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JVC’s 8K e-shift projector is outstanding

By | December 15th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Steven Woo of Klingen & Erlesen and thr 8K e-shift JVC DLA-NX9 projector above him.
Steven Woo of Klingen & Erlesen with the 8K e-shift JVC DLA-NX9 projector above him.



By Lam Seng Fatt


Several AV enthusiasts were treated to a visual feast at the AV Designs’ showroom off Jalan Kuching, Kuala Lumpur, last Thursday as the world’s first 8K e-shift JVC home theatre projector was launched in Malaysia. The AV enthusiasts also had the honour of being the first Malaysians to watch the JVC DLA-NX9 projector in action.


To make us salivate a bit, James Tan had set up a 4K system using JVC DLA-N5, which is a native 4K projector, in a smaller room.… Read the full article

Jakarta 2018 IHEAC | Photo Tour

By | December 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

KEF R Series

Our friend Lukasz Fikus of LampizatOr went to Jakarta for the Indonesia High End Audio Club (IHEAC) Audio/Video Show 2018 … and took a few pictures. They’re presented without introduction or explanation — but offered as a window, both familiar and exotic, to the rest of us. Enjoy.

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German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeakers

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeakers

One of my fondest memories as a teen was poring over the pages of the Tech Hifi catalog. Located on Route 35 in Eatontown, NJ, it was the closet thing the Jersey Shore offered to high end audio, and to me it represented the state of the art in home sound reproduction. The catalog lay out was organized around a number of systems starting with entry level in the front of the catalog, gradually building to what was touted as the NE plus ultra.Read the full article

InnerFidelity Recommended Components 2018 – Under $500

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

With a lot of help from contributor Grover Neville we bring you the first of three in a series of the 2018 InnerFidelity Recommended Components Lists. Sure to please many, sure to disappoint more than a few. Regardless, this is it.

We hope you enjoy reading about them as much as we enjoyed (and struggled over) choosing them.

This is the Under $500 USD List, so I’ll get to the point and let you read on.

– Rafe Arnott

Campfire Orion –$350 USD

Campfire Orion

I’m not normally a big IEM fan, but this one caught my attention at RMAF this year.… Read the full article

2018 Holiday Gift Guide, Part 3

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

We combed through our recent Top Picks as we head into the final stretch of the 2018 holiday shopping season and came up with a list of 11 potential gifts — to give or get.
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2018 Audioholics Product of Year Award Winners

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

2018 was a great year to be an audiophile whether you were on a budget or the sky’s the limit. We primarily focused our review efforts on speakers and subwoofers but also dabbled in some very innovative two-channel products as well. Imagine being able to playback your precious vinyl collection and all digital sources in high resolution with enhanced room correction and bass management all in the same product. Anthem showed us the way with their STR separates. Dayton Audio proved to us that for less than the price of an exotic interconnect, you could get a pair of bookshelf speakers that can pipe good sound quality into a college dorm or small office environment.… Read the full article

Sumiko Rainier and Olympia cartridges Review

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Sumiko Rainier

During the 1980s I had a Sumiko Talisman S sapphire low-output moving coil cartridge, which was a great match for my Sumiko Premier MMT tonearm. It had a beautiful midrange to go along with a rich natural sound. By the time it wore out, that model Talisman  had been continued. I did find a less expensive Talisman A (aluminum) to replace it. I was pleased as the Talisman A was close enough to the Talisman S in performance. Unfortunately, after a few years, the stylus got caught on the turntable felt mat when I was lifting the tonearm at the end of a record and was ruined.

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RIP Mr Susumu Sakuma

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: |

He build with passion and I can’t pretend to understand what he was doing but I enjoyed looking at his creations and hearing him talk even though I did not understand a thing he said. 

My personal favorite.

Andrei Rublev

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|


Set in the early 1400s, Russian writer-director Andrei Tarkovsky’s greatest masterpiece depicts the life of the famous icon painter, Andrei Rublev. But it also keeps everyday village existence, extraordinary events, and medieval Russian history moving from background to foreground in an episodic narrative tapestry. Princes and religion rule every aspect of Russian life, with motivation for actions stemming from belief in God (or the retribution of the church), subservience, and fear of the merciless Tartar invaders. Faith and art are put to the test in this overflowing epic as the painter travels through the decades of his time.

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Nordost is headed to CES

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |

Nordost is happy to be attending CES in Las Vegas January 8-11th. Nordost is teaming up with VTL this year on floor 20, room 201 at the Venetian, to put on a show-stopping system. Take advantage of this great opportunity to hear, firsthand, what our transformative products have to offer your home audio system. We hope to see you there!

January 8-11

The Venetian

Room 29-210

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