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Nagra HD Preamp, Organic Reference Cables, Kharma Elegance S7 Loudspeakers

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

What a difference a change of venue and cabling makes. In the Nagra room at CES, the sound was silvery, glistening, open, and mesmerizing. Here, with smaller Kharma Elegance S7 loudspeakers ($18,000) and mid-priced copper-based Organic Reference cabling that uses a fiber dielectric, the sound was more toned down but no less compelling.

Listening solely to LP, we began with Reference Recordings’ issue of the Chicago Pro Musica performing Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. Contrasting colors were satisfying, and the soundstaging impressive indeed.… Read the full article

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Vivid Kaya K90 Loudspeaker, Rowland 625 S2 Amplifier, Grand Prix Monaco Supports, Cardas Cables

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

An usually synergistic equipment match ruled the 16th floor room sponsored jointly by Jeff Rowland Design Group, Cardas Audio, Grand Prix Audio, and Vivid Audio. Frankly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard Jeff Rowland’s equipment produce such mellow and beautiful sound.

This time, it wasn’t Rowland’s integrated, but instead the Jeff Rowland Model 625 S2 Stereo Amplifier ($15,900), Corus Stereo Preamplifier ($14,900), PSU Power Storage Unit ($8200), Aeric DAC ($9800), and Conductor Phono Preamplifier. It was also my first listen—a very happy one, I might add—to Vivid’s unusually shaped Kaya K90 Loudspeakers ($26,000/pair).… Read the full article

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CH Precision L1 Preamp, Rockport Cygnus Loudspeakers, DeBaer Saphir Turntable, Top Wing Suzaku Cartridge

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The North American debut of the DeBaer Saphir turntable with Reference power supply ($57,000) and DeBaer 9″ Onyx tonearm with VTA adjustment ($7000) and equally pricey Top Wing Suzaku (Red Sparrow) cartridge ($16,500) was the big news in a room that paired Rockport Technologies Cygnus loudspeakers ($62,500) and high-end Argento Audio FMR silver cabling with a full line of CH Precision electronics. Focusing solely on vinyl reproduction during my time in the room, we began with one of the most overplayed audiophile classical demo track, the Reference Recordings version of Rimsky-Korsakov’s unquestionably exciting but ultimately tedious Dance of the Tumblers.… Read the full article

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Celebration Giveaway 31: iBasso IT01 & IT04

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We continue our $50k gear giveaway with 5! IEMs from iBasso. Just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Last week’s Winners

The Mytek Liberty DAC really surprised me looking at he numbers of entries. Go Mytek! The lucky guy this week is Asier Ausocoa from Spain. You will be contacted very shortly by email (check your spam folder), so make sure to get in touch.

Number 31

As promised and explained earlier, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and last September was the start of our 52-week celebration.… Read the full article

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How to watch Game of Thrones season 8, episode 1 stream online from anywhere

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

If you've been patiently waiting the 636 days to watch Game of Thrones online since the last episode (yes it really has been that long!) then the waiting is finally over! Season 8, episode 1 is here and of course, you want to know where to go to watch the first epic episode.

Consider this page as the ultimate guide to watching Game of thrones season 8, episode 1, no matter where you live. We've tracked down the streaming services, costs and times for the first episode no matter where you might live – you can find a full guide for several countries down below.… Read the full article

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New, Compact, and Classic from Luxman: NeoClassico SQ-N150 Integrated Amplifier and D-N150 CD Player

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

If you’re after an elegant classic look and a compact form factor, you’d be hard-pressed to do much better than the Luxman NeoClassic series, including the SQ-N150 integrated amplifier ($2795) and the D-N150 CD player ($2595). Both are new, and both are now shipping.

The SQ-N150 utilizes four EL84 tubes and 2 ECC83 tubes, all from JJ Electronics. It’s a 10W push-pull design with three line inputs, plus an input into a MM/MC phono stage. It has a headphone output, and it utilizes a standard Luxman remote control, either the one included with the D-N150 CD player or the optional RA-25.… Read the full article

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Monitor Audio Gold W12 Subwoofer

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Monitor Audio’s new ‘Gold Series’ W12 subwoofers are now available in Australia through APlus Brands. (Click on image for larger view.)

The Monitor Audio Gold W12 subwoofer combines a 300mm diameter dished-cone ceramic-coated aluminium-magnesium (Monitor Audio calls this ‘C-CAM’) bass driver with a pair of 200mm diameter bass radiators, the bass driver being powered by a Hypex Class-D amplifier module that Monitor Audio rates with a power output of 600-watts. The Gold W12 also has a DSP processor that controls Monitor Audio’s ‘Automatic Position Correction’ (APC) system which uses a microphone and test tones to calculate the modal characteristics of the room in which the subwoofer is positioned, and its position in that room, and then optimise the subwoofer’s frequency response accordingly.… Read the full article

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Laufer Teknik The Note Loudspeakers and The Memory Player Transport/DAC

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The new (world premiere) Laufer Teknik The Note loudspeakers ($29,950/pair) are very hard to photograph because they are very thin line arrays comprised of 48 little metal drivers each in a 87″-tall, 2.5″ deep, 2″-wide aluminum enclosure that’s heated—it is warm to the touch. They disappeared into space while I listened. Their soundstage went out through the wall behind them while the $1600 SVS SP-4000 subwoofer pushed tight bass down through the floor to the basement. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor rattled the walls, but I couldn’t “see” the speakers.… Read the full article

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EgglestonWorks Nico Evo Loudspeakers, Primare I35 Prisma Amp, Audience Ohno II Cables

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

I admit up front I’ve been behind the curve in understanding/appreciating the EgglestonWorks house sound. I’m a slow learner, but whenever I finally get something—I’ve got it. Today, in the room sponsored by retailer Tenacious Sound (with stores in Syracuse, NY, Augusta, GA, Jacksonville, FL, and, soon, Louisville, KY), during the world premiere of EgglestonWorks’ very beautiful Nico Evo standmounted speakers, I realized why so many people love this brand: They are super well-crafted, and they seem to do everything very well.

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Magnepan LRS Loudspeaker

By | April 14th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Ever since Magnepan’s Wendell Diller married this beautiful former Soviet spy (aka Agent G), he’s been doing everything on the down low, hush-hush, totally covert. (Though I must say he does look good in dark glasses.)

This year at AXPONA he has a secret room, at the end of an obscure hall, with no signage. Agent G watches the door from a distance, and you must knock the secret knock to enter.

Once inside, it looks just like any other well-turned-out AXPONA room, but the sounds I heard from this new secret speaker were not like any other sounds I experienced at AXPONA.… Read the full article

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