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A New Rackit Manufacturer Surfaces Just in Time

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Analog planet|

When Per Madsen retired, a guy named Jef Fowler of TwoCan Audio began making the identical modular oak frame racks.

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Approaching Neutral

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Introduction
Just the other day while reviewing the Sennheiser HD 471 I had an interesting experience: In comparing three relatively neutral headphones (HD 471; HD 569; and ATH-M50x) I found my mind switching between analytical and experiential modes—some might say objective and subjective modes. What I found, oddly, was that while I could pick out the flaws of the HD 569 more easily than the HD 471, I also found it a more pleasing listening experience. It got me to thinking about measurable flaws, quantitative vs.… Read the full article

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Visible Vinyl Record Displays Are On and “Off the Wall”

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Analog planet|

Chicago-based Brandon Knowlden runs a small wood shop. Among the products he sells are “Visible Vinyl” record display accessories marketed under the name “wellmade”.

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Nice write-up of our CAS 2017 room at PS Audio’s Copper magazine

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , , |

Nice write-up of our CAS 2017 room on PS Audio’s Copper magazine by Bill Leebens (thanks Bill!)

Neli Davis of Audio Federation showed the big Acapellas with Audio Note electronics. As you’d expect, sound was lively, lovely, and warm.

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Sound & Vision Tech Tidbits September 2017

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The Yamaha YAS-207 ($299) is the first soundbar with DTS Virtual:X, which simulates a 7.1.4 configuration with height effects but without using height speakers. It sounded better than we’d expected. Look for our review in an upcoming issue…
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Recording of October 1978: For Duke

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

Bill Berry and His Ellington All-Stars: For Duke
Works by Duke Ellington
Bill Berry, cornet; Ray Brown, bass; Frankie Capp, drums; Scott Hamilton, tenor sax; Nat Pierce, piano; Marshal Royal, alto sax; Britt Woodman, trombone.
M&K Real-Time RT-101 (direct-to-disc LP).

This is to-date the best direct-to-disc recording I have heard. For once I can’t complain about the high end being shrill or hard. The balances are excellent and the performances superior, with each member of the group getting his chance to show off.… Read the full article

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Output Tube Biasing, An Introduction

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , |

(Part 1)

By Steve Graham

Big tube amps like the one pictured above can be a bit intimidating, even to yours truly.

First a disclaimer:  I’m not an electrical engineer, but I do have several decades experience poking around in tube amps.

This will be a basic introduction for beginners.  I’ll also supply links for those who wish to do more reading.  More experienced tube-o-philes will no doubt notice that I’ve glossed over some details and made some generalizations, but I think they’ll agree that I’ve adhered to the essentials.… Read the full article

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Nordost Playlist – September 2017

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Nordost|Tags: , |

Nordost is lucky to have a wonderful team of representatives and product trainers who travel around the world educating and demonstrating the effects of Nordost’s products. As part of these demonstrations, it is our job to find an interesting and diverse selection of music to showcase our cables, power devices, sort system and accessories. Whether at shows, visiting our dealers and distributors or even in our own listening room in our headquarters in Holliston, we are constantly getting asked what music we are playing (or if our audience is not so bold to ask, we can see their Shazams working overtime).… Read the full article

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Fraunhofer IIS and Analog Devices showcase MPEG-H Audio and Fraunhofer upHear® Immersive Soundbar Virtualizer at CEDIA 2017

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Fraunhofer|Tags: , , , , |

Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS and Analog Devices, Inc., have unveiled software technology at CEDIA 2017 designed to significantly improve the immersive sound reproduction capabilities of consumer playback devices. The new offering is a reference implementation of Fraunhofer upHear® soundbar processing with MPEG-H decoding and rendering on an Analog Devices digital signal processor (DSP). It is the first commercial implementation of this software, which is fully integrated into the Analog Devices audio framework. The Fraunhofer upHear Immersive Audio Virtualizer enables the delivery of high-quality immersive sound via soundbars – offering authentic spatial audio reproduction that works simply out-of-the-box, without the hassle of installing numerous loudspeakers.… Read the full article

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Record Doctor V LP Cleaning Machine

By | September 5th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Record Doctor V LP Cleaning Machine

Some months ago I was astonished to come across an app called Dust ’n Scratches—a sounds generator that adds the background effect of unclean vinyl’s crackles, hisses, ticks, and pops to digital music playback. For nostalgia’s sake, apparently. (Yes, I know there’s an app for everything, but still….) Audiophiles know better. And we analog hounds are well aware of the harm dust and dirt can cause—not only to the sonics but also to the longevity of an LP. Yet record cleaners often get left in the dust—considered the “final frontier” of gear purchase priorities.… Read the full article

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