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Stillpoints Ultra 5 and Ultra 6 Isolation Devices

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Stillpoints Ultra 5 and Ultra 6 Isolation Devices

In the high end, tweaks do not always enjoy a high reputation. The term itself suggests a mere fiddling with the sound rather than a substantial improvement. Add to that a proliferation of products, not a few of which carry the tag “magic” or the like, and you can quickly end up a jaded audiophile. I know. Years ago, I was headed down that path. As an audio newbie, I was fascinated by just about every product that promised a potent change for the better to my Snell E/IV loudspeakers and Conrad-Johnson gear.… Read the full article

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Anticables Level 5 Signature Speaker Wires

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Audiophillia|

Back in January 2016 I reviewed the latest Anticables interconnects and was truly amazed at how good they were. Given how superbly these interconnects performed, I wondered if Anticables owner Paul Speltz would consider incorporating his gold/silver alloy (Electrum) in a new speaker cable. So, I discussed this possibility with him and he said he would think about it. About eight months elapsed and he contacted me that he was ready to ship out a pair of his latest speaker wires, the Level 5 Signatures.… Read the full article

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Triple 9

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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Dirty-cop movies are nothing new, and for any film in the genre, it would be easy to simply reach for established tropes to tell the story. When you have an entire gang of cops that serves the Russian mob, however, things are almost certain to spiral out of control, and in Universal’s gritty action fest, Triple 9, they do so hard and fast.

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Gods of Egypt

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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It’s difficult to fathom that Alex Proyas, the director who gave us Dark City and The Crow, is the same director responsible for I, Robot and Gods of Egypt, but sure enough, he is. If the first two films were dark and foreboding, and I, Robot was a perfect visual effects popcorn movie, then Gods of Egypt is…what, exactly? Well, let’s say it’s a big special-effects movie, and that’s it. It certainly has Proyas’s style all over it, but it’s hollow inside.

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AnalogPlanet Visits Jerry Harvey Audio

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Analog planet|

While headphones are not AnalogPlanet’s “beat”, when editor Michael Fremer found himself in Orlando, Florida to address the Barnes & Noble national manager’s convention, at the invitation of company president Andy Regan—a Fremer friend for at least three decades—he visited Orlando based Jerry Harvey Audio.

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InEar’s ProPhile-8 – First Impressions

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , |

CanJam Europe 2016 was host to InEar’s world premiere of the new ProPhile-8 flagship earphone. The product was announced a few days earlier but prototypes were handed around for quite some time. As the first successor to the StageDiver series, the PP8 opens up a new line of monitors aimed at professionals and audiophiles alike.InEar’s universal in-ear monitors are available worldwide and have impressed with

What Is The Pitch?

InEar’s universal in-ear monitors are available worldwide and have impressed with a very comfortable finish.… Read the full article

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Musical Fidelity’s complete audio solution

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

The display panel of the Musical Fidelity Encore 225
The display panel of the Musical Fidelity Encore 225

 

The music centre is back. Musical Fidelity’s Encore 225 is the latest incarnation of the good ol’ music centre, that all-in-one piece of convenience which audiophiles’ wives loved so much.

 

However, the Musical Fidelity Encore 225 is at the cutting edge of today’s technology with a 32bit 384kHz capable DAC and upgradeability.

 

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The Encore 225 is a complete audio solution allowing you to keep all your music in one place.… Read the full article

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September 2016 Top Picks at a Glance

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Sound + Vision|

September’s Top Picks may be small in number but they make an impression. In audio, we present an intriguing modular soundbar-based system designed for in-wall mounting, the latest take on PSB’s exceptional Imagine speaker series, and two AV receivers that assume very different roles in home entertainment. In video, Samsung’s state-of-the-art 4k/Ultra HDTV speaks for itself as does Epson’s “trickle down” projector.
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Anthem STR Stereo Integrated Amplifier Preview

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Anthem is strengthening its presence in the two-channel audio
space with the introduction of the STR
Integrated Amplifier which they unveiled at the CEDIA 2016 Expo show. Built an entirely new platform and amplifier
technology, the STR features a fresh industrial design and premium audio
circuit components. Best of all, this amplifier is designed, engineered and manufactured in Canada!

In addition to a strong feature set, Anthem has perfected
Anthem Room Correction (ARC™) for the two-channel listener. According to Anthem, two-channel
listeners are now able to optimize their listening experience and achieve the
very best sound experience possible.

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Download of the Week: Bon Iver

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: Audiostream|

Some limbs are larger than others; Bon Iver’s new album, 22, A Million, was released today so I’d only heard a few songs in their entirety and snippets of the rest until this morning. But I knew I was going to recommend it here nonetheless. Fans of Justin Vernon will see this as one of those big, fat, safe limbs, sturdy enough to carry my weight.

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