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Arcam HDA SA10 stereo amplifier REVIEW

By | January 1st, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Arcam’s reputation was built on amplifiers, and particularly this breed of high-quality midrange integrated amplifier. They remain instantly recognisable, so that while this new range has had a pleasing spruce-up to update the aesthetics, someone transported from the 1990s and familiar with the company’s then-’alpha’ range of products would have no trouble spotting the evolutionary path that has led to the latest SA models.

But alongside this continuity there has been significant change. The new range comes one year after the company’s acquisition by Harman, itself only then recently acquired by Samsung.… Read the full article

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“Gary Burton Take Another Look A Career Retrospective” 5 LP Mack Avenue Box Set

By | January 1st, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

This recently released 5 LP Mack Avenue Records box set celebrates Gary Burton’s incredible six decades of outstanding music making, organized chronologically and by label, beginning with his earliest and arguably best sounding recordings on the RCA Victor label where he began recording, first as a sideman, during the summer between high school and his enrollment at The Berklee College of Music. The Indiana native was first “discovered” by “Yakety” saxophonist Boots Randolph at an Evansville, Indiana club and made his way to RCA through Chet Atkins and fellow guitarist Hank Garland.
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JPLAY Femto for Windows, and UPnP vs. DLNA in a Computer-based Music Server Setup

By | January 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

JPLAY Femto

Marcin Ostapowicz of JPLAY contacted me a couple of months ago; JPLAY had just released the latest iteration of their superb computer-based music playing system, now billed as JPLAY Femto. Would I be interested in taking a listen? Of course, was the answer—JPLAY has definitely been my go-to software choice for making baseline comparisons between DACs, servers and other music playing software—its ease of use, superb musicality and rock-solid performance makes it a no-brainer for me. While my currently-in-use digital setup still is governed by the Sonore UltraRendu streamer/renderer, it’s always been instructive and informative to make sound comparisons between sources, etc., with JPLAY—it’s that good, and darn close in sound to the very best I’ve heard.Read the full article

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Best Gear of December 2018

By | January 1st, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The editors of Sound & Vision would like to extend a heart-felt Happy New Year to all readers as we kick off 2019 by stepping back into 2018 briefly to revisit a handful of gems that may have gotten lost in all the holiday hullabaloo. Among them, a gift of sorts from the speaker connoisseurs at GoldenEar Technology, a no-holds-barred stereo integrated amp that looks as dazzling as it sounds, a super-sophisticated subwoofer that will delight inveterate tweakers, and a pixel-shifting 4K projector that delivers gigantic images with near perfect color for less than two-grand.
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Analog Corner #105

By | January 1st, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

“Attention K-Mart shoppers! America is open for business.” With the dollar sinking to record lows against foreign currencies and deficits rising to record highs, overseas buyers looking for bargains flocked to the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show in larger numbers than I’ve seen since I began attending the show in 1978. I have never seen the Alexis Park Hotel as crowded as it was on the show’s first day. Usually, attendance is sparse the first two days as West Coast dealers stay away, preferring to tend to retail business.
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The best January sales 2019: where to find the best deals today

By | January 1st, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Happy New Year, reader and thanks for dropping by to check out our roundup of the very best deals in the January sales 2019. A few stores launched sales straight after Christmas, with not many holding back for the traditional January sales, so we've had plenty of time to dig through the best offers. But of course, we've added some brand new ones today too as we start our daily deals coverage with a bang in 2019.

After all, you're probably back at work soon, so don't be daft getting involved with those horrible queues at retail park car parks or looking for the non-event deals on the highstreet.… Read the full article

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InnerFidelity Product of The Year 2018

By | January 1st, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Choosing a product that qualifies as one that stands out above all others for enough different reasons is never an easy task, but taking sound quality, build quality, design and price all into consideration, the Quad ERA-1 headphones gets my nod as InnerFidelity Product of The Year 2018.

My hat goes off to Quad for producing such an incredibly comfortable, non-fatiguing, huge-sounding, tonal and timbrally pleasing set of headphones with outstanding resolution that not only breaks the sub-$1,000 USD barrier, but are also the company’s first foray into headphone design.… Read the full article

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AudioStream Product of The Year 2018

By | January 1st, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Let’s be real, having to choose a product that qualifies itself as one that breaks through the noise of everything that 2018 saw in new products for audiophiles for all the myriad reasons that allows a product to set itself apart from all others is no easy job to take on.

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