When I have conversations with my friends about Wireworld, the level of recognition is almost universal as this is one of the early companies that pioneered the field of high-performance component cabling. Yet if you dig a bit deeper and ask what they know, you often find that many hobbyists do not have an in-depth understanding of the company, or what their products offer. You might get the response of “well, they make cables,” or perhaps you will hear, “they make pretty expensive cables,” and variations of those answers.… Read the full article
Today we’re looking at the flagship CIEM from FAudio, a young and promising brand from Hong Kong.
Disclaimer: FAudio provided the Symphony at no cost. I only had to pay for importing them and to ship my ear impressions to Hong Kong. FAudio is not affiliated with Headfonia and not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity to review the Symphony.
FAudio has started out 2014 with a reshell service of third party custom IEMs.… Read the full article
This article, as reviewed by Francisco Duran, Dave Clark, Larry Fisher, and Larry Cox, originally ran in Issue 1, June/July 2002 Positive Feedback
To say that the 47 Labs CD combo is unconventional in its design and looks is an understatement. The Model 4713 Flatfish player/transport is a rather small, rectangular, top-loading unit that is precariously perched atop three spikes. All of its controls are on the top front, along with its hard-to-read display (that is, hard to read unless you are looking down on it).… Read the full article
When I first spoke with Scot Markwell, US Distributor of Furutech products, at Elite Audio Video Distribution in LA, and a longtime colleague of, and setup man for, the late Harry Pearson, about the opportunity to review a full loom of Furutech flagship cables and passive power devices, I admit to being more than a little interested.
I can’t imagine anyone motivated to read this evaluation could be unfamiliar with the name. The widespread acceptance and use of the Furutech brand of terminations by so many of the most recognized cable and speaker manufactures has made the name almost ubiquitous in today’s high-end cable game.… Read the full article
Roberta Invernizzi, soprano; Auser Musici/Carlo Ipata. Glossa GCD 922905. TT: 59.30. Astianatte: Se la Grecia s’armerà. L’oracolo del Fato: Qui ti scrivo o nome amato; Se non canti più per me. Il Ciro: Nell’orror della procella. Bajazette: Par che mi nasca in seno. Sinfonia. Il Tamerlano: Svena uccidi; Cor di padre. Santa Eufrosina: Qui dal porto. Amleto: D’ire armato. Cantata Andate o miei sospiri.… Read the full article
How simple do you want your music system? The time-honoured approach of hi-fi separates has been to have a separate box for each function — a couple of sources, tape deck, amplifier and so on. That takes up a lot of space, and uses a whole lotta cables.
So how about putting everything in one box? How about adding an internal hard drive which can not only store music files but can also make recordings from anything plugged in? How about networking the box so it can deliver internet radio and network streaming, as well as USB playback?… Read the full article
Gamut Zodiac loudspeaker $150,000/pr. The Gamut Zodiac is one of the most remarkable products I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in my thirty years of writing about audio components. When you consider its exceptional bass extension and impact, unfailingly authentic rendition of timbre, texture, attack, body, and weight, with its disarmingly open, spacious, and organic presentation, the resultant sonic character affords an extraordinary degree of musical insight, housed in one of the most exotic and beautifully crafted forms you’re likely to find, almost putting the Zodiacs in a class all their own.… Read the full article
Among the many bits of audio lore that never have and probably never will be aired in public is the story of the amp that ignited the reviewer’s curtains. (I assume that at least some of you hoped I was going to say “pants.”) I can’t tell it in any great detail, partly because the reviewer in question is a friend (though not a Stereophile colleague), and I’m not sure how much of the story he wants out there. In any event, my object here is to offer a long-overdue apology, to all concerned, for having laughed at that story over the years, because it has now happened to me—not the part about the curtains, but definitely the part about the burning amp.… Read the full article
Britten: Noye’s Fludde
Owen Brannigan, Sheila Rex, Trevor Anthony, Children’s Chorus, and East Suffolk Children’s Orchestra, Members of the English Chamber Orchestra, Norman Del Mar, conductor
London OS-25331 (LP). Colin Graham, prod. Recording date, 1961-07-03. Recording venue, Orford Church, Suffolk. TT: 48:00
This musical setting of the Chester miracle play about Noah, his ark, and the problems attendant thereof, if one of the most movingly beautiful recorded works I have ever heard. Its simplicity and sincerity are a stinging rebuke to those contemporary composers who have forgotten that music is basically an expression of emotion, without which its appeal can be only to the logic-oriented “mind” of a computing machine.… Read the full article