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VAC Statement 450i iQ Integrated Amplifier, Von Schweikert Ultra 9 Loudspeaker System, Esoteric Grandioso D1 DACs

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Disorder was the order of the day as everyone and their father ogled and chatted about the VAC Statement 450i iQ integrated amplifier ($150,000). During my relatively brief visit to this free-for-all space, in which demonstrations alternated between two systems, there were up to six people standing in front of the one I tried to hear. At one point, someone blocked the speaker on one side while a company rep chatted it up with someone on the other.

Initially, the sound was far too quiet to appreciate, but when it was turned up, I discovered a midrange-strong system, albeit with a somewhat flat top end, that seemed to be playing a string of classical blockbuster extracts.… Read the full article

Sharp is working on a new Dynabook AIO with an 8K, 120Hz display

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Sharp is starting to make more moves with Toshiba's computer business, which Sharp acquired for $36 million last year. A new all-in-one (AIO) computer with a serious display, something Sharp is known for, was shown off with the Dynabook branding, as spotted by PC Watch.

The new computer wasn't spotted with any specific name, but it got the Dynabook branding that Toshiba recently shifted towards.

The new Dynabook is an AIO with a 31.5-inch display using an 8K IGZO panel capable of hitting 800 nits worth of brightness.… Read the full article

Channel D's Rob Robinson Explains Current-Mode Phono Preamps

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

AXPONA’s Master Class lectures offer a series of seminars on sometimes controversial subjects. To wrap up Friday afternoon’s talks, Channel D’s Rob Robinson explained why for phono preamplifiers, current-mode amplification, with its zero-ohm input impedance, gets the best signal/noise ratio from moving-coil cartridges, compared with conventional voltage-mode circuits, and even improves tracking performance. Michael Fremer reviews Rob’s new Lino C 2.0 current-mode phono preamplifier in the June 2019 issue of Stereophile.

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AXPONA 2019: Parasound debuts new integrated with built-in DAC and phonostage, Buchardt stupefies

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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CHICAGO (PTA) — After going all-in with its high-end Halo products at the recent Florida Audio Expo (Tampa) show in February 2019, Parasound now focuses it’s efforts on debuting more affordable audio components at Axpona 2019. This time, it’s Parasound’s NewClassic line that receives another great update with the NewClassic 200 INT Integrated Amplifier.

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It’s true, Parasound has made recent updates to the NewClassic and Z-Custom lines. The new Zphono XRM has been exactly what audiences have been clamoring for in an affordable but high-quality phono-stage from Parasound.… Read the full article

PS Audio Debuts AN3 Loudspeaker

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The late Arnie Nudell, co-founder of Infinity, was very much a mentor to PS Audio’s Paul McGowan, and Paul and his team have been working a loudspeaker design that would honor Nudell. AXPONA saw the first public demo of the new speaker, the AN3, which is expected to be available toward the end of the year at a price somewhere in the region of $11,500–$14,500/pair. The AN3 features a servo-corrected 8″ aluminum-cone woofer, driven by a 700W amplifier mounted on one of the sides, with a folded ribbon tweeter, a rectangular planar midrange unit sourced from Bohlender-Graebener, and a cone “mid-bass coupler,” the last a consistent feature of Nudell’s designs for Infinity and Genesis.… Read the full article

Good Enough to EAT: Forté Leather Edition Turntable with 12″ C-Note Tonearm, and the E-Glo Petit Phono Preamplifier

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The room presented by importer Vana LTD of Lake Grove, New York, featured (in addition to some record cleaning fluid and Okki Nokki record-cleaning machines) analog components by the European Audio Team (EAT) and loudspeakers by Audio Physik.

Lovers of antique high-end automobiles in particular appreciate the aesthetic of the 200+lb Forté turntable, all gleaming chrome, mirror black, and leather. The table with the polished F-Note tonearm installed retails for $11,495, but looked like it cost considerably more; the photo above fails to capture the sheer scale of the thing.… Read the full article

Lomachenko vs Crolla live stream: how to watch tonight’s boxing online from anywhere

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Vasyl Lomachenko will fight Anthony Crolla where the former's many belts are up for grabs including the WBA (Super), WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles. If Crolla manages to take a victory it will make him a two-time world champion in the division, so it's all out there to fight for and you can get a Lomachenko vs Crolla live stream by following the advice in this article.

The UK's Anthony Crolla won the WBA belt in his home city of Manchester after he knocked out Darleys Perez in 2015.… Read the full article

AXPONA Coverage Part 1

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I got to AXPONA on Thursday and was delighted to see that, in a drastic change from last year, headphones and related gear now have their own area.

Last year the noise from being in the general expo space was simply too much to hear anything – thankfully the AXPONA crew listened to feedback and the headphone show floor is now carpeted and cordoned off from the noisier speaker and records marketplace. The unfortunate downside seemed to be a number of manufacturers pulling out in reaction to the state of things last year.… Read the full article

Cube Audio Nenuphar Speakers, First Watt SIT-3 Amp

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

I am not a bot. I measure my own DIY audio gear. But as an audio-show reporter, I’m only interested in those biologically significant sounds that connect my mind as directly as possible to the music being played. I want to see and feel some inkling of a real orchestra floating between the speakers. I found that connection right away in the room sponsored by retailer-distributor Refined Audio.

In addition to fine music reproduction, I had the honor of discussing the sensory perceptions of bats and bullfrogs with my new friend and hero, Steven Dear (above), who is a professor of psychophysics and physical acoustics, and a member of designer Nelson Pass’s inner circle.… Read the full article

The iPhone SE is back with a $150 price cut at Apple

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The iPhone SE is back at Apple and on clearance for up to $150 off. The 32 GB iPhone SE is on sale for $249 and if you want more storage, the 128GB iPhone SE is on sale for $299. This limited-time deal is available in all colors which include gray, silver, gold and rose gold.

The older generation SE still has the essential functions that you love about the Apple iPhone but does lack new features and battery power of newer model iPhones.… Read the full article