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HEOS and Atmos on latest Marantz slimline receivers

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

As several Sound+Image awards attest, we’ve maintained a high regard for the Marantz “slimline” series of AV receivers, though really they’re short, rather than slim, but we guess the “short-arse” series wouldn’t sound so marketable.

The latest models aim to maintain the excellent performance of previous models, but with a number of impressive additions — HEOS multiroom integration, and Dolby Vision HDR compatibility (in addition to full 4K/UHD abilities) in both new models, and Dolby Atmos available on the higher of the two models.  … Read the full article

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Astell&Kern's little ripper

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

With many home computers and laptops these days, if you want a CD drive you have to either option it in, or have a separate drive dangling off a USB socket.

So if you’re spending extra on a drive anyway, it’s worth considering one developed specifically for audio purposes – because there are indeed rips and rips.

This Astell&Kern CD-RIPPER MkII is designed to integrate particularly effectively with the company’s high-res audio players, but distributor Busisoft AV’s George Poutakidis assures us it will work with a Mac or Windows computer also.… Read the full article

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Sony MDR Z1R Follow Up Measurements

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I would like to agree with you, and I do to a large extent, but I think it’s a truth that most people like to have their opinions reinforced by reviews such as Tyll’s; or indeed people take the reviews offered by, e.g. Tyll, as a starting point from which they can make decisions. I know I do.

I ask myself candidly how would feel if I parted with $2,000 to find that Tyll had declared my purchase as significantly flawed.… Read the full article

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Cable Manufacturer Morrow Audio Lures “the kids” With Used Records!

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: Analog planet|

Cable manufacturer Morrow Audio recently opened a used record store on a busy Florence, Kentucky highway. 30,000 cars pass the store daily.

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UHD by the Numbers

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Last month I blogged about the color gamuts used for Ultra HD. But there’s always more that needs to be said. So with a little repetition here where unavoidable, or as needed to set the stage, let’s dig a bit deeper.


There’s no such thing as a P3 color gamut in the UHD standards, only BT.2020 (also known as Rec.2020). But there is a DCI/P3 color gamut in the video universe (DCI stands for Digital Cinema Initiative), and it’s used in all digitally projected theatrical presentations (which today means virtually all films in theaters).

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Live music as the ultimate reference? Nein danke!

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Martijn Mensink of Dutch & Dutch introduces himself and his company’s loudspeakers: “Dear John – I’m sending you this message because I’d love you to review the Dutch & Dutch 8c. As a frequent reader of DAR, I believe there is a very good fit between Dutch & Dutch and DAR. Like you we cater to the forward thinking, music-first audiophile (I like that one!). I like how on DAR you write in a way that speaks to both the audiophile as well as the music lover interested in better sound.”

“The 8c is a DSP based all-in-one loudspeaker system for people who wish to enjoy their music in the highest possible quality, but don’t want a hifi system that dominates their room.Read the full article

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Dish’s Hopper DVRs Go MultiRoom

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The Dish Music app uses DTS Play-Fi wireless technology to endow Dish’s Hopper 2 and 3 DVRs with multiroom smarts.
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Linear Tube Audio ZOTL40 Mk.II power amplifier

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

I have always been fascinated by audio power amplifiers. I even tried building about a hundred of them. My best friend in high school, Bill Brier, taught me the basics of soldering, wire management, and reading schematics. He loaned me his Dynaco Stereo 70, and gave me a hot-running, 20W, class-A transistor amp that he’d built on his mother’s kitchen table. Bill took me to concerts, and taught me about classical and jazz music. He had perfect pitch, tuned pianos for money, played every instrument in the orchestra, and had memorized the complete keyboard works of J.S.… Read the full article

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Fabriq Targets Echo with $100 Alexa-Enabled Speaker

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Toronto-based Fabriq aims to fill what it perceives as a void for inexpensive smart speakers that offer decent sound quality with a new Alexa-enabled speaker that sells for $100.
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PS Audio DirectStream Memory Player universal transport

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

The first time I heard a CD player in my own system was in 1983, the first year of the format’s introduction in the West. CD players were generally hard to come by, but I had a friend who worked for Sony, and he came over with his new toy: Sony’s next-to-top-of-the-line CD player. (I think it was a CDP-501.) We connected it to my system—at the time, Quad ESLs driven by a Luxman tube amplifier, with a Linn turntable—and listened to some Sony demo CDs.… Read the full article

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