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2016 Editor’s Choice: DACs under $1000

By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Best. Such a slippery word. Best for whom? What specific qualities or quantities require optimisation to qualify for B-word assignation? Does the listener require headphone connectivity or are a pair of RCAs sufficient? Is listening pleasure derived from ultimate detail or is preference given to a little euphony?

Here, at 2016’s halfway point, the notion of the ‘Best’ provides the context for a longer look into the rear-view mirror at five top-drawer sub-$1000 DACs, all but one of which have done time at DAR HQ.… Read the full article

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Garrott Bros Releases Optim FGS

By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: AV Hub|

Garrott Bros has released a new version of its Optim FGS cartridge, which not only uses the ‘dynamic coil’ principle pioneered by the Garrott Bros but also has a Fritz Geiger Signature diamond stylus.

This new version of the cartridge is highly tuned and optimised for the amazing FGS diamond that is only otherwise found in the very best moving coil designs,’ said Philippe Luder, of Audio Dynamics, which distributes Garrott Bros cartridges. ‘This is a true reference cartridge, one that will surprise and delight even the most steadfast moving coil fanatics, thanks in part to the dynamic coil which allows sonic agility, focus and trackability previously only found in the best moving-coil designs.’

Luder told Australian Hi-Fi magazine that in his opinion many modern cartridges suffer the effects of excessive damping of the complex signals which they are expected to reproduce.  … Read the full article

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Amazon has plans for headphones that mute themselves in an emergency

By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: TechRadar|Tags: |

Amazon has plans for headphones that mute themselves in an emergency

The world of patents is always an interesting one to peer into – they can often reveal clues about some of the ideas companies are kicking around before they’re prepared to make those ideas public.

In that spirit we present to you some new patents filed by Apple and spotted by CNN: noise-cancelling headphones that will automatically respond to certain sounds, like a car horn, or an emergency siren, or someone shouting out your name.

If it sounds like you’re in danger, the headphones will let the sounds of the real world back in, potentially saving you from a life-threatening situation.… Read the full article

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The QP1R DAP By Questyle

By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , |

The QP1R DAP By Questyle
Tonality9.4
Build9.5
UI8
Matchability9.5
Value For Money8.2

8.9Our Score

With a wealth of globally patented technology, Questyle Audio are a company dedicated to the design and manufacture of high-quality audio products for use in the home and portable settings. The company, which has subsidiaries in China and the US, have dedicated large proportions of their research & development in perfecting high-end audio reproduction.

After setting themselves a goal to create a portable audio solution, Questyle has recruited all of their efforts and technical prowess to rethink the Hi-Fi listening experience.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: Aune ‘s sub-300$ balanced X7s

By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

The star of this weeks’s Picture Sunday is Aune’s X7s balanced desktop amplifier. Check out our other Picture Posts Here, and Here.

Aune’s dressed the B1 in bold, 1979 Disney. The X7s looks and feels 2000s. It is solid, generally easy to use, and unified to a modern home aesthetic. I’ll be looking at it in greater detail this week, complete with measurements, hiss commentary, and more. For the moment, I hope you’ll be content with a few, general comments.… Read the full article

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Newport 2016: PranaFidelity lures music lovers

By | July 31st, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

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I’m a sucker for reel-to-reel tape machines. Although I don’t own one — yet — I am absolutely fascinated when I see one. It seems tape is the next ancient technology, after vinyl, to be making a comeback. It’s easy to see why — if you’ve got a good-condition, low-generation master copy, the sound quality can be hard to beat.

So, when I peeked in the door of the PranaFidelity/Groove Note Records room at T.H.E. Show in Newport and saw an Ampex ATR-102 professional deck, I was hooked and reeled in like a trout.… Read the full article

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A Notable nozze di Figaro

By | July 30th, 2016|Categories: Stereophile|

Virtually every new recording of Mozart’s great opera, Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), is eagerly anticipated. The opera is, after all, an indisputable masterpiece, and frequently described as the most perfect opera ever written. Not only does it contain an irresistible flood of melody, with one hummable, ear worm-like tune after the other, but its music also unfailingly serves da Ponte’s libretto. As the story careens from ridiculous comedy to trenchant, oft-poignant commentary on the power struggles between master and servant, and women and men, it seems as alive today as it was threatening to an 18th-century aristocratic order that was destined to fall.… Read the full article

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Acoustic Treatment For Your Listening Room: Part II

By | July 30th, 2016|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A few posts back, I started talking about how important it is to have a good listening space. The acoustic characteristics of your listening environment are second only to the sound quality of the recordings that you play. The new studios in the AIX building are virtually complete. The wiring and mounting of the electrical panels and equipment rack are being completed as I write this. The door thresholds and other hardware are being installed too. And on Monday, the new tenants will begin to move in to their new home.… Read the full article

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James Matheson: A major new DSD release from Yarlung Records!

By | July 30th, 2016|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

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

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The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeakers and M250i Reference Monoblocks.

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

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

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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

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KL International AV Show 2016, Part 2

By | July 30th, 2016|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Article by WL Low

As I move on to part 2 of the KLIAVS 2016, let’s continue our tour for those who didn’t make it!

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Maxx Audio was demo-ing Dolby Atmos with the movie 13 Hours, which have some of the most effective battle engagement scenes in Benghazi. The Blu-ray disc at the Speedy counter was promptly sold out by the 2nd day of the show. Got my vote for Best Surround Sound of KLIAV 2016!

 

 

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Maxx Audio’s room demo popularity isn’t only about the right software used, they had some pretty interesting SVS gear to make the magic happen too!
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