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Muncie Girls: The Girls Are Back In Town

By | September 22nd, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #129Subscribe to our print edition here!

Bigger, brighter and giving less f***s than ever, the politically charged pop-punks in Muncie Girls are making tsunami-sized waves with LP2. Words by Matt Doria. Photo by Derek Bremner.

As it turns out, those ultra-posi ‘making of’ docos where your favourite band race into the studio, crack a few beers and jam away until suddenly, a masterpiece appears… Well, they’re total horseshit. Great albums are built on a foundation of blood, sweat and tears, and oftentimes, it’s not until a band member feels like punching their drummer in the throat that creative genius is truly sparked. … Read the full article

Schiit Updates The Modi DAC To Gen 3, Keeps The $99 Pricepoint

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Before anyone who isn’t familiar with Los Angeles-based Schiit Audio wonders why people bother with $99 DACs, I think its important to point out that our comparison of the last Modi generation was one of our most popular posts ever. Ever. The market is hot-to-trot for this product, at this price point. And why shouldn’t the masses be? Its a fairly attainable cost for something that really starts to answer the opening question on the lips of any budding audiophile “How can I make this sound better?”

The main talking points are now three digital inputs at the $99 level and a new AK4490 D/A chip at the helm.… Read the full article

Introducing Linn Selekt DSM: Hi-fi with the Human Touch

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

Linn Selekt DSM

Music streaming pioneer, Linn, today announces the launch of Selekt DSM, an all-new Linn network music player that promises to bring the feeling back to digital audio.

Delivering a tactile and beautiful musical experience, Selekt DSM will make any system sound better and help you fall in love with music all over again.

Gilad Tiefenbrun, Linn Managing Director said, ‘We love the clarity of digital music, but we also love the tactility of physical records. It’s easy to feel we’ve lost touch with the immersive experience of playing a vinyl record – the LP selection, the lift-lower, the anticipation during those first pops and clicks – and that playing music requires only a swipe and a tap.Read the full article

Beyond the Arthouse

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

The monthly announcements of upcoming Criterion releases often list films I can’t pronounce, let alone recognize. But in truth, the esteemed specialty label splits its attention between lesser- known cinema and popular movies, and this recent Blu-ray menagerie holds a pair of Oscar-winners, an enduring 1985 hit, and a singular genre classic.
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Best Audio Gear of the Year (So Far)

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

As summer gives way to fall, it’s a great time to take stock of the audio goodness bestowed upon us in the form of 25 top performing audio products we have reviewed so far this year — all recipients of Sound & Vision’s prestigious Top Pick designation. In the following pages we offer plenty to chew on: eight speakers systems, five AV receivers, three subwoofers, three amplifiers, two soundbars, two music players, a music server, and a turntable. In other words, there’s something for everyone.
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Can I Get High-Def Via a Component Connection to My Legacy AVR?

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

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Q I would like to use an Oppo BDP-93 as the Blu-ray player in my system connected to an Arcam AVR350 A/V receiver. Since the Arcam is a legacy AVR with no HDMI switching, I will need to use the Oppo’s component video output. Here’s my question: Will I be able to get high-definition resolution from Blu-ray discs with this setup? I have read that Blu-rays have embedded ICT (Image Constraint Token), which forces the player to downscale the video resolution to DVD quality.

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Wax Rax RC-2 Vinyl Record Cart

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

Wax Rax RC-2 Vinyl Record Cart

The larger your record collection, the more likely many of your favorite albums will remain buried, waiting years or possibly decades for another chance to grace your turntable again. With hundreds, or even thousands of records squirreled away on shelf after shelf, it’s easier than ever to forget about all the hidden gems you own, and the countless albums languishing in obscurity, unplayed for way too long, especially when they’re not right in front of you.

With the Wax Rax RC-2 Vinyl Record Cart, Brooklyn New York based metal worker and designer, David Stanavich, a veteran of high end furniture and architectural fixture fabrication, has come up with an ingenious way to highlight a healthy chuck of your collection so you can rediscover those long lost favorites whenever, and wherever you want.Read the full article

Schiit introduce Modi 3 DAC, still $99

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

Who makes the best value DACs in the world today? No stronger case could be made than for California’s Schiit Audio whose range of decoders mixes multibit with delta-sigma designs across a broad spectrum of price points. Their flagship Analog 2 Yggdrasil (US$2399) reminds us that high value can also be among multi-thousand dollar audio components.

At the opposite end of the their DAC range sits the Modi, which today officially steps out as a third generation budget decoder to put a bullet in the Modi 2 and Modi 2 Uber.… Read the full article

For Glenn Gould. Stewart Goodyear

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

For Glenn Gould. Stewart Goodyear

On a Sunday afternoon in January of 1955, 23-year-old Glenn Gould played his U.S. debut recital at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. This highly idiosyncratic program included music by Gibbons (Lord Salisbury’s Pavan), Sweelinck (Fantasia in D), Bach (five Sinfonias and the Partita No. 5), and Berg (Piano Sonata) as well as the Webern Variations and Beethoven’s E Major Sonata, Op. 109. Stewart Goodyear performed this exact program at the Phillips museum in 2016 and recorded most of it, substituting for the Beethoven and Webern pieces two Brahms Intermezzi and, to close poignantly, the “Aria” from the Goldberg Variations.… Read the full article

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

Lindemann Audio Musicbook:25 DSD network music player $4995 Has Lindemann made being an audiophile a little too easy? Well, call me lazy but the handsome one-box solution known as the Musicbook:25 DSD allows me to dial up my tunes with the ease and alacrity of a short-order restaurant—the only thing missing are the fries. Equipped with an analog preamp, slot-load CD player, DAC (resolutions of up to 384kHz PCM and DSD256 with native DSD playback), and an integrated streamer with Tidal and Qobuz onboard, the Musicbook:25 has a mind-bending level of convenience and coddling that purist audiophiles instinctively run away …… Read the full article