>> Breadcrumb :///8

PS Audio Stellar M700 Mono Amplifiers

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

Pete's Smaller System

LOUDSPEAKERS

Angel City Audio “Seraphim” in Rosewood, Apogee Acoustics Scintilla. 1 Ohm fully refurbished.

ELECTRONICS 

Spectron Musician III with V-caps/Bybee filters/Premium Fuses, Pro-Ject Phono Box DS+ phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: Mytek Stereo192 DSD DAC, M-Audio Profire 610 ADC for archiving analog to high resolution PCM.

Software: Custom front end using modified Kodi back-end as a renderer controlled via JRiver Media Center. Bit perfect digital to DAC via Firewire.… Read the full article

Comments Off on PS Audio Stellar M700 Mono Amplifiers

Review: Astell&Kern Acro L1000 – Listed!

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Astell & Kern Acro L1000 was sent to us by Astell&Kern directly. This unit will be returned to AK after this review. Astell&Kern is not in any way related to Headfonia.

Astell & Kern

The South-Korean Astell & Kern is an iRiver owned company and it no longer needs an introduction as they are well known already in the personal audio world because of their series of high end portable players.

I admit I’ve been a big fan of their Digital Audio Players for years already now and an as a result we have reviewed quite a few of them:

AK100: https://www.headfonia.com/the-player-astell-kern-ak100/

AK120ii & AK240: https://www.headfonia.com/astelkern-ak120ii-ak240-reference-daps/

AK Jr: https://www.headfonia.com/astell-kern-ak-jr-who-you-calling-junior/

AK380: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astell-kern-ak380-momentary/

AK KANN: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astell-kern-ak-kann-power-to-the-people/

AK SP1000: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astell-kern-sp1000-impressive/

AK70II: https://www.headfonia.com/review-astellkern-ak70ii/

This time Astell&Kern is back with something different: a desktop sized AMP/DAC unit that not only drives all headphones, but speakers as well.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Review: Astell&Kern Acro L1000 – Listed!

Julian Lage: Modern Lore

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Julian Lage: Modern Lore

After precious, pristine duo outings with pianist Fred Hersch and fellow guitarist Nels Cline, one-time wunderkind Julian Lage settled into a simpatico trio setting with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen on 2016’s acclaimed Arclight, which showcased the guitarist’s more assertive direction on a vintage Fender Telecaster. With Modern Lore, Lage takes things up a notch with that same trio, bearing down a little harder on his Tele without sacrificing his signature lyricism. A patient plectrist with a gift for instrumental storytelling, Lage embraces the gentle simplicity of tunes like the loping “Whatever You Say, Henry,” the country-tinged “Atlantic …… Read the full article

Comments Off on Julian Lage: Modern Lore

Denon AVR-X8500H AV receiver Review

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $3,999


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Clear, punchy sound
Beefy 13 x 150W class-AB power amp
Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D decoding up to 7.2.6 or 9.2.4

Minus

No HD Radio
Flagship price to go with flagship performance


THE VERDICT

Denon’s latest flagship receiver checks off every box on the A/V receiver feature wish list, and it provides plenty of brawn to back up its brains.


Some people get weird about anything with a 13 in it.

Read the full article

Comments Off on Denon AVR-X8500H AV receiver Review

Consumers to TV Providers: Careful with My Data

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The chart, excerpted from the just-released “TV Services: Pay TV in a Data-Driven World” report, shows consumer perceptions of data collection and use among U.S broadband households. Courtesy of Parks Associates.

One in five internet households report being “highly sensitive” to how TV content providers collect and use data about family members and their activities, according to the latest research from Parks Associates.

Read the full article

Comments Off on Consumers to TV Providers: Careful with My Data

Astell & Kern SR15 and SE100 preview

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Astell & Kern is one of those companies that I was instantly intrigued by the moment I saw their first industrial-designed audiophile product years ago — the AK100 — before I’d even heard a note of music through one of their DAPs.

The original, the AK100.

A relatively new player on the high-fidelity block, A&K is a company that launched at the beginning of what was the audiophile-centric, computer-audio boom and has ridden that wave to critical acclaim with unique, standout products like the aforementioned AK100 portable digital-audio player, which made its debut at CES in 2013.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Astell & Kern SR15 and SE100 preview

Lousville’s Funhouse Records Adds 300,000 to the Store’s Inventory

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Louisville’s Funhouse Records just acquired 300,000 plus records from a Texas based “junker”. Five years ago Funhouse owner Bill Barriger “had little interest in used vinyl records” according to Courier Journal reporter (and record collector and AnalogPlanet/Stereophile reader) Jeffrey Lee Puckett. (Photo: Michael Clevenger, Courier Journal).

Comments Off on Lousville’s Funhouse Records Adds 300,000 to the Store’s Inventory

Tom Bailey, Synth-Pop Songcrafter

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Photo by James Cumpsty

Tom Bailey, the chief architect of the super-successful ’80s synth-pop masters Thompson Twins (“Hold Me Now,” “Love on Your Side”) is back with a cosmically named solo album, Science Fiction. We called him during a tour stop in Houston to discuss the sonic structure of the album, how he once built his own P.A. speakers, and reconnecting with listening to music on vinyl.

Read the full article

Comments Off on Tom Bailey, Synth-Pop Songcrafter

TV Startup Targeting Mobile Viewers Raises $1 Billion

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

WndrCo, the startup founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg, former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, announced yesterday that it has secured $1 billion in seed money to launch a TV company that caters to mobile viewers.
Read the full article

Comments Off on TV Startup Targeting Mobile Viewers Raises $1 Billion

Festival Of Sound 2018 Update – Beth Nielsen Chapman, Ken Ishiwata And More!

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , |

Beth Nielsen Chapman, a 2016 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a twice Grammy-nominated sing-songwriter, is the newest addition to the ever-growing roster of high profile artists appearing at Festival of Sound, the Music and Audio Show (28-30 September 2018). 

Taking to the stage on the evening of Saturday 29 September, Beth Nielsen Chapman will be showcasing her latest album ‘Heart of Glass’ as well as a selection of songs from her back catalogue of 12 albums and songs she has written for other artists including Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo’, Roberta Flack, Waylon Jennings, Indigo Girls, and Faith Hill’s Mega-hit This Kiss.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Festival Of Sound 2018 Update – Beth Nielsen Chapman, Ken Ishiwata And More!