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The California Audio Show 2018, Another Take

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player, DEQX PreMate +, Mytek Brooklyn, Mytek Manhattan II, and an Oppo BD-105.… Read the full article

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Hijiri HCI-R10 Interconnects and HCS-25 Loudspeaker Cables

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Audio companies usually showcase their best, and also the most expensive products. These present company’s full potential, its best techniques and technologies, and can also appear as sort of “totem” driven into the ground occupied by tribes worshiping high quality sound.

It is no different with the Japanese brand 聖 Hijiri, belonging to the Combak Corporation and created by Mr. Kazuo Kiuchi (the company also uses the name Hijiri without the Japanese character, but the official one name and logotype combine this character with its English transcription).… Read the full article

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A Day with Joe Cohen of The Lotus Group

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player, DEQX PreMate +, Mytek Brooklyn, and an Oppo BD-105.… Read the full article

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Avengers: Infinity War-When Home Theater Trumps IMAX

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Avengers: Infinity War was a more compelling experience at home in 4K and HDR than in my local IMAX theater.
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CEDIA Announces Best New Product Finalists

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

CEDIA has announced the finalists for its 2018 Best New Product Awards program in advance of the 2018 CEDIA Expo, which opens in San Diego September 4.
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Ortofon Xpression pickup head

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

I listen to music in all formats, but my most ecstatic home listening experiences have always involved vinyl. It’s probably something to do with the fact that, like most people my age and older, I grew up listening to LPs—in my case, played on a Technics SL-210 turntable, and through an Aiwa receiver with beautiful green tuner lights and a pair of early Polk Audio studio monitors. I’m drawn, surely, to an improved version of the sound I heard back then.… Read the full article

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Van the Man

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

The dingy green-and-ochre poster on the subway-station wall, advertising events at Queens’s Forest Hills Stadium, didn’t draw attention to itself. But what else is there to do on a subway platform but look at posters? I looked at it. There, near the bottom of the left column, I read: “SEPT 12: VAN MORRISON AND WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY.”

Van Morrison. In concert. In Queens.

I was torn. Van Morrison has released four of the best live albums evah! He also headlined what was perhaps the worst concert I have ever experienced.… Read the full article

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New Paradigm Subs Boast App Control, Room Correction

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Paradigm has introduced six subwoofers, five of which feature app control, automated room correction from sister company Anthem, and wireless connectivity via an optional kit.
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Cassettes Are Not Making A Comeback

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

You might have seen the clickbait headlines: “CASSETTES JOIN VINYL IN DRAMATIC COMEBACK.” Don’t believe the hype. It just ain’t happening.
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Emotiva announce $299 Stealth PA-1 monoblock amplifier

By | August 21st, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

How much for a Class D monoblock that promises 140wpc (8 Ohms) / 300wpc (4 Ohms) to the loudspeaker? If you’re the USA’s Emotiva, already known for extremely high-value hi-fi hardware, how about US$299?

Emotiva’s all-new Stealth PA-1 monoblock amplifier wraps an ICEpower 300ASC module – that integrates a switch mode power supply – in a shoebox chassis that measures 5cm x 21.5cm x 23cm and weighs 1.4kg. A monoblock for both lounge room and desktop.

On the back panel, a single input socket hosts XLR and 1/4” balanced connectors to apply 28db of voltage gain to the incoming signal before outputting via a ‘5-way’ loudspeaker binding post.… Read the full article

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