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DIY All-Tube Phono Stage Project, Part 3: Metal Working For Dummies

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , |

DIY All-Tube Phono Preamp Project

Part 3, Metal-Working for Dummies

By Steve Graham, chief dummy

Working with fire and steel?  Would you believe alcohol and aluminum?  Bonus points to those who can name the 80’s pop group that issued the album shown above.  No cheating searching the title online.

Before we start torturing some metal: If you are sitting on the fence, wondering whether or not to build one of these for the following reasons:

  1. You think this preamp won’t have enough gain because it uses a 6DJ8 for the first stage (a 12AT7 is used for the second stage): Most line stages have plenty of gain so it takes some of the gain burden off of the phono stage. 
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Celebration Giveaway 6: Etymotic ER4-XR

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We continue our $50k anniversary celebration giveaway with an excellent and classic set of universal IEMS, the Etymotic ER4-XR!! It could be all yours, just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Winner

We had a lot of entries for the Meze Audio 99Classics headphone but there can be only one winner, and that is: Jap Ferdy from Jakarta Idonesia! Congratulations. You’ll be contacted very soon, please get in touch.

Number 6

As promised and explained earlier, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and last September was the start of our 52-week celebration.… Read the full article

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Nagra CDP CD Player Review & Test

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and test of the Nagra CDP CD Player by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

Nagra’s CDP player is like no other CD player you have seen before, because the front panel display is built into the CD drawer, the front of which does not close flush with the front panel, as with most drawer-style CD mechanisms, but sits proud of it. It’s also small… so small that the face of the remote control is almost larger than the front of the CDP.… Read the full article

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Well Tempered Labs Amadeus 254

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Well Tempered Labs showed its new Amadeus 254 turntable for the first time at the recent Copenhagen High End Show 2018, and the turntable will soon be available in Australia.

The Amadeus 254 replaces the successful and well-reviewed Amadeus,’ said John Davies, of JD Audio, which distributes Well Tempered in Australia. ‘The design is still based on the landmark paper [The Audible Effects of Mechanical Resonances in Turntables… Editor] by the Danish company Bruel and Kjær, and has a double-isolated multi-layer plinth, an acrylic platter with Well Tempered’s famous ‘Zero Clearance’ platter bearing, full electronic speed control incorporating a regulated power supply, and a servo-controlled motor with vibration-controlled mounting that drives the platter with a unique 0.1mm polyester thread, rather than a conventional rubber belt.Read the full article

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Hisense 100-inch 4K Smart Laser TV to be launched next Saturday

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

 

The Hisense 100-inch Smart Laser TV can be hung on the wall wirelessly.
The Hisense 100-inch Smart Laser TV can be hung on the wall wirelessly.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

Next Saturday, be prepared for a unique visual experience.

 

This visual treat will come in the form of the 100-inch 4K Smart Laser TV from Hisense. This huge high-resolution TV will be launched at the KEF showroom on the 1st floor of Encorp Strand Mall, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, on  Oct 27 at 2pm.

 

The launch is presented by Hoe Huat Electric and the demo will last for two hours.… Read the full article

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Monthly Spins: October 2018

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

September dissolved so quickly it feels like only last week that I turned in the last column.

I’m grateful that I have this digital gig in order to concentrate my tendency to maintain a heavy dose of looking for and discovering great music. Halloween and falling leaves. We have cold mornings on the horizon and I already have a new list started for November. This one is over flowing with astounding music, much of which is filled with surprises, spontaneity and challenging structures.… Read the full article

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Empire Ears Nemesis Review

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

Tonality8.5Build Quality9Comfort & Fit9Matchability8.5 8.8ScoreFrom $1,599.00Empire EarsA while back, I sent some molds into Empire Ears for review in a model that I didn’t know what would be coming back to me. It was a surprise. I was happy to receive back the Nemesis a time later and begin the review process on a solid […]

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Chord’s Hugo M Scaler gives us what hi-fi shows do not

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

Keeping it honest: comparisons are the cornerstone of a good hi-fi review. Why? Because comparisons are also the cornerstone of the consumer decision process. Our decision trees tell us that it isn’t enough for us to enjoy the sound of a piece of audio gear in isolation. We also want to know if we might better enjoy something else.

In short: no A/B, no conclusion. No conclusion, no sale.

At the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Chord Electronics took up residence in the Marriott Hotel’s tower – demonstrating the Hugo 2 TT (info here) with the TToby amplifier (info here) and loudspeakers – and in the CanJam area where the Hugo 2 TT fired directly into headphones.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: The Audio Company brings Stellar VAC, VSA

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Not too far from me on the town square in Marietta, Georgia is The Audio Company, a wonderful upscale store with several of the best high-end brands.  For the past few years, this team of audio professionals led by Keith Sequerra, Jim Kumpe, and Gordon Waters has been working with Leif Swanson and Damon Von Schweikert from Von Schweikert Audio and Kevin Hayes from VAC to bring a mega-system of VAC Reference gear and Von Schweikert flagship speakers.  Last we saw them, the team had the flagship Ultra 11 speakers at Axpona and the sound was simply magical when playing the famous Royal Ballet LPs.  … Read the full article

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Picture Sunday – Hifiman HE1000 V1-V2-SE

By | October 21st, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The HE1000SE is a new version of the HE1000 from the Chinese Hifiman Electronics.

Disclaimer: The star of this weeks’ picture Sunday is the HE1000SE. This post is a part of our Picture Sunday series and the HE1000SE was sent to us for a full review including comparison to the previous models.

Hifiman Electronics

If you don’t know Hifiman Electronics by now then you’ve been hiding in a cave on a deserted island. For me it’s one of my personal favourite brands and then I’m mostly looking at the Edition X V2, the good old HE-500, the HE-560, the RE-800 and of course the HE1000 series.… Read the full article

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