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Picture Sunday – Cayin YB-04

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

In this Picture Sunday post we’re taking a first look at the new Cayin YB-04 IEM, Cayin’s first in-ear monitor!

Disclaimer: This post is part of our Picture Sunday series, where we take first looks at new gear in the queue. To check out more of these posts click here.

You’ve probably seen the news, but Cayin after the launch of the N8 and N6II DAPs, is back with something new, and for them it’s a first!

Cayin Audio has decided to get into the universal IEM game and they are entering the market with a 4BA-driven, universal IEM called the YB-04.… Read the full article

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Nola Concert Grand Reference Gold 2 Speakers, VAC Statement 450S IQ Amplifier, Audio Research REF CD8 CD Player, Nordost Odin 2 Cabling

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Do VAC tube components possess chameleon-like powers? That’s the question I’ve begun to ask: Each time I encounter their components in different settings, I hear radically different sound. Here, from a system including Nola’s towering new Concert Grand Reference Gold 2 loudspeakers ($250,000/pair), an Audio Research REF CD8 CD player, Nordost Odin 2 cabling, and VAC’s Statement 450S IQ amplifier ($63,000), Master line stage ($28,000), and VAC DAC MK II ($12,000), the sound was midrange preponderant—not at all what I expected to hear from either VAC electronics or a 275lb open-baffle line-source array design with a claimed frequency range of 18Hz–100kHz, 91dB sensitivity, and 8 ohm impedance.

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Parasound Classic 200 Integrated Amplifier, Tekton Moab Loudspeakers, BlueSound Streamer, Straight Wire Cabling

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

For a room too small for Tekton’s massive, multi-driver Moab loudspeakers ($4500/pair), Parasound and Tekton were getting surprisingly good sound. The small system lineup was headed by the new Parasound Classic 200 Integrated ($1195), which includes an all-analog signal path, analog bass management with high and low pass outputs, a DAC whose circuitry is, in the company’s words, “pulled directly out of the award-wining Halo P-5,” and far more goodies than you might expect at this price point. Yes, switching to the larger system, with Parasound’s Halo JC 5 amplifier ($5995), JC 2 BP preamplifier ($4495), JC 3 Jr.

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This app helped me get front-row sound from the back of a festival

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

For years, musicians Mike Einziger and Ann Marie Calhoun wanted to provide music fans a better sound experience when they were on tour. Sure, fans who got front-row seats had a great experience, but what about the fans who sat behind the speakers or those sitting in the back? Most of the time all those folks can hear is the people around them.

It was a problem that plagued Calhoun and Einziger when they were on tour with Hans Zimmer, and one that didn’t seem to have a good universal solution that could work in every venue around the world.… Read the full article

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Serena Williams vs Bianca Andreescu live stream: how to watch US Open women’s final 2019 online

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

So here she is again – Serena Williams is back in the Arthur Ashe Stadium for her tenth(!) US Open women's final. And that means she's only two sets away from finally equalling Margaret Court’s record of tennis Grand Slam singles titles. Canadian Bianca Andreescu is the player to beat and you can see the outcome of this one by following our guide to getting a Williams vs Andreescu live stream today.

Last year's final was one to forget for Serena – it was actually rather sad seeing her unravel in front of the partisan home crowd.… Read the full article

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EMM Labs Optical Equalizer Phono Stage, Focal Utopia Scala V2 Loudspeakers, Kimber Kable Interconnects and Speaker Cables

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Ed Meitner goes analog?

Not really. But the famed digital pioneer and founder of EMM Labs, known especially for his work with DSD/SACD, was showing his prototype optical phono preamp, the Optical Equalizer. Designed solely for use with DS Audio’s optical cartridges, it can be described as a marriage between analog and digital. With specific filters for the different DS Audio cartridge models, it’s expected in the first quarter of 2020.

“DS Audio’s optical cartridges are so different than regular magnetic-based transducers,” Meitner told me.… Read the full article

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Haniwa Loudspeakers, Amplifier, and Complete Vinyl Front End

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Haniwa’s chief designer, Tetsuo Kubo, surprised me with the sound of his new Clear Focus speakers plus digital phase control system amplifier ($25,000 total). With a much larger cone than in previous versions and an impedance of 1.3 ohms, this loudspeaker sounded totally smooth, with a very strong midrange presence, when mated with their 400Wpc amplifier. Even the bright voice of Luciano Pavarotti was pleasant to listen to, and thrilling as well.

The system also included Haniwa’s HCTR-CO current-output MC cartridge plus HEQA03-CI current input phono preamp ($20,000 total; forgive me if I’m wrong—the price sheet was extremely confusing).… Read the full article

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Samsung Makes Its Case for 8K at IFA 2019

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Samsung’s big 8K announcement at IFA 2019 was, curiously, a new TV with a modest-size 55-inch screen. The latest addition serves as an entry point to the company’s Q900 series, which also consists of 65, 75, 82, and 98-inch models.
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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 – Big Changes Afoot

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this year is undergoing some significant changes. The departure of CanJam and the change of venue to the Gaylord Rockies is a big opportunity for things to go both wrong and right.

Two of the biggest downsides are the expense and size of the hotel.

Gaylord hotels have a reputation for being enormous and ostentatious, and this one is no different. The views and hotel space are stunningly well-appointed and spacious. A little too spacious – the show was scattered across the extremely large hotel and convention center, along with at least two other conventions.… Read the full article

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Craft Recordings Announces Deluxe 25th Anniversary Reissues of R.E.M.’s <i>Monster</i>

By | September 7th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

On September 4th, Craft Recordings (Concord’s reissue subsidiary) announced a series of 25th anniversary reissues of R.E.M.’s 1994 album Monster. Digitally remastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, a host of physical and digital releases are set to come out November 1.

Here are the configurations:

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