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Clarus Launches AQUA Mark II Cables

By | September 16th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Clarus Launches AQUA Mark II Cables

The following is a press release issued by Clarus. September 16, 2019 — Clarus®, the high-end audio cable brand that is a “sister” company to Tributaries A/V cables, is introducing new versions of their popular AQUA Cables. AQUA Mark II Balanced Audio, Single-Ended RCA Audio and Speaker cables feature a multi-gauge design using three different shaped insulated ultra-low distortion PCOCC conductors. The new AQUA Mark II cables are now terminated using connectors made with high purity and high conductivity Tellurium (TE) copper providing very low resistance and superior sound characteristics.… Read the full article

Well Pleased AV, Vinnie Rossi, Qln, Innuos, Swisscables | RMAF 2019

By | September 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Well Pleased AV, a distributor based in Virginia, immediately scored extra points for the diagonal set-up in their exhibit room at RMAF 2019. When I’ve lived in a house where I had the space to do it, I did. Diagonal room set-ups for your audio system result in a magnificently deep soundstage, one that’s so addictive that it’s hard to return to the ol’ put-it-against-the-wall ethos.

Well Pleased AV hosted Vinnie Rossi’s debut of the L2i-SE integrated amplifier ($18,995), which consists of a Class A preamplifier design that can use 2A3, 45, 300B, PX4, 101D and other 4-pin directly-heated triodes along with a Class AB MOSFET power amplifier that puts out 100 wpc at 8 ohms and 175 wpc into 4.… Read the full article

Old Forge Studio, David Cope, and Luna Cables of Canada | RMAF 2019

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Luna Cable RMAF 2019

DENVER (PTA) — David Cope of Old Forge Studio has recently attained the title and responsibility as the new American distributor for Luna Cables of Canada. We sat down for a few (relaxing) minutes at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 to recall how David came to discover and eventually fall in love with the Luna Cable brand.

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

David Cope had been a long time fan and re-seller of Auditorium 23 cables, for which I can’t blame him.… Read the full article

Raidho Acoustics TD2.2 speakers; Moon Evolution 700i V2 amplifier, 780D v2 DAC/streamer, 610LP phonostage; VPI HW-40 Signature turntable, Van Den Hul The Black Crimson cartridge, Nordost Valhalla II cables

By | September 10th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

In the Gaylord Hotel’s North Tower, where room after room, regardless of its size or layout, seemed conducive to good sound, Raidho Acoustics was making a major impression with the world premiere Raidho TD2.2 2.5-way loudspeakers ($46,000/pair in black). Designed by Benno Baun Meldgaard, who formerly designed loudspeakers for Gamut, the TD2.2 was intended for rooms just a bit larger than the hotel room in which it slayed visitor after visitor.

While the TD2.2’s exterior is similar to the previous version, the TD2.1, the drivers have a new motor design with better sensitivity (89dB), and, in Meldgaard’s words, “much lower Q for better amplifier control.… Read the full article

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

PS Audio DirectStream DAC, P20 and P15 PowerPlants, AN3 loudspeakers, and AC Series cables; BHK Signature preamp, Stellar phono preamp, and Signature 300 Monos; VPI HW40 turntable

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

Here, I regret to say, is another report not on the equipment but on the room.

The story in the PS Audio room was the company’s new loudspeaker, the AN3, various prototypes of which have been demoed at audio shows throughout 2019. The RMAF demo pair was described by the company as the final prototype. The design—strongly influenced by the late Arnie Nudell, the “AN” in AN3—includes servo-corrected powered woofers, a folded ribbon tweeter, a rectangular planar midrange, and an 8″ cone “mid-bass coupler.Read the full article

YG Acoustics Sonja 2.3 speakers; Nordost QPoint, QSource and cables; VTL Siegfried Series II amplifiers, TP-6.5 Series II phonostage and TL-7.5 Series II preamplifier; dCS Rossini player and clock; VPI direct drive turntable; Lyra Etna Cartridge

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













YG Acoustics Sonja 2.3 speakers; Nordost QPoint, QSource and cables; VTL Siegfried Series II amplifiers, TP-6.5 Series II phonostage and TL-7.5 Series II preamplifier; dCS Rossini player and clock; VPI direct drive turntable; Lyra Etna Cartridge | Stereophile.com


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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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VANA Ltd. to Debut New Products from European Audio Team, Audio Physic, Atlas Cables at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

By | September 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

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

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Final Touch Audio Cables | Review

By | August 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Final Touch Audio Callisto

Before I get to the Final Touch Audio cables, I have to confess. Or maybe just explain how and why this happened, and caveat the whole thing with this: “Sometimes in life, good things just happen.” In our hobby, many discussions (maybe even most) occur around the HiFi related accessories, aka “tweaks”, and many of audiophiles classify audio cables into this group. Many hold to the claim that “cables don’t make any real-world difference in sound quality”, so they use basic cables, while others believe that they do (or can) make a big difference in their systems.… Read the full article

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