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The New Apartment Lounge: Sutherland Engineering's Knock-out KC VIBE Phono Preamp

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

The Apartment Life

For those curious about the name I’ve chosen for my new Positive Feedback column, the New Apartment Lounge, here’s the story.

Last spring, I moved into a new apartment, a bigger space than my former digs, but still on the small side. Shortly thereafter, I found a CD I had not listened to in over a decade, Chicago-based tenor saxophonist Von Freeman’s highly-regarded 2004 release The Great Divide (Premonition). Listening to Freeman for the first time in years, two qualities of his playing stood out.… Read the full article

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A Conversation with Sutherland Engineering, Inc.'s Ron Sutherland

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

Ron Sutherland

How did you come up with the name “KC VIBE”?

To really know the authenticity and integrity of something, you must know its place of origin. We all know the role provenance plays in art and collectables. There is a midwestern value of doing something well. With a straightforward, unassuming manner.  

What design goals did you set out to achieve with the VIBE?

The goal was to make a phono preamp I would be proud to build, and the user would be proud to own.… Read the full article

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3 New Subwoofers From SVS – The 4000 Series

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

This week SVS released information that they will now be producing a new line of subs which will come to rest just under the flagship 16″ Ultra series. The new 4000 series hits a slightly lower price point and takes a solid swing at the 13.5″ driver size with 3 new models including a brand new vertical cylindrical design to accompany the sealed and ported options. The PC-4000 ($1,800) features the largest driver to date for a SVS tall boy, allowing for a little more cabinet space without taking up as much floor space.… Read the full article

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Analog Corner #62

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

What’s June without a hi-fi show? With Stereophile‘s exhibition put on hold for 2000 while emapUSA sorts out future possibilities—Manhattan in May 2001 is the most probable place and date—I flashed on High End 1996 in Frankfurt, Germany, a June show I’d attended and reported on in this column. German audiophiles were still heavily into vinyl back then, so why not hit High End 2000?

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Yamaha YAS-207 Soundbar System Review

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

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $300


AT A GLANCE

Plus

DTS Virtual:X mimics height/surround
HDMI in and out with ARC
Pleasant voicing in most modes

Minus

Only one video input
3D Surround mode can be slightly harsh


THE VERDICT

The Yamaha YAS-207, which uses DTS Virtual:X processing to simulate height and surround effects, sounds pretty good and is easy on your checkbook.


When Dolby Atmos and, shortly thereafter, DTS:X made their debuts, I expected I’d soon be reviewing a flood of speaker systems and receivers supporting object-oriented surround in a 360-degree soundfield.

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SVS Shakes Audio World’s Foundation with New 4000 Series Subwoofers  

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

Youngstown, OH – November 29, 2017 – SVS, manufacturer of high performance speakers, subwoofers and audio accessories, proudly announces the 4000 Series subwoofers, three new models loaded with advanced features and technology only available from SVS, at a price that redefines the cost of entry into reference quality bass for music and home theater fans. SVS 4000 Series subwoofers borrow heavily from the flagship SVS 16-Ultra Series, recipients of nearly every industry award in 2017, including the CES Innovations Best of Innovation for High Performance Audio and the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) “2017 Best Subwoofer.”

Reference quality bass at an all-time value from three unique subwoofer designs.… Read the full article

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Emotiva Introduces Airmotiv E2 Wall-Mount Surround Speaker

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

FRANKLIN, TN, November 30, 2017Emotiva Audio Corporation, the company that continually proves high-end audio doesn’t have be high-priced, announced today the latest addition to its Airmotiv speaker series, the E2 wall mount surround loudspeaker.

Two-way Model Can Be Configured as Direct Radiating Dipole or Forward/Rear Dipole, For Maximum Flexibility in Any Theater Installation

The Airmotiv E2 ($459/pair) represents Emotiva’s commitment to blend performance, flexibility, and price in every product it offers. The two-way wall mounted surround speaker, which features a 5-1/4” woven fiber woofer and a pair of 32 mm Airmotiv folded ribbon tweeters, can be configured as a direct radiating bipole speaker, or as a forward- or rear-oriented dipole speaker, in order to optimize its performance in a wide variety of surround sound installations.… Read the full article

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Flashback 1972: Atari Tests Pong

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

Pong, one of the earliest arcade video games, had an inauspicious start 45 years ago this week when gaming pioneer/Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell and game designer Allan Alcorn wheeled a prototype of their first coin-operated game machine into Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California to see how the bar’s patrons would react. It was an instant hit.
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dCS Network Bridge network player

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

John Atkinson asked me to review the dCS Network Bridge ($4250), which was designed to be paired not just with the dCS Vivaldi DAC ($35,999) running the current v.2.02 software, but with any DAC. This meant I was forced to endure several months with the state-of-the-art Vivaldi as a replacement for my reference dCS Rossini ($23,999). Oh, how I suffered.

Michael Fremer, in his January 2014 review of dCS’s four-piece Vivaldi system ($114,996), of which the Vivaldi DAC is part, called it “the best non–digital-sounding digital system I’ve heard.” John Atkinson, in his measurements for that review, credited the system with “the best digital playback I have experienced.”

I determined a review strategy.… Read the full article

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SVS SB16-Ultra powered subwoofer

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

This review began when I ran into Gary Yacoubian, president of SVS, in a crowded hallway at Las Vegas’s Venetian Hotel, during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. He smiled and introduced himself. “Larry, I enjoyed your review of our SB13-Ultra. If you liked that subwoofer, we have something coming soon that should really interest you. I can’t say anything more now.”

He’d gotten my attention. But it wasn’t until the next year’s CES that I learned about SVS’s newest and largest subwoofer, the SB16-Ultra, which deploys a 16″ driver and a radically different magnet structure, voice-coil design, and control interface.… Read the full article

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