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Picture Sunday – Noble Audio Khan

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

Today we are taking a first look at Noble Audio’s latest introduction to the high end market – the Khan!

This is part of our Picture Sunday series, where we take a quick look at some products in the review cycle. You can find all previous Picture Sunday posts here.

My memory of Noble starts with a smile. My very first custom IEM was made by them a few years back. It was the Kaiser 10, which I still have to this date, though it does not get a lot of ear-time ever since I started writing for Headfonia.… Read the full article

Marita Sølberg: Opera Arias

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me as of fall 2016

J Marks System fall 2016

The essential sound of this system is determined first by the loudspeakers, prototypes called Esperanto Parolantos. That’s something of a pun, in that it means “Esperanto Speakers.” (Esperanto, from the audio company I started after leaving Stereophile magazine.)

Mike Zisserson designed the Esperanto Parolanto loudspeaker while taking into account my “Wish List” of desired characteristics and capabilities. In that list I tried to express both in technical terms and in musical terms what I believe a music lover’s relatively affordable two-way non-mini monitor loudspeaker should sound like.… Read the full article

Italy vs Wales live stream: how to watch Six Nations rugby online from anywhere

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Update: Wales were able to continue their impressive winning run by beating their hosts in Rome 26-15. If you're hoping to watch any other game in the fantastic rugby union tournament, then head to our general guide for getting a Six Nations live stream. 

The Six Nations 2019 is here with the Rugby World Cup to follow later in the year. That means this competition is high stakes and so the action is bound to be high-octane stuff. Wales continue their illustrious winning streak if they can defeat bottom–of–the–pack Italy in Rome.… Read the full article

PS Audio P20 and P15 AC Regenerators – Keeping the System Clean

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

PS Audio has been steadily developing as a high-end manufacturer since 1974, despite the trading of leadership on various occasions. Paul McGowan, the “P,” and Stan Warren, the “S,” were the founding partners. Stan left in the early 80s to found Superfon. Paul would leave in the 90s to join Arnie Nudel, having a hand in the very successful Infinity Systems and Genesis loudspeakers. After PS Audio traded hands a couple times, Paul left Infinity to buy back the PS Audio brand.… Read the full article

The Boulder 508 Phono Stage – Like a Rolling Stone-Dig It

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Boulder electronics, out of Boulder, Colorado, has been diligently creating some of the finest audio components in the world since 1983. Founded by Jeff Nelson, Boulder’s vision has largely been aimed at the state of the art, and those with deep pockets. For instance, the 3050 monoblock amplifiers will rip $190,000 from your accountants bare white-knuckled fist. The new reference phono stage, the 2008, will snatch $50K off the top of your mountain of cash.

In recent years Boulder has allowed some of their vast know-how to trickle down, resulting in the their most accessible line, the 800 series.… Read the full article

First Impressions at the Florida Audio Expo

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

As I soon discovered, I wasn’t the only Florida Audio Expo attendee who decided to start at the top (Floor 8) and work their way down (Floor 2). My first room, sponsored by House of Stereo, showcased Bob Carver’s attractive Crimson 350 monoblock amplifiers ($9500/pair), a Bel Canto Black EX preamplifier/DAC ($18,000), Wolf Audio Systems’ Alpha 3 music server with Flux Capacitor Clock ($6750), the striking KEF Blade Two speakers ($25,000/pair), new Audience Front Row cabling, and Stillpoints Aperture room-treatment panels.… Read the full article

Scotland vs Ireland live stream: how to watch Six Nations 2019 rugby online from anywhere

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Update: It's all over at Murrayfield. Ireland managed to return to winning ways, eventually defeating the hosts 22-13. Now…on to Rome! If you're hoping to watch any other game in the fantastic rugby union tournament, then head to our general guide for getting a Six Nations live stream.

The Six Nations 2019 already has the pressure of this being the Rugby World Cup year too, so performances have to be at their peak. The Celtic clash between Ireland and Scotland should be a powerful one as pre-tournament favourites, Ireland, hope to spring back after an opening loss to England.… Read the full article

Chrome will soon play friendly with your keyboard’s multimedia controls

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Having keyboard control of your music and videos can be a real timesaver when you need to hear what someone is saying to you or a tune starts blaring out from your computer unexpectedly, and the next version of Chrome is ready to help.

From next month, the full release of Chrome 73 will support those multimedia keys you've got fixed on your keyboard, whether you're using Windows, macOS or Chrome OS. Linux support is coming at a later date.

The feature will work whether or not the relevant tab is in the foreground too, so you'll be able to stop YouTube or the web version of Spotify even if they're buried in one of those background tabs you've forgotten about.… Read the full article

Amphion Argon 3S loudspeakers | Review

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Amphion Argon 3S

Better living through chemistry

As a practicing chemist (or rather, “purveyor of chemical knowledge”), I’m quite keen on all things chemistry. My interest was piqued, therefore, several years ago when I first noticed the offerings of the Finnish company Amphion. As far as I could tell, the operation crafted speakers for both the pro audio and high-end consumer communities, and more importantly, they named their home audio products after chemical elements!

Yes, lots of companies do this sort of thing. Haven’t we all seen the “silver, gold, or platinum” edition of this product or that?… Read the full article

Florida 2019: Friday with Paul

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

by Paul Elliott

Michael Fremer gets the alignment right and cuts the ribbon to open the first Florida Audio Expo!

All the work Alan and his team has now come together and the show opened to the public at 10 am.  A good steady stream of head off to the exhibit rooms.

Tortuga Audio

It’s hard to decide where to start (way too much stress), so I randomly fell into the Tortuga Audio room.  Morten Sissener has and interesting take on an old idea of using LDR (Light Dependent Resistor) for controlling volume. … Read the full article