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Longer hi-fi warranties… with one exception

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Is it just my imagination, or are warranty periods for hi-fi components getting longer?

If you’re new to the audio world, you’ll probably be horrified to learn that back in the 70s, the maximum warranty period on any hi-fi component was one year, and for many items, it was just three months.

These days, the only hi-fi product I can think of where you’re offered only a three month warranty is one where valves are involved and frankly, this puzzles me the most out of all hi-fi warranties because valves are—bless their warm little thermionic hearts—inherently reliable devices.… Read the full article

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Kii Bonanza at Sonic Purity

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Sonic Purity is hosting a unique auditioning night for Kii speakers which will include special introductory pricing.

The main demonstration products for the night will be the KiiTHREE active speakers and the matching KiiCONTROL user interface, but Warwick Freemantle, of Sonic Purity, told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine that attendees on the night would also be able to view other products available at Sonic Purity, from companies such as Antipodes, Audionet, EMM Labs/Meitner, EMT, Gauder, Kuzma, Lyra, Mola-Mola, Playback Designs, RCM, SME, T+A, TechDAS, Thales and ZYX.… Read the full article

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Torus Power TOT AVR power conditioner

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary defines tot as “1: a small child: TODDLER; 2: a small drink or allowance of liquor: SHOT.” Torus Power used it to name their compact line of toroidal power conditioners. Although small in size, weight, and price, the TOT AVR includes the Automatic Voltage Regulation referred to in its name, as well as noise filtering and smart Ethernet control, and is available with series-mode surge suppression (SMSS) circuit protection.

Kevin Main, president of Torus Power, joined me for lunch in Las Vegas during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, to tell me the story of the TOT AVR.… Read the full article

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Control4 Acquires Triad Speakers

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Acquisition brings
Control4 industry-leading acoustics expertise and a full line of premium
audio-speaker solutions.

Control4 Corporation (NASDAQ: CTRL), a
leading global provider of smart home solutions, today announced the
acquisition of Triad Speakers, Inc., a leader in advanced audio technology with
best-in-class, customizable speaker-solutions.

“Entertainment is integral to
the connected home and our Control4 dealers are designing end-to-end
experiences for family room entertainment, home theaters, and indoor and
outdoor multi-room music for their customers,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4
Chairman and CEO. 

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Sony CDP-R1/DAS-R1 CD player

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

Two of the most cherished terms in the lexicon of high end are “no holds barred” and “cost no object.” These are usually applied, together, to the most expensive version of something currently on the market. But is either term really appropriate for an audio product? The answer is a flat, unequivocal No. No consumer product has ever conformed to the real meaning of those terms, and it is unlikely that one ever will.

Consider for a moment their literal meanings.… Read the full article

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Nelson Brill Reviews The Wood Brothers at The Somerville Theatre

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Nordost|Tags: , |

Real music lovers can find the melody in everything. From the park to the concert hall, our friend Nelson Brill is always on the hunt for great sound.

In this blog, Brill heads to The Somerville Theatre to see The Wood Brothers perform their carousing vaudeville and fiery rock n’ roll” set. 


CONCERT GLIMPSE: THE WOOD BROTHERS- PRIMED FOR ADVENTURE

By Nelson Brill

FEBRUARY 12, 2017

The Somerville Theatre (located in the heart of Davis Square in Somerville, MA.) opened its doors on May 11, 1914 and the first acts that graced its stage that night were a vaudeville act; a “singing skit” and a “comedy playlet”.Read the full article

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Graham LS5/9 Loudspeaker

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Graham LS5/9 Loudspeaker

The heyday of the BBC loudspeaker research program was drawing to a close in 1983 when the original LS5/9 was developed. The LS5/9 and its larger brother the LS5/8 were really the last of the products one might think of as BBC monitors in the traditional sense. (The later LS5/12 was a different sort of transducer, and not really a creation of the Kingswood Warren group.) Things were changing at the BBC. Thatcher-esque austerity would soon shut down its speaker research program, and, in another direction, the BBC was having to deal with the monitoring of rock music—rather reluctantly, one …… Read the full article

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Harman’s Wireless CarPlay May Offer Hope for Audio

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

I am not a fan of Bluetooth. In particular, I regard Bluetooth audio as the worst thing to happen to audio fidelity in 20 years. When Harman first announced its wireless CarPlay technology, I recoiled at the thought of yet another wireless audio option. But, now I see there is a glimmer of hope.
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Harman’s Wireless CarPlay Offers a Glimmer of Audio Hope

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

I am not a fan of Bluetooth. In particular, I regard Bluetooth audio as the worst thing to happen to audio fidelity in 20 years. When Harman first announced its wireless CarPlay technology, I recoiled at the thought of yet another wireless audio option. But, now I see there is a glimmer of hope.
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Vizio Kicks Off New E-Series with 75″ and 80″ Screens

By | February 28th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Vizio today unveiled the new SmartCast E-Series of video displays featuring built-in Chromecast streaming, full-array LED backlighting in screen sizes from 32 to 80 inches, and high dynamic range (HDR) capability in models with screens 55 inches and larger.
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