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Review: Astell&Kern SE100 – Smooth Operator

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

The SE100 is one of Astell&Kern’s higher end players from their A&Futura product line.

Disclaimer: The SE100  was sent to us free of charge by Astell&Kern directly in exchange for this review. The SE100 unit is being returned next week to AK. All AK samples are loaners.

Astell&Kern

The South-Korean Astell&Kern by iRiver does no longer need an introduction anymore as they quickly have become one of the world’s most famous DAP makers. It’s a given fact that they aren’t the cheapest – though a lot of brands charge these prices right now – but you can’t deny the sublime design and top quality sound their unites have.… Read the full article

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UPDATE: Sultry singer Lyn Stanley shares details on her eagerly awaited 6th release: London Calling…A Toast To Julie London

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

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Lyn Stanley follows her top-selling Moonlight Sessions albums with an ultimate tribute to Julie London, set for Valentine’s Day weekend release

Lyn honors the Great American Songbook and reimagines 17 classic songs on her upcoming album, London Calling…A Toast To Julie London

Sneak Peek: Special audiophile editions scheduled to drop in late 2018—Limited Edition 33RPM 180g two-disc vinyl and Super-Audio CDs (SACDs) arrive in time for holiday gift season!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Los Angeles, CA: In this stunning new collection—London Calling…A Toast To Julie London—listeners will discover a side of singer Lyn Stanley that they haven’t heard before.… Read the full article

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From an Editor’s Notebook: Glances in the Rearview Mirror

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

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Last updated 09/11/2018.

The current system (09-2018) with a pair of the beautiful and powerful Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblocks on the top shelf of the Critical Mass Systems QXK rack.

The return of the Wave Kinetics NVS Direct-Drive Reference Turntable! Now updated with a new Durand tonearm, outfitted with a ZYX UNIverse Optimum reference MC cartridge, and the heavy-duty EAT Massive (2 lb.) LP record weight.Read the full article

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Studio Electric

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|

Salt Lake City, UT (11/8/2018) – Founded in 2006, Studio Electric is run by managing partner David MacPherson. David’s background is in professional speaker development and according to him, there are thousands of speakers designed by him in use by professionals around the world.

A highlight of the aspiration of David is the spherical T2 ($16,500 per pair). Launched in the same year as the company’s founding, the T2 is a floor-standing, full-range construct of stainless steel and aluminum. It is a triumph in integrating a high-quality mid/woofer driver within a sphere.

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Fidelis AV, Rogers High Fidelity, Harbeth, and Accusound – CAF 2018

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Eric Shook

The most interesting room in the world.

Okay, maybe not the world, but the show… good possibility. Something strange was going on in Room #323 at Capital Audiofest 2018. Was it as strange or erie as Room #237 in Kubrick’s version of The Shining? No.

On Friday afternoon in the Capital Audiofest universe, there was something amiss in the system of Harbeth, Roger’s High Fidelity, Accusound assembled by Fidelis AV. There was no magic, no real bass to speak of, and the remaining upper ends were wonky at best.… Read the full article

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Shows on Both Sides of “The Pond” This Weekend!

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

Audio shows happen this weekend in England and America.

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Onkyo TX-RZ830 AV Receiver

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Onkyo’s new TX-RZ830 AV 9.2-channel AV receiver, which is rated at 180-watts per channel (two channels) will integrate seamlessly into a new or existing Sonos system, so users can seamlessly stream music through ‘Sonos Connect’ or select and play music from a local source, and control volume (this last requires a firmware update), across a multi-room audio set-up by using the receiver’s Zone 2 speaker outputs and Zone 3 line outputs.

Both Chromecast and AirPlay are built-in to the new Onkyo TX-RZ830, so you can stream music to it from your smartphone or tablet.… Read the full article

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Merrill-Williams R.E.A.L. 101.3 turntable Review

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Introduction

I can scarcely believe that it has been seven years since my introduction to the original Merrill-Williams R.E.A.L. 101. Since that time, the 101 has not only been my reference, but has always proved to be the under-stated silent star in the sound of my analog system. It was therefore quite surprising when earlier this year I received word from co-designer and turntable legend George Merrill that he and Robert Williams had made some refinements to the R.E.A.L. 101. I was then offered the chance to review the new fruits of their labor as soon as the summer months.

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Personal Audio at CanJam RMAF 2018

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

Personal Audio at CanJam RMAF 2018

The online Head-Fi community is the world’s largest organization dedicated specifically to the enjoyment of high-performance personal audio and each year it produces multiple large-scale CanJam shows across the U.S. and in select international sites. 2018 The CanJam event locations have included New York City, Southern California, Singapore, London, and now Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF), with CanJam Shanghai yet to come. By tradition, though, CanJam RMAF is usually one of the (if not the) biggest and best shows of its type of the entire year.… Read the full article

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NAD Monitor Series 1300 preamplifier

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

By far the most complicated of the three preamps i review in this issue in terms of facilities offered, NAD’s “Monitor Series” 1300 ($398) provides two buffered tape loops, an external processor loop (which can also be used as a third tape-recorder loop), a headphone output, a “null” switch, switchable bass equalization to extend the low-frequency range of small loudspeakers, and treble and bass controls, each with a choice of three turnover frequencies: 3kHz, 6kHz, 12kHz, and 50Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, respectively.… Read the full article

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