The use of Class G technology means that at low power output levels, the Arcam SA30 is essentially operating in Class-A, switching only to Class AB when higher output powers are required, in which cases it will deliver up to a claimed 120-watts per channel into 8Ω loads, and 220-watts per channel into 4Ω loads.… Read the full article
sub·jec·tiv·ism | \ (ˌ)səb-ˈjek-ti-ˌvi-zəm
“A doctrine that the supreme good is the realization of a subjective experience or feeling (such as pleasure)”
Measurably-speaking tube audio is, by rights, yesterday’s technology. Ask a casual listener what they think about a strange-looking box with glowing valves protruding out the top, and they might tell you that it has all the high-tech appeal of a World-War II-era typewriter.… Read the full article
Dynaudio’s Sub 6 Active DSP subwoofer is clever… very, very clever. It’s so clever that when it knows what main speakers you’re using it will automatically adjust its output level and crossover frequency and frequency response so that you get perfect, seamless sound from the depths of the subwoofer’s bass extremities to the extreme highs of your main speakers.… Read the full article
Great news! Dynaudio has trickled down one of the technologies it uses in its high-end loudspeakers to a totally affordable model. The ‘Hexis’ geometry Dynaudio developed specially for its Esotar3 tweeter—as used on the company’s Confidence range—is now fitted to the latest Dynaudio Evoke 50.
It isn’t the exact same tweeter, of course, but the most important design element is the same, which is that the 28mm fabric dome sits just on top of a hidden ‘inner dome’ in a geometry that Dynaudio calls a ‘Hexis’—and if you look carefully at the fabric dome, you can just see the dimpled surface of the sub-dome underneath.… Read the full article
Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #135. Subscribe to our print edition here!
There’s something about nu-metal that people just can’t seem to shake. It still affects Korn, too.
Words and photo by Britt Andrews.
The late 1990s and early 2000s can be marked by three things: chain wallets, three‐quarter‐length jeans, and nu‐metal. While nu‐metal’s mainstream days are well behind us, Korn lives on.
Most remember Korn either from their five‐time platinum 1998 album Follow The Leader – which gave us such (head)bangers as “Got The Life” and “Falling Away From Me” – or from their more radio‐friendly 2004 cover of Cameo’s “Word Up!”.… Read the full article
BorderPatrol DAC and Amplification, Volti Audio Loudspeakers, Innous Music Server and Reclocker, Triode Wire Labs Cabling
I’ve favorably reviewed both Gary Dews’ BorderPatrol amps and Greg Roberts’ horn-loaded Volti Audio speakers. Since I couldn’t afford to purchase either when I reviewed them, I was looking forward to seeing and hearing their wares at CAF.
BorderPatrol and Volti Audio maintained two rooms at the show, one gained when New York’s High Water Sound cancelled due to a family emergency. Room 316 included BorderPatrol SE-I USB DAC ($1350), BorderPatrol S20EXD amplfier ($19,500), Innuous ZENith music server (1TB, $4249), Innuos Phoenix USB Reclocker ($3,149), Volti Audio Vittoras speakers ($25,000), and Triode Wire Labs Cabling.… Read the full article
Vinnie Rossi Amplification, QLN Loudspeakers, Innous Music Server, SGR Equipment Rack, GigaWatt Power Conditioner, Triode Wire Labs Cabling
Amplifier designer Vinnie Rossi has the looks of a dapper clotheshorse. His gear is also stylish and eye-catching, kind of steampunk-techno. But there’s substance there, too.
Rossie’s hi-fi designs have advanced over 15 years at a furious clip. The latest evidence is the new Vinnie Rossie L2 Signature Edition Integrated Amplifier (L2i-SE, $18,995]. The amp features a wide-bandwidth, zero-feedback, direct-heated–triode preamplifier design, compatible with 2A3, 45, and 300B tubes, and others. The output stage has a class A/B MOSFET topology, with a dual-mono power supply and custom-wound toroidal power supply transformers.… Read the full article
We’ve reached week 9 of the 2019-20 NFL season and this weekend you’ll get to see the New England Patriots go up against the Baltimore Ravens. This is a game you won’t want to miss as both teams will be fighting to keep their winning streak alive as the Ravens have won their last three games and the Patriots have won their last eight. We’re here to make sure you catch every minute of today’s game – see how to get a Patriots vs Ravens live stream regardless of where in the world you are.… Read the full article
MoFi Turntable, Cartridge and Phono Stage, Rogue Integrated Amplifier, Heed DAC, Wharfedale speakers, Audience cabling
With so many megabuck rooms fattening the floors of CAF 2019, it’s easy to miss the smallish, sub-$10,000 systems making absolutely first rate sound. One such room was manned by MoFi’s Jon Derda: the Tenacious Sound/MoFi/Quad room.
After leaving Greg Roberts’ superb Volti Audio room, a Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar solo pulled me into Tenacious Sound lair across the hall, and there they were: the Wharfedale Linton speakers recently reviewed by Herb Reichert ($1199/pair, plus $300 for the stands). The Lintons remind me of my old Spendor1/2s: similar fatboy dimensions and equally room-filling sound.… Read the full article