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Denon HEOS AVR A/V Receiver Review

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Audio Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $999


AT A GLANCE

Plus

App-driven HEOS eco-system
Up to 5.1 channels
Wireless HEOS surround and sub options

Minus

Nearly no front-panel controls
No low-volume mode
No Dolby Atmos or DTS:X


THE VERDICT

The Denon HEOS AVR reimagines the black-box receiver as a sleek, shapely, app-driven beauty that leverages the home network to provide wireless sub and surrounds.


Having successfully developed their own wireless ecosystem under the HEOS brand, Denon is using it to reinvent the audio/video receiver.

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VPI Prime Scout turntable

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

We got our wish. Phonograph ownership is once again depicted as commonplace, even hip, in popular films, TV shows, and ads for other products. Turntables and LP jackets show up in photos in Elle Decor and Vanity Fair. New LPs are sold in stores in nice neighborhoods, and in malls with Cinnabon franchises and J.Crew stores. A shockingly high percentage of new record releases in which normal people are interested, and a few in which they are not, are now available on vinyl.… Read the full article

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Werner Herzog’s Documentary About Hi-Fi Forums

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Audiostream|

The famed German Director has released a feature-length film about hi-fi forums. Here’s the trailer:

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DEQX Roon Ready

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Australian high-end manufacturer DEQX has announced that its HDP-5 and PreMate Plus are now Roon Ready certified and that Roon-enabled HDP-5 and PreMate Plus units will ship from the 1st September, 2017.

However, current owners of the DEQX HDP-5 and PreMate Plus can also upgrade to Roon-ready status. For details, email DEQX HERE, remembering to include your serial number (found on the underside of the unit) and the display firmware version (found on the settings page).

DEQX will also be exhibiting at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fair (Room 1124) on October 6–8, 2017, where showgoers will be able to get their first-ever opportunity to audition a complete DEQX system comprising HDP-5 Processor, A250x3 3 channel mono amplifiers and ISR Active 3-way monitors, as well as go in the draw for a Lifetime Roon Membership valued at $499.00.… Read the full article

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Devialet’s two faces: Lost Recordings, Gold My Phantom

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

November 2016. High-end audio manufacturer Devialet announced their intention to enter the vinyl business. In collaboration with music Fondamenta, previously unheard live recordings would be pulled from the vaults, tidied up and pressed to 180gm vinyl in limited runs of 900 (at over €120 a pop).

For the ultra-wealthy, extremely limited edition lacquers offer up only a few plays before wearing out would sell for anything between five and eight grand. Examples of these lacquers have recently enjoyed dedicated playback events at the Royal Albert Hall and Melbourne’s Recital Hall.… Read the full article

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Upcoming Dealer Events (Fall 2017)

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |

Keep your calendar opened and your eyes peeled for these great upcoming Nordost events!


September 23rd

4pm

JS AUDIO

4919 St Elmo Ave

Bethesda, MD 20814

Contact: Steve, Joe, or Blu

(301) 656-7020

[email protected]

www.jsaudio.com


November 2nd

5–9pm

OVERTURE AUDIO

2460 W. Stadium Blvd.

Ann Arbor, MI  48103

Contact: Tom Jankowski

(734) 662-1812

[email protected]

www.overture-audio.com


November 16th

5–9pm

F1 AUDIO

311 E Dundee Rd

Palatine, IL 60074

Contact: Jamie Pauls

(847) 772-3140

[email protected]

www.f1audio.com


November 30th

5–9pm

HOLM AUDIO

2050 West 75th Street

Woodridge, IL 60517

Contact: Mike Holm

(630) 663-1298

[email protected]

www.holmaudio.com


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The Politics of MQA

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

The Politics of MQA

The codec known as MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is clearly in its ascendancy. The Big Three record labels have signed on, Tidal is streaming hundreds of MQA-encoded albums, and there’s a steadily expanding amount of audio gear capable of handling MQA, at all price-points. So it’s perhaps surprising that MQA has been met with a continuous flow of skepticism, derision, and outright fury by some audiophiles, both consumers and seasoned industry hands. Or maybe it shouldn’t be surprising. The technology was developed by a team headed by Bob Stuart, an acknowledged authority on digital methodology—and experts in general are viewed …… Read the full article

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Get Ready for the Star Wars Blitz

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the second film in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth chapter in the Star Wars saga, opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, 2017. Get ready for the marketing blitz.
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Harman Consolidates, Layoffs Announced

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

When the news hit last fall that Samsung was set to acquire Harman International, pundits wondered how the merger would impact the iconic company whose history includes introduction of the first stereo receiver under the Harman Kardon brand in 1958.
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First Bluesfest Artist Announcement

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

Leading the 2018 Bluesfest artist announcement is Robert Plant and his band The Sensational Space Shifters. 2018 is the 50 year celebration of Led Zeppelin’s first ever performance, and this milestone event will be celebrated at Bluesfest when they perform a number of Led Zeppelin classics.
There will be plenty of other great acts for we guitarists to geek out over too: Gov’t Mule, Nile Rodgers & Chic, The John Butler Trio, New Power Generation, Tash Sultana, Joe Louis Walker, Eric Gales, José González – not to mention Lionel Richie, Morcheeba, Lukas Nelson &   The Promise Of The Real, Dumpstaphunk, The California Honeydrops, Bobby Rush, and Rick Estrin and The Nightcats.… Read the full article

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