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Speaking of Hendrix

By | December 12th, 2017|Categories: Audiomatters|

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I can’t complain about the various releases coming out as I recently purchased the 9 LP resissue of the older velvet purple box, The Jimi Hendrix Experience Box Set.  Sadly, it’s no longer boxed in velvet, and am sure the source is digital but it’s a fine collection, both musically and sonically. Previously I’d thought there was not enough  interesting material on it to warrant purchase but when I found it competitively priced compared to used older sets, I bit the bullet.

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1930 Loudspeakers and Pick-ups

By | December 12th, 2017|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: |

Saw these in Wireless World and couldn’t stop looking at the big square horn. It reminds of that big sqaure Voigt horn but this oneis exponential. Tonearm looks like a record shredder. Good stuff.

Review: Cayin N5ii – The Killer

By | December 12th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: Cayin has been covered many times on Headfonia already. The Cayin N5ii was sent to us free of charge in exchange for this review.


Cayin is a premium Chinese high end audio brand (since 1993) and their focus has mostly been on dedicated HiFi equipment, covering every chain in the music reproduction path, from CD player to speaker, but the essence is no doubt their tube amplifiers. Their equipment ranges from around US$100 to just below US$10,000 per item, covering the needs of different requirements and budgets.… Read the full article

Audio-Head’s Holiday Buying Guide

By | December 12th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

by Rafe Arnott

Loudspeakers Under $5,000

Harbeth P3ESR – $2,100

Having lived with the diminutive Harbeth P3s for some time, I can tell you they have few peers in any price range for their ability to represent spatial imaging of the sound stage from recording to recording. They don’t go deep (rated at 20 KHz – 75 Hz), but the bass that is there is tuneful, and true in tone. What they do do is excel incredibly well in the midrange and treble – those areas where the bulk of instruments and the human voice spend most of their time.… Read the full article

MQA: Some Claims Examined

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

“The fundamental problem of communication is that of reproducing at one point either exactly or approximately a message selected at another point.”—Claude Shannon

Since its announcement at the end of 2014, Master Quality Authenticated, the MQA encoding/decoding system, has spawned outspoken criticism. Some of the more thoughtful negative reactions have come from engineers such as Dan Lavry, Bruno Putzeys, and Daniel Weiss. Others have been expressed by manufacturers of digital products: the late Charley Hansen at Ayre Acoustics, for example, along with Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat at Schiit Audio, John Siau at Benchmark Media Systems, and Jim Collinson at Linn Products.… Read the full article

Sound Reproduction: Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

People unversed in technical terminology will talk about an audio system’s ‘sound quality,’ and what they mean is how good does the system sound to them and how ‘accurate’ is it. But what constitutes ‘sound quality’ exactly, in a more precise and scientific sense? Many people have spent a great deal of time and money chasing the better end of ‘sound quality,’ but without an understanding of what ‘sound quality’ is, they are stuck in a blind search for something that simply sounds good to them that they happen to chance upon.

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A Wireless Speaker that Visualizes Lyrics in Real-Time

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Here’s an idea: An app-based wireless speaker that visualizes lyrics on a translucent baffle/screen in real-time while the music is playing, creating a quasi-holographic effect.
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Maxx-headfi holds flash sale today

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , |



By Lam Seng Fatt


While many other dealers are grumbling about poor market conditions currently, Max Loh of Maxx Audio Visual fame, is swimming against the tide and is venturing into new businesses.


His latest venture is into marketing headphones via a dedicated website (


Inspired by e-commerce websites like Lazada and Alibaba, Max is  holding a flash sale today. Called the 12.12 Flash Sale, he is offering lots of discounts on various types of headphones.… Read the full article

2018 Buyer’s Guide: Headphones $1,500+

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

2018 Buyer's Guide: Headphones $1,500+

Sennheiser HD 800 $1599 The HD 800s derive their claim to excellence from good bass/treble balance and a rock-solid delivery of musical fundamentals. Bass is deep and articulate, while the lower midrange is clean, with good reproduction of power instruments. The upper midrange can seem a bit depressed, however, necessitating real attention to amplifier matching. You want to find an amp with low output impedance and the midrange glow we normally associate with tubes. Treble on the HD 800s can at times seem too revealing for its own good (or even a touch ragged), so choose source components carefully.… Read the full article

Verizon Targets 30 Million Homes for 5G Service

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Verizon said it plans to build out a super-fast 5G fixed-gigabit wireless service serving 30 million homes “over the next few years,” according to a report in Telecompetitor.
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