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Nordost Reintroduce the SuperFlatline Speaker Cable

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Nordost is happy to reintroduce a true Nordost classic, the SuperFlatline Speaker Cable. SuperFlatline was one of the original cable options that put Nordost on the map. Easily distinguishable by its trademark, flat design, SuperFlatline quickly became known throughout the industry as one of the most respected high end speaker cables, offering an unmatched performance level at its price point. This highly sought after product offers detail, clarity, and purity throughout the whole frequency spectrum, from subsonic lows to ultrasonic highs.… Read the full article

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Singular Sound Beatbuddy

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

A drummer at your feet? It’s either a sadomasochist’s dream or an innovative pedal. By Peter Hodgson

The BeatBuddy is one of those ideas that are so obvious and logical that either nobody had thought of it before, or technology had to catch up to the vision before it could become a reality. Whatever the case, it’s here now: the first drum machine in a guitar pedal, giving you hands‑free control of your beat while you’re rocking out, be it onstage or at home.… Read the full article

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SoundAcoustics BEAR LF70 Corner Bass Trap

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

SoundAcoustics’ new BEAR Series LF70 corner bass trap uses a bass trap design incorporating an acoustic reflector to significantly improve absorption of unwanted low-frequency energy. (BEAR stands for Bass Enhanced Absorption Reflector.)

According to James Bellew, Director at SoundAcoustics, the LF70 has twice the absorption at 80Hz of conventional acoustic foam bass traps, with an absorption co-efficient of 0.8, compared to just 0.4 for foam traps. The benefits of using acoustic reflector technology were proved in 2009, when SoundAcoustics had its HA600/75 broadband hybrid acoustic panel independently tested at RMIT’s laboratory in Melbourne.… Read the full article

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David Wilson

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

David Wilson

An awful lot of reviewers have approximately the same photo of themselves with Dave Wilson, taken in that charmingly old-fashioned Provo living room, an XLF hulking nearby for scale and authenticity. I'm no exception. You wanted that photo because Dave Wilson, surely among the most significant designers to advance the High End cause, made you feel that you were the most important audio writer on the planet—that your understanding and enjoying his products mattered immensely to him, and not for pecuniary reasons.… Read the full article

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June 2018 New Gear Part 2

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

McIntosh MCT500 SACD/CD Transport

Audiophiles with to-die-for disc collections will appreciate McIntosh’s latest audio marvel: a high-performance SACD/CD transport that
plays “all common disc types” as well as audio files stored on a disc or USB drive. Supported file formats include AAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD (up to DSD128), FLAC, MP3, WAV (up to 192 kHz/24 bit), and WMA. Of course, the MCT500 is a transport—not a player—so it must be connected to a preamp, receiver, or integrated amplifier with digital inputs and a digital-to-analog converter (DAC).
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ZMF Auteur Review

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

The definition of Auteur according to dictionary.com is:

“a filmmaker whose personal influence and artistic control over a movie are so great that the filmmaker is regarded as the author of the movie.”

And on Auteur Theory from Brittanica.com:

“The auteur theory, which was derived largely from Astruc’s elucidation of the concept of caméra-stylo (“camera-pen”), holds that the director, who oversees all audio and visual elements of the motion picture, is more to be considered the “author” of the movie than is the writer of the screenplay.Read the full article

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Gramophone Dreams #22: Koss, Focal, iFi

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Brooklyn, 1979: Fridays were fierce. After a week of doing construction, I would gobble Wild Turkey at the Spring Lounge, then fall asleep on the F train with a fold of cash and a Sony Walkman stuffed in a chest pocket of my paint-spattered Belstaff Trialmaster jacket. Usually I missed my York Street stop by only a few stations, but occasionally I’d wake up at sunrise on Saturday at the last stop: Coney Island. I didn’t mind. It was restorative to shuffle the deserted boardwalk, listening to the Ramones’ Road to Ruin or Television’s Marquee Moon.… Read the full article

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Magnepan 30.7 Listening Events June 8 and 12 at ListenUp

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Magnepan 30.7 Listening Events June 8 and 12 at ListenUp

The following is a press release issued by ListenUp. May 31, 2018 – Magnepan’s planar-magnetic loudspeakers have achieved legendary status for their superior performance and value. ListenUp is excited to be hosting special events to introduce Magnepan’s brand-new flagship model, the 30.7. Magnepan 30.7 Listening Events Friday, June 8, 5pm ListenUp Albuquerque 6916 Montgomery Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-296-6978 Tuesday, June 12, 5pm ListenUp Denver 685 S. Pearl St. Denver, CO 80209 303-778-0780 To RSVP, call the numbers above or email us at [email protected] Wendell Diller, National Sales Manager for Magnepan, will be running the demonstrations both nights and …… Read the full article

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Ideon 3R Renaissance and Wyred4Sound Recovery re-clockers Review

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Why So Jittery? Ah, so you haven’t re-clocked your USB signal … yet.

Computers are noisy in theory and in practice. Operational noise aside, the USB signal coming out of it is not only noisy, but unclean and read that to mean imprecise. This is where jitter enters the frame and as computers were never intended/designed to be audiophile level gear from the outset steps can be taken to further refine, re-clock the signal and lower the noise floor.  Surprisingly this can indeed be accomplished to a notice degree rather economically.

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Musicality: talks loud, says nothing

By | May 31st, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , |

We don’t take measurements at Darko.Audio. That puts us on the subjective side of the objective-subjective reviewer divide. For the careless opinion maker working under subjective conditions,“I like this” – and its cousin “Highly recommended” – double down on the subjectivity to talk loud but say nothing. A reader might not care that a reviewer likes a piece of gear, only the reasons why s/he likes it.

For a more illustrative take on the impotency of the “I like this” approach, readers should click to the Schiit Gungnir DAC review intro whose intro, set in London 1866, finds Sir George Seymour, Admiral of the Royal Navy fleet, bringing news to Queen Victoria of the newly-discovered lime as a possible alternative to the lemon for preventing scurvy among his fleet.… Read the full article

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