October 2016
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History of spiritual jazz

By | October 22nd, 2016|Categories: Mono and Stereo|Tags: , |

Black Classical charts the history of spiritual jazz through a 12 hour free listeningmega-mix…

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WyWires Platinum Juice II power cords Review

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Alex and Nina Sventitsky are two of the most charming people I have met in the audio biz. If you want to get excited about music and getting the most musical enjoyment out of your system, just spend some time talking to them and even more listening to music with them. Year after year, show after show, they join with other like minded people to have some of the most fun rooms to visit and some of the best sounding rooms.

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Three Great Reasons to Go Westworld

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

I’ll come clean: when I heard that HBO was making a series version of Westworld, I more or less shrugged. I never saw the 70s film, but had heard it was campy sci-fi fun, which generally isn’t my speed. And perhaps because my father raised me on the romantic west of Roy Rogers and The Lone Ranger, I view all new westerns with a somewhat disappointed eye. As a result, I only watched Westworld because my husband seemed enthusiastic. Had he not persuaded me, I definitely would have passed it by.
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Notes of an Amateur: Dover Quartet Plays Mozart; Colin Matthews’ Concertos; Quirine Viersen Plays Britten’s Cello Suites; Kurtag’s Music for String Quartet; and Bon Iver.

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , |

Dover Quartet

Dover Quartet Plays Mozart Quartets K.589 and K.550; and Quintet K.406. Cedille CDR 90000 167.

Listening to new recordings of Mozart is often difficult for reviewers because we are always looking for differences—something we can peg a review on. Something new to say. It is rare to come upon a Mozart recording and be surprised… before you critical faculties are turned on.

The Dover Quartet, proteges of the famous Guarneris at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, took me completely by surprise with their utterly unaffected but almost shockingly eloquent way with Mozart.… Read the full article

A Go Go

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Stereophile|

Looking backward can be can a dangerous thing when it comes to music. Play too many great records from the past and you’ll never listen to new music again.

But there are times these days when a reissue of music recorded many years ago is so powerful that it forces a pause, and a reappraisal. Sure, the new Otis Redding Live at the Whisky A Go Go basically repeats the same set six times over. But what a set it is!… Read the full article

Will the real DragonFly® please stand up!

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |


From AudioQuest:

It has recently come to light that a counterfeit version of the guts of DragonFly v1.2 is inside multiple brands of Made In China small USB DACs.

It is important to note the authentic versions of all DragonFlys, as with all of the new AudioQuest “Digital Critters,” are manufactured in Ohio, USA.

In this unfortunate situation, the DACs have been revealed (by Reddit, for example), to mimic almost precisely the inside of a real AudioQuest DragonFly v1.2, including copying of the proprietary technical features.

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The Look and Feel of Money in Headphones

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Hello everyone,
I’m a newbie to the hifi thing. I studied a little for some months and then decided to buy (for 210 euros) the Philips Fidelio X2. I actually love them, but I own only a simple motherboard DAC (built-in), so I feel like I can’t enjoy them as far as I would, but I have a lot of… more
First timer here. Love the quality in-depth headphone reviews.
I was wondering if anyone could recommend a sub $150 (about £100 here in the UK) pair of headphones to mainly use with Playstation VR.
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Melco Audio Debuts at Show

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: AV Hub|

Award-winning music library system, the Melco Audio N1A, yesterday made its Australian debut at the Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show, currently running in Melbourne at the Hotel Intercontinental The Rialto.

Distributed by BMC Wholesale, the Melco Audio N1A is a music library server and player that can be controlled from any mobile or tablet device.

Whatmough Audio is demonstrating the Melco Audio N1A music library at the show in Room 305, which is the first time the brand has been shown here in Australia.… Read the full article

Will the real DragonFly® please stand up!

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |


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


The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers and Balanced Audio Technology VK-255 SE stereo amplifier.

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.


GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers; Evolution Acoustics MM2 loudspeakers with Wave Kinetics isolation feet; Nova Rendition II loudspeakers outfitted with Walker Audio Reference HDLs on the upper and lower bi-wires, and Townshend Audio Super Tweeters, all contacts treated with Walker Audio Extreme SST Contact Enhancer.… Read the full article

Audio Note Japan Kagura ultimate power amplifiers

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Mono and Stereo|Tags: , , |

Mighty and inspiring Kagura power amplifiers giants from the legendary Japanese ultra high-end audio brand Audio Note Japan.


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