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Analogplanet Radio’s “Help” Show Now Available For Streaming Here and on the WFD.fm Website

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: Analog planet|

Today is both “leap day” and the final Analogplanet Radio fundraising show of 2016. No “leap” songs today, but many about helping out others. “Others” in this case being WFDU, which derives 100% of its income from listeners, and none from advertising.

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Well-Tempered Lab’s Amadeus GTA MkII Turntable

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Review by Noam Bronstein

William Firebaugh’s original Well-Tempered Tonearm turned many heads – and ears – upon its’ debut in the mid-1980’s. The tonearm’s design was, and remains, quite radical by any way of reckoning. The followup Well-Tempered Turntable allowed WF to integrate his ideas on damping and resonance even further. Some may have been inclined to dismiss Firebaugh’s tonearm ideas as having “no bearing whatsoever” (pun intended), but enough audiophiles latched on, and gradually, a sort of cult following developed around these products.… Read the full article

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Rega Planar 3 Revisited

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: AV Hub|

Synergy Audio Visual has announced that it’s expecting a new version of the Rega Planar 3 to arrive in Australia in June. ‘This new model is a completely new turntable for 2016 and a significant departure from the last Rega Planar 3 model,’ said Phillip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes Rega in Australia. ‘Roy Gandy and his team took two years to develop this model, and it’s the first turntable release in this price bracket from Rega in five years.’

Gandy says that the main central bearing on this new Planar 3 has improved fit and construction, which reduces stress on the bearing itself.… Read the full article

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Vintage Glory: Quad ESL-63 and Electrostatic Solutions

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Quad-3551

I am the first to admit that I have not been steadfast and unwavering in my love. No. Instead, I have been anything but. I am unfaithful.

In fact, it’s probably fair to level this critique in rather stronger language: I am downright promiscuous.

I confess! I confess!

Admitting in public that I, a fan of horn-based loudspeakers, am also a fan of vintage electrostatic panel speakers, will no doubt be taken as something of a sacrilege. The fact that I also have a long list of dynamic loudspeakers in my “most wanted” list can only be seen as an unmistakable sign of my wanton ways, if not evidence of outright mental instability.… Read the full article

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Special Audio Events in WA

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

Special Audio Events in WA

The following is press information provided by Musical Surroundings. Music Matters 11at Definitive Audio, Seattle, WA Thursday, March 3, 5–9 p.m. Join Musical Surroundings’ Garth Leerer and Jesse Luna for Music Matters 11 in Seattle, Washington. Music Matters is Definitive Audio’s annual event devoted exclusively to high performance audio, from classic vinyl to the latest in digital music. Musical Surroundings will be highlighting the AMG Viella 12 Turntable with 12J2 tonearm and Clearaudio Gmbh Goldfinger Statement MC cartridge as well as the AMG Giro G9 turntable with 9W2 tonearm and AMG Teatro MC cartridge in conjunction with Audio Research electronics …… Read the full article

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David Bowie & Donny McCaslin Quartet, Blackstar

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: Stereophile|

Blackstar has been called David Bowie’s “death album” (several of its songs allude to death, he died of cancer two days after its release), but that makes it seem like a grisly novelty number when, in fact, it’s a masterpiece—and, for purposes of this blog, a work of jazz-rock fusion that, unlike many stabs at the genre, truly fuses the two idioms, staying true to both, creating something new in the process, rather than watering them down in a muddy swamp.… Read the full article

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AfterShokz Wireless Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Bone conduction technology has been around for a while, even before Beethoven pressed his ear against a piano and clasped a rod in his teeth to hear his compositions. But AfterShokz is bringing it mainstream to the active community with the new Trekz Titanium (MSRP $130) wireless headset. While you might not think bone conduction is right for you, there are plenty of advantages of the technology, including situational awareness, that you might want to consider.
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Best Of 2015 Speakers

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Article by WL Low

 

I didn’t review any speakers this year, at least not in my own cave anyway. So my pick this year will be mostly what I heard and experienced from KLIAV 2015 show or other audio systems that I’ve had the opportunity to sample.

KEF LS50 hifi

KEF LS50: Still the best value to performance small stand mount speaker. Super coherent in top to bottom octave presentation within it’s limited bandwidth. While it doesn’t go super low due to it’s physical limitations, whatever bass it produces is articulate, yet and clear and concise enough for most people.… Read the full article

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RSL Announces Speedwoofer 10S

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

RSL has announced plans to introduce the Speedwoofer 10S, a more affordable version of its popular Speedwoofer 10.
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Lovely Recordings: Hosted by David Deckert

By | February 29th, 2016|Categories: Audiostream|

Bowie and Bischoff, OK now you have my attention. About all I know of Jherek Bischoff is his 2012 LP I bought, Composed. But that’s enough to know that his ear for string arranging within the pop idiom is certainly interesting. And rightly or wrongly, the speed with which Strung Out in Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute has been released tells me this was less about some grandiose tribute stocked with a roomful of Big Name Stars than it was from the efforts of a few appreciative fans who just happen to be capable, professional musicians with the drive to make it happen, now.
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