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AudioSolutions Virtuoso M speakers, Vitus Audio SIA-030 and SCD-025MK II, United Home Audio Ultima4 OPS-DC, Ansuz Acoustics cabling

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

High End by Oz and United Home Audio joined together to present the US premiere of Vitus Audio’s SIA-030 30W Class A/200W Class AB integrated amplifier ($40,000) and AudioSolutions Virtuoso M loudspeakers ($32,000/pair). The speakers, which weigh 165lb each, claim a sensitivity of 92dB, 4 ohms nominal impedance, and an in-room frequency response of 25Hz–30kHz. Together with Vitus Audio’s SCD-025 MKII CD player/DAC ($25,200), United Home Audio’s Ultima 4 OPS-DC tape deck ($30,000), and Ansuz Acoustics cabling, this system was playing an interesting and unusual selection of music, including the Vivace from Britten’s Violin Concerto, performed by Linus Roth.

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Troy Audio Hellena MKII, Thrax Audio Electronics, Schroeder Turntable

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

This company’s loudspeakers have Art Dudley’s name all over them, said Serinus to self upon viewing Troy Audio’s Hellena MK II loudspeaker ($120,000/pair with outboard crossover, $80,000 pair with internal crossover). The Hellena MK II uses a 604-8E alnico coaxial driver, made by Great Plains Audio, that owes its design to the original Altec 604-E. Its woofer, Great Plains Audio’s handmade Model 515-C, incorporates a massive alnico V magnetic assembly. There’s also an alnico horn supertweeter. The cabinet is composed of sandwiched layers of Russian Baltic birch.… Read the full article

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Celebration Giveaway 52: The $10K oBravo Audio Ra C Cu!!

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

We END our $50k gear giveaway with the oBravo Audio Ra C Cu IEM! Just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Last week’s Winners

The Cosmic Ears CIEM giveaway is now over! The lucky guy/girl this week is Daan van Duijvenvoorde from The Netherlands. You will be contacted very shortly by email (check your spam folder), so make sure to get in touch.

Number 52 – The End

Today is the very last giveaway, number 52, and we’re ending the year of giveaways with a bang.… Read the full article

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3-D Audio Makes an Appearance AT RMAF

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Once I took a look inside, I had to know and hear more.

Meet Jeff Merkel, a CU-Denver researcher studying 3-D Audio. “I’m just evangelizing 3-D Audio,” Merkel told me during a brief lull before a group of people who had been hanging in the headphone area descended for a listen-and-chat. “We’ve been mostly doing electronic music and working with VR and video games, but we’re also interested in classical and immersive theater,” Jeff said

Turns out Jeff has been working with Rainbow Militia, a local Denver performance group.… Read the full article

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Angie McMahon: Slow And Steady

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #134Subscribe to our print edition here!

Distinctly raw, honest and powerfully blunt, Melbourne trailblazer Angie McMahon shoots for the heart with her deceptively lowkey debut album. 

Words by Matt Doria.


Dead centre in the Venn diagram between ‘songs that make you want to roll your car windows down and belt along to at the top of your lungs’ and ‘songs so powerful and raw they give you goosebumps on parts of your body that you didn’t think could have goosebumps’, the debut album from Melbourne-native indie goddess Angie McMahon is almost certain to go down in the annals of Australian rock legends.Read the full article

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Børresen 01 monitor loudspeakers, Aavik U-380 integrated amplifier, Naim CD5XS (as transport), D-TC Supreme Power Box and Power Distribution, Ansuz DTC Supreme cables

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The all-one-family of Børresen loudspeakers, Aavik electronics, and Ansuz cabling, distributed by Gated HiFi and displayed by Chicago dealer NextLevel HiFi, was having a really rough time of it until their new Aavik U-380 integrated amplifier ($39,000) showed up. It was several days late. RMAF had been chosen for its Global Debut, so everyone was on pins and needles until the arrival of this 300-watt-into-8-ohms, Class-D baby, which includes separate DACs for PCM and DSD, four clocks and four power supplies, separate volume controls for each input, and optional dual phono stages claimed to have “the lowest noise floor on the planet.”

The Aavik U-380 was paired with a Naim CD5XS ($3995) used solely as a transport, Børresen 01 loudspeakers with D-TC Supreme Resonance Control ($32,500), D-TC Supreme Power Box ($14,400) and Supreme Power Distribution ($38,000), and Ansuz DTC Supreme cabling.… Read the full article

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How to watch The Deuce online: stream season 3 from anywhere

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Finally, after just under a year of waiting, Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco are set to reappear on our screens for one last time in The Deuce.

The creators of The Wire have outdone themselves again, with this in-depth, comedic social commentary of New York in the 70s and 80s. Not sure when or where to watch the final season? We've got you covered with all the information on how, where and when to watch The Deuce online.

The Deuce brings you the seedy and sleazy of yesteryear in New York combined with the legalisation of the porn industry.… Read the full article

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Panasonic’s launches new customizable Toughbook

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Panasonic has updated its popular Toughbook line of rugged laptops and for the first time ever, users will now be able to customize their device for a variety of different tasks while in the field.

The new Panasonic Toughbook 55 is a clamshell notebook which allows users to boost graphics capabilities, add a smartcard reader, additional storage or a DVD or Blu-Ray drive with just a simple switch, fit and click of the new Toughbook Universal Bay. Additionally, a front expansion slot can be used to quickly integrate a fingerprint reader, RFID or regular smart card reader or even a second battery.… Read the full article

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Review Explosion: BROCKHAMPTON, Iggy Pop, Olivia Jean, Post Malone, & David Bowie

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

(Review Explosion is a new AnalogPlanet feature covering recent releases for which we either don’t have sufficient time to fully explore, or that are not worthy of it. Curated by AnalogPlanet contributing editor Malachi Lui, Review Explosion will focus on the previous few weeks’ new releases as well as archival titles and reissues.

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Miyajima Takumi L Stereo Phono Cartridge

By | September 9th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Japanese artisanal cartridge manufacturer Noriyuki Miyajima has released an ‘enhanced’ L version of the company’s entry-level stereo moving-coil cartridge, the Takumi. [The Miyajima Takumi L is pictured above, click image to enlarge.]
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The Takumi L has a nude line contact stylus rather than the regular Takumi’s bonded elliptical stylus. The lower tip mass of the nude line contact stylus enables a more extended high-frequency response, with Miyajima claiming a frequency response of 20Hz–32kHz. (The entry-level Takumi’s frequency response is rated as 20Hz–22kHz.)

As with all Miyajima stereo cartridges, the Takumi L has the company’s unique, patented ‘cross ring’ design with a non-magnetic core where, rather than using a tie-wire to hold the cantilever and coil assembly against the magnet pole piece, there’s a pointed slide bar that correctly locates the coil assembly.… Read the full article

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