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Musicians As Audiophiles: Jed Levy

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Tenor saxophonist, composer and hi-fi enthusiast Jed Levy is a perceptive musician and devoted music listener. Over the years, he’s upgraded his hi-fi as funds have allowed, typically preceded by intense study of equipment reviews and equally persistent ear-twisting of audiophile friends, some in the industry, some not.

But long before his hi-fi took shape, in the basement/rehearsal space of his comfortable Auburndale, New York home, Levy collaborated with a legendary recording engineer on his first date as a leader, Good People.… Read the full article

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Pioneer UDP-LX500 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Review

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

Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $1,099


AT A GLANCE

Plus

High-quality HDR to SDR conversion
SACD and DVD-Audio disc support
Detailed Info screen

Minus

No streaming apps or wireless connectivity
Somewhat tedious user interface
Occasional playback glitches


THE VERDICT

The UDP-LX500’s universal disc support, high-quality onboard HDR tone mapping, and formidable build quality make it a welcome addition to the Ultra HD Blu-ray player scene.


It has now been a full year since Oppo Digital ceased production of its popular Ultra HD Blu-ray player lineup.

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Review: Audeze LCD-MX4 – The Studio LCD

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

The Audeze LCD-MX4 is a look at Audeze’s orthodynamic headphones developed for studio purposes.

Disclaimer: The Audeze MX4 was sent to us by Audeze for review. Audeze is not related to Headfonia in any other way.

Audeze

If you’ve been following the personal audio world for the last 10 years, then Audeze will ring many bells. The California, USA based company completely changed and upped the headphone game to new levels. Bio from the Audeze site:

Audeze’s origins go back to 2008 when founders Sankar Thiagasamudram and Alexander Rosson met engineer Pete Uka who developed specialized flexible circuit materials for NASA.Read the full article

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Playback Designs announces a world premier at the High End Show in Munich, 2019!

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

WORLD PREMIER at the HIGH-END SHOW

Playback Designs chief architect, Andreas Koch, long known for his innovative hardware and proprietary software, will demonstrate Hi-Resolution synchronization of audio and video files capable of 4k video and DSD4 (DSD256, or Quad DSD) audio.

The AV presentation captures the complete passion and energy of the musician(s) at the live recorded event. The first collaboration is with Yarlung Records at the live recording session in Los Angeles late last year with Yuko Mabuchi Trio plays Miles Davis.… Read the full article

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Netflix Ups Its Sound To “Studio Quality”

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

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It appears that NETFLIX is pushing its sonic delivery to greater heights, just as rumors of more high resolution streaming options start to swirl. Are we standing on the threshold for an audiophile revival?

Oddly enough, it appears that the move to varying rates of either 640 kbps for Dolby 5.1 or 768 kbps for Atmos came not from consumer feedback (see: XM radio) but rather content creators like the Duffer Brothers of Stranger Things fame. Those who want to take a deeper dive into the technical specifics can reference Netflix’s post here.… Read the full article

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Billboard Music Awards live stream: how to watch the 2019 ceremony from anywhere

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

No judging panels. No telephone votes. The Billboard Music Awards are the prizes handed out based purely on who has topped the charts over the last year. Making a chart topping song or album isn't easy of course, but thankfully getting a 2019 Billboard Music Awards live stream is much, much easier…and you've come to the right place to discover how catch every minute of the BBMAs.

For the second year in a row, Kelly Clarkson will host the three-hour BBMA show which will be filled with performances from this year’s top acts including DJ Khalid, Panic!… Read the full article

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Underwood Hifi Releases New Line of Loudspeakers

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Underwood Hifi Releases New Line of Loudspeakers

The following is a press release issued by Underwood Hifi. LAHAINA, HAWAII – Walter Liederman, President and Owner of Underwood Hifi, Inc is pleased to announce the complete re-design of the LSA Loudspeaker Product Group. The Design Team of Industry Veterans Dan Wiggins and Dusty Vawter have given us 4 new loudspeakers that promise to set new standards for Price v Performance. Liederman comments – The new prototype LSA models were introduced at the Axpona 2018 Show to great acclaim and accolade.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2019: Electronics

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019: Electronics

It’s no secret that AXPONA has been experiencing a growth spurt. Last year marked a move to a new venue, the Renaissance Schaumberg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumberg, IL, outside Chicago. In scope, attendance, and number of exhibits, it is giving RMAF in Denver a run for the money (though that show will also be held in a new, much larger venue this year, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center). Although attendance was strong and the vibe positive, AXPONA is one helluva huge show.… Read the full article

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Dynaudio Evoke 10 Loudspeakers

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

The Dynaudio Evoke 10 is a compact two-way bookshelf/standmount design that’s the smallest in Dynaudio’s new Evoke range of loudspeakers. (Click on image above for larger view.)

The bass/midrange driver in the Evoke 10 is a 140mm diameter single-piece magnesium silicate polymer (MSP) cone driven by an aluminium voice-coil and a strontium carbonate ferrite and ceramic magnet. This crosses at 1.4kHz, via a second-order network, to Dynaudio’s new 28mm Cerotar soft-dome tweeter. This new tweeter is based on the tweeter Dynaudio developed for its Special 40 anniversary speakers, but whereas the tweeter in the Special 40 uses a neodymium magnet, the new Cerotar tweeter uses a strontium carbonate ferrite and ceramic magnet.… Read the full article

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Dali Evoke 10 Loudspeakers

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

The Dali Evoke 10 is a compact two-way bookshelf/standmount design that’s the smallest in Dali’s new Evoke range of loudspeakers. (Click on image above for larger view.)

The bass/midrange driver in the Evoke 10 is a 140mm diameter single-piece magnesium silicate polymer (MSP) cone driven by an aluminium voice-coil and a strontium carbonate ferrite and ceramic magnet. This crosses at 1.4kHz, via a second-order network, to Dynaudio’s new 28mm Cerotar soft-dome tweeter. This new tweeter is based on the tweeter Dali developed for its Special 40 anniversary speakers, but whereas the tweeter in the Special 40 uses a neodymium magnet, the new Cerotar tweeter uses a strontium carbonate ferrite and ceramic magnet.… Read the full article

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