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Marantz SA-14S1 SACD Player Review & Test

By | July 15th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and test of the Marantz SA-14S1 Special Edition Super Audio CD Player by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

Marantz prefers to call its SA-14S1 Special Edition a ‘Super Audio CD’ player, rather than an ‘SACD’ player. It’s obviously read the consumer research which reveals that few people these days know what an SACD player is, the format having done its dash back in the last century.

Such people would not realise that an SACD player not only plays back ordinary CDs but does so better than most CD players.… Read the full article

Marantz SA-14S1 SACD Player Review & Test

By | July 15th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and test of the Marantz SA-14S1 Special Edition Super Audio CD Player by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

Marantz prefers to call its SA-14S1 Special Edition a ‘Super Audio CD’ player, rather than an ‘SACD’ player. It’s obviously read the consumer research which reveals that few people these days know what an SACD player is, the format having done its dash back in the last century.

Such people would not realise that an SACD player not only plays back ordinary CDs but does so better than most CD players.… Read the full article

Review: First Watt SIT-3 Amplifier

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

To those who follow aviation history, Clarence “Kelly” Johnson is something of a legend. In case you are unfamiliar with the name, Johnson was a chief designer for Lockheed Martin who was the brains behind such legendary aircraft as the U2 and SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. These designs were so top secret that they were conceived and developed in a nebulous location known as the “Skunk Works” and eventually tested at Groom Lake in the Nevada desert, which is known more universally as Area 51.… Read the full article

Xi Audio Formula S Review

By | July 15th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

Tonality9.5
Build Quality9.2
Functionality8.5
Matchability9.5
9.2
Our Score
$3499

Disclaimer: The Xi Audio Formula S sent to us for the purposes of this review is a sample and does not have to be returned.

Thank you to Xi Audio for giving us this opportunity.

The birth of the Formula S solid-state amplifier, and I guess the birth of Xi Audio is a complex story. I would suspect “audiophiles” might be aware of the names and brands involved.… Read the full article

Picture Sunday: Walking on – Sony NW-ZX300 and Sony MZ-NH3D

By | July 15th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: This is a Picture Sunday post, representing a very first impression of a particular gear. Check out our recent Picture Sunday articles HERE. Both of the Sony units pictured here were purchased by Nathan. 

Longtime Sony fan and owner here. Long time Sony critic and sometimes detractor here. Longtime hiss king here. Longtime critic of hardware interfaces here. Longtime fondler of buttons and knobs here. Longtime critic of faulty outputs here. Longtime critic of false marketing here. The two best examples of portable audio evolution I can think of are Sony’s ZX300 Hi-Res DAP, which I reviewed here, and Sony’s last-generation MD downloader, the MZ-NH3D.… Read the full article

SEVDALIZA – HUMAN

By | July 15th, 2018|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: |

I am not familar with this artist but I will be but at least this video is cool. The nod to Debra Paget’s scene from movie The Indian Tomb is very cool. 

TIPA AWARDS: Canon EOS 6D Mark II – Best Full-35mm D-SLR Expert

By | July 15th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

JUDGES’ CITATION: A full-35mm format, full-featured D-SLR aimed at enthusiasts, as well as pros who want a second compact and lightweight body, the EOS 6D Mark II has an all-new 26.2 megapixels sensor with Canon’s proven ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’ technology. The 6D II can deliver up to 6.5 fps continuous shooting when using its optical finder and 4.0 fps when working with its fully-articulating touchscreen LCD monitor. The EOS 6D Mark II also has Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth connectivity options, plus there’s a built-in GPS receiver.Read the full article

Ifi iPurifier3 USB

By | July 14th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

The ifi IPurifier 3 is an in-line USB device that claims to remove any d.c. offset voltage that might be present in a USB voltage and also re-clock and re-generate the USB audio data stream to eliminate jitter.

‘iFi developed the first USB power regenerator, the  iUSB Power, in 2012, then followed up with the original iPurifier, followed in 2015 by iPurifier2 and now the iPurifier3,’ said George Poutakidis, of BusiSoft, which distributes iFi in Australia. ‘The iPurifier3 uses iFi’s ANC2 circuitry to identifies noise frequencies then generate identical but opposite frequencies to actively cancel unwanted noise.Read the full article

Download of the week: Fascinoma by Jon Hassell

By | July 14th, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

Kicked back on a sofa with your feet up on an old steamer trunk and your laptop open for writing as acoustic instrument digital-manipulator and avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell blows long and calm at you from between loudspeakers is a pretty good zone to find oneself in.

Audio Perfectionist to Display New McIntosh Amplifiers

By | July 14th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Return of the Mc

by Venoth Nair

 

If you’re a huge McIntosh fan (like me) then this might be some fantastic news! The Folks at Audio Perfectionist are back on board for the KL International AV Show 2018 after a 2 season hiatus. They are returning with absolute muscle this time as part of their display includes the latest heavyweight integrated amplifier, The MA 9000.

 

Not for the Faint Hearted, the McIntosh MA 9000 is one serious Integrated Amplifier
Not for the Faint Hearted, the McIntosh MA 9000 is one serious Integrated Amplifier

This titanic amplifier symbolizes McIntosh’s assault into the new world of digital audio with its DA 1 digital module.… Read the full article