Advance Audio Australia is offering buyers of some Definitive Technology loudspeakers a complimentary upgrade.
The special promotion starts today and finishes up on 30 Sept 2018. The deal is that if you buy an eligible Definitive Technology BP Series speaker, participating hi-fi dealers will offer you a complimentary upgrade to the next model up in that series. So if you want to buy a pair of BP9020s, the dealer will offer to upgrade you to a pair of BP9040 speakers for the same price.… Read the full article
In a world where smiling boxes mysteriously appear on your porch and contain products that may or may not be missing a crucial part, fail to operate after two days, or simply not work right out of the box, high end audio is a welcome relief. Online forum tirades from the bored and disgruntled notwithstanding, my experience is that most audio manufacturers really do make things that work well and provide value. Many of these companies are small, so defects hit the bottom line pretty quickly.… Read the full article
We who love recordings of massed voices have learned the hard way that some succeed in blending vocal clarity with acoustic resonance, while others deliver echo-muddied jumbles. Happily, some very fine choral recordings have come my way in the last six months. Along with John Atkinson’s acoustically stunning engineering of recordings by the vocally gifted Portland State Chamber Choir and the all-male ensemble Cantus, these aural documents do composers proud.
In Teach Me Thy Statutes, 15 compositions by the prolific Pavel Chesnokov (1877–1944) receive devout performances by the PaTRAM Institute Male Choir, a joint Russian-American ensemble conducted by Vladimir Gorbik, recorded in the historic Church of Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian at Saratov Orthodox Theological Seminary, Russia (SACD/CD, Reference Fresh!… Read the full article
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos.4 & 5, The Swan of Tuonela, Tapiola
Berlin Philharmonic, Herbert von Karajan
Deutsche-Grammophon 138 974 (LP, Symphony 4). Both symphonies reissued on CD (Deutsche Grammophon 457 748 2)
Magnificent, musically natural recordings with some of the deepest, fattest bass and richest, warmest orchestral sound that’s been committed to recordings for many years. The discs are a shade more lucid than the tapes, but not much. Take your pick.—J. Gordon Holt… Read the full article
Smart speakers are no longer just being made by Amazon, Google and Apple. These days most of the big technology brands we all know and love are making a play for a chunk of the smart speaker market. That’s why it’s no surprise that a Samsung smart speaker is expected very soon.
The long-awaited Samsung Bixby Smart Speaker hasn’t got an official release date yet, but according to details released at MWC 2018 earlier this year, it’ll launch in the second half of 2018.… Read the full article