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Shadow Vector Emerges from the Shadows

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Herb Reichert (left) and Lynn Olson at RMAF 2015:  a moment (photograph and image processing by David W. Robinson)

Although some of you may know me as the sometime Tech Editor of PF (and that only occasionally, when the mood strikes me), and the designer of the Ariel loudspeaker and Amity and Karna 300B triode amplifiers, I did have a prior life in audio, back in the early 1970s. Those were my days at Audionics (later renamed “Audionics of Oregon” due to a trademark conflict with an obscure company back East).… Read the full article

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RHAPSODY INTERNATIONAL INC. ADDS MQA STUDIO QUALITY AUDIO TO ‘POWERED BY NAPSTER’ PLATFORM SERVICE

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Global agreement supports Powered by Napster with an extensive breadth of studio quality audio solutions

Seattle, WA, May 6, 2019 — Rhapsody International Inc., a pioneer in digital music and leading provider of music streaming technologies and services for partners, today announced it has completed a global agreement with MQA, the innovative company delivering authenticated master quality music in a file small enough to stream. Rhapsody’s Powered by Napster platform service now offers partners the option to choose high-resolution and studio-quality audio for those who select MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) as their format of choice.… Read the full article

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Totem launches Element V2 @ Munich High-End Atrium 4.2 F206

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Totem Acoustic has introduced the V2 Element Series Metal and Fire loudspeakers; The result of dramatic advancements to their legendary 7″ Torrent bass driver. After living with the immensely successful Tribe Tower for the past 18 months, Totem has applied many of the principles learned from the evolution of their 4″ Torrent driver to the 7″ version found in both the Fire and Metal models.

The Element Metal V2 has substantially more mid-bass, deep bass extension, bass control, speed and precision as a result of a smoother midrange frequency response and an even better integration with the tweeter section; There is a full 5Hz improvement in bottom end frequency response.… Read the full article

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Review: Abyss Diana Phi – Flash Gordon

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In this review we’re taking a close-up look at the Diana Phi by Abyss Headphones. The thinnest boutique headphone in the market.

Disclaimer: The Diana Phi was supplied to us free of charge by Abyss for the purpose of a review. Headfonia is in no way affiliated with Abyss or JPS Labs (their parent company). Abyss is not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity!

About Abyss Headphones:

Abyss’ parent company, JPS Labs LLC, has been around since 1990 in the business making high performance digital and analogue cables.… Read the full article

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Is the CD Relevant in the Age of Streaming Music?

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Who is still buying CDs anymore? Everybody knows that you either drop the needle into a vinyl groove or stream albums online via your laptop or smartphone.

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Anthem Updates to ARC Genesis Room Correction

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Available for both Mac and Windows, ARC Genesis is the most advanced room correction system available today and offers a comprehensive set of tools to optimize audio performance.

 

Anthem Electronics just made a good thing better with the launch of ARC Genesis™, the third generation of their critically-acclaimed Anthem Room Correction (ARC®) software. Available for free from AnthemARC.com, this proprietary digital signal processing technology works with compatible 2-channel and home theater audio products and offers advanced measurement functions, powerful acoustic correction algorithms, user-configurable target curve customization, a streamlined user interface, and support for both Mac and Windows.… Read the full article

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Strong Growth Foreseen for 8K TV

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

We get it. Having just barely settled in with your new HDR-enabled 4K smart TV, the last thing you want to hear is 8K. But the next-gen TV technology beckons and continues to be a hot topic since January’s 8K Coming Out Party, otherwise known as CES 2019.
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Bryston Adds Qobuz Streaming

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Bryston has announced a firmware update for its BDP Series that enables native support for the Qobuz streaming music service.

Qobuz says it’s the world’s first high-resolution (24-bit/up to 192 kHz) streaming service and that anyone subscribed to its service can stream more than 40 million uncompressed tracks of music from a library that it claims contains ‘every imaginable style of music’.

Until now, Bryston BDP users needed to have their personal high-resolution libraries connected directly to enjoy high-resolution music,’ said Gary Dayton, VP of Sales & Marketing at Bryston.… Read the full article

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The BIG Raidho Room | AXPONA 2019

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

It was the big secret of AXPONA 2019. Usually, it was whispered. The BIG RAIDHO ROOM. You have to see it. Go! Go now!

And so I went. And went. And went. And did not find it.

In fact, I thought it was a joke. I became convinced that the “BIG RAIDHO ROOM” was not a thing. That I was being had.

On the last day of the show, I found it.… Read the full article

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MQA Spreads Its Wings, Partners with Rhapsody’s Powered by Napster

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Napster MQA

MQA’s reach will spread just a bit further as of Monday morning, as the high resolution streaming technology announced it will soon also be available on Rhapsody’s Powered by Napster B-to-B global service.

While not currently an option on Napster’s consumer direct products, the business-oriented feed currently powers the front end to other music services offered from the likes of car manufacturers, store chains and iHeartRadio.

It’s a move that continues fuel the idea that high resolution music might be something that the masses eventually demand, even if it’s not running hot on the forefront of every consumer’s mind quite yet.… Read the full article

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