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The Mod Squad Prism CD player

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

While it can’t exactly be said that the folks from The Mod Squad invented the game of audiophile modifications of existing, current-production hardware, they certainly have grown to be one of the major leaguers. Their mods have a reputation for being well-thought-out, nearly always offering improvements over the originals. And while they weren’t the originators of the concept (footnote 1), any company which brought the world Tiptoes (probably their most famous product) will probably have a niche in the 21st-Century Museum of High-End Audio.… Read the full article

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Lexus Design Award 2020: Finding ways technology can make the world a better place

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

The Lexus Design Award is an annual contest, a platform for the most dynamic creators and designers to show their ideas to the world. It is open to professionals, students and enthusiasts from across the globe.

If you think you have an idea that can make a positive impact through design, you should apply. Entry to the Lexus Design Award 2020 is open until October 14.

Last year's winners show what's possible when creativity and design meet. The USA's Lisa Marks submitted a 3D modelled and hand-weaved bra for post-mastectomy women. 

Australian architect Ben Berwick designed an ingenious origami-inspired blind that uses solar cells to generate power when closed, and actually improve room lighting when open.… Read the full article

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Review: Obravo Cupid – Bravo!

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today we share the review of the Obravo Cupid, the first ever affordable IEM from the luxury brand.

Disclaimer: Obravo provided me a Cupid sample during our visit at CanJam London 2019 show. The commercial price of the Cupid is between 249 £ – 299 £ which converts to around 350-400 $. 

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The IEM market had been dominated by Balanced Armature Drivers once. Times have changed, and now we see companies using variety of drivers in their monitors. Of course it’s very nice to see the developments in drivers such as Electrostatic, Planar and Piezoelectric.… Read the full article

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Phase One Launches Compact ‘Mirrorless’ Camera For IQ4 Backs

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Before you get too excited, you’re still going to need very deep pockets for Phase One’s new XT field camera which it’s mating with its 100 and 150 megapixels IQ4 series capture backs… none of these are cheap. However, the XT camera system does allow for much greater portability and flexibility than Phase’s XF reflex body, to the extent that you could contemplate using it hand-held.

Photo: Phase One.

It’s similar in concept to Hasselblad’s 907X in that it’s essentially a slim-line frame – precision engineered, of course – that couples a lens to a capture back and so qualifies as mirrorless.… Read the full article

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Olympic Glory…Sonus faber’s Olympica Nova Loudspeakers

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

The last event I attended at the World of McIntosh (WOM) Townhouse in SOHO NYC featured the debut of Sonus faber’s Reference Aida 2. After about 10 seconds with the Aida 2 I realized I was in the presence of greatness. The Aida 2 is one of the very few experiences in recent memory that forced me to re-calibrate what I considered a true reference speaker.

When I was invited to attend the launch of the Olympica Nova line in late August, I was thrilled to get a shot at hearing the latest addition to the Sonus faber lineup, and hoped to hear some trickle-down brilliance from the Aida 2 to the Nova line.… Read the full article

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Alsyvox, Omega Audio Concepts | RMAF 2019

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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DENVER (PTA) — I love big panel speakers. They play the room unlike any other loudspeakers I know of. However, the most common (and annoying) myth about them is that panel speakers have trouble producing real bass without a ton of power. Alsyvox and Omega Audio Concepts joined forces at the Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest 2019 to shake-up these misconceptions.

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 coverage sponsored by Core Power Technologies A/V

In recent years Alsyvox has had many great showings around the audio show circuit.… Read the full article

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Klipsch Belle Patent 1973

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: |

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KEF Q250C LCR Speaker

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

KEF has released its Q250c LCR speaker, a smaller, more compact version of its Q650c, which is available in black, white and walnut finishes. [Pictured above in walnut, click on image to enlarge.]

The KEF Q250c incorporates KEF’s Uni-Q driver, the tweeter in which now has a new damped tweeter loading tube. The bass driver has also been improved plus there’s a new low-distortion inductor used in the crossover network. The external appearance has also been improved with seamless baffles with magnetic grilles giving a clean uncluttered appearance.… Read the full article

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CEDIA Expo 2019 New Product Preview

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Ready for an influx of new AV gear? Ready or not, a bevy of new products are waiting to be introduced when the exhibition part of CEDIA Expo 2019 gets underway tomorrow.
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Audio Research Reference Phono 3 – One Smart Phono Stage

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Phono preamplifiers come in all shapes and sizes and with varying amounts of user adjustability and convenience. The ARC Ref 3 phono preamplifier is hands down the smartest phono section I have ever had the pleasure of using and listening to.

At the bottom of the intelligence pecking order are phono preamplifiers that only have moving magnet (mm) inputs with fixed gain and loading set at 47k ohms. The next step up is a phono preamplifier that has both mm and moving coil (mc) inputs with adjustments for gain and loading.… Read the full article

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