple AirPlay2

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

All owners of Bluesound Generation 2i Players can now update to Apple AirPlay2 thanks to a software update, enabling owners to stream audio to their player from an iPhone, iPad or Mac.

‘If owners simply follow the update prompts to update to the latest version of BluOS, Bluesound’s award-winning, proprietary hi-res multiroom platform, that will enable AirPlay2 after which they’ll be able to stream music services, podcasts, audiobooks, movies, games, YouTube audio, TV sound and stored music from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer,’ said Geoff Matthews, of Convoy International, which distributes Bluesound in Australia.… Read the full article

Epson Home Cinema 4010 4K PRO-UHD LCD Projector Review

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|


PRICE $1,999



Extended color
Good brightness and contrast
Great value


Blacks could be better
High fan noise with picture optimized for HDR


he Epson 4010’s near-perfect color, good contrast, and wide array of setup features make it a strong under-$2,000 projector option.

Affordable, 4K-capable projectors are very much a reality — Sound & Vision has reviewed several such models plucked from the DLP, LCD, and LCOS camps. And in some cases, “affordable” can equate to $2,000 or less.

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Dealer Events in New Hampshire & Florida, Friday & Saturday

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Friday December 14, at 3pm and 6pm, Fidelis (460 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH 03063) are presenting “An Afternoon with Michael Fremer” (above). Saturday, December 15, 11am–3pm, House of Stereo (8780 Perimeter Park Ct #100, Jacksonville, FL 32216) are hosting their 2019 KEF Product Launch event.

The Fidelis “Afternoon with Michael Fremer,” Stereophile senior editor and editor of, has two sessions, at 3pm and 6pm. “Music Lovers Rejoice!: says Fidelis. There will be door prizes, a raffle, refreshments, and hors d’oeuvres, plus a ticket for a free microbrew next door.… Read the full article

JL Audio Expands Fathom Line of In-Wall/Ceiling Subwoofers

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The subwoofer gurus at JL Audio announced that they have begun shipping an 8-inch version of their high-performance Fathom in-wall subwoofer system featuring an enclosure option for in-ceiling applications.
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Vizio Announces Last-Minute Deals on TVs, Soundbars

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Vizio today announced several “last minute holiday bargains” on 4K TVs and soundbars, including one that supports Dolby Atmos.
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Scott Kirkland Reboots The Crystal Method

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Scott Kirkland of The Crystal Method got on the line with us to discuss getting back to his core electronic music values on The Trip Home after parting ways with his longtime collaborative partner Ken Jordan, his thoughts about remixing new and catalog material in Dolby Atmos, and refocusing his goals following brain surgery.
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Papa's Got a Brand New DAC! PS Audio's New Snowmass Operating System for DirectStream Junior

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

Main System


Von Schweikert Audio VR-35 Export Deluxe,  REL Strata III Subwoofer       


Pass Labs XA30.8 Class A Stereo Amplifier, “Fugly F4” DIY First Watt F4 Impedance Converting Amplifier (Thanks DIY Audio!), Homebrew Basic  David Slagle AVC Autoformer passive volume control, First Watt F7 Power Amplifier, Pass Labs INT-60 Integrated Amplifier


Analog: Music Hall MMF-9 Turntable with Project Carbon 9c Arm modified with with Cardas Litz phono wire and Expressimo Audio’s Half Moon Heavyweight Counterweight, Lyra Delos MC Cartridge,  Goldring Maestro MC Cartridge, George Wright WPP100C phono-stage and WP100 Sowter Step-up Transformer, Pass Labs XP-17 phono stage, Pass Labs XP-15 phono stage

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream Junior, Sony DVP-S7700ES DVD player.… Read the full article

Pro-Ject presents the  Ortofon Century Anniversary-Turntable

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It is a great honor and pleasure for us to present our new Anniversary-Turntable, the Ortofon Century.

100 Years Ortofon

Our long-time partners and friends of Ortofon have the incredible jubilee of 100 years. Not many companies can say that they have been the industry leader in their field and managed to exist for such a long time. We are very happy to be able to celebrate their existance of one full century together. We are thrilled to release the Ortofon Century turntable in conjunction with Ortofon.… Read the full article

JL AUDIO Expands Line of Architectural Audio Solutions with NEW Fathom 8-Inch  In-wall and In-ceiling Subwoofer Systems

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Miramar, FL—December 11, 2018—JL Audio, an innovator in high-end audio solutions, now shipping an 8-inch version of their Fathom® IWS in-wall subwoofer systems with additional enclosure option for in-ceiling applications. The new 8-inch Fathom® IWS and ICS systems join a previous model, with a 13.5-inch driver, in the Fathom® IWS lineup.

 “We are excited about the potential of the 8-inch in-wall and in-ceiling subwoofer solutions in our growing line of architectural audio solutions,” said Andy Oxenhorn, President of JL Audio. “These models have a very small, low-profile grille that will please customers looking for a visually unobtrusive solution that delivers true JL Audio sub-bass performance.”

The 8-inch Fathom® IWS and ICS systems are packaged in compact enclosures that utilize extensive architectural features aimed at improving rigidity.… Read the full article

Astell&Kern Adds MQA Support to Latest Line of High-Resolution Portable Players

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MQA Support Now Available on the SP1000, Coming Via Firmware Update on December 12 to SP1000M, SE100 and SR15 Players

Irvine, CA – Astell&Kern, a global leader in portable high-resolution audio players, announces new firmware updates that will add MQA support for the A&ultima SP1000M, A&futura SE100 and A&norma SR15 on December 12, 2018.  MQA support was added to the A&ultima SP1000 in November 2018.

MQA’s award-winning technology captures and reproduces the sound of the original studio master in a file that’s small enough to stream and download easily. … Read the full article