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Rad Roon rising: Audeze’s incredible LCDi4 IEM go higher still

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Popping open the faux-leather-wrapped plastic box on Audeze’s LCDi4 IEM (US$2495) we get a short hit of déjà vu: the plastic-bagged selection of over- and in-ear hooks plus various sizes of standard and Groove tips, identical to those that ship with with considerably more affordable iSine 10/20. The iSine 20 was by yours truly reviewed here and serves as a primer to what follows.

For the LCDi4, the iSine’s soft shell carry case has been moved from fabric to leather and the iSine’s plastic outer shell (and mini-Tie-fighter aesthetic) has given way to the LCDi4’s more conservative look.… Read the full article

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AVM Audio USA is Proud to Announce the Introduction of the AVM30 Product Line in North America

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Enigma Acoustics Tweeters. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Clayton Audio M200 monoblock amplifiers (with Hi-Fi Tuning and Furutech fuses), Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.… Read the full article

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Merrill Audio Veritas Monoblock Amplifiers: Are All Class-D Amplifiers the Same?

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Merrill Audio Veritas Monoblock Amplifiers

Have Class-D amplifiers gotten a bad rap? Despite my colleague Guido Corona’s enthusiastic review of Merrill Audio’s Veritas amplifiers (HERE) some four years ago, the sound and performance of all Class-D amplifiers still tends to be lumped together and in the words of the immortal Rodney Dangerfield, “…don’t get any respect.” Is or isn’t that knock deserved? Read on.

There’s no question that Class-D amplifiers can deliver a lot of power in a small package; such as powering woofers in speakers.… Read the full article

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September Top Picks at a Glance

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

As September gives way to October, it’s time to reflect on what the past month (or two in this case) has brought us in the way home entertainment goodness. A fair amount, as it turns out. Recapping the virtues of our eight most recent Top Picks, we find four remarkable (and remarkably different) speaker systems to meet almost any need, an AV receiver that has been boldly reinvented for the wireless age, a spectacular soundbar from a brand you forgot about, headphones that will make even the most reluctant “speakers-only” audiophile smile, and a super-capable AV processor from one of audio’s stalwart companies.
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RMAF 2017: A preview (of sorts)

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

by Eric Franklin Shook

I’m not the long winded bullshit artist you might have originally thought or hoped me to be. I lean towards the succinct, overshare constantly, and alienate people with my well thought out, and controversial opinions. Cutting right to it, recently my morning rituals have been upended. The setting of my alarm clock hasn’t changed, but prior to this week I’ve been wide awake before my trusty ’60s Timex had the chance to buzz. Why you may ask?… Read the full article

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A not so Classé ending?

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Audiomatters|

There have been rumors for months about the demise of Classé Audio of Montreal, famed for their amps and frequent partnering with B&W speakers over the years.  Indeed, I heard that very pairing a few times myself in local audio dealers. The official word is hard to determine, and the company’s website offers no clues either, but it does seem there’s no smoke without fire. The most up to date info I can find is from the usually reliable Ted Green’s site, and if accurate, it does not paint a pretty picture. 

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Tokyo International Audio Show 2017 Day 1

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Analog planet|

The 2017 Tokyo International Audio Show is a relatively small show, taking place in a rather large convention center. In that it somewhat like the Bangkok show we recently covered, but it is considerably larger and has greater industry participation.

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Furutech at RMAF 2017, October 6-8, Denver, CO – Elite AV Dist Room 566

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Our current (August 26, 2017) stereo reference system, featuring PASS Labs Xs Phono Amp, Xs Preamp, and Xs 150 Monoblock Amps, feeding Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with EXACT External Crossovers. Our new GamuT Lobster Chair optimized for audiophile listening and maximum comfort is in the foreground to the lower right.

GamuT Audio Zodiac with SACD rack_web

The GamuT Audio Zodiac Reference Loudspeaker next to one of our racks of SACDs.

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The Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with a pair of Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers and the PRE G2 preamp on the Walker Audio Prologue Rack.Read the full article

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The State of the Cable Art: van den Hul 3T Mountain Cables, & the Kubala-Sosna Realization Series

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Experience, Direct Witness, Astonishment

What It Is

Across more than forty years I’ve recorded live jazz in many locations. The list of venues and places has grown long. The number of musicians—great, very good, extraordinary, iconoclastic and, on occasion, startling—has grown even longer.

Jim Merod with Ornette Coleman (photograph courtesy of BluePort Records)

Early on, with equipment far inferior to recent high-resolution recording devices that essentially deliver state of the art sonic capture with hand-held compact ease, I learned how crucial two elements of the enterprise truly were: good microphones with exquisitely precise placement; and outstanding cables at the point of audio reception as well as recorded transfer.… Read the full article

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Q ‘n A Saturday: Vision Ears

By | September 30th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Welcome to Linus’ new interview series on Headfonia.comEvery two weeks we will publish an interview with an insider of the audio industry. They will give us a little insight on how they started and what they are up to. We are thrilled to be able to share a little something with all of you.

This week we are lucky to have Vision Ears‘ founders Amin Karimpour and Marcel Schönen!

Marcel Schönen

Amin Karimpour

HFN: Please tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Vision Ears.Read the full article

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