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Klipsch Offers 5.1 Reference Theater Pack for a Grand

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Klipsch is offering a new 5.1-channel Reference Theater Pack for enthusiasts who want big sound from speakers with a small footprint and small price tag.
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Periodic Audio Mg, Ti, and Be In-Ear Headphones

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Mg In-Ear Headphone
Performance
Build Quality
Comfort
Value

PRICE $99, $199, $299


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Clear sound, great bass
Five-year warranty
Now made in the U.S.

Minus

Tangle-prone cable
No phone controls


THE VERDICT

Periodic Audio’s three in-ear headphones—the Mg, Ti, and Be—may only differ in the driver material but sound more different than you might expect.


Periodic Audio is a brand-new company that launched with just three in-ear headphones, the Mg (Magnesium), the Ti (Titanium), and the Be (Beryllium), for $99, $199, and $299, respectively.

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AKG 'Lifestyle' range includes $1999 ear-pinging golden headphones

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

For those who know AKG well for its 70 years making headphones and pro-audio equipment, it may be a surprise to find Harman Australia relaunching the brand here in the consumer space as if it is a relative unknown – even though Samsung’s ownership of Harman has recently seen millions of AKG earbuds delivered in the box with Samsung smartphones.

‘AKG Lifestyle’ is the tag for the new headphone range, which is being offered initially exclusively through Harvey Norman in Australia.Read the full article

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KEF LS50 Wireless Nocturne

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: AV Hub|

KEF has released a special edition of its LS50 Active Wireless speakers that glows in the dark

The ‘glow in the dark’ design was created for the LS50 wireless by renowned design studio Marcel Wanders. ‘The inherently circular nature of KEF’s Uni-Q driver and musical notation symbols subtly blend with unique architectural and rhythmic elements to create a sophisticated design, selected elements of which actually glow in the dark,’ said Michael Di Meglio, of Advance Audio, which distributes KEF in Australia.… Read the full article

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KEF Adds Spotify Connect to LS50W Wireless Speaker

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Sound + Vision|

KEF has announced the addition of Spotify Connect to the LS50W wireless speaker ($2,200/pair) introduced in January at CES 2017 as part of the brand’s 55th anniversary celebration.
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From Clark Johnsen’s Diary: Tone, Tweaks, & Digitalia: Paradigms Lost…

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

This article, by Clark Johnsen, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print – Volume 8, Issue 2, 1999

I. In The Beginning Was The Tone

The amiable, estimable John Marks (or is that, inestimable?), before appearing on the cover of our previous issue, addressed in TAS #115 the vital topic of how to engage (or is that, ensnare?) more people into the pursuit of high-end audio. Excellent subject! How shall we beget more like us? … an eternal question posed unconsciously, but reasonably, by every culture.… Read the full article

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Don't Fear The Reaper

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

Watch out Christmas! While December 25 may be the holiday with the most music written specifically to celebrate it, Halloween, that delightful pagan holiday that has become a multi-million dollar business in the United States, has its own growing body of musical works dedicated to ghosts, goblins and having a good time.

Along with the usual mix of sound-effect records featuring creaking doors and unhinged laughter, there are the mix records intended for Halloween parties. Of course it could be argued all Halloween records are party records?… Read the full article

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Music in the Round #87: Oppo UDP-205

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

For some months now, I’ve lived mostly without music. To survive the dust and grit of the renovation of our Manhattan apartment, all electronics had to be covered with heavy plastic, the speakers encapsulated in large green lawn bags, and the listening room partitioned off with a temporary wall. We could listen to music with our little 3.1-channel TV system in the den (eh) or through headphones (not!), or we could decamp to our house in Connecticut, which we did as much as possible.… Read the full article

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Recording of March 1977: Direct from Cleveland

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

Direct From Cleveland
Orchestral works by De Falla, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz
The Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel (cond.)
Telarc 5020 DD1 (LP). Robert Woods, prod.; Jack Renner, sound eng.; Glenn Glancy, Michael Bishop, disc-cutting engs.

Potentially the best news for perfectionists in years is the announcement of the first stereophonic direct-to-disc recording (in the US, at least) of a major symphony orchestra. Advent records of Cleveland, in collaboration with Discwasher, Inc. of Columbia, MO put four complete and usable runsthrough onto two sets of lacquers.… Read the full article

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Warning: Do Not Use

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

Friends, I must confess. I have not been as careful as one might wish, and certainly hindsight is proving to me that my shivering fear and self-loathing are insufficient excuses for my laxity. But the fact remains: I cannot find the box.

It was there, where I left it, locked in that cursed room. No one has ventured in, and nothing has come out. I swear! And yet, it is gone. It is gone and I am undone.

Merciful Mother, I still dream of that darkness, and the Thing that stirred there.

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