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Celebration Giveaway 41: C3 Audio – 3 UPOCC Cables!

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , |

We continue our $50k gear giveaway with three of C3Audio’s balanced headphone cables! Just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Last week’s Winners

The ColorFly U8 DAP giveaway is now over! The lucky girl/guy this week is Annie Lee from Singapore. You will be contacted very shortly by email (check your spam folder), so make sure to get in touch.

Number 41

As promised and explained earlier, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and last September was the start of our 52-week celebration.… Read the full article

Gryphon Pandora Preamplifier, Magico S5 MkII Speakers, Sonorus Reel-to-Reel Deck, Acoustic Signature Storm Turntable, Synergistic Research cables, Artesiana Racks

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

Oh boy, was soundstaging excitingly three-dimensional in the Scott Walker room that headlined Gryphon electronics. Listening to 15ips tapes played on a Sonorus reel-to-reel deck ($19,500) by Philip O’Hanlon, of Gryphon distributor On a Higher Note, the extraordinary depth on Sarah Vaughan’s “When Your Lover Has Gone” certainly seized my attention.

Switching to LP, and trying not to raise my eyebrows too high on Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra’s dated “All I Need is the Girl,” I thought brass and mids were conveyed to near-perfection.… Read the full article

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VAC Master Signature Preamp, Magico M2 Speakers, MSB Premiere DAC, Synergistic Research Cables, Power Tech Stand

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

Tonal beauty, clarity, and transparency were just some of the hallmarks of a system that, to my ears, was musical to a “T.” (Should that be “M”?) I loved the warm yet neutral sound of a recording by Ana Caram—I detected no extra “tube-like” sweetness, for example—and the system’s ability to present music with a quality I can best describe as “grace”: not scientific, I know, but when the spirit moves you, the least you can do is acknowledge it.

On a 15ips tape of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter performing the well-worn Carmen Fantasy, I heard the most beautiful midrange of the five systems I’d encountered thus far.… Read the full article

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ATC SCM50SE Active Tower Loudspeakers and CDA2 MkII CD player/preamp/DAC, Cardas Crosslink Cables

By | June 8th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

As one of the only companies to send out a press release prior to the opening of T.H.E. Show, ATC—along with its host, Lone Mountain Audio—earned pride of place in my “I can’t possibly do them all” list of show coverage priorities. In a cozy but surprisingly good sounding standard hotel room, I joined Rafe Arnott from our sister publications AudioStream and InnerFidelity to hear ATC SCM50SE Active Towers ($65,999/pair) fed by the same company’s CDA2 MkII CD player/preamp/DAC ($4249) through Cardas Crosslink cabling.… Read the full article

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Raven Audio: Electronics, Loudspeakers & Cables | Lone Star Audio Fest 2019

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Lone Star Audio Fest 2019 Raven

Raven Audio is on a roll this year with their new loudspeakers and electronics. Even though this Lone Star Audio Fest is the “biggest little audio show in Texas”, Raven Audio brought out the big guns with a three room display. One room showing their Corvus Tower System (with powered bass modules), another being a budget system comprising of their CeLest’ Tower speakers, and the last room showing a Raven Prototype Integrated (of yore) and a pair of Tekton Design loudspeaker.… Read the full article

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High Fidelity Cables, Magnetic Innovations | Lone Star Audio Fest 2019

By | June 4th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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DALLAS (PTA) — When you sit in front of your stereo system, do you think about the number of magnets working inside of it?

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Magnetism controls the musical wave, from microphones to loudspeakers, and everywhere in between. Ordinary cables by themselves can only rely on high quality conductive materials and passive shielding to combat signal interference and contained signal focus. During this typical type of transmission the electrical signal is at its most vulnerable.

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Enter High Fidelity Cables and Magnetic Innovations to create a simple and effective way to focus, contain, and protect the musical signal.… Read the full article

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Black Cat Cables and Analogmagik | High End 2019

By | May 25th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

Small booth down on the ground floor but with some interesting news coming from a couple of friends. First I had the chance to see a hardcore analog guy, as hardcore as it gets, Richard Mak.

Rick is the driving force that made the hands-down best cartridge set-up tool available, that is Analogmagik for those who missed the memo. I have been using it for my set up and it offers a level of precision that is unheard off, even for bread and vinyl guys like me.

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MUNICH 2019: Sources and Cables

By | May 24th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

MUNICH 2019: Sources and Cables

Munich High End is undoubtedly the largest high-end audio extravaganza in the world. It not only featured some of the best products recently displayed at AXPONA Chicago (another incredible show!), but also a wide array of products thus far unseen on North American shores. I’ve never set eyes on so many turntables, horn loudspeakers, and exotic products in one venue! My “beat” this year was sources and cables—essentially every room at the show. As this was a daunting, if not impossible, task, I focused on those sources and cables I could actually hear in systems, rather than those on static …… Read the full article

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Göbel Loudspeakers & Cables, Engström Pre and Power, Wadax Digital, Kronos Turntable, Zyx Cartridge

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Pretty eye-catching, eh? Such was the class act from Göbel High End, who even brought their own room treatment panels to the show.

I initially sat in first row center of this room, but then CEO Oliver Göbel urged me to move a row back, where the sound was ideally coherent. We began with Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Paco de Lucia’s “Mediterranean Sunday / Rio Ancho” from the LP, Friday Night in San Francisco and moved on to an LP of the Bizet/Shchedrin Carmen Ballet Suite.… Read the full article

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Verity Audio Monsalvat Pro-4 Preamplifier, Amp-60 Reference Monoblocks, and Lohengrin IIS Reference loudspeaker system; Melco N1ZS/2A Music Server, TW-Acustic Raven Black Night Turntable; Dynavector XV-1 S MC cartridge; Cardas Cables, Quadraspire Rack

By | May 14th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Verity Audio Monsalvat Pro-4 Preamplifier, Amp-60 Reference Monoblocks, and Lohengrin IIS Reference loudspeaker system; Melco N1ZS/2A Music Server, TW-Acustic Raven Black Night Turntable; Dynavector XV-1 S MC cartridge; Cardas Cables, Quadraspire Rack | Stereophile.com


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