In 2010, I declared, “If you’re looking for a pair of standmount monitor speakers and you have about $1500 to spend, buy the Nola Boxers.” The quality of sound at that price made the recommendation a cinch. Many other reviewers and audiophiles reacted with the same enthusiasm, so it’s not a surprise that Nola continues to offer the Boxer as the entry into their prestigious line of loudspeakers. Moreover, the entire Contender series offers a sampling of the high end at a reasonable cost.… Read the full article
We continue our $50k gear giveaway with the Cosmic Ears CE6P! Just keep reading and enter the giveaway!
Last week’s Winners
The Chord Qutest giveaway is now over! The lucky guy/girl this week is Sebastian Eberhardt from Germany. You will be contacted very shortly by email (check your spam folder), so make sure to get in touch.
(Roger Skoff writes about getting the most from our audio hobby.)
Many years ago, Stereophile, to get a better handle on its marketing, had a study done to find out who and how many its readers were. One of the (then-surprising) things that study turned-up was the fact that almost all (well more than 90%) of Stereophile’s readers, both direct and pass-through, were male.
After that information was released, I and some of my audio reviewer friends found ourselves at CES, wondering why that might be, and two of us (who, besides being major-magazine reviewers, were licensed clinical psychologists) offered the thought that, just as men and women are known to hear differently (with women generally having better and more extended high-frequency response), it might also be that men and women listen differently.… Read the full article
The days of non-upgradeable all-in-one PCs are numbered. Rising from the ashes of all the all-in-ones discarded due to one dated or dying component is the Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra, a mini PC that’s designed to transform a monitor into a modular all-in-one.
Dell’s OptiPlex mini PCs are already small and designed to be mounted out of sight. However, this new model takes that to another level by making it thin, narrow and slender enough (at 3.78 x 10.09 x 0.78 inches) to be slid into a monitor stand, essentially turning your monitor into an all-in-one desktop.… Read the full article
Denver, September 2019: This year, at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Nordost is teaming up with three prominent US-based hifi manufacturers, YG Acoustics, VTL, and VPI, to assemble a premier audio system. Join Nordost, September 5-8 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in the Homestead 1 room, where they will be demonstrating their newest products on a reference system, wired with a complete loom of the company’s flagship, Odin 2 cables. RMAF is the perfect opportunity to see the innovations that everyone has been talking about: the QPOINT
Resonance Synchronizer, and QSOURCE Linear Power Supply.… Read the full article
October 24, 2018. Shipping November 2018
In late 2012, Dave Wilson began work on a new WAMM. His goal was a reference loudspeaker that would not merely be worthy of its namesake —Dave’s industry-changing WAMM from the early 80s—but would redefine the idea of what was possible in music reproduction. His goal was nothing short of a laboratory-grade loudspeaker that would pass a complex music signal through it with unprecedented accuracy. He knew the new model would challenge and test his company in new, potentially unforeseen ways.… Read the full article
VANA Ltd. to Debut New Products from European Audio Team, Audio Physic, Atlas Cables at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
The North American importer of EAT, Audio Physic and Okki Nokki will be premiering a number of products — and a new brand — at RMAF ’19
(Lake Grove, NY) August 30th, 2019 – VANA, Ltd. (www.vanaltd.com) will introduce a host of new products to the North American market at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest at its booth in Ballroom B, Marketplace L.
NORTH AMERICAN PRODUCT PREMIERS
E-Glo I Integrated Tube Amplifier from European Audio Team (E.A.T.)
The E-Glo I Integrated Amplifier is a new “All-Tube” design that uses a unique circuit topology, ultra-wide bandwidth transformers and precision stepped attenuators.… Read the full article
Razor-concealing hats, cigarettes and whiskey: the Peaky Blinders’ calling card trifecta has finally returned! After a nail biting break, the world’s favourite gangster family reappeared on our screens last weekend and now it's time to enjoy episode 3 – that's where our guide to watch Peaky Blinders online (from absolutely anywhere) comes in.
The season 5 trailer got us salivating and we knew that there would be hell to pay, and we're certainly not going to spoil things if you're yet to catch up on the first two Peaky Blinders episodes (or, indeed, seasons 1 to 4).… Read the full article
Just say the name around most music lovers or audiophiles (sometimes both) and you’re sure to elicit a response.
If it’s the two-channel crew you’ll usually see them get that faraway, dreamy look in their eyes and they’ll wax rhapsodic about the first time they heard a pair of the QUAD ESL-57 electrostatic loudspeakers that the company cemented their place in the annals of hi-fi history with. And even though this is a headphone review, there’s no getting around the comparison to the ’57, because, well… QUAD.… Read the full article
That’s it. I’ve had enough of Chrome. I, like the vast majority of internet users, have been using Google’s web browser for years now. Back when it launched almost exactly 11 years ago, Chrome promised a different, better way of browsing the web.
It convinced me to jump ship from Firefox, which I had found to be increasingly bloated and slow. Oh, what a difference a little over a decade makes! What was once a New Hope for browsing the web has now become the very thing it set out to defeat.… Read the full article