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AnalogPlanet Radio’s WFDU HD2 Scary Halloween Show!

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Analog planet|

(Originally aired October, 2016) Perfect for playing tonight when the kids come Trick-or-Treating! Includes a tribute to the late John Zacherle and includes excerpts from his Philly and New York television shows. Enjoy! (Picture: John Zacherle and me, meatpacking district 1980 something or other).

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YG Acoustics BilletDome Tech

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

The concept behind YG Acoustics’ new ‘BilletDome’ tweeter is so simple that the only wonder is that it’s never been done before. But, like many simple ideas, it’s also a brilliant one, and a great solution to a common problem.

In essence, what YG Acoustics has done is put a small triangular metal frame support behind a soft dome, using much the same design as the tent poles in a domed camping tent except that, unlike a camping tent, the soft fabric dome of YG Acoustics’ tweeter is completely self-supporting: the metal frame support merely prevents air pressure from deforming the soft dome inwards in the event that it’s moved too quickly in an outwards direction.… Read the full article

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Andrew Jones and the Elac Updates – RMAF 2016

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

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While the Elac updates for RMAF were not as big as some of the loudspeaker reveals of previous shows, designer Andrew Jones was still out in full force showing off the company’s notoriously bang-for-the-buck wares. Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2016 was also the first time Mr. Jones was showing with an end-to-end ELAC system which included the company’s upcoming Element Integrated amplifier ($699).

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A few subtle updates did make the cut into the room, including an US-first showing of the European-styled Uni-Fi Slim Floorstanding U5 ($1,499/pair).… Read the full article

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A Visit to YG Acoustics

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Stereophile|

When Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2016 (RMAF)—the hot hi-fi rager of the Wild West—came to its close, I had one more official stop to make: YG Acoustics.

Located just 30 minutes from Denver in the city of Arvada, is the YG Acoustics facility—including the factory, showroom, and offices. Much like most factories, the exterior is an unassuming vanilla casing, with no evidence of the flavorful, no-compromise, high-tech, high-end speakers living (and being brought to life) inside.

The tour was informative. We breezed through the office space, then worked our way through the factory.… Read the full article

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October 2016 Top Picks at a Glance

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

Trick or treat? No tricks here…only treats—especially for home theater enthusiasts weighing various pathways to object-based surround sound (a.k.a. Dolby Atmos or DTS:X). Here we present three Top Pick-rated options in AV receivers—from low to high to very high, as in drop-dead state of the art for those whose priority is sonic purity at all costs. Speaking of object-based surround, how about a simple soundbar-based system that provides a remarkably convincing Dolby Atmos presentation? You read that right—a soundbar. Rounding out this month’s Top Pick honorees are two headphones that couldn’t be more different: one with elegant, solid-wood earcups, the other a pair of “in-ear monitors” that distinguish themselves as the world’s first ’buds designed for listening to and “mixing” live music in real-time.
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Roksan Release The Pink Turntable

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

roksponsmallRoksan Audio have released a limited special edition version of their Radius 7 turntable. ‘The Pink’ turntable not only offers a new cosmetic change for audiophiles, but with every piece sold Roksan will also make a charitable donation to one of the UK’s leading breast cancer support charities, Breast Cancer Care.

Breast Cancer Care was founded in 1973 to support those diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families. The charity uses their resources to provide practical and emotional support, bring people affected by breast cancer together, campaign for improvement in standards of support and care and to help promote the importance of early detection.

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CHECK IT: Inside Tokyo’s Audiophile venues…

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

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Image courtesy of Resident Advisor.

I don’t know about any of you, but I’ve been absolutely itchy with a desire to hit the streets of Japan, and check out all things audiophile. My father traveled there in his 20s, and always has a special light in his eyes whenever the subject of that trip comes up, and he is able to regale whomever is present with stories of his time there. The fact that Japan is home to some of the most discerning, and legendary names in high-end audio, and to some of the most passionate, and intense audiophiles in the world is a big draw too.… Read the full article

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McIntosh MC275 VI Power Amplifier and C22 Preamplifier

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

McIntosh MC275 VI Power Amplifier and C22 Preamplifier

The cool factor is way cool: Turn it on and the seven small tubes across the front light up, one after another, in a soft orange glow. Once they’re all lighted, a moment’s pause, then they turn green and you’re in business. I am referring to the latest iteration of what is widely and justly regarded as the one of the greatest tube amplifiers ever made and the greatest from McIntosh: the MC275, now in its sixth version. Not necessarily Mac’s “best,” whatever that may mean, but its greatest in the sense of an innovative product—Tim di Paravicini, a man …… Read the full article

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The New York Audio Show Returns to NY this Weekend

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Stereophile|

Now in its fifth year, the UK-based Chester Group’s New York Audio Show opens to the public this Friday, November 4, at 1pm in the Park Lane Hotel overlooking Central Park. (Friday hours are until 7pm.) The three-day show, a smaller version of what has come before, promises 30 exhibit rooms, half of which are “oversized,” two ballroom-sized exhibits, and two more ballrooms filled with exhibits and vendors selling merchandise. All-in-all, the event, whose one-day visitor pass costs $30 ($26 in advance, with significant savings for multi-day passes) promises almost 110 brands.… Read the full article

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Scared of losing Air Pods? Imagine my fear when I wore $1600 in-ears for a month

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: TechRadar|

Where do you start with a pair of headphones like the Noble Audio Katana? At $1600 (£1350 / around AU$2100) the in-ear headphones are at the highest of the high-end, but the most surprising thing about them is their form factor. 

Yes, whereas high-end headphones have become synonymous with bulky over-ear cans that are only really practical for home use, the Katanas are a pair of in-ear headphones, that are only marginally bigger than your average pair of Apple earbuds. 

This might sound like a criticism, but it’s honestly impressive just how much Noble Audio has been able to squeeze into such a small package. … Read the full article

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