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How Much Power Do You Really Need?

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

What’s the Number One question demanded of self-styled audio experts like me? “How much power do I need?”
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Transparent Audio XL Generation 5 Interconnects and Cables

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Transparent Audio XL Generation 5 Interconnects and Cables

This review focuses on the new generation of Transparent Audio interconnects and speaker cables. It also, however, almost has to begin with a description of the problems I’ve encountered over the years in dealing with “wires” as passive but important components. Thus it is as much description of a voyage of discovery in seeking out the best interconnects and speaker cables as a review of a given set of products. The Sequel to Joyce’s Ulysses: An Audiophile’s Cable Odyssey Several centuries ago, I wrote some of the first comparative cable and interconnect reviews published in TAS.… Read the full article

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Dish Hopper 3 Satellite DVR Review

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $15/month


AT A GLANCE

Plus

16 built-in tuners
Supports Netflix 4K UHD content

Minus

Non-backlit remote


THE VERDICT

In one simple-to-operate device, the Hopper 3 combines the best of satellite TV—including 4K support—with the most compelling aspects of internet streaming. When you also consider its extensive multiroom distribution capabilities, there’s not another home entertainment device that can match the category-bending Hopper 3.


If the new satellite receiver/DVR from Dish, the Hopper 3, were indeed merely a new satellite receiver/DVR, the chances of us reviewing it would be between slim and you’ve got to be kidding me.

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New Moving Magnets From Gold Note

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , |

Gold Note, the Italian High-End manufacturer based in Firenze – is going to release Vasari in October, a new MM cartridge engineered to offer high quality at a competitive price.
The cartridge will launch in two models: Vasari Red and Vasari Gold, both featuring a unique body design, fully machined from solid blocks to achieve a high dampening factor, a rigid aluminum cantilever and a custom diamond tip.

“Vasari is the best MM cartridge we have ever created” – stated Maurizio Aterini, Gold Note founder – “We have always been involved in analog audio, so much that we even make limited edition LPs.

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The Talos By Cascadia Audio

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

The Talos By Cascadia Audio
Tonality8.5
Build & Fit8
Matchability7.5
Value For Money9

8.3Our Score

The T50RP, perhaps the most modded planar headphone in the history of modding. People have gone beyond modding now and created businesses behind them like ZMF, Enigma, and MrSpeakers. Dan’s team have gone from modest modding to “top of the line” planar headphones in around 3-4 years. Some have preferred to stay at the indie level modding this most tunable of planar drivers.… Read the full article

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Onkyo Adds Flagship AV Receiver, AV Preamp

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Onkyo USA announced plans to add to two top-of-the-line AV receivers and a new flagship AV preamp/controller to its RZ Series in September.
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Newly Enhanced Transfiguration Proteus Phono Cartridge Arrives In UK

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , |

Japan-based Immutable Music has long been renowned for its small but ‘outstandingly formed’ range of Transfiguration phono cartridges, whose design completely restructures the conventional moving coil (MC) concept. Now, the range is undergoing a number of enticing enhancements and first to arrive in the UK is the company’s flagship model, hand crafted in Japan, the Proteus. Their yokeless double-ring-magnet design provides an extremely accurate coil / magnet interface in which the coils are positioned right at the focal point of the magnetic flux field.… Read the full article

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IFA 2016: They might look like patio heaters – but B&O’s new speakers pack a serious punch

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

IFA 2016: They might look like patio heaters - but B&O's new speakers pack a serious punch

Luxury audio manufacturer Bang and Olufsen is no stranger to statement design. Its BeoPlay A9 looks more like a piece of scientific equipment than a speaker, and that’s not to mention the smoke alarm chic being rocked by the BeoPlay A1.

The BeoSound 1, which the company has just announced at IFA 2016, is a premium portable wireless speaker which looks like a patio heater and is made to be controlled by your smartphone.

The reason for the cylindrical design is the 360 degrees of sound it offers, which means that wherever you sit around the speaker you should still be able to enjoy your music in all its glory.… Read the full article

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World’s Most Expensive Earphones Arrive In UK

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , |

The world’s most expensive earphone, the £3,699 oBravo EAMT-1, has arrived in the UK exclusively through Audio Sanctuary, London.

Priced at a cool £3,699, the oBravo Audio EAMT-1 is the flagship model from the headphone specialist’s portfolio of headphones, earphones, speakers and accessories, and incorporates a number of world-first technologies and exotic materials.eamt-1c (2)WEB

EAMT-1: Hybrid-Planar Drive Unit

The new EAMT-1 features an advanced Hybrid-Planar drive unit specially developed by oBravo, (who created the world’s first Hybrid-Planar headphone). oBravo has now successfully miniaturised the technique for earphones.… Read the full article

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Eight Days to Go On ‘Wheelchair For Ricky’ Fundraiser, More prizes Added

By | August 31st, 2016|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , |

Thank you so much to Mitchell & Johnson who have donated a pair of their MJ2 Headphones to the fundraiser! The headphones combine Mitchell & Johnson’s lightweight hybrid electret-electrostatic flexible transducers with a dynamic driver and retail at £499.

Current prizes (which will be drawn in the following order) are:

Kralk Audio BC-30 FL loudspeakers in Statement Silver Oak & Tellurium Q Black speaker cables up to 2.5m in length

Chord Company £600, 1.5m Signature Array Power Cable (county designated plug)

IsoTek mains loom (UK plugs and sockets) From Sound Fowndations £750

Studio Connection interconnect and mains cable (country designated plug) £600 and £200

Signed Brian May photo

Audio Suspension ASU-100 Turnatble Shelf, £240

Sanus VuePoint 47-80” Tilting TV Mount, £69.99

Two Audiomica MAGNET GOLD power cables, worth 400 CHF each.Read the full article

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