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Review: Effect Audio Eros II – The Perspective

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Effect Audio Eros II is a hybrid upgrade cable which belongs to the Premium Series of Effect Audio. After Linus’ take on the 8-wire, I present you the 4-wire version.

Disclaimer: I’ve received the Effect Audio Eros II as a review sample free of charge. The cable costs 280$ at the present moment. Effect Audio is a site advertiser. I tested the cable with the PEARS SH-3 and M-Fidelity SA50 CIEMs.

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The boutique cable market has developed quite fast in recent years, especially the popularity of the IEM cables has increased a lot.… Read the full article

This Marshall Bluetooth speaker is 50% off on Amazon

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Here at TechRadar, our favorite Bluetooth speakers are the ones that both last a long time and can get loud enough to reveal all the details of our music. The Marshall Kilburn does both. You can't go wrong buying a speaker from a renowned manufacturer like Marshall, after all.

If that wasn't enough to sell you on it, Amazon is slashing the price by 50% for its 12 days of deals promotion. That means you can get this beefy Bluetooth speaker for just $149!… Read the full article

This deep discount on this Lenovo Smart Display finally makes it worth checking out

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Smart displays made a splash this year with the first big products hitting the market, including the Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant. Today, you can pick up one of the larger 10-inch models for $159 – over 36% off the normal $249 price at Best Buy.

The smaller 8-inch model was a huge hit during Black Friday season, so it’s no surprise that they’re discounting the larger one now.

The Lenovo display works just like a voice assistant-equipped smart speaker – ask questions, voice commands – but the screen opens up much more usage.… Read the full article

Tips for setting up an Audiophile NAS system with Aurender’s John-Paul Lizars

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Audiostream|

The crushing basslines and powerful vocal overdubs torturing eight-inch transducers stopped so suddenly that there wasn’t even an echo of a note left hanging in the air between my speakers. I hit play on the app interface residing on my iPad from the comfort of my sofa and it was back. The song pounding into the room as I controlled the ones and zeros and sat, scrolling through the thousands of album and song titles available to me from the touch screen cradled in my palm.
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Listening #192: Koetsu, Ortofon, EMT

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

Although my house is now home to a borrowed pair of DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/93 loudspeakers—a loan I gratefully accepted early this year, when my 1966 Altec Flamencos proved a bit too large for my new listening room—it’s a matter of pride that I own almost everything else in my playback system, cables included. So it’s with no small discomfort that I acknowledge having nearly $30,000 worth of borrowed phono cartridges scattered around my living and dining rooms. (The former is where I listen to them, and the latter—the sunniest room in the house—is where I install them.)

Being responsible for other people’s things is nerve-racking enough; when those things are so fragile that the simple act of unpacking them can, if done carelessly or lucklessly, result in a four-figure liability (footnote 1)—this in contrast to step-up transformers, which continue to perform well even when dropped from a great height—I get really nervous.… Read the full article

ATC CDA2 Mk2 CD player-preamplifier

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

In the early 1990s, the Compact Disc was all the rage, and vinyl records were being executed en masse. Thirty years later, and oh, how our tables have turned. Mint first pressings of tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley’s 1957 album Hank Mobley (Blue Note BLP 1568), which once could be had for $40, now bring upward of $8000. Each. Vinyl continues to enjoy a global resurgence of popularity, while CD sales have plummeted to all-time lows.

What happened? Apparently, yesterday’s pops and ticks are today’s “warmth,” Record Store Day exclusives, and skyrocketing vinyl values.… Read the full article

Audiolab 6000A

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

The Audiolab 6000A Integrated Amplifier/DAC is now available in Australia. In addition to the onboard digital-to-analogue converter, the new 6000A has four digital inputs, three line-level analogue inputs, a phono input (moving-magnet), plus wireless connectivity via aptX Bluetooth. It’s distributed in Australia by Audio Visual Revolution (AVR).

The 6000A’s four S/PDIF digital inputs—two coaxial and two optical—link to an ESS9018 Sabre32 DAC that handles PCM data up to 24- bit/192kHz and has three user-selectable digital filters: ‘Fast Roll-Off’, ‘Slow Roll-Off’ and ‘Minimum Phase’. … Read the full article

Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy: Let Your Light Shine On

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy: Let Your Light Shine On

Nicola Conte is an Italian musician known for his seductive mix of acid jazz and bossa nova. Available in vinyl, CD, or download form, his latest release finds him performing groove-oriented spiritual jazz (think Lonnie Liston Smith or the Strata East label) in the company of African, European, and American musicians. With song titles like “Cosmic Peace,” “Mystic Revelation of the Gods,” “Space Dimensions,” and “Essence of the Sun,” you might expect the record to sound cosmic—and while the music does have a mystical vibe, it will also engage your lower chakras thanks to a rhythm section that includes, along …… Read the full article

“John Wesley Harding” 3-Way Reveal!

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

AnalogPlanet recently posted 3 96/24 “John Wesley Harding” files recorded from original, Sony Legacy and Mobile Fidelity mono records and asked readers to weigh in on what they heard and which they preferred (if any).

McIntosh Announces A 70th Anniversary LE Commemorative System

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

McIntosh 70th Anniversary

Just in time for the holidays, McIntosh is releasing a 70th anniversary collectors edition of the MC2152 amplifier and C70 Pre. 70 years is a long time to keep on truckin’ in this business, and fans of the brand will no doubt be excited. All units offer special badging and unique external design. Matching pairs can be purchased as a system with collaborative serial numbers and include a commemorative book of Mcintosh history.

70 pairs of the commemorative system will be produced, and McIntosh is donating $1k to a charity for each system sold.… Read the full article