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Legacy Audio Valor speaker system and Wavelet DAC/preamp/crossover Review

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Legacy Valor at Capitol Studio

REALITY

‘I am not a Starfleet commander, or T.J. Hooker. I don’t live on Starship NCC-1701, or own a phaser. And I don’t know anybody named Bones, Sulu, or Spock.’ – William Shatner

After a certain number of encounters with rabid fans blurring the line between reality and fantasy, it becomes necessary to set the record straight. The man who played James Tiberius Kirk is right; he is not a hero, but an actor. Every culture has its real heroes, persons of Valor.

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Titanic: Blood & Steel – A Compelling 12-Part Miniseries

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

I’ve long been a fan of the Titanic saga, well before the 1997 film. I loved that one, but mainly for the stunning effects and James Horner’s magnificent score, not the badly written soap opera that took up over half of its running time. This week it returned to my attention, partly because in a few days the 107th anniversary of the disaster will arrive (April 15, though no one typically commemorates such an odd number) and partly because last week I re-watched a story of the Titanic on Blu-ray as one of the sources I used for a product review.
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Dragonfire Acoustics Showcases Mini Dragon Speakers at AXPONA 2019

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

Audeze Sound in a Planar Magnetic Nearfield Desktop System
Main Floor | Adventure Room Next to the Ear Gear Expo

The Dragonfire Acoustics Mini Dragon Planar Desktop Speaker System is the latest innovation from Dr. Dragoslav Colich, Audeze’s pioneering Chief Technology Officer. Join us at Dragonfire and audition the system from 4/12 to 4/14 at AXPONA, Main Floor, Adventure Room Next to the Ear Gear Expo. Dr. C will be on hand for photos and interviews, speaking about his continuing advances in planar magnetic technology.… Read the full article

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Rethm Loudspeakers will be at AXPONA 2019!

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

This is an important year for Rethm Loudspeakers, for two reasons…..

Firstly, we have recently completed a major re-work of our premium line of speakers ( Saadhana, Maarga, and Trishna ) — the first major change since the line was introduced several years ago. The cosmetic changes are significant but not “radical,” and they have only been made because of the changes implemented to substantially improve sound quality. The  labyrinth of the wide-bander has undergone major modifications  to increase lower midrange response.… Read the full article

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Metaxas T-RX Recorder

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Kostas Metaxas, founder and principal of Metaxas & Sins, says he has decided to build a portable open reel tape recorder using only discrete semiconductors and parts similar to those used on recorders built in the 1960s and 1970s. (Click on image for larger view)

At present only a concept, rather than working product, Metaxas says the Metaxas & Sins ‘T-RX portable recording device No 1’ will be biased for either 468 or 911 quarter-inch tape and will operate at only a single speed: 15 inches per second.… Read the full article

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Benchmark Media Systems LA4 Line Amplifier

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

The LA4  Line Amplifier is a linestage preamp introduced by Benchmark Media Systems in 2018. Priced at a very competitive $2495 USD, the small, squarish LA4 comes securely packaged, and includes a power cord, 12V trigger cable, and a manual complete with test reports. The review LA4 was furnished with the optional remote (add $100 dollars) which controls on, off, volume, mute, -20 dB volume reduction, and input (plus functions available on Benchmark DAC products).

The LA4’s main frontal attraction is not its teeny-tiny power button, or the small rotary volume control knob; it’s the capacitive touch screen.Read the full article

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Audio Research Launches New Special Edition Update to CD6 and CD9 Products

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Audio Research Launches New Special Edition Update to CD6 and CD9 Products

The following is a press release issued by Audio Research. MAPLE GROVE, MN | April 9th, 2019–Audio Research is pleased to announce a special edition update to the CD6 and Reference CD9 Transport/DAC. The new CD6SE and Reference CD9SE feature beautiful faceplate updates that closely match ARC’s Foundation and Reference-series components. The redesigned faceplates, with matching buttons, illumination, and black plexiglass display allow an integrated and uniform look across the latest model platforms. Both SE units boast the latest V3.0 USB audio card, providing compatibility with macOS, Windows 10, and any Linux-based system that supports ALSA devices.… Read the full article

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Rush: Hemispheres – 40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Sound

Rush was on a roll. After the celebrated Canadian trio had finally broken through the FM ether with 1976’s dystopian statement piece 2112, they took the next evolutionary sonic turn with 1977’s expansively majestic A Farewell to Kings. The following year, Rush rotated the screws once again by taking their proto-prog metal to the headiest of limits on 1978’s Hemispheres, their final mind-altering statement of the Me-So-Introspective Decade before shedding their muso-skins yet again with 1980’s forward-thinking Permanent Waves.

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Carver Silver Seven-t monoblock power amplifier

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

In 1988, Bob Carver set out to design the best amplifier he possibly could, without regard for cost. It was more of an ego exercise than an attempt to build a product with wide commercial appeal. The result was the four-chassis, $17,500 Silver Seven.

Interestingly, Bob Carver chose vacuum tubes to realize his dream of building the ultimate power amplifier. The Silver Seven uses fourteen KT88 output tubes per channel, and puts out 375W into 8 ohms. Bob built three pairs of Silver Sevens, not expecting to sell many at the $17,500 asking price.… Read the full article

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Lighting Strikes: a Bolt From the Blue

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

One evening late last summer I took the most expensive workout of my life. In my hurry to meet a friend at the gym, I left the house, leaving my computer and hi-fi on despite the ominous look of the sky. In the South, experience teaches you to dash about disconnecting everything at the first sign of a thunderstorm. Usually I do, but this time my mind was elsewhere.

I headed across town toward my favorite gym. Stopped at a hilltop intersection, I saw one of the new office towers take the biggest lightning strike I have ever seen.… Read the full article

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