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RMAF 2018: dCS Bartok DAC with head amp speaks to the youth of today

By | October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I came up the dCS ladder of kit honestly. Starting out with a dCS Bridge (streaming hardware with Swiss-army knife connections) and Debussy DAC which was then superseded by the company’s legendary Rossini streaming DAC (both of which I wrote on HERE), I feel as if I have firm grasp of their sonic signature (or lack thereof) and innate musicality which all their designs seem to possess.

So, when I was told that their Debussy replacement, the $13,500 USD Bartok DAC (with dCS patented Ring DAC, built-in streaming and $2,500 USD optional headphone amplifier, which I wrote about HERE) was going to be showing at CANJAM inside the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, I made sure it was my list of “must-hear” booths this year.… Read the full article

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Analog Corner #98

By | October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Every edition of Primedia’s annual Home Entertainment show (formerly known as Stereophile‘s Hi-Fi Show) takes on a life of its own, even if the venue, the participants, and the products are mostly familiar. It has to do with a confluence of factors—the paying customers, the weather, current events, whatever seems to be the hot industry trend, and just “the ether.”


Home Entertainment 2003, held this past June at San Francisco’s venerable Westin–St. Francis Hotel, was no exception. The contours of this show’s personality were drawn in greater relief for those of us who had attended the previous show at this venue, back in 1997.

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VPI 40th Anniversary & Turntable Launch Party

By | October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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In January of 2018, VPI Industries held a wonderful homey event (party) for high-end audio lovers as an alternative to the annual Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Now, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company, VPI created a 40th anniversary turntable, and better yet organized (for October 21, 2018) a smaller event (party) to launch it at the now fully completed VPI Listening House in New Jersey, close by to the factory.

Here we would not only be able to experience the new turntable, and learn about VPI’s plans for 2019, but also have access to four different listening rooms each set up with a unique fine high-end audio system (with of course a VPI turntable) and music; bring your own LPs encouraged.… Read the full article

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Day 2 at Toronto Audiofest 2018

By | October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Vince Scalzitti’s Tri-Cell Enterprises had five rooms on Level 4 of the Westin, with lots of product introductions. One that caught my eye was a piece of equipment that looked like it was from an airplane used in WW II. Labeled a “Puristic Audio Apparatus,” this was the Thöress F2A11 integrated amp ($11,500, all prices in Canadian dollars unless marked otherwise) and is cradled like a baby by Vince in the photo above. Completely hand-build and hand-wired in Germany, the F2A11 uses new-old-stock Siemens F211 power beam tetrodes operating in single-ended triode mode.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Wynn Audio – The CD player is dead, Long live the CD player

By | October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

Walking into a room curated by Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio in Toronto, Canada is always an experience I look forward to because he takes such exquisite care in holistically putting together his sound systems for shows.

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TriangleArt and MURAUDIO – RMAF 2018

By | October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

by Eric Shook

Collaborating with TriangleArt, Muraudio Electrostatic Loudspeakers brought their lively sounding SP1 Point Source Electrostatic loudspeakers ($14,700 pr USD) when in semi-gloss veneers and solid colours. However here at RMAF 2018, they were on display in Muraudio’s signature SP1 Steller White High Gloss finish which is an additional $650 USD. The speakers are as contemporary as any at the show when it comes to design, and yet even with the classic luxury looks of the Triangle Art electronics, one could mistakenly assume they are all from the same manufacturer.… Read the full article

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New KEF Reference Series

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

KEF has launched a new version of its Reference Series. According to the company this new R-Series has absolutely nothing in common with the previous reference models other than the name, which is applied to all KEF’s flagship speakers.

This is a complete top-to-bottom transformation to one of the world’s most acclaimed loudspeaker ranges,’ says Simon Zanin, of Advance Audio Australia, which distributes KEF in Australia. ‘In total, KEF has made 1,043 individual changes which include upgrading to the latest, 12th generation of KEF’s Uni-Q drivers.’ 

The Gen-12 Uni-Q drivers have a new motor system which KEF says improves the midrange, but the biggest difference is that the area between the two parts of the Uni-Q driver (the cone and the tweeter) drivers has been completely redesigned.… Read the full article

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HyperX Cloud Stinger: should I buy this gaming headset?

By | October 22nd, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

We’ve come a long way in the PC gaming audio space since the days when sound cards and digital surround sound were the name of the game – to the point where you can get quality audio from a relatively affordable PC gaming headset. But, just how low does it go?

The HyperX Cloud Stinger, once lauded as one of the best PC gaming headsets on this very site, is an over-ear gaming headset that calls for just $49/£49 for what’s honestly a rather quality set of headphones. 

That low price will get you an astonishingly high amount of features for both function and comfort.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Amphion, Benchmark – A homecoming story

By | October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Firmly grounded with a history in studio and pro sound, Amphion returns to home audio with a stable of speaker designs, that to my ear, offer comforting treble and mid-range that complement the Amphion philosophy of how bass should be done — natural and just right. From desktop bookshelves to floor-standing reference towers, a little bit of everything was on hand for our first audition.

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Amphion is in the honesty business. Outfitting some of the best recording studios in the industry, their targets have been to exhibit the most detailed and reliable information possible to the best tools we have in the recording studio, the human ear.… Read the full article

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Debussy As Close as We Can Get

By | October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

I had all but resolved to move on from reviewing recordings honoring the 2018 centenaries of Claude Debussy’s death and Leonard Bernstein’s birth when word arrived of Warner Classic’s 10-CD bargain box, Debussy: Ses Premiers Interprètes / His First Performers. This set’s contents are so important that I want to give Debussy lovers a heads-up so that they can either make room for it in their holiday self-gift basket, give friends ample notice for what they’d like to be playing when 2019 rolls around, or start streaming immediately.… Read the full article

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