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AXPONA 2018: High Fidelity Services, Verity Audio, and Trilogy Audio Systems prove that size doesn’t matter (again)

By | May 20th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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An emotional journey into political contemplation and social suffering wasn’t what I expected to leave the Verity Audio room with. The delivery medium however; compelling, infectious, and memorable. Stand out moments in my listening experiences are rare, but when they do happen, I commit fully.

Verity Audio’s Otello debuted in Munich last year, and sadly I wasn’t able to be there for it’s premier performance. Finally having the chance to audition them here at Axpona made up for my absence in spades.Read the full article

Marc Mauillon: the Leçons of Lambert

By | May 20th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Less than a minute into this rare realization of the Leçons de Ténèbres des Mercredi, Jeudi et Vendredi saints by Michel Lambert (ca 1610–1696), I knew I had to review it. Recorded for Harmonia Mundi in 24/88.2 hi-rez by Alban Moraud, who did a wonderful job capturing the resonant acoustic of La Courroie, Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue, the 2-CD/51-track set showcases the extraordinarily agile, virtually vibrato-less and intentionally nasal bari-tenor of Marc Mauillon. Supporting him are three expert instrumentalists who are in high demand by most of France’s baroque ensembles: viola de gamba and bass viol player Myriam Rignol, harpsichordist and organist Marouan Markar-Bennis, and theorbo and lute specialist Thibaut Roussel.… Read the full article

Marc Mauillon: the Leçons of Lambert

By | May 20th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Less than a minute into this rare realization of the Leçons de Ténèbres des Mercredi, Jeudi et Vendredi saints by Michel Lambert (ca 1610–1696), I knew I had to review it. Recorded for Harmonia Mundi in 24/88.2 hi-rez by Alban Moraud, who did a wonderful job capturing the resonant acoustic of La Courroie, Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue, the 2-CD/51-track set showcases the extraordinarily agile, virtually vibrato-less and intentionally nasal bari-tenor of Marc Mauillon. Supporting him are three expert instrumentalists who are in high demand by most of France’s baroque ensembles: viola de gamba and bass viol player Myriam Rignol, harpsichordist and organist Marouan Markar-Bennis, and theorbo and lute specialist Thibaut Roussel.… Read the full article

Arresting simplicity from the Rupert Neve RNHP

By | May 20th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

As a headphone enthusiast, I often find myself on the defensive. Fellow audiophiles want to know what misfortune drove me to use headphones for the majority of my listening, and which speakers I would use if I had a “proper” setup. Unintended condescension aside, I realize that high-end headphones remain something of a niche within a niche – and a lot of people just don’t quite “get it”.

Admittedly, I do know a few people who legitimately dislike the presentation headphones offer, and I can totally respect that perspective.… Read the full article

Review: Linear Tube Audio ZOTL 10 Mk.II Amplifier

By | May 20th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Concurrent with my receipt of the amplifier up for review here, Linear Tube Audio’s (LTA) ZOTL 10 Mk.II, came another welcome piece of news: the well-regarded German jazz/classical label ECM had decided to release its entire catalog for streaming via Tidal and other services. Most audiophile types are well aware of this label, especially for its collection of albums by interesting European and American jazz artists, all rendered in superbly recorded sound. It’s one of my favorite jazz labels, going back to my time as a teenager when my brothers and I would collect all of the early Pat Metheny ECM vinyl we could find.… Read the full article

MrSpeakers VOCE Review

By | May 20th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , |

Tonality9.4
Build Quality9.3
Comfort & Fit9.2
Matchability9.2
9.3
Our Score
$2999

Disclaimer: The MrSpeakers VOCE sent to us for the purpose of this review is a sample and does not have to be returned to MrSpeakers. Thank you for giving us this opportunity.

We knew MrSpeakers was working on an electrostatic headphone over a year ago but the details at that point were sketchy to me. It was not really until second or third quarter did the VOCE become a ‘thing’.… Read the full article

Kronos’ total analogue solution

By | May 20th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

Louis Desjardins explaining how he upgraded the tonearm base.
Louis Desjardins explaining how he upgraded the base of the Black Beauty tonearm.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

There we were listening to more than RM400k worth of analogue source components from Kronos at Perfect Hi-Fi, Wisma MPL, Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

 

Louis Desjardins, the owner and designer of Kronos turntables, was in town to launch the Kronos tube phono preamp that comes with matching power supply. The system that Andy Tan set up comprised a Kronos Pro turntable with the 12-inch Black Beauty tonearm, ZYX cartridge, Kronos SCPS-1 Power Supply, the Kronos tube phono preamp and power supply.… Read the full article

Apple’s rumored cheaper HomePod tipped to have Beats branding

By | May 20th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Bought yourself a HomePod yet? Amidst talk that sales aren't doing too well, we've heard rumors about a cheaper version hitting the market, and today there's some extra information about that cut-price HomePod – it's going to come with Beats branding.

Remember that Apple acquired the Beats audio company back in 2014, though there's hardly been a deluge of Apple-and-Beats-branded kit in the meantime. The move could be a handy way of promoting the Beats label while giving HomePod smart speaker sales a much-needed boost at the same time.… Read the full article

Refined Audio – Axpona 2018

By | May 20th, 2018|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

Neli and Mike Davis. Married. Audiophiles. Out-of-control. One of the world’s few experts on ultra ULTRA high-end audio. Enthusiasts. Importers. Dealers. Exhibitors. Reporters. Researchers. Focus: Extreme High-Fidelity. Extreme Expertise. Extreme Service. Extreme Satisfaction. Only the World’s Finest Stereo and HiFi Equipment.

Phone: 1.303.546.6503
Email: [email protected]Read the full article

Bob Carver Corp – Axpona 2018

By | May 20th, 2018|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

Crossover for the speakers

Bob Carver Crimson/Raven amplifiers

Bob Carver Amazing Line Source loudspeakers

Bob Carver Amazing Line Source loudspeaker

Bob Carver Amazing Line Source loudspeaker

Bob Carver Amazing Line Source loudspeaker

A (thin) subwoofer for the speakers?

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