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Review: FOCAL Listen & Listen Wireless

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The samples of the Focal Listen and the Listen Wireless for this review were sent to us by Focal’s PR agency in the US of A.


You remember Focal, right?  That company that garnered a little buzz in the world of headphones with the release of their two audiophile headphones the Elear, and the Utopia.  I reviewed the Elear here (https://www.headfonia.com/review-focal-elear-hyperior/), and found it to be pretty much worth the hype.  But straight audiophile headphones aren’t Focal’s only bag. … Read the full article

SVS Brings The Thunder – RMAF 2017

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Its always a good idea to stop by the SVS room at a show. The company has grown its offerings far beyond the subwoofer roots from whence it began. Now exceptionally matured into audiofillia with two full blown speaker lines, the online direct manufacturer knows how to impress and entertain within the confines of a show hotel room.

The sub line currently tops out with a behemoth 16″ sealed or ported ($2k, $2.5k) but the dual subs on display at the show were more the appropriate move given the dimensions of the space.… Read the full article

RMAF 2017 Photo Essay Part 1

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

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


Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Enigma Acoustics Tweeters. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 


PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Clayton Audio M200 monoblock amplifiers (with Hi-Fi Tuning and Furutech fuses), Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.… Read the full article

TAVES 2017, Day 1

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

The Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show (TAVES) has changed its venue. The show that now bills itself “North America’s ULTIMATE Technology & Hi-Fi Show” has moved from the suburban Sheraton/Best Western location of the past two years to the Toronto Congress Centre, near the airport.

Why the move? Suave Kajko, President of TAVES, cites several reasons: the venue wanted to literally double the price for the large rooms; the Best Western hotel was the source of many complaints from exhibitors, and, in any case, is scheduled for demolition, and the show was bursting at the seams in terms of space (they didn’t have enough space for booth exhibitors).… Read the full article

Wyred 4 Sound Issues Another Statement – RMAF 2017

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Its been roughy two years since we first laid eyes on EJ Sarmento’s new Statement amplifier. The flagship piece was packing some seriously hefty specs and crushing it with the sound it produced through a pair of KEF Reference 3 Foundry Edition speakers at T.H.E. Show Newport 2016. Pushing forward to the present day, EJ has unveiled the newest version of the amplifier now called the statement nextGEN.

Gone is the display screen but several other key elements are still in play for the stereo power amplifier.… Read the full article

Burning Amp Festival 2017 is ON!

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |


[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Our current (August 26, 2017) stereo reference system, featuring PASS Labs Xs Phono Amp, Xs Preamp, and Xs 150 Monoblock Amps, feeding Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with EXACT External Crossovers. Our new GamuT Lobster Chair optimized for audiophile listening and maximum comfort is in the foreground to the lower right.

GamuT Audio Zodiac with SACD rack_web

The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeaker next to one of our racks of SACDs.


The Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with a pair of Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers and the PRE G2 preamp on the Walker Audio Prologue Rack.Read the full article

RMAF 2017 Show Report: Solid-state Electronics

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

RMAF 2017 Show Report: Solid-state Electronics

This year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest had far less angst than last year. The show venue was no longer under renovation and exhibitors were better able to deal with the acoustic challenges presented by the “built-ins” in the rooms. As always, Marjorie Baumert and her team did a masterful job organizing this audio extravaganza and attendance was strong. Moreover, I believe there were more world and U.S. premiers at RMAF than in past years, with several companies no longer waiting for CES to unveil their new audio creations.… Read the full article

Upcoming Dealer Events and Trade Shows (Fall 2017)

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |


Oslo Hi-Fi Center would like to invite all hifi enthusiasts in the Oslo area to their very special event, “The Autumn Pulse”, taking place October 20th-22nd. Nordost representative and product trainer, Dennis Bonotto, will be present all weekend in order to give insight on Nordost products, as well as perform demonstrations featuring the new QKORE Ground Unit. The QKORE is the most effective, comprehensive grounding solution in the industry. It provides an artificial, “clean” earth using both electrical and mechanical approaches to eliminate stray high frequency noise and voltage-generated magnetic fields from your sound system, leaving a clean reference behind.Read the full article

Suncoast Audio Premier of the LampizatOr Pacific DAC

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

Mike Bovaird, the owner of Suncoast Audio in Sarasota Florida, held an event at his store on October 14, 2017 to provide a premier demo of the new Pacific flagship DAC from LampizatOr for his Sarasota customers. I flew in on ‘lucky’ Friday the 13th to Sarasota in order to cover the event.

Suncoast Audio is a “destination” type of stereo store according to Mike because it is located in a nondescript business district that you are not going to stumble onto unexpectedly.… Read the full article

Burning Amp Festival November 12th in San Francisco

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

San Francisco, CA November 12, 12017 — Burning Amp Festival 2017 is coming to the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on Sunday, November 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 PM. New This Year: BAF’s hours have been extended due to the increased interest and popularity of DIY audio amongst music-loving enthusiasts of all ages.

Held in the fall since 2007, BAF has grown into a premier international event for do-it-yourself audio enthusiasts and professionals.  DIY audio is the original maker movement dating back to the 1940’s and 1950’s when Hi-Fi was in its infancy, and a lot of great-sounding equipment was assembled at home by enthusiastic amateurs.… Read the full article